- I am trying to find my 3x great grandfather's parents. Can anyone tell how to go about doing this? Here is the info that I do have:
3x Great Grandfather name: Levi Shaffer. Born Jan. 1, 1820. Most probably in Pennsylvania - but I do not know for sure. Died Sept. 21, 1896.
That's all I have to go on. I do have his wife's info and his children's info, but I am unsure how to go back and find his parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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- One way to track down parents is to find the children in some year
after 1880. That will list the state of the parents birth. In your
case Levi in 1880 was living in Somerset county Stony Creek twp.:
Levi Shaffer age 60 born PA father born PA mother born PA
Isabelle age 55 PA PA PA
Minnie age 10 PA PA PA
Eliza Wagner age 72 MD MD MD
In 1850 Somersey,Somerset PA:
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Jacob Shaffer age 68 born PA
Catherine age 72 born PA
Levi Shaffer age 30 born PA
Isabel age 25 born PA
Catherine age 3 born PA
Samuel age 4/12 born PA
With Jacob and Catherine being in close proximity to Levi and a
daughter named Catherine, it's a good bet that some how they are
related to them.
In 1860 somerset co,Somerset :
Levi Shaffer age 40 born PA
Isabel age 38 born PA
Catherine age 13 born PA
Jacob Coleman age 5 born PA
Delilah Coleman age 32 born PA
Cyrus age 14 born PA
Benjiman age 12 born PA
James age 3 born PA
Sarah age 2 born Pa
Levi Shaffer age 50 born PA
Isabella age 46 born PA
Catherine age 22 born PA
Jacob Coleman age 19 born PA
1900 Lancasterco ,Little Britian twp
John C. Shaffer age 42 born 11/1857 m8 PA PA PA
Margeret J. age 47 born 3/1853 m8 PA PA PA
Willaim age 7 born 6/1892 PA PA PA
Edith age 3 born 4/1897 PA PA PA
Sarah J. Shaffer age 76 born 12/1823 PA PA PA
Mary E. age 44 born 5/1856 Pa PA PA
Willaim Wilson age 57 born 2/1843 PA PA PA
Sarah age 58 born 8/1841 PA PA PA
George Brown (servant) age 15 born 8/1884 PA PA PA
Isabelle Shaffer age 71 (sister in law)born 3/1829 PA PA PA
In 1830 Somerset twp lived Jacob Shaffer with at least one son 10
years of age.
In 1840 Somerset twp lived John Shaffer(son of Jac) next door to
Daniel Coleman and Jacob Shaffer(Jacob was younger than John).
If you dig deep enough ,you should be able find the connecting
thread in the following years to tie one of them in as being the
logical parents.Once you narrow it down ,go to the 1850 census to
get full nmaes and all household members.Watch the neighbors names,
some times that will be the only way to tie them together.Good luck.
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> I am trying to find my 3x great grandfather's parents. Can anyonetell how to go about doing this? Here is the info that I do have:
>Most probably in Pennsylvania - but I do not know for sure. Died
> 3x Great Grandfather name: Levi Shaffer. Born Jan. 1, 1820.
Sept. 21, 1896.
>children's info, but I am unsure how to go back and find his
> That's all I have to go on. I do have his wife's info and his
parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
> Kathie G
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]