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Moffatt Shaf(f)er from Allegheny Co., VA
Posted by: Donnie Noel (ID *****8293) Date: August 19, 2007 at 19:36:05
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My grandmother showed me a picture of a man in uniform that she said was her uncle, Moffatt Shaffer (or Shafer).
He had served during the Spanish American War she claimed. A number of her aunts and uncles died from something he brought home which he caught while in service. It was either TB or yellow fever. I can't remember which one she told me.
Many of them died within 12 to 18 months or less, so it must have been contagious and lingering.
I know yellow fever was something which was prevelant during the construction of the Panama Canal circa 1903. Could this have been what was perhaps spread regionally throught that part of the world then?
Are there any records which show Moffatt Shafer on any rosters for that time frame? Because of his birthdate making him fairly young to have served in that war, I question whether he was there at all. Perhaps he was in
WW I? Still, this was her mother's brother, and she had first hand information, so....??
Can anyone help clarify this for me?

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