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In 1802, Susannah CASWELL, youngest child of Richard CASWELL and Sarah HERRITAGE to survive infancy, married John GATLIN. At the time of their marriage, Susannah, born 16 February 1776 was 26 and John was 33. Susannah had previously married her cousin, John LOVICK, but there is no documentation of a previous marriage for John. Over the next 13 years the couple had 5 children: Susan Jefferson, born 3 Sept 1803; John Slade, born 2 April 1806; Richard Caswell, born 18 January 1809; Mary Mitchell, born 26 May 1811; and Sarah Catherine, born 24 Aug 1814. John also raised Susannah’s daughter from her marriage to John LOVICK, Ann.

 

         The GATLINS were among the earliest New World settlers. John GATLIN, the Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather of Susannah’s John purchased land in Nansemond County, Virginia by 1636. His grandson Edward (Great-Great Grandfather of John) was likewise a very early settler in North Carolina. In 1703, he signed a petition asking for protection by the government from the Tuscarora Indians.

 

         In general, the GATLINS were farmers, who regularly bought and sold land, and served as minor officials in county government. They were rarely named in criminal court records, either as victims of crimes or people accused of crimes. They often were appointed to do such things as administer estates, audit estate records, and act in other official capacities. Most of the land they owned was out of town, either in the area that is now Pamlico County or in western Craven County, including what is now Lenoir County.

 

            John’s grandfather, another John GATLIN, was perhaps a little more colorful than the rest of the family. Like his ancestors, he regularly purchased land, mostly in what is now western Craven County and probably Lenoir. (One difficulty with identifying the exact location is that the early grants described the land as “North side of Neuse River,” which covers many miles). Born in about 1712, John married a woman named Mary (often reported to be Mary REEL, daughter of Peter REEL, but this has been absolutely disproved). In 1734, John BERRY was appointed Constable in the place of John GATLIN, meaning that either John didn’t want the job, or wasn’t doing very well at it. (One GATLIN researcher has said “Constable was a more responsible position then that it is now.” That might be true, but I see no sign of it). At any rate, John did not take this job very seriously when he was again appointed to it in the 1740’s. In March, 1740, he was fined for not appearing in court, which was perhaps a better choice than he made in December, 1744, when he was fined (as a Constable) for appearing in court drunk. A few years later, in 1747, a member of the House, Mr. MCILWEAN complained of the abuses he had received the previous night from John GATLIN. As a result, John was arrested, but when he was brought before the House was “much intoxicated with liquor,” and so was held in custody until the next day. When he was brought in the next day, he confessed to the charge brought by MCILWEAN, and was ordered to apologize on his knees, which he did. He then paid a fine and was dismissed.

 

         John and Mary had 4 sons and 1 daughter (at the time of John’s death in 1766), who were the father and uncles and aunt of Susannah’s John. Mary was still alive when John died; her date of death is not known. By the time he died, John owned more than 780 acres of land, which he divided among his 4 sons. In addition to the land that John left to his children, he also left 5 slaves divided among his children, and household furnishings, cattle and other farm animals, and a slave outright to his wife. Since he left everything “not named” in his will to his wife Mary in a life estate, there might have been more property and slaves.

 

         John and Mary’s oldest son, Thomas, born about 1736, was Susannah’s John’s father. Although he had 10 children, there is little record at all of his wife (or wives), who predeceased him. Many researchers assume that his wife’s last name was Slade, because the name Slade is used repeatedly in this Gatlin line, but in no others. This could well be true, but it should be noted that the same is true for both the names Mitchell and Major. (In fact, according to Richard C Gatlin’s journal his grandparents were Thomas and Mary Mitchell Gatlin, which would indicate that Thomas’ wife was Mary Mitchell; it’s also possible that Thomas was married more than once). Thomas was a moderate landowner in Craven County, buying or receiving in grants about 440 acres of land, and leasing a little more (exact acreage in the lease not given). He also inherited 250 acres from his father. References in the Lenoir County deed indexes show him selling land in that county; it’s unclear if the land he sold was land he bought or was granted. In his will, however, he left no land at all, although he did order that all of his undesignated estate be sold to pay his debts, and some of that could have been land. His executors petitioned the court to sell a slave from the estate, as there were not otherwise assets to pay the estate debts. Because his will was probated in Craven County and his estate was there, he was a resident of Craven at his death. Thomas was named in pension petitions as a Captain in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1793; naming ten children in his will.

 

Thomas’s brother Edward, born about 1738, was also a Revolutionary War Captain. He was married to Elizabeth JOHNSON, and lived in western Craven County. One researcher has said that it was reported that he was “killed by Cornwallis’s troops at the battle of Street’s Ferry.” Although I can find no evidence that there was a “Battle of Street’s Ferry,” Edward’s will, written in May, 1781, begins like this, “…I Edward Gatlin…being mortally wounded and knowing that all men must die do make this, my last will & Testament…” so there is evidence that he died of some kind of injury. The will was probated in the next term of court, June 1781 of Craven County, NC. Like Thomas, Edward and Elizabeth had many children: Sarah, Levi, Esther, John Black, Louise, Stephen, Elizabeth, Mary, and Edward. In his will, Edward also named a son "Shadrack" and what appears to be SALTER, leaves him 1 slave, and no other property. (On the written will, the word “my” is at the end of the line on the page, and the page is slightly frayed. It’s possible that a short word comes after it, such as “god” or “grand” or “step” so that this refers to a godson, grandson, or stepson. None of Edward’s daughters is known to have married a Salter, however, so grandson seems unlikely. Shadrack seems to be a recurring name in the JOHNSON family, however, so that implies that he is related to Edward’s wife Elizabeth, and might be a stepson).

 

The 3rd son of John and Mary GATLIN was James, born about 1744. He married Elizabeth (last name not known), the widow of John LINFIELD. James was the only brother who was evidently not a Revolutionary War Captain. He and Elizabeth had 9 children: Hollon, Mary, James, Elizabeth, Sidney, Hardy, Becky, Nancy, and Alfred. In addition, they raised Elizabeth’s son Francis LINFIELD. Although James’s son James refers to himself as his father’s executor, no will has been found. In part of the estate settlement, James, Jr. refers to “…the proceeds of part of the cargo of the schooner Charlotte lately left in Jamaica by Captn. CASWELL…” as an asset of the estate to be paid to John S. WEST, the husband of Sidney GATLIN.

 

The youngest son of John and Mary GATLIN was Hardy GATLIN, born about 1745. Hardy, like his brothers Thomas and Edward, was a Revolutionary War Captain, occasionally mentioned in pension petitions. He married (apparently for the first time) his former ward Penelope DUNN when he was at least 55 and she was no more than 33. They did not have children. Hardy was a large landowner in Craven County, and also served as a magistrate for Craven County, beginning in 1790. Hardy died in 1803, 3 years after marrying Penelope; he did not leave a will, and all of his property was divided among the many children of his siblings and his wife.

 

John and Mary GATLIN’s youngest child was their daughter Mary, born about 1746. She married John HARRIS, and was referred to in her father’s 1766 will as Mary HARRIS, meaning she was married by that time. Mary and John HARRIS had 7 children: Stephen, Celia, William, Mary (who married her first cousin, Stephen GATLIN, the son of her uncle Edward and his wife Elizabeth JOHNSON), Enoch, John, and Lydia. Mary died before John, who then married Sarah PEARCE. All of the children named in John HARRIS’s will were Mary’s children, however, because they were also heirs of Hardy GATLIN, Mary’s brother. John HARRIS died in December, 1801.

 

         Thomas GATLIN, oldest son of John and Mary and father of John GATLIN, had 10 children. Thomas’s oldest son was Susannah’s John; more will be said about him later. His second child, Slade, was an adult at the time that Thomas’s will was written in 1790; therefore, was born before 1769. According to the Raleigh Register, he died in Lenoir County on 13 July, 1809. No other information was given, so apparently he was not married at the time.

 

         Thomas’s son Mitchell was also an adult at the time his father’s will was written in 1790. He died, however, before the will was probated in 1793, without a wife or children. The administrators of Mitchell estate petitioned the court to sell the slave left to Mitchell in the will to settle the debts of the estate.

 

         Sara, third child of Thomas, was not an adult at the time her father’s will was written. She married William CARMAN, and they had 4 children: Burton, FC, Washington, and Thomas.

 

         James, son of Thomas, was not an adult at the time of his father’s will. No other information is available about him, but because he was not an heir in the Hardy GATLIN estate, it is assumed he died before 1804.

 

         Thomas GATLIN, Jr. was a minor at the time of his father’s will. No other information is available on him.

 

         Major GATLIN was also a minor at the time of Thomas’s will. He married his 1st cousin once removed, Dorcas GATLIN, whose father Levi was the nephew of Thomas GATLIN. They married on 22 September 1808 in Green County, GA.

 

Mary GATLIN, born sometime after 1769, was married first to William CROOM. (She was referred to as “Polly CROOM” in 1804 in the Hardy GATLIN estate). Mary and William had at least 2 children, Joshua and Julia. There is a strong probability that they had an older daughter, Eliza, also. William died before 1811, when Mary remarried. Mary’s 2nd husband was Lewis C. BRYAN, who is believed to be the Lewis BRYAN who was sheriff of Lenoir County. (Lewis C. Bryan married Mrs. William Croom 4 August 1811 in Lenoir Co. according to a Raleigh newspaper, 13 Sep 1811 issue. Another entry in a Raleigh newspaper has Lewis C Bryan married to Mrs Mary Croom Aug 5th in Lenoir County, 6 Sep 1811 issue). It is possible that her 2 husbands were cousins. They had 1 son, John W. BRYAN, who was known to have been of age in 1835, when he sold land he inherited from his mother that originally belonged to the Hardy GATLIN estate. Mary had therefore died by 1835.

 

         Elizabeth GATLIN, like 2 of her brothers, died as a young adult. She was not of age in her father’s will written in 1790, was still alive when his estate was settled in 1793, but was not listed in the Hardy GATLIN estate in 1804.

 

         Teresa GATLIN was Thomas’s youngest child. Thomas’s will indicated that she was under 16 in 1790. She married Reuben WHITE on about 30 July 1808.

 

         When Thomas GATLIN’s oldest son, John married Susannah CASWELL in 1802, his father had been dead for almost 10 years, and his mother even longer. John had seen one and maybe 2 younger brothers die. His father had left him a slave named Ben, a feather bed, and a little money, and his uncle Hardy had left him a little land (less than 100 acres), but anything else he had, he had earned on his own.

 

         Somewhere around 22 years before this John was born, his grandfather got in trouble for verbally abusing a member of the Assembly named “Mr. MCILWEAN”, quite possibly the father, or at least a relative, of Mary MCILWEAN, the first wife of Richard CASWELL. When John was a child, his father and uncles took a strong stand for the American Revolution, serving as Captains in the eastern part of the state. John, at about 10 years old, might have known that the Governor of the newly formed state of North Carolina was named Richard CASWELL; perhaps he also knew that his uncle James had done business with him. He surely didn’t know that Richard CASWELL, had he lived, would have been his future father-in-law, or that the little baby Susannah was his wife-to-be.

 

         Susannah was born at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and would not have remembered her father as the frequent delegate to state Provincial Congresses or Continental Congresses. She would have remembered him as Governor, an office he held most of the time from 1777 to 1788. She would also have been aware that, after her father’s death in 1789 (when she was 13) that her family was destitute, and begged, to no avail, to have the state debts against his estate lifted. By the time Susannah married her first husband, John LOVICK, three of her 8 siblings had died, and by the time she married John GATLIN, 2 more had also died. She herself was widowed in her 20’s.

 

         John died on June 20, 1836. Susannah lived almost 7 years longer, dying on about March 5, 1748.

 

What were the Gatlins like?

 

         The GATLINs, for the most part were honest, law-abiding people, who earned the respect of their neighbors (although John’s grandfather might have occasionally had people shaking their heads!). The family supported the Revolution, and took an active part in it. They did not have the social or political standing of the CASWELLs, however. They were captains, not generals; magistrates and local officials, not governors. They were not the kind of people who wrote Constitutions, but they were the kind of people who made them work. There were rarely acrimonious lawsuits brought against them by people who thought they had been cheated in a business or land deal, estates were settled peaceably among family members, and there were no serious criminal prosecutions.

 

 

I would like to acknowledge the help of Maryanne Berrett in preparing this article.

Appendix I: The Other GATLINS

 

         In 1703, when Edward GATLIN signed the petition asking for protection from the Tuscarora Indians in the “Pamptico” area, his son John was about 12 years old. Although Edward might have had other children at some point, the only one mentioned in his will was John. John received land grants for property “on the North side of the Nuce River,” and appeared in court records occasionally, usually in connection with land transactions. After 1748, he is not named in any other records, but there is no will, estate, or other record that lists his children. It is assumed that he had 2 sons, John and Edward, because they had land that appears to correspond to his land holdings (although the sketchy descriptions make that uncertain, also), and because the two of them appear to be brothers; the fact that their names are John and Edward also supports the idea that they are descendants of John and his father Edward. (The second John is referred to as John, Jr. until 1748). John, Jr. was the grandfather of Susannah CASWELL’s John GATLIN.

 

         Edward II married Elizabeth REEL. When Edward II died in 1766, he left no will, and his estate record only included an administrator’s bond for his wife, Elizabeth. Since the names of all his presumed brother John’s descendants are known, it is usually believed that the rest of the GATLINs in the Craven County area were Edward’s. They settled both in what are now the Pamlico County area, and the Vanceboro area of western Craven. People who have been identified as probable sons of Edward are: Lazarus, Edward, John, William, and David. In addition, there might have been at least one other son, because there are children in the next generation with no father identified. There is also a Joshua GATLIN who might be in this generation or the next. No daughters have been named, but there could well have been some.

 

Sue Guptill


 

Appendix II: Family Charts

 

John GATLIN b. ca 1712

 

 


Thomas GATLIN: born ca. 1736

 

 


Edward GATLIN: born ca. 1738

 

 


James GATLIN: born ca. 1744

 

 


Mary GATLIN: born ca. 1746

 

 


 

Appendix III

 

Sources

 

Original deed to John GATLIN I in 1636:

Nugent, N.M. 1983. Cavaliers and Pioneers: abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants 1623-1666 1: 116.

 

Petition by Edward GATLIN for protection against Tuscarora Indians:

NC Colonial Court Miscellaneous Papers: Indians and Matters Pertaining to Ships. Folder: Indians&emdash;1697-1769, CCR 192, North Carolina Archives.

 

Proof that John GATLIN II’s wife was not Mary REEL

NC Secretary of State Wills, “Peter Reel, 1739,” North Carolina Archives.

