The rubbing of the tomstones that I posted was taken in the 1930's. The book that I have was written in the 1970's and by then the lettering was totally worn away. That is why you would not have seen any German. The tomstones had new plaques added to them. I do not know who added them.
Regarding war activity, I think three of Michael's sons fought (the two oldest in the battle of Alamance) but my understanding is that Michael did not and he signed Oath of Allegiance to the Crown in order to keep his land. As of the 1970's that paper was still in existance and believed to be in the possession of Michael Fogleman, one of the descendents living in North Carolina.
I knew about Michael, Martin's father, and I knew of Michael, Martin's grandson (and my great-grandfather's grandfather). I had not realized there was a brother of Martin named Michael as well. I find all these Michael Shofners confusing!
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