I am looking for the parents of my GGGG Grandfather, Jeremiah Shaeffer (Shaffer, Shafer, Schafer, Schaeffer, Schaffer, Shaefor, etc--I've seen a number of spellings). His name has been spelled Shaffer (Historical Atlas of Jasper County Iowa, Morgan Funeral Home records, the way my family has spelled it since), Schaeffer (1856 Lick Creek Iowa Census), and Shaeffer (in the marriage ledger from Harrison County, Ohio). Jeremiah was born on November 30, 1820, he married Elizabeth Bartow (Ledger reads, "Barto") on August 4, 1820, I believe in Harrison County, Ohio. He moved to Lick Creek, IA, around 1845, and lived the remainder of his life in Van Buren and Jasper Iowa. He died in 1898 or 1899, I believe. Jeremiah and Elizabeth had the following children:
Mary abt. 1846 Nancy abt 1850 Catharine abt. 1850 William M. 28 Sept. 1852 John abt. 1862 Abraham Lincoln Shaffer my GGG grandfather 1862-1937
I believe later in life, Jeremiah was married to a Margaret "Maggie" Black, though Elizabeth's death seems to be after the date of the purported marriage.
Anyway, I have hit a big wall with this branch, so any help will be and is greatly appreciated.
Other family trees show Jeremiah's father to be a William Shaffer out of PA and his mother to be Barbara Fink, but none have documentation, so I do not believe them to be accurate.