 

Records of John GATLIN II as Constable in Craven County

Haun, Weyette Parks. 1978. Craven County Court Minutes (Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions). Book II, pp. 110 & 117; Book III, p. 54.

 

Record of John GATLIN’s altercation with Mr. McIlwean

Sanders, William, ed. Colonial Records of NC. Vol IV: 1734-1752, p. 1335.

 

Names of children of John GATLIN II and wife Mary and property willed by John:

Craven County Wills., “John Gatlin Will: 1766,” CR.028.801.20, North Carolina Archives.

 

Land holding of Thomas GATLIN:

Craven County Records of Land, Book 21, p. 173 & Book 28, p. 6, North Carolina Archives,

 

NC Land Grants, #3307, 172, 171, North Carolina Archives.

 

Lenoir County, Indexes to Deeds, Book 12, p. 183 & 531. (Can be found at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/lenoir/deeds/book12)

 

Children of Thomas GATLIN, property willed, property dispersed:

Craven County Wills, “Thomas Gatlin will: 1793,” CR.028.801.20, North Carolina Archives.

 

Craven County Estates, “Thomas Gatlin: 1793,” CR028.508.53, North Carolina Archives.

 

Children of Edward GATLIN and Elizabeth JOHNSON:

Craven County Wills. “Edward Gatlin will: 1781,” CR.028.801.20, North Carolina Archives.

 

Children of James GATLIN and Elizabeth, widow of John LINFIELD:

Craven County Estates, “James Gatlin 1801,” CR028.508.53, North Carolina Archives.

 

Business relationship James GATLIN and Richard CASWELL:

Craven County Estates, “James Gatlin 1801,” CR028.508.53, North Carolina Archives.

 

Hardy GATLIN as Revolutionary Captain:

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions), p. 247-248, C.R. 028.301.29, North Carolina Archives.

 

Hardy GATLIN as guardian of Penelope DUNN:

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions), p. 43, CR.028.301.15, North Carolina Archives.

 

Hardy GATLIN marriage to Penelope DUNN:

Craven County Marriage Bonds, North Carolina Archives.

 

Hardy GATLIN as magistrate:

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions): C.R.028.301.17, C.R.028.301.18, C.R.028.301.19 North Carolina Archives. [Note: references are scattered throughout these volumes].

 

Heirs of Hardy GATLIN:

Craven County Estates, “Hardy Gatlin, 1804,” CR028.508.53, North Carolina Archives,

 

Heirs of Mary GATLIN and John HARRIS

Craven County Estates, “John Harris, 1801,” CR.028.801.22, North Carolina Archives.

 

Death of Slade GATLIN:

Raleigh Register, July 1809

 

Marriage of Sara GATLIN, daughter of Thomas:

Craven County Wills. “Thomas Gatlin will: 1793,” CR.028.801.20, North Carolina Archives.

 

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions): March 1804, (pages in this volume are not numbered), C.R.028.301.20 North Carolina Archives.

 

Marriage of Major GATLIN, son of Thomas to Dorcas GATLIN, daughter of Levi:

Green County, GA Marriage Records. (Note: I got this information from Larry GATLIN, who states he has seen the marriage record. Also, see below).

 

John Herritage Bryan Private Collection, “Will of Dorcas Chapman 1822,” PC.6.19, North Carolina Archives. (Dorcas CHAPMAN was a relative of Dorcas GATLIN).

 

Husbands of Mary GATLIN, daughter of Thomas:

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions): March 1804, (pages in this volume are not numbered), C.R.028.301.20, North Carolina Archives.

 

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions): p. 41, 188, 189, C.R. 028.301.24, North Carolina Archives.

 

Children of Mary GATLIN and William CROOM and Lewis C. BRYAN:

Craven County Court Records (Pleas and Quarter Sessions): p. 170, 171, C.R. 028.301.30, North Carolina Archives.

 

Marriage of Teresa GATLIN, daughter of Thomas:

Craven County Marriage Bonds, North Carolina Archives

 

Marriage of Edward GATLIN and Elizabeth REEL:

Weynette Parks Haun. 1978. Craven County Court Minutes (Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions). Book II, p. 39 & 40.

 

 

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Sheppard Family

 

“This family contributed much to the county of Greene. There was Colonel Abram Sheppard, who served in the American Revolution and served in the General Assembly from old Dobbs County (now Greene) in the years 1760, 1771, 1772, 1775,1776, and 1769. He married the sister of James Glasgow, Jr. the first Secretary of State for North Carolina. Abram Sheppard, Jr., like his father, served in the Revolution and held the rank of Captain. He served as a Justice for Dobbs County in 1760 &endash; 1768. Of this family we find John Sheppard who served in the Revolution and served from Dobbs County in the House of Commons in 1784 and was a Justice in the year 1762. Of the Sheppard family, there was Martin G. Sheppard, who served in the House of Commons from Glasgow County (now Greene) in the years 1793, 1794, and 1795, and there was James Glasgow Sheppard who served in the House in the years 1796, 1797, and 1798. Let us not forget Benjamin Sheppard who had his creek landing near Snow Hill, who was the father of James Glasgow Sheppard. Then there was Henry Sheppard Sr. born in Snow Hill, January 10, 1813, and his brother Harper Sheppard who were sons of James Glasgow Sheppard and wife Mary J. Harper Sheppard (widow of W.H. Armstrong).Our salute goes to this fine family, from the citizens of Greene County.”

 

SOURCE: History of Greene County, North Carolina compiled by James M. Creech, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore 1979, Page 617

 

(Note: It was Colonel Benjamin Sheppard, not his father Abraham, who married, as his second wife, Martha Jones Glasgow, sister of James Glasgow)

 

 

 

Some DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM SHEPPARD of North Carolina

 

Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732 - 1774

By Murtie June Clark, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1983

North Carolina Militia, ( page 831):

Field Return of Dobbs County Militia commanded by Colonel Richard Caswell, (1774)

 

Nr Rank Name Remarks

1 Colonel Caswell, Richard

2 Lieut Colonel Sheppard, Abraham

 

 

Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution By Francis B. Heitman Reprint of 1914 version (1932) Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1973

Page 493. Abraham Sheppard COL 10th Reg. NC 17th April, 1777 Retired 1st of June 1778

 

p. 154. “Most of the courthouse records 1791 &endash; 1876 were destroyed by fire in 1876,” which has made it difficult to trace the families who lived in the area of old Dobbs and the counties that were included. This paper is an attempt to do so for the Sheppards shown here.

 

The Caswells and the Sheppards lived in old Dobbs County, North Carolina. When Lenoir County was formed, Richard Caswell was in that County. Richard Caswell and Abraham Sheppard actively participated in all activities pertaining to their lives and their communities and thus you will find their names among the public records of that period.

 

Dobbs County, North Carolina, was formed from Johnston County on April I0, 1759.Various changes were made from time to time, such as the one in 1764 when a part of Craven County was annexed to Dobbs. Other counties were formed from Dobbs, such as Jones, Lenoir, and Wayne.

Dobbs County became known as Glasgow County in 1791 when the name was changed to honor James Glasgow, North Carolina’s first Secretary of State, but in 1799, after the Glasgow Land Fraud Trial, the County name was changed again, this time to Greene County in honor of Colonel Nathaniel Greene, a hero of the Revolution; It has been known as Greene County since then.

 

When Wayne County was formed, most of the Dobbs County records were sent to the Courthouse at Kinston. When Glasgow/Greene was created, some of the Dobbs records were sent to Snow Hill and some were copied for use in Greene County. The numerous courthouse fires in Snow Hill and Kinston in the period from 1875 to 1880 destroyed all of these early records except for one index volume to the early deeds.”

 

Source: State of North Carolina Entries of Claims for Lands Within The County of Dobbs 1778 &endash; 1790 by Wm. L. Murphy, Jr. 1984

 

 

DOBBS COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ENTRIES AND WARRANTS 1741-1757 Compiled By Wm. L."Bill" Murphy, 1987

Page 5, (62)-Novr 14th, 1744 Abraham Sheperd 400 acres Craven on ye South Side of Cottentney joyning on Rountrees line and ye creek and Down ye Creek for ye Complemt {Greene }

Page 8, ( 111). 5 Apr.1745 Abra Sheppard 200 acres Craven on the So side of Cotankney between Frances Roundtrees Land & his own. {Greene}

 

 

Dobbs County, North Carolina, Crown Patents 1759 &endash; 1775

William L. “ Bill” Murphy

(some Sheppard patents given)

Page 5. #51 Bearfield, Thomas Book 17, page 57

21 April, 1764 - 250 acres on the N side of Cotentney Creek joining Abraham Sheppard, Curlees line, Chadwicks corner, George Woolf and the sd Creek (Greene)

Page 57. #645 Sheppard, Abraham - Book 23, page 342

22 December, 1768- 300 acres on the N side of Nahunty Creek and apple tree Swamp including the Land Sheppard bought of Samuel Herring, joining Gibbles Line formerly Cooks and Browns old Corner below Homes Plantation (Greene)

 

Page 57. #648 Sheppard, Abraham Jr. Book 23, page 341.

22 December, 1768- 400 acres on the S side of great Contentney Creek between Fort and Cow Branch joining Edwards line, near Morfoots Line and Sheppards own corner near Norris Line (Greene)

 

Page 57. #649 Sheppard, Abraham Jr. Book 25, page 154

4 March, 1775-500 acres on Contentney Creek joining Pridgens line, Robert Reynolds, near Reaves’s corner and Thomas Lane (now Williams’s corner) (Greene)

 

Page 63. #711 Thomas, Theophilus Book 20, page 625

16 December, 1769- 140 acres on the S side of Great Contentney Creek and on the N side of Apple tree Swamp, joining Colonel Sheppard, Gilbert Kerr, Simon Homes and the windings of the sd swamp (Wayne/Greene)

 

 

State of North Carolina

Entries of Claims For Lands Within The County of Dobbs 1778 &endash; 1790,

Wm. L. Murphy, Jr. 1984

( A few entries for Sheppards are given here, as an example of what is found in this book, and the county in which the entry is located today)

 

Book 1:

p. 6 Jan 6.1778 Abra: Sheppard Jr. 640 acres Dobbs, On the Appletree run, joining Jacob Popes, and D. Reeves lines (Greene)

p .9 Janr 6. 1778 Benjamin Sheppard 100 acres Dobbs, On the Long Branch joining Garlands & his own lines (Greene)

p.19 Janr 17 1778 Col. Abra: Sheppard 200 acres Dobbs, joining Thomas Edwards’s land and his own land near Peter Hagans branch (Greene)

p. 34 June 15th 1778 Colo.Abraham Sheppard 700 acres On the So Side of Cotentnea Creek including all the Land within the lines of his former entry in Earle Graanvilles Also (?) known by the name of Jerico (Greene)

 

Book 2:

p.51 Jany 4th 1779 Benjamin Sheppard 500 acres On Tysons Marsh and the long Branch joining John Garlands and my own lines (Greene)

p.66 March 5th 1780 Col. A. Sheppard 250 acres Dobbs. On the South Side of Nohunty Joining his own line including Norris’s Old field (Greene)

 

Book 3:

P.75 November 23d 1780- Benjamin Sheppard 250 acres Dobbs County On the South West Side of Cotentnea Creek Joining Cowards Patricks and McKinneys Lines (Lenoir)

 

Book 4:

p. 89 Octo 16th 1786 Abraham Sheppard junr 100 acres Dobbs County. On the No.Side of Cotentnea Joining William Murphreys & Thomas Barfields Lines On the said Cotentnea Creek (Greene)

 

The History of Greene County, North Carolina by James M. Creech, 1979, Gateway Press, Inc Baltimore, Maryland

Page 122. List of taxables in Dobbs in1769

(among) Sheppard, Abraham Sr. & son Benjamin

 

Page 123. Dobbs Co.County Sheriffs 1759 to 1791

(among) 1760 &endash; Abraham Sheppard (removed to be in the General Assembly);1786-Benjamin Sheppard

 

Page 124. Justices of the Peace, Dobbs Co:1760 (among)Abraham SHEPPARD. Jr.

 

Page 124: Among Members of the General Assembly from Dobbs County & the years given for them, as listed:

 

1760 &endash; Richard Caswell and Abraham Sheppard

1764-1769 &endash; Richard Caswell and Abraham Sheppard

 

Page 125.”The last General Assembly under the British rule was dissolved by the royal governor Josiah Martin on April 8th, 1775. “

Richard Caswell and Abraham Sheppard served, at various times, as delegates from Dobbs County to the five Provincial Congresses held in North Carolina in August 1774 through November 12, 1776.

Their close political and personal ties were evident in many ways, among them as elected representatives from Dobbs in the Senate for Richard Caswell in 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783, 1784,1788, 1789, and for Benjamin Sheppard in the Senate in1787 and 1791.

 

Page 265. Largest Slave Owners and Number in Dobbs in 1790

(among those listed)

Benjamin Sheppard 71, James Glasgow, 50

Abraham Sheppard, Jr. 18

Abraham Sheppard, Sr. 14

John Sheppard 9

William Sheppard 5

 

 

Children of Colonel Abraham Sheppard:

 

I. .PHEREBE SHEPPARD born 1748 married James Glasgow

 

II. BENJAMIN SHEPPARD born 1751 married (1) Elizabeth Ruffin (2) Martha Jones Glasgow

 

III. JOHN SHEPPARD born about 1752

 

!V..ABRAHAM SHEPPARD born 1754 married Susannah Enloe

 

V. WILLIAM SHEPPARD born about 1756

 

VI. MARTIN GARDNER SHEPPARD born about 1760

 

VII. NANCY SHEPPARD born about 1766 married Oliver Smith

 

VIII. STEPHANUS SHEPPARD born 1770

 

 

 

New Bern District Court Records D.S.C.R 206.326.1 Abstracted by Sue Guptill.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/nc/craven/cravencourt.htm

Folder: 1772. Summons for CATHERINE SHEPPARD, wife of ABRAM SHEPPARD the elder;

John Baptist Sheppard; Samuel HERRING & wife MARTHA; as witnesses in Case agst BENJAMIN SHEPPARD & MARY. dated: 11 May 1772 (date of summons) County: Dobbs

 

 

I. PHEREBE SHEPPARD, daughter of Col. Abraham Sheppard, was born about. 1748.

She married JAMES GLASGOW about 1764 in Dobbs County, North Carolina.

It is thought that Pherebe died before James Glasgow moved to Tennessee.

 

10 Oct. 1765 - deed from Col Abraham Sheppard Jr - deed of gift to his daughter Pherebe & her husband James Glasgow, Esq.... land part of Fairfields Plantation ...where the said Glasgows "now live.”

