|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1758|
|Death: ||May 13, 1847|
Son of Phillip Sheffer &
Married Margaret Vance 8 Mar 1784, Reading, York, PA
Obituary of Phillip Sheffer by R. V. Kennedy. Appeared in Ashland, Ohio "Standard" , May 27, 1847.
Died, in this village, on Thursday, 13th inst., after a short illness, Mr. Phillip Shaffer, at the advanced age of nearly 89 years.
Mr. Shaffer was born in Northampton county, PA. Sept 29, 1758, where he resided for many years. During the Revolution he served his country in the two-fold capacity of wagon-master and soldier. For about two years he was a teamster in the army acting as a substitute for a regular wagon-master---but during the greater part of our struggle for freedom, was engaged either in active service as a soldier, or, enrolled among the celebrated Minute Men of Pennsylvania, stood ready at a moment's warning to rush to the aid of his countrymen.
The writer of this hasty sketch has no data upon which to predicate a narrative which would do justice to the deceased in reference to the several capacities in which he is known to have acted during the Revolution. Mr. Shaffer had the misfortune many years ago to have his house consumed by fire, at which time all his private papers were destroyed and with them all evidence to his title to a pension. An effort was made some years since to procure a pension for him; his own statements (two words unreadable) with abundant concurrent testimony to re-establish his claim were forwarded to the appropriate department at Washington but, owing to the informality, the whole was rejected and no application has since been made.
After the Revolution Mr. Shaffer changed his residence from Northampton to Westmoreland county where he resided for a long time, but, several years ago he emigrated to Harrison county in this state, from whence, after a residence of about ten years, he removed to Ashland.
Mr. S. was, in many respects, a remarkable man. Moving in an humble sphere, he had acquired a reputation which even kings might envy. One of our pioneers, he has stood an example of integrity, moral worth and industry for more than a quarter of a century. Of him it may be truly said he had no enemies. He was universally esteemed and thousands, who knew him well, bear witness to his excellent qualities, a fact that was amply attested by the spectacle at his funeral. We have seldom witnessed a larger procession in a similar occasion. It seemed as though the whole neighborhood had assembled to offer their last tribute to the memory of the departed.
For several years previous, and up to the time of his death, Mr. S. was a member of the German Reformed Church and when Death's courier summoned him, and he was about to bid final farewell to his relatives and friends, he gave them the pleasing assurance that he had put on the "wedding garment" and would be an accepted guest in the kingdom of his Heavenly Father.
Note: This a copy of an old and yellowed newspaper. Some words are hard to read and may be inaccurate but this is as close as I can come.
According to DAR records, Phillip served as a private in the Northampton Co. PA militia under Capt. Jacob Bolieb. In addition, the Ashland, OH DAR chapter was once, and may still be called the Phillip Sheffer Chapter.
Margaret Shaffer (1766 - 1839)
Ann Elizabeth Sheffer Clark (1785 - 1866)*
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: Mar 29, 2008
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