Marcus Lafayette Shaffer (1863 - 1915)

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Marcus Lafayette Shaffer
1863 - 1915
updated February 06, 2019
Marcus Lafayette Shaffer, father to 10 children, was born on September 1, 1863 in Sissonville, West Virginia. He was born to Eliza Virginia (Martin) Shaver, with siblings Lafayette, Thomas, Josephine, William, Rosilla, Virginia, Andrew, Nancy, Dioclesian, Cynthia, Minnie, and James. Marcus's partner was Sarah Christopher, and they gave birth to Lawrence Vinton Shaffer, Ernest Lee Shaffer, Charles Patrick Shaffer, Elizabeth Lynn Shaffer, William Beverly Shaffer, Dayton Shaffer, Biddie Shaffer, Jesse S. Shaffer, Mary Margaret (Shaffer) McGrew, and Marcus Lafayette Shaffer. He died on March 22, 1915 in Plymouth, West Virginia at 51 years old.


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Marcus Shaffer was born on in Sissonville, Kanawha County, West Virginia United States


Marcus Shaffer died on in Plymouth, Putnam County, West Virginia United States 25213

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Marcus Lafayette Shaffer Family Tree

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


Lafayette Shaver
Nov 6, 1835 - Jun 4, 1914
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
Andrew Johnson Shaffer
May 7, 1866 - Jun 7, 1943


Sarah "Sallie" (Christopher) Shaffer
Dec 6, 1866 - Dec 9, 1946


Lawrence Vinton Shaffer
Jan 1, 1888 - Oct 29, 1918
Ernest Lee Shaffer
Sep 7, 1889 - Oct 31, 1918
Charles Patrick Shaffer
Nov 11, 1891 - Jul 24, 1932
Elizabeth Lynn Shaffer
Apr 29, 1894 - Oct 27, 1918
William Beverly Shaffer
Apr 8, 1896 - Jun 3, 1948
Dayton Shaffer
Aug 28, 1898 - Jun 3, 1924
Biddie Shaffer
Oct 13, 1900 - Jan 24, 1965
Jesse S. Shaffer
Oct 7, 1906 - December 1983
Mary Margaret (Shaffer) McGrew
Jun 20, 1908 - Apr 23, 1973
Nitro, WV
Marcus Lafayette Shaffer
Jan 18, 1903 - May 27, 1969
Poca, WV


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Marcus Lafayette Shaffer, father to 10 children, passed away on March 22, 1915 in Plymouth, West Virginia at age 51. He was born on September 1, 1863 in Sissonville, West Virginia. He was born to Eliza Virginia (Martin) Shaver, with siblings Lafayette, Thomas, Josephine, William, Rosilla, Virginia, Andrew, Nancy, Dioclesian, Cynthia, Minnie, and James. Marcus's partner was Sarah Christopher, and they gave birth to Lawrence Vinton Shaffer, Ernest Lee Shaffer, Charles Patrick Shaffer, Elizabeth Lynn Shaffer, William Beverly Shaffer, Dayton Shaffer, Biddie Shaffer, Jesse S. Shaffer, Mary Margaret (Shaffer) McGrew, and Marcus Lafayette Shaffer.
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In 1863, in the year that Marcus Lafayette Shaffer was born, on June 20th, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state of the United States. West Virginia was formed when the pro-Union citizens in northwest Virginia wanted to separate from Virginia - which had joined the Confederacy.

In 1878, when he was merely 15 years old, on June 15th, photographer Eadweard Muybridge - at the request of Leland Stanford - produced the first sequence of stop-motion still photographs. Stanford contended that a galloping horse had all four feet off the ground. Only photos of a horse at a gallop would settle the question and, using 12 cameras and a series of photos, Muybridge settled the question: Stanford was right. Muybridge's use of several cameras and stills led to motion pictures.

In 1886, Marcus was 23 years old when on June 13th, the "Great Vancouver Fire" destroyed most of Vancouver, British Columbia. A small brush fire got out of control and spread to the rest of the city. Dozens of people died and it was only after the fire that money was raised for a fire hall. The local Squamish tribe rescued people who had jumped into bodies of water to escape the conflagration.

In 1907, Marcus was 44 years old when the showman Florenz Ziegfeld introduced his Ziegfeld Follies. Ziegfeld was inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris and the show was a step up from the then current vaudeville shows. The top entertainers of the time played in the Follies but the stars were the Ziegfeld girls - beautiful chorus girls in elaborate costumes. For almost a quarter of a century, the Ziegfeld follies were the toast of Broadway.

In 1915, in the year of Marcus Lafayette Shaffer's passing, in April, the Ottoman Empire rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Turkey. As their actions continued through the next several years, an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Armenians were killed by Turkish soldiers.

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