HISTORY OF THE FAMILY OF ANTHONY SCHAEFFER
Placed online by Lee Schaeffer Aug., 2000
In coming before you with this History of the family of Anthony Schaeffer, we would ask you to be lenient in your judgments. We have made it as accurate as possible, considering the researches for one hundred and fifty (150) years, with only snatches of records here and there.
We find the first German settlement of permanency in America was made in the year l733 by a band of Germans who were persecuted for their religious beliefs. They landed in Georgia, when General Oglethorpe was Governor of the Province. He received them with open arms, and gave the liberty of his domain. They went up the Savannah River about fifty miles, thence back into the wilderness several miles. For want of road or thoroughfare, they blazed the trees as they went, so they could find their way back to civilization. There they pitched their tents, formed their settlement, calling it "EBENIZAR", which means, "The Lord hath helped Us."
Thirty years later another band of Germans from Heidelberg, Germany, who had withstood the persecutions of the reigning religious fanatics till patience ceased to be a virtue, packed their belongings and set sail for the new world. They landed at Philadelphia and settled in the eastern part of the province of Pennsylvania, or Penns Woods, at it was then called. They called their settlement HEIDELBERG, in honor of their Fatherland home. In this colony was a young lady by the name of MARIA CATHERINE REEG, who brought with her the heart of a young German by the name of ANTHONY SCHAEFFER. These two had been playmates in childhood; they became ardent friends in boyhood and girlhood, and we can imagine the heaviness of poor young Anthony's heart as he saw her wave her fond adieu on leaving her childhood scenes. With heart in America, young Anton spent two years at his home and then he arose, bid farewell to father, mother, sister, and brother, to cross the briny deep to find his lady-love. Imagine his anxiety for one hundred and six (106) days he spent on the tempestuous sea.
Christopher Schaeffer, the father of the first Anthony, I think, was a Bürgermeister of Heidelburg. If this could be proven correct, then sister's Ruth's assertion that the Schaeffers once had the "Von" before their name would be correct. (Rev. Lee Schaeffer's note)
We drop the mantle of charity over the scene of the meeting of these two whose hearts beat in unison, as locked in each other's aims, they vowed that nothing but death should part them again; and as young Anton led Marie Catherine to the altar, they laid the foundation for the Schaeffer family in America, the members of which are here today by the hundreds, and spread over half the States of the Union.
Anthony Schaeffer (1744-1825) and Maria Catherine Reeg were married in Northampton County
Schaeffer Family Cemetary - Armstrong County
Following is the record of their children, as taken from the baptismal records:
EVA CATHERINE, a daughter of Anthony Schaeffer and his lawful housewife, Maria Catherine, was born on the 15th day of November, in the year 1766. The baptismal witnesses were Peter Reeg and his housewife, Eva Elizabeth, in Heidleberg Township, Northampton County.
GEORGE PETER was born March 27th, at 10:00 A.M. in the year 1769, and was baptized. The sponsors were Peter Reeg and Eva Elizabeth, his wife. The parents are Anton Schaeffer and Maria Catherine in Heidleberg Township, Northhampton County.
ELIZABETH CHRISTINA was born from Christian parents the 2lst day of February, in the year 1771, and was at once called to hold baptism. The sponsors were John William Seipe and Lena Washborn, in Heidleberg Township, Northampton County, in the province of Pennsylvania.
SUSANNA MARGARET was born April 13th, in the year of Christ 1774, and was at once called to holy baptism. The sponsors were George Reeg and his lawful wife, Maria Margaret, In Heidleberg Township, Northampton County.
Susanna Margaret married Anthony Remaley, whose father was a Revolutionary soldier.
Conflicting Information: MICHAEL RAYMALEY (JOHAN MICHAEL REMALEY) was born November 19, 1773 in Heidelberg Twp,Lehigh, Pa, and died November 1820. He married MARGARET SUSANNA SCHAEFFER 1794, daughter of ANTHONY SCHAEFFER and MARIE REEG. She was born April 13, 1774 in Lehigh,Pa. Child of MICHAEL RAYMALEY and MARGARET SCHAEFFER is: DANIEL REMALEY, b. 1815; d. 1894, Recorded Land Jo, Greensburg, Pa Vol.2,Pg 45.
JOHN PHILIP was born the 18th day of November, 1778, so then the honored parents on both sides gave over at once to the holy baptism of God's gracious covenant, the little son given them the 20th day of December, 1778. The sponsors at that time were the Honorable John Philip Schaeffer and his lawful housewife, Eva Margaret. God grant to him that he may become a true follower after Jesus Christ. (He died July 9, 1848)
So we find the founders of the Schaeffer family in America took great pains to have the seal of God's covenant placed upon their children; and we also, find that Anthony Schaeffer defended his family again at internal and foreign foe, for we find him, according to Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Volume 8, pages 449-459-510-234, as a private in Captain Conrad Roder's Company, being the fifth company of the Sixth battalion of Northampton County Militia commanded by Colonel Henry Geiger, on Oct. 26, 1780. His name also appeared in a muster roll of the same company under date of July 1, 1782. Again his name appears on a pay roll of the same company as serving eight days on the frontier against the Indians in 1780. Surely he found favor in the eyes of God, for his blessings, followed him and his children. He is allowed to see all his children married and starting branches of his family.
