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Mary 'Adaline' (Miller) Shaffer


Mary "Adaline" (Miller) Shaffer was born on Feb. 19, 1850 in or near Kingwood, Preston County, WV, the daughter of Hezekiah and Keziah Ellen (Fawcett) Miller.

On Sept. 15, 1870, when she was about 20 years of age, Adaline was united in the bonds of matrimony with 21-year-old Nehemiah "Harvey" Shaffer (April 1849-1920?), also spelled "Nemiah." The wedding was officiated by M. McNeel at the home of Herman McGinnes. On their marriage license, the bride's father wrote on Sept. 12, 1870 -- "i this day gave my Daughter Mary A. Miller from under my hand And so Asign the Above Riten. Hezekiah Miller Sr."

The Shaffers together produced a family of at least six children -- Melissa Shaffer, Alice Fuller, John "Hezekiah" Shaffer, Isa Mae "Icy" Shaffer, Perry Shaffer and Carrie Belle Martin.

They resided for decades on a farm in Newburg, Preston County. 


Coal mining and coke oven operations in Newburg, WV


The U.S. census of 1900 shows that the family received its postal mail at Kingwood, with Harvey employed as a farmer and 27-year-old son John as a coal miner. In 1900, the census shows Harvey, age 61, working as a farmer and son Hezekiah as a coal miner. 

When the 1910 and 1920 censuses were taken, the Shaffers lived in Kingwood, with Harvey continuing his lifelong labor as a farmer. Their son Perry lived next door during that time. 

Harvey wrote his last will and testament dated March 18, 1919. He left all of his estate to Adaline and instructed that upon her death, what was left to was to go to their son Perry.

The couple was counted together in Kingwood when the census again was made in January 1920. The census-taker spelled his name "Nemi H."

Harvey died between January and March 1920.

Adaline outlived herhusband by almost five years. She died two days before Christmas 1924. Funeral services were held in the Hopewell church on Christmas day, said a newspaper, "in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends and relatives."

A search of Janice Cale Sisler's book, In Remembrance Cemetery Listings for Preston County, was not successful for locating their burial site.


~ Son John "Hezekiah" Shaffer ~

Son John "Hezekiah" Shaffer (1873-1955) was born on Feb. 1 or 2, 1873 in Kingwood, Preston County.

Evidence suggests that he was joined in marriage with Elizabeth Belle "Lizzie" Cupp (Jan. 17, 1876-1905), daughter of Martin V. and Catherine Elizabeth (Nieman) Cupp of Preston County.

Together the couple produced a son, George Daniel Shaffer, born in July 1896 in Brandonville, Preston County.

But the marriage was short lived. The pair divorced during the late 1890s.

Hezekiah never married again. He was employed as a coal miner in Preston County in 1900 when he was 27 years of age. In 1910, he lived at home with his parents and labored as a coal miner.


Rowan Memorial Home, Sweet Springs, where Hezekiah lived for 30 years
Library of Congress


When the census was taken in 1920, Hezekiah was marked as "married" at age 46 but living alone in his home on Church Road. That year, he continued his employment as a miner. In time he also earned a living as a building carpenter, and maintained a residence in Newburg, Preston County.

Hezekiah began to seriously suffer in about 1925 with a type of illness diagnosed as manic depressive psychosis. He bore this illness for the rest of his long life. As it worsened circa 1945, he was admitted to the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home in rural Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. He remained institutionalized there for nine-and-a-half years, or 3,444 days in all, treated for most of that time by Dr. J.U. Rohr.

The facility also has been known as the Sweet Springs Hotel, located on State Route 311. Built in 1833, it served as a hotel until the 1920s and then became a tuberculosis sanitarium in the early 1940s and an "old people's home" in the mid-1940s.

Just a few weeks before his 82nd birthday, Hezekiah was felled by heart failure followed by a heart attack. Death carried him into eternity on Jan. 11, 1955. The remains were lowered into eternal sleep in the Memorial Home's cemetery.

Former wife Elizabeth married a second time on March 31, 1901, when she was 25 years of age, to 22-year-old Charles Henry Fike (March 24, 1875-1939), son of Joseph and Cecilia Josephine (Friend) Fike of Fayette County, PA. Jeremiah Thomas presided over the wedding, held in his residence. Three more offspring were born to this union -- Eula Guthrie, Ruby Pearl Cramer and Leslie V. Fike. Tragically, about six weeks after giving birth, she died at the age of only 29 on March 25, 1905. She reposes for all time in the Cupp Cemetery in Preston County. The widowed Charles married again to Lois May Guseman (1874-1939). The couple dwelled in Carmichaels, Greene County, and in 1939 he was employed by the Works Progress Administration. Double tragedy occurred when Lois died just four days before Christmas 1939. The very next day, despondent over her passing, and fearing facing the holidays alone, Charles "walked into the Monongahela river and was drowned," reported a newspaper. Charles and Lois were laid to rest in a double funeral with burial in Laurel Point Cemetery in Carmichaels.

