This part of our Website will tell a bit about the Shaffer and Hellein ancestry... where did we come from... how did we get here... what is part of our family history?
How many people can say there is a mountain named after their family? Check this out: Shaffer Mountain — the summit of which is in Preston County in the state of West Virginia (WV), near the Maryland state line. Shaffer Mountain climbs to 3,189 feet (972.01 meters) above sea level, with the summit located at GPS coordinates of N 39.336212 and W -79.523941.
The summit is Southwest of Cumberland, Maryland (where Bob's ancesters settled) near US Highway 50, Brookside and Cathedral State Park, known for its old-growth eastern Hemlock trees. Shaffer Mountain itself is part of the Allegheny Mountains, which are part of the larger Appalachian Mountain Range.
(There is another Shaffer Mountain in Lassen County, California, but that one is not connected to our family.)
Our daughter Kelly has been busy tracing our lineage and has gone back to the 1700's on the Shaffer side, which is really remarkable.
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