Descendants of Thomas Sheppard
Generation No. 1
1. THOMAS1 SHEPPARD was born 1780 in North Carolina, and died 1848 in near Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. He married NANCY ANN SESSIONS Abt. 1803 in South Carolina, daughter of ? SESSIONS and ANNA ?. She was born Abt. 1783, and died July 26, 1851 in Lawrence County, Mississippi.
Notes for THOMAS SHEPPARD:
By Barbara E. Sheppard, daughter of J.D. Sheppard, Corsicana, Texas June 2001
*Information obtained from a document that was written by William C. Horton in 1963, Odessa, Texas. Mr. Horton died December 31, 1965, son of Audie Sheppard Horton. Another family document was used, it was written in a tongue & cheek style, "The Sheppard's", however, the author is unknown.
First Marriage to Nancy Ann Sessions - Seven Children
Second Marriage to Susan ? - One Child
Laban Sheppard, possibly a brother of Thomas, married Agnes Smith in Clark County, Georgia, between 1805 and 1814.
Thomas Sheppard, the earliest known ancestor, was born about 1780 in North Carolina, and at an early age moved to South Carolina. This would make him about 19 years old when George Washington died. He married Nancy Ann Sessions about 1803. By 1805 he was in Georgia (possibly in Clarke County),where his first child, John Sessions Sheppard was born. About 1807, Thomas Sheppard apparently settled along the Ocmulgee River in old Wilkinson County, Georgia, in the area that became Laurens County and later, in 1808, Pulaski County. The lands west of the Ocmulgee belonged to the Creek Indians until 1821, and Pulaski County was then frontier territory. No record is found of Thomas Sheppard's having served in any of the numerous Indian wars of the period. For a few days in 1818, Pulaski County was host to Andrew Jackson, as the famous general, en route to Florida to quell raiding Seminoles, established a camp along the river for his troops on their march through Georgia. In 1818, Thomas Sheppard was listed on the Pulaski County tax rolls as the owner of 101 & 1/4 acres of "pine land", his general tax for the year was 38 cents and 8 & 1/2 mills.
Late in 1818, Thomas Sheppard began making preparations to immigrate to the new state of Mississippi. In October he sold a lot in the town of Hartford (now, non-existent), but then a thriving town across the river from present day Hawkinsville. In November he sold his 101 & 1/4 acre farm (one-half of a standard land grant of 202 & 1/2 acres). The Sheppard family, with ox-drawn wagons and $1,300.00 in proceeds from the sale of their land, then joined a group of settlers embarking overland for Mississippi by way of the Alabama Territory. Accompanying the family was Mrs. Sheppard's mother, Mrs. Anna Sessions, and her negro slave. The settlers probably followed the primitive Federal Road, once a Creek horse path, which led from present day Columbus, GA. to Fort St. Stephens, Alabama and then to Natchez. The old wagon road passed through Winchester and Monticello, Mississippi, thus providing a direct route to the area around Covington and Lawrence counties, where the Sheppard's settled.
Thomas Sheppard arrived in south Mississippi early in 1819 and probably settled near present day Hattiesburg, possibly along the Leaf River. The town of Hattiesburg itself came into being some sity years later with the advent of the lumbering industry. F.M. Sheppard, a grandson, located the original homestead in what is now Perry County, but the Sheppard's were enumerated in the Census of 1820 as residents of Covington County. The place of settlement was probably near the old boundary between Covington and Perry counties when the two counties included a large area. Very little is known of the early days in Mississippi, except for the fact that Mrs. Anna Sessions apparently died in the 1820's.
Susan was Thomas' second wife, they had one son, Laban.
About 1830 Thomas Sheppard married, secondly, Susan (?), who was born in South Carolina about 1795. After his second marriage the younger Sheppard children were cared for in the household of Absalom Abner Sheppard, their elder brother who had established himself in Lawrence County. In the 1830's or early 1840's, Thomas Sheppard moved to the Republic of Texas and settled near Huntsville. He died in Texas about 1848.
After the death of her husband, Susan Sheppard and her son Laban moved in with the family of William Young of Walker County. Laban Sheppard is known to have died during the Civil War, and it is believed that the William Young with whom the Sheppards once resided was the William H. Young, who as a Colonel, later commanded the 9th (Young's) Regiment of Texas Infantry during the Civil War.
John Sessions, Absalom Abner, William Elexander, and Thomas W., were brothers. Their parents were Thomas Sheppard and Ann Sessions. Not sure yet about W.A.
The section of my family stems from Clara Luetty Sheppard and Theodore Jordon.
Jennifer Speer 03/16/2000
Children of Thomas and Ann are: John Sessions Sheppard born 2-5-1805; Sarah G.Sheppard born 5-21-1807; Linney Sheppard born 1-27-1809; Joseph G. Sheppard born 3-13-1810; Absalom Abner Sheppard born 4-12-1812; Thomas W. Sheppard born 2-9-1814; William Elexander Sheppard born 12-9-1816; and Augustus W. Sheppard born 2-6-1821. j.d.s.