Son George Daniel Shaffer (1896-1976) was born on July 12, 1896 in Brandonville, Preston County. His birth record in Preston County states his father's name as "John Henry Shaffer." When he was 23 years old, on March 5, 1921, George wedded 22-year-old Iva Eureth Early (1898-1979) of Preston County bur originally from Maryland. Methodist Episcopal church pastor Rev. S.E. Ryan officiated at the ceremony held at the home of John Cupp. Three known children born into this family were Marshall Van Buren Shaffer, Stanley John Shaffer and Isa Shaffer. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the Shaffers living in the Pleasant District of Preston County, with George earning a living as a farmer. He died the day after Christmas 1976 at the age of 80. Interment was in Shady Grove Union Cemetery in Brandonville. Iva lived for another three years as a widow and passed away in June 1979.

  • Grandson Marshall Van Buren Shaffer (1922- ? ) was born on Sept. 6, 1922. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Marshall was united in the bonds of matrimony with Thelma "Grace" Friend (March 13, 1930-2019), daughter of Orval Clinton and Carrie Mae (Nicola) Friend of Hazelton, WV. The couple did not reproduce. They belonged to the Church of the Brethren. Sadly, Marshall passed into the arms of eternity at the age of 81 on Oct. 13, 2003. Burial was in Shady Grove Union Cemetery, Brandonville. Grace wedded a second time to John "Jack" Staub ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Bruceton Mills, Preston County. He had been married previously and brought six children to the marriage with Thelma. As her health failed, Grace was admitted to the Mon Health Medical Center in nearby Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. She died there at the age of 89 on April 6, 2019. Pastor Barry Adkins led the funeral service with interment in Shady Grove.
  • Grandson Stanley John Shaffer (1925-1970) was born on Sept. 16, 1925. At the age of 44, he surrendered to death on July 24, 1970. His remains lie in eternal sleep in Shady Grove Union Cemetery in Brandonville, Preston County.
  • Granddaughter Isa Mae Shaffer (1927-2017) was born on Sept. 21, 1927 in Locust Grove. She entered into marriage with Warren Ryan Metheny (Sept. 3, 1922-1987). The couple together bore a brood of three sons -- Larry Metheny, Robert Metheny and Daniel Metheny. Isa earned a living through her work for Sterling Faucet Company. She held a membership in Glade Farms Community Church. Reported a newspaper, "Throughout her adult life, she gave piano and guitar lessons to many people, and played piano for many church functions." Sadly, Warren succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 64 on May 14, 1987. Isa outlived her spouse by three decades and made her residence in Brandonville/Bruceton Mills. She died at the age of 90 on Nov. 9, 2017 as a resident of Pine Gridge, heartland of Preston County in Kingwood. Her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Shady Grove Union Cemetery in Brandonville, with Pastor Charles Teets preaching the funeral sermon.

Great-grandson Larry Metheny was united in wedlock with Susan. They have lived in Bruceton Mills.

Great-grandson Robert Metheny was joined in matrimonial union with Judy. Their residence has been in Bruceton Mills.

Great-grandson Daniel "Danny" Metheny wedded Tammy. They planted themselves in Bruceton Mills.

~ Daughter Isa Mae "Icy" (Shaffer) Britton ~

Daughter Isa Mae "Icy" Shaffer (1879-1948) was born on March 31, 1879 in Newburg, Preston County, WV.

At the age of 23, on Christmas Eve 1902, she was joined in matrimony with 30-year-old Waitman T. Britton (1873-1948). The happy event was held near Howesville, Preston County, presided over by H.C. Howard.

Sadly, while digging out of a deep snow in the winter of 1948, the exhausted Waitman froze to death on Feb. 8, 1948. Burial was in Campground Cemetery near Tunnelton, Preston County. 

Icy only outlived him by only eight days, and died at the age of 68, on Feb. 20, 1948.


~ Son Perry Shaffer Sr. ~

Son Perry Shaffer Sr. (1884-1955) was born on Sept. 14, 1884 in Kingwood, Preston County, WV.

On Aug. 3, 1907, when he was 22 years of age, and she 21, he wedded Effie "Nettie" Cook (1885-1946), the daughter of German immigrant Herman Cook of Preston County. The nuptials were officiated by J.W. Engle at his home.

The federal censuses of 1910 and 1920 show the family living in Kingwood, next to Perry's parents.


Fairmont Times, 1955

They bore a brood of 10 known children -- John "Ward" Shaffer, Alice Virginia Boyce, Walter Francis Shaffer Sr., Charles Shaffer, Mary A. Morris, Herman Harvey Shaffer, Clark Shaffer, Perry Shaffer Jr., Jessie Dean and Helen Louise Morris.

