a history of the north society of Middletown, Ct.
from 1650 to 1800
with genealogical and biographical chapters
on early families.

Charles Collard Adams
New York: Grafton Press, 1908.


[transcribed by Coralynn Brown ]

Edward Shepard, mariner, 1639, Cambridge, Mass., and his wife Violet were in full communion.

    John2 Shepard, b. abt. 1627, England, had children Rebecca, John, Sarah, Violet, Elizabeth, bapt. 1660, Edward, bapt. Aug. 3, 1662, Samuel, bapt. July 3, 1664, Thomas, bapt. Nov. 18, 1666.
    John2 was made freeman at Cambridge, May 22, 1650. Removed to Hartford, where his name is first given in Conn. Colonial Records, Aug. 4, 1654. Hinman says he was "a man of consequence in the Colony." Lived on Lafayette street. Known as "Sergeant." Married (1) Oct. 1, 1649, Rebecca, dau of Samuel Greenhill. She d. Dec. 29, 1689, aged about fifty-five. He m. (2) Susanna, widow of William Goodwin, Sr., with whom he made a marriage contract, Aug. 3, 1691. He m. (3) Sept. 8, 1689, Martha, widow of Arthur Henbury, who survived him. [transcriber's note: it looks like the second m. occurred after the third one. oh well.]

      Edward3 Shepard, b. July 31, 1662, Hartford, Conn., son of John2 Shepard and Susanna, second wife; m. Apr. 14, 1687, Abigail Savage, b. July 10, 1666, Upper Houses. He was given a grant of land where the present (1908) Cong. ch. stands. He was a deputy to the General Court, 1710-11.
      He d. Sept. 9, 1713. She d. Oct. 16, 1719. Their tombstones are near that of Thomas Ranney. His death followed so closely that of Thomas Ranney that it may be he was the second person to be buried in this yard. Her headstone has a round top like that of Thomas Ranney, the only ones of that style in the yard.
      • John4, b. Feb. 19, 1688; m. Feb. 17, 1720, Sarah Clark, dau of John Clark and Elizabeth White. Removed to East Middletown. Children: Sarah, b. Dec. 10, 1727, East Middletown; m. June 22, 1759, William Cornwall, ancestors of Rev. N. Elllsworth Cornwall, Stratford, Conn.
      • Samuel, b. Apr. 18, 1692; drowned in Conn. river, Apr. 9, 1750, deacon and Lieut.; m. (1) Apr. 21, 1715, Mary Ranney; d. Mar. 15, 1732, dau of Joseph Ranney and Mary Starr, both of whom in their wills remembered their daughter's children; m. (2) Jan. 10, 1733, Christian Savage, b. May 7, 1702, dau of William Savage and Christian Mould
        Children by 1st marriage:
        • Edward, b. July 24, 1721; d. 1751; m. Nov. 4, 1744, Hepzibah Johnson. Son Abel bapt. May 4, 1747. She m. (2) Dr. Aaron Roberts.
        • Mary, b. Sept. 24, 1731; d. Sept. 14, 1742.

          Children by 2d marriage:
        • Samuel, b. Dec. 2, 1733.
        • Christian, b. Jan. 6, 1736.
        • Jared, b. Nov. 6, 1738.
        • Joseph, b. Apr. 14, 1741.
        • Mary, b. Aug. 25, 1743.

        Capt. Jared4 Shepard, b. Nov. 6, 1738; m. 1763, Abigail Edwards, dau of Churchill Edwards. Served all through the Rev. War. Settled his sons in Paris, N.Y., and in a few years went there himself; d. in New Hartford, N.Y.
        • Abigail5, b. ____; m. Nov. 18, 1764, Eliphalet Wilcox, and d. May 21, 1819.

        Asa5, b. 1770; m. (1) Jan. 12, 1792, Martha Smith (Capt. John); m. (2) Mrs. Elizabeth (Andrus) Gilbert, widow of Titus Gilbert of Paris, N.Y. Removed to Paris, N.Y.

        Ira6 Shepard, m. Mary Avery, dau of Gardiner Avery and Betsy Sage.

        Julia7 Shepard, res. Oneida, N.Y.
        Susan7 Shepard, m. John Ould.
          Sophia8 Ould, m. James M. Hart of Oswego, N.Y.

          [Line of Mrs. Elizabeth Shepard (Crittenden) Wilcox -
          Abraham3 Crittenden, m. Susannah Kirby (John).
          Dr. Daniel4 Crittenden, m. Patience Bradley.
          Dr. Hopestill5 Crittenden, m. Mary Bacon.
          Lt. Daniel6 Crittenden, m. Rhoda Tryon.
          David7 Crittenden, m. Elizabeth Shepard (Lt. Daniel, Lt. Daniel, John Shepard, m. Sarah Clark).

          George8 Crittenden, m. Ann Eliza Sellew; of their children are Albert Randolph Crittenden and Mrs. Elizabeth Shepard (Crittenden) Wilcox, widow of William Walter Wilcox. Re. Middletown, Conn.

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