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  • ID: I313
  • Name: Samuel SHEPARD
  • Sex: M
  • Note:
    He fought in the Revolutionary War, serving in Rice Holman's infantry.

    He wrote 10 Dec 1805:
    "Dear Brother Robert: Since I last wrote you, my wife has been very sick in the home of her cousin Charles Yancey, whom she has been visiting. Every attention was paid to her, before I reached her side, and she was delivered of a fine boy before my coming. The boy even now resembles that old Welsh stock. Charles Yancey says he must play astrologer and prepare the horoscope of the lad.

    "While visiting Yancey during the convalescence of my wife, we discussed Welsh stock. He tells me Mr. William Evans of Cumberland County says he is Welsh, and descended from some outlandish prince of that country. Mr. Evans who is a broadly cultivated man, says he does not believe the Yancey name is correct, that it was Nanney and got amended in transportation across the Atlantic. Charles Yancey had heard something of this kind from his folks, and my wife has an old arms of the family, that Mr. Evans says belongs to the same Nanney family. He says he believes he has seen it in his father's books somewhere. Mr. Evans, who was a distinguished soldier in the War, speaks some Welsh and pronounces these Welsh names very peculiarly.

    "Have you heard anything lately concerning Cousin Betty Gannaway? I heard she was married again, but she has not written me. I believe she still lives in Wythe County. When did you last see our cousins the Burwells? I want to go to Gloucester soon to see them, and to James City County where we all came from. I need not write you about our circumstance here as you were so recently our guest. The bad crops this year leaves me inclined to pessimism. The corn turned out badly, the tobacco was diseased, flea bitten, and is now bringing poor prices on a dull market.

    "Last week some two dozen veterans of the War gathered at the Court House for a reunion. We had excellent punch, some fine port, cakes baked by the Ladies of the village, pastries, venison, pork, turkey and other accessories. The hero, Peter Francisco, entertained us with exhibitions of his strength. He offered to wrestle with me, but though I am large, I did not feel it necessary that I risk widowing my wife. Mr. McGraw, however, challenged Fransisco to a fencing match and neatly overcame him. We sang some songs, talked, and at four o'clock rose from the table to get our horses out. The hour was too cold for me in my exhilarated condition to venture home, and I staid in the village with Mr. Eldridge, sharing my bed with Mr. McGraw, who was overcome with wine. He delivered a speech on women that was as amusing a thing as I ever heard, and would perhaps have gone on talking for a couple of hours had I not smothered him with a pillow.

    "When you are in town send me some good books. I want a new Shakespeare if you can get it cheap. Mine is worn out and Xenophon. Love to all the Family, Samuel Shepard"

    He wrote 10 Dec 1805:
    "Dear Brother L. Thomas: While I am writing a sheaf of letters to my relatives I must write one to you, though I do not know whether, from your steady silence, I owe you any writing. Prosperity must have dislocated your sense of relationship with us Virginians, or, as I trust not, adversity upset your affairs to the extent of causing you to forget the cradle you were born in. I refuse to consider myself the friend remembered not, until you tell me so.

    "My wife has another son, upon whose first name we cannot agree, but whose middle name my wife says shall be Yancy. Mrs. Sheppard insists that his first name shall be Sais, but I refuse, up to this time, to yield up my son to such a name. Charles, Peter, Richard, or more appropriately to Robert for our great ancestor - great, because he lived a long, long time ago and perhaps for other reasons suits me better. But my wife has not the bold of the Welsh rulers in her veins for nothing; there may be only a millionth particle of a droplet in her, yet it is sufficient to make her as much a dictator as Queen Elizabeth, of great 'Axial' fame. Our child, however, is delicate and may not live. My wife thinks me foolish but I have had queer sensations that warn me of its hold on life. I pray God I am wrong. There are corners of the mind we do not know of, and I fear, I greatly fear the premonitions that often rouse me in the night. I have had these feelings before, with results in conformity with my apprehensions.

