Sometime in the year 1628-9, from what ship no record remains to tell, Daniel Shepardson landed at Salem, Mass., being one of a numerous company who sought homes in America at that period of English history. A tradition indicates that he was accompanied by his brother, John, who soon died of lockjaw as a result of a dispute in which a spade was thrown at him by his adversary. Some of the immigrants moved to Charlestown where Daniel Shepardson is recorded as a citizen in 1632. He was not one of the wealthy members of the Puritan body, but was a craftsman, a blacksmith by trade.

"Since the birth of time, throughout all ages and nations,
Has the craft of the smith been held in repute by the people."

The place of his origin is not known, but members of the family are to be found in Yorkshire, England, now (1907), and, as the name indicates a Scandinavian ancestry, he may have been from that part of the country.

He was not an educated man, but he had so much company in that plight among the early Americans, that it is not specially to his discredit that his will is acknowledged by a cross, with "the marke of Daniell Sheopardson" beneath it. Like most of the Puritans he was intensely superstitious, a believer in signs and omens, and when one day, as he was working at his forge, a stone fell from it and crumbled into powder, he recognized the evil portent and gave to his wife the nails which he was just making, saying, "They will come in handy some day." The nails were kept, and when he died, in Maiden, Mass., 26 July 1644, they were used in the making of his coffin. He had a comfortable home with three acres of ground around it, his blacksmith shop, and fifty acres of pasture and meadow land, scattered here and there, so that his widow, Joanna, who had the use of the property during her lifetime, was quite well fixed for a woman of the day. His family comprised a son, Daniel, and two daughters, Lydia and Joanna.

When the children were ready to marry, Daniel married Elizabeth Call; his sister, Lydia, married Elizabeth's brother, Thomas Call, Jr.; and after the death of their father, their mother, Joanna Shepardson, married the father of the Call children, Thomas Call, Sr., so that the relationship became a little mixed.

An abstract of the will and the inventory of the estate of this pioneer Shepardson have been printed as well as certain orders of the General Court about his property. [In N. E. Gen. Hist. Soc. Reg.]

The second Daniel followed the trade of his father, making his home at Maiden, Mass., for some years. His name appears as one of a number who signed a petition to Sir William Phipps, 17 October 1694, praying to be permitted to establish a settlement at Attleboro, Mass. He seems to have owned land there as early as 1660. He took a prominent part in the town affairs. With this removal from Malden the Shepardson family found its home in a tract of land called "Rehoboth North Purchase", which included what later became the towns of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Attleboro, Norton, and Mansfield, Mass., places in which the family has been represented almost continuously for more than two hundred years.

The early records of Attleboro, Rehoboth, and Cumberland seem faulty and there is considerable confusion in the first few generations, but there is every indication that all Americans named Shepardson may be traced back to Attleboro, except a few recent immigrants from England.

The genealogical details so far as known follow:

1. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, blacksmith of Charlestown, Mass., coming from Salem. Admitted to the Church in Charlestown, 8 June 1633. Removed to Malden, where he died 26 July 1644. His wife was Joanna , maiden name and date of marriage unknown. She survived her husband and married (2) Thomas Call, Sr. She died 30 January 1661. Children:

  1. LYDIA SHEPARDSON, bapt. 24 July 1637; m. (1) Thomas Call, Jr.; (2) Thomas Skinner. Child, Joanna Call, b. March 1660.
  2. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, bapt. 14 June 1641 (1639?). 2.
  3. JOANNA SHEPARDSON, bapt. 13 March 1642; m. November, 1661, Roger Kennicut of Malden, and later removed to Swanzey. Children, Joanna, Lydia and John.

2. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, (Daniel-1) succeeded his father as blacksmith at Malden. He was a freeman of Middlesex County, Mass., 29 May 1674, and took the oath of fidelity 15 December 1674. He married, 11 April 1668, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Call, Sr., and widow of Mr. Samuel Tingley of Malden. He removed to Attleboro where he had fifty acres about half a mile from "Old Town" on the Bay Road. He lived to an advanced age and was long called "old goodman Daniel Shepardson". He came near losing his property at one time as the Attleboro records indicate. So far as known his children were:

  1. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 11 July 1669; lieutenant in 9th Mass. Regt. against Canada in 1691 where he died 11 March 1691. He may have married and had son John, b. 22 July 1685, d. 15 October 1685.
  2. JOHN SHEPARDSON, bapt. January, 1671. 3.
  3. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON, bapt. 23 October 1680. 4.
  4. ELIZABETH SHEPARDSON; m. Robert Fuller, 19 January 1699.
  5. MARY SHEPARDSON; m. Joseph Ingraham, 11 April 1700.
  6. JOANNA SHEPARDSON; m. John Fuller, 22 December, 1701.

3. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Attleboro until about 1697 when he moved to Rehoboth. He married 9 April 1694, Elizabeth Fuller who was born 12 May, 1678, and baptized 30 May 1679, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Wilmarth) Fuller of Attleboro. Children, recorded in Attleboro:

  1. RUTH SHEPARDSON, b. 14 July 1695; m. Ephraim Lane, son of John and Sarah Lane. Many descendants in Norton, Mass. She d. 1752.
  2. MEHITABLE SHEPARDSON, b. 31 January 1696-7.
  3. SARAH SHEPARDSON, b. 13 February 1698-9, d. 28 April 1699.
  4. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 16 March 1699-1700. 5.
  5. AMOS SHEPARDSON, b. 30 September 1704. 6.
  6. JOHN SHEPARDSON, bapt. 17 April 1709. 7.

4. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON (Daniel-2, Daniel-1) may have moved from Attleboro, Mass., to Rehoboth, where two of his children were baptized, although all are recorded in Attleboro. His wife was Mary -----. From similarity of names and some other circumstances, he may be the one referred to on page 236 of "Hinman's Connecticut Settlers" as "Nathaniel Shippason, widow Mary, of Hebron, estate £207. He died 1718. Children were Jonathan, Nathaniel, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Mercy, Joanna, "and others". Children recorded in Attleboro:

  1. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON, b. 20 September 1706. 8.
  2. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 26 March 1708. 9.
  3. ELIZABETH SHEPARDSON, b 12 May 1710.
  4. MARY SHEPARDSON, b 12 May 1710.
  5. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 25 June 1712.10.

5. DANIEL SHEPARDSON (John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) married in Attleboro, Mass. (1) Hannah Richardson, 9 December 1725. She d. 26 September 1726, leaving a son. He married (2) Mary Washburn, 9 May 1728. Several of the sons of this family went to Guilford, Vermont. Children recorded in Attleboro:

  1. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 5 September 1726. 11.
  2. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 16 February 1729. 12.
  3. HANNAH SHEPARDSON, b. 29 December 1730.
  4. ZEPHANIAH SHEPARDSON, b. 6 May 1733. 13.
  5. STEPHEN SHEPARDSON, b. 11 August 1735. 14.

6. AMOS SHEPARDSON (John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) married Margaret Pidge, 30 March 1732. He died in Attleboro in his 94th year. The boys of this family followed the sea. Children recorded in Attleboro:

  1. AMOS SHEPARDSON, b. 5 May 1735. 15.
  2. ZEBEDIAN SHEPARDSON, b. 17 November 1737, d. Seekonk, Mass.
  3. ELIJAH SHEPARDSON, b. 8 May 1741.
  4. NOAH SHEPARDSON, b. 3 April 1745.
  5. OLIVE SHEPARDSON, b. 30 June 1752; m. John Macomber of Rehoboth, 10 April 1777.
  6. ARAUNAH SHEPARDSON, b. 7 August 1756, drowned at sea.
  7. Perhaps also:
    WILLIAM SHEPARDSON, wrecked between Liverpool and Boston.

7. JOHN SHEPARDSON (John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) "has descendants in the Lake Champlain region" is the only record, January 1, 1907. Where he located is unknown. There are occasional traces of "northern Vermont Shepardsons".

8. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON (Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Attleboro, Mass., in Cumberland, R.I., and finally settled in Templeton, Mass., where he died in 1790. He married, 9 May 1730, Abigail Fuller, who was born 6 July 1704, daughter of John and Joanna (Shepardson) Fuller. Joseph Shepardson, who gathered extensive notes about the family, all of which were destroyed by fire before publication, reports that Jonathan's wife, "Merriam, died in 1771 very aged", and says children were Jonathan, born 3 January 1735, Nathaniel and Joanna. The Attleboro records show no other Jonathan of this generation who might be confused with this line, and show children:

  1. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 18 June 1731; lived in Cumberland, R.I.
  2. JONATHAN Shepardson, b. 21 May 1732, d. early.
  3. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON, b. 19 January 1734; perhaps d. early and name given to son b. 3 January 1735.
  4. ABIGAIL SHEPARDSON, b. 17 April 1736.
  5. MARY SHEPARDSON, b. 10 October 1743, d. 30 March 1745.
  6. MARY SHEPARDSON, b. 1 May 1746, d. 31 March 1752.
  7. Perhaps also:
    JOANNA SHEPARDSON; m. 6 December 1781, John Christianmillar.

9. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON (Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) probably lived in Cumberland, R.I., near the boundary line. I find no record of his family except of a son bearing his name. If he had several children this lack of records may make confusion in my later notes. January 1, 1907, I am at sea about this line. There is probability of confusion, too, with Nathaniel, son of Jonathan No. 8.


10. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) married Abigail Richardson and moved to Ash Swamp, later called East Haddam, Conn. The order of birth of the children is not known and there may have been others than the ones named.

  2. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, d. without issue.
  9. ANCEL SHEPARDSON, b. 14 January 1759. 20.

11. DANIEL SHEPARDSON (Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Attleboro for a while at least, the town records containing this entry, "Daniell Shepardson, Jr., and Mary Peck, dau. of Hezekiah Peck, late of Attleboro, were married by me, the subscriber, 12 November 1753.--Habijah Weld." Children recorded in Attleboro:

  1. NOAH SHEPARDSON, b. 4 August 1756.
  2. OZIAH SHEPARDSON, b. 30 March 1757; d. 5 February 1758.
  3. ENOCH SHEPARDSON, b. 21 April 1759.
  4. HANNAH SHEPARDSON, b. 8 May 1765.

12. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) removed to Guilford, Vt., of which town he was one of the founders. He was very influential in the movement to make Vermont an independent state. He bore the title "Major". He was made Town Clerk in 1772 at the first town meeting of Guilford. He was a member of the Council in Vermont for several years as also Judge of the Supreme Court. He died of consumption 3 January 1802. His wife, Anna, died of old age 10 (or 11) January 1817, then 87. They had eleven children according to a court record, but names are unknown. One son died at the age of eighteen. No further record.

  1. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 1753, d. 23 August 1771.

13. ZEPHANIAH SHEPARDSON (Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Attleboro until about 1770 when he moved to Guilford, Vermont. He attended the first town meeting there 19 May 1772, and was made a constable, an overseer of highways and an overseer of the poor. He was called "Lieutenant". He married (1) Ruth Hills (b. 1 July 1733, d. 16 October 1782); (2) Demaris, widow of David Church. She d. 28 July 1787, aged 54; (3) Mrs. Lucinda Chase of Halifax, Vt., 1 June 1798. She d. in the "Chinesee" country, 30 September 1809. He d. 16 October 1804. Children:

  1. ZEPHANIAH SHEPARDSON, b. 21 March 1755.
  2. WILLIAM SHEPARDSON, b. 25 July 1756.
  3. RUTH SHEPARDSON, b. 16 September 1758; m. John Barney.
  4. JOSEPH SHEPARDSON, b. 27 October 1760.
  5. JARED SHEPARDSON, b. 18 July 1763.

