91st PA: Zachariah A Shaffer

Zachariah A Shaffer

Before the war

He was born in 1825/26, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, to John Shaffer and [unknown]. [sources: date: 6 (38 in 1864), 11 (23 in 1850), 12 (33 in 1860), 13 (37 in 1870), 14 (54 in 1880). place: 6, 11, 12, 13, 14. parents: 3]

In 1850, he was living in Monroe Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was a laborer. [source: 11]

He married Emeline [unknown family name]. She was born in 1826/27, in Virginia. They apparently had at least these children:

[source: 12, 13, 14]

In 1860, he was living in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Emeline, and with Franklin, George, Zachariah, and Dilapham (presumably their children). He was a farmer, and owned $500 in real estate and $200 in personal property. [source: 12]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [source: 6]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [source: 6]

During the war

He was drafted from the sixteenth district of Pennsylvania. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864. He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company F. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 16-17]

He was sent to the regiment with a detachment of 100 drafted men and substitutes, which arrived on 14 October 1864. He was assigned to company F on 15 October 1864. [sources: 2]

He was sent to the division hospital on 21 October 1864. He had not returned to the regiment by 23 March 1865. [source: 2]

He was discharged near Washington DC on 1 or 15 May 1865 by general order. He was a private, in company F. [sources: 1 (15 May), 3 (June 1865), 5 (1 May, special order), 7 (16 Jun 65), 16-17]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Emiline, and with Franklin, George, Zach Jr, William, Edward, and Josephine (presumably their children). He was a farmer, and owned $500 in real estate and $100 in personal property. [source: 13]

On 8 August 1878, he swore a statement supporting James Aaron's application for a pension. [source: 4]

He lived in Mann Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. In 1884, he was living on a farm formerly owned by the Honorable G H Spang. [source: 3]

On 11 November 1878, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 9, 10]

In 1880, he was living in Mann Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Emiline and children John, Charles, and Joseph. He was a carpenter. [source: 14]

On 8 April 1884, he died. He was buried in the Mount Zion Graveyard, in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 4, 15]

On 2 February 1885, his widow, Emeline Shaffer, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 9, 10]

The government supplied a headstone for his grave, under a contract dated 8 July 887. [source: 15]

In 1890, his widow, Emmeline Shaffer, was living in Piney Creek, Mann Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [source: 7]

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Zachariah Schaffer)

2 letter, Sellers to Breck, 23 March 1865

3 message, on PABEDFOR list at RootsWeb, from David and Carol Eddleman, 12 July 2001, citing The History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties (Waterman, Watkins and Co., 1884), page 383 (Z A Shaffer)

4 message, from David and Carol Eddleman, 24 October 2002, on PABEDFOR list at RootsWeb, transcribing burial list from the Bedford Inquirer, 22 May 1908 (Zacharaiah Shaffer)

5 company F, register of men discharged (Zacheriah Shaffer)

6 company F, second descriptive roll, #31 (Zachariah Shaffer)

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Mann Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 74, page 1 (Zachariah Shaffer)

8 Serial Set number *, 46th Congress, 2nd session, House of Representatives, Report No. 67 (ordered printed 9 January 1880) (Zachariah Shaffer)

9 pension index, by name (Zachariah Shaffer)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (Zachariah Shaffer)

11 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Monroe Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 133 verso = 266 handwritten (Zachariah Shaffer)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township (post office Robisonville), microfilm series M653, film 1072, pages 553 = 13 handwritten to 554 = 14 handwritten (Zacharia [sic])

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township (post office Chanysville), microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 630 verso = 26 handwritten ( )

14 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Mann Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 228, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 216 = 3 C handwritten ( )

15 Records of headstones of deceased union veterans, 1879-1903 (Zachariah Shafer)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Zachariah Shaeffer)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Zachariah Shaffer)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1900 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 15 Feb 12)
note that Emmeline Shaffer b. Sep 1829 PA widowed is living in in Northern District, Fairview Twp, York Cty, PA; no children are listed; she is living by self (page 239 = 9 B)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 15 Feb 12)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 15 Feb 12)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Feb 12)
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1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Monroe Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 133 verso = 266 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people in this household, headed by Benjamin Show, 50, farmer]
line40
Dwellings visited[85]
Families visited[85]
NameZachariah Shaffer
Age23
Sexm
Color 
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLaborer
Real estate owned 
Birthplace 
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Over 20 & can't read/write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township (post office Robisonville), microfilm series M653, film 1072, pages 553 = 13 handwritten to 554 = 14 handwritten]
line36373839401
Dwelling number587     
Family number560     
NameZacharia [sic] ShaferEmeline "Franklin P. "Geo "Zacharia [sic] "Dilapham Shafer
Age33337326/12
Sexmfmmmm
Color      
OccupationFarmerTeacher   
Value of real estate owned500     
Value of personal estate200     
Place of birth" [sc. Penn]VaOhioPenn"Penna
Married within year      
Attended school within year  1  
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township (post office Chanysville), microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 630 verso = 26 handwritten]
line2425262728293031
Dwelling-house number195       
Family number197       
NameShafer Zacheriah- Emiline- Franklin- George- Zach Jr.- William- Edward- Josephine
Age3740191411975
SexMFMMMMMF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationFarmerwife Keeping HouseAt HomeAt HomeAt HomeAt HomeAt HomeAt Home
Real estate value500       
Personal estate value100       
BirthplacePaPaPaPaPaPaPaPa
Father foreign born        
Mother foreign born        
Birth month if born within year        
Marriage month if married within year        
Attended school past year  111111
Can't read        
Can't write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1       
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...        

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Mann Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 228, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 216 = 3 C handwritten]
line3637383940
street name     
house number    
dwelling visit #27    
family visit #28    
nameShafer Zachariah- Emiline- John W- Charles E- Joseph E
colorWWWWW
sexMFMMF
age5455191716
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeSonSonDaughter
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationCarpenterKeeping houseWorks on a farmWorks on a farmAt home
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePennaVaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaVaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaVaVaVaVa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Mann Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 74, page 1]
[line] 1
[house] 8
[family] 8
[name] Emmeline Shaffer widow of Zachariah Shaffer
[rank] Private
[company] F
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 21 Sept 1864
[discharge date] 16 Jun 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 8 months, 25 days
[post office address] Piney Creek
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 28 March 2015, from Fold3]


Shaeffer Zachariah
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Shaffer Zachariah

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 2 Apr 15]

Shaffer Zachariah A.
     Zachariah
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Headstone

[Records of headstones of deceased union veterans, 1879-1903]
[transcribed 15 Feb 2012, from FamilySearch]

Shafer Zachariah
Pvt Co. F, Regt. 91"
Pa Infy
Cemetery Sandy [?]
City or Town near Piney Crrek
County and State Bedford Pa
Grave [blank]
Date of death Apl 8 - 1884
Headstone supplied [blank]
by Sheldon + Sons
Contract dated July 8 - 1887

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