    "We are so much separated that we should tell each other in detail of our doings. Our folk in N.C. seem to be as forgetful as you have been, and Brother Robert, set out for the Ohio country, he's not written en route. I hope he has now arrived. Don't you remember father's anxiety to keep the clan connections firm? And do you recall his sitting before the tavern fire in Norfolk, how many years ago! - when we were visiting our people, and telling us stories of our English ancestors, their wars, and their rise and fall! How his eyes shone when he stirred the punch, drank, and gave us what he termed our background in the world! That must have been 33 years ago, and in late December. We wore our uniforms and old war stained swords, and he was dressed in a brown velvet his face beaming over a wave of white lace at the neck, and everyone remarked how old-fashioned his garb and appearance were - well, time passes. Then he went on to N.C., was what I intended concluding with, returning in March the following year. The hour is late and now that I have written and written and written until my hand has gone numb, I will stop. I have written no news, but Xmas night I shall give you a full account of all our doings. May God bless you all, and keep me in your remembrance. Samuel Shepard"

    He wrote 12 Mar 1812:
    "I promise to pay to my brother L. Thomas Shepard the sum of $250.00, being a debt owed him from the time of our service in the Continental Army in 1778. Samuel Shepard." Witnesses: Robert Shepard, Chas. Yancey, R. Eldridge. Paid 15 Mar 1812.

    He wrote to William E. in 1827:
    "Son, Not seeing you at the funeral of Mr. Jeffrey Robertson, I inquired and discovered that you were on one of your too common drunks. When you were a child you behaved as a child but you have some time ago arrived at the age of a man if not at the estate of a man, therefore, it is no longer becoming in you to boost yourself with whiskey. If you say if is offence and that you were overcome in good company I must retort that a man is his own best company and must not seek to hide his offences behind social barriers. I am aware that you got quietly tight and took yourself home without offence, yet no gentleman should allow himself to sink into the dull state of inebriation. It does not matter that many men get drunk - they are not gentlemen and not good examples, whatever their standing may be - nor that you behaved after drinking your fill. Restraint is something that belongs peculiarly to the gentleman and the principal evil of drink is the destruction of that quality. I see nothing for you to do but to get married to that person you had in mind. Perhaps her dominating character may serve to give you other things to consider than whiskey. I have not in all my life admired Scottish people, though there may be Scotch blood on my side, of which I am however gratefully unaware. But she can do nothing but boss or harass you and you deserve to have both evils visited upon you. I am, sir, Your father, still, Samuel Shepard"
  • Birth: ABT 1760 in VA
  • Census: 1810 Buckingham Co., VA
  • Note: listed as a free white male of age 26-44, with three males of age under 10, one male of age 10-15, one male of age 16-25, one female of age under 10, four females of age 10-15, and ten slaves. There is a blotch on the page where his wife was probably enumerated.
  • Census: 1820 Buckingham Co., VA
  • Note: listed as a free white male of age 45 or older, with one male of age 10-15, two males of age 16-18, two males of age 16-25, one female of age 10-15, two females of age 16-25, one female of age 45 or older, one of those persons engaged in agriculture, and fourteen slaves.
  • Census: 1830 Buckingham Co., VA
  • Note: listed as a free white male of age 70-79, with one male of age under 5, one male of age 15-19, one male of age 20-29, one female of age 15-19, one female of age 50-59, and thirteen slaves.
  • Death: 1840
  • Event: 250571 DAR

    Father: Samuel SHEPPARD b: 3 FEB 1730 in Gloucester Co., VA
    Mother: Anne BURWELL b: 19 JUL 1741 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA

    Marriage 1 Susannah HOLMAN b: 1770 in Buckingham Co., VA
    • Married: 2 NOV 1788 in Cumberland Co., VA
    • Note: "To, Samuel Shapard and John Holman acknowledge ourselves to Edmund Randolph Esquire, Governor of Va., in the sum of fifty pounds current money, to be paid to the said Governor his successors: Yet is there be no lawful cause to obstruct a marriage intended between Samuel Shapard and Susanna Holman, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue. Given under our hands and seals the 2nd day of November, one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight. Samuel Sheppard, John Holman"
    1. Has No Children Christopher SHEPARD b: ABT 1790 in VA
    2. Has Children Carroll M. SHEPARD b: ABT 1790 in VA
    3. Has No Children Harriet Booker SHEPARD b: ABT 1794 in VA
    4. Has No Children Juliet SHEPARD b: ABT 1796 in VA
    5. Has No Children Maria SHEPARD b: ABT 1798 in VA
    6. Has No Children Margaria SHEPARD b: ABT 1800 in VA
    7. Has Children William E. SHEPARD b: 1802 in VA
    8. Has Children Burwell SHEPARD b: 3 AUG 1804 in VA
    9. Has No Children Samuel SHEPARD b: ABT 1808 in VA
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