Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Is for Mothers: Justina Shaffer (1774 - 1853)

This week the focus is on my maternal fourth great grandmother Justina Shaffer, the daughter of Maria Barbara Scherer* and John Philip Shaffer*, who (as far as we can tell) spent her entire life in York County, Pennsylvania.
[Detail of A Map Of The State Of Pennsylvania published in London by James Phillips, 1792. Source: David Rumsey Map Collection]

She was born in Shrewsbury Township on January 20, 1774, and when she was about six her father served as a private in Captain Henry Ferree's Company, 5th Battalion, York County Militia.

Justina married John Graaf (which was later changed to Grove) from neighboring Springfield Township on May 13, 1794 at the age of 20. The couple appear to have first settled in Windsor, later moving to Hopewell by 1820 where they remained for the rest of their lives, although John served in the York County militia during the War of 1812.

John and Justina had thirteen children--I am descended from Frederick Grove, their eleventh child and the seventh son**.

Because earlier census records only list the names of the head of each household, the first direct record we have of Justina*** is in  the 1850 U.S. Census when she and John were living with their son Henry and his family in Hopewell Township.
[ 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

John died the next year on January 16, 1851, and was buried in the cemetery of the Zion Methodist Episcopal Church in Draco. Justina survived for two years more, dying on November 25, 1853, and is buried next to her husband.
[John and Justina Grove, Find A Grave Memorial# 70655909; photo added by roogie #48165661]

*These surnames are spelled in a variety of ways; I have tried to use the most common ones.
**He married Leah Bixler,
***Her given name is spelled with a "G" in this record.

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