Jennifer Speer 04/25/2000
More About THOMAS SHEPPARD:
Census: 1820, Him? - Washington County, Georgia 1000102001/F
Immigration: Bet. 1820 - 1830, Lawrence County, Mississippi
Tax Rolls: 1818, Pulaski County, Georgia
More About NANCY ANN SESSIONS:
Census: 1830, Lawrence County, Mississippi, page 64, M01022/F0001001
Child of THOMAS SHEPPARD and NANCY SESSIONS is:
2. i. ABSOLOM ABNER2 SHEPPARD, b. April 12, 1812, Pulaski County, Georgia; d. May 29, 1884, Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas.
Generation No. 2
2. ABSOLOM ABNER2 SHEPPARD (THOMAS1) was born April 12, 1812 in Pulaski County, Georgia, and died May 29, 1884 in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas. He married (1) CYNTHIA ?. She was born in Mississippi, and died in Navarro County, Texas. He married (2) REBECCA EAKIN November 10, 1835 in Lawrence County, Mississippi1, daughter of DAVID EAKIN. He married (3) ELIZABETH MARY DEAS July 09, 1846 in Covington or Lawrence County, Mississippi, daughter of ARTHUR DEAS and LEECY TERRELL. She was born Abt. 1817 in Mississippi, and died December 1859 in Lawrence County, Mississippi. He married (4) ELIZABETH F. WARD April 15, 1860, daughter of JESSE WARD and DELANEY DANIELS. She was born September 10, 1838 in Lawrence County, Mississippi, and died 1880.
Notes for ABSOLOM ABNER SHEPPARD:
Absalom A. Sheppard moved his family from Lawrence Co. MS to Navarro County TX about 1874. He had four wives and a total of about 22 children. My gg aunt, Elizabeth WARD was his 3d wife and mother of 11 of his children. He married once more after Elizabeth died. No children from that marriage. A.A. Sheppard and Elizabeth Ward are buried in White Church Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co. TX. I am researching this family also. I have found only one relative from my line in this family.
Helen WARD Anderson 02/13/2000
More About ABSOLOM ABNER SHEPPARD:
Burial: White Church Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas
Census 1: 1840, Lawrence County, Mississippi, page 48, M10012/F10001001
Census 2: September 04, 1850, Lawrence County, Mississippi, page 406, age 38
Census 3: August 02, 1860, Lawrence County, Mississippi under "Shepard"
Census 4: 1880, Navarro County, Texas, page 439, age 69
More About ELIZABETH MARY DEAS:
Name 2: Elizabeth Mary Dees
Mortality Index: 1860, Lawrence County, Mississippi
More About ELIZABETH F. WARD:
Burial: White Church Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas
Census: August 02, 1860, Lawrence County, Mississippi, page 406, age 34
Children of ABSOLOM SHEPPARD and REBECCA EAKIN are:
i. AMANDA JANE3 SHEPPARD.
ii. JOSEPH F. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1836.
iii. SARAH E. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1840.
Children of ABSOLOM SHEPPARD and ELIZABETH DEAS are:
iv. ADLINE3 SHEPPARD, b. Aft. 1848.
v. ALLEN A. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1847.
vi. MARY ALICE E. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1848.
3. vii. ABSOLOM ABNER SHEPPARD, b. October 13, 1850, Lawrence County, Mississippi; d. October 05, 1919, Navarro County, Texas.
viii. WILLIAM MARTIN SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1854; m. MARTHA A. ?.
More About WILLIAM MARTIN SHEPPARD:
Census: 1900, Navarro County, Texas
ix. CAROLINE H. SHEPPARD, b. December 1859.
Children of ABSOLOM SHEPPARD and ELIZABETH WARD are:
x. MARANDA LEONA3 SHEPPARD.
xi. ROSEAN SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1856.
xii. JEFFERSON DAVIS SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1861.
xiii. THOMAS JACKSON SHEPPARD, b. December 09, 1862, Lawrence County, Mississippi.
xiv. J. J. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1863.
xv. ROBERT LEE SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1865.
xvi. N. D. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1866.
xvii. EMILY E. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1868.
xviii. JOHN SESSIONS SHEPPARD, b. 1870.
xix. AGNES D. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1872.
xx. LUCY LOUISE SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1875.
xxi. J. MONROE SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1877.
xxii. JESSE O. SHEPPARD, b. Abt. 1879.
Generation No. 3
3. ABSOLOM ABNER3 SHEPPARD (ABSOLOM ABNER2, THOMAS1) was born October 13, 1850 in Lawrence County, Mississippi, and died October 05, 1919 in Navarro County, Texas. He married LUCY PEVEHOUSE November 10, 1881 in Navarro County, Texas, daughter of PRESTON PEVEHOUSE and MARGARET DAVLIN. She was born October 25, 1863 in Navarro County, Texas, and died January 09, 1956 in Frost, Navarro County, Texas.
