Shared Photo: “Bub” and Carl Shepherd, double first cousins, 1926.

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This is the earliest known picture of my dad, Carl Sheppard. There is only one otherof him as a child.  He is the one on the cart. On the pony is his double first cousin,  Conrad “Bub” Shepherd. My dad was very fond of Bub.  Dad and Bub were born only two months apart. Both were World War II veterans. Sadly, Bub died in 1974, just short of his 51st  birthday.  My brother, Mike, had a striking resemblance to my dad at the same age.

I wanted to share this family photo of Carl Sheppard with the community. Location: Gaston County, North Carolina. Date: 1926.
Click here for the image details page or here for the full-sized version (1597 x 965).

WikiTree profile: Carl Sheppard
in Photos by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
what a wonderful picture Pip - that is awesome
Thanks, Navarro! Much appreciated!

3 Answers

+8 votes
So cute! Don't they look like twins??

My mother has some double first cousins (her father's brother married her mother's sister). It's a phenomenon that doesn't seem to occur anymore in the modern world.
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (201k points)
Ha! Twins! That’s that doubling up of the genetics, right? I have only one other connection like that in my tree, but cousin marriages... don’t even ask. (We didn’t move around a lot.).   :)
+9 votes
What a cute photo of your dad as a child, what a wonderful horse,  bet the children had fun

Thank you Pip for sharing this wonderful photo
by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
Thanks, Susan. I’m hoping he had a fun time. Life was hard in the mill villages in Gastonia, NC, before, and especially during the Great Depression. But, Dad rose above the poverty and other difficulties to raise three boys with my mom. What a shame that Alzheimer’s took his memory away and did him in. Looking back, I wish I’d have asked him a million questions! Lesson: if you have older living relative, ask until you drive them crazy! It’ll be worth it. Again, thanks for you comments, Susan. Much appreciated.
I could not agree more Pip, after we loose our dear family it is to late to ask, I certainly wish I had ask my mother a lot of questions about her family in China. But I think it is great too tell the young generation ask while you can
Right, Susan! The only “elderly” family members I have left are my mom (91) and my dad’s sister, Marie (69). You better believe that I grill them every time I see them. There’s always lots of names and dates to be found, whether in records or cemeteries or old family bibles, but there’s nothing like getting a good story to make London dead folks come to life.

I was fortunate to have a grandfather live until I was almost 28. He shared lots of stories about folks, but especially his dad (d. 1923) who was a Confederate veteran. For someone who died 35 years before I was born, I sure know more about my great-grandfather than the records would have told me.

I’m in the process of writing all those down for those generations to come after.
+4 votes
Love the "double" reins in each lads control, "high tech" use of pneumatic tires on bicycle wheels , a hoof foot curtsy, the comfort of optional shoes and a horse wise beyond the moment ..

Superb Family Treasure  !
by Gerald Baraboo G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Thanks, Jerry! Would you believe I didn’t know of the existence of fhe picture until my mother gave it to me last year (2017). It really is a Superb Family Treasure. Again, thanks!

Once in a Life Time of Ever Lasting Memories .. Genealogy Collects .. Great share thank you Pip . 

C'est Bon Magnifique .. 

P.S. Your point about the practical and timely "Lesson: if you have older living relative, ask until you drive them crazy! It’ll be worth it," is Life-Living Wise and Family So-True .. ! 

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