Northampton County, Pennsylvania is on the eastern border of the state in the Lehigh Valley. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. Easton is the county seat.
Dewald Shafer was born about 1749 in Pennsylvania. His father was Johann Jacob Shafer.
He married Magdalena Saeger.
Magdalena and Dewald's children were
Maria Catharine Shafer (1774),
Susannah Shafer (1778),
Peter Shafer (1780)
Regina Shafer (about 1781),
Elizabeth Shafer (1786),
John Shafer (1792),
Sarah Shafer (1796), and
Catharine Shafer (1797).
From The History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania
The paternal grandfather, Michael Dreisbach, was born April 1, 1779, and died October 15, 1868. By occupation he was a wheelright, and engaged in farming. His wife bore the maiden name of Susanna Shaffer [Shafer].