I grew up in the Northwestern area of Orange County, NC. next to the Alamance, Caswell county lines. I have a number of kin buried @ Mt Zion Church. Byrd's, Florence's
I have a number of Shepherd Kin buried in Guilford & Alamance Counties.I am currently working on linking and providing information on as many as i can. I have set up a Virtual Cemetery for the Civil War Guilford- Alamance Shepherd's . One for those that died during the war and one for the survivors of the war. Total of 32. See my Virtual Cemeteries to view it. I will add names as i find them. I have added a short clip on the 29 Shepherd Family members who served the Confederacy. https://youtu.be/g1PjLriR97k
ATTENTION: If your looking for the Surname SHEPHERD, SHEPARD, SHEPPARD & SHEPHARD in Alamance or Guilford Counties,they can all be related. A German immigrant from Pennsylvania William Schaefer or Schaeffer settled in Guilford County in or before 1775 near what is now the Guilford-Alamance county line area. Early court clerks had a hard time spelling Schaefer so it was listed as Shaver in Census and early documents. His childern used the Shaver name, but most of their childern , the third generation started using the English version, SHEPHERD. Due to lack of schooling and early grave stone makers misspelling the name, and different census takers spelling it different it started to be spelled different ways. You can find the same family's with different spelling of Shepherd. A number of the early Guilford Shepherd's moved to Illinois and Indiana in the 1830-1870 range to take advantage of the opening of land grants by the government. Because of a lack of names of the whole family living at a house in the 1830- 1840 census records its very hard to figure out which family members that moved and who their family members are.
At this time i am not transferring any of the Guilford- Alamance Shepherds.
I enjoy listing people i have known over the years . I Hope in someway this helps people find their relatives and friends. I will be glad to add pictures for you, just email the picture and info needed.
RE: Shepherd family of Southern Alamance/Guilford County Thanks RJ.....Are we related? I'm listing from memory right now as I don't have my book in front of me but as I recall my lineage is (from past to present)Conrad Shepherd >Joshua Shepherd> Adam Shepherd> Jacob Shepherd> Alphonzo Shepherd > James Murphy Shepherd > Berris Greeson Shepherd.
Shepherd family of Southern Alamance/Guilford County Hello, I am researching my fathers side of the family, which is the Shepherd family. My great-grandfather James Murphy Shepherd is buried at Lows Lutheran Church in Guilford County, as well as my grandfather Berris Greeson Shepherd. I have a list of ancestors,(going back to the late 1700's) that my grandfather had written in the family bible. I wondered if this would be of any hep to you in your research. Thank You for the information that you shared about the origin of the SHEPHERD name. I remember my grandfather tell- ing me that it started out as VONSHAEFFENHEIMER in Germany, was shortened to SHAFFENHEIMER, then to SHAEFFERD, which became SHEPHERD.
I'm researching my maternal grandmother's family - Shepherd's from Alamance County. Just discovered your page here at findagrave and look forward to searching through the information you have. I am on ancestry.com and will be glad to share my information with you - but I bet you already know it! I think you have much more that will help me!
Denise This grave is of my grandmother, Belva Shepherd Brook's great grandfather
Mem. # 15124598 Hi, RJ, As I was researching Velna Martha Shepard Hedrick I noticed that you gave the name of her father as William Henry Shepard. Actually his middle name was McKendry. The DC for Velna shows "Hindry" but this is incorrect. I am researching this family line and He was often called "Mack" and the McKendry has followed down through the Hall line. I cannot find his parents names,but My gg grandmother was (I believe his sister) and her name was Theresa Ann Shepard Hall. There is a Wesley D. Shepard that married Catherine Payton Reynolds that I believe his a brother to Wm. and Theresa. Thank you so much for the information on this site. Sincerely, Anna K. Choate Otwell
Shepherds I really don't mind transfering most of them to you, except for a few that had direct ties to some of my family members---starting from John Rankin Shepherd and his wife, and working forward, up to the most recent of their direct descendants.
And I don't mind the ones that came before John Rankin Shepherd, even though they would be directly related also. But I do have some of them linked--except for some that were entered by other people who ignored my request to link them also.