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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.
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. 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. 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.
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Brenda is 22 degrees from John James Audubon, 26 degrees from Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 36 degrees from Gerald Durrell, 19 degrees from Dian Fossey, 21 degrees from Steve Irwin, 28 degrees from Ernest Just, 26 degrees from Ian Player, 23 degrees from Peter Scott, 33 degrees from Antoon van Hooff and 16 degrees from Marta Johnson on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.