More About ABSOLOM ABNER SHEPPARD:
Burial: Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro County, Texas
Census 1: August 02, 1860, Lawrence County, Mississippi under "Shepard"
Census 2: August 22, 1870, Lawrence County, Mississippi
Census 3: June 16, 1900, Navarro County, Texas
Notes for LUCY PEVEHOUSE:
Matilda J. Sheppard's info provided by Regina M. Thompson
More About LUCY PEVEHOUSE:
Burial: January 11, 1956, Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro County, Texas
Census: 1870, Dresden, Navarro County, Texas
Children of ABSOLOM SHEPPARD and LUCY PEVEHOUSE are:
i. ALLEN4 SHEPPARD, m. ALMA HOOD.
ii. LAURA SHEPPARD, b. August 20, 1883, Frost, Navarro County, Texas; d. 1933, Frost, Navarro County, Texas; m. ARCH LEE HAMPTON.
iii. JOHN ABSOLOM SHEPPARD, b. November 1884.
iv. MATILDA J. SHEPPARD, b. December 29, 1885.
v. ADELAIDE SHEPPARD, b. November 1887, Texas; m. CHARLES G. BROWN.
4. vi. MARGARET OPHELIA SHEPPARD, b. March 31, 1890, Frost, Navarro County, Texas; d. July 1950, Frost, Navarro County, Texas.
vii. ABNER SHEPPARD, b. August 25, 1892, Texas.
viii. NELLIE AGNES SHEPPARD, b. February 07, 1895, Texas; m. ALBERT CHERRY.
ix. PRESTON DAVID SHEPPARD, b. May 10, 1898.
x. FRED SAM SHEPPARD, b. January 06, 1900; d. 1964; m. JEWEL CANADY.
xi. LUCILE SHEPPARD, b. January 20, 1903; m. ALBERT YATES.
xii. ROY LEE SHEPPARD, b. December 23, 1905; m. ALTA MARKHAM.
Generation No. 4
4. MARGARET OPHELIA4 SHEPPARD (ABSOLOM ABNER3, ABSOLOM ABNER2, THOMAS1) was born March 31, 1890 in Frost, Navarro County, Texas, and died July 1950 in Frost, Navarro County, Texas. She married JOSEPH MONROE SPEED December 23, 1910 in Navarro County, Texas, son of GEORGE SPEED and ELIZABETH BURKHALTER. He was born April 24, 1878 in Mill Creek, Navarro County, Texas, and died July 03, 1945 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.
More About MARGARET OPHELIA SHEPPARD:
Burial: Restland Cemetery, Frost, Navarro County, Texas
More About JOSEPH MONROE SPEED:
Census: 1880, Navarro County, Texas, page 478, age 27
Children of MARGARET SHEPPARD and JOSEPH SPEED are:
5. i. LUTHER MONROE5 SPEED, b. September 30, 1913, Kerens, Navarro County, Texas; d. September 27, 1997, Midland, Midland County, Texas.
6. ii. JOE WALTER SPEED, b. October 07, 1920, Kerens, Navarro County, Texas; d. December 19, 2000, Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Generation No. 5
5. LUTHER MONROE5 SPEED (MARGARET OPHELIA4 SHEPPARD, ABSOLOM ABNER3, ABSOLOM ABNER2, THOMAS1) was born September 30, 1913 in Kerens, Navarro County, Texas, and died September 27, 1997 in Midland, Midland County, Texas2,2,2,2,2,2,2. He married LIVING CURINGTON May 08, 1937 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, daughter of JOHN CURINGTON and SARAH HARRIS. She was born June 14, 1918 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.
More About LUTHER MONROE SPEED:
Burial: Midland, Midland County, Texas
Children of LUTHER SPEED and LIVING CURINGTON are:
7. i. LIVING SPEED, b. November 16, 1942, Midland, Midland County, Texas.
8. ii. LIVING SPEED, b. December 03, 1945, Midland, Midland County, Texas.
iii. LIVING SPEED, b. June 26, 1955, Midland, Midland County, Texas; m. (1) LIVING WELLS; b. San Angelo, Texas; m. (2) LIVING BROWNE.
6. JOE WALTER5 SPEED (MARGARET OPHELIA4 SHEPPARD, ABSOLOM ABNER3, ABSOLOM ABNER2, THOMAS1) was born October 07, 1920 in Kerens, Navarro County, Texas, and died December 19, 2000 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He married LIVING IVEY.
Children of JOE SPEED and LIVING IVEY are:
9. i. LIVING6 SPEED.
10. ii. LIVING SPEED.
1. Lawrence County, Mississippi Marriage Records.
2. Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 7, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Apr 26, 2000, Internal Ref. #126.96.36.199107.43