Brenda (Breland) Breland Shaffer
Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow)

Brenda (Breland) Breland Shaffer

Honor Code Signatory
Signed 4 Dec 2017 | 16410 contributions | 333 thank-yous
Communication Preferences: I am interested in communicating private message with anyone who shares the same genealogical or historical interests. Here is my family tree. Ancestors ancestors
Paternal: Hall, Bott, Evans, OQuinn, McPherson, Wooldridge, Hutton, Barker, Coalson, Brown, Robertson, Ash, Tawwater, Bishop, Bratcher, Argroves, Cole, Horton, Robertson, Collins

Maternal: Harris, Helms, Cook, Yarbrough, Harper, Mills, Martin, Brooks, Maddox, Allen, Dingler, Hill

Brenda Breland Shaffer formerly Breland
Born 1950s.
Ancestors ancestors
[children unknown]
Profile manager: Brenda Breland Shaffer private message [send private message]
Profile last modified | Created 4 Dec 2017 | Last significant change: 1 Mar 2021
00:06: Admin WikiTree added the February 2021 Club 100 badge for Brenda (Breland) Breland Shaffer. [Thank Admin for this]
This page has been accessed 2,829 times.


English flag
Brenda (Breland) Breland Shaffer has English ancestors.
Scottish flag
Brenda (Breland) Breland Shaffer has Scottish Ancestors.

DNA results show Brenda Breland's ethnicity is:

FTDNA - 76% British Isles, East Europe 12%, West and Central Europe 12%; East Middle East 1%.
My Heritage - 86.1% English. - 47% England & Northwestern Europe, 41% Scotland including Northern Ireland, 5% Norway, 4% Wales, and 3% France.

Ancestors were not from notable personage or nobility. Brenda descended from commoner ancestors who migrated to the Colonies and Provinces of America either by indenture or self-transportation, thrived, migrated to the Mississippi Territory, and helped establish the United States of America.

She was born in Georgia in the 1950's to William Breland and Betty Joyce Jackson.[1]

With a father in the residential construction industry by high school age, Brenda had attended eight different grammar schools in Middle Georgia and East and West Central Florida. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the family lived in Indialantic Beach, Florida, and traveled along A1A where Anti-aircraft missile batteries were set up on neighboring Satellite Beach while the nation waited as the world’s superpowers narrowly avoided nuclear war.[2] The next stop was back to Macon, Georgia, and Fort Hawkins grammar school where the replica of the old Fort Benjamin Hawkins stood on the school grounds. The fort was originally built on the east side of the Ocmulgee River in the Creek Nation which overlooked the ancient earthwork mounds. Unaware at the time that the Lower Creek Pathway which was improved as part of the Federal Road lay just north of the fort and school where numerous ancestors had made their journey to the Mississippi Territory.

Fortunately during the high school years, the family was settled in the Middle Georgia area where she graduated from Margaret McEvoy High School.

After one failed marriage that produced a wonderful son [still living], four years later marrying attorney, Tom Shaffer, and working in the clerical field for 14 years, Brenda Breland Shaffer sought a higher degree of learning at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, USA.[3] Continual advancement of education led to a 34 year career in the Home Furnishings Industry.

As an avid sailor, Brenda received designation through the Coastal Guard Auxiliary Basic Coastal Navigation in 1994, and various sailing courses during the proceeding years that led to a certification to crew boats up to 50 foot. Spouse, Tom Shaffer, attorney and certified Captain, and First Mate, Brenda Breland Shaffer, sailed the ICW and coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida as well as the crystal blue waters of the British Virgin Islands until the death of Tom Shaffer on 12 Feb 2003.

Having raised one son [still living], and lived an adventuresome life, Brenda is currently retired and involved in genealogical research. She has written a children's book, Exploring Gran's Grandtrees, for her granddaughter and nieces and nephews.

Book and Ancestry Keepsake Boxes


  1. Georgia, State Vital Records Service, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Certification of Birth, 110-11-****-**
  3. Personal knowledge from Brenda Breland Shaffer
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Brenda Breland Shaffer and wjack her first cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, Otis Marshal Jackson and Ida Eulalia Helms parents of Betty Joyce Jackson and Otis Lee Jackson. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st cousins, based on sharing 830 cM across 42 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Georgia, State Vital Records Service, Georgia Department of Human Resources, Certification of Birth, 110-11-****-**
  • Georgia, Bibb County, Marriage License Certificates, Book 16, Folio 124

More Genealogy Tools

Only the Trusted List can access the following:
  • Brenda's formal name
  • e-mail address
  • exact birthdate
  • birth location
  • images (2)
  • private siblings' names
  • spouse's name and marriage information
For access to Brenda Breland Shaffer's full information you must be on Brenda's Trusted List. Please login. See the Contact section of the Tree & Tools page.