His first child, Eva Catherine, married Michael Best, whose name appears on the record of Captain Fred Kearne's Company, Third Battalion, in 1781, for sixty days from May lst, and several times thereafter.
George Peter, second child, married Maria Helfferich, sister of John George Helfferich, who in return, married Elizabeth Christina, the third child of the Schaeffer family.
We now come to John Philip, the fifth and last child, who we find married Catherine Elizabeth Zerfoss, a daughter of John Zerloss, a Revolutionary soldier, who, in the Battle of Valley Forge, received a very severe saber wound in the entire length of the side of his face, from a British Colonel, in a hand-to-hand encounter; but retaliated by raising on his elbow and with deliberate aim, shot the colonel through the leg, which caused the loss of said member; and while both were being treated in the same hospital, the colonel complimented young Zerfoss for his defense after his painful wound.
Early in the 19th century, we find they emigrated to the then far West, and with horses and wagons (for there were no railroads), we find them winding their way across the mountains and settling in the extreme western part of Westmoreland County, now part of Armstrong County, right were we are holding this reunion. The first record we have of them here is in the formation of a church; the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of the County St. Michael, organized in 1806 by Rev. Michael Steck, of Greensburg, Pa.. The original members of said church were twenty-four (24) in number, viz:
George Peter Schaeffer, Elder
John George Helfferich, Elder
Jacob George, Sr.
John Philip Schaeffer William Heffelinger
Michael Schall, Sr.
Isaac Wagley, Sr.
George A. King, and their wives
Before having a church building in which to worship, these pioneers were served by Circuit Clergy of the Lutheran and German Reformed faith. They held their services in private houses, chief of which seems to have been that of George Peter Schaeffer's. On the 6th of July, 1823, Rev. Gabrial A. Reichert preached his trial sermon, and was called as their first stated preacher, after which he preached regularly every four weeks at the home of George Peter Schaeffer.
The first church edifice was built about 1820 on lands of George Peter Schaeffer. So we see these people prior to having a church in which to worship, held services in private houses for fourteen (14) years. Their first church was built of hewn logs, and was 30 x 40 feet. On the 3rd of August, 1830 George Peter Schaeffer sold to John Philip Schaeffer and Peter Rupert, for $l.00, Trustees of the Lutheran and German Reformed Churches, the plot of ground on which the church stood, consisting of five acres and eight perches.
We thus see that while our fathers and mothers of four and five generations ago were engaged in clearing out the wilderness, infested with the wild animals peculiar to this section, and subduing the soil for the production of domestic fruits, they ever remembered the Lord who created them, and the Christ who redeemed them.
Within a radius of a few miles of the spot upon which we now stand, the following descendants of Anthony Schaeffer were born:
To Michael Best and wife, Eva:
Daughter, Mrs. Heart
Daughter, Mrs. Ludwig
To George Peter Schaeffer and Mary, his wife
Margaret Catherine, who married John Schutt
Elisabeth, who married John Schall
Mary, who married Andrew Schall
John George, who married Eve Heilman
(hand written note: b. Aug. 28,1815 d. Oct. 29,1816
To John George Helfferich and Elizabeth, his wife:
To Anthony Remaley and Susanna, his wife:
To John Philip Schaeffer and Catherine Elizabeth, his wife:
Mary Schaeffer, who married Joseph Dunmire
Elizabeth, who married Henry Miller
Anthony (1805-1893?)., who married Mary E. Rupert
Isaac, who married Elizabeth Schall
Philip, who married Susanna Olinger
Frederick, who married Nancy Waltenhaugh
Michael, who married Susanna Hartman
Of the twenty-three (23) grandchildren we see fifteen (15) married, and here is where our record becomes broken, because of the failure of same to respond when we asked them for their family record.
Of Peter Best's family we can say they have gone to Jefferson County, where we lose all trace.
Of Anthony Helfferich's family, we know of:
Mary, who married Isaac Kinnard
Christina, who married John Remaley
Daniel, who married _______ Woodside
John C., who married _______ Woodside
Simon, who married _______avis
Jackson, who married Mary Hart,
_______ Daughter, who married Peter Heilman
George Peter Schaeffer's family:
John never married
Philip never married
To Catherine and her husband, John Schutt, was born one daughter.
To Elizabeth and her husband, John Schall, were born a family of children, but for want of information I cannot here enumerate. Also, with Mary and her husband, Andrew Schall.
To John George and his wife, Eva, were born:
Franklin July 28, 1845
To William Remaley and wife, were born a family of children, of which we know:
Mrs. John Kriepshield
Mrs. Hiram Schall
To John Remaley and wife were born:
Of John Philip Schaeffer's family, John died without marrying.
