James Shepherd, (James2, John1) son of John Shepherd, was the youngest son in the Shepherd family. He was born August 10, 1798, at Laurel Sock, Pa. When he was seven years old the family moved to Canandaigua, N.Y., where he resided until he had grown to manhood. Perhaps it was in 1818 that he and his brothers Christopher and William, visited their father and their sister, Mrs. Margaret Engle, in their new home, to which they had gone two years before, in Royalton, Ohio. They did not like the country there and a few weeks later journeyed southward and westward. His daughter says that he walked from Cleveland to southern Indiana in 1819. He purchased a farm in Dearborn County, Indiana, near Aurora.
He was married March 8, 1821 to Miss Jane Rickett, who was born August 5, 1798, in Kentucky, and moved to Indiana in 1803. For nearly forty years they lived and toiled together, but of those years we have no record. Mr. Shepherd died suddenly June 6, 1860. Mrs. Shepherd died February 25, 1871.Children
Anna, b. June 10, 1823, d. Aug. 25, 1878.
Ursula, b. Sept. 14, 1825, d. May 24, 1892.
Jane, b. June 17, 1828, d. Oct 29, 1905.