Perry was a saw mill laborer. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the family in Kingwood, with Perry earning a living as a laborer that year. They were next-door neighbors to his parents. When the census again was made in 1920, Perry worked as a lumberman in a sawmill, and the family dwelled along Birds Creek Road.

In time they later moved to Grassy Run, near Fairmont, Marion County, WV, where Perry made his income as a farmer. 

Unfortunately, Nettie suffered from diabetes, and one of her feet became infected with gangrene. After surgery to amputate her right leg, she went into shock, and died at Fairmont General Hospital on Feb. 25, 1946, at the age of 60. 

Perry outlived her by nine years. He died in Fairmont General Hospital at the age of 70 on June 22, 1955, caused by uremia. He is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Fairmont Times.


Skyline of Fairmont, WV, looking eastward


Son John "Ward" Shaffer (1908-1975) was born in about 1908 in Kingwood or Newburg, Preston County. He grew up in the Kingwood area and circa 1927, when both were 19 years old, was united in wedlock with Artis Lewellen Conley (1908-1987), daughter of Edward Bunker and Dicke A. (Pratt) Conley. At least two children were the result of this marriage -- Betty Irene Shaffer and Lorena Mae Shaffer. The United States Census of 1930 shows the Shaffers in Kingwood, with Artis' unmarried sister Evaline B. Conley living under their roof. Ward earned income at that time as a coal miner. By 1935, the family relocated to Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV and in1940 in the Morgan District near Morgantown. The 1940 census lists Ward as a motor man in a coal mine, and the census-taker spelled the family surname "Schaffer." Ward passed away in August 1975 at the age of 66. His remains were laid to rest in Beverly Hills Memorial Park. The widowed Artis outlived him by 22 years. Death swept her away at the age of 88 on July 7, 1997.

  • Granddaughter Betty Irene Shaffer (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928.
  • Granddaughter Lorena Mae Shaffer (1929- ? ) was born on Nov. 9, 1929 in Preston County. When she was 19 years of age, on Dec. 19, 1948, she was united in marriage with 23-year-old John Davis Jones Jr., (May 30, 1925-2002), son of John Davis and Virginia May (Davis) Jones Sr. of Morgantown. The wedding was held in Morgantown, by the hand of Methodist pastor Rev. Rowland Aspinall. John died at the age of 77 on Oct. 12, 2002. His remains lie in eternal repose in Beverly Hills Memorial Park. Lorena Mae survived her spouse by many years and remained in Westover near Morgantown. She was named in the 2019 obituary of John's sister Martha Spangler.

Daughter Alice Virginia Shaffer (1909-1988) was born in about 1909 in Kingwood, Preston County. When she was 18 years of age, on Oct. 20, 1928, she married 19-year-old William "Burgess" Boyce (1909-1991), son of John Boyce of Fairmont. Rev. William R. Moyer led their ceremony. They dwelled in Grassy Run near Fairmont, Marion County. Seven known children produced in this family were Charles William Boyce, Chester Lee Boyce, Freda Mae Helms, Harry Brady Boyce, Rita Virginia Satterfield, John Perry Boyce and Carol Sue Duncan. The family was plunged into grief when eldest son Charles, who had suffered from congenital swelling of his left kidney due to a buildup of urine, underwent surgery at Fairmont Emergency Hospital. He died there at the age of three years, nine months and 12 days on May 8, 1933, with burial in Vincent Cemetery. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, Burgess was employed as a laborer in Marion County, working for the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment and is widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.

  • Grandson Chester Lee Boyce (1930-2018) was born on Oct. 24, 1930 in Fairmont, Marion County. He wedded Anna Marie Rushton (May 4, 1930-1998). The couple's five offspring were Jerry Allen Boyce, Robert Eugene Boyce, William Edward Boyce, Gary Ray Boyce and Jane Lee Swaino. Chester made a living for moe than two decades with the West Virginia Department of Highways. He held a membership in the Lions Club. Sadly, Anna Marie passed away on April 25, 1998. Toward the end, he was admitted to the Fairmont Regional Medical Center. The angel of death swept him away at the age of 88 on Nov. 17, 2018. Pastor Nathan Barker preached the funeral sermon. An obituary appeared in the Clarksburg Telegram. He reposes for eternity in Nuzum Cemetery in Marion County.

Great-grandson Jerry Allen Boyce (1963-2015) was born on May 2, 1963 in Marion County, WV. In young manhood he learned the trade of automotive technician. He was united in matrimony with Colleen Wolfe ( ? - ? ), daughter of Eugene and Jean Wolfe. Their three sons were Johnathon Allen Boyce, William Lee Boyce and Sean Swiger. The family settled in Shinnston, Harrison County, WV, where Jerry worked for Astro Buick in Fairmont. Said a newspaper, "He particularly enjoyed riding motorcycles and dirt bike racing in his younger years. He was a member of the Southern Cruiser Motorcycle Club. In addition, he liked taking care of his yard, going to auctions, projects with his father-in-law, and helping friends and family fix things." At the age of 52, Jerry surrendered to death in United Hospital Center in nearby Bridgeport on July 1, 2015. Interment of the remains was in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Great-grandson Robert Eugene Boyce was joined in wedlock with Phyllis Ann. Circa 2015, they made a home in Fairmont.