To Elizabeth and Henry Miller (died 1849), her husband, were born the following:
(Great Grandfather to Rev. Lee Erwin Schaeffer)
Isaac, July 18, 1826 (married to Duirnire)
Susanna, Feb. 20, 1830
John Philip, Dec. 7, 1832
(Grandfather Miller to Rev. Lee Erwin Schaeffer)
Jacob, March 10, 1834
David, April 3, 1836 married to Smith)
Michael, Feb. 26, 1840
Mary Ann, May 18, 1844
To Anthony Schaeffer and his wife were born: (Anthony died Jan. 5, 1893, age 87 years)
Magdalene RUPERT (no dates or any info) m. Anthony Schaeffer (20 Oct 1805--05 Jan 1893). Parents of Anthony were
Johan Philip Schaeffer (18 Nov 1778--09 Jul 1848) and Catherine Zerfoss.. no dates or info on her family... Anthony and
Magdalene (RUPERT) Schaeffer lived in Armstrong Co., Pa. Many children and one daug Anna Eliz.( b. 1831) married
Boyer? or Wingard? and resided in Armstrong Co., Pa. Annas daug Mary was Boyer? or Wingard? m. Thos. E. Graden.
Mary Magdalene (Rupert) Schaeffer born Jan 1812 in Plumcreek Twp, Armco. Died 3/22/1867.
Dau of Frederick/Anna Catherine (Schott) Rupert.
Anthony/Magdalena had children:
Elizabeth, b 11/28/1830
Christin, b 7/12/1832
Catharine, b 3/23/1834
Henry, b 5/18/1835
Maria, b 7/14/1838
Leah, b 3/14/1844
Susanna, b 7/1/1845
Magdalena, b 4/24/1848
Nancy, b abt 1849
Mary Magdalena's mother-in-law (Anthony's mother) was Catherine Elizabeth Rupert.
Don Rupert, FL
Children of Anthony Schaeffer and his wife
Henry Alvindore (Grandfather Schaeffer to Rev. Lee Erwin Schaeffer )
ADDISON KELLY SHAEFFER
(B: Oct. 12, 1876 D: Sept. 19, 1948)
United Rockville Luthern Church
To Isaac Shaeffer (Schaeffer) and his wife were born:
Twin brothers who died in infancy, not christened.
To Mary and Joseph Dunmire were born:
To Philip Schaeffer and Susan were born:
Josiah J. Levi
To Frederick Schaeffer and his wife, Nancy
To Michael Schaeffer and his wife, Susanna, were born:
History of the Schaeffer Family Reunions
In the year 1861, when the storm cloud of rebellion that had been hovering over the horizon of our Republic, broke upon us in its mighty fury, and an internal foe threatened to destroy our glorious Union, and our President called for loyal patriots to defend the Stars and Stripes, we find of the sons of Anthony Schaeffer among those who responded, and on the battlefield gave blood and life in defense of the country of their father's choice. When the Dove of Peace again spread her wings over our country, and these sons, along with their brothers in blue, came home again, they resumed their various avocations, and today his family is represented in every profession, trade and calling in life.
Thus we see the ties of blood and affection that bind us together have been and still are the main stay of our family, and we trust will so continue through all time to come; and when those of us here today have passed off the stage of action, and have been called to the new country of our fathers, may our children and children's children be animated by the same spirity which permeated General Picket, who won fame by his bold and daring charge on the battlefield of Gettysburg, when in our congressional hall when his State seceded, with tears streaming down his cheeks, proclaimed: "Proud as I am of being an American citizen, and dearly as I love those Stars and Stripes, this arm of mine shall never be raised against my own kith and kin.
FIRST MEETING OF MEETING OF EXECUTIVE
In July 1908, D. W. Schaeffer, with Simon Schaeffer, Salem Schaeffer, R. R. Schaeffer and E. E. Schaeffer, met in executive committee at Brick Church, Pa., to make arrangements for holding a Schaeffer reunion. They organized by electing D. W. Schaeffer president, and E. E. Schaeffer secretary. A program was arranged and the time and place for holding the first reunion settled.
Time selected: August 13, 1908
Place: Brick Church, Pa.
D. W. SCHAEFFER, Pres.
E.E. SCHAEFFER, Sec.
The first reunion of the Schaeffer connection was held in King's Grove, Brick Church, Pa., Thursday, August 13, 1908. The attendance was estimated at from 2,000 to 2,500 people. The weather was fine, the day was ideal, and everybody made the best of it.
Addresses are made by:
Patriotic songs, such as "Red, White and Blue", "Star Spangled Banner", and "America.', were sung, as were also, "The Old Oaken Bucket", "Love at Home", and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again".
The instrumental music was furnished by seven members of what was originally (years gone by) the Schaeffer Drum Corps. Kimpel's String Band furnished some excellent music. Mr. Seltzer, of Vandergrift, was present with a large phonograph and rendered a number of pieces. A notable feature was the number of old soldiers present. Space forbids giving their names, but we feel proud to say that within the connection there were so many responded to their country's call in '61 to '65 in defense of our Union. May they live to be with us at many more like reunions.
A permanent organization was formed with D. W. Schaeffer, president; R. R. Schaeffer and J. E. Kinnard, vice president; E. E. Schaeffer, secretary; and I. N. Schaeffer, historian.
Executive committee selected as A. A. Schaeffer ,Simon Schaeffer, R. R. Schaeffer, J. E. Kinnard, and M. L. Rupert. The association is indebted to H.A. King for the free use of the grove and to all who helped make the reunion such a success.
