Charles Lewis Shepard (1812 - 1872) Accidental death. Exact date of death?

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Charles L. Shepard was born February 15, 1812 son of prominent cabinet maker of Wethersfield, Connecticut, Edward Shepard and Mary Ayrault. He died per sources from an accident on May 2, 1872. The death sources show May 5, 1872 but I believe that matches burial date as his gravestone shows May 2, 1872. How did Charles die? What is exact date of death? The brothers I believe all born in Wethersfield Connecticut and 3 of them ended up in Ohio!

Any help with the Shepard family genealogy is appreciated

Thank you wikitree family

WikiTree profile: Charles Shepard
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
edited by Andrew Simpier
The interment record only shows "Accident." If you could check somehow with the Necrology file in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that might have it.

Fairview Park Library might have it, the Western Reserve Historical Society might have it or the Cleveland Public Library may have the Necrology file.

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Funeral notice in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on May 4, 1872 says he died May 2.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (245k points)
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Death notice/obituary in the Cleveland Leader, May 3, 1872 reads:

"Another Old Settler passed away..... death of Charles L. Shepard yesterday morning at his late residence.  Mr. Shepard some two months ago met with a severe accident by being thrown out of his buggy, resulting in one of his legs being badly broken and confining him to his bed till his death which was caused by internal injuries and nervous prostration....."

Thank you I looked but couldn’t find it!

This explains it and another tragedy as his sister Sarah died at 17 from Typhus!

I’d like to get his birth location. Oh it has his birth mentioned in article! Excellent !

If you can add this wonderful source to his profile I’d be very grateful

Very interesting family genealogy here going back into old historic Wethersfield Ct now into Ohio!
The death notice says just that he was born in Wethersfield, CT, moved to Cleveland in 1835 "and went into the chair, sash, door and blind manufacturing business with his brother, Daniel A. Shepard....   He leaves a widow and two children [not named].
Oh this is wonderful it mentions Daniel! Really good obit!

I believe his gravestone mentions the wife

I wondered why they all headed to Ohio and it seems for business opportunity. The girls never married stayed home.
I think people moved west because there were land and more opportunities.  People had lots of children and there just wasn't land or work for them in places like Connecticut.
I agree good insight

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