Source: ...North Carolina Dictionary of Biography , Vol. II, article by Charles R. Holloman.

 

Notes about James Glasgow:

James was the son of Patrick Glasgow, rector of Allhallows Parish in Worcester County, Maryland, who died in 1753.

Source: Marriage & Death Notices From the Maryland Gazette 1727 &endash; 1839. compiled by Robert Barnes, Baltimore, Md, Gen. Pub. Co., Inc, 1973.

 

Glasgow County, North Carolina, was named for James Glasgow who was the Secretary of State for North Carolina from 1777 to 1798. He was involved in a land fraud scheme and convicted, after which he and some of his family removed to Tennessee where he died at his plantation near Nashville on 17 November 1819 at the age of 85. After he was found guilty, it was said about him that "an angel has fallen."

 

Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina, Newspapers 1820 &endash;1829

by Lois Smathers Neal 1980, The Reprint Company, Spartanburg, S. C, Page 254.

GLASGOW: D. In Tennessee, lately, COL. JAMES GLASGOW, formerly Secretary of State of this State, RRw Fri 24 Feb 1820

 

See NORTH CAROLINA DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY Volume II , for Charles R. Holloman’s account of the life of James Glasgow.

 

Holloman states that James Glasgow was educated at parish schools and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He then became an accounting and corresponding clerk for an import-export house in Suffolk, VA, whose clients included COL ABRAHAM SHEPPARD and his son COL. BENJAMIN SHEPPARD, merchants and planters of Dobbs County.

 

 

 

Children of Pherebe Sheppard and husband James Glasgow

 

1. Elizabeth GLASGOW, b. about 1763, Dobbs County, North Carolina, and died in Tennessee. She married first JOHN MARTIN. He died in Snow Hill, North Carolina. They had a son, John Glasgow Martin. She married second, April 1797, STOCKLEY DONELSON of Tennessee.

 

2. Patrick Glasgow was born about 1764, Dobbs Co., died by March 1, 1791

Pitt County Deed Book M, page 369, March l, 1791. Grantor: James Glasgow, exr. For Patrick Glasgow dec. (DOBBS) to Joseph Boyd 100 A; 5 sh. Former owner: Patrick Glasgow, dec. Adj. James Jones. Wit: Robert Boyd.

Source: Index and Abstracts of Deeds of Record of Pitt County, North Carolina, Volume II (1782 - 1801) by Judith DuPree Ellison, 1968, Atlantic Printers and Lithographers, Inc., Miami Beach, Florida

 

3. Nancy ("ANNIE ") GLASGOW, born 22 Apr 1770, Dobbs County, North Carolina, and died in Tennessee. She married first: Willoughby Williams, Jr .of Dobbs County, North Carolina, whose mother's maiden name was Sarah Willoughby, daughter of William Willoughby. The Willoughby family came from the Norfolk and Princess Anne County area of Virginia.

 

 

It is thought that the children of Nancy ("Annie") & Willoughby Williams were:

 

1.     James G. Williams, born 1793 {he was State Treasurer of Mississippi when he died in

1840 at age 47 years and one month}

2. Willoughby, Jr. born 14 June 1798, died 8 Dec. 1882

3. Nichols, born 13 Feb 1807, died 18 July 1844

4. Robert N., born 18 January 1802

5. Columbus, md. Jane Nichols

{Above information on Nancy Glasgow & husband Willoughby Williams from Barbara B. King, June 2000)

 

Lt. Colonel Willoughby Williams served in the Continental Line as regimental commissary officer, as deputy secretary of State, as a member of the House of Commons, and as deputy clerk of the county court in Dobbs, and Clerk of Court in Glasgow County. He was involved in the Glasgow Land Frauds.

He died suddenly on the train at Dandridge, TN (Source: Chas.Holloman’s account), leaving his wife and son Willoughby Williams (Jr.), surviving him.

 

Nancy "Annie" (Glasgow) Williams married (2) August 4, 1816, at South West Point, Roane County, TN, JOSEPH McMINN who was Governor of Tennessee from 1815 to 1821. He was the son of Robert and Sarah McMinn. Source: TENNESSEE Cousins, by Ray, page 86

 

.Joseph McMinn was born June 22, 1758 near West Chester, PA, and died October 17, 1824, TN. Annie was his third wife, he having married first Hannah Cooper, and second, in 1812, Rebecca Kincaid.

 

 

4. PHEREBY GLASGOW, b. 1775

5. JAMES GLASGOW, b. 1777

6. JOHN GLASGOW, b. 1779

 

 

 

 

II. COLONEL BENJAMIN SHEPPARD (Abraham ) was born 1751 in Dobbs County, NC, and died 1 October 1798, Glasgow County, North Carolina, aged 47 years, 6 months. Source: Sheppard Bible.

One of the first times Benjamin Sheppard is given as a son of Abraham Sheppard, is on the 1769 list of Dobbs County, N.C., taxables which gives: ABRAHAM SHEPPARD, SR and son BENJAMIN. Source: North Carolina Taxpayers 1701 &endash; 1786

Compiled by Clarence E. Ratcliff, 1984

 

Colonel Benjamin married (1) Elizabeth RUFFIN, about 1771, the daughter of Sheriff SAMUEL RUFFIN and his wife SARAH McWILLIAMS of Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Elizabeth Ruffin was born around 1756 and died about 1779 in either Edgecombe County or Dobbs.

 

The John Gray Blount Papers Volume Two 1790 &endash; 1795

Raleigh State Department of Archives and History, 1959

Edited by Alice Barnwell Keith

Page 103. Letter from Benjamin Sheppard to John Gray Blount

Contentnea 4th Sept. 1790

Sheppard is writing to Blount to ask if he can get any nails from him. He also wants,

"(a barrel) of the best rum that can be had with you if you will please do me the favor and Send it on immediately with out regard  to expense the favor will be gratfully acknowledged  for I must drink Some Spirit & if you wish me any time (length)  of life keep me from drinking  New Brandy(.) I am in immediate want of Nail  & no les of the Rum write (2) write me fully all the Nuse (news)  you have (.)  If W.  Blount has left any letters or advice fer me please direct them on for this & Rum
is the purpose of the bearer going out (.)All is well with me  I hope so
with Your  

                                                            I am Respectfully Your Friend

                                                                        Ben Sheppard

“If convenient Shall be obliged if you will please Send me a Boys hatt of a tolerable good quality about 6 ½ Inches diameter in the crown & a good womans Hatt. If you cant get the Quantity of good Rum that is asked for Send me some !"


                                                              BS
   *NOTE: Ruth Fentress (2) above stood for page 2.   write was written twice  so not my error !

 

 

 

Col. Benjamin Sheppard and his first wife Elizabeth Ruffin Sheppard had four children, all girls:

 

1.Catherine Sheppard, daughter of Benjamin and Eiizabeth Sheppard, was born about 1772.

Ruffin)

Catherine married (1) Graves Bright

Marriage License Purchase List (Boxes 11 - 97, passim, page 192, August 1977, NCGS Journal - from North Carolina Archives: (among the list given ) Dobbs County, Sept 6, 1788, Graves Bright. We think Graves married Catherine close to the date 1788 as given here.

 

Catherine (Sheppard) Bright married (2) Benjamin Evans. It is thought that she had children by both husbands.

 

2. Mary Gray Sheppard, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Ruffin) Sheppard was born about 1774, died prior to 1811, married first JOHN CASWELL, youngest son of Governor Richard Caswell and his second wife, SARAH HERRITAGE.

 

John Caswell was a young man when he died April 14, 1795, leaving a widow and a young son named Benjamin John Caswell.

Source: Charles Holloman’s Papers

 

The Heritage of Lenoir County, N.C., 1981 by the Lenoir County Historical Association, Kinston, N.C.

Page 15. John Caswell was the sixth child of Governor Richard Caswell and his second wife Sarah Herritage. John was born January 24, 1772. Like his older brothers, he prepared for a career as a lawyer and served an apprenticeship as an assistant to the Clerk of the County Court at Kinston.

He married in 1793, Mary Gray Sheppard. They had one child, a son named Benjamin. She was the daughter of Col. Benjamin Sheppard of Glasgow County (now Greene) whose plantation called “Snow Hill” became the county seat & site of the Greene County town by that name.”

 

John Caswell died intestate April 14, 1795.

 

The widow, Mary Gray (Sheppard) Caswell, married, as her second husband, Mr.WILLIAM LOVICK of Lenoir County, NC. They had a daughter named Elizabeth Lovick who married Knight Green.

 

Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina, Newspapers 1820 -1829, Volume II, compiled by Lois Smathers Neal, page 266.

#2214 GREEN: M. Near Kinston, on the 20th inst., Mr. KNIGHT GREEN, of Green County, to MISS ELIZABETH LOVICK, dau of MR. WILLIAM LOVICK. RRsw Fri 29 June 1827 3:5/RRw Fri 29 June 1827 3: 5

 

Page 268, #2226 GREEN: D. At Newbern, on the 7th inst., GEN. THOMAS A. GREEN. RaNCSw Fri 26 Mar 1824 3:5

Page 268. #2224 GREEN: D. at Newbern, on the 22d ult., Mr. Thomas Green, son of Gen. Thomas A. Green. RaNCSDw Fri 7 Nov 1823.

 

Green, James Knight, of Greene County.

Father: General Thomas Applewhite Green

Mother: Hollon Gatlin West

Source for parents of Knight Green: Russell King

 

Marriages & Death Notices In the American Advocate Of Kinston, N.

C. 1855 -1859 complied by Katherine K. Walls.

The issue of May 1, 1856 contains the death notice of Mr. William Lovick, in the 87th year of his age, at his late residence in this county on the morning of the 26th Instant. He left three daughters, seven grandchildren, an aged sister (now residing in Florida). He was born in Craven County, his father dying early, he was cared for by a `near relative,' the late Governor Caswell. Mr. Lovick held for thirty years, the office of Superior Court Clerk of Lenoir; he was a member of the Episcopal Protestant Church.

 

3. NANCY (ANN) SHEPPARD daughter of Colonel Benjamin Sheppard and Elizabeth Ruffin, was born 1776, Dobbs County, and died February 18, 1866, Raleigh, N. C. Her death was given in the Bible of Theophilus Edwards whose wife, Elizabeth, was a sister of Nancy.

 

 

Nancy (Ann) married WILLIAM HENRY HAYWOOD (1770 -1857). William Henry was a banker and Clerk of the District Court of Raleigh, a successful man. He and his wife were parents of two daughters who were married to N.C. governors.(Source: Bible Records of Early Edgecombe County)

 

Their children (page 278 of the Bible Records mentioned above) were:

 

1) Elizabeth Eagles Haywood was born Nov. 24, 1796. She died October 14, 1840, Raleigh, NC. She married in 1815, Edward Bishop Dudley. He was a planter and shipbuilder of New Hanover County, North Carolina. Edward B. Dudley was elected Governor of North Carolina in 1836.

 

Their children were:

1. Christopher Dudley m:1836, Agnes Hartridge

2. Wm.Henry Haywood Dudley m. 1841, Elizabeth Baker, daughter of Dr. Simmons Baker

3. Edward D. Dudley, no issue

4. Robert Dudley, no issue

5. Elizabeth Ann Dudley m. 1842, Thomas R. Purnell of Halifax Co., N. C.

6. Margaret Dudley

7. Jane Dudley m. 1845, Lt. Johnson

 

2) Charity Haywood married Charles MANLY, the son of Basil and Elizabeth (Maultsby) Manly. Charles was born May 13, 1795, Chatham Co., N.C., and died May 1,1871 Raleigh, N.C.

Charles Manly became Governor of North Carolina in 1848.

 

Their children were:

1. Sophia Manly

2. Anna Eliza Manly

3. Ida Manly

4. Charles Manly, Jr. born 1848

5. Wm, H. Manly

6. Langdin Chevis Manly

7. John H. Manly m. Carolina Henry

8. Cora Manly m. 1850, Col. George P. Singletary

9. Julia Manly m. Col.____    McDowell

10. Helen Manly m. 1855, John Grimes

11. Major Basil Manly m. 1866, Lucy Bryan, daughter of John S. Bryan

12.Wm. H. Manly b. 1827 d. 1848

 

3) Hon.William Henry Haywood, III, born October 28, 1801, & died 1852.

He married 1826, Miss Jane Graham, the daughter of Edward Graham of New Bern, N. C. Honorable Haywood was a Senator in Congress 1843-1846.

 

Their children were:

1. Col. Ed. Graham Haywood m. Margaret Haywood

2. Elizabeth Haywood

3. Ann Haywood

4. Jane Haywood m. 1853, Col. Sion Rogers, of Wake County, N.C.

5. Minerva Haywood m.1856, Col. John Baker of Wilmington, N. C.

6. Lt. Duncan C. Haywood was killed in 1862, Battle of Richmond

7. Wm. H. Haywood, III

8. Margaret Haywood

9. Gertrude Haywood

 

 

 

4. Elizabeth Sheppard, daughter of Benjamin & Elizabeth (Ruffin) Sheppard (Benjamin, Abraham)

Elizabeth was born 15 October 1780 & died 27 February 1864, Greene County, North Carolina. Source: Edwards Bible. She married Theophilus Edwards 02 January 1797 in Glasgow County, NC. He was the son of Thomas Edwards and wife Mary (Williams ?) of Dobbs County, N.C. Theophilus was born 14 February 1765, Dobbs Co. and died 07 September 1834, Greene County, N.C.

Although the Edwards Bible record gave her birth as seen here, we think it might be an error because Edgecombe County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1775 -1785, Book III by Weynette Parks Haun, page 72, have the Minutes of May 1779 which state that "Benjamin Sheppard is appointed Guardian to his own Children Catherine, Mary, Nancy, and Betsy (marked through "Betsy") Elizabeth Sheppard: with intent to enable him to take into his hands for them their parts of the estate of Samuel Ruffin deceased, their Grandfather, he entering into Bond with (blank) his securities Joseph PENDER Esqr & John BLOUNT 6000 lbs,” & page 164 of the same record:

“Feb. 1782. Benjamin Sheppard is appointed Guardian to his children Viz: Catharine, Mary, Anne, & Elizabeth, & that he is accountable to them for the estate fallen to them by the death of SARAH RUFFIN and GRAY RUFFIN. He entered into Bonds of 125,000 lbs each with James WILSON and Thomas TEAT securities.”

