In recording the history of Peter Shaver the second, named after his
father, Peter Shaver, biographed in preceding sketch, we will show
that this second Peter Shaver was born in this country in 1752, baptized
in 1753 and participated in the Revolutionary War.
This documentary data conflicts with the traditional date, 1765,
the date tradition says that our ancestor Peter Shaver arrived in
America. But it was in 1765 when the son Peter Shaver and his brother
petitioned the proprietaries for the land left by their father at
the time of his tragic death, related above.
In the autobiography of the son, David Shaver, we find the information
that his father was Peter Shaver, that he settled in Huntingdon County,
married a Miss C. Piper of Franklin County, and was a soldier in the
Revolutionary War, serving mostly as an interpreter of German language,
papers etc, for the officers under whom he served. The early life
of David's father, Peter Shaver, is not recorded in history, although
David states that his father was a farmer and engaged in several branches
By the time the war clouds of resistance to Great Britain's tyranny
were gathering, young Peter Shaver had grown into a young man in his
20s. At Standing Stone, near his home, was a meeting place for loyalists
called Tories, who attacked those swearing allegiance to the Continental
Congress and also it was a place of confinement of Hessian prisoners.
Becoming enthused with patriotism it is presumed that at the outbreak
of hostilities he enlisted for service for his country. Being fluent
in the German language, written or otherwise, his ability with the
language prompted the officers to place him at translating papers
and documents as well as speaking the German language.