Biography of Michael W. Schaefer
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


In Section 22, Springfield township, resides one of the wide awake and progressive farmers of Williams county, in the person of Mr. Schaeffer. He was born September 26, 1832, in Montgomery county, Ohio, a son of John C. and Mary (Winters) Schaeffer, the former a native of Germany, the latter of Maryland. In September, 1840, the family removed to Evansport, Ohio, but in the following February took up their residence in Springfield township, Williams county, where the father died October 7, 1851, and the mother passed away March 15, 1883. Our subject is seventh in the order of birth in their family of eleven children, ten of whom reached years of maturity.

The first eight years of his life Michael W. Schaeffer passed in his native county, and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Evansport, and later to Springfield township, Williams county, where he grew to manhood and still continues to reside. He is actively engaged in the cultivation and improvement of his valuable farm of two hundred acres, and, being a thorough and skillful farmer, he is meeting with a well deserved success in his undertakings.

At Evansport, Ohio, Mr. Schaeffer was married May 11, 1856, to Miss Nancy Grimes, a daughter of Richard and Jane Elizabeth (Duffy) Grimes. Her father came to this State from Guernsey county, Ohio, at an early day, and located near Florida, in Henry county, where both he and his wife died when Mrs. Schaeffer was quite young. She is one of the oldest of their eight children, and is a native of Henry county, born July 27, 1837. Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer have ten children, namely: Ina M., now the wife of M. Slusser; Ambrose H., who married Flora Swank; Alta M., wife of Elmer Christy; Sarah, wife of E. L. Ditto; Mary, wife of F. H. Reynolds; Thomas J., who married Margaret Prettyman; Katie I.; Ervin V. D.; Ollie E., and Fred W.

For nearly forty seven years Mr. Schaeffer has been an active and prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which he is officially connected. He has ever taken a deep and commendable interest in local affairs, and has faithfully discharged the duties of several official positions to which he has been elected in Springfield township. He is a man of exemplary habits, commendable purpose and unbending integrity, and in all life's relations merits the confidence which is so freely accorded him.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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