14. STEPHEN SHEPARDSON (Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) married Lucy Fisher of Attleboro, Mass., and moved to Guilford, Vt., where he was constable in 1774 and commissioner of highways in 1776. He was captain of a company in the Revolutionary War. AIl I have about his children follows:

  1. STEPHEN SHEPARDSON, d. 11 April 1806, aged 46.
  2. PEDDY SHEPARDSON, b. 15 November 1771, d. 2 December 1838; m. Robinson Perkins.

15. AMOS SHEPARDSON (Amos'4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) moved from Attleboro, Mass., to Northfield, Mass., in 1793, and to New York state in 1820. He married Rebecca Whitcomb and had children:

  1. AMOS SHEPARDSON, b. 1787, had one son, Charles, of Warwick, Mass.
  2. ELIJAH SHEPARDSON, b. 1789.
  5. OLIVE SHEPARDSON, b. 1795; m. Elijah Kendall, 15 April 1814.

16. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON (Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived at Arnold's Mills in Cumberland, R.I. He married (1) Sarah -----, who died after 1771, and (2) Elizabeth -----. He was known as "'Squire Shepardson". Children:

  1. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 22 March 1758.
  3. ELIZABETH SHEPARDSON, b. 18 April 1762.
  4. ISAAC SHEPARDSON, b. 25 July 1764.
  5. LUCY SHEPARDSON, b. 4 February 1766.
  6. CHLOE SHEPARDSON, b. 27 April 1768; m. Otis Jillson, 3 April 1796.
  7. OLIVE SHEPARDSON, b. 29 May 1771.
  8. SABRA SHEPARDSON, b. 22 July 1774.
  9. OTIS SHEPARDSON, b. 20 April 1776.
  10. HANNAH SHEPARDSON, b. 21 August 1778.
  11. NANCY SHEPARDSON, b. 21 August 1781.

17. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON (John-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) has descendants in Smyrna, N.Y. The family moved from Connecticut to New York many years ago. His only son was:


18. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON (Jonathan-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) married in Attleboro, Mass., Miriam, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Carpenter) Follett, who was born 11 February 1733-4. In 1768 the family moved to Templeton, Mass., having lived a while in Cumberland, R.I. They removed in 1790 to Royalston, Mass. They both died the same day, 3 December 1804. Children:

  1. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON, b. 23 April 1758.
  2. REBECCA SHEPARDSON, b. 30 November 1759; m. Pratt.
  3. MIRIAM SHEPARDSON, b. 1 September 1761.
  4. JOANNA SHEPARDSON, b. 22 February 1765.
  5. RACHEL SHEPARDSON, b. 6 February 1767.
  6. BEULAH SHEPARDSON, b. 28 May 1769.
  7. ABIGAIL SHEPARDSON, .b 1 June 1771. Abigail m. ----- Higgins.
  8. ISAAC SHEPARDSON, b. 1 June 1771.
  9. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 23 October 1773.
  10. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 6 October 1775.

19. ISAAC SHEPARDSON (Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Wrenthan, Mass., where he committed suicide by hanging. Children:

  1. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON, d. Bridgewater, Mass.; one daughter.
  2. SALLY SHEPARDSON; m. ----- Wood, Seekonk, Mass.; two children.
  3. AARON SHEPARDSON, d. Wrentham, Mass.; one daughter.
  4. JAMES SHEPARDSON, d. Frnklin, Mass.; four children.
  5. LUCY SHEPARDSON; m. ----- Bartlett; three children.
  6. JOHN SHEPARDSON; seven children.
  7. ISAAC SHEPARDSON, d. Wrenthan, Mass.; eight children.
  8. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON; eight children.
  9. LYDIA SHEPARDSON; m. ----- Chamberlain; five children.

20. ANCEL SHEPARDSON (John-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) married, 25 July 1782, Charlotte Colgrove, who was born 20 February 1762, and died 23 February 1850. He died 9 February 1840. They lived in Middletown, Rutland County, Vt. and in Fairfax, Franklin County. Children:

  1. CLARISSA SHEPARDSON, b. 27 January 1783, d. August 1830, in Granville, Ohio.
  2. ASA SHEPARDSON, b. 12 December 1784, d. 14 August 1842, in Delaware Co., Ohio.
  3. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 27 September 1787.
  4. DAVID SHEPARDSON, b. 25 October 1790, d. 15 December 1791.
  5. ANCEL SHEPARDSON, b. 10 July 1793, d. 21 March 1875, in Fairfax, Vt.
  6. JOEL SHEPARDSON, b. 28 June 1796, d. 25 December 1850, in Vermont
  7. LORINDA SHEPARDSON, b. 23 April 1800.
  8. CALISTA SHEPARDSON, b. 10 February 1806, d. 13 August 1861, in Alexandria, Ohio.

This completes the record of the first five generations of American Shepardsons, so far as I have been able to compile it. There are several places where it is faulty. In some of the families of the fourth generation there probably were other children born after removal of the family from Attleboro. I have a record running back to an Ezra Shepardson of the fourth generation. I have another running back to Samuel Shepardson, born in Attleboro, 10 February 1757. I suppose him to be of the family of John Shepardson (fourth generation) whose descendants are found in the Lake Champlain country. In printing the records I have indicated where my information about a line ends. But the facts now show that it ought not to be difficult to trace out all American Shepardsons and place them properly in order. Anyone who has records of births, marriages and deaths of Shepardsons should send them to me for preservation and possible publication at some future day.

5592 Kimbark Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois.
February 1, 1907.

John Eaton Shepardson, a civil engineer on the Southern and Western R. R. and Albert R. Shepardson, of Reading, Mass., are working with me in this study.


