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William John "Schonefeld(t)" Shanafelt
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Birth: Jan., 1736
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1813
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Loved son of Hans Heinrich Johann and Elizabeth (Poet) Schonfeld. William is born January 1736, three years after his parents arrived in Philadelphia, settling in Germantown. Joh. Wilheim Schonefeldt born January 1736, son of Johannes Schonefeldt, recorded Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Births: Lancaster County 1723-1777, page 311, by John T. Humphrey. Christopher Wiegner, a friend of the Schonfeld's, states in his diary that when Johann's son William was born in 1736, that Johann wanted to have his baby boy baptized. [First name is actually John but historians know him as William.]

21 year old William Shanefelt is on the Muster Roll of Captain John White the 13th of August 1757 during the French and Indian Wars of 1754-1763.

On 26 October 1761, William Schoenfeld, marries Margaret Gessinger in the German Evangelist Reformed Church, Frederick County, Maryland. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland. 4 FR-1167. Her full name could have been Margaret Anna for the name ‘Anna' is on the 1776 Elizabeth 100 town census. Anna could have been a second wife (the name Anna Shaffer has been bounced around as a wife of William); however research has not proven that there was a second marriage until after the death of Margaret [Anna], when William marries Mary Earlywine, in Washington County, Maryland, on 24 October 1801. Mary is the name of his wife listed in his Will of 1813.

William accumulates land along Antietam Creek in Washington County, Maryland where around 1780 he builds his home calling it ‘Rock Hall'. The original Rock Hall tract contained 302.75 acres. His son Andrew built his home across the Antietam from Rock Hall, calling it ‘Ground Farm'. The William Shanyfield [Shanafelt/ Shanefelt/Shenefelt/Shoenfelt] family maintained their own private burying ground on a ridge at Rock Hall across the ravine and about 50 yards south of the wagon road The portion of Rock Hall bequeathed to William's son Henry, deceased, and Susanna, widow of Henry, contained burial grounds. When Susanna, widow of Henry, sold her portion of Rock Hall in 1833, she excepted the family burying ground and the Antietam Lutheran Church Cemetery from the sale. Few people now living remember when there were loose stones in the family burying ground but all trace of both cemeteries is now gone.

William's Children:
1. Jacob Shoenfelt m. Elizabeth Baker
2. John Shenefelt m.1st cousin Elizabeth Shanefelt, daughter of Frederick Shenefelt
3. Henry Shanafelt m. Susanna Saylor
4. Margaret Shanafelt m. Jacob Leckrone
5. Elizabeth Susanna Shanafelt m. Jacob Bowman
6. William Shanefelt m. Rebecca Jeffries
7. Catherine Shanafelt m. Christian Joseph Artz
8. Andrew Shanefelt m. Elizabeth Saylor

Research indicates that William's grandchildren (influenced by their parents) determined the spellings of our surnames. For the most part, Jacob settled in Pennsylvania - his children are Shoenfelt; John settled in Pennsylvania - his children are Shenefelt; Henry died in Maryland but his children settled in Ohio - they are Shanafelt; William Jr. settled in Pennsylvania - his children are Shenefelt/Shinifelt; and, Andrew died in Maryland and his children went to Ohio and settled in Indiana - they are Shanafelt.
Family links: 
  Johann Heinrich Schonfeld(t) [Shanafelt/Shenefelt/Shaneyfelt] (____ - 1756)
  Elisabeth Poet Schonfeld(t) [Shanafelt/Shenefelt/Shaneyfelt] (1690 - 1760)
  Margaret Gessinger Shanafelt
  Jacob Shoenfelt (1763 - 1837)*
  Margaret Shanafelt Leckrone (1768 - 1819)*
  Henry Shanafelt (1769 - 1813)*
  Andrew Shanafelt (1776 - 1823)*
*Calculated relationship
Rock Hall & Antietam Lutheran Church Cemetery
Washington County
Maryland, USA
Created by: S. G. Shanafelt
Record added: Jun 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91254828
William John Schonefeld(t) Shanafelt
Added by: S. G. Shanafelt
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You are my great, great, great, great grandfather, and I am sure you have MANY stories to share when we meet one day. Until then, just know you are thought of and loved for giving life to those who one day would give me life. GOD Bless.
- Jacki Poland
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
Your legacy lives on...I am honored and humbled to be your 5th Great Granddaughter....Until then...Shari
- S. G. Shanafelt
 Added: Dec. 22, 2013
Rest in are not forgotten
- S. G. Shanafelt
 Added: Jun. 3, 2012

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