Great-grandson William Edward "Bill" Boyce entered into marital union with Eugenia Mae "Genia" West (June 20, 1959-2015), daughter of Eugene Garrett and Dorothy Mae (Kennedy) West of Marion County. Their marriage endured for 35 years until cleaved apart by death. They did not reproduce and dwelled in Monongah, WV. Eugenia was a country western singer who performed at local festivals and on karaoke nights at Mom's Restaurant. She belonged to the Salvation Army Home League and volunteered with literacy organizations. She earned a living through her work at Film Box, Solo gasoline station and Murphy Mart. Sadness blanketed the family when Eugenia passed away at home at the age of 55 on April 12, 2015. Her funeral service was conducted by Lt. Benny Carringer of the Salvation Army. An obituary was published in the Fairmont Times West Virginian.

Great-grandson Gary Ray Boyce has resided in Fairmont.

Great-granddaughter Jane Lee Boyce wedded (?) Swaino. She moved to Ohio.

  • Granddaughter Freda Mae Boyce (1931- ? ) was born on March 3, 1931 in Fairmont. On April 12, 1952, in nuptials held in Millersville, WV, the 21-year-old Freda was joined in the bonds of wedlock with 24-year-old Arlie Lee Helms (Jan. 19, 1928-2007), a native of Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV and the son of Noel and Florence (Bunner) Helms. Presiding was Rev. E.O. McLaughlin. Their family was comprised of offspring James Helms, Daniel Helms, Timothy Helms, Howard Maag and Joyce Cotton. Arlie served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. Upon his return home, the Helmses relocated from Fairmont to Ohio in 1955 and settled in Orrville, Wayne County, OH, about 20 miles from Akron. Arlie remained with the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. In Orrville, he secured employment with Quality Castings, working there until 1973. He then joined Gilbert Lumber and spent 11 years with the company until 1985, when he joined Tele-Security as a security guard. He stayed with Tele-Security until 2000 and during that time worked on a part-time basis for the Orrville City Schools. In his spare time, Arlie liked to restore antique automobiles. They wer members of the Church of Christ. At the age of 79, as a patient in Autlman Hospital in nearby Canton, OH, Arlie passed away on March 9, 2007. Interment was in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, with the funeral overseen by Pastor Bob Laughlin.

Great-grandson James "Jim" Helms married Penny. Their home in 2007 was in Orrville.

Great-grandson Daniel "Danny" Helms dwelled in Orville.

Great-grandson Timothy P. Helms was twice-wed. His first wife was Cynthia Massie ( ? - ? ), daughter of James and Donna Massie. Together they bore at least one son, Timothy Arl "Tim" Helms. After a divorce, he married again to LaQuinta (?). Circa 2007, Timothy and LaQuinta were in Smithville, OH. Three other children were part of this family -- Joshua Helms, Amanda Helms and Larissa Helms. On the tragic day of June 12, 2016, son Timothy died at the age of 32 after a motorcycle accident. Rev. Arnie Kaufman led the funeral service at the First Church of God in Wooster.

Great-grandson Howard Maag was adopted into the family. He was joined in matrimony with Patty and has resided in Port Washington, OH.

Great-granddaughter Joyce Helms was united in wedlock with Terry Cotton. They put down roots in Creston, OH.

  • Grandson Harry Brady Boyce (1934-2000) was born on Oct. 21, 1934. He married Alma Gay VanGilder (May 13, 1936-2014), daughter of Ralph William and Opal Gail (McHenry) Burns Jenkins VanGilder. Their union survived the span of 45 years. Seven children were born into this family -- Steven W. Boyce, Rebecca Darlene Boyce, Brenda Moore, Sandra Raines, Sheila Martin, Cynthis Minor and Vicki Connell. The family address was along Prickett's Creek Road in Fairmont. He passed away at the age of 66 the day after Christmas 2000. Alma outlived her husband by 14 years. She succumbed to death on Aug. 7, 2014. The couple sleeps side by side for all time in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.

Great-grandson Steven Wayne Boyce married Regina and has lived in Monongah.

Great-granddaughter Rebecca Darlene Boyce was deceased by 2014.