Under date of February 1, 1907, I printed an 8-page leaflet giving such records as I had available of the first five generations of American Shepardsons, descendants of Daniel Shepardson of Salem, Mass., 1628-9, later of Charlestown and Malden. The story is now continued in such lines as I have been able to trace. My object in printing these leaflets is to put into permanent form for some future family historian, records which might otherwise be lost. Corrections or additions should be sent to me for future use. A few scattered notes on the fifth generation, not given before, are added. The reference numbers are to the leaflet of February 1, 1907.

6(ii). ZEBEDIAH SHEPARDSON (Amos'4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1), b. 17 November 1737; m. Deborah Cook, int. pub. in Norton, Mass., 7 August 1762. He is called "Captain" in record of his death in Rehoboth 12 May 1810. He was probably the one mentioned in the Mass. Revolutionary rolls who was commissioned as commander of the schooner "Resolution", a privateer, 20 July 1778. Zebulon Shepardson, 1st Lieut. on same vessel, may have been his son. No record of children except two daughters named in his will.

  1. NANCY SHEPARDSON, "eldest dau."; m. Simeon Cobb.
  2. ELONA SHEPARDSON, b. 2 December 1767, Providence, R.I. She m. (1) Daniel Hodges of Norton, Mass., 12 March 1787. He was b. 9 June 1763, in Norton, and d. January, 1789 in Hardwick. They had a daughter, Elona Hodges, b. in Rehoboth, 22 April 1789, who m. at Rehoboth 30 July 1810, Lee Leonard of Taunton, son of Jonathan and Joanna (Lee) Leonard. Several children (See "Hodges Genealogy"). She m. (2) 7 February 1791, Caleb Abell, town clerk of Rehoboth.

6(iv). ELIJAH SHEPARDSON (Amos'4, John-3, Daniet-2, Daniel-1), b. 8 May 1741; m. Mary ----- who d. in Providence, R.I., in 1794, aged 50. He probably followed the sea, as he is called "Captain" in record of d. at Seekonk, 9 November 1787, of "mole on the throat". His father's will, probated 1 December 1795, mentions "heirs of Elijah", of whom one was:

  1. MEHITABLE SHEPARDSON, who m. Richard Bowen, December, 1797.
    "It appears also that a Richard Bowen, but of what family is not clearly known, died and was buried in the burial ground attached to Rehoboth, and the Bowen arms, a stag trippant with an arrow stuck in his back, were cut on his tombstone, thus furnishing a strong proof that he was of the ancient family of the Bowens of Glamorganshire." (See Bowen Genealogy.)

10. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. Abigail Richardson and moved to Ash Swamp, later called East Haddam, Conn. She was b. 18 April 1709, daughter of William and Rebecca (Vinton) Richardson. The "Richardson Memorial" says she m. John Shepard 8 August 1728, and d. 30 November 1730, but this is the date my records give for her marriage to John Shepardson. Her sister, Hannah, m. Daniel Shepardson, John's brother. Dates are wanting in this line. He m. (2) Hepsibah Lord, daughter of Sergt. William Lord of East Haddam, signing an agreement regarding the estate of the latter, 29 October 1736. The order of birth of the children is not known and there may have been others besides the ones named. Children:

  1. OTIS SHEPARDSON; no trace.
  2. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, d. without children. A Revolutionary soldier.
  3. WILLIAM SHEPARDSON, descendants at East Hamilton, N.Y.
  4. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON, descendants at Smyrna, N.Y.
  5. HANNAH SHEPARDSON (?) m. 3 November 1788, John Mobs, E. Haddam.
  6. ISAAC SHEPARDSON, no trace.
  9. HEPSIBAH SHEPARDSON; m. John Mitchell 4 January 1758.
  10. ANCEL SHEPARDSON, b. 14 January 1759.

12. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. at Norton, Mass., 17 January 1754, Anna Blanchard, daughter of Stephen and Abigail (Pratt) Blanchard. About 1760 he removed to Guilford, Vt., of which town he was one of the founders. He was made Town Clerk in 1772. He was very influential in the movement to make Vermont an independent state. He bore the title "Major". He was a member of the Council in Vermont for several years and was also Judge of the Supreme Court. He d. of consumption 3 January 1802, in Brattleboro. His wife d. of old age 10 January 1817, then 87. According to a court record, they had eleven children, but names of some are unknown, and no dates seem available.

  1. JOHN SHEPARDSON, d. 23 August 1771.
  2. SAMUEL SHEPARDSON, b. 10 February 1757, at Attleboro, Mass. 25.
  7. EZRA SHEPARDSON, d. at Palmyra, N.Y., 29 August 1819, aged 33.

14. STEPHEN SHEPARDSON (Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. Lucy Fisher of Attleboro, int. pub. in Norton 17 February 1759. He moved to Guilford, Vt., where he was constable in 1774 and commissioner of highways in 1776. He was captain of a company in the Revolutionary War. He may have had other children besides:

  1. STEPHEN SHEPARDSON, b. 1760, d. 11 April 1806, aged 46.
  2. LUCY SHEPARDSON; m. Nathan Horton, Guilford.
  3. PEDDY SHEPARDSON, b. 15 November 1771, d. 2 December 1838; m. Robinson Perkins, Fitzwilliam, N.H.
  4. MOLLY SHEPARDSON; m. Esac Thau, Marlboro, Vt.
  5. SALLY SHEPARDSON; m. Lemuel Lines, Guilford.
  6. ----- SHEPARDSON; m. George Smith, Palmyra, N.Y.
  7. NANCY SHEPARDSON; m. William Robertson, Vermont.
  8. ----- SHEPARDSON (daughter), d. young.

