Mary Magdalena " Polly" Shafer

7 March 1805–12 July 1880 (Age 75)
Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Magdalena " Polly"

When Mary Magdalena " Polly" Shafer was born on 7 March 1805, in Virginia, United States, her father, John Shaffer, was 30 and her mother, Dorothy "Dolly" Dyer Stoutameyer, was 26. She married William Derick Byrd on 22 January 1825, in Rockingham, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Missouri, United States in 1870 and Preston Township, Platte, Missouri, United States in 1880. She died on 12 July 1880, in Smithville, Clay, Missouri, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Smithville, Clay, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Derick Byrd
Mary Magdalena " Polly" Shafer
Marriage: 22 January 1825
John Byrd
Mounce Byrd
George Byrd
Edward W. Byrd
Virginia Byrd
Elizabeth Byrd
Susan Byrd
Clara Byrd
Emily Anna Byrd

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 January 1825Rockingham, Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    1812 · Monumental Church Built
    Age 7
    The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 20
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    Americanized form of German Schäfer (see Schaefer ), Schäffer (see Schaffer 2) or Schaffer 1.Americanized form of Hungarian Sáfár, Slovenian and Croatian Šafar or Šafer, Czech Šafář or Šafer, Slovak Šafár, in part cognates of 1 above (see Safar ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (6)

    • Mary Byrd in household of William Byrd, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Polly Shaver in entry for William Byrd, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"
    • Mary Byrd in household of William Byrd, "United States Census, 1850"

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