Great-granddaughter Brenda Gay Boyce (1955-2019) was born on Sept. 2, 1955 in Fairmont. After high school, she was employed for 29 years as a nutrition service worker at Fairmont Regional Medical Center. She wedded Ronald Wayne Moore (Feb. 13, 1955-2021),son of Rex and Lucille (Jeffries) Moore. The couple's marriage endured for 45 years. Together, the couple bore two sons -- Ronald Wayne Moore II and Andrew Moore. Ronald ws a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. They made a home in Fairmont and belonged to Victory Baptist Church. Ronald was employed in a Westinghouse factory. Said the Clarksburg (WV) Exponent Telegram, Brenda was "a hard worker, and [would be remembered] for her love of sewing, reading, cooking, crocheting, coloring books, taking care of the house, but most of all, the love of family and friends.." Ronald in turn liked to play chess, listen to music, read, watch music and figure crossword puzzles. The family was plunged into grief when Brenda died in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Sept. 28, 2019. The funeral was co-officiated by pastors Nathan Barker and David Meyer. Burial of the remains was in West Virginia National Cemetry in Pruntytown, Taylor County, WV. Ronald only outlived his bride by two years. He also passed away in Ruby Memorial Hospital at the age of 65 on Jan. 12, 2021. Pastor Barker again conducted the funeral. The honor guard of the Marines and Marion County Veterans Council provided additional rites at the gravesite.

Great-granddaughter Sandra "Sandy" Boyce was joined in matrimony with David Raines. They have dwelled in Fairmont.

Great-granddaughter Sheila Boyce was united in wedlock with (?) Martin. Her home in 2014 was in Monongah.

Great-granddaughter Cynthia "Cindy" Boyce wedded (?) Minor. She put down roots in Fairmont.

Great-granddaughter Vicki Boyce married Thomas Connell. Thomas was deceased by 2014. She has resided in Belington, Barbour County, WV.

  • Granddaughter Rita Virginia Boyce (1936-1994) was born on May 8, 1936 in Fairmont. She married Donald Lee Satterfield (Feb. 13, 1932-2000). Four known children were born to this couple, Jeffrey Bruce Satterfield, Janet Jenkins, Michael Satterfield and Roger Satterfield. Sadly, at the age of 58, Rita was carried away into eternal life on July 3, 1994. Burial of the remains was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Fairmont. Donald survived her by almost six years. Death claimed him at the age of 68 on April 20, 2000.

Great-grandson Jeffrey Bruce Satterfield (1956-2011) was born on Nov. 30, 1956 in Marion County, WV. He made his residence in adulthood in the Grassy Run section of Fairmont. Jeffrey made a living as a carpenter and painter. He was employed at one time as a maintenance foreman for Patton's Cleaning Service. At the age of 54, he passed away at home on July 20, 2011. His remains were cremated and placed for all time with his parents in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fairmont.

Great-granddaughter Janet Satterfield married Roy Jenkins Sr. Their one known son was Roy Jenkins Jr. Their home in 2011 was in Charles Town, Jefferson County, WV.

Great-grandson Mike Satterfield has dwelled in Fairmont

Great-grandson Roger Satterfield has made a residence in Fairmont

  • Grandson John Perry Boyce (1940-2005) was born on Jan. 16, 1940. Death carried him away at the age of 65 on Nov. 14, 2005. His remains are in eternal repose in E.T. Vincent Cemetery in Marion County.
  • Granddaughter Carol Sue Boyce ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Thomas "Tom" Duncan ( ? - ? ).

Son Walter Francis Shaffer Sr. (1911-1977) was born on Sept. 25, 1911 in Kingwood, Preston County. He wedded Myrtle Belle Turner (Aug. 13, 1910-1986). Three sons borne into this family were Walter "Francis" Shaffer Jr., Dale O. Shaffer and Theodore Alvin "Ted" Shaffer. Federal census records for 1940 show the family in Bentons Ferry in the Union District of Marion County, WV. At that time, Walter earned a living as a ware polisher in a glass factory. Walter died at the age of 65 on Feb. 20, 1977. Myrtle survived for another nine years in widowhood. Death claimed her on Jan. 9, 1986. They rest in eternity in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.

  • Grandson Walter "Francis" Shaffer Jr. (1935-2015) was born on Jan. 3, 1935 in or around Marion County, WV. At the age of 80, he died on Oct. 5, 2015. His remains were lowered under the sod of Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.
  • Grandson Dale O. Shaffer (1936-1980) was born on Nov. 1, 1936. He died at the age of 43 on Jan. 30, 1980. Burial was in Fairmont's Mt. Zion Cemetery. Inscribed on the face of his grave marker are the words "Till we meet again."
  • Grandson Theodore Alvin "Ted" Shaffer (1938-2017) was born on Aug. 15, 1938 in Fairmont. He served as a young man in the U.S. Navy. On June 20, 1964, in a wedding held in the South Chestnut Evangelical United Brethren Church, the 25-year-old Theodore married 20-year-old Rosalie Elaine Bee (Aug. 22, 1943- ? ), daughter of Robert Lewis and Wilson Victoria (Howell) Bee of Clarksburg, Harrison County. Rev. O.D. Herman presided. The Shaffers bore two offspring -- Brian Shaffer and Elizabeth Rollo. Theodore owned and ran Ted's Auto Repair in Fairmont, launching the business in 1973 at the age of 35. Socially, he belonged to the Acacia lodge of the Masons in Fairmont and was its master at one time. Rosalie was an alumna of Fairmont State College and the Fairmont General Hospital School of Nursing. For more than half a century, she served as a registered nurse in the Fairmont area. Her work included employment at Fairmont General Hospital, the office of Dr. Cadogan and William J. Sharpe Hospital in Weston. She also worked at times as a traveling nurse in various parts of the country. Active in the profession, she held a term as president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. In their free time, the couple enjoyed relaxing at their home along the Tygart River, including waterskiing and boating. He entered the gates of eternity at the age of 79 on Sept. 16, 2017. His remains are believed to have been cremated. Rosalie endured for another three-and-a-half years in Fairmont and moved into the Fazio Elder Care facility in Monongah, WV. She died there at the age of 77 on April 25, 2021.