15. AMOS SHEPARDSON (Amos'4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1), m. in Norton, Mass., 14 August 1755, Abigail Pratt. They lived in Eastham, Mass. Four children are recorded in Norton and a fifth was b. in Mansfield. There was trouble in the family and after separation from his wife he married again and went west, perhaps to New York state. There are some confusing details about the records. I have data about an Amos Shepardson who located in Florida, Mass., and has descendants at Pittsfield, and other data about a man of the same name who located first at Northfield, Mass., and then went to New York in 1820. I find a tradition that Amos may have died at Hague, N.Y. The Florida, Mass., Amos is said to have d. there, but there is no record of his death. One report says Amos had eleven children by his two wives. I give the children of Abigail Pratt, and the other two records also. The correct details may appear later. The Mass. Revolutionary rolls seem to show that this Amos was a soldier. Children:

  1. MATILDA SHEPARDSON, b. 1 February 1760.
  2. MARGARET SHEPARDSON, b. 22 March 1762.
  3. ABIGAIL SHEPARDSON, b. 1 March 1765.
  4. ADAH SHEPARDSON, b. 9 December 1767; m. James Perry, Easton, Mass.
  5. NOAH SHEPARDSON, b. 2 May 1770.

15a. This was the complete family of Amos and Abigail Pratt. An Amos Shepardson who enlisted in the Revolutionary army from Mansfield, Mass., and later from Mendon, Mass., m. at Medway (or Milford) Mass., about 1 October 1778, Hannah Norcross, daughter of Peter and Johanna (Morse) Norcross. He lived afterward at Florida, Mass. Children:

  1. LOUIS SHEPARDSON, b. about 1781, d. 17 October 1858.
  2. LOVETT SHEPARDSON, b. 24 March 1792, in Milford, Mass.

15b. Another Amos Shepardson moved from Attleboro, Mass., to Northfield, Mass., about 1793, and about 1820 moved to New York state. He married Rebecca Whitcomb, who was b. 4 April 1760, daughter of Thomas and Anna (Whitney) Whitcomb, and had children:

  1. AMOS SHEPARDSON, b. 1787, had one son, Charles, of Warwick, Mass.
  2. ELIJAH SHEPARDSON, b. 1789.
  5. OLIVE SHEPARDSON, b. 1795; m. Elijah Kendall, 15 April 1814.

25. SAMUEL SHEPARDSON (John-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. Anna Barney, daughter of John Barney. He lived in Guilford, Vt., dying on the farm his father occupied before him, 28 February 1813, after an illness of eight days from spotted fever. He was a freeman and town clerk of Guilford, 25 March 1782-3; moderator of town meeting, 1794; constable in 1790, 1797, 1801; was called "Captain" in 1795; was collector in 1784, 1790, 1795; district clerk, district No. 14, 1810; member of Vermont Council, 1803-1808; register of probate in 1806, and presidential elector in 1808. He was called "Major" at the time of his death. I have the same date for his wife's death as for that of his mother. Probable confusion. Children:

  1. CHLOE SHEPARDSON, b. 10 February 1781.
  2. ANNA SHEPARDSON, b. 6 October 1782, d. 3 November 1782.
  3. ANNA SHEPARDSON, b. 30 May 1784.
  4. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 9 December 1786.
  5. SAMUEL SHEPARDSON, b. 9 March 1789.
  6. OTIS SHEPARDSON, b. 5 July 1791.
  7. ELIJAH SHEPARDSON, b. 5 November 1793.
  8. PLINY SHEPARDSON, 15 July 1796.
  9. SOPHIA SHEPARDSON, b. 20 August 1798; m. 27 November 1820, John W. Bissell, of Gill, Mass.
  10. PERMELIA SHEPARDSON, b. 19 March 1801; m. Zelotes Barney of Adams, N.Y., 19 June 1824.

26. SETH SHEPARDSON (John-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) was a Revolutionary soldier from Guilford, Vermont. He m. Phoebe [or Rhoda?] Carpenter in Vermont. They moved to Erie County, Pennsylvania, where he d. in 1855, aged about 90 years. He was a farmer and magistrate. Children were all born in Vermont except Anna:

  1. ROWENA G. SHEPARDSON; m. ----- Allen.
  5. RHODA SHEPARDSON; m. John White.
  8. ANNA SHEPARDSON; m. Norris White.

27. ALFRED SHEPARDSON (John-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. 27 June 1796, Dolly Bullock in Guilford, Vt., and lived there until February, 1816, when he moved his family to what is now Afton, N.Y. He d. there in 1819. Children:

  1. SALLY SHEPARDSON, b. 4 October 1798.
  2. CLARISSA SHEPARDSON, b. 13 July 1800.
  3. ZATOC (?) SHEPARDSON, b. 3 April 1805.
  4. DOLLY SHEPARDSON, b. 16 April 1807.
  5. ALFRED SHEPARDSON, b. 24 November 1809.

28. ZEPHANIAH SHEPARDSON (Zephaniah-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) was a clockmaker and farmer in Guilford, Vermont. He was in Capt. Daniel Calisco's company of Col. Bedel's regt. in 1776. In the fall of 1777, he served 17 days in Capt. David Stowell's company in Col. William Williams' regt. From June 29th to July 5th, 1777, he was in Capt. Stephen Shepardson's company. He seems to have been a fifer. He was called "Lieutenant". He d. in Guilford, 19 August 1837. He was m. three times: (1) To Rachel Wilkins (daughter of Paul) who d. of quick consumption, 28 September 1787, aged 32 y., 8 mo.; (2) To Lettice Barney, 10 January 1788. She was b. 4 January 1763, of Captain John and Rebecca (Martin) Barney of Guilford, and d. 11 May 1831; (3) To Sarah (Babcock) Stedman, widow of Philemon. She d. 1 August 1838, aged 82. There were 15 children, all of whom grew up. At one time the combined age of those living was above 1,200 years.

