Pip Sheppard
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Pip Sheppard

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Pip Sheppard
Born 1950s.
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Brother of [private brother (1950s - unknown)] and
Father of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)]
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Pip Sheppard has Scottish Ancestors.
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Pip Sheppard has English ancestors.
Pip Sheppard has German Roots.
Pip Sheppard is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.
England Orphan Team
Pip Sheppard has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
Pip Sheppard is a member of Clan MacNeil.
Pip Sheppard survived The Great Cathey's Creek Flood on 9 Apr 2019
Pip spends way too much time on WikiTree.



"All Hobbits [WikiTreers] were, in any case, clannish and reckoned up their relationships with great care. They drew long and elaborate family-trees with innumerable branches. In dealing with Hobbits it is important to remember who is related to whom, and in what degree. It would be impossible in this book to set out a family-tree that included even the more important members of the more important families at the time which these tales tell of. [EuroAristo?] The genealogical trees at the end of the Red Book of Westmarch are a small book in themselves, and all but Hobbits would find them exceedingly dull. Hobbits delighted in such things, if they were accurate: The liked to have books filled with things they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions." Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994) p. 7.

Using my ggg-grandparents' surnames (or the paper trail), I'm about 59% Scottish, 20% English, 6% German, 6% Welsh, 3% Cornish, 3% French, and 3% I just can't narrow down (Radden/Rodden), though see below. Most of my Scottish ancestry passed through Ulster before arriving in America and settling in the Blessed Realm. I am very proud of my varied heritage, but I am particularly proud of my Scottish heritage as its influence from from long ago was and is present in my life. Three of The Seven Sisters (Presbyterian churches in my home county) were founded by some of my Scottish ancestors.

Presently, my three kilts are in Macneil (ancient), Macneil (modern), and Robertson Red (modern). I have several more I want to get. The next four may be: Macbeth, Farquharson, Patterson Blue, and Muir!

This is pretty cool. Signers of the Declaration of Abroath that I am related to:

Duncan MacDuff
Patrick V Dunbar
Malise Strathearn - direct descendant
Malcolm Lennox
William II (Ross) de Ross
Walter Stewart - direct descendant
James Douglas
David (Brechin) de Brechin
David Graham
John (Stewart) Menteith - direct descendant
Alexander (Fraser) Fraser of Touchfraser and Cowie - direct descendant
Gilbert (Hay) de Haya
Robert Keith
Henry Sinclair
John Graham
David Lindsay
John Fenton
William Abernethy
David Wemyss
Donald Campbell
Reginald le Cheyne
Alexander Seton - direct descendant
Andrew (Leslie) de Leslie
Edward (Keith) de Keith


My Y-DNA Terminal SNP is R-CTS13034. My original subclade was R-M239. L21_M529_S145 (R1b1a1a2a1a2c1) fits my paper trail: Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales (except for Brittany).

The "refined" DNA estimate from Ancestry indicates the following:

England, Wales & Northwestern Europe: 69% (Increased by 33%)
Ireland and Scotland: 21% (Decreased by 3%)
Norway: 6% (Refined from: Scandinavia 8%)
Sweden: 4% (Refined from: Scandinavia 8%)

However... see these rather surprising results:

FTDNA Results:

British Isles: 26%
Scandinavia: 29%
West & Central Europe: 33%
Iberia: 5%
Ashkenazi Jewish: 2%
Eastern Europe: <3%
Asia Minor: <2%

Identified Ancestors:

Grandparents - 100%
G-Grandparents - 100%
2x-Grandparents - 100%
3x-Grandparents - 100%
4x-Grandparents - 77% (and progressively worse after this!)

Between 1 May and 19 September 2019, my pedigree collapse has risen from 14.08% to 20.82%. Someone much be making corrections up the line. Thank you!!


  • Biggest breakthrough of 2018: My Cornish ancestral lines. Thank you, WikiTree!
  • Biggest breakthroughs of 2019: the parents of my ancestor, William Lawing (Lewin) and the parents of Robert Smith.

Closest presidential cousin

Richard Nixon is a cousin - yes, THE Richard Nixon, and he is my closest presidential cousin (we are 7th cousins). We are descended from the same Quaker ancestor here in the States. A little bit further out, but the same line as Nixon, is George H W Bush.