Great-grandson Brian Shaffer has resided in Fairmont. He is believed to be the father of Sydnee Shaffer and Payton Shaffer.

Great-granddaughter Elizabeth Shaffer wedded (?) Rollo. Her home has been in Fairmont.

Son Charles W. Shaffer (1913-1997) was born in 1913 in Kingwood, Preston County. He wedded Jeanne W. (1917-2002). Charles died in 1997. Jeanne lived for another five years. She passed away in 2002, believed to have occurred in Bradenton, FL on Sept. 30, 2002. The couple sleep side by side in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.

Daughter Mary A. Shaffer (1916-1985) was born in about 1916 in Kingwood, Preston County. She entered into marriage with Floyd G. Morris Jr.  (1922-1997), son of Floyd and Hazel (Hall) Morris Sr. Floyd was a veteran of World War II. The Morrises appear to have migrated to Ohio and lived in or around Richland County, OH. Evidence suggests they bore a daughter, Virginia Morris. Sadly, Mary died on Aug. 14, 1985. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas, Richland County. Floyd joined her in death in 1997.

Son Herman Harvey Shaffer (1918-1990) was born on May 12, 1918 in Reedsville, Preston County. At the age of 22, in 1940, he resided in Fairmont, Marion County, working for Meredith Lumber Company. He stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall and had brown eyes and black hair. On Nov. 26, 1940, when he was 22 years of age, he was united in matrimony with 24-year-old Roxie Belle Vincent (March 1, 1916- ? ), daughter of Clyde and Martha Vincent. Rev. E.H. Waters of Fairmont officiated. The couple relocated to McKeesport, near Pittsburgh, and in 1952 lived there at 323 Penny Avenue. Ohio. Children born to the marriage included Herman Harvey Shaffer Jr. and Barbara Sue Shaffer. Herman earned a living over the yeas as an operator of cutting and slicing equipment in the motor vehicle industry. Sadness cascaded over the family when infant daughter Barbara died at the tender age of three days in McKeesport Hospital on May 20, 1952. The baby's remains were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in McKeesport. From there the couple migrated to Ohio. After retirement, the couple appears to have moved to Charlotte, FL. Herman died in Barberton, Summit County, OH on May 7, 1990.

  • Grandson Herman Harvey Shaffer (1942- ? ) was born on Feb. 21, 1942 in Fairmont. He joined his parents in a move to Ohio and lived in 1961 in Stow, OH, where he earned his wages as a meter operator. On June 17, 1961, he was joined in marriage with Diana Elaine Thurston ( ? - ? ), daughter of Harry F. and Sennetta S. (Buck) Thurston of Akron. The wedding was held in Akron, Summit County, OH, officiated by Rev. Luben Kutuchief. Herman passed away on June 3, 2016, with burial in Morristown, Hamblen County, TN.

Son Clark Shaffer (1921-2008) was born on July 25, 1921 in Preston County. He earned income as a young man as a logger in the West Virginia mountains and laboring in a coal mine operated by a brother. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, assigned to the 236th Ordnance Ammunition Company in the European Theatre. After the war, circa 1950, he relocated to Mansfield, Richland County, OH. He drove a Model A Ford around town and became attracted to one young woman in particular. On Nov. 8, 1952, he was joined in matrimony with June ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced a family of three daughters -- Sheila Henson, Shirley Ball and Pam Wisenbarger. Clark was first employed with Westinghouse Company until the opening of the General Motors plant. He earned a living with GM for almost 28 years, as a salvage repairman and press relief operator, and belonged to the United Auto Workers Local 545. He retired in 1986. The family were members of Ontario Free Methodist Church. Said a newspaper, Clark "enjoyed hunting, and was always into some remodeling project. He’d tear-up some walls, 'whether they came back together or not.' And he was quick to lend a helping hand when others had a project to tackle. So picky was he at painting, that his finished work looked professional." He surrendered to death at the age of 86, as a patient in Mifflin Care Center of Mansfield, on Jan. 16, 2008. Rev. James Carder presided over the funeral service, with interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas. The Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail assisted in graveside rites. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

  • Granddaughter Sheila Shaffer ( ? - ? ) wedded Carl Henson ( ? - ? ). Circa 2008, they lived in Sandusky, OH.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Shaffer ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with Thomas Ball ( ? - ? ). The couple were in Lucas in 2008.
  • Granddaughter Pam Shaffer ( ? - ? ) married Dale Wisenbarger ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Mansfield in the 2000s.

