Joseph Watson Shaver

Joseph Watson was born on November 25, 1835 in Ashland County, Ohio to Andrew & Mary Molly (Artman) Shaver. He was the third of their eight children. Joseph's family owned 80 acres of land in Northwest Orange Township of Ashland County, where he worked as a farmer laborer.

Joseph's first cousin was Temperance Shaver, daughter of David & Mary (Mountain) Shaver.  Temperance became the second wife of Cassius Palmer in 1857. After their marriage, Joseph met and fell in love with Agnes Colista Palmer, daughter of Cassius & his first wife, Ruby Rosette (Turner) Palmer. 

They were wed on October 3, 1861 in Ashland. Around 1870, they migrated to Chester Township, Eaton County, Michigan; where Joseph purchased a home and farm land, via mortgage payments, in the 83rd district of Chester Township. He farmed the land up until his death, at the age of 76.

They resided in Chester Township until their deaths. Joseph died on May 25, 1911 and Agnes died on January 31, 1931; they were both interned at Millerburg Cemetery in Carmel Township.


Curtis Shaver [1862/63 - 1862/63]

Francis Emery Shaver [1864 - 1932]

"Twins" Shaver [1866 - 1866]

Arthur Adelbert Shaver [1868 - 1946]

Mary Rovella (Shaver) Johnston [1868 - 1921]

Winifred Rosella (Shaver) Boyles [1871 - 1900]

Bertrand Cassius Shaver [1873 - 1960]

Melvin Burdett Shaver [1876 - 1916]

Orville Clayton Shaver [1877 - 1965]

Willard Ervin Shaver [1881 - 1965]

Merlin Palmer Shaver [1885 - 1965]

Clifford Joseph Shaver [1893 - 1964]

For additional Information on the Ancestors of Joseph Watson Shaver, please see the following pedigree charts (.pdf format):

Joseph W. Shaver - Chart 1.0