  1. RACHEL SHEPARDSON, b. 21 March 1779; m. Samuel Nichols of Halifax, 11 August 1799.
  2. LEONARD SHEPARDSON, b. 14 September 1780.
  3. DARIUS SHEPARDSON, b. 18 December 1782.
  4. RUTH SHEPARDSON, b. 16 June 1785.
  5. SUSANNA SHEPARDSON, b. 4 June 1787.
  6. IRA SHEPARDSON, b. 21 October 1788.
  7. SALLY SHEPARDSON, b. 3 July 1790.
  8. ZEPHANIAH SHEPARDSON, b. 20 February 1792.
  9. MARTIN SHEPARDSON, b. 13 February 1794.
  10. JAMES SHEPARDSON, b. 17 July 1795.
  11. LEWIS SHEPARDSON, b. 1 September 1798.
  12. SOPHRONA SHEPARDSON, b. 30 July 1800.
  13. LURINDA SHEPARDSON, b. 17 August 1802; m. John Bucklin of Guilford. No children.
  14. CLARK SHEPARDSON, b. 19 August 1804.
  15. JOHN BARNEY SHEPARDSON, b. 5 June 1808.

29. WILLIAM SHEPARDSON (Zephaniah-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. Grace Fitch and settled in Guilford, Vermont, where he was called "Colonel". He d. in Lansingburg, N.Y., 18 February 1804, of consumption, and was buried in Guilford. His wife also died of consumption 1
February 1808, aged 48 years. He was in Capt. Stephen Shepardson's company, Col. Williams' regt., in 1777. Four of the children d. of consumption.

  1. THADDEUS SHEPARDSON, d. 23 December 1809.
  2. WILLIAM SHEPARDSON, b. 21 December 1787, d. 28 December 1830.
  5. CYNTHA HUDSON SHEPARDSON; m. Daniel Fisher, Guilford, 25 February 1810.
  7. HART SHEPARDSON, b. 19 November 1796.
  8. ELIAS SHEPARDSON, mentioned in brother Hart~s will.
  9. POLLY SHEPARDSON, d. 17 July 1808, of consumption.

30. JOSEPH SHEPARDSON (Zephaniah-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) was a carpenter and worked at that trade more than farming. He lived in Guilford until his third child was b., then moved to Leyden, Mass., from which place he moved to Coleraine, Mass., where he d. 2 November 1821. He served in the Revolutionary war when he was not 17 years old. He was called "Lieutenant". He m. (1) 25 October 1787, Zurvier Parker, who was b. 15 September 1768, daughter of James and Rebecca (Brown) Parker. She d. 7 October 1806, in Leyden, Mass. He m. (2) 15 February 1807, Lucy Stedman, who was b. 13 September 1783, daughter of Philemon Stedman. He took a great interest in family history and kept careful records of what he could find for the benefit of the future family historian. Children:

  1. JARED SHEPARDSON, b. 9 May 1788.
  2. REBECCA SHEPARDSON, b. 3 May 1790.
  3. ZURVIER SHEPARDSON, b. 9 March 1792.
  4. JOSEPH SHEPARDSON, b. 22 February 1794.
  5. LUCINDA SHEPARDSON, b. 12 December 1795.
  6. WILLIAM HENRY SHEPARDSON, b. 17 April 1797.
  7. JAMES PARKER SHEPARDSON, b. 7 May 1799.
  8. HORATIO JEFFERSON SHEPARDSON, b. 28 December 1800.
  9. SALOME SHEPARDSON, b. 25 August 1803.

31. JARED SHEPARDSON (Zephaniah-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. in December, 1793, Ruth Church, b. 29 September 1770, daughter of David and Damaris (-----) Church. He d. in Halifax, Vt., 6 July 1810, of consumption. His widow d. in Gerry, Chautauqua Co., N.Y., 9 August
1850. Extensive records of this line have been collected by John Eaton Shepardson. Children:

  1. CLARISSA SHEPARDSON, b. 7 October 1794, d. 6 December 1868; m. Solomon Fessenden.
  2. LUCIUS SHEPARDSON, b. 17 February 1797, d. 27 March 1798.
  3. DAMARIS SHEPARDSON, b. 1 March 1799, d. 12 March 1848; m. Willar Buchlin.
  4. LUCUIS SHEPARDSON, b. 23 September 1802, d. 29 March 1803.
  5. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 19 March 1804
  6. WILLIAM SHEPARDSON, b.19 March 1804
  7. MATILDA SHEPARDSON, } b. 23 June 1806, d. 16 September 1859; m. Charles Williams.
  8. LUCINDA SHEPARDSON, } b. 23 June 1806, d. 9 August 1847; m. Oren Strong.

32. NOAH SHEPARDSON (Daniel-5, Daniel-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) removed from Attleboro, Mass., to Guilford, Vt. His wife was Hannah. He was made fence viewer 12 March 1792. With his cousins Joseph and Nathaniel he was in an attack against the "Vermonters" at Brattleboro, Vt., in 1784. He received 30 acres of land in Bainbridge, Chenango county, N.Y., as part of that granted in 1786 to the sufferers who opposed the government of Vermont by New York state. Known children:

  1. ENOCH SHEPARDSON, b. 22 October 1778.
  2. NOAH SHEPARDSON, b. 1782, d. 23 May 1867.

33. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON (Isaac-5, Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) d. in Bridgewater (now Brockton) Mass., in 1872. He was b. 5 October 1784. He m. four times. He seems to have lived in Dedham and Wrentham before settling in Bridgewater. He m. Sally Edison, daughter of Seth Edison, 28 October 1808, Nancy Edson, 4 March 1815, the Edsons being of Bridgewater, and Polly Reynolds of Stoughton in 1852. The name of the fourth wife is unknown (1907) likewise name of one of his children if the statement of a grandson that he had twelve is true.

