John Shepherd Family History
The information on this website is taken from a history of the John Shepherd family published in 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. The book was given to me by my father, Frank Nilsen, and was passed on to him by his mother Hazel Putt Nilsen.
The Ancestry site for this family is here.
A basic genealogy reference: Genealogy Links.
Thank you to Nancy Steele for this photo of John Shepherd's gravestone, taken in May 2010. The City of North Royalton and descendant Charles Phebus have recently put a new base under the gravestone. Click on it to go to a larger image. Note that the spelling of the name on the stone is John Shepard and the dates do not matched those mentioned in the book.
John Shepherd Commemoration held in North Royalton, June 2010
Shepherd Family Researchers - have a look at these resources:
Online Reunion - a place where we can list our contact info.
Corrections, Additions, Civil War Heroes
Look for the "Beyond the Book" image to take you to information that has been found since the book was published. This may include corrections to the original text as well as further information about descendants of people in the book.
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John Shepherd's descendants and their families
- John Shepherd, Sr. 1728-1846
- Margaret Shepherd Engle 1791-1871
- Christopher Gould Shepherd 1793-1868
- William Shepherd 1795-1865
- Jane Shepherd Beels 1797-1876
- James Shepherd 1798-1860
- Rebecca Shepherd Burroughs 1803-1862
- Isabelle Shepherd Porter 1804 - 1854
- Sarah Shepherd Gordon 1805-1882
- In Conclusion
Photos from the book
Surnames in alphabetical order
(Note: Women are listed by their married names)
Place names by country and state
PDF of John Shepherd Book
After many requests I have finally gotten around to scanning the John Shepherd Family History book and re-creating it in PDF format. (Get Adobe Reader here.)
The book is very large (112MB) and will take quite awhile to download. Download here.
I have scanned every page and have used image editing software (Photoshop), to clean up the age spots and notes in the margins. I've enlarged the photos. I've deleted unnecessary blank pages throughout and have removed the pages at the back which were for recording Births, Marriages and Deaths.
Questions? Use this form to contact me.
I have been researching the BURROUGHS family for about 25 years. There were a number of BURROUGHS who lived in the 1600s and early 1700s, and many of them were named John. I recently started a project at Family Tree DNA to try and determine which of these branches are closely related. Family Tree DNA is one of the leaders in the new field of DNA testing for genealogy research. If we can get one or two volunteer descendants from each of the branches, then we should be able to tie together some of the BURROUGHS families.
DNA is sort of a misnomer for the test used for genealogy, because the test just involves looking at a man's Y-chromosome. This chromosome is passed exactly from father to son, with only an occasional random mutation. This makes it perfect for studying a surname. If two living men with the same surname have very similar Y-chromosomes, then they have a common paternal ancestor within a handful of generations.
So far, one possible descendant of John of Enfield has been tested. His Y-chromosome matched very well with a descendant of John BURROUGHS of Newtown, NY. Maybe John of Newtown was an uncle of John of Enfield. We need to find a definite descendant of John of Enfield to know for sure. Would you be willing to help find a participant from our branch of the family? It has to be a male with the surname BURROUGHS. The test is easy, painless, and handled by mail.
P.S. I don't receive anything from Family Tree DNA for being the group administrator of the BURROUGHS project. I'm doing it because of my interest in genealogy. I have also been the administrator of another group for about a year, and we have made some exciting discoveries.
Has anyone made contact with Harrison Thomas LaTour, aka King Harry? (I have sent a couple of emails to the address that he gives but they are bounced back.)
I have run across a couple of his online files which seem to say that he has found the parents of John Shepherd, but we need to confirm that info.
March 2010: In view of the fact that Harrison Thomas LaTour has not gotten in touch with me despite several emails asking him for information, I advise everyone to take his information on John Shepherd's parents with a hefty grain of salt.