In 2019, I completed the England Project's Orphan Trail! Mentors Ros and Lizzie got me through (talk about patience!), and I learned so much from them, not only about English sources, but about making a profile what it should be: well sourced with a good, narrative bio and inline citations.

Here's to 2020 and another great year for discoveries!


A Few Brickwalls just in case someone else gets bored. (Somebody, ANYBODY, please get bored!!):

Gabriel Patterson Tennessee or Kentucky
Robert Smith North Carolina (Solved by member Judith Wills)
George Shepherd, Sr. Virginia
Jacob Deck North Carolina
Jesse Kerr, Sr. Tennessee
Lucinda Davis South Carolina (?)
Elizabeth Devareau South Carolina
Lucy Davenport North Carolina (Not convinced it's William)
John Rodden Virginia


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Pip Sheppard GEDmatch A888563 and his 2nd cousin Living Person GEDmatch A284152. Their MRCAs are Rufus Galloway and Susan Butler. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.9, based on sharing 342.4 cM across 13 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Pip Sheppard GEDmatch A888563 and his 1st cousin, once removed Living Person GEDmatch A251923. Their MRCAs are Rufus Galloway and Susan Butler. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 2.5, based on sharing 848.8 cM across 18 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a GEDmatch test match between Pip Sheppard GEDmatch A888563 and his 3rd cousin, Harry Hoover GEDmatch A512471. Their MRCAs are William A. Lawing and Jane Cathey Waddell. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.2, based on sharing 43.7 cM across 3 segments.
  • Certified birth certificate in the possession of Pip Sheppard.
  • Marriage license and certificate in the possession of Pip Sheppard.

My WikiTree Directive

To aid WikiTree in the administration of my account should I be incapacitated, or in the event of my death, I hereby give permission for all private and public profiles I'm presently managing to be transferred to my brother, Timothy Alan Sheppard, community members on my trusted list, or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties.


Many, many people have helped me along from the beginning (formerly at age 11), and through the years.

The late Ralph Sidney Underwood, Sr., "Grandpa," and the late Beatrice Reamer Neal Underwood, "Granny," both of whom instilled a love of our shared heritage.
The late Bertie Ella Galloway Sheppard, "Granny"
The late Frankie Lee Neal Proctor, "Aunt Frankie"
The late Mildred Beatrice Underwood Davis, "Aunt Mildred"
The late Louise Phillips, librarian of the Carolina Room
The late Doris Jean Neal Dukes, "Cousin Doris"
The late Mary Talbott Farmer Patterson, "Mom"
The late Louise Rigdon Myers "Cousin Lou"
The late Jo Fender
ME McClure, S Hall, L Raxter
Timothy Alan Sheppard, "Timmie Bell" My brother
MJ Patterson, BJ Sheppard, M. Moose, M Allison
The many participants and genealogists of the GenWeb county mail lists I hosted in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Transylvania, Macon, Swain, Jackson. "Those were the days!"
And... My WikiTree Community, who repeatedly comes through for me!

My philosophy in song


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It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Pip or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Pip Sheppard: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 838 markers, haplogroup R-CTS13034, FTDNA kit #770555
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Hi Pip,

As you will have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the US Southern Colonies Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. We have also changed the criteria for membership. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know whether you would like to remain in the project and, if so, which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address. I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders and are in the Google Group.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins. We’re really excited for the future of the project and hope that you decide to be a part of it with us moving forwards.

Many thanks,

Susie, US Southern Colonies Project Co-Leader

posted by Susie MacLeod
Yo Pip,

Please evict me from the Military and War Project as I am working on genealogy. You don't mind if I still use your stickers to improve profiles, do you? Thank you. Respectfully, Casimer III

posted by Casimer Russak III
Done! And absolutely, use the stickers and such as you wish. They'll always make the profiles more "complete."

Thanks, Casimer,


posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Pip,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles and particularly your work in the Bio Builders and Cornwall Team.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do.


Morning, Joan! Yes, I’m very pleased with my (minor) role in the project, including my county. I’m sticking with the Project! Thanks!!!
posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks for your kind words Pip. Much appreciated.
posted by Phil Jourdeuil
Congratulations on your great work on the Clean a Thon and winning badge⭐
posted by Loretta Morrison
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on receiving your trophy badge for being a winner of the 2020 Scan-a-Thon challenge.