Note: Sarah Ruffin (died 1780, Edgecombe County, N. C.) was the grandmother of the children

We think had the Sheppard children’s mother (Elizabeth nee Ruffin) been alive in 1779, the mother would have received from the Ruffin estate instead of her children. Thus, we believe Elizabeth Sheppard’s birth date was not 1780 as the Bible stated, but rather October 15, 1778. However, we will continue giving her birth as written in the family Bible.

 

Notes from the N. C. Supreme Court Original Cases 1800 - 1909 (North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, N. C.) in which JAMES G. SHEPPARD & Others vs James Glasgow and Others -Equity Docket October Term 1814 Original Bill 1811 =Bill taken pro con fesso as to James Glasgow, and Joseph Scurlock and wife.

Answer filed by Wm Vines Speight, and Jesse Speight on motion to dismiss the bill for want of Equity, referred to the Supreme Court by consent of the council and permission of the Court.

Copy R. J. Powell C.M.E.

 

To the Honourable the Court of Equity for the County of Greene Humbly complaining sheweth to your Honour, your Orators, JAMES GLASGOW SHEPPARD, and BENJAMIN C.D. B. SHEPPARD and ABRAM SHEPPARD, infants, by their guardian the said James G. Sheppard. That BENJAMIN SHEPPARD your orators father died intestate some time in or about the month of October 1798 possessed of a very large real and personal estate. That administration of his estate was granted to JAMES GLASGOW AND MARTHA JONES SHEPPARD, his widow, who entered into bond with WILLIAM SPEIGHT and Martin G. SHEPPARD their securities for the faithful administration of the said estate. Martin G. Sheppard one of the securities has since gone to Georgia and is insolvent. WILLIAM SPEIGHT the other security died intestate some time in the year 1802 and administration of his estate was granted to SAMUEL SPEIGHT who afterwards died and no administration de bonis non of the estate of the the sd WILLIAM has been granted. But the whole of his estate has gone into the hands and possession of WILLIAM VINES SPEIGHT and JESSE SPEIGHT, under the following circumstances, to wit, SETH SPEIGHT their father being about to make his will and divide his property among his children, the said Wm his brother advised him to give his property to his other children for that he William intended to leave his estate to the sd Wm Vines and Jesse Speight, and to induce him to do so promised him that if he would give his property to his other children that he William would leave all his estate to the sd William V, and Jesse his sons, upon which he the sd Seth did by his will give his property to his other children, whereupon the sd Wm V. Speight and Jesse Speight after the death of the sd William commenced action against the administrators of the said William and recovered judgments to the full amount of his estate and his estate was accordingly all sold under execution to satisfy said judgments and all purchased in by William V. and Jesse, whereby the said Wm V. & Jesse as your orators are advised are liable to the debts and the sd William as aforesaid.

Your orators further charge that the said James (GIasgow) and Martha administrators as aforesaid took into their possession the whole personal estate of their intestate to a very great amount and more than sufficient to have paid all his debts but which has been so mismanaged and _____ by the administrators that the real estate has been sold under executions against the estate at a great under value.

The said BENJAMIN SHEPPARD left eight children who were his

heirs and next of kin, to wit, CATHERINE now the wife of BENJAMIN EVANS, MARY GRAY who died leaving two children her heirs, to wit, JOHN B. CASWELL , and ELIZABETH LOVICK, infants whose guardian is WILLIAM LOVICK, ANN HAYWOOD the wife of WM HENRY HAYWOOD, ELIZABETH the wife of THEOPHILUS EDWARDS, FEREBE G. PASTEUR who has died without issue, and your orators, his younger children.

All the children of the sd BENJAMIN SHEPPARD except the sd FEREBE G. PASTEUR and your orators were advanced by the said BENJAMIN in his lifetime by gifts of personal property equal to their full shares of his personal estate. And the said CATHERINE was also advanced by gifts of real estate to her full share.

 

Your orators further shew that the sd MARTHA administratrix. intermarried with JOSEPH SCURLOCK and the said James & Joseph & Martha administrators greatly mismanaged the estate by making improper sales thereof and by suffering judgments against the estate when nothing was really due.

 

Your orators charge that a judgment was suffered against the estate on behalf of STOKELY DONELSON a son-in-law of the sd JAMES (Glasgow) without his knowing anything of it and when in fact the said STOKELY had acknowledged to the said JOSEPH (Scurlock) that there was nothing due to him from the estate. Another judgment was recovered by the administrators of JOHN MARTIN another son-in-law of the said JAMES (Glasgow) and whereas your orators believe nothing was due. A large sum of money has been received by the said JAMES on a bond of JOHN B. ASHE dec'd of which no account whatsoever has been rendered

 

Your orators further shew that in the suits of DONELSON MARTIN's admrs had prevailed with the plaintiffs to have the plea of fully administered found in their favor whereupon, scire facias issued against the heirs.Your orators charge that the said JAMES well knowing that upon an investigation it would appear that he was greatly indebted to the estate & with a view to stifle all further inquery & to screen himself from the payment of the said judgements the said JAMES purchased in all the shares of the children of both real and personal estate except your orators who were infants.

 

And THEOPHILUS EDWARDS the husband of one of the daughters combining and confederating with the said JAMES how to bring about a sale of the lands by the execution at a great undervalue & thereby defraud your orators who were infants for the benefit of himself & his confederates and at the same time to favour the said JAMES came to an agreement with the said JAMES to sell his wife's share of said estate nominally for the sum of five hundred dollars but in truth and in fact in consideration of and under a fraudulent agreement to enable the said JAMES to screen himself and to bring about a sale of the lands and to favour the said THEOPHILUS and to enable him to purchase at a great undervalue two tracts of land, to wit, one tract containing about four thousand acres commonly called the dower tract and another tract commonly called the Mill Seat. And to secure his purchase with more certainty the said THEOPHILUS exacted from the said JAMES an agreement that he should have the sd lands at twenty five hundred dollars and that the said JAMES should pay whatever the lands might sell for over and above the said sum and when in fact the said lands were worth more than ten thousand dollars.

 

And your orators further charge that the sd JAMES & THEOPHILUS tho more effectively to carry their designs into effect & to enable the sd THEOPHILUS to obtain a sale of your orators' shares in sd lands at an undervalue as aforesaid the former guardian of your orators was prevailed upon to resign his guardianship & the sd JAMES was appointed in his place. And the sd JAMES having purchased and being owner of all the shares of the heirs except your orators and being your orator's guardian to defend the suits aforesaid on the part of the heirs, he readily procured a verdict in his favour on the plea of______ there being none to oppose it and it being the interest of the plaintiffs to allow it. Upon these judgements executions issued and were levied, on the lands aforesaid and a day of sale being advertised the sheriff a relation of the said THEOPHILUS was prevailed upon to set the whole of the dower land up together when if it had been sold in parcels less than one half would have been sold for enough to have satisfied the executions. The Mill tract was also sold for less than one fourth of their value. Your orators further charge that great frauds were practiced by the sd JAMES and THEOPHILUS & their confederates in inducing bidders to withhold their bids & who were disposed to have purchased whereby their bids & who were disposed to have purchased whereby your orators were greatly injured in the sale of the sd lands.

Your orators further charge that THOMAS EDWARDS & WILLIAM EDWARDS by means of some advance of money were confederates with and did______ & join with the said JAMES & THEOPHILUS aforesaid fraudulent purchase and now hold as well as the said THEOPHILUS a part of said lands under the purchase aforesaid.

 

To the end therefore that the said parties may appear and answer the premises & that the said administration may come to an account with your orators and be compelled to pay such sums as your orators are entitled to.

 

And that the said WILLIAM VINES SPEIGHT and JESSE SPEIGHT may be decreed to stand on their securities. And that the sale of the sd lands aforesaid may be rescinded & that your orators may be restored to their shares thereof. And that your orators may have such relief as the nature of their care may require.

 

May it please your Honour to grant against the sd JAMES & JOSEPH & WIFE, the sd WILLIAM VINES SPEIGHT & JESSE SPEIGHT & the sd THEOPHILUS EDWARDS, THOMAS EDWARDS & WILLIAM EDWARDS to compel their appearance to answer the premises & to stand to perform & abide by such decree thereon as to your Honour shall seem meet and your orators shall ever pray.

JAMES G. SHEPPARD maketh oath that the facts contained in the above so far as comes to his knowledge are true, & those otherwise stated he believes to be true.

(signed) James G. Sheppard

 

Sworn to this 21 Sept 1811

R.J. POWELL C.M.E.

 

Copy from the original October 31, 1814: R: J. Powell C.M.E.

 

The North Carolina Supreme Court filed in the above case 4 Dec. 1816: "settled by the parties."

 

 

Case of Hamilton v. Sheppards National Archives, Southeast Region, Georgia

In the Circuit Court of the U. S. for the District of North Carolina

ARCHd HAMILTON

JOHN HAMILTON vs ADMRS. OF BEN SHEPPARD

Answer

 

Sworn & filed 31st Dec. 1802

 

The answer of JAMES GLASGOW admr. of BENJAMIN SHEPPARD to the Bill of Complaint of Arch. & John Hamilton

 

The deft. saith that he admits that BENJAMIN SHEPPARD executed a Bond of the tenor of that stated in the Bill together with JOHN SHEPPARD, not however for a Debt jointly due from them but from the said JOHN SHEPPARD & as his security & not otherwise, That the sd. JOHN SHEPPARD survived the sd. BENJAMIN SHEPPARD & died leaving a considerable personal estate much more than sufficient for the discharge of this debt, which estate is in the hands of READING SHEPPARD & ANN SHEPPARD of the County of Green who as EXRS. are liable at law or may be rendered liable in this Court as holders of the assets. BENJAMIN SHEPPARD left a considerable personal Estate but the same was exhausted by judgments recovered & debts exhibited & paid before the filing of this Bill without that______?

Sworn to before WM H. HAYWOOD . Signed: J GLASGOW

 

U. S. of America, N. C. District         , The President of the U. S. of America to JAMES GLASGOW, JOSEPH SCURLOCK & MARTHA JONES his wife, admrs. Of BENJAMIN SHEPPARD decd & to JOHN SHEPPARD

 

Greeting

 

Summons to Raleigh by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the U. S. issued the 24th day of March 1801.

 

ARCHd Hamilton & JOHN HAMILTON Merchants (of Briton),

On 18 October 1776, long before your orators (Hamiltons) were merchants & joint traders - copartnership together in Halifax County, N. C. ----- on that day the sd. JOHN SHEPPARD & one BENJAMIN SHEPPARD since deceased were indebted to your orators in 127bs 14 sh and __ pence___ for divers good wares & merchandize        ______ & they (the Sheppards) of DOBBS County, North Carolina , gave their Bond .... your orators further show that since the making of the sd. Bond the sd. JOHN SHEPPARD became insolvent & entirely destitute of any Estate either real or personal --- where your orators could obtain satisfaction of their demand (for payment) & the sd. BENJAMIN SHEPPARD hath lately departed this life intestate & letters of Adm. Granted to the sd. JAMES GLASGOW & MARTHA JONES SCURLOCK/ then MARTHA JONES SHEPPARD his widow & relict ----they haven't paid the Bond -----they are sometimes "pretending that the said JOHN SHEFPARD hath left a sufficient estate to pay your orators...".

The sd. JOHN SHEPPARD who died insolvent .... they want to know what estate JOHN SHEPPARD actually left and in whose hands it is.

 

Upon the said JOHN SHEPPARD who died insolvent .... they want to learn of any and what estate real or personal, the sd. JOHN SHEPPARD hath & where the same is situated & may be found & in whose hands or possession ....... they want the debt to be paid either from JOHN SHEPPARD'S estate or BENJAMIN SHEPPARD'S.....

MAY 1809 - Bill

 

JOHN and BENJAMIN SHEPPARD are indebted to ARCHIBALD HAMILTON & COMPANY of Halifax County, N C (& England) for 127 lbs 14 sh. 6 pence proclamation money of North Carolina, for divers goods wares and merchandize before delivering to them, & they gave their Bond.            The Hamiltons say that sometimes the sd. JAMES GLASGOW, MARTHA JONES SCURLOCK and husband JOSEPH SCURLOCK pretend the said JOHN SHEPPARD hath sufficient estate to pay your orators.

 

Copy of Bill

Not to be found

Dead report says

John S. WEST, Marshall

Letter addressed to General Glasgow

Nahunta

Glasgow County

 

Circuit Court Nov term 1808

The Case dismissed at Plfts costs

12 Nov 1808

 

ARCHD. HAMILTON & Co. v. READING SHEPPARD & ANN SHEPPARD EXRS

To June term 1805

To be served on READING SHEPPARD ONLY

29 Dec. 1804   - Marshall told to serve warrants & bring bodies of READING SHEPPARD & ANN SHEPPARD EXRS of JOHN SHEPPARD, deceased, who survived Benjamin Sheppard, deceased, which Reading & Ann are citizens of your District to appear at Raleigh on 15 June next to answer suit of Archd. & John Hamilton.

 

30 July 1804 - Writ served on Ann Sheppard... Reading Sheppard not to be found

 

 

Children of Elizabeth Sheppard and Theophilus Edwards are:

Source:( Edwards Bible)

 

Mary Williams Edwards born 15 Oct 1798, Glasgow Co., N.C., died 03 Nov 1863, Greene Co., NC. md. James Glasgow Sheppard, as his 2nd wife.

 

Benjamin Sheppard Edwards, born 10 May 1800, Greene Co., NC, died 6 Feb 1857, Greene Co., NC. md. Jemima Powell

 

Catherine Edwards, b. 21 March 1806, Greene Co., NC

Thomas W. Edwards, b. 14 Jan 1809

Ann Edwards, b. 22 Mar 1811

Theophilus Thomas Edwards, b. 25 Mar 1813

Winefred Edwards, b. 15 Mar 1815

James Madison Edwards, b. 15 Jun 1817

James Glasgow Edwards, b. 09 Sep 1819

 

Ann Elizabeth Titus daughter of Titus & Catharine Holliday was born 28th day of February 1824

Julia Catharine daughter of William A. Darden & Catharine his wife was born 10th day of December

A D 1827

 

Drewry A. Sugg was born September 7th A D 1827

 

E. A. C. Sheppard daughter of J. G. & Mary W. Sheppard was born Jany 12 A.D.1833

 

Mary Ann Sugg daughter of Drewry A. Sugg & Winefred his wife was born March, 1827

James Thomas son of D. A. Sugg and Winefred his wife was born the 25th day of Octo (hard to read)

Martha Elizabeth daughter of D. A. Sugg & Wineford his wife was born September 23rd 1853

J. H. Albritton and M. A. Sugg were married Dec 20th 1866

Theophilus Edwards died September 7, 1834

Elizabeth Edwards died February 27, 1864, in the 84th year of her life

Ann Haywood died February 18, 1866, in the 90th year of her age

J. H. Albritton died May 17, 1874

Mary Ann Albritton wife of James Henry Albritton died July 1906

James T. Sugg died May 1921

James G. Edwards died February 19, 1850.

