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Hercules Shepheard (abt. 1650 - abt. 1695)

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Hercules Shepheard
Born about in Colony of Virginiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Lewes, Sussex Co., Delawaremap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Sussex Co, Delawaremap
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In a 1682 proceeding in the Sussex, Delaware court:

"Hercules Shepard Petitioner

The Petitioner set forth in his petition that Capt. John Avery deceased died before the petitioner was joined in marriage with Mary the wife of the petitioner and daughter of the said Capt. John Avery[,] that he would give unto your petitioner with his daughter a certain parcel or tract of land which was late in the occupation of Thomas Davids together with the plantation house and premises thereunto belonging which said land lies between the land of John Depree and the land that the widow Avery now lives upon and that the said John Avery did after the said marriage was solemnized give your petitioner possession of the said land and premises and that he did declare the same when he lay upon his death bed and prod the same by the testimony of several witnesses the court taking the same into their consideration and several of the members of the court having themselves hear the said John Avery say that his daughter Mary should have the said land. The court therefore pass their judgment that the land do properly belong unto the petitioner and to his heirs and assigns forever."

Hercules Shepheard was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Sussex Co. by William Penn in 1683, and served as a representative from the three lower counties in the Pennsylvania legislature in 1684. He was also appointed overseer of highways in 1687. The last record found of Hercules Shepheard appears in December of 1694, and he would die intestate not long after this date. His widow Mary (Avery) Shepheard would be the administratrix of his estate and would be married to her second husband Richard Hinman by 1698.

Note N39


Note: #N39


  • Sussex Co Deeds, Vol A-1, p. 18
Image 35 of Delaware Land Records,1677-1947: Sussex: Book A. Database and images, [1] accessed 25 Sept 2018. Original Source: Delaware, Land Records, 1677–1947. Recorder of Deeds, Sussex County, RG 4555, Subgroup 000, Series 030. Delaware Public Archives, Dover, Delaware.


This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import. Shepheard-36 was created by Donna Meldgaard through the import of Conwell - Peterson Tree_2014-06-26.ged on Jun 26, 2014. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included. It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

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