D.W. SCHAEFFER, Pres.
Attests: E. E. Schaeffer Sec.
SECOND MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTIE
Executive committee met at the residence of A. A. Schaeffer, Ford City, Pa., May 22, 1909. After due consideration, the time and place for holding the next reunion was set for August 14, 1909, in King's Grove, at Brick Church, Pa..
Agreed that 500 or more bills be struck to advertise the reunion. R. R. Schaeffer and M. L. Rupert appointed a committee to solicit funds to defray the expenses.
Simon Schaeffer elected treasurer, R. R. Schaeffer, chairman pf committee to look after having grove in condition.
A. A. SCHAEFEER, Chairman
E. E. SCHAEFFER, Secretary
The second annual reunion was held in King's Grove at Brick Church, Pa., Saturday, August 14, 1909.
As early as nine o'clock people began to arrive. They came on horseback, in wagons, Surreys, buggies, hacks, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, and other conveyance, until about 2,500 people had congregated. Rev, J, W. Schaeffer, of Homer City, Pa., opened the program with prayer.
Rev. Yeisley, in well chosen words, welcomed the people, which was ably responded to by A. A. Schaeffer, of Ford City, Pa.. Short talks were given by Attorneys J. W. King and J. S. Schaeffer, of Kittanning; Attorney J. A. Schaeffer of Mount Union, Ohio; Rev. Price, of Elderton; S. S. Blyholder, and President, D. W. Schaeffer.
Historian, I. N. Schaeffer, of Pittsburgh, read a brief history of the Schaeffers dating from early in 1700 when Anthony Schaeffer left one of the Rhine countries in Germany, and immigrated to America.
The Center Valley Drum Corps was present and furnished excellent music. Also, another drum corps with Messrs. Lienderson, Elgin, and A, E. Rupert as fifers, and a number of the Schaeffers as drummers, furnished some old-time music. Songs and patriotic selections comprised the vocal music.
Ball games and other amusements were indulged in. It was an enjoyable affair, and everybody made good use of it. All the old officers were re-elected for the ensuing year.
D. W. SCHAEFFER, Pres,
Attest: E. E. SCHAEFFER, Sec.
SECOND MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTIE
Executive committee of Schaeffer reunion met at the residence of A. A. Schaeffer, Ford City, Pa., A. A. Schaeffer, Simon Schaeffer, D. W. Schaeffer, R. R. Schaeffer, J. E. Kinnard, M. L. Rupert and E. E. Schaeffer, being present. After due discussion, the time and place for holding the third annual reunion was fixed for August 13, 1910, in Lenape Park, near Ford City. Pa.. D. W. Schaeffer to have sufficient bills struck to advertise the reunion.
A. A. Schaeffer to look after the service of the McKean Drum Corps for the reunion. Time set to meet in park at 10 o'clock A.M.
A. A. SCHAEFFER, Chairman
E. E. SCHAEFFER, Secretary
The third annual reunion of the Schaeffer connection and friends was held in Lenape Park, near Ford City, Pa., Saturday, August 13, 1910. D. W. Schaeffer called the audience to order, after which Rev. J. W. Schaeffer offered prayer. After a few preliminary remarks by the President, dinner was served, after which the executive committee met and presented the following names for officers of the organization for the ensuing year:
President, D. W. Schaeffer; first vice president, J. M. Kinnard; second vice president, R. R. Schaeffer; treasurer, Simon Schaeffer; Secretary, E. E. Schaeffer.
Executive committee---A. A. Schaeffer, chairman; J. E. Kinnard, Simon Schaeffer, R. R. Schaeffer and M. L. Rupert, who were unanimously elected.
Short talks were given by D. W. Schaeffer, Rev. J. W. Schaeffer, Rev. Larigham, John S. Schaeffer, A. A. A. Schaeffer. The program was interspersed with martial music.
D. W. SCHAEFFER, Pres.
Attest: E. E. SCHAEFFER, Sec.
FOURTH MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Executive committee met at the residence of D. W. Schaeffer, Kittanning, Pa., May 27, 1911, and fixed the time and place for holding the fourth annual reunion as August 12, 1911, at Brick Church, Pa.. Members of the committee present were: D. W. Schaeffer, J. E. Kinhard, M. L. Rupert, R. R. Schaeffer and E. E. Schaeffer.
D. W. SCHAEFFER, President
E. E. SCHAEFFER, Secretary
The fourth annual reunion of the Schaeffer connection and friends was held in King's Grove, Brick Church, Pa., August 12, 1911. By the noon hour about 1,000 people had assembled. At one o'clock D. W. Schaeffer called the assembly together, and Rev. J. W. Schaeffer, of Homer City, offered prayer. Other speakers followed; namely, Rev. J. N. Wetzler, John S. Schaeffer, S. S. Blyholder, A. A. Schaeffer, ex-sheriff, Frick, U. F. George, and others. The old officers, with John S. Schaeffer and additional members, reelected. J. E. Kinnard was elected secretary, and Simon Schaeffer, treasurer. The treasurer's report showed a balance of $9.50 on hand.