Mary W. Sheppard died November 5, 1863

Winefred Sugg wife of D. A. Sugg died February 11, 1879

Drewry A. Sugg died September 23, 1893

 

Marriages

Theophilus Edwards and Elizabeth Sheppard married Jany the 29th 1797

Benjamin S. Edwards and Jemmania Powell married in October the A. D.(blank)

James G. Edwards and Alice A Saunders married March 26, 1840

Drewry A. Sugg & Winefred McKiney married April 24, 1845

John Harvey, Sr and Alice A Edwards married Jany 10th 1854

Elizabeth A. C. Sheppard and Dempsey Edwards married July 14, 1853

J. H. Albritton and Mary A. Sugg married 20 December 1866

 

A certified copy of this Bible is at Heritage Place, Lenoir Community College, P. O. Box 133, Kinston, N. C.

 

 

II Colonel Benjamin Sheppard , son of Abraham, married second MARTHA JONES Glasgow, daughter of the Rev. James Patrick Glasgow and wife Martha Jones of Snow Hill, Maryland, and sister of James Glasgow, North Carolina's first Secretary of State.

 

Children of Benjamin Sheppard and 2nd wife Martha J. Glasgow were:

1)Phereby Glasgow Sheppard born 22 January 1784 and departed this life 31 July 1804.

M. "Miss Shepard of Glasgow Co. to Dr. James Pasteur of Raleigh, Nov. 14 RR newspaper, December 3, 1799” (Broughton book )

2) James Glasgow Sheppard born 3 March 1786 Dobbs County, NC, died 8 July 1841, Hernando, Mississippi ( see later in this report).

3) Benjamin Caswell Dobbs Blount Sheppard was born 18th of June 1791 He died 1 January 1817

4) William Sheppard born 17 May 1794 and departed this life on 1 January 1795

5) Abraham Sheppard was born 15 March 1796

 

 

James Glasgow Sheppard, 2nd child of Col. Benjamin & wife Martha Glasgow Sheppard was

Born: 03 March 1786 Dobbs County, NC

Died: 08 July 1841, Hernando, Mississippi

(the Sheppard Bible is on loan to the Sheppard Memorial Library in Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina by "the undersigned, who is a son of James Glasgow Sheppard and grandson of William Henry Haywood Sheppard.

Signed: Walter G. Sheppard "

 

James Glasgow Sheppard married first Mary Jones HARPER, the widow of William H. ARMSTRONG. She was the daughter of Blanne and Elizabeth HARPER

Mary Jones Harper was born 5 April 1787 and died 12 May 1816.

 

Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina, Newspapers 1799 - 1819, Volume 1 Compiled by Lois Smathers Neal, 1979:

Page 452 # 4231: SHEPPARD; d. On the 12th ult.: at Snow Hill, Mrs. Mary Jones Sheppard, wife of Maj. James G. Sheppard, in her 32d year....husband and 3 children of tender years..... RaNCSw Fri 21 June 1816 3:3.

 

Sheppard Bible (Sheppard Memorial Library, Greenville, Pitt County, NC) (this copy was sent to me -RBF - long ago. The copy was signed by (Mrs.) Margaret Sheppard Bynum. Notes pertaining to this Bible are found at the end of the copy. I received my copy about 1976 or 1977. It was disappointing to learn that the Bible pages pertaining to Benjamin Sheppard and his first wife, Elizabeth Ruffin, were missing.

The copy contains a history of the Bible which states that it was taken from Dobbs County to Nashville, Tenn., by James G. Sheppard in 1827, again in 1839 he removed to Hernando, Miss., at which place he died and was buried there, the Bible was left in the keeping of B. Harper Sheppard second son of same, it remained in Miss. until 1873 when it was brought again to N. C. by James G. Sheppard, Jr., son of Henry Sheppard, who was the eldest child of James G. Sheppard, Sr., was carried by him twenty five miles on horseback over rough roads, to Okolona, Miss. From there by rail to Memphis, Tenn. And thence it was brought to his Country home near Greenville, N. C. Some pages of the family record have been torn out and lost, the first record now contained in it is the birth of Phereby Glasgow Sheppard , daughter of Benjamin Sheppard and his 2nd wife Martha Jones Glasgow."

 

 

The children of Benjamin Sheppard and 2nd wife Martha Jones Glasgow were:

1.     Phereby Glasgow Sheppard b. 1784, d. 31 July 1804

2.     James Glasgow Sheppard b. March 3 1786

3.     Benjamin Caswell Dobbs Blount Sheppard b. 18 June 1791 d. Jan. 1817

4.     William Sheppard b. 17 May 1794 d. 1 January 1795

5.     Abraham Sheppard b. 15th March 1796

 

 

Mary Jones Harper, wife of Jas. G. Sheppard born April 5, 1787, died May 12, 1816

James G. Sheppard departed this life on the 8th day of July 1841 at Hernando, Miss.

Children of James G. Sheppard & wife Mary Jones Harper were:

1.     Phereby Jones Sheppard born 10 Sept 1810 d.30 July 1811

2.     William H.R. Sheppard born 10 January 1813

3.     Blanne Harper Sheppard born 1 January 1816

 

James Glasgow Sheppard married second,19 December 1816, MARY Williams EDWARDS , of Greene County, N.C., a daughter of Theophilus EDWARDS and his wife Elizabeth SHEPPARD. Source: Theophilus Edwards Bible.

Mary Williams Edwards was born 15 October 1798, Glasgow County, NC, and died 3 November 1863, Greene County, NC.

Her death was given in the Edwards Bible.

Mary was a widow, living with her mother on the 1850 Greene County, N.C. census.

 

Children of James Glasgow Sheppard and 2nd wife Mary Williams Edwards as given in his Bible:

 

1.     Martha Ann Sheppard born Jan 6, 1818 d.26 August 1820.

2.     Eliza Jane Glasgow Sheppard born 15 February 1820

3.     Theophilus Edward Sheppard born 30 September 1821 d.26 Feb 1824

4.     Benjamin Edward Sheppard born 13 January 1825

5.     Abraham Thomas Sheppard born 23 January 1828

6.     James Glasgow Sheppard born 13 September 1830

7.     Elizabeth H. Catharine Sheppard born 12 January 1833

8.     Robert Dunbar Sheppard born 26 April 1835

9.     Joseph McMakin Sheppard born 18 April 1837 d.15 Sept 1840 10

10.  James Glasgow Means Sheppard born 31 July 1838

 

The Sheppard Bible contents, with abbreviations, continued:

William Sheppard, son of Henry and M. A. Sheppard, was b. June 6, 1858

Susan Emma Sheppard (daughter of same), was born 20th November 1859 Alexander Sherrod Sheppard (son of same) was born 15 November 1859 Lawrence Baker Sheppard son of Henry Sheppard and Lizzie Turnage Sheppard, his wife, was born 1 December 1866

 

 

Martha (Glasgow) Sheppard, widow of Col. Benjamin Sheppard, married second, Joseph Scurlock, and had issue by him. She died 6 of July 1818, Chatham Co., N.C.

 

Md. Mrs. Martha J. Shepard of Greene Co., to Joseph Scurlock of Chatham Co., July 13, Greene Co. RR, Aug. 5, 1800. (Broughton book)

 

Joseph Scurlock son of Joseph and Martha his wife was born Friday morning 28th August 1801

Myal Scurlock was born 25th day May 1803

 

 

 

III. JOHN SHEPPARD, born about 1752, & died 16 January 1800, Greene County, N. C.

We think Colonel John Sheppard was the 2nd born son of Col. Abraham Sheppard.

 

Captain John Sheppard's Company, Dobbs Co. 1777

 

1779 Dobbs Co. taxpayers: John Sheppard

1780 taxpayer & value in Ibs of wealth: John Sheppard 20, 540 lbs

1790 Slave owners & No. in Dobbs: John Sheppard 9 slaves

In 1784, Dobbs County, NC, House of Commons - John Sheppard

 

Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, North Carolina, Newspapers 1799 -1819, Volume I, compiled by Lois Smathers Neal, 1979, The Reprint Company, Publishers, Spartanburg, South Carolina

 

Page 452 #4235 SHEPPARD: D. on Thursday last at the house of ROBERT WHITE, Esq. in Glasgow county {later Greene county}, COL. JOHN SHEPPARD was murdered, it is said, by his Brother!! -- They were both intoxicated. NCM Tues 21 Jan 1800 3:2

 

New Bern District Court Records, abstracted by Sue Guptill DSCR 206.326.E- Part 20, 1800. http://www:rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/nc/craven/cravencourt.htm

Folder: 1800

Information: Deposition of Pheddy S. WHYTE and Lucy MARSHALL taken before Henry BEST coroner at the house of Martha Jones SHEPPARD upon the body of John SHEPPARD, lying dead. 1) Pheddy WHYTE said that John SHEPPARD came to her house. Robert WHYTE husband of Pheddy WHYTE was then in Tennessee. After some time Martin Gardner SHEPPARD came there also, and after sitting a little time, MG SHEPPARD began to abuse and insult J.SHEPPARD, and threatened to shoot him and presented his gun at him. WHYTE interfered with a view of pacifying MG SHEPPARD, but to no effect. J. SHEPPARD left the room and went upstairs to bed and MG SHEPPARD followed him. WHYTE heard them scuffle; J. SHEPPARD returned to the room and told WHYTE that "Gardner" had attempted to choke him.” J. SHEPPARD walked out of the house, MG SHEPPARD followed him, and soon WHYTE saw them on the woodpile and heard blows. She believes that Gardner was uppermost & John underneath him. Soon after this she heard John say as he was coming towards the house that he was killed. WHYTE, afraid for herself and her 2 infant children, took them up and ran into the woods where she stayed for some hours. No other white man was at the house during the whole part of the evening except the SHEPPARDS. 2) Lucy MARSHALL, of lawful age swears that John SHEPPARD came to the house of Robert WHYTE, Esq. a little after sunsetting and some time after Martin Gardner SHEPPARD also came, and began to insult J.SHEPPARD and presented his gun at him and said he would shoot him, and that he came there to do murder and intended to do it before he left. Soon after, as John was going through the passage to go to bed, MG SHEPPARD followed him and MARSHALL heard them scuffle in the passage and blew out the candle. Some time after this, MARSHALL came out of the cellar in which she had hid herself in fear, and saw Martin give a blow to John with an ax. MARSHALL again took refuge in the cellar, and heard Martin stamp and jump upon John (who were then in the house ) and heard Martin tell him he meant to kill him and damn him and ask if he wasn't dead yet. MARSHALL also heard John, while he could still speak, beg and entreat Martin not to kill his poor old brother. Soon after this MARSHALL followed Mrs. WHYTE into the woods and returned some time before day to the house where she saw John SHEPPARD dead and saw MG SHEPPARD take up the dead body and put it on the shoulders of one of his own Negro Men and carry it off. No other white man but the SHEPPARDS was at the house until she left it to go out into the woods. (Back: Names other witnesses: Nathan MINSHEW Junr. Edward HOLMES, Willoughby WILLIAMS, Samuel SPEIGHT Jr. )

Date: 14 Jan 1800/ 15 Feb 1800

Date of : Event/Depositions

County: Greene

 

 

Folder: 1800

Information: Appearance bond for Willoughby WIILLIAMS with Jesse ALDREGE, bondsman; Robert WHYTE on behalf of his wife Pheddy WHITE and Lucy MARSHALL; Samuel SPEIGHT Junr with Jesse ALDREGE, bondsman; Edward HOMES with Benjamin LAINE, bondsman; Nathan MINSHEW with Edward HOMES, bondsman to appear and testify for the state concerning the death of John SHEPPARD.

Date: 15 Feb 1800

Date of Bond

County: Greene

 

Folder: 1800

Information: Inquisition into the death of John SHEPPARD. Jurors: Seth SPEIGHT Senr, foreman; Adam HEATH, Mark HEATH, Michael HILL, Abraham HILL, John B. BRAND, William LEWIS, Michael EDWARDS, Jonas WILLIAMS, Etheldred SMIITH, Kinchen GARLAND Sharp WOOD. Finding that, Martin Gardner SHEPPARD assaulted John SHEPPARD, and with an ax then in his possession gave John SHEPPARD several mortal blows on his head and throat of which John SHEPPARD instantly died. The jurors also say that of their knowledge that at the time of the felony and murder that Martin Gardner SHEPPARD had in his possession considerable property both real and personal. The jury also says that MG SHEPPARD has fled from his place of residence and has been pursued by hue and cry tho at a late hour.

Date: 15 Feb 1800

Date: of Inquisition

County: Greene

 

(Note: There are many references to the Sheppards in these New Bern District Court Records)

 

 

 

IV. Abraham Sheppard III, son of Colonel Abraham Sheppard, was born 1754 in Dobbs County, North Carolina, and died in 1832, Richland District, South Carolina. He married SUSANNAH ENLOE who was born 1758 in Pitt County, N. C. and died 1838 in Richland District, South Carolina. She was the daughter of John Enloe and wife Susannah Hardee

 

Pitt County, N.C., Deed Book L, p. 160, Feb. 20 1786.

Susanna Enloe (Dobbs Co.) to Richard Blackledge (Beaufort Co. ) 200 acres for 200 lbs. Former owner: John Enloe deceased and his wife Susannah.

Witness: Abra. SHEPPARD

 

Pitt Co., NC, Deed Book P, page 106. August 14, 1801.

John Enloe Sheppard of Richland, S. C. Former owner: John Enloe, decd. The widow of John Enloe is now the wife of DILLON JORDAN of Fayetteville, N. C

 

 

RICHLAND DISTRICT, S.C. LAND RECORDS 1785-1865, compiled by Tony Draine & John Skinner, 1986, Congaree Publications, P.O. Box 11874, Columbia, SC 29211

[NC R 333.975 D -Rowan Lib. Call No. Rowan Co.,NC]

 

pp 24, 25 Richland Co. Equity Roll 392 - James Fenton assignee of J.J. Hampton & wife, Thomas Seay & Jemima Seay & representatives of ABRAM SHEPPARD decd, of Richland District, to James Fenton & Wm Bynum....400 acres bounded on the south by John Scott's land, on the east by William Weston's land and on the west by Congaree River being the land devised by JOHN E. SHEPPARD to his brother the aforesaid ABRAM SHEPPARD.

Done 1839 no day or month. Not signed, no witnesses, not proved.

