Descendants of Shepherd

Generation No. 1

1. SHEPHERD1 was born in Virginia. He married UNKNOWN.

Children of SHEPHERD and UNKNOWN are:

2. i. NELSON2 SHEPHERD, b. December 06, 1804, Adams County, Ohio; d. October 22, 1888, Putnam Co IL.

3. ii. SMILEY SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1803, Ohio; d. Aft. 1880, Putnam Co IL.


Generation No. 2

2. NELSON2 SHEPHERD (SHEPHERD1) was born December 06, 1804 in Adams County, Ohio, and died October 22, 1888 in Putnam Co IL. He married MARY BEARD September 08, 1831 in Ohio.

Notes for NELSON SHEPHERD:

From "The Record of Olden Times or Fifty Year on the Prairie" embracing sketches of the discovery, exploration and settlement of the country. by Spencer Elsworth, Lacon, IL Home Journal Steam Printing Establishment Copyright Date MDCCCLXXX (1880)
Nelson Shepherd (pg. 635 and 636)
Mr. Shepherd is a retired farmer, living on section 31, who was born in Adams county, Ohio, December 6th, 1804. He came to Putnam county in 1829, and located on the place on which he still lives. Along with his brother, who had previously visited the country, he started from Ripley, Ohio, coming by steamboat to St. Louis. No steamers navigated the Illinois then; and transportation being carried on by means of keel boats, propelled by man power, he struck out for Bond county, where he had some friends, who furnished him with a horse, upon which he mounted, and, accompanied by a man named McCord, turned northward.

The first day they encountered a heavy rain, and the second suffered much from thirst. Seeing a cabin, they rode up and asked for a drink, to which the proprietor responded by giving them a gourd full dipped from a stagnant pool in the yard. They drank but little, but it made them deathly sick. Making for the timber, they lay down, McCord going into a heavy sleep. Shepherd presently recovered and strove some time vainly to waken McCord. Finally he opened his eyes, looking so ill that S. thought he would die. After some exertion he got him on his horse and they rode on. At Jacksonville they separated.

From here he had a Frenchman for a companion, with whom he traveled two days, reaching a place called the Rapids for breakfast. Enquiring how far it was to the next house he was told it was thirty miles. A deer path across the prairie was pointed out and his horse being tired he dismounted and drove it before him, reaching Jesse Robert's place at sundown. His brother, who embarked on a keelboat, soon after arrived with his wife and goods. That winter all lived in a cabin together.

They all got the ague and suffered greatly. Their provisions gave out, and as they were too sick to go after more they had to subsist on potatoes and milk. Soon after he started to return to Ohio, where he married Miss Mary Beard, September 8, 1831. She was a native of Lincoln county, North Carolina. On their return they traveled in wagons, meeting with many mishaps and adventure incident to a new country. On his arrival he built a cabin, and has resided there ever since, the primitive dwelling giving way to a fine modernized residence, and the bleak prairie to a well cultivated farm.

They have five children living, and five who were born to them have passed over the river. The living are Lyle, Albert, John B., J. Harvey and Austin M. Mr. Shepherd has served his township as supervisor, township trustee and road commissioner. Himself and wife have long been members of the Presbyterian church, and honored and respected members of society. He has a large farm and his old age is blessed with an abundance of this world's goods.

More About NELSON SHEPHERD:

Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Occupation: 1850-1870, Farmer
Occupation: 1880, Retired Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL
Residence: 1860-1880, Hennepin Twp., Putnam Co. IL

More About MARY BEARD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Children of NELSON SHEPHERD and MARY BEARD are:

i. MILTON3 SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1833, Fort Cribs, Florid, Putnam Co. IL.

Notes for MILTON SHEPHERD:

Fort Cribs
From Record of Olden Times or Fifty Years on the Prairie embracing sketches of the discovery, exploration and settlement of the country by Spencer Elsworth, Lacon, IL Home Journal Steam Printing Establishment
Copyright Date MDCCCLXXX (1880) Page 204
A memorable event was the birth while in this fort of Milton Shepherd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Shepherd.

ii. CYRUS SHEPHERD, b. 1833, Putnam Co IL; d. November 20, 1864.

More About CYRUS SHEPHERD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

4. iii. LYLE SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1836, Putnam Co IL.

iv. ELIZA J. SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1840, Putnam Co IL; d. June 12, 1857, Putnam Co IL.

More About ELIZA J. SHEPHERD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

5. v. ALBERT SHEPHERD, b. 1840, Putnam Co IL; d. 1899, Putnam Co IL.

vi. JOHN B. SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1842.

vii. WILLIAM SHEPHERD, b. 1842, Putnam Co IL; d. September 07, 1843, Putnam Co IL.

More About WILLIAM SHEPHERD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

viii. JAMES HARVEY SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1846, Putnam Co IL.

ix. AUSTIN M. SHEPHERD, b. 1848; d. 1901, Putnam Co IL.

More About AUSTIN M. SHEPHERD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Occupation: 1880, Farm Laborer
Residence: 1880, Berlin, Bureau Co. IL
Other Info: 1880, Living with Isaac Heaton

x. MARY A. SHEPHERD, b. 1851, Putnam Co IL; d. April 07, 1852, Putnam Co IL.

More About MARY A. SHEPHERD:

Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

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3. SMILEY2 SHEPHERD (SHEPHERD1) was born Abt. 1803 in Ohio, and died Aft. 1880 in Putnam Co IL. He married ELIZABETH.

