Hiram Shepard



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Born: 01 Jan 1836 Newport, Vermillion Co., IN    
Married: 09 July 1889 Meleansboro, Hamilton Co., IL  
Side view of Dr. Hiram Shepard's home taken summer of 1896 or 1897 Hiram with Carl and Grace
Died: 16 Dec 1898 Newport, Vermillion Co., IN
Obit from The Hoosier State Wednesday, December 21, 1898
Tribute from Dana Lodge No 581


Buried: Lebanon Cemetery off of RT 71 north side of road running to Quaker, Vermillion Co., IN   Biographical and Historical Record of Vermillion County, 1888, pg 119  "The Lebanon Cemetery lay alongside the Lebanon Methodist Church which stood about 40 rods west of Route 71 on the north side of the blacktop road running to Quaker, the area being commonly known as Edgewood. The land on which the church stood was part of the Wabash Ordnance Plant land, but not included within the fenced area, and the church was dismantled along with many other buildings in the vicinity.
The land was entered by Jesse Hollingsworth and passed into the hands of the Carmack family who deeded the land for the church in 1848.
The cemetery is quite small and the names seen on the stones are Castle, Holaday, Keen, McFall, Myers, Nickle, Ricker and Dr. Hiram Shepard and wife Susan. The cemetery is abandoned and is hardly visible from the road, all that can be seen being a clump of briars."
Dr. Hiram Shepard Born Jan 1, 1836 Died Dec 16, 1898
From left to right:  Ruth, Jim, Dr. Hiram Shepard, Susan


The date on the stone for Ruth is 1863 so this is NOT the infant daughter of Hiram and Susan Shepard.  



Ben Shepard


Eliza Johnson


Susan Hutson


1. Jim Shepard b. 12 Jul 1890

    d. 06 Aug 1891 Vermillion Co., IN


Jim Son of H & S Shepard Died Aug 6 1891 Aged 1 yr 25 ds
2. Ruth Shepard b. 16 Mar 1892

    d. 16 Aug 1892 Vermillion Co., IN


3. Carl Shepard  b. 09 Jul 1893 Dana, Vermillion Co., IN

4. Grace Shepard  b. 27 Jul 1895

 From Biographical and Historical Record of Vermillion County, Indiana, 1888 pg 254
"Dr. Hiram Shepard was born in Newport, this county, graduated at the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, and has been practicing at Dana since 1874."

pg, 255
"Dana Lodge, No 581, was instituted February 10, 1881, with eighteen members, and Hiram Shepard, Noble Grand; Julius C. Groves, Vice Grand; and Fred Rush, Secretary."

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"Prominent Physician Dies in Vermillion Township - Dr. Hiram Shepard, who resided on his farm, about 8 miles southwest of here, died on last Friday night from paralysis. He had the first stroke about 5 years ago, and 2 or 3 since then. His funeral occurred on last Sunday afternoon and was very largely attended. Services were held at his late residence by Rev. S.R. Sargent of the Baptist Church of Chrisman, IL, after which his remains were interred in the Lebanon Church Cemetery. The Odd Fellows, of which order he was a member, had charge of the remains and buried him according to the rites of that order.

The deceased was born in Newport, this county, January 1, 1836, and died at his home, near Dana, at 10:30 o'clock Friday night, December 16, 1898. Dr. Shepard was married July 9, 1889 to Mrs. Susie Traphagen, who survives him. To them were born 4 children, 2 of whom are dead, James and Ruth. The 2 living are Carl and Grace.

Dr. Shepard graduated at Miami Medical College of Cincinnati, OH, in the spring of 1869. He first located and practiced his profession in Bloomfield, IL, after which he attended a term of lectures at the Indiana Medical College. He then associated himself with Dr. Cuthbert F. Keyes for a number of years. In the early seventies he located in the then prosperous little town of Dana, where he built up an extensive and lucrative practice, to which he gave his undivided attention until his health became impaired, about 5 years ago, when he was compelled to abandon his professional work.

He was a charter member of Dana Lodge No. 581, U.O.O.F., which was instituted in February 1881. Early in the history of his local or subordinate lodge, he attained to the Past Grand's degree. Later he was elected Representative, and still later he was appointed by the Grand Master of Indiana, Deputy Grand Master. The principles and tenets of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows were the governing principles of his life. He helped institute Vermillion Lodge No. 594, of this place, in July 1882.

The deceased was a good citizen, honorable in all his dealings, and highly esteemed by all his acquaintances, who sadly lament his death. He left a wife and 2 little children an estate estimated to be worth not less than $25,000." - Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, December 21, 1898