 

pp 76, 77. Richland Co. Equity Petitions 358.

Whereas PRESLEY GARNER, late of Richland District, died possessed of Land ...2,444 acres on both sides of the Wateree River partly in Richland District and partly in Sumter District bounded by lands of John BRADLEY ..... leaving his widow SARAH GARNER, his dau REBECCA, wife of CYRUS MORSE, his granddaughters JEMIIMA SEAY, wife of Thomas SEAY, & ELIZABETH HAMPTON, wife of Dr. John J. HAMPTON both being children of his deceased daughter, his heirs at law-¬---7 March 1838.

 

Proved 29 March 1838 HOUSTON COUNTY, GA.

 

Dower renounced 29 March 1838 by Elizabeth Hampton, wife of John J. Hampton.

 

Dower renounced 24 October 1838 by Jemima Seay, wife of Thomas Seay

 

 

 

Children of Abraham Sheppard, III (1754 -1832) and Susannah (Enloe) Sheppard:

 

1) John Enloe Sheppard,d.1808, Richland District, S.C.:

John E. Sheppard's Will is in Will Book K - L, page 263, Richland Dist., South Carolina, Box 27, Pkg 670

Will written April 13, 1808. Will proved May 19, 1808 (Will Book C, p. 136, plus WB K, p. 264 )

To parents Abraham & Susannah Sheppard - his whole estate during their natural lives or survivors of same. At their deaths, to my brother ABRAHAM SHEPPARD & his heirs, and my personal property to be divided into three parts, one part to the issue of my sister ELIZABETH HARDY, 1/3 part to the issue of my sister ANN WESTCOTT, and the other 1/3 to the issue of my sister SUSANNA HARDY.

Exrs: Brother ABRAHAM SHEPPARD & my friend ISAAC TUCKER.

 

Witnesses: John Zilks, S. Jones, Martha Nixon

Signed: J.E.Sheppard

Will proved on oath of John Zilks, 19 May 1808.

At the same time, ABRA. SHEPPARD, was qualified, who has since died without a Will.

The power of granting adm. of the estate of J. E. Sheppard belongs to me and I grant to JAMES FENTON, Letters of Adm. Granted 9 Feb. 1838.

Signed: James S. Guignard, Ordinary.

(Inventory of property made Feb. 9, 1838, after death of both parents)

 

2) ABRAHAM SHEPPARD, son of Abraham & Susanna (Enloe), died in 1814, Richland District, South Carolina, without a will.

 

Will Book D, page 306, Richland County, South Carolina.

Inventory of ABRAHAM SHEPPARD' S estate taken by Presley GARNER, RICHARD GARNER, ABRAM SHEPPARD (Abraham's father was still living), and MATTHEW PATTERSON.

October 1, 1814.

 

3) Anne Sheppard, born Dobbs County, married an unknown WESTCOTT.

 

4) Elizabeth Sheppard, born Dobbs County, married WILLIAM JOSEPH HARDY, born Bertie County, NC, son of Humphrey Hardy of Bertie County, N. C.

 

5) Susannah Sheppard, born 1786, Dobbs County, N.C. died after 1820, Madison County, Alabama, married JONATHAN HARDY. Jonathan Hardy also was a son of Humphrey Hardy of Bertie County whose will was written in 1809 and proved February term 1810. In his will, he named Elizabeth Sheppard, who married his son Wm. Joseph Hardy, as being the daughter of Abraham Sheppard.

 

Children of Susannah Sheppard and Jonathan Hardy:

1. Elizabeth Enloe Hardy born 1798-1799, census &endash; died after 1880, Memphis, TN,

2. Calvin Jones Hardy b. 1805, SC

3. Mary Caroline Hardy         b. 1808, SC

4. Susan Henington Hardy b. Sept 1809, S.C.

5. Nancy Croom Hardy

6. Rufus Sheppard Hardy

7.Hester Ann Hardy

 

 

 

 

V. WILLIAM Sheppard, son of Colonel Abraham Sheppard, was born about 1756, Dobbs County,N.C., & died about 1795, Glasgow Co., N.C.

 

State of North Carolina ENTRIES OF CLAIMS FOR LANDS WITHIN THE COUNTY OF GLASGOW 1790 -1797 by William L. "Bill" Murphy

"When Dobbs was divided into Lenoir and Glasgow Counties in 1791, the old Dobbs County Entry Books went to Lenoir County. The entry taker at the time, WILLIAM SHEPPARD, was a resident of the then new county of Glasgow and so became the Entry taker for Glasgow, carrying the volume he had already begun in Dobbs with him to the new Entry Office in Snow Hill...."

 

WILLIAM SHEPPARD, a member of the large Sheppard clan of the Fort Run area of Greene County and a near relative of Col. James Glasgow, served as entry taker until the spring of 1795 when he died."

 

State of North Carolina Entries of Claims For Lands Within the County of Lenoir 1792 &endash;1795 By William L. "Bill" Murphy

Introduction

Under a listing of the eight Entry Takers for Dobbs and Lenoir and their periods of tenure. They were (among those given )    April 1790 - Dec, 1791 - WILLIAM SHEPPARD (dates unknown; probably a son of Benjamin Sheppard ) "

 

NEW BERN DISTRICT COURT RECORDS http://www:rootsweb.coml/~usgenweb/nc/craven/cravencourt.htm

DSCR 206.326.1 Sue Guptill `s abstract.

Folder: 1792 (second folder )

Information: Oath by WILLIAM BARFIELD "That a few days before the commencement of the present term, he was at the house of WILLIAM SHEPPERD in Glasgow, where he saw the said Shepperd in a very low state of health and confined to his Bed; that his sickness has been of long duration, and has reduced him to such a Degree of weakness that there is no probability the Deponent believes, scarce a Possibility, that he will ever recover. Deponent also says that, as far as he is acquainted with the said Shepperd's affairs are in precarious, and involved situation, his property going to Decay, and Executions of Large amounts having as the Deponent understands, been issued against him That the said Shepperd has three children, yet in their tender years, the eldest not more than six or seven years of age whose Mother not long ago died Date: 29 Mar 1793 Date of Oath County: Glasgow

 

Pitt Co., NC Deed Book AA, pages 430 & 431. State of North Carolina, County of Pitt} Know all men by these presents that we DAVID S. JONES & LOUISA his wife, JOHN GLASGOW & SOPHIA his wife and MARGARET SALTER all of the counties of Pitt and Greene in the State aforesaid Heirs at Law of WILLIAM SHEPPARD late of the County of Greene have made constituted and appointed and by these presents do make constitute and appoint MATTHEW BARROW near Nashville in the State of Tennessee our true and lawfull attorney for us and in our names place and steads to manage all            and singular the lands and real estate and land warrants etc belonging or claimed by us situated and being in the aforesaid state of Tennessee to have the entire control superintendence and direction thereof as our agent to institute prosecute and carry on or to judgment or final decree all and every suit or suits or other proceedings at law or in equity that he our said attorney may deem necessary for the recovery of any land or real estate all land warrants etc. claimed by us as heirs of the said WILLIAM SHEPPARD etc. situated in the state of Tennessee or which may be necessary for_____us in the possession thereof or the same to discontinue also to settle and compromise with all and every person or persons and upon such compromise or settlement to execute and give all proper and necessary writings for carrying the same into effect (etc.)....... In witness .whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals

 

Signed and sealed in presence of JNO C. GORHAM, John M. Johnson Jr.

 

Margaret S. Salter seal

David S. Jones SEAL

LOUISA JONES seal

JOHN GLASGOW seal

SOPHIA GLASGOW seal

On 5 August 1819, two Magistrates of Pitt Co., examined Louisa Jones & Sophia Glasgow as to their free consent to above which was done at the house of David S. Jones in Greenville in the said County....

 

 

 

VI. MARTIN GARDNER SHEPPARD, son of Col. Abraham Sheppard, was born about 1760. He was a member of the N. C. House of Commons from Glasgow County in 1793, 1794, 1796, 1797, and 1798. A New Bern District Court Case in 1800 gave the details of the killing of John SHEPPARD by his brother, Martin Gardner Sheppard. They both were intoxicated, according to witnesses. See under John Sheppard.

 

Martin G. was judged guilty by the jurors who heard the evidence. Apparently he did move to Georgia, where there is a deed that might have him as a witness:

Pulaski County, GA, 18 January 1826. Deed from Hardy POWERS to Thomas SUTTON,

one negro boy for $109.

Wit: Willis B. REAVES, Martin G. SHEPPARD

 

NC Supreme Ct Original Cases, Case #79 SHEPPARD vs. GLASGOW, 1814

"Benjamin Sheppard your orator's father died intestate some time in or about the month of October 1798 possessed of a very large real & personal estate. That administration of the estate was granted to JAMES GLASGOW & MARTHA JONES SHEPPARD his widow, who entered into bond with WILLIAM SPEIGHT and MARTIN G. SHEPPARD, their securities for the faithful administration of the estate. MARTIN G. SHEPPARD one of the securities has since gone to GEORGIA and is insolvent......

[Note: Original bill was dated 1811 ]

 

VII. NANCY Sheppard, daughter of Col. Abraham Sheppard, was born about 1765

Nancy married 24 January 1786, OLIVER SMITH.

 

N.C. Land Grants in Tenn. 1778 -1791. List compiled by Secretary of State Glasgow - (among) Nancy Sheppard - assigned to her by Holladay Hathcock, & one assigned to her by the heirs of Hardy Johnson, Pvt.

 

Source: North Carolina Original Supreme Court Cases 1840 - 1909 at Archives in Raleigh, N. C.

Box 12, Case No. 525, Hamilton vs SHEPHERD, 1818

Box No. 13, Alice Hamilton, EXRX of FERDINAND HAMILTON vs JAMES SHEPPARD, Adm. OLIVER SMITH, Wayne Co., NC

Case No. 470, 1815

NC REPORTS (Book 7, p. 115) Wayne Co., May 1819 - ALICE HAMILTON, Ex'x of FERDINAND HAMILTON v. JAMES SHEPPARD, admr. Of OLIVER SMITH.

Case is to recover damages for a fraud in the sale of a land warrant. Deed from Smith to Hamilton transferred all "title" in land warrant (warrant to Nancy Sheppard for 640 acres, Warrant No. 1751, on Cumberland River....) This deed purported to convey the right of Smith & Nancy Sheppard whom he had married, deed dated 4 June 1806. It also shows that previously to the sale to Hamilton on 25 Jan 1798, Smith & Wife sold same lands to Jno. Gray Blount (etc.).

 

This was an action of trespafs on the Case for a fraud on the sale of a land warrant. The plaintiff produced in evidence a deed proved to have been executed by Smith, in words following: "This indenture made & entered into OL:Smith of the County of Pitt & State of N. C. of the one part and Ferdinand Hamilton of the County of Jackson, TENN of the other part ...for the sum of_____hundred and twenty dollars.....have sold to Ferdinand Hamilton at my right, title & interest in a land warrant transferred to Nancy Sheppard whom I am the husband and representative of as witnefs my hand ...... Jackson County June 4 1806"

On this deed was entered a Certificate of Registration in Jackson Co., Tenn, but no other evidence proved that the registration was an official act. The words "640 acres No. 1751" were interlined after the deed was executed and in the absence of Smith to account for which the plft produced a letter written by Smith to Hamilton, saying that the number of the warrant sold him was 1751 which Hamilton might insert in the deed which Smith had given him. Other evidence was also produced showing that Smith sold a land warrant to Hamilton and specially pointed out its location which as described by him &_____& the indenture & in a note hereafter mentioned would cover the land on which Hamilton lived. The defendants under a notice from the plft produced a note which was proved by the witnesses to have been given to Smith by Hamilton to secure the residue of the purchase money in the words following "For value Recd I promise to pay unto Oliver Smith on order three hundred and eighty dollars in gold or silver whichever said Oliver Smith should furnish me with a grant from N. C. or from the Secretaries office of the State of Tenn for 640 acres in the name of NANCY SHEPPARD, which warrant in the Secretary's office in N. C. & the location as follows on the south side of Cumberland River beginning at the upper end of the first Bluff above the mouth of Roaring River to run up the mouth of first BIG CREEK and as located 19 Feby 178. Also the corner to be established at the upper end of the first Bluff above the mouth of a creek now called LICK(?) Creek as witness my hand & seal Jackson County June 1806. F. Hamilton

 

The plft proved that after the marriage of OLIVER SMITH & NANCY SHEPPARD on the 24 Jan 1786, the warrant NO. 1751, was located on the east fork of the River, and that after the marriage of SMITH and NANCY SHEPPARD, a grant issued to her from N. C. for the lands so surveyed. Previously to the sale to Hamilton, to wit, that on the 25 Jan 1798, Smith & wife sold the lands so granted to her, to JNO GRAY BLOUNT, The deed, the execution of which was proved in the trial, was acknowledged in Pitt County Court by SMITH & the previous examination of his Registration in Sumner County, Tenn. (endorsed ?) on the deed but no other evidence that the registration in Tennessee was an official act. This suit was commenced in November 1811. It appears the plft had not discovered the alledged fraud until a year before the suit was brought.

The deft. Relied on the general ? issue and the act of 1789.... on the first plea it was said that Hamilton by inserting the figures and word "640 acres" in Smith's deed had so violated it that the jury should not regard it and of this opinion was the Judge; but he further directed the Jury that if from any other evidence in the case it was proved that a sale was made, they were at liberty to regard such evidence.

It appears that the deed from Smith to Hamilton & the deed from Smith to Blount had been registered. But no evidence was offered that by the laws of Tennessee registration was necessary. To support the plea of the act of 1789, the defts. Proved that Smith died in August 1807 and in the next month the defendant advertised that fact at the Court House and two other places where the deceased had dwelt & that creditors thereto present their claims..........

