Lafayette Shaver (1835 - 1914)

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Lafayette Shaver
1835 - 1914
updated September 09, 2019
Lafayette Shaver was born on November 6, 1835 in West Virginia. He was born to Paul Shaver and Sarah Shaver, with siblings Humirah, Mary, Thomas, David, Paul, Humirah/elmira, and Dianah. He died on June 4, 1914 at Sissonville, West Virginia at 78 years of age. We know that Lafayette Shaver had been residing in Sissonville, in Kamawha Co County, West Virginia.

Lafayette served in F Co 7th WV Cav during the Civil War. He enlisted 5 Dec 1861 in Martinsburg, Va (WV) and mustered out 1 Aug 1865. He was wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run. His brother David, who served in the same company, was with Lafayette at the time he was wounded and carried him off the battle field with the help of Noah Dawson.

Lafayette Shaver was a soldier in the United States Civil War.

Lafayette Shaver Biography

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Lafayette Shaver was born on in Kanawha County, West Virginia United States


Lafayette Shaver died on at Sissonville, in Kanawha County, West Virginia United States

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Coons Creek, in Sissonville, Kanawha County, West Virginia



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Sissonville, in Kamawha Co County, West Virginia


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7 W. Va. Cav.

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Lafayette Shaver fought in the Civil War for the Union in the 7 W. Va. Cav. He entered the war with the rank of Private., and left with the rank of Corpl.

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Lafayette Shaver Family Tree

Lafayette's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Shaver family tree.


Paul Shaver
around 1805 - around 1870
Sarah Shaver
1810 - 1865


Humirah Elmira Shaver
September 1828 - 1900
Mary Shaver
July 1829 - 1910
Thomas Shaver
1831 - Oct 12, 1864
David Shaver
1833 - Dec 4, 1888


Sarah Shaver
1810 - 1865
Paul Shaver
around 1805 - around 1870


Humirah Elmira Shaver
September 1828 - 1900
Thomas Shaver
1831 - Oct 12, 1864
David Shaver
1833 - Dec 4, 1888
Paul Shaver
April 1828 - around 1900


Eliza Virginia (Martin) Shaver
Jun 2, 1837 - Dec 8, 1883
Sissonville, WV, United States


Thomas Stanton Shaffer
Feb 14, 1873 - Apr 23, 1949
Josephine Shaffer
1857 - around 1870
William B. Shaffer
Jun 22, 1859 - May 10, 1882
Rosilla Catherine Shaffer
Aug 9, 1860 - August 1904
Virginia Elizabeth Shaffer
Sep 17, 1861 - Mar 12, 1943
Marcus Lafayette Shaffer
Sep 1, 1863 - Mar 22, 1915
Andrew Johnson Shaffer
May 7, 1866 - Jun 7, 1943


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Lafayette Shaver Obituary

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Lafayette Shaver died on June 4, 1914 at Sissonville, West Virginia at 78 years old. He was buried in Coons Creek, Sissonville, West Virginia. Lafayette was born on November 6, 1835 in West Virginia. He was born to Paul Shaver and Sarah Shaver, with siblings Humirah, Mary, Thomas, David, Paul, Humirah/elmira, and Dianah. We know that Lafayette Shaver had been residing in Sissonville, in Kamawha Co County, West Virginia.
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1835 - 1914 World Events

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In 1835, in the year that Lafayette Shaver was born, on January 30th, the first known attempt to kill a sitting President of the United States occurred just outside the United States Capitol Building. President Andrew Jackson was leaving the building after the funeral of South Carolina Representative Warren R. Davis. An Englishman, Richard Lawrence - who was unemployed and possibly mentally ill - stepped out and attempted to shoot. His gun misfired so he pulled out another gun - which also misfired. He was immediately caught.

In 1840, by the time he was only 5 years old, on May 7th, the Great Natchez Tornado hit Mississippi. Around 2p, the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history hit Natchez and the surrounding area. It has been estimated to be a F4 or F5 storm and over 317 people were killed - 109 were injured.

In 1867, when he was 32 years old, on February 17th, the first ship passed through the newly completed Suez Canal. The Canal allowed ships to travel more quickly - and a shorter distance - between the North Atlantic and northern Indian Oceans.

In 1884, Lafayette was 49 years old when on August 5th, the cornerstone for the base of the Statue of Liberty - a gift from the people of France - was laid. 120,000 people - most donations were $1 - donated to the completion of the base. An 1883 poem by Emma Lazarus was also written to raise funds. That poem was included in the base of the statue and is well known today. The most famous phrase: "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

In 1914, in the year of Lafayette Shaver's passing, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

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