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Re: Harry Donald ("Hal?") Blakeman
Posted by: Mark Schoenfeld (ID *****2224) Date: July 16, 2005 at 06:49:52
In Reply to: Re: Harry Donald ("Hal?") Blakeman by Robyn Marlow of 471

Hello Robyn---

Thanks very much! You've already filled in some missing details of my wife's family tree. Here's hoping I can do the same for yours.

Your mother is correct -- Lowell Shafe was Chantal's father. In WWII he rose to the rank of captain. Chantal also has four brothers: Mike (older) and Bob, Rick and Marc (younger). Lowell died on June 25, 1995 and is buried in the Veteran's Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. We knew that Myron and Maranda were buried in Encampment and on our last trip out west visited their gravesite. We also stopped at Laramie and visited Atta and William's gravesite but didn't know that your grandparents are buried there too.

As for John Shafe, that's proving to be the "brick wall" in our study but I'll tell you the little we know (which you probably know already):

John Shafe was born in Genesee County, New York in either 1814 or 1811. Genesee County, however, underwent several changes after it was formed (other counties were carved from it, etc.), so it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where. I e-mailed someone who had a directory of last names in western New York State in the 1800's but nothing came up. There may possible have been a name change -- Shap, for example, morphing to Shafe -- or Lowell used to tell a story about a male ancestor of his named Quackenbush who married a lady surnamed Shafe and changed his name to Shafe. (Does that story ring a bell?).

John's wife (Myron's mother) is even more of a mystery. We know her name was Mary Ann Griffen and that she was born in Carlton, Ohio. The problem is that there's no town in Ohio named Carlton -- if you look where Carlton is supposed to be it says Hobson. I've e-mailed several people looking for info about a Mary Ann Griffen (or Griffin, the more common spelling), but nothing so far. However, Canada (Myron's birthplace) remains a possiblity.

I have a copy of Grandma Gracie's birth certificate plus a copy of a letter from Viola to Georgia (dated February 26, 1946) that mentions your grandmother. Let me know if you'd like them. Chantal says she'd be happy to have any pictures of Emery you'd care to send plus the picture of Grace by Myron's general store in Fort Steele.

Perhaps you can answer a question that's been driving me crazy:

Who was Maranda's mother?


Regards,

Mark



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