From the 1885 History of Steuben County, IN page 758:
John A. Shaffstall, furnature dealer, Hudson, Indiana, is a son of Abraham
Shaffstall, who, with his family settled in Salem Township in October 1854,
on a tract of land he had purchased the preceding year, located on the west
half of the southeast quarter of Section 22. A log house had been built
and about 30 acres had been partially cleared. Mr. Shaffstall improved
his land, residing there about 10 years, when he sold it to Philip H. Meas,
a bought a 160 acres on Section 26, where he lived till 1876, a year or two
later he went to Kansas, where he died June 20, 1882. He was twice
married. His first wife, Louisa Cobb, died August 8, 1847, leaving
four children, two of whom are living -- John A. and Catherine, wife of Charles
Boyce, of Door County, Wisconsin. In 1849 he married Susan Coverly,
a native of Virginia, now living in Lincoln County, Kansas. To them
were born three sons and three daughters. John A. is the only representative
of his father's family in Steuben County. He was born in Crawford County,
Ohio, in 1837. In the Spring of 1862 he went to Door County, Wisconsin,
where he lived ten years. June 27, 1861, he enlisted in Company H 19th
Indiana Infantry, but was discharged a few weeks later on account of ill
health. In October of the same year he again enlisted in Company H
13th Indiana Infantry and served about two monthes when he was again discharged.
In 1872 he returned to Indiana and in 1877 engaged in his present business.
He was married January 1, 1863, to Hannah Peterson, a native of Norway.
They have one son -- Albert H., born in Wisconsin, February 28, 1865.