Notes for SMILEY SHEPHERD:

Taken From the Marshall County Republican, February 6, 1868
Smiley Shepherd said: "I settled where I now live in 1828 and during that year traversed all the country between the Wabash and Mississippi Rivers and I saw but very few whites. I was at Chicago and was offered a good whaler claim on 160 acres where the city now stands for $250 dollars. The only whites living in Chicago at that time was John Kinzie and family, Mr. Clayburn and family on the north branch, Alexander Wolcott, Indian agent; John Baptist Beanbien, Indian trader; Billie Caldwell, head chief of the Pottowatomies and Ottawas, an educated half-breed Indian; George W. Dole Robinson, a Canadian and chief of a band of Pottowatomies. In 1828, I told some of my friends in Ohio that I thought that we would have steam boats running on the Illinois river, but they laughed at me. In 1830 I saw the first steam boat on the river and think we had six that summer. Religious meetings had been held regularly since I have been in the country. I made the first coffin made for a white person in Putnam county. It was for the son of Aaron Whitaker's."

HISTORY of PUTNAM COUNTY from its EARLIEST SETTLEMENT to the YEAR 1876 by Rev. H. V. Warren
FIRST SETTLERS

In addition to the traders mentioned, permanent settlers had located in the vicinity of Hennepin as early as 1828, in which year Smiley Shepherd arrived, and a year later brought his wife Mrs. Catherine Shepherd, who was the first white woman to set foot on Hennepin Prairie, which she did, June 1829. Their son, Augustus Shepherd, was born February 7, 1830, being the first white child born in Hennepin Township.

More About SMILEY SHEPHERD:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL

Residence: 1880, Hennepin Twp., Putnam Co. IL
Occupation: 1880, Living with son Augustus

Notes for ELIZABETH:
Thursday, October 10, 1873
Died near Hennepin, October 5, Elizabeth, age 73 years, wife of Smiley Shepherd and the first white woman that landed in Hennepin, 44 years ago.

Putnam County News
Miscellaneous Items - Taken from the Princeton Republican, Princeton, IL
Smiley Shepherd of Putnam County, honored us with a call on Thursday last. He buried his wife on Monday, October 6, after a married life of 44 years and came over here to spend a few days with friends. Mr. Shepherd moved to Hennepin in 1828 and was among the first settlers of Putnam County. He has always been identified with the progressive interests of the farmer and assisting in organizing the state agricultural and horticultural societies. His wife was 72 years of age.

Child of SMILEY SHEPHERD and ELIZABETH is:

6. i. AUGUSTUS3 SHEPHERD, b. February 07, 1830, Illinois.

ii. NANCY J. SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1833.


Generation No. 3

4. LYLE3 SHEPHERD (NELSON2, SHEPHERD1) was born Abt. 1836 in Putnam Co IL. He married CARRIE.

More About LYLE SHEPHERD:
Occupation: 1860, Farm Laborer
Residence: 1860, Hennepin Twp., Putnam Co. IL

Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Residence: 1880, Chatsworth Twp, Livingston Co. IL

Children of LYLE SHEPHERD and CARRIE are:

i. MAGGIE M.4 SHEPHERD, b. 1873, Putnam Co IL; d. October 06, 1874, Putnam Co IL.

More About MAGGIE M. SHEPHERD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

ii. ALMA K. SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1871, Illinois.

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5. ALBERT3 SHEPHERD (NELSON2, SHEPHERD1) was born 1840 in Putnam Co IL, and died 1899 in Putnam Co IL. He married MELISSA ZENOR June 03, 1875 in Near Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL, daughter of HOWSON ZENOR and FLORA PATTERSON.

Notes for ALBERT SHEPHERD:

Living near Florid in 1890. Occupation farmer.

More About ALBERT SHEPHERD:

Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Residence: 1880, Hennepin Twp., Putnam Co. IL

More About MELISSA ZENOR:

Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

Marriage Notes for ALBERT SHEPHERD and MELISSA ZENOR:

TAKEN FROM THE PUTNAM RECORD
June 11, 1875
Married at the residence of the bride's mother near Hennepin, June 3, by Rev. A.J. Bailey, Albert Shepherd and Miss Malisa Zenor.

Children of ALBERT SHEPHERD and MELISSA ZENOR are:

i. INEZ. A.4 SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1877.

ii. EDITH SHEPHERD, b. March 19, 1879, Putnam Co IL; d. July 05, 1889, Putnam Co IL.

More About EDITH SHEPHERD:
Buried: Union Grove Cemetery, Putnam Co. IL

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6. AUGUSTUS3 SHEPHERD (SMILEY2, SHEPHERD1) was born February 07, 1830 in Illinois. He married ELLEN B..

Notes for AUGUSTUS SHEPHERD:

Their son, Augustus Shepherd, was born February 7, 1830, being the first white child born in Hennepin Township. - History of Putnam County, Illinois from its earliest Settlement to the Year 1876

More About AUGUSTUS SHEPHERD:
Occupation: 1870-1880, Farming
Residence: 1870-1880, Hennepin township, Putnam Co. IL

Children of AUGUSTUS SHEPHERD and ELLEN B. are:

i. JESSIE A.4 SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1866.

ii. HENRY L. SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1873.

iii. EFFIE C. SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1878, Putnam Co IL; m. FRANK J. CHANCE, August 1902.

iv. JENNIE BAILEY SHEPHERD, b. Abt. 1881; d. February 21, 1881, Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL.

Notes for JENNIE BAILEY SHEPHERD:

TAKEN FROM THE HENRY REPUBLIC, HENRY, IL
March 10, 1881
Died at Hennepin, Feb. 21, Jennie Bailey, 2 mos. 4 days, infant daughter of Augustus and Ellen B. Shepherd.

v. SON SHEPHERD, b. November 06, 1876.

Notes for SON SHEPHERD:
November 16, 1876
Born at Hennepin, Nov. 6, a son to August and E. Shepherd


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