D. W. SCHAEFFER, President
John H Schaeffer
JOHN H. SCHAEFFER, a resident of Burrell township, Armstrong county, was born there July 9, 1863, son of Michael and Susanna (Hartman) Schaeffer.
Anthony Schaeffer, a native of Germany, settled in Heidelberg township, Berks Co., Pa., in 1733, was married in Northampton county, Pa., to Maria Catherine Reeg, and came to Armstrong county among the very early settlers, making his home on the land in what was then Kittanning (now Burrell) township now owned by Elmer E. Schaeffer. The original tract he owned contained over six hundred acres. He died here when a very old man, and is buried in the old Schaeffer graveyard in Bethel township, where the first Lutheran Church, organized in 1806, was established. He was one of its founders and charter members, and was a most respected man in his section, where his high Christian character and nobility of disposition won him the loving esteem of all who knew him. To him and his wife were born five children: Eva Catherine, born Nov. 15, 1766; George P., March 27, 1769; Elizabeth Christina, Feb. 21, 1771; Susanna Margaret, April 13, 1774 (all born in Heidelberg township); John Philip, Nov. 18, or Dec. 20, 1778.
John Philip Schaeffer, Sr., born Nov. 18 or Dec. 20, 1778, on the old Schaeffer homestead in what is now Burrell township, Armstrong county, died July 9, 1848. His wife, Catherine Elizabeth (Zerfoss); died Nov. 27, 1830. Her father, John Zerfoss, was a soldier in the Revolution, and received a severe saber wound in the face in an encounter with a British colonel whom he shot. The British officer, who was captured, and lost a leg, complemented him on his bravery as both lay in the hospital.
Michael Schaeffer, father of John H. Schaeffer, was born in 1815, and died Dec. 23, 1897. He married Susanna Hartman, a native of Armstrong county, and they became the parents of eight children, six sons and two daughters: Samuel died when a young man, Stephen, who lives in Plum Creek township, this county, has been twice married and had six children by his first wife; Edward, who lives in Kittanning township, this county, married Sarah Borts (sister of Edward Borts), and had seven children; Maria, now living in Poland, Ohio, married David Kirkwood, a farmer, and had ten children; Catherine is deceased; Milton, who lives in Park township, this county, married Maggie Taylor, and had three children; John H., who is mentioned below; Manuel, who makes his home in Florida, has been married twice, and has one child by the first marriage. The mother of this family died in February, 1907, when nearly eighty-three years old.
John H. Schaeffer was brought up in Burrell township and obtained his early education there in the common schools, also attending the Elderton Academy. He learned the blacksmiths trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years at Saltsburg, but had followed farming and clay mining, being at present pit boss at the Kittanning clay mine. He is one of the respected residents of his part of the county. On April 16, 1890, he married Eva McNett, who was born June 1, 1870, in Allegheny, Pa., and is of Scotch- Irish extraction. Eight children have been born to this union, namely: Charlotte, who died when three years old ; George Michael, born April 17, 1892, now working on the railroad tunnel at Red Bank; Joseph Manuel, born Feb. 14, 1894, who is on the farm; Anna Elizabeth, born Dec. 10, 1895; Florence Bertha, born Jan. 16, 1898; Howard Clark. born Feb. 23, 1904; Leona Rebecca, born March 6, 1909; and Jesse Emmet, born June, 1912. The family are Lutherans in religious connection, attending at the St, Michaels, the Brick Church. Mr. Schaeffer is a Republican in his political views, has been judge of election, and is at present road supervisor.
Source: Pages 895-896, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914 Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project Published 1998 by the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project
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ELMER E. SCHAEFFER
Source: Pages 905 - 906, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914 Transcribed February 1999 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project Published 1999 by the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project
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ELMER E. SCHAEFFER, of Burrell township, Armstrong county, lives on a farm which has been in his family over one hundred years, having come down to him from his great-great-grandfather.
Anthony Schaeffer, a native of Germany, settled in Heidelberg township, Berks county, Pa., in 1733, was married in Northhampton county, Pa., to Maria Catherine Reeg, and came to Armstrong county among the very early settlers making his home on the land in what was then Kittanning ( now Burrell) township now owned by Elmer E. Schaeffer. The original tract he owned contained over six hundred acres. He died there when a very old man, and is buried in the old Schaeffer graveyard in Bethel township, where the first Lutheran Church, organized 1806, was established. He was one of its founders and charter members, and was a most respected man in his section, where his high Christian character and nobility of disposition won him the loving esteem of all who knew him. To him and his wife were born five children: Eva Catherine, born Nov. 15, 1766; George P., March 27, 1769; Elizabeth Christina Feb. 21, 1771; Susanna Margaret, April 13, 1774 (all born in Heidelberg township); John Philip, Nov. 18 or Dec. 20, 1778.
John Philip Schaeffer, Sr., born Nov. 18 or Dec. 20, 1778, on the old Schaeffer homestead in what is now Burrell township, Armstrong county, died July 9, 1848. His wife Catherine Elizabeth (Zerfoss), died Nov. 27, 1830. Her father John Zerfoss, was a soldier in the Revolution, and received a severe saber wound in the face in an encounter with a British Colonel whom he shot. The British officer, who was captured, and lost a leg, complemented him on his bravery as both lay in the hospital.
