Descendants of Henry S. Shaffer


Generation No. 1


        1.  Henry S.1 Shaffer1,2,3 was born Abt. 1837 in OH4, and died 03 Jul 1879 in Diamond, Newton Co., MO.  He married Zarilda Copple5,6,7 03 Jul 1863 in Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., KS8, daughter of Jacob Copple and Margaret Blalock.  She was born Abt. 1835 in Indiana, and died Jun 1884 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.


Notes for Henry S. Shaffer:




S.H. Shafer (indexed Straper) 23 years old {born ca 1837} and born in Ohio, is located in Sugar Creek, Lykins (now Miami) Co., Kansas.  This SE corner of the county is approximately 35 miles  from Fort Scott, Kansas.   S.H. Shafer is likely Henry S. Shaffer and he goes to Fort Scott, Kansas to join the military.  There he meets and marries Zarelda "Copple" Denton.



From the "Early History of Sugar Creek" by J. H. Rhea as printed in the Drexel Star in 1919, we find an article on Rockville, Miami Co., and the Civil War.  Specifically:

        "All able-bodied men were called into the service during that struggle. Even the men too old for service, were ushered into the State Militia.  Missouri fought on the side of the confederacy and this little band of people settled on the Kansas side, proudly flew the union flag for Abraham Lincoln."

         "A stockade was built around the old stone church at Rockville."

         "All the people of this little community were residing within the stockade; that was: boys, girls, little children, women, and men too old to fight."


Clearly, the fighting men were now in the Army.  Where would "SH" most likely have gone?  35 miles south to Fort Scott, Kansas



Henry joined the Union Army.  He was mustered-in the 2nd Independent Battery of the Kansas Light Artillery at Fort Scott, Kansas.  Most all of his duty was as a Corporal in detached service without orders, with the Right Section.  Later, they were sent to Little Rock, Arkansas.


03 Jul 1863

In Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., KS Henry S. Shaffer married Zarelda Denton



Henry was admitted to General Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas with Scurvy.  In his hospital record, he is reported to be married, 28 years old,{born ca 1837} and of Ohio nativity.


Jun 16, 1865

Mustered out of service, Little Rock, AR



Henry and Zarilda bought property in Newton Co., (Sec 30, T27N, R30W) from John Martin and wife on Oct. 5, 1870 and from Benjamin Thomas and wife and Richard A. Henning and wife on Oct. 6, 1870.



Daughters Mary Jane "Shaffer" Wegener and Rosa Belle "Shaffer" Vaughn applied for a Death Benefit from the military.  In the application, they state that Henry died near Diamond (Dimond), Missouri of Consumption as a result of lung damage from the Scurvy he had in 1865.


  More About Henry S. Shaffer:

Census 1: 1870, Marion Twp., Newton Co., MO  36 years old born in Ohio

Census 2: 1860, Sugar Creek, Lykins Co., (now Miami), KS---probably

Death Report: Consumption (TB)

Military service 1: Bet. 22 Aug 1862 - 15 Jun 1865, Corporal, 2nd Independent Battery, Kansas Light Artillery

Military service 2: 1865, at discharge 28 -- Nativity Ohio


Notes for Zarilda Copple:

Zarilda Shafer is named in the Application for Letters of Administration by Margaret for the Estate of Jacob on 9/7/1871.


More About Zarilda Copple:

Census 1: 1850, Jackson Twp, Newton Co., MO--with parents

Census 2: 1860, Jackson Twp., Newton Co., MO --Denton--with parents

Census 3: 1870, Marion Twp., Newton Co., MO 

Census 4: 1880, Joplin 3rd Ward, Jasper Co., MO

Death Report: Family reports she died of "Consumption" (TB)


More About Henry Shaffer and Zarilda Copple:

Marriage: 03 Jul 1863, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., KS8

Memo: By T.T. Insley, Minister of Methodist Episcopal Church, in the home of C.W. Insley


Children of Henry Shaffer and Zarilda Copple are:

+      2                 i.    Mary Jane2 Shaffer, born 29 Jul 1872 in Ohio probably; died 12 Apr 1962 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.

+      3                ii.    Rosa Belle "Rosie" Shaffer, born 26 Apr 1876 in MO; died in California or Klamath Falls OR.



Generation No. 2


        2.  Mary Jane2 Shaffer (Henry S.1) was born 29 Jul 1872 in Ohio probably9,10, and died 12 Apr 1962 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR11.  She married William Christian Wegener12 11 Sep 1889 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO13, son of Christian Wegener and Mary Howell.  He was born 15 Aug 1861 in Decater/Cerro Gordo, Piatt Co., IL, and died 01 Aug 1924 in The Dalles, Wasco Co, OR.


