Veteran’s Day 2016

JM : November 11, 2016 8:30 am : Brunner and Sommer Descendants, Genealogy, Shaffer and Zirkle Descendants

I know Veteran’s Day is a day to remember those veterans still with us, and I say a huge THANK YOU to all of them. One of the things I LOVE about my DAR chapter is our support of the MANA House, a place where homeless veterans can go to get back on their feet. In a state where veterans are not very well supported, we need more places like MANA.

My family had a smattering of those who served. This year I visited Arlington, and found a maternal great uncle buried there. I had no idea when I showed up how MASSIVE that cemetery is and hiked for hours to find him. (It seemed like hours anyway!)

Edward L Brunner, Arlington National Cemetery

Edward L Brunner, Arlington National Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But now I have had the experience of being at Arlington, and it was beautiful. There are many more on my maternal side, and my second great grandfather served and was injured in the Civil War. We don’t have any Revolutionary War veterans, because my maternal side were all new immigrants in the 19th century.

My dad and most of his brothers served in some capacity, and for that I am thankful as well. I wish I knew more about our family’s military history, and it’s a genealogy goal of mine for some day. There isn’t much, other than dad and his brothers, because it seems that most of the rest of the direct paternal line missed most of the wars. We don’t have a direct paternal civil war veteran, or WWI. It seems my paternal grandfather may have been drafted in WWI, but I don’t see that he ever served. We do, however, have a long list of Revolutionary War veterans!

Norb Shaffer, enlistment photo

Norb Shaffer, enlistment photo

 

Earl Roy Shaffer Draft Card June 5, 1917

Earl Roy Shaffer Draft Card June 5, 1917

 

 

My husband comes from a long line of military on both sides. I’ve blogged about his Adams relatives before. (Stanford Adams), and I thought I wrote the story of Stephen Getchell, Jr. and the man I met because of him, but I guess I haven’t — that will have to be another blog. Thank you for your service. He came home, and Steve didn’t.

 

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Roush Family Ties

JM : June 2, 2014 5:16 pm : Shaffer and Zirkle Descendants

I haven’t posted in awhile, and that is just because I have been working on a book for the Shaffer family reunion this summer. I hope to post it here when I get back, because I also hope to have lots of new research to add to it so I’ll have to update it! I am also not sure I will finish all of what I’d intended to do. I am running out of time! But whatever happens, I have the blog to add it additions to.

One thing the book will not include is the Roush family. I so wanted to do more work on that line, but I just have not had the time. It’s on the to do list to hit hard when I finish with grad school, since the rest of my grad school work involves the Shaffer and Zirkle lines, I will most likely be tired of them by the time I am done!

The nice thing is that I have “met” a 7th cousin who blogs about the Roush family from time to time. We both descend from Philip and Catherine (Kelchner) Roush. Her blog is A Sense of Family, so make sure you check it out. Mostly you should look at her most recent 52 Ancestors post called Jacob Roush and Philip Roush: Virginia Militiamen. Her post does more than I can at this point to detail two of my three Revolutionary War ancestors: Michael Zirkle and Philip Roush. I know that Jacob Shaffer, if he served, also would have served with these two men. All three families were so closely knit through marriages and all lived near each other so I know they must have served together as well. I just need to find Jacob!

I probably will not be able to continue with the 52 Ancestors challenge,  due to time constraints, but it did get me writing more so it accomplished what the intent was. I plan to continue blogging when I can so bear with me!

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One Response to “Shaffer and Zirkle Descendants”

  1. renee says:

    Hi, my grandmas name was Margaret Predgo. She lived in Ohio and I don’t know anything about her family. I’ve only met her sister Lois Potter of Warren. I found that my grandmas parents names were Emory Shaffer and Audra Layman. Have you come across Emory Shaffer by chance?

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