Son Perry Shaffer Jr. (1923-1968)  was born on Oct. 3, 1923 in Preston or Marion County, WV. He received a grammar school education as a boy. In young adulthood he stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and had brown hair and brown eyes. Circa June 1942, as an 18-year-old, he lived in Fairmont but had no occupation. He later served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was married and widowed and the father of Robert P. Shaffer. Perry dwelled near Fairmont and made a living as a maker of neon signs. He was diagnozed by a physician as schizophrenic, chronic, paranoid type. Sadly, at the age of 45, he died suddenly on Nov. 14, 1968. An examining physician was unable to determine a cause of death. Robert P. Shaffer of Fairmont signed the official West Virginia certificate of death. The remains were lowered into the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.

  • Grandson Robert P. Shaffer lived in Fairmont at 606 Front Street in 1968.

Daughter Jessie Shaffer (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. She married (?) Dean ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Helen Louise Shaffer (1931-2005) was born in 1931. She was joined in matrimony with Donald Gene Morris Sr. (March 16, 1928-1973), son of Floyd and Hazel (Hall) Morris of Fairview, WV. Two sons born into this union were Donald Gene Morris Jr. and James Wesley Morris. Donald ws a veteran of the Korean War. The couple relocated to Ohio and settled in or around Lucas, Richland County, OH. Donald earned a living as a sheet metal worker for McKinley Roofing Company. He also belonged to the Antique Automobile Club of America. Sadly, on the fateful day of July 30, 1973, the 45-year-old Donald and a co-worker were killed instantly when their company pickup truck was rammed head-on by another truck. The tragedy occurred at the corner of Main and Melick Street in Mount Vernon, Knox County, OH. Rev. Ray Anglea led the funeral service, with an obituary published in the Mansfield News-Journal. Interment of the remains was at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas. Helen Louise survived her spouse by more than three decades. She succumbed to death in Mansfield, Richland County at the age of 73 on July 11, 2005.

  • Grandson Donald Gene Morris Jr. ( ? - ? ) - In young manhood he attended Pioneer Joint Vocational School and obtained employment as a welder with Goodyear Atomic Corporation in Piketon, OH. On Dec. 21, 1974, he was united in wedlock with Cheryl Lynn Robinson ( ? - ? ), daughter of Eddie T. Robinson of Perrysville, OH. Their wedding was held in the Main Street United Methodist Church of Mansfield, led by Rev. Dr. Blake Wagner. She was pictured in an engagement announcement and then wedding announcement in the Mansfield News-Journal. The couple made their residence at 15 Bond Street in Lucas. They divorced in August 1984.
  • Grandson James Wesley Morris ( ? - ? )

~ Daughter Carrie Belle (Shaffer) Martin ~

Daughter Carrie Belle Shaffer (1889- ? ) was born on Jan. 22, 1889 in Kingwood, Preston County, WV.

At the age of 21, on June 5, 1911, she married 19-year-old Frank Martin (1892-1966). He was a native of Reedsville/Browns Mill, Preston County, and the son of George T. and Sarah Frances (Zinn) Martin. The nuptials were held at the home of Methodist Episcopal Church pastor Rev. John W. Engle near Newburg, Preston County.

The couple bore six known children -- Thomas J. Martin, Max Martin, Howard Martin, Oliver Zinn Martin, Juanita Victor and Richard Lee "Dick" Martin.


Fairmont Times West Virginian

The Martins resided in Fairmont, Marion County, WV circa 1930-1955. Frank earned a living as a truck driver for a Fairmont transfer company.


The federal census of 1930 shows them living on Grafton Road. During World War II, all five of their sons served concurrently in the U.S. Armed Forces.

In the 1960s, Carrie and Frank made their home at 701 Oliver Avenue in Fairmont. 

Frank died in Fairmont General Hospital at the age of 75 on Dec. 15, 1966, just 10 days before Christmas. At his funeral, the pallbearers included Ronnie Lee Martin, Thomas Martin, Kenneth Martin, Kenneth Martin Jr. and Morley Martin Jr. He was laid to rest in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, with his obituary published in the Fairmont Times West Virginian.

Carrie Belle's fate is not yet known.

Son Thomas J. Martin (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 in West Virginia. He lived in Fairmont circa 1966-2001.