John Philip Schaeffer, son of John Philip and Catherine (Zerfoss) Schaeffer, was born April 22, 1811, on the same farm, the place now owned by his grandson Elmer E., followed farming all his life, and was an active citizen of the locality, holding several township offices. Twelve children were born to his marriage with Susanna Olinger, viz.: David, William, Josiah J., Harriet, Mary J., Emma, Isaac N., Jackson, Levi, Margaret, James M., and Clara. Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer were Lutherans. He died June 16, 1867, she in 1873, at the age of fifty-four years.
William Schaeffer, father of Elmer E., was born April 23, 1836, lived in Burrell township, and died Jan. 30, 1892. He married Louisa Helfferich, who was born Nov. 14, 1841, daughter of George and Margaret (Woodside) Helfferich, and they had a family of four children, three sons and one daughter: Elmer E., Homer H., a builder, of Wickboro, Pa., who married Judy Scholl and has four children, two sons and two daughters; Mary Margaret, who married A.E. Waltenbough, of Ford City, an employee of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, and has a daughter; and Kelley R., of Warren, Ohio, a merchant, who married Dora Ensminger and has three children, two sons and one daughter.
Elmer E. Schaeffer was born Aug. 18, 1865, in Burrell township, and received a thorough education, attending common and select schools. He taught school in the township for thirteen years, and in that connection is very well known, though he has also made an excellent reputation by his efficient discharge of the duties of public offices he has held, having been school director and auditor of his township. His farm of 115 acres is a valuable tract and well cultivated, for he is one of the most progressive agriculturists of his section and has been very successful in his farming operations. Few residents of the township are better known, and he commands the esteem of all whom he meets in any of the relations of life. He and his family are Lutherans in religious connection, belonging to St. Michaels, the Brick Church, and in politics he is a Democrat.
On Sept. 4, 1895, Mr. Schaeffer married Katie A. Spang, of Burrell township, daughter of Oliver and Lucetta (Fiscus) Spang, who had a family of five children: Quinby A., who married Jessie Cornwall; Dora, wife of J. B. Helffrich; Martha, wife of J. E. Loy; Harry, who married Dora Schreckengost; and Katie A., Mrs. Elmer E. Schaeffer. To Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer have been born four children: Wayne R., Feb 5, 1897; Paul W. Nov. 21, 1898; Meade E., July 21, 1900, and Helen L., Sept. 23, 1905.
Grave of "Black Tom"
Armstrong Count Genealogy Club Quarterly, Summer 1997 issue contains a cemetery census of St. Michael's Lutheran - Old Schaeffer Cemetery. Stone #40. This is a large, flat cement slab that covers the entire grave. The following inscription is written at the top:
A. S. Colord Man
Did by Rev. J. Cowart 8-23-56
According to the J.H. Beers & Co. 1914 book, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, Anthony Schaeffer came to Armstrong County before the opening of the nineteenth century, and brought with him a slave he owned, "Black Tom," who continued to live with the family until he died of old age; he is buried in the Schaeffer Church grave-yard at Brick Church in Burrell Township. In 1780 Pennsylvania voted to gradually abolish slavery, but it may have been tolerated until much later. Did Tom then live with the Schaeffer family of his own free will? We think that grave #40 is Tom's final resting place. The inscription most probably means:
Grave stone inscription DID BY REV. J V. COWART Augest 23, 1856
John Giacoletti - Giacolet@Compuserve.com
From Internet URL http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/6329/other.html#Black Tom Nov. 1999
A very early Reeg immigrant was Mary (or Maria) Catherine Reeg, who arrived in Philadelphia about 1760 with her parents, Georg and Catherie Reeg. Her childhood sweetheart, Anthony Shaeffer, (Schaeffer) came to America two years later and settled in the same area. They called their settlement Heidelberg after their homeland. Mary Catherine and Anthony married and later moved to Westmoreland County, PA. Their five children were Eva Catherine, George Peter, Elizabeth Christina, Susanna Margaret and John Phillip. This information comes from a descendant of Susanna who married Michael Raymayley (Anthony Remaley?) in 1794. See: Internet URL http://members.aol.com/BooksBoop/wgainfo.html
The Family of
ADDISON KELLY SHAEFFER & MARGARET ELIZABETH MILLER
Forth Row: Doyle - Clyde - Mary - Dorthy
Third Row: Ruth - Mother Schaeffer
Second Row: Lee - Jean - Audrey - Isabel - Cecil
First Row - Leonard - Alice - Keith
ADDISON KELLY SHAEFFER (Born: Oct. 12, 1876 Died: Sept. 19, 1948)
MARGARET ELIZABETH MILLER (Born: Jan. 1, 1878 Died: April 13, 1967)
They were married December 9, 1896 in Kittanning, Pa. by Rev. Robert Bowling.
