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Dr Robert Alexander Sheppard

Birth
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA
Death 19 Jan 1895 (aged 67)
Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 11504774 · View Source
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Robert Alexander Sheppard, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Henderson) Sheppard, was born in the township of Raritan, Hunterdon Co., N.J. April 2, 1827. His education was obtained in the common school of his native place and at the Flemington Academy. Upon reaching his majority he commenced the study of dental surgery with Dr. J.P. Trux, of Baltimore, Md., with whom he remained for two years, during which time he attended two courses of lectures at the Baltimore Dental College, from which he was graduated in 1850. Immediately after his graduation he began the practice of dentistry in Mauch Chunk, Pa., where he remained only six months, and practiced for a few months also in Schuylkill Haven and Hackettstown. On June 8, 1852, he came to Newton, N.J., where he found Dr. Swayze practicing dentistry, but a good field for a skillful and thoroughgoing dentist. Here Dr. Sheppard set himself about to lay the foundation for what has proved to be a very successful business. His means were limited to a few dollars, and the support of himself and small family depended upon his immediate success. At this time plates were made upon gold and silver, and not until about 1860 was rubber used as a base upon which to set teeth. He soon gained the confidence of a few whom he did won for by his careful attention to every department of his profession; his trade increased, and, after a year or more, Dr. Swayze withdrew from Newton entirely, leaving Dr. Sheppard full control of the business here. His energy in business, his careful attention to the interests of his numerous and increasing patrons, and his substantial and skillful work in a few years gave him control of a large patronage in Sussex County, which he has held for nearly thirty years, and has done more to elevate the standard of dentistry than any other one in Sussex County. Dr. Sheppard is, in 1880, one of the substantial business men of Newton, and since his first settlement here he has been interested in all that pertains to the growth and prosperity of the village. Upon the organization of the Merchants’ National Bank at Newton he was one of the first subscribers to stock and for many years a director, and for several years he has been stockholder in the Sussex National Bank at Newton. In 1873 he erected a substantial brick residence on Main Street, in Newton, a part of which he occupies for an office. In August, 1879, he purchased the Cochran House, the leading hotel of the place, to which he is making (in the winter of 1880 a fine brick addition of four stories, and the whole when completed according to present designs will be one of the most desirable parcels of real estate in Newton. Thus in a few years, by industry and careful management Dr. Sheppard has, comparatively speaking, from nothing accumulated a valuable property. He has been somewhat active in local politics, and in 187 was elected collector of Sussex County. He resigned this office after three years, but by re-election served in the same capacity in 1878 and 1879. Dr. Sheppard has been married three times. On Oct. 8, 1851 he married Elizabeth A., a daughter of John R. and Lucretia Holcombe, of Flemington, N.J. She died at Newton, Aug. 12, 1855, leaving two children,— Richard H. and Lizzie A. His second wife was Sarah C., daughter of Dennis Cochran, whom he married Oct. 20, 1858, and who died April 22, 1868, leaving one daughter,—Minnie L. He married for his present wife, July 10, 1872, Mary Cochran, a sister of his second wife. The children born of this union are Robert Alexander, Jr., and Frank H.


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  • Created by: Gregory Speciale
  • Added: 9 Aug 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11504774
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Robert Alexander Sheppard (2 Apr 1827–19 Jan 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11504774, citing Newton Cemetery, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Gregory Speciale (contributor 31762373) .