 

This was an action of trespafs on the Case for a fraud in the sale of a land warrant. The plaintiff produced in evidence a deed proved to have been executed by SMITH, in the words following: “This indenture made & entered into between OL:SMITH of the County of Pitt & State of N.C. of the one part and FERDINAND HAMILTON of the County of Jackson, TENN, of the other part…for the sum of ____hundred and twenty dollars… have sold to Ferdinand Hamilton all my right, title & interest in a land warrant transferred to NANCY SHEPPARD whom I am the husband and representative of as witnefs my hand…

            Jackson County June 4 1806”

 

On this deed was entered a Certificate of Registration in Jackson Co., Tenn, but no other evidence proved that the registration was an official act. The words “640 acres No 1751 which Hamilton might insert in the deed which Smith had given him. Other evidence was also produced showing that Smith sold a land warrant to Hamilton and specially pointed out its location which as described by him & ______ the indenture & in the note hereafter mentioned would cover the land on which Hamilton lived. The defendants under a notice from the plft produced a note which was proved by the witnefses to have been fiven to Smith by Hamilton to secure the residue of the purchase money in the words following, “For value Recd I promise to pay unto OLIVER SMITH on order three hundred and Eighty dollars in gold or silver whichever said Oliver Smith should furnish me with a grant from N.C. or from the Secretaties office of the State of Tenn for 640 A in the name of NANCY SHEPPARD which warrant is lodged in the Secretary’s office in N.C. & the location as follows on the south side of Cumberland River beginning at the upper end of the first Bluff above the mough of Roaring River to run up the mouth of the first BIG CREEK above the mouth of Roaring River & as located 19 Feby 1787 . Also the corner to be established at the upper end of the first Bluff above the mouoth of a creek now called LICK (?) Creek as witness my hand & seal Jacson County June 1806. F. Hamilton (page 3).

The plft proved that after the marriage of OLIVER SMITH & NANCY SHEPPARD on the 24 Jan 1786, the warrant No. 1751, was located on the east fork of _____ River, & that after the marriage of SMITH with NANCY SHEPPARD, a grant issued to her from N.C. for the lands so surveyed. Previously to the sale to HAMILTON, to wit, that on the 25 Jan 1798, SMITH & wife sold the lands so granted to her, to JNO GRAY BOUNT. The deed, the execution of which was proved in the trial , was acknowledged in PITT CO. Court by SMITH & the private examination of his wife taken. There was also a Certificate of the presiding justice of the Court _____ & a certificate registration in Tennessee was an official act. This suit was commenced in November 1811 [(?) or was it Nov. 1800? RBF] : It appears the plft had not discovered the alleged fraud until a year before the suit was brought.

The deft. Relied on the general (?) issue (?) and the act of 1789….on the first plea it was inserted That HAMILTON by inserting the figures and word “640 acres” in SMITH’S deed had so violated it that the jury should not regard it and of this opinion was the Judge; but he further directed the Jury that if from any other evidence in the case it was proved that a sale was made, they were at liberty to regard such evidence.

It appears that the deed from Smith to Hamilton & the deed from Smith to Blount had been registered. But no evidence was offered that by the laws of Tennessee registration was necessary. To support the plea of the act of 1789, the defts. Proved that SMITH died in August 1807 & that in the next month the defendant advertised that fact at the Court House & two other places where the dec’d had dwelt & that creditors thereto present their claims…..

 

Pitt County, N. C. Deed Book CC, page 498.

Nancy Smith to James Sheppard and Caswell Armstrong, Deed in Trust.

Know all men by these presents that we JAMES SHEPPARD and NANCY SMITH as well to settle all differences in regard to our respective Rights as in consideration of ten dollars to us paid by CASWELL ARMSTRONG..... . (for) a negro girl named Susan to have and to hold to the said Caswell Armstrong-----upon trust and in confidence that said Caswell Armstrong shall permit the said NANCY SMITH and her assigns to have the sole use and benefit.....and immediately after the decease of the said Nancy Smith, then in trust to deliver the said Slave and her increase to the said JAMES SHEPPARD (etc.)

10th day of August 1824 Signed: James Sheppard, Nancy Smith, Caswell Armstrong

Wit: Jno E.Smith

Reg. Pitt Co. Feb sessions 1825 Proven by the oath of John E. Smith

Source:

Index and Abstracts of Deeds of Record, Pitt County, North Carolina, Volume IV 1817 &endash; 1832 compiled by Judith DuPree Ellison, 1968

 

 

 

VIII. STEPHANUS SHEPPARD, son of Col. Abraham Sheppard, was born 1770, Dobbs County, North Carolina.

 

North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, Aug. 1980 issue:

p.176 Rev. War Claims = Private Petitions in the NC Legislative Papers by Jo White Linn

Petition of Speakman Dowman...said he served under COL. ABRAHAM SHEPPARD, SR. in the 10th Regt (etc). Captain ABRAHAM SHEPPARD of RICHLAND DISTRICT, SOUTH CAROLINA, confirms that on November 26, 1802.

 

p.177(same source) ABRAHAM SHEPPARD, Col. l0th NC Regt, rec'd military land warrant for 2571 acres which was lost by the surveyor, Mr. Hickman, when he was killed by the Indians

running the survey. His son, STEPHEN SHEPPARD, prays duplicate warrant.

In House & Senate 8 & 14 Dec. 1802. REJECTED - no evidence the original was lost or destroyed- [LP 193]

 

NC Journal, a newspaper pub. Halifax Co., NC, Mon., Feb. 16, 1795.

A proclamation by Richard Dobbs Spaight, Governor. Information has been made to him that a certain STEPHANUS SHEPPARD and WILLIAM ANDREWS both of Glasgow Co., (NC) have been concerned in forging certain grants for western land, & disposing of same." Reward of 100 lbs for their apprehension. STEPHEN SHEPPARD is about 5'8" or 9 inches high, 25 years old, slender made, ruddy countenance, short black hair and hath lost his left arm, which was amputated between his elbow and shoulder. WILLIAM ANDREWS about 5'2" height, 35 years old, stout made, and inclined to be fat, ruddy countenance and light complexion.

 

 

North Carolina Supreme Court Cases 1800 - 1909

Heirs of WILLIAM SHEPPARD vs. STEPHANUS SHEPPARD Before the NC Supreme Court January term 1819

State of North Carolina Superior Court of Law Greene County       

April term 1816

This was an act of Ejectment to recover the possession of the premises of which defendant was in possession. The Jury by direction of the Court found for the plaintiff subject to the opinion of the Court upon the following facts - That the premises were patented by BARFIELD 21st April 1764, That BENJAMIN SHEPPARD in May 1792 conveyed the same to the Ancestor of the lessors of the plaintif who entered thereupon and died within seven years; that after his death, the lesssor (the children of the deceased) being infants, were removed by BENJAMIN SHEPPARD; the personal property was also removed, & soon thereafter GARDNER SHEPPARD the brother of the deceased entered upon the premises then unoccupied; after his removal which was about ten years ago, the present defendant, another brother, also entered, & has continued in possession. No other possession is proven by the plaintiff or any other title given in evidence when the Court directed the question to be transmitted to the Supreme Court.

This is to certify that the foregoing contains a true copy.

Attest. THOMAS HOLLIDAY, Clerk

 

Opinion,          Daniel (Judge) delivered the opinion of the Court.

The ancestor of the lessors of the plaintiff did not devise any title from the Pattentee or from any person claiming under the Pattentee. They claim by virtue of a deed made & executed to their Ancestor by a certain BENJAMIN SHEPPARD dated in May 1792. It is admitted by the case that neither their Ancestor in his lifetime nor themselves since (?) his death, have had a seven years continued possession of the premises in question. We are therefore of opinion that the deed of 1792 accompanied with a possession short of seven years, did not ripen into such a title as authorizes the present lessors of the Plaintiff to recover in the present action.

 

J 7 (?) DANIEL Judgment for the Defendant

#34 Special Verdict

Greene filed 8`" July 1816

Copied Recorded Bk 10

 

 

Prepared by Ruth Blount Fentress

 

 

 

Attachment A : The James G. Sheppard Bible

 

PITT COUNTY, NC - Bible - James G. Sheppard Bible.

This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by:

Elizabeth Ross <martingen@hotmail.com>

 

The James G. Sheppard Bible

 

Now owned by Sheppard Memorial Library, Greenville, Pitt Co., N. C.,

this Bible originated in Greene County. The library was established by

the son of Henry Sheppard in memory of his father (William Henry Haywood

Sheppard), whose descendants lived in Pitt County. Henry's brother, B.

H. Sheppard, moved to Tennessee, as can be noted in the following

records.--er

 

Phereby Jones Sheppard daughter of James G. Sheppard and Mary Jones

Sheppard was born the 10th day September A. D. 1810

 

William H. H. Sheppard son of the same was born 10th January 1813

 

Blanne Harper Sheppard son of same was born 1st January 1816

 

James G. Sheppard and Mary Williams Edwards was married the 19th day of

december A. D. 1816

 

Martha Ann Sheppard daughter of James G. Sheppard and Mary Williams

Sheppard was born Tuesday 6th January 1818

 

Eliza Jan Glasgow Sheppard daughter of same was born Tuesday 15th

February 1820

 

Theophilus Edward son of James Glasgow & Mary W. Sheppard was born on

Sunday morning the 30th day of September A. D. 1821

 

Benjamin Edward son of same was born on Thursday 13th January 1825 A. D.

 

Abraham Thomas was born on Wednesday morning about 1 o'clock January

23rd 1828

 

James Glasgow Sheppard was born on Monday evening September 13th 1830

 

Elizabeth H. Catharine was born on Saturday evening January 12th 1833

 

Robert Dunbar was born on Sunday night about 11 o'clock April 26th 1835

 

Joseph McMakin was born on Monday Morning 18th day of April 1837

 

James Glasgow Means was born on Monday morn the 31 day of July 1838

 

Phereby Glasgow Sheppard daughter of Benja. and Martha Jones his wife

was born 22nd January 1784 departed this life on the 31st July 1804

 

James Glasgow Sheppard was born 3rd March 1786

 

Benjamin Caswell Dobbs Blount Sheppard 18th June 1791

 

William Sheppard was born 17th May 1794 departed this life on the 1st

January 1795

 

Abraham Sheppard was born 15th March 1796

 

Benjamin Sheppard sen. departed this life 1st October 1798 aged 47 years

six months

 

Benjamin C. D. B. Sheppard departed this life 1th Jany. 1817

 

Martha Jones Scurlock departed this life 6 day of July 1818

 

Joseph Scurlock son of Joseph and Martha his wife was born Friday

morning 28th August 1801

 

Myal Scurlock was born 25th May 1803

 

Mary Jones Harper, wife of Jas. G. Sheppard was born April 5, 1789, d.

May 12, 1816

 

James G. Sheppard departed this life on the 8th day of July 1841 at

Hernando, Miss.

 

William Henry Haywood Sheppard was born 10th January 1813 --Died Oct.

27, 1881

 

Margaret Ann Sheppard, wife of Henry Sheppard was born 9th September,

1822. Died July 29, 1863

 

Elizabeth Williams Sheppard, daughter of Henry and Margaret Ann Sheppard

was born 21st June 1842 -- Died December 21, 1868

 

Margaret Ann Sheppard, wife of Henry Sheppard was delivered of an infant

female on 16th March 1844

 

James Glasgow Sheppard, son of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born 6th of

February 1845

 

Benjamin Streeter Sheppard son of H. and M. A. Sheppard was born 15th

December 1846

 

Mary Macklewain Sheppard, daughter of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born

12th October 1848

 

Alice Sheppard, daughter of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born 8th June

1850

 

Martha Sheppard, daughter of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born 14th

April 1852

 

Henry Sheppard, son of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born 26th June 1854

 

Margaret Ann departed this life, Daughter of Henry and M. A. Sheppard

[no date]

 

William Sheppard, son of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born 6th June 1858

 

Susan Emma Sheppard, daughter of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born 20th

November 1859

 

Alexander Sherrod Sheppard, son of Henry and M. A. Sheppard was born

15th November 1861

 

Lawrence Baker Sheppard, son of Henry Sheppard and Lizzie Turnage

Sheppard, his wife was born 1st December 1866

 

 

B. Harper Sheppard and Phereby R. Donelson, daughter of Lemuel and Eliza

J. Donelson were married at Nashville on the second day of August, 1838

 

B. H. Sheppard was born on the first day of January, 1816 at Snow Hill

Greene County, North Carolina

 

Phereby R. Donelson his wife was born near Franklin Williamson County

Tenessee on the 16 October 1824

 

Benjamin E. Sheppard & Francis E. Curtiss was married 22nd day of

November 1860

 

Harper Donelson Sheppard, son of Henry and Lizzie Sheppard was born 9th

October 1868

 

James Sheppard son of Benjamin Sheppard and Martha Jones was born the

3rd day of March A. D. 1786 was married to Mary J. Armstrong widow of

Wm. H. Armstrong and daughter of of Blanne and Elizabeth Harper Dec.

13th 1809

 

Mary J. Sheppard departed this life on the 12th day of May A. D. 1816

 

Phereby Jones Sheppard daughter of James G. Sheppard and Mary Jones

Sheppard departed this life the 30th day of July 1811

 

Martha Ann Sheppard daughter of James G. Sheppard and Mary Williams

Sheppard departed this life Saturday the 26th day of August A. D. 1820

 

Theophilus Edward Sheppard departed this life on Thursday the 26th day

of February A. D. 1824

 

Joseph McMakin Sheppard departed this life on Sunday the 15th day of

Sept. 1840

 

James G. Sheppard departed this life on Thursday the 8th day of July,

1841

 

James G. Sheppard Junr. departed this life on Friday the 20 day August 1841

 

 

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of B. H. and Phereby R. Sheppard was born near

Nashville on the morning of th 19th of June A. D. 1839

 

Phereby Whyte, daughter of same was born near Franklin Tenn on the

morning of the seventh of March A. D. 1841

 

Lemuel Donelson Sheppard son of same was born in Nashville on Sunday the

16th of July 1842

 

Harper Sheppard second son of same was born near Nashville Thursday

morning May 1, 1845

 

Mary Frances, third daughter of same was born near Nashville on Thursday

March 1, 1849

 

John William Sheppard, third son of B. H. and Phereby R. Sheppard was

born on the 14th of July, 1853

 

Maida Harper, seventh child of same was born on the 11th day of January

A. D. 1857

 

Francis E. Shell, Daughter of Dr. Thomas Shell, Newbery, South Carolina

born 28 day Dec. A. D. 1833

 

Mary Curtiss Sheppard Daughter of B. E. & Frances E. his wife was born

Mobile, Ala. Sept. 27th 1861

 

Benjamin E. Sheppard, Jr. son of B. E. & F. E. his wife born in Miss. 12

Feb. 1863. Died 20th of same month, 1863

 

Benjamin Harper Sheppard born in Miss. August 11, 1865

 

Willie Liss Sheppard of same was born Memphis, Tenn. August 10th 1868

 

Benjamin Curtiss Sheppard son of same departed this life July 20 1864

age 2 years 9 months 20 days

 

Benjamin Harper Sheppard son of same died in Miss. Nov. 25, 1866 age 1

year 3 months 9 days

 

Mary Elizabeth, eldest daughter of B. H. and Phereby R. Sheppard died of

measles at Nashville on Wednesday morning at half past 12 o'clock, June

7, 1848

 

Harper, second son of same died of measles at Nashville on Tuesday night

at half past 11 o'clock, May 24, 1848 aged three years and twenty four

days

 

Mary Frank, third daughter of B. H. and Phereby R. Sheppard departed

this life 11th March 1856, aged seven years and ten days

 

Phereby, second child of B. H. & Phereby R. Sheppard departed this life

on the 10th day of June A. D. 1859, aged eighteen years three months and

twenty three days

 

Lemuel Donelson died near Franklin Tenn. on the second day of June 1832,

aged 43 years

 

Eliza J. his wife died in Nashville on the sixth of December 1832, aged

thirty years

 

James G. Sheppard departed this life July 8, 1841, age fifty five years

 

Mary Jones Sheppard his wife died May 12, 1816, aged twenty nine years

 

Thomas E. Harper & Eliza Scurlock was married 25th day of May 1822

 

Cornelia Ann daughter of Thomas & Eliza was born the 5th day of March

1823

 

Martha Elizabeth was born 1st December 1824

 

Richard Graves was born 5th March 1827

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment B

 

Register for Col Abraham Sheppard

 

 

First Generation

 

      1. Col Abraham Sheppard.

 

He had the following children:

 

+          2 F         i.   Pherebe Sheppard was born calculated 1748.

