David Elliott Shaver, son of Peter Shaver, and grandson of the Peter
Shaver who came to America prior to 1738, was born in Huntingdon County
May 2nd, 1804. During his boyhood days he attended religious services
in the district Methodist church. Here he developed an ambition to
enter the ministry.
His father, a well educated and a religious man, encouraged him in
his ministerial ambitions and entered him as a student in Tuscarora
Academy, at Shirleysburg, Huntingdon County. When at the age of 17
years his father died and the executors of his father's will did not
deem it advisable to furnish him with the means to complete his academic
studies. He then learned the cabinet making trade, reserving time
for further educational pursuits.
After six years of such preparation, at the age of 23 years, he was
licensed to preach the Methodist ideologies. In 1841 he settled on
some land in Madison Township, Perry County and the following year
he was married to Miss Nancy E. Linn. Seven children were born to
the union, a sketch of each being recorded [elsewhere
on this site]. In 1850-1852 he was elected a member of the
State Legislature during which time he introduced the first prohibition
bill. In I859 he was appointed an Associate Judge of Perry County.
He died in office.
Rev. David Shaver's Autobiography
Eulogy by an associate