Notes for Mary Jane Shaffer:

Mary Jane's birth place is still not known.  Most of the evidence places her birth in Ohio.  The 1880 & 1920 census records show Ohio but the information given on her death certificate (by her daughter Fern) indicates Illinois.  Her son Fred indicated Missouri in the 1930 census. She always claimed to her grandchildren that she was raised around Cincinnati, Ohio.


More About Mary Jane Shaffer:

Burial: 16 Apr 1962, IOOF Cemetery, The Dalles OR

Census: 1930, The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR--indexed Hegener


More About William Christian Wegener:

Burial: 06 Aug 1924, IOOF Cemetery, The Dalles OR

Census 1: 1900, Jackson Twp., Jasper Co., MO-- Waggener

Census 2: Marriage was performed by W.H. Kilgore, Judge of Probate Court and recorded 10/30/1889

Census 3: 16 Sep 1907, Moved to The Dalles after living 1 year in Columbia Falls MT and being burned out

Census 4: 1910, Wasco Co., OR

Census 5: 1920, Wasco Co., OR

Death Report: Apoplexy Cerebral Hemorrhage as a result of Arterio Sclerosis


More about William Wegener and Mary Shaffer:

Marriage: 11 Sep 1889, Carthage, Jasper Co., MO13


Children of Mary Shaffer and William Wegener are:

+      4                 i.    Charley Augustus3 Wegener, born 25 Nov 1892 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 19 Oct 1952 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.

+      5                ii.    Minnie Pearl Wegener, born 12 Aug 1890 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 03 Sep 1987 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO.

        6               iii.    Fred Ulysses Wegener, born 27 Dec 1894 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 26 Nov 1975 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR.  He married Ruth Irene McDougall 10 Jan 1931 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR; born 30 Sep 1893 in Montevideo, MN; died 21 Mar 1982 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR.

+      7               iv.    Cora Evelyn Wegener, born 05 Jan 1897 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 19 Oct 1984 in San Diego, CA.

        8                v.    William Clarence Wegener, born 14 Sep 1899 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 16 Apr 1991 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.  He married Veva Elizabeth Burget 06 Mar 1942 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR; born 19 Jul 1901 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR; died 26 Mar 1983 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.

+      9               vi.    Elmer Roscoe Wegener, born 10 Jul 1901 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 12 Dec 1985 in Tigard, OR.

+      10            vii.    Fern Marie Wegener, born 08 Feb 1903 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 27 Aug 1988 in Wilsonville, OR.

        11           viii.    Frank Wegener, born 06 Jan 1906 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO; died 12 Jan 1906 in Carthage, Jasper Co., MO.

+      12             ix.    Lena Rose Wegener, born 17 Apr 1910 in The Dalles, Wasco Co., OR; died 1998 in CA.



        3.  Rosa Belle "Rosie"2 Shaffer (Henry S.1) was born 26 Apr 1876 in MO14, and died in California or Klamath Falls OR.  She married (1) Orin "Frank" Vaughn.    She married (2) Lewis (Louis) Hayworth Abt. 1900, son of George Hayworth and Mary Wright.  He was born Abt. 1875 in MO, and died 05 Oct 1936 in Hood River, Wasco Co., OR.



Children of Rosa Shaffer and Orin Vaughn are:

+      13               i.    Orville Edward3 Vaughn, born 1893 in Iowa; died 16 Oct 1942 in Klamath Falls, Klamath Co., OR.

        14              ii.    Frank Claud Vaughn, born 29 Mar 1896 in MO; died 22 Sep 1955 in San Francisco, CA.  He married Ella G. Unknown; born Abt. 1896 in California.


More About Frank Claud Vaughn:

Census: 1930, Dunsmuir, Siskiyou Co., CA




1.  Mortality Census 1880.

2.  Civil War military and Pension Record.

3.  Fort Scott Kansas Marriage records.

4.  Military Hospital Records   Fort Smith Arkansas  1865--Shows Henry 28 years old and of Ohio nativity.

5.  Civil War military and Pension Record.

6.  1880 Jasper County, Joplin Ward #3, 536.

7.  1850 Jackson Twp., Newton Co., MO census.

8.  Nancy Patterson, Old Fort Genealogical Society  4/16/03, Marriage Records.

9.  Civil War military and Pension Record.

10.  Death Certificate.

11.  Oregon Death Index, 1903-98.

12.  Delayed birth certificate in Wasco Co., Oregon 1895.

13.  Missouri Marriage License.

14.  Civil War military and Pension Record.

15.  Oregon Death Records.

16.  verbal from Phyllis Collins.


Note: I am interestested in any information on Henry before 1862.
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