This is from the History of Miami County. Boigraphical Sketches.
JOHN SHAFER, a native of Ohio, was born July 10, 1842, the second son of George and Catherine (Naucle) Shafer, of Germany, who came to Miami County in 1850 and located in Peru Township, the father always following farming for a livelihood. The subject was reared on a farm, and when the war broke out he enlisted in the 52nd Indiana Infantry, Company E., March, 1864, and was mustered out in May, 1865; was wounded during the fight at Nashville, and was in several other engagements. His education was very limited. His marriage to Miss Sarah B. Bell was solmnized November 15, 1867, and to them five children were born: Francis M., Walter L., Mary G., James O., and Otto P. His wife died in 1880, and in 1882 he was again married to Lurinda Crosley, and two children were the result of this second union. John Willard, and Charles. He is a member of the G.A.R. and is a Republican.