Elisha Shafer was born in Morgan County, Alabama, the son of William and Agnes Shafer (formerly Shaver). Elisha Shafer married Lavina Davidson in Burleson County, Texas on March 4, 1856. On May 5, 1862 Elisha enlisted in Co. F., 12th Texas Infantry, C.S.A., being disharged with a disability on Nov. 18, 1962. The unit's muster roll shows that Elisha was 5'7" and had blue eyes, a light complexion, and light hair. Apparently, at some point Elisha also served in Co. N, 1st Regt., 27th Brigade, Texas State Troops.

Elisha and Lavina Shafer had several infants buried at Pin Oak Cemetery; they also had at least six other children: (1) Annie Elizabeth "Anna" Shafer (b.1862); (2) Stephen Shafer; (3) William Shafer; (4) Gertrude Shafer; (5) Minnie Shafer; and, (6) Willie May Shafer (b. TX Aug. 1883).

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