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One of Lois' nephews said that his grandfather, James Shafter, died about 1766 and his older aunts had to leave the house and work for others to support themselves. This probably explains why Lois married John White in Claremont, New Hampshire, much further north in the state from the rest of her family. She moved to Weathersfield, Vermont, with her husband and had about nine children. Beyond that, nothing more is known of her. She was a member of the female "class" of the First Methodist Church in Utica in 1816, along with Olive and Susan.1 Olive's household in the 1820 census for Utica, New York, very likely included Susan and Lois. The same can be said for the 1830 enumeration, with the addition of two of Lois' Cunningham granddaughters. Olive and one of the granddaughters died of cholera in 1832, but Susan continued in Utica and had her own household in 1840, and with a woman 80-90, undoubtedly Lois, then aged 88. Susan married her brother-in-law John Cunningham in 1842, but I can't find what happened to Lois. She isn't in the burial records of Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica, created in 1850 and where Olive and her Cunningham niece were reinterred in the Cunningham family plot. Was Lois buried with John in Vermont? No gravestones exist to say so.

children of Lois Shafter and John White:

i. Esther Mellen, b. abt 1774
ii. Hannah, b. 20 June 1778
iii. John A., b. abt 1779
iv. James S(hafter?), b. abt 1781
v. Prudence S(hafter?), b. abt 1783
vi. daughter, b. abt 1785
vii. Olive, b. abt 1787
viii. Louisa b. March 1798
ix. Susan b. abt 1791/92

1. Zachariah Paddock, Memoir of Rev. Benjamin G. Paddock (New York:1875), 150.

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