  2. NATHANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 1811, d. 1856; m. and family.
  3. SARA ANN SHEPARDSON, b. 1816; m. Elbridge G. Lincoln, 1834.
  4. SALLY SHEPARDSON, b. 1819; m. Levi Simmons, 1845, d. 1845, one son.
  5. WILLIAM SHEPARDSON, b. 1821; in., d. in New York.
  7. OLIVER SHEPARDSON, b. 1823; m. Catherine Orcutt, d. about 1872, Prairie City, Ill.
  8. LUCY ANN SHEPARDSON, b. 1827; m. Levi Simmons (above) and d. 1891. He d. 11 December 1888.
  10. EMILY SHEPARDSON, b. 1831, d. 1832.
  11. MIRANDA SHEPARDSON, b. 1837, d. 1837.
  12. ----- SHEPARDSON.

34. JAMES SHEPARDSON (Isaac-5, Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Franklin, Mass., where he d. Children:

  1. WILLARD SHEPARDSON, lived in Conn. 4 children.
  2. HOSEA SHEPARDSON, d. young, Woonsocket, R.I.
  3. JOSEPH SHEPARDSON, lived, Rockville, Mass. No children.
  4. SARAH SHEPARDSON; m. White, Ashland, Mass.

35. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Isaac-5, Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) m. and probably lived in Wrentham, Mass. Children:

  1. BETSEY SHEPARDSON; m. Harris. Had 2 boys, 2 girls, lived Franklin, Mass.
  2. RUTH SHEPARDSON; m. White of Wakefield, Mass. 3 sons.
  3. FRANCES SHEPARDSON; m. Blanding. 1 son, 3 daughters.
  4. MARY JANE SHEPARDSON; m. Putnam, Greenville, S.C. 4 daughters.
  5. SARAH SHEPARDSON; m. Dunbar. 3 sons.
  6. KATE SHEPARDSON; m. G. Morse, Wrentham, Mass. 5 children.
  8. JOSEPH MARTIN SHEPARDSON, b. 1836; m. 1857, Amanda M. Fuller, res. N.J. 2 sons.

36. ISAAC SHEPARDSON (Isaac-, Nathaniel4, Nathaniel-, Daniel-, Daniel-) d. in Wrentham, Mass. Children:

  3. ISAAC SHEPARDSON, res. N. Attleboro, Mass., 1 son; m. (2) Mrs. Jane (Shepardson) Hunt (see below).
  4. MARY SHEPARDSON; m. Columbus Tingley, res. on Isaac Shepardson farm. 2 sons, 2 daughters.
  5. OTIS SHEPARDSON, d. July, 1886, Waterbury, Conn. 2 children, 1 son.
  6. JOHN SHEPARDSON, res. Mansfield, Mass. 6 children.
  7. HARRIET SHEPARDSON; m. White, 1 son, Edwin, in U.S. Army.
  8. LEWIS SHEPARDSON, res. in California.

37. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON (Isaac-5, Nathaniel-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1). Children:

  1. AMY SHEPARDSON; m. Beal, Saybrook, Ill. 3 children.
  2. JANE SHEPARDSON; m. (1) ----- Hunt, N. Attleboro, Mass. No children. (2) Isaac Shepardson (son of Isaac above).
  3. HENRY SHEPARDSON, res. S. Walpole, Mass. 3 children.
  4. DRUCY SHEPARDSON, d. 1905; m. Lawrence, W. Medway, Mass. 4 children.
  5. MARTIN DAVID SHEPARDSON, res. Warwick, Mass. 3 children.
  6. EDMUND SHEPARDSON, res. N. Easton, Mass. 1 daughter.
  7. EMORY SHEPARDSON, d. 1905, res. Attleboro, Mass. 2 sons.
  8. JOSEPHINE SHEPARDSON; m. W. R. Cobb, res. Attleboro, Mass.

38. ISAAC SHEPARDSON (Jonathan-5, Jonathan-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) perhaps lived in Warwick, Mass., or in Richmond, N.H. He m. Mary ----- and had at least

  1. ISAAC SHEPARDSON, b. 25 October 1796 (recorded in Royalston).

39. JOHN SHEPARDSON (Jonathan-5, Jonathan-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) purchased a farm in the south part of Warwick in 1817. "Here he lived until the day of his death, some time in 1833, and preached in the schoolhouse in the south part of Warwick and in South Orange and in Erving's Grant nearly every Sabbath, working faithfully in the service of his Master to a good old age, when he was called to a better world on high, there to receive his reward."--History of Warwick, p. 166. One record says that he m. Abigail Hawes. Another says int. pub. with Abigail Lawrence of New Salem, 27 November 1825. No children, but he adopted a nephew, son of Moses Kenney of Richmond, N.H., who was b. in 1797 and took the Shepardson name. Elder John Shepardson was executor of his father's estate. He was a Baptist minister. He had a poetic temperament and wrote some verse which is preserved in pamphlet form, as well as in the History of Warwick. Adopted child:


40. DANIEL SHEPARDSON (Jonathan-5, Jonathan-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Royalston, Mass. Farmer. Married, 9 September 1801, Prudence, daughter of David and Elizabeth (-----) Cook of Stratton, Vt. She died 24 June 1858, aged 78. He died 5 May 1856. Records of his descendants are practically complete. Children:

  1. JONATHAN SHEPARDSON, b. 23 November 1802, d. 18 January 1875.
  2. PRUDENCE SHEPARDSON, b. 12 August 1804; m. William Moore; d. 26 June 1877.
  3. DELIGHT SHEPARDSON, b. 19 April 1806, d. 5 June 1820.
  4. ELIZA SHEPARDSON, b. 4 April 1808; m. Charles Moore; d.
  5. DAVID COOK SHEPARDSON, b. 31 May 1810, d. 7 September 1813.
  6. MILLIE SHEPARDSON, b. 25 March 1812; m. George Moore, Athol, Mass.; d. 1893.
  7. DANIEL SHEPARDSON, b. 27 July 1813, d. 8 December 1899.
  8. DAVID COOK SHEPARDSON, b. 2 October 1815, d. 1893.
  9. JOHN SHEPARDSON, b. 12 April 1820, d. 14 December 1889.
  10. ERI SHEPARDSON, b. 10 September 1821, d. 5 March 1895.

