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David Shaver

David Shaver was my adopted father’s grandfather.  David was born on October 12, 1846 and died on May 30, 1936.
I found this yellowed obituary in a family album.  It was published in the Lincoln County News, Lincoln, Kansas.

More on the Shaver Family

Elizabeth Shaver was born on May 23, 1822 in Hamilton, Ohio. Her maiden name was Shaver and she married Silas Shaver. Silas was born on September 30, 1810 in Schoharie, NY and died on August 28, 1869 in Alpine, Fayette, Indiana.

Silas and Elizabeth Shaver had twelve children.

Above is a photo of Elizabeth Shaver and five of her seven sons. I don’t know what order they are in this photo, but the five are Jacob (1844-1896), Curtis (1851-1930), William (1858-1936), Silas (1856-1938) and David (1846-1936). The two sons who are missing from this photo are Fred Shaver (1867-1943) and John Henry (1838-1870).

Above is a photo of Elizabeth Shaver and her five daughters. Again, I am not sure of their order. The five daughters are Clara (1865-1935), Viola (1854-1938), Margaret (1841-1919), Anna (1861-1939 and Mary Frances (1849-1929).

Elizabeth Shaver died on April 24, 1905 in Lincoln, Kansas.

from the Lincoln Sentinel, April 27, 1905, the obituary of Elizabeth Shaver

Grandma Shaver on Monday morning, April 24, passed away to another world where there is no feeble old age, pain or death. It was on the day after Easter, when our minds were still filled with the glory of Christ’s resurrection. On that Easter day too her grandson Ray was buried. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church of Lincoln and were conducted by her old pastor Rev Bradbury. Her life here showed what an old person can do to make others happy and relieve them in distress. The whole secret of her life was love, love to God, and love for everybody. She will live in the hearts and lives of her children, and the children’s children, to many generations. It was a great privilege to her children to care for the one who had so often flew to their own call in distress. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1821, and had lived in Fayette and Rush counties in Indiana, and came to Kansas in January 1875. Her husband Silas Shaver died in 1868. The names of her children now living are: Maggie Allison, David Shaver, Mary Northern, Curtis Shaver, Viola Ingham, Silas Shaver, Anna Cline and Clara Doolittle. She was a true Christian and served her Master as a live working member of the United Brethren, M.E. and Presbyterian churches. Many of her dear ones, relatives and friends came to the funeral on Tuesday, quite a stormy day. The burial was in the Lincoln Cemetery.

Finally, Here is a Post on my Adopted Family’s Ancestry

My adopted ancestors came to Kansas in covered wagons & first lived in sod houses. David Shaver (1846-1936) was one of twelve children born to Silas and Elizabeth Shaver. He was born and grew up in Laurel, Indiana. At the age of 17, David enlisted in the Union army in Company M and A of the Sixth Indiana Cavalry and served until the end of the war.

In September 1871, he came to Kansas and took a homestead about eight miles southeast of Lincoln, Kansas. My grandmother, Reva Shaver Page, was one of David’s daughters. Reva was the mother of my adopted father, Raymond F. Page. Reva lived in Kansas from 1891-1983.

Reva’s brothers Clem, Ray and Carl all went together to fight in the Spanish-American War.

The following is what Grandma told me — from left is Clem (Clement Montfort Shaver, 1867-1903), Ray (Raymond Steven Shaver, 1871-1905) and Carl (Carl Waltz Shaver, 1874-1954). The man standing on the far right was a friend and I don’t know his name.

The Shaver Brothers, photo taken before they went to the Spanish-American War

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