Sponsored Search

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Brenda or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with Brenda:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Comments: 19

Leave a message for others who see this profile. If you prefer to keep it private, send a private message to the profile manager. private message
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
Hi Brenda

We have a large membership for Province of Carolina Team. As previously discussed in the leadership Team, I have split the Province of Carolina Team into the following :


Please reply to me with your answer of which team you want to work on (this may be multiples)

A) All three teams

B) This Province of Carolina Team

C) this Province of North Carolina Team

D) this Province of South Carolina Team

Of note there is A Quality Assurance subteam listed on the Province of Carolina Team page which you may be interested in also.

Be sure you fill in your strong points and interests next to your name on the Carolina team page

(I will continue as Team Leader of all three)

Mary ~ Team Leader

posted by Mary Richardson
A all three teams. Si thirty characters required to reply. Hopefully there is now required amount
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on your Generous Genealogist award issued on June 23, 2020.

John Williams


Wikitree Appreciation Team

posted by [Living Williams]
Welcome to the US Southern Colonies Province of Carolina. I am excited to have you join this team. Here is the page where I jotted down goals and tasks, if you will check them out. These will change as the project advances.

Also please add a bit about your ancestors beside your name and a little about your self.

As we add space pages for Province of Carolina, we will attach them to this Team page for navigation.

After checking it over, and looking for what interests you most, just message me and I will be checking on you.

If you have questions, just ask!!

Again thanks for joining us for this project and this team.

Mary Richardson, U.S. Southern Colonies Province of Carolinas Team Leader

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Hi Brenda,

As you will have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the US Southern Colonies Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. We have also changed the criteria for membership. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know whether you would like to remain in the project and, if so, which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address. I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders and are in the Google Group.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins. We’re really excited for the future of the project and hope that you decide to be a part of it with us moving forwards.

Many thanks,

Susie, US Southern Colonies Project Co-Leader


Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to the Breland Family.

Marianna Kowalski Greer

I have added the Southern Colonies project badge to your profile. This project is officially dormant with the exception of Southern Pioneers subproject. You might also be interested in the United States Project which has individual subprojects for each state.
posted by Paula J
Oh My Goodness!! Thanks SO much for posting that link to Thomas Batte's profile. What a wonderful resource for colonial Charles City County!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
For your contributions to the South Carolina Project, you deserve a Community Star! Thanks for the great map showing landowners!!
posted by Paula J
Congratulations on making more than 100 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May!

We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be.

Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Shannon Thomas

WikiTree Appreciation Team

Brenda. thanks so much for the Gregg County 1939 Parade in Longview. I posted it on This stimulated me to start finding more sources for Gregg county history..


our work is never done.....

posted by Mary Richardson
Thanks so much for the source for the SC ships!!!!
posted by Paula J
Welcome to the US History Project and the South Carolina Subproject!
posted by Paula J
Hello Brenda,

My grandfather Fred Williams is a confirmed cousin to you. His GEDMatch ID is A341091 and your common ancestors are William Jackson and Mary Jane Yarbrough. On GEDMatch you also match up with my mother Rebecca, sister Sarah, and my niece Lily.

Kind Regards,

Ryan Compton

posted by Ryan Compton
Hi Brenda,

Thanks for becoming pre-1700 certified. Now that you will be working on older profiles you will find yourself collaborating more with others. The best way to do this is by joining a project. Have a look at our list of pre-1700 projects and see if any are of interest to you. Give me a shout if you have any questions.

Thanks, Susie :-)

Hi there! My name is Vicky (Freeth) Majewski and I am a WikiTree Mentor.

This is just a courtesy e-mail to see how things are going. Are you enjoying WikiTree so far? Any questions? Any issues?

Feel free to contact me via my profile page. I am happy to help!

P.S. Just a small suggestion - you might want to create separate tags for each of your names and places. This way, you'll get better search results, and others looking for those things can find you, too.

To edit or add more tags, head to the "Add" drop-down menu, then "Followed Tags"

Otherwise, enjoy WikiTree!  :)

Hi Brenda --

You’ve been here about a week, so I’m just checking in. How is it going so far? Were the How-Tos helpful or did they leave you with questions?

We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Shirley ~ WikiMessenger

PS Sometimes links don't work in emails. You can always find a link that works in the public comments on your profile.

Rejected matches ›

B  >  Breland  |  B  >  Breland Shaffer  >  Brenda (Breland) Breland Shaffer