Son Max Martin (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920. He made his home in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH in 1966. He was deceased by 2001.

Son Howard Martin ( ? - ? ) resided in 1966 in Newburg, Preston County, WV. He was deceased by 2001.

Son Oliver Zinn Martin (1923-2001) was born on March 24, 1923 in Fairmont, Marion County. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in England. At the age of 26, on June 4, 1949, he entered into marriage with 18-year-old Joan Moore (Sept. 15, 1931- ? ), daughter of Eugene and Evelyn Moore of Rivesville. Rev. M.C. Johns officiated the wedding, held in Fairmont. The Martins stayed together for a remarkable 52 years until the separation of death. The three sons born in the family were Thomas Martin, Denny Martin and Fred Martin. The couple established a home in Fairmont and remained for good. Their address was 1096 Charles Avenue. For 35 years, Oliver was a truck driver and was last employed by Owens-Illinois in Fairmont. He retired in July 1981. The family belonged to Monongah Baptist Church. Sadly, Oliver contracted Parkinson's Disease. Toward the end, he was admitted to Fairmont General Hospital and died there at the age of 78 on Aug. 25, 2001. Pastor David Huckins officiated the funeral service. Burial was in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover near Morgantown.

  • Grandson Thomas Martin married Sharon and migrated to Snellville, GA.
  • Grandson Denny Martin wedded Becky. Their home in 2001 was in Monongah, WV.
  • Grandson Fred Martin was united in marriage with Diane. They have dwelled in Fairmont.

Daughter Juanita Martin (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. She married (?) Victor. They made their residence in 1966 in Fairmont. She was deceased by 2001.


Richard Martin's workplace, the Rivesville Power Station


Son Richard Lee "Dick" Martin (1927-2016) was born on Sept. 3, 1927 in Fairmont. Upon graduation from East Fairmont High School, he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Richard was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Carrie L. Woodyard ( ? -1982), daughter of Thomas and Florence Woodyard. They made a home for years in Barrackville, Marion County, WV. The couple were the parents of Linda Straight Logan and Ronald L. Martin. Richard earned a living working at the Rivesville Power Station, and retired in September 1986. The family belonged to the Bethesda Baptist Church in Barrackville, with Richard serving as a trustee. Sadly, Carrie died on July 17, 1982. Richard outlived his wife by 34 years. He enjoyed attending luncheons of the power plant retirees. Said a newspaper, Richard "loved the town of Barrackville and all his friends and neighbors within it, often saying 'Barrackville is the best place to live.' He remarked many times that he had a blessed life... He walked at Morris Park or the mall when weather was bad, worked on his cars and trucks, and enjoyed seeing his friends daily for his evening meal at Say Boy’s Restaurant." As his health declined, Richard was admitted to the Genesis Fairmont Campus of the Tygart Center, where he succumbed to death at the age of 88 on Aug. 29, 2016. Rev. Dr. David Cyphers preached the funeral sermon, and the Marion County Veterans Council provided graveside rites at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover near Morgantown.

  • Daniel Logan grave,
    Arlington National Cemetery
    Granddaughter Linda Martin ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She appears to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse was (?) Straight ( ? - ? ). Two children are thought to have been produced by this union -- Eric James Straight and Shannon Brimmer. Later, she married Daniel James Logan Jr. (April 12, 1950-2016), son of Daniel James and Jane M. (Dunleavy) Logan of Scranton, OH. Their union endured for 26 years until cleaved apart by death. Daniel grew up in New Jersey and was a graduate of Georgia Military College. He spent his working career in the U.S. Armed Forces, joining the Marine Corps during the Korean War and serving from 1968 to 1971. Upon his discharge, he joined the Army in 1971 and remained until retirement in 2003. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit. His final military role was as chief warrant officer and assistant executive officer to the Army Chief of Staff. He then became a civilian employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the title of assistant chief of staff to the Secretary of the VA. Said an obituary, he "traveled extensively throughout the country and the world, having served in many countries over the years. Dan was a Distinguished Medal recipient and a member of the U.S. Army Adjutant Generalís Corps Hall of Fame." Upon his second retirement, the couple moved to Linda's hometown of Barrackville, where he liked to cook and golf, and attended Bethesda Baptist Church. Linda and Daniel established a home in Mesa, AZ. Sadly, he died at home in Mesa at the age of 66 on June 14, 2016. His body was brought back to Barrackville for funeral services led by Rev. David Cyphers. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 64, the same section where stands the Pentagon Group Burial Marker from the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Great-grandson Eric James Straight lived in Las Vegas in 2016.

Great-granddaughter Shannon Straight married Timothy Brimmer. They have made a home in Gilbert, AZ and are the patents of Brittany R. Brimmer and Cassidy L. Brimmer.

  • Grandson Ronald L. Martin wedded Veronica. They too moved to Arizona and resided in Gilbert, AZ.


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