Person Sheet

Name Balthasar (Baltzer) SCHAEFFER
Birth 1714, Germany or Switzerland
Death 1781
Burial 19 Dec 1781
1 Anna Margaret SCHAEFFER
Birth 1726, Germany or Switzerland
Burial 19 Jul 1798
Children Catherine (1748-)
Johan Frederich (1749-)
Maria Elizabeth (1753-)
Ann Margaret (1754-)
John George (1756-)
Balthasar (Palser) (1752-1831)
Phillip (1762-1774)
John Phillip (1766-)
Notes for Balthasar (Baltzer) SCHAEFFER
Balthasar/Baltzer Schaeffer came to America on the "Loyal Judith", arriving in Philadelphia in September 1742.

The Name "Balthasar" is said to have been the name of one of the 3 wise men who traveled to take gifts to the Christ Child. The name was a very popular name for little boys born in Germany. The name was shortened to Baltzer, when Balthasar came to America. Record keepers in America may have misunderstood the name, and it became Baltzer or Palser. Schaeffer became Schaffer and finally Shaver.

Balthasar (Baltzer) was a merchant in the town of Lancaster, Pa. In 1754 he owned 1 lot; in 1771 he owned 2 cattle; in 1779, he owned 1 acre and 1 cattle.

Baltzer Shaffer is listed in the Digital Archives for the State of Pennsylvania as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In 1777 he is recorded as having given an oath of allegiance to the state of Pennsylvania, in the town of Lancaster. (Published Archives of Pennsylvania.)

Information about Baltzer Shaeffer/Shaver, and his son, Palser Shaver, is taken from "the Balthasar Schaeffer Family." by Joan Shaver-Hill.

For a visual history of the BalthasarSchaeffer Family, go to:

The Balthasar Schaeffer web site, and photographs and pictures, maybe seen, with the permission of Joan Shaver-Hill, at the following 2 sites:
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