John Henry Shafferman is one of my immigrant ancestors. He was born 10 May 1809, possibly to James and Mary Shafferman. John came to the USA from somewhere in Germany in about 1846 with his second wife, Mary Catherine Haberkotten and four of his children, including my ancestor, Maria Louisa. In 1850 the Shafferman family was living in Maryland where John was a laborer. They were affiliated with the St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Cumberland where a few of their children were baptized. John soon found a job for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which led the family west ward, through Virginia, and ultimately to live in Taylor County, West Virginia.
John had three children with his first wife and seven children with Mary Catherine. John died 24 October 1885 in Taylor County, West Virginia. He is buried next to his wife, sharing a tombstone in Bluemont Cemetery, Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia.