Lewis Shepard


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Lewis Shepard
Born: 15 Nov 1839  Newport, Vermillion Co., IN






See Bible Record on page for Ruth Hannahs
Married: 17 June 1874  Newport, Vermillion Co., IN    
Grace Shepard, Earl White and Lewis Shepard

See marriage record on page with Susan Hannahs

Died: 22 Feb 1913   Dana, Vermillion Co., IN
Obit from The Hoosier State Newport, Indiana, Wednesday, Friday 26, 1913
Obit on Dr. Lewis Shepard as found in scrapbook kept by Grace Shepard   See transcription below
Buried:  Memorial Chapel Cemetery, Newport, Vermillion Co., IN


"Dr Lewis Shepard Born Nov 15, 1839 Died Feb 20, 1913"


Ben Shepard


Eliza Johnson


Susan Hannahs


Grace Shepard

From the Hoosier State from Newport, Ind. Aug 3, 1876
"Dr. Lewis Shepard has just completed a substantial little barn on his lot in the west part of town."

Lewis attended Rush College at Cincinnati which later was moved to Chicago and was the start of the Medical School of Northwestern.  While at school he often went to visit his sister, Callie, and it was there that he met Susan Hannahs.  She the diary she kept while in school on her page.  Lewis became a doctor.  He took up practice in Newport and his brother Hiram, also a doctor, practiced in Dana.

From Biographical and Historical Record of Vermillion County, Indiana, 1888 pg 389
"Lewis Shepard, M. D. a prominent physician of Newport, is a native of Vermillion County, born November 15, 1839, a son of Benjamin and Eliza (Johnson) Shepard. He was raised in this county, spending his early life on his father's farm. In 1865 he began the study of medicine with Dr. J. C. Cook, remaining under his instruction two years, when he went to the Miami Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended lectures two years, graduating in 1868. In the same year he began his practice at Quaker Hill, remaining there until 1874, when he moved to Newport, where he has since built up a large practice. Dr. Shepard was married in 1874 to Susie Hannahs, a native of Ohio. They have one child - Grace. He is a member of the Odd Fellows order, Vermillion Lodge, No. 594. In politics he is a Democrat. Dr. Shepard has a good home in the village of Newport."

Dr. J. C. Cook was married to Sarah Jane Hannahs, a sister of James Hannahs. Lewis Shepard married Susan Hannahs, daughter of James Hannahs.

Attending physican

Hoosier State
Feb 18, 1875
Dr Lewis Shepard had a bad accident in 1877 on his way to see a patient.  
Hoosier State  Nov 22, 1877

In 1900 Lewis Shepard was living with his brother Judson Shepard and his family.  Later he moved in with his daughter, Grace.

Obit of Dr. Lewis Shepard

"Dr. Shepard Dead
Dr. Lewis Shepard died last Thursday evening after a brief illness. He had been in poor health for a year or more, but until the last few weeks he had been able to go. He had made his home with his daughter since her marriage and it was there he died. The following obituary was read at the funeral held Saturday morning.
Dr. Lewis Shepard, son of Ben and Eliza Shepard, was born in Newport, Indiana, November 15,1839, and departed this life February 20,1913, at the age of 73 years, 3 months and 5 days.
He was married to Miss Susie Hannahs, June 17, 1874. To this union were born two children, the youngest dying in infancy. His wife died November 22, 1880.
Dr. Shepard attended the Chicago University in the early sixties, and after reading medicine for a time with the late Dr. Cook, attended the Miami University at Cincinnati, Ohio, from which institution he received his degree of Doctor of medicine, and immediately began the practice of his profession, at the home of his father, remaining there until his marriage, when he removed to Newport, where he continued in the practice of his profession until about the year 1890, when on account of failing health he retired from active practice and returned to the family home. Since the marriage of his daughter, Mrs. Earl White, he has made his home with her.
Dr. Shepard was a man of genial disposition, honorable and upright of character, a successful practitioner and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. Almost his entire life was spent within a few miles of the place of his birth. Among the people of his earliest knowledge he practiced his profession with philanthropic zest, while health and strength permitted, and in his later years enjoyed the home of his daughter and her family, and in the many weeks of his last illness there was no want which loving affection and dutiful hands could supply but was provided for.
Funeral service at the home of his son-in-law, Earl White, February 22, 1913, at 10 o'clock a. m., conducted by Rev. David Handley of Frankfort, Ind., and Rev. C. E. Beebee of Dana. Burial at Memorial Chapel."


Shepard Family Plot at Memorial Chapel
Left to right: Ben and Eliza, Lizzie, Callie, Ellen V, Susie
Ellen V and Susie (repeated), Lewis Shepard and Susan Hannahs Shepard (two large stones), infant Shepard (small stone) and Elizabeth Johnson