John Shepherd Jr


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John Shepherd
Born:  25 Nov 1802 Breckinridge Co., KY


Married: July 1831 Putnam Co., IL


Died: 14 Mar 1883 Union, Hardin, IA    
Buried: Sheppard Cemetery, Gifford, Hardin Co., IA  
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John Shepherd


Lucretia Patterson


Tennessee Macomas
b. 14 Nov 1817
d. 10 Oct 1906


1. Benjamin Franklin Shepherd b. 13 Jul 1837

2. Lydia Shepherd b. Abt.1838

3. Jane Shepherd  b. Abt. 1840

4. Emeline Shepherd b. Abt.1843

5. Mary Shepherd b. Abt.1845

6. Juliet Shepherd b. 04 Mar 1847

7. John Shepherd b. Abt. 1850 Whiteside, IL

When this biography was written, John Shepherd was still alive.
The History of Hardin Co., Iowa, 1883, Union Township "John Shepherd, the first Surveyor of Hardin county, is a Kentuckian by birth, first seeing the light of day in Breckinridge county, in that State, on the 25th of November, 1802. His parents, John and Lucretia (Patterson) Shepherd, were both natives of Kentucky. Mr. Shepherd died when John was a small boy, and his mother married James Jones, and removed to Indiana, where she subsequently died. John left Kentucky in 1827, when he was twenty-five years of age, and went to Indiana, where he remained a short time, and then went to the lead mines in Wisconsin, near Galena, Illinois. In July, 1831, he married Tennessee Macomas, who was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, November 14, 1817. By this union there were nine children, five of whom are living - Benjamin, Lydia, Jane, Mary and Juliet. In the fall of 1851 Mr. Shepherd brought his family to Hardin county, where he bought a claim on section 7, Union township, where he resided until 1875, when he removed to the town of Union, where he now resides. At the first election, in March, 1853, he was elected County Surveyor, and re-elected at the expiration of his term, serving two terms. The first cabin erected by Mr. Shepherd was of logs, with greased paper for window-lights, and was fourteen feet square. Here lived his family of seven, and often did they entertain travelers who desired a night's lodging, making beds upon the floor for as many as could not be accommodated upon the bedsteads. His was truly a pioneer life, and honors heaped upon him and those who toiled with him in the early days are worthily bestowed. In politics Mr. Shepherd was originally an old line Whig, but on the formation of the Republican party he cast his lot with it, and has since affiliated with it. Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd are both members of the Christian Church, and live honorable and consistent Christian lives. They have lived to celebrate their golden wedding, and see the rich fruits of their labor spread out all around them."

John Shepherd would have been about 13 when his mother left Kentucky to marry James Jones in Perry Co., IN.  (Lucretia remarried in 1815).  His brother, Ben, and sister, Sophia, appear to have left with his mother. This is probably the John Shepherd who is witnessing the land purchase in Vermillion Co., IN by Hiram Shepherd in 1826.