To them were born the following 13 children:
RUTHI ROSETTA - married Urvin Sylvester Fresch -(Died Nov. 7, 1969) (Born: June 6, 1897)
URVIN SYLVESTER, JR. married Mary Getz
Mary Elizabeth Fresch (died July, 1969) married _________ Carpenter
AUDREY MYRAN (Born: Aug. 18, 1899 Died Feb 20, 1982
LEE ERWIN (Born: Sept. 4, 1901) married Catherine Cochran (Died Sept 30. 1971)
Son: Lee Erwin, Jr.(Born Feb. 4, 1943) married Judith Maxwell (June 15, 1968)
Lee Schaeffer III Born Jan. 23, 1973
Remarried Catherine Esenwein, Aug.9, 1972
DOYLE VERYL (Born: Sept.17, 1903) married Lucille Hutchison Died: Aug 1978
CLYDE KELLY (Born: Nov. 20, 1905) married Ruth King
MARY MARGERET (Born: April 14, 1908 Died: Aug. 2, 1955)
DOROTHY ELIZABETH (Born: July 10, 1910 Died: March 27, 1967), m. Herman Elias Smith
CECIL LAMONT (Born: Nov. 3, 1912), married Roberta Alcorn
Robert Lee Married Nancy ______
Robert, Jr. May 19___
Doyle Lynn, married Carrie Neergaard
Derek Keith May12, 1970
Ian Patrick June 11,1973
VERDA ISOBEL (Born: Mar. 20, 1915 Died: July 14, 1969 Married John Burkhardt
INEZ JEAN (Born: Jan. 17, 1917) married Jack Sebring Kennedy (Killed German, W.W..II)
Jean Elizabeth (Born: May 31, 1942) who married Ludwig Zapletal
KEITH RICHARD (Born: Mar. 9, 1919) married Kathryn Pauline Beck
Dennis Keith (Born: Nov. 4,1946)
Paul Allen (Born: Oct. 9, 1951)
ALICE KATHERINE (Born: Nov. 29, 1921) married Peter Burch Mar. 1947)
ORRIN LEONARD (Born: Dec.4, 1924)
William Fresch married Betty Roney
Compiled from the records of Rev. Lee E. Schaeffer by his son Lee Schaeffer Jr. Nov. 1999
There is no indication of who wrote this type written history but at the Second Reunion "Historian, I. N. Schaeffer, of Pittsburgh, read a brief history of the Schaeffers dating from early in 1700 when Anthony Schaeffer left one of the Rhine countries in Germany, and immigrated to America."
St Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery
A.K.A Brick Church
Schaeffer - Shaeffer
Date of Birth
Date of Death
|SCHAEFFER||ANNA||D (RUPERT)||7/01/1863||11/09/1901||W/O HENRY ALVADORE SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||ANNA||N (THOMPSON)||1887||1/10/1938||W/O HARVEY E 11/13/1909 CHURCH RECORD|
|SCHAEFFER||BETTY||J||1920||W/O HARRY E|
|SCHAEFFER||DOROTHY||LUCILLE||1925||1929||D/O WAYNE R/MELVA I|
|SCHAEFFER||EDNA||P||1/21/1900||10/08/1960||W/O JOSEPH L D/O REUBEN/MARY (SHAEFFER) SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||ELMER||E||1865||5/04/1943||H/O KATE SPANG|
|SCHAEFFER||ELSIE||IRENE (RIGGLE)||3/01/1905||11/11/1991||W/O HARRY L D/O JACOB/NETTIE (HILEMAN) RIGGLE|
|SCHAEFFER||ERNEST||PRESTON||10/12/1872||12/25/1911||H/O MARTHA E RUPERT S/O SALEM/SARAH ANN (SCHALL)|
|SCHAEFFER||EUGENE||W||1952||S/O MERLE W/M ALBERTA|
|SCHAEFFER||EVE (HEILMAN)||10/29/1816||9/26/1889||W/O JOHN GEORGE D/O DANIEL/LYDIA (YOUNT)|
|SCHAEFFER||GEORGE||M||1892||11/09/1949||WWI USAF H/O VERMA V|
|SCHAEFFER||HARRY||E||2/14/1892||9/04/1892||S/O HENRY ALVADORE/ANNA D|
|SCHAEFFER||HARRY||E||8/10/1917||12/14/1988||H/O BETTY J S/O SALEM/ANNA (THOMPSON)|
|SCHAEFFER||HARRY||L, SR||10/12/1909||6/10/1982||H/O ELSIE I S/O HARVEY/FLORENCE (MILLER)|
|SCHAEFFER||HARVEY||E||10/04/1875||6/29/1961||H/O ANNA N S/O SALEM/SARAH ANN (SCHALL)|
|SCHAEFFER||HENRY||ALVADORE||3/07/1862||11/05/1949||H/O ANNA D RUPERT S/O HENRY/MARGARET (GEORGE)|
|SCHAEFFER||JAMES||ARTHUR||6/15/1900||1/19/1910||H/O LEDA A|
|SCHAEFFER||JESSE||EMMETT||5/27/1940||S/O EVA/JOHN CHURCH RECORD|
