|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1829, Germany|
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1906|
Sullivan Daily Times
December 31, 1906
Wealthy Citizen is Dead
Vincennes, Ind., December 30.- William Schaffer, 78 years old, father of County Commissioner Joseph Schaffer of Bicknell, died last night of pneumonia at his home in Sandborn after an illness of only three days. He was one of the wealthiest citizens of Knox county. Burial will be held in the Indian Prairie cemetery, Sullivan county, Monday.
January 2, 1907
Former Commissioner Died Saturday
Squire William Schaffer, who was formerly a resident of this county, died Saturday night at the home of his son, Joseph Schaffer, in Sandborn after an illness of three weeks with pneumonia.
Squire Schaffer was 78 years of age, and was quite wealthy. He was formerly a resident of this county and was at one time a member of the board of commissioners of this county. During his residence in this county he resided in Haddon township.
The burial occurred Monday at the Indian Prairie cemetery in Jefferson township. Mr. Schaffer was a native of Germany and inherited a large fortune there during his residence in this county. He returned to Germany to claim his fortune.
January 4, 1907
Carlisle Died Last Saturday
Wm. Schaffer, widely known throughout, Sullivan and Knox counties, died last Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. I. A. Hildebrand, at Sandborn. Death was due to pneumonia, with which he had been ill only a few days. Funeral services were held, under the auspices of the Masons, at two o'clock Monday afternoon at Indian Prairie Baptist church, conducted by Elder L. H. Grahma, of Worthington. Interment was in Indian Prairie cemetery.
Deceased was born in Prussia, Germany, July 27, 1829, and was 77 years, 5 months, and two days old at the time of his death. He came to America in 1844 and settled near Edwardsport. Later he formed a partnership with Alt Simonsoa and for several years they conducted a general store, and this is where Mr. Schaffer laid the foundation for his later wealth. He was a member of the Christian church.
Mr. Schaffer was married March 2, 1854, to Miss Angeline Neal, of near Edwardsport. To this union were born eight children- four sons and four daughters. Of this number one son and three daughters have been given up in death, and his wife died in 1873. He was married in 1874 to Mrs. Sylvania Ann Haddon, of near Carlisle. To them were born one son and one daughters, both of whom, with their mother, preceded the father to the grave.
The surviving children are Joseph Schaffer, of Bicknell, one of the commissioners of Knox county; George Schaffer, a prominent farmer of Gill township, residing near New Lebanon; Will Schaffer, a wealthy real estate man of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. I. A. Hildebrand, of Sandborn.
Deceased was a member of Carlisle lodge No. 3, F. & A. M. having joined more than forty years ago, when he lived at Edwardsport. In taking the degrees here each trip would take two days- one to come and one to return. He afterwards lived in and near Carlisle for many years. He owned and occupied a farm five miles southeast of Carlisle, in the southwest corner of Jefferson township, and while living there was elected justice of the pace and held the office many years.
He was known to nearly everyone as "Squire" Schaffer of "Uncle Billy" Schaffrd, He was elected commissioner of Sullivan county and held the office until he got tired of it, and the resigned. He was very wealthy and leaves an estate worthy probably $25,000, all of which is in money, notes, bonds and bank stock.
Angeline Neal Schaffer (1837 - 1873)
Sylvania A. Schaffer (1844 - 1882)
Born in Prussia Germany
Indian Prairie Cemetery
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