Adam and West Virginia...this if the first time I'm hearing these and I'd be very interested in hearing about the possibilities :) Did Adam moved to Lawrence Co., TN with the rest of the Shaffer family.
Unfortunately it seems John died before the 1860 census, but I did find him on the 1850 Lawrence Co., TN census. He and the family were enumerated as follows:
133133 John CHEFFER 39 M FarmerVA Rebecca34 F Jas C.11 M Sarah10 F George7 M Eliza A5 F Margaret3 F The whole family was indicated as born in Virginia.
George was my GG grandfather, the father of my great-grandmother Rebecca "Becky" Shaffer McGee. I've often wondered if Becky was named for her grandmother Rebecca Williams Shaffer .
Tracing the Shaffer family back past Lawrence County has been a mystery so far for me...that infamous brick wall...