|SCHAEFFER||JOHN||GEORGE||8/28/1815||2/16/1882||H/O EVE HEILMAN|
|SCHAEFFER||JOSEPH||E||2/14/1894||3/03/1975||H/O MABEL O|
|SCHAEFFER||JOSEPH||MILTON||1858||1927||H/O MARGARET A S/O MICHAEL/SUSAN (HARTMAN)|
|SCHAEFFER||KATE (SPANG)||1869||1955||W/O ELMER E SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||LAURA||BLANCHE (KEENER)||1921||12/23/1951||W/O JESSE SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||LAWRENCE||F||1896||H/O MARTHA E PRUGH S/O REUBEN/MARY LUELLA (SCHAEFFER) SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||LEDA||A||9/11/1895||10/11/1896||W/O JAMES A SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||LOUISA||HELFFERICH||1841||5/02/1913||W/O WILLIAM SCHAEFFER D/O J GEORGE/MARGARET (WO|
|SCHAEFFER||LUCY||(LEMMON)||5/27/1900||2/03/1979||W/O PAUL W. MARR 6-19-1923 D/O THOMAS J/MARGAR|
|SCHAEFFER||LUELLA||1864||1935||W/O REUBEN R D/O DAVID/MARY (MORROW) SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||LULA||B||6/23/1890||10/07/1890||D/O J M/M A|
|SCHAEFFER||LYNUS||10/21/1852||9/03/1913||S/O JOHN GEORGE/EVE (HEILMAN)|
|SCHAEFFER||M||ALBERTA||1919||W/O MERLE W|
|SCHAEFFER||MABEL||O||4/09/1893||4/19/1983||W/O JOSEPH E|
|SCHAEFFER||MABEL||MRS O||08/09/1893||04/19/1983||CH REC|
|SCHAEFFER||MARGARET||A||1865||1944||W/O J MILTON|
|SCHAEFFER||MARTHA||E (PRUGH)||1906||W/O LAWRENCE F SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||MARTHA||ELLEN (RUPERT)||4/01/1874||1/10/1947||W/O ERNEST PRESTON SCHAEFFER & GEORGE HARTMAN|
|SCHAEFFER||MARTHA||ELLEN (RUPERT)||4/01/1874||1/10/1947||W/O PRESTON E SCHAEFFER D/O HENRY/LUCETTA A (KING)|
|SCHAEFFER||MARY||A||8/01/1847||12/28/1928||D/O JOHN GEORGE/EVE (HEILMAN)|
|SCHAEFFER||MARY||JANE||3/18/1843||9/10/1894||W/O ADAM RUPERT D/O J PHILLIP/SUSANNAH SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||MEADE||E||7/20/1900||5/12/1961||H/O M ALORA S/O ELMER/KATE (SPANG)|
|SCHAEFFER||MELVA||I (KNEPSHIELD)||7/03/1897||11/21/1988||W/O WAYNE R|
|SCHAEFFER||MERL||K||1901||1953||H/O OLIVE T|
|SCHAEFFER||MERLE||W||1916||H/O M ALBERTA|
|SCHAEFFER||MICHAEL||1815||1897||S/O JOHN PHILIP/CATHARINE ELIZABETH|
|SCHAEFFER||OLIVE||T||1905||1974||W/O MERL K|
|SCHAEFFER||ORRE||ERASTUS||4/29/1870||12/06/1889||S/O SALEM/SARAH A (SCHALL)|
|SCHAEFFER||PAUL||W||11/21/1898||7/05/1984||H/O LUCY S/O ELMER/KATE (SPANG)|
|SCHAEFFER||RALPH||H||2/14/1889||10/12/1900||S/O HENRY ALVADORE/ANNA D|
|SCHAEFFER||REUBEN||R||1859||1927||H/O LUELLAS/O JOHN GEORGE/EVE (HEILMAN)|
|SCHAEFFER||ROSA||3/06/1867||12/27/1935||W/O THOMAS B SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||SALEM||S||5/12/1844||9/07/1918||H/O SARAH A S/O JOHN GEORGE/EVE (HEILMAN)|
|SCHAEFFER||SARAH||A||2/10/1846||4/21/1920||W/O SALEM S D/O ROBERT/EVA (KING) SCHALL|
|SCHAEFFER||SUSAN||1/06/1906||86Y CHURCH RECORD S/O MICHAEL/SUSANNA(HASTMAN)|
|SCHAEFFER||SUSANNAH||10/06/1816||3/14/1875||W/O PHILIP D/O ADAM OLINGER/ANNA|
|SCHAEFFER||SUSANNAH||10/06/1816||3/14/1875||W/O PHILIP D/O ADAM OLINGER/ANNA MARY|
|SCHAEFFER||VERNA||V||2/11/1894||6/23/1956||W/O GEORGE M. D/O CHRISTOPHER/ANGE MARY G|
|SCHAEFFER||WAYNE||R||2/05/1897||6/27/1962||WWI PVT AMB CO 28\; 4TH SANITARY TRAI H/O MELVA L KNEPSHIELD. S/O ELMER/KATE|
|SCHAEFFER||WELTY||C||5/05/1892||6/02/1971||WWI S/O REUBEN R/LUELLA (SHAEFFER) SCHAEFFER|
|SCHAEFFER||WILLIAM||4/23/1836||1/30/1892||H/O LOUISA S/O PHILIP/SUSANNA (OLING|
|SHAEFFER||ADALINE||8/06/1849||6/15/1882||D/O JOHN GEORGE/EVE (HEILMAN)|