Nehemiah is my Great, Great, Grandfather, Abraham Lincoln is my Great Grandfather. I have been doing research on my family for the last 5-6 years or more and with the help of others have traced the Shanafelts back to Germany, In fact I have just recently returned from where they lived in the early 1700's. Nehemiah is somewhat of a mystery to me, his headstone is gone from his burial place in the Shanafelt plot in the Prospect Hill cemetery in Cassopolis although he is listed as being buried there. His wife Anna and one son are buried at the Wayne Chapel cemetery. I have an earlier letter written by one of his sons who was living in Nebraska I think it was to his mother, brother and sisters but makes no mention of Nehemiah. His obituary simply states that he died at his brother's home (William H.)nothing more which I really find strange. I have found where he and his family lived in St. Joseph County and have to get back on the trail again and continue my research. I grew up in Cassopolis and am a 6th generation Cass County Michigan Shanafelt. I do know of one other Nehemiah decendant and keep in touch with her.
I hope you get this and contact me, maybe we can share information???
Gary Shanafelt 225 Saddleback Lane Estes Park, Colorado 80517 970-586-9219