William Augustus Schaeffer

William Augustus Schaeffer

Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Death 23 Jan 1917 (aged 85)
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row G, Lot 10, Site 12
Memorial ID 82025443 · View Source
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Parents: {of Funkstown, Frederick Co, MD}
- Leonard Schaeffer [1778-1832]
- Mary Schroder [?-1834] of Funkstown, Frederick County, MD.

Married Emily Anne (Gallion) Schaeffer on September 9, 1853 in Frederick, MD.

- William Light Schaeffer [1858-1937]
- Frank Gallion Schaeffer [1859-1938]
- Elizabeth Ardell Schaeffer [1861-1892]
- Mary Virginia Schaeffer [1863-1939]
- Thomas Schaeffer [1866-?]

History of Western Maryland, by John Thomas Scharf

Among the prominent citizens residing in the neighborhood of Poolesville is William Augustus Schaeffer, of "Pleasant Grove." Mr. Schaeffer was born Jan. 31, 1831, near Boonsborough, Washington Co., of which county his father, Leonard Schaeffer, was likewise a native, the birth of the latter occurring Dec. 23, 1778. Leonard Schaeffer married (1806) Mary, daughter of Frederick Schroder, one of the earliest settlers in Funkstown. ...

William A. Schaeffer was but one year old when his father died, and to his mother's careful and excellent training he was indebted for the sterling principles that supported his struggling footsteps in early life and set him at last upon a sure foundation, from which he evolved the structure of a useful and profitable after-life. He was bred to farming pursuits, and obtained but a brief school experience. At the age of sixteen he chose to begin the task of supporting himself, and obtaining employment as clerk in a store in Frederick, where he remained four years. At the age of twenty he embarked in mercantile trade on his own account, at Utica Mills, Frederick Co., and successfully held his way as a merchant until 1857. In that year he disposed of his store business and bought a small unimproved farm near Utica Mills. That property he labored upon with industrious determination to increase its value, and succeeded so well that at the end of twelve years he sold it for just double the money it had cost him. He thereupon purchased the fine farm tract known as Pleasant Grove (near Poolesville), containing about three hundred and ten acres, and thereon has since had his home.

Sept. 13, 1853, he was married, by Rev. Jesse Shreve, to Emily Ann, daughter of John P. Gallion, a native of Harford County, Md. Source


Wm. A. Schaeffer, one of the oldest and best-known citizens of Germantown neighborhood, died on January 22nd at the home of his son, Frank G. Schaeffer, near Germantown, aged 85 years. His death was sudden and is thought to have been due to heart failure.

He leaves three sons and a daughter. They are Frank G. and Wm. L. Schaeffer, and Mrs. Williams, of this county, and Thos. Schaeffer, of Washington.

The funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church at Poolesville, burial being in Monocacy Cemetery at Beallsville. Mr. Schaeffer was a lifelong resident of Maryland, and had lived in this county about forty-five years.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 82025443
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Augustus Schaeffer (31 Jan 1831–23 Jan 1917), Find a Grave Memorial no. 82025443, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Wallace (contributor 46802463) .