My Richard Shaffer is the son of Richard Shaffer- resident of Rowan Co, NC during the Revolutionary War- and Dorothy Goose/Gosse. John Shaffer/Scheffer is son of Richard Shaffer/Shaver illegitimate son of Richard Shaffer and Dorothy Goose/Gosse.
9Aug1781 Richard Shaver appeared in Court on charge of Dorothy Goose that he begot one bastard man child on her body & he gave bond & security to indemnify this county from the charge of the said bastard.-Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Rowan Co, NC 1775-1789 Vol 3 Jo White Linn
4:512 5Aug1785 Dorothea Goose vs Richard Shaver 42.10.0 pounds-Abstracts of Wills and Estates Records of Rowan Co, NC 1753-1805 and Tax Lists of 1758 and 1778 Jo White Linn
Richard Shaffer- Book 108, pg. 2- 50 acres on the waters of Grant’s Creek-
Entered 26Dec1786- Issued 24May1800
NC Land Warrant #3452 Rowan Co
Richard Shaffer-natural son of Dorothea Goose
50 acres- Grant #2632- issued 24May1800
Entry#3043- Entered 26Dec1786- Book 108 pg.2
On waters of Grants Creek
You are hereby required as soon as may be lay off and survey for Dorothea Goose a Tract or parcel of land containing 50 acres lying in the County aforesaid on the waters of the fork of Grants Creek called Woods Fork joining John Brown, Mathew Stuart, John Goose and Mic’l Lains? lines for complement.
Observing the directions of the cut of Absom? Glyn just case made and provided for turning? out lands. I was just and fair plans of first survey with a certificate annexed to each you are to trasmit with this warrant to the secretary’s office. 26Dec1786
Pg. 3 13Jan?1792
I do hereby sign over all my right , title and claim to the within warrant unto Richard Shaffer natural son to the within named Dorotha Goose
[signed] scribble & English Leonard Coughman
By virtue of a Warrant #3043 dated 26Dec1786
Surveyed for Richard Shaffer natural son of Dorotha Goose a tract of land containing 50 acres lying on the waters of Grants Creek begining at John? Coughman’s corner and runs west 11 chains and 12 links to a stake thence north 45 chains to a stake thence east 11 chains and 12links to a pine thence south to the begining-surveyed 3Sep?1792
[witness] Jacob Goose & Henry Goose
843 page 268 24May1800 State Grant #2632 @ 10 pounds per 100 acres to Richard Shaffer, 50 acres on Grants Crk adj Caughman. Entered 29Sep1786.
#653 pg 514 12Aug1788 State Grant # 1642 200 acres to John Lewis Beard on Grants Crk adj his own land, Richard Shafer, Hugh McBride & John Pinkston-Abstracts of Deed Books of Rowan Co, NC BKs 11-14 James W Kluttz
#2622 pg 57 19May1794 George Henry Berger, etc exrs of John Lewis Beard dec’d ... to John Howard for 100 pounds 200 acres on Grants Crk adj other land of John Lewis Beard, Richard Shafer, Hugh McBride & John Pinkston- Abstracts of Deed Books of Rowan Co, NC BKs 11-14
James W Kluttz
I'm still trying to track the land records. But since there was only one Richard Sheffer during the Revolutionary War time period, I think our Richard Sheffers are one and the same.