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Lewis Thomas Shapard
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Birth: Nov. 24, 1759
Anson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1833
Rutherford County
Tennessee, USA

Lewis Thomas Shapard, son of Samuel and Anne, is said to be the one who changed the spelling from Shepard to Shapard. However, the following is taken from an article written by Mrs. Eleanor Gillespie a Shapard descendant, in the News-Banner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee:

"The shepard, from Major Robert Shepard of Chippoke, Charles City County, Virginia, who was a member of the House of Burgesses, spelled the name Shepard, but in the part of Tennessee the E has become A as it did occasionally in old Virginia."

An example is the following marriage bond (from the News-Banner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee):

"To, Samuel Shaperd 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 on 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 Nov. one thousand and seven hundred eighty eight.

Samuel Sheppard
John Holman"

"December 10, 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 by 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 Sheppard

Notes from "A Shapard Family 1623 - 1980 by Sarah Marsh Shapard page 13: Lewis Thomas and his brother, Samuel served in the Revolutionary War. "March 12, 1812: I promise to pay to my brother, L. Thomas Shepard the sum of $150.00, being a debt owed him from the time of our service in the Continental Army in 1778. signed Samuel Shepard. Witness: Robert Shepard, Chas. Yancey, R. Eldridge. Paid March 15, 1812. "Lewis Thomas believed in training his sons in a trade. Family Search Ancestral File: of Person, N.C."

Name: Lewis Thomas SHAPARD
Sex: M
Note: He fought in the Revolutionary War with his brother, Samuel III, and his father, Samuel II. 12 Mar 1812: "I promise to pay to my brother L. Thomas Sheperd the sum of $150.00, 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.
Birth: ABT 1764 in Gloucester Co., VA
Note: One source indicates he was born 24 Nov 1759 in Wadesboro, Anson Co., NC.
Census: 1800 Caswell Co., NC
Note: listed as Lewis Shepperd, a free white male of age 26-44, with one male of age under 10, one male of age 16-25, four females of age under 10, one female of age 26-44, and eight slaves.
Census: 1810 Caswell Co., NC
Note: listed as Lewis Sheappard, a free white male of age 26-44, with four males of age under 10, one male of age 10-15, one male of age 16-25, two females of age under 10, three females of age 10-15, one female of age 16-25, one female of age 45 or older, and 16 slaves.
Census: 1820 Murfreesboro Twp., Rutherford Co., TN
Note: listed as Thomas Shepherd, a free white male of age 45 or older, with two males of age under 10, two males of age 10-15, one male of age 16-18, one male of age 16-25, one female of age under 10, and one female of age 26-44, with four of those persons engaged in agriculture, and no slaves.
Death: of cholera, at the home of his son James 16 JUN 1833 in Middleton, Rutherford Co., TN
Burial: Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN
ADDR: the Old Cemetery

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 Martha PAINE b: 17 NOV 1773 in Caswell Co., NC
Married: 22 NOV 1796 in Caswell Co., NC
Note: One source gives the year of marriage as 1798.
William Brooks SHAPARD b: 5 NOV 1797 in Caswell Co., NC
David SHAPARD b: ABT 1798 in NC
Sophia SHAPARD b: 24 NOV 1799 in Caswell Co., NC
James Paine SHAPARD b: 11 APR 1801 in Caswell Co., NC
Booker SHAPARD b: 28 FEB 1803 in Caswell Co., NC
Robert Paine SHAPARD b: 9 JAN 1805 in Caswell Co., NC
Lewis SHAPARD b: 8 NOV 1806 in Caswell Co., NC
Martha SHAPARD b: APR 1808 in NC
Thelia or Avilla SHAPARD b: ABT 1809 in NC
Thomas Paine SHAPARD b: 22 JUL 1811 in Caswell Co., NC

Marriage 2 Elizabeth PARRISH b: ABT 1785 in Wilson Co., TN
Married: 4 NOV 1814 in Wilson Co., TN
Family links: 
  William Booker (or Brooks) Shapard (1797 - 1870)*
  Sophia Shapard Harrison (1799 - 1858)*
  Niles "Booker" Shapard (1803 - 1872)*
  Robert Paine Shapard (1805 - 1871)*
  Lewis Shapard (1806 - 1848)*
  Thomas Paine Shapard (1811 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship
Old City Cemetery
Rutherford County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Dec 25, 2012
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