 

+          3 M       ii.   Benjamin Sheppard was born in 1751 and died ca October1798.

 

               4 M      iii.   John Sheppard was born calculated 1752. He died in Jan 1800 in Greene Co., NC.

 

+          5 M      iv.   Abraham Sheppard 111 was born ca1754 and died in 1832.

 

               6 M       v.   William Sheppard was born in 1756. He died ca1799 in Glasgow Co., NC.

 

               7 M      vi.   Martin Gardner Sheppard was born ca1760.

 

               8 F      vii.   Nancy Sheppard was born calculated 1766.

Nancy married Oliver Smith.

 

               9 M    viii.   Stephanus Sheppard was born in 1770.

 

 

Second Generation

 

      2. Pherebe Sheppard (Abraham) was born calculated 1748.

 

Pherebe married James Glasgow calculated 1764 in Dobbs County, NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

+        10 F         i.   Elizabeth Glasgow was born calculated 1763.

 

             11 M       ii.   Patrick Glasgow was born ca1764 in Dobbs County, NC. He died by 1 Mar 1791.

 

+        12 F       iii.   Nancy "Annie" Glasgow was born on 22 Apr 1770.

 

             13 F       iv.   Pherebe Glasgow was born in 1775.

 

             14 M       v.   James Glasgow was born in 1777.

 

             15 M      vi.   John Glasgow was born in 1779.

 

      3. Benjamin Sheppard (Abraham) was born in 1751. He died 1 October1798 in Greene Co., near Snow Hill.

 

Benjamin married (1) Elizabeth Ruffin.

 

They had the following children:

 

             16 F         i.   Catherine Sheppard.

Catherine married (1) Graves Bright.

Catherine also married (2) Benjamin Evans.

 

+        17 F        ii.   Mary Gray Shepppard was born calculated 1774 and died prior to 1811.

 

+        18 F       iii.   Nancy (Ann) Sheppard was born in 1776 and died on 18 Feb 1866.

 

+        19 F       iv.   Elizabeth Sheppard was born on 15 Oct 1780 and died on 27 Feb 1864.

 

 

Benjamin also married (2) Martha Jones Glasgow.

 

They had the following children:

 

             20 F        v.   Phereby Glasgow Sheppard was born on 22 Jan 1784. She died on 31 Jul 1804.

Phereby married James Pasteur on 14 Nov 1799.

 

+        21 M      vi.   James Glasgow Sheppard was born on 3 Mar 1786 and died on 8 Jul 1841.

 

 

             22 M     vii.   Benjamin Caswell Dobbs Blount Sheppard was born on 18 Jun 1791. He died on 1 Jan 1817.

 

             23 M    viii.   William Sheppard was born on 17 May 1794. He died on 1 Jan 1795.

 

             24 M      ix.   Abraham Sheppard was born on 15 Mar 1796.

 

      5. Abraham Sheppard 111 (Abraham) was born ca1754 in Dobbs County, NC. He died in 1832 in Richland District, SC.

 

Abraham married Susannah Enloe. Susannah was born in 1758 in Pitt Co., NC. She died in 1838 in Richland District, SC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             25 M        i.   John Enloe Sheppard died in 1808 in Richland District, SC.

 

             26 M       ii.   Abraham Sheppard died in 1814 in Richland District, SC.

 

             27 F       iii.   Anne Sheppard.

Anne married Westcott.

 

             28 F       iv.   Elizabeth Sheppard was born in Dobbs County, NC.

Elizabeth married William Joseph Hardy. William was born in Bertie Co., NC.

 

+        29 F        v.   Susannah Sheppard was born in 1786 and died after 1820.

 

 

 

 

Third Generation

 

    10. Elizabeth Glasgow (Pherebe Sheppard, Abraham) was born calculated 1763 in Dobbs County, NC. She died in TN..

 

Elizabeth married (1) John Martin. John died in Snow Hill, NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             30 M        i.   John Glasgow Martin.

 

 

Elizabeth also married (2) Stockley Donelson. Stockley was born in TN..

 

    12. Nancy "Annie" Glasgow (Pherebe Sheppard, Abraham) was born on 22 Apr 1770. She died in TN..

 

Nancy married (1) Willoughby Williams , son of Willoughby Williams and Sarah Willoughby. Willoughby was born in Dobbs County, NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             31 M        i.   James G. Williams was born in 1793.

 

             32 M       ii.   Willoughby Williams, Jr. was born on 14 Jan 1798. He died on 8 Dec 1882.

 

             33 M      iii.   Nichols Williams was born on 13 Feb 1807. He died on 18 Jul 1844.

 

             34 M      iv.   Robert N. Williams was born on 18 Jan 1802.

 

             35 M       v.   Columbus Williams.

Columbus married Jane Nichols.

 

 

Nancy also married (2) Joseph McMinn on 4 Aug 1816 in South West Point, Roane Co, TN. Joseph was born on 22 Jun 1758 in West Chester, PA. He died on 17 Oct 1824 in TN..

 

    17. Mary Gray Shepppard (Benjamin, Abraham) was born calculated 1774. She died prior to 1811.

 

Mary married (1) John Caswell, son of Governor Richard Caswell and Sarah Herritage, in 1793 in Kinston, NC. John was born on 24 Jan 1772. He died on 14 Apr 1795.

 

They had the following children:

 

+        36 M        i.   John Benjamin Caswell was born by 1795-6.

 

 

Mary also married (2) William M. Lovick, son of George Phenney Lovick and Ann Herritage. William was born in 1769. He died in 1856.

 

They had the following children:

 

             37 F        ii.   Elizabeth Lovick was born in 1802. She died on 15 Apr 1871 and was buried in St. Mary's, Kinston.

Elizabeth married Knight Green, son of Gen. Thomas Applewhite Green and Hollon Gatlin West, on 29 Jun 1827 in Nr. Kinston.

 

    18. Nancy (Ann) Sheppard (Benjamin, Abraham) was born in 1776. She died on 18 Feb 1866 in Dobbs County, NC.

 

Nancy married William Henry Haywood. William was born in 1770. He died in 1857.

 

They had the following children:

 

+        38 F         i.   Elizabeth Eagles Haywood was born on 24 Nov 1796 and died on 14 Oct 1840.

 

+        39 F        ii.   Charity Haywood.

 

+        40 M      iii.   Hon. William Henry Haywood 111 was born on 28 Oct 1801 and died in 1852.

 

    19. Elizabeth Sheppard (Benjamin, Abraham) was born on 15 Oct 1780. She died on 27 Feb 1864 in Greene Co., NC.

 

Elizabeth married Theophilus Edwards on 2 Jan 1797 in Glasgow Co., NC. Theophilus was born on 14 Feb 1765 in Dobbs County, NC. He died on 7 Sep 1834 in Greene Co., NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             41 F         i.   Mary Williams Edwards was born on 15 Oct 1780 in Glasgow Co., NC. She died on 3 Nov 1863 in Greene Co., NC.

Mary married James Glasgow Sheppard.

 

             42 M       ii.   Benjamin Sheppard Edwards was born on 10 May 1800. He died on 6 Feb 1857 in Greene Co., NC.

Benjamin married Jemima Powell.

 

             43 F       iii.   Catherine Edwards was born on 21 Mar 1806 in Greene Co., NC.

 

             44 M      iv.   Thomas w. Edwards was born on 14 Jan 1809.

 

             45 F        v.   Ann Edwards was born on 22 Mar 1811.

 

             46 M      vi.   Theophilus Thomas Edwards was born on 25 Mar 1813.

 

             47 F      vii.   Winnifred Edwards was born on 15 Mar 1815.

 

             48 M    viii.   James Madison Edwards was born on 15 Jun 1817.

 

             49 M      ix.   James Glasgow Edwards was born on 9 Sep 1819.

 

    21. James Glasgow Sheppard (Benjamin, Abraham) was born on 3 Mar 1786 in Dobbs County, NC. He died on 8 Jul 1841 in Mississippi.

 

James married (1) Mary Jane Harper. Mary was born on 5 Apr 1787. She died on 12 May 1816.

 

They had the following children:

 

             50 F         i.   Phereby Jones Sheppard was born on 10 Sep 1810. She died on 30 Jul 1811.

 

             51 M       ii.   Wm. H.R. Sheppard was born on 10 Jan 1813.

 

             52 M      iii.   Blanne Harper Sheppard was born on 1 Jan 1816.

 

 

James also married (2) Mary Williams Edwards on 19 Dec 1816. Mary was born on 15 Oct 1798 in Glasgow Co., NC. She died on 3 Nov 1863 in Greene Co., NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             53 F       iv.   Martha Ann Sheppard was born on 6 Jan 1818. She died on 26 Aug 1820.

 

             54 F        v.   Eliza Jane Sheppard was born on 15 Feb 1820.

 

             55 M      vi.   Theophilus Edward Sheppard was born on 30 Sep 1821. He died on 26 Feb 1824.

 

             56 M     vii.   Benjamin Edward Sheppard was born on 13 Jan 1825.

 

             57 M    viii.   Abraham Thomas Sheppard was born on 23 Jan 1828.

 

             58 M      ix.   James Glasgow Sheppard was born on 13 Sep 1830.

 

             59 F        x.   Elizabeth H. Catherine Sheppard was born on 12 Jan 1833.

 

             60 M      xi.   Robert Dunbar Sheppard was born on 26 Apr 1835.

 

             61 M     xii.   Joseph McMakin Sheppard was born on 18 Apr 1837. He died on 15 Sep 1840.

 

             62 M    xiii.   James Glasgow Means Sheppard was born on 31 Jul 1838.

 

    29. Susannah Sheppard (Abraham, Abraham) was born in 1786 in Dobbs County, NC. She died after 1820 in Madison Co., AL.

 

Susannah married Jonathan Hardy.

 

They had the following children:

 

             63 F         i.   Elizabeth Enloe Hardy was born in 1798/1799. She died after 1880 in Memphis, TN.

 

             64 M       ii.   Calvin Jones Hardy was born in 1805 in TN..

 

             65 F       iii.   Mary Caroline Hardy was born in 1808 in SC.

 

             66 F       iv.   Susan Henington Hardy was born in Sep 1809 in SC.

 

             67 F        v.   Nancy Croom Hardy.

 

             68 M      vi.   Rufus Sheppard Hardy.

 

             69 F      vii.   Hester Ann Hardy.

 

 

Fourth Generation

 

    36. John Benjamin Caswell (Mary Gray Shepppard, Benjamin, Abraham) was born by 1795-6.

 

He had the following children:

 

             70 M        i.   son Caswell ? was born ca1822.

 

             71 F        ii.   daughter Caswell? was born ca1824.*These children are not proved.

 

    38. Elizabeth Eagles Haywood (Nancy (Ann) Sheppard, Benjamin, Abraham) was born on 24 Nov 1796. She died on 14 Oct 1840.

 

Elizabeth married Edward Bishop Dudley in 1815.

 

They had the following children:

 

             72 M        i.   Christopher Dudley.

Christopher married Agnes Hartridge in 1836.

 

             73 M       ii.   William Henry Haywood Dudley.

William married Elizabeth Baker.

 

             74 M      iii.   Edward D. Dudley.

 

             75 M      iv.   Robert Dudley.

 

             76 F        v.   Elizabeth Ann Dudley.

Elizabeth married Thomas R. Purnell in 1842. Thomas was born in Halifax Co., VA.

 

             77 F       vi.   Margaret Dudley.

 

             78 F      vii.   Jane Dudley.

Jane married Lt. Johnson in 1845.

 

    39. Charity Haywood (Nancy (Ann) Sheppard, Benjamin, Abraham).

 

 

Charity married Charles Manly. Charles was born on 13 May 1795 in Chatham Co., NC. He died on 1 May 1871 in Raleigh, NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             79 F         i.   Sophia Manly.

 

             80 F        ii.   Anna Eliza Manly.

 

             81 F       iii.   Ida Manly.

 

             82 M      iv.   Charles Manly Jr. was born in 1848.

 

             83 M       v.   William H. Manly.

 

             84 M      vi.   Langdin Chevis Manly.

 

             85 M     vii.   John H. Manly.

John married Carolina Henry.

 

             86 F     viii.   Cora Manly.

Cora married Col. George P. Singletary in 1850.

 

             87 F       ix.   Julia Manly.

Julia married Col. McDowell.

 

             88 F        x.   Helen Manly.

Helen married John Grimes in 1855.

 

             89 M      xi.   Maj. Basil Manly.

Basil married Lucy Bryan in 1866.

 

    40. Hon. William Henry Haywood 111 (Nancy (Ann) Sheppard, Benjamin, Abraham) was born on 28 Oct 1801. He died in 1852.

 

William married Jane Graham in 1826. Jane died in New Bern. NC.

 

They had the following children:

 

             90 M        i.   Col. Ed. Graham Haywood.

Ed. married Margaret Haywood.

 

             91 F        ii.   Elizabeth Haywood.

 

             92 F       iii.   Ann Haywood.

 

             93 F       iv.   Jane Haywood.

Jane married Col. Simon Rogers in 1853. Simon was born in Wake Co., NC.

 

             94 F        v.   Minerva Haywood.

Minerva married Col. John Baker in 1856. John was born in Wilmington, NC.

 

             95 M      vi.   Lt. Duncan C. Haywood died in 1862.

 

             96 M     vii.   William H. Haywood 111.

 

             97 F     viii.   Margaret Haywood.

 

             98 F       ix.   Gertrude Haywood.

 

 

 

 

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