Genealogy has been a major interest of mine since the Schaffer roots were first discovered (see link to Katharina Schaffer), followed by tracking down the records connecting me to my 5th great grandfather, the great American Patriot and rabble-rouser, Patrick Henry, at the urging of my mother, Jean (Timm) Schaffer, Henry's 4th great granddaughter. This ultimately led to my involvement with the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation in Red Hill, Brookneal, Virginia (see click here for Red Hill). For an overview with links to various branches of the Schaffer family, go to the biography of my 2nd great grandfather, Andreas Schaffer.
My ancestors by family name are as follows, with country of origin, and those names in green ink being a link to the earliest known ancestor of that name, with date of birth:
Paternal: Schaffer (Bohemia, before 1640), Burger (Germany, about 1800), Mathisen (Norway, 1834), Schwieger (Pommerania, Prussia, 1772), Feyerfeil (Bohemia, before 1640), Hummel (Germany, before 1810), Weber (Germany, before 1810), Moss (Prussia, before 1828), Denk (Bohemia, before 1635), Kreuzer (Bohemia, before 1780), Walter (Bohemia, 1735), Rusta (Bohemia, before 1765), Großkopf (Bohemia, before 1745), Christensen (Norway, 1814), Micheldotter (Norway, before 1817), Meyer (Germany, before 1820), Schätzle (Germany, before 1810), Gründl (Bohemia, 1715), Hofmann (Bohemia, before 1666), Haala (Bohemia, before 1630), Janka (Bohemia, 1740), Gruber (Bohemia, before 1725), Didrich/Dittrich (Bohemia, before 1630), Matheiowetz (Bohemia, before 1675), Schwartz (Bohemia, before 1650), Seifert (Bohemia, before 1650)
Maternal: Timm (Pommerania, 1858), Ward (England, 1816), Manthey (Germany, 1865), Henry (Scotland, about 1600), Palmer (England, about 1589), Martin (probably England, traced to Virginia, 1802), Crane (England, 1575), Williams (probably England, traced to Virginia, 1801), Martin (probably England), Courtney (probably Ireland, traced to Virginia, 1805), Walker (probably England, about 1740), Shelton (England, perhaps 1580, this family branch is very problematic), Winston (England, 1730), Parks (England, 1687), Bloomer (England, 1672), Dabney (England, 1680), Robertson (Scotland, 1656), Carney (Scotland, 1601), Mitchell (Scotland, about 1737), Starnell (Scotland, 1610), Gowan (Scotland, about 1580), Johnston (probably Scotland, about 1580), Cooper/Cowper/Couper (Scotland, 1480), Neland (Scotland), Paul (Scotland, about 1609), Murray (Scotland), Duncan (Scotland), Sommerville (Scotland), Andro (Scotland), Robinson (Scotland), Crosby (Scotland), Bogl (Scotland), Armistead (probably England), Chilton (probably England), Ellyson (probably England), Bathurst (England), Jane (England), Gerard (England), Wood (England), Thompson (England), Waller (England), Dodge (England), Saunders (England), Haskel (England), Chapman (England), Gulby (England), Lansdall (England), Chalfunt (England), Barker (England), Gille (England), Trafford (England), Stanley (England), Foulshurst (England), Bromley (England), Strangeways (England), Houghton (England), Hextall (England), Boteler (England), Orrell (England), Mainwaring (England), Savage (England), Bryn (England), Fitzwilliam (England), Kingsley (England), Fitzwalter (England), Ryhs ap Tewdr (Wales), Powys (Wales), Dinefwr (Wales), Gruffydd (Wales), Cynfyn (Wales), LLewlyn (Wales), Gwerystan (Wales), Gwynnedd (Wales), Maredudd (Wales), Owain (Wales) [this line of the family could stretch on for pages, as each child was called son of or daughter of, rather than the same family name; it stretches back to Beli ap Bryn, born before 60 CE, although he is a legendary rather than an historical figure. His grandson Aballac Amallac was a king in Wales in the second century of the Common Era.)]
The genealogical research possibilities are obviously endless. I have worked extensively on the following families: Schaffer (see Andreas), Burger (see Nicholas), Feyerfeil (see Anna), Denk (see Magdalena), Hofmann (see Andreas), and Haala (see Anna); and a fair amount on Timm (see Julius), Schwieger (see Mathilda), and Henry (see Patrick). The rest has been done thankfully by others. My hope is that some descendant of mine will carry on the work I began. I have also done a great deal of work on the Turnwald family. Although there are no Turnwalds who are direct ancestors of mine, many Turnwalds married into the Schaffer family in Bohemia. I was motivated by that and, in particular, by an e-mail correspondence and friendship developed between myself and the late Dieter Turnwald. I have to thank a number of German genealogists for assistance and input on the Turnwald family: Dr. Gernot Peter, Christine Kaul, Werner Honal und Gisbert Lawitzky.
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