41. DANIEL SHEPARDSON (Ancel-5, John-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) born in Middletown, Rutland County, Vt. Millwright at Fairfax, Vt. Removed with his family to Granville, Ohio, September, 1813, making the journey in a wagon and forty days on the road. Served as superintendent of construction on Ohio Canal, 1825-6; constituent member of Granville Baptist Church, and deacon from its organization until his death, November, 1806. Member of Board of Trustees of Denison University 1831-1866, and superintendent of construction of its first buildings. He married, (1) 12 July 1807, Prudence, daughter of Daniel Morse of Fairfax, Vt. She was born in Dublin, N.H., 19 September 1784, and died in Granville, Ohio, 25 March 1835. (2) 26 November 1835, Mrs. Mary (Devenney) Dilley, daughter of Cornelius Devenney. She was born 11 April 1795, in Berkeley County, Va., and died in Granville, Ohio, 5 June 1850. (3) 7 July 1852, Mrs. Pamelia Barlow, widow of Rev. Julius Barlow of Fredonia, Ohio. Children, all by first wife:

  1. LUCETTA SHEPARDSON, b. 28 September 1808; m. David Woods; lived in Williams Co., Ohio.
  2. PERRIN SHEPARDSON, b. 30 July 1810.
  3. ABIGAIL SHEPARDSON, b. 26 November 1812; m. Gardner Woods; lived in Jersey, Ohio.
  4. HARRIET SHEPARDSON, b. 22 February 1815; m. Hiram Pruden; lived in Jersey, Ohio.
  5. NANCY A. SHEPARDSON, b. 6 November 1817; unm., d. in Granville, Ohio.
  6. ELVIRA SHEPARDSON, b. 3 February 1820; m. Rev. D. D. Walden; d. 8 January 1865, in Hillsdale Co., Mich.
  7. DANIEL MORSE SHEPARDSON, b. 11 July 1822, d. 27 July 1824.
  8. DANIEL MORSE SHEPARDSON, b. 2 February 1825.

42. ASA SHEPARDSON (Ancel-5, John-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Delaware County, Ohio, where he d. 14 August 1842. He was buried in Granville, Ohio. Children:

  1. SILAS SHEPARDSON; unm., d. 8 September 1834. (23.)
  2. ASA MILTON SHEPARDSON, d. 16 February 1845. (28, 1, 7.)
  3. CHARLOTTE SHEPARDSON, (?) [Note of J. H. Shepardson, 1861.]

43. ANCEL SHEPARDSON (Ancel-5, John-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1), was 12 years old when he came with his father from Middletown, Vt. to Fairfax, Vt., where he spent the rest of his life. He taught school for awhile and for many years taught singing school. "When a young man he built a saw mill on a stream near by and for many years did an extensive business in the manufacture of lumber. He also invented a flax machine and did a successful business in making and dressing that product. About 1836 he commenced wool-carding and cloth-finishing, which business he continued until 1850 when a new mill was built and machinery put in for the manufacture of woolen cloth and yarn. He also erected a foundry and blacksmith shop. The locality took on the name of Shepardson Hollow and became quite a noted place of business. In 1857, he retired in favor of his youngest son. He was one of the deacons in the Baptist church for half a century, and in every sense was an honest, faithful, Christian man."--(History of Franklin and Grand-(?) Country, 1891.) He m. Aurelia Story, 3 March 1816. She d. 21 March 1822. He m. (2) Lura Story, 14 July 1822. She was b. 6 May 1801, in Fairfax, and d. 4 October 1880. He d. 21 March 1875. Children:

  1. EMERSON SI-IEPARDSON, b. 11 March 1820, d. 3 January 1878.
  2. MERRIT C. SHEPARDSON, b. 29 March 1823, d. 3 January 1890.
  3. ALVA SHEPARDSON, b. 19 June 1824, d. 15 April 1825.
  4. AURELIA SHEPARDSON, b. 21 March 1826, d. 23 March 1905.
  5. GEORGE RENSLOW SHEPARDSON, b. 10 October 1827.
  6. EDWARD SHEPARDSON, b. 13 April 1828, d. 3 May 1828.
  7. FRANCIS WAYLAND SHEPARDSON, b. 26 February 1836.

44. *JOEL SHEPARDSON (Ancel-5, John-4, Nathaniel-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) lived in Vermont where he perhaps had children:

  1. (Handwritten - Huldah) VALERA SHEPARDSON.

45. NOAH SHEPARDSON (Amos-5, Amos-4, John-3, Daniel-2, Daniel-1) was b. in Mansfield, Mass., 2 May 1770. He d. in Clarendon, Vt., 1 January 1818. He m. Jerusha Allen in Vermont 11 June 1797. Children:

  1. ALLEN C. SHEPARDSON, b. 15 October 1799, d. Coldwater, Mich., 1 January 1871.
  2. NOAH SHEPARDSON, b. 30 April 1804, d. South Adams, 6 July 1866.
  3. OTIS SHEPARDSON, b. 25 July 1806, d. Lyndonville, Vt., 1 March 1887.
  4. ADAH SHEPARDSON; m. Lewis Merritt Walker.


NOTE--I have a great many records of families in the seventh, eighth and ninth generations. If the missing links in earlier generations can be found it will not be difficult to place most American Shepardsons in their proper connections. Corrections, additions and suggestion will be welcomed.

5592 Kimbark Ave., Chicago.
May 1, 1907.

* Handwritten note on original: "Huldah, wife of Joel d July 19 1867"

** Handwritten note on original: "Joel was my grandfather. Samuel my father". WSS 8 HS 9