John Williams

WikiTree Tree Hugger


posted by John Williams
edited by John Williams
Hi Pip,

Consider this your obligatory Global Cemeteries check-in message! You're all setup for the Cemeteries Project and doing a fantastic job! Let me know if you need anything, otherwise, I will consider you all checked in and working along as usual! :)

Thanks for all your contributions and devotion to WikiTree!

posted by Steve Harris
Hi Steve!

Consider this my obligatory “Yes.” Let me add how much working in the Cemeteries Project is so much easier when someone with your skills leads the way.

posted by Pip Sheppard

Will you post a badge for Military and War and Civil War so I can add this person to the Google Group??


If you have time, that is...


posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Done, and thanks for the heads up!
posted by Pip Sheppard
Pip will you post Military and War badge for


So I can add her to Military and War google group?


posted by Mary Richardson
I wondered if it was because the category hadn't been created yet. I should have looked. Thanks for your help!
posted by Eileen Bradley
Hi Pip, I need the usual help. The category is in red. Here is the profile https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Crabtree-489. Thank you, Eileen.
posted by Eileen Bradley
Thanks for adding the Civil War and Military & War badges to my profile. Much appreciated.


posted by Gary Christopher
Pip ,

We have a person requesting to join Military and War Google Group. Will you award Military and War Badge to him- interested in World War II through to current also was in the Navy. Also Civil WAR..... Thus M & W badge. If you will let me know , then I will then add him to the Google group. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Christopher-1419


posted by Mary Richardson
Done! And thanks for the heads-up!
posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks Pip.

The M & W google group is posted

posted by Mary Richardson
Thank you for confirming me. I’ve been doing family research from a young age and I’m excited to learn more.
posted by Blain Grubbs
Hi Pip, thanks for your greeting. Im still working out if Im ready to add, share and co-share :)

kind regards Kathy H, Nu Tireni (New Zealand)

posted by Kathleen Herekiuha
Hello Pip,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Sorry so long in responding, Sarah. I'd like to stay a part of the Scotland Project. My contributions will be general, rather than specific, as my ancestors all left Scotland no later than 1746. I can do come work on clan pages and such.
posted by Pip Sheppard

Thanks for adding me to the Cemeteries Project. Regards Jill Lindsay

Thank you for your offer of help 😊
posted by [deleted]
Hey Pip,

You welcomed a guest today: Kmetz-58 (Katherine Kmetz), who I see joined as a Guest (at my suggestion, since she seems to be a descendant of the Kmetz-48 page which I'm currently managing). Can you please tell me exactly how to turn management of ONLY that page, Harcharik-10 (his wife) and Kmetz-52 (their child); just those 3, over to Katherine (Kmetz-58)?

Sincerely, Daniel B. Sedory.

posted by Daniel Sedory
edited by Daniel Sedory
Hi Pip, Looks like I already have a wiki tree login from 2014 (Jordon 4203). How do I delete the account I just created (Jordan 13679) to avoid confusion?

Thanks, Claire j

posted by Claire Jordan
Thanks ever so much Pip

It is so kind of you to show appreciation for something I love to do.

Also congratulations on ranking 7th in your team Well done !!

Hey Pip!

Caught your comment after it ended. My shirt says "American Mutt, check my pedigree @ WikiTree.com"

posted by Sarah (Callis) Rojas
Pip I have recently learned my Lamont family was married to the MacLachlan family. Isabel Lamont 1539-1579 was born Stewart daughter of Lord James Stewart 1500-1544. Isabel Lamont (1572) married Lachlan Og MacLachlan.

Would you know about Chief Iain MacLachlan born about 1455 in Strathlachlan, Loch Fyne, Argyle, Scotland? I am also researching the name Mann which I believe is a variant of Magnus, a Scandinavian name from the Orkney's. Thank you. Any help is appreciated. Roland

posted by Roland Vardon
Pip, I filled in a few people and tried my hand at writing citations in the appropriate format. The profile for my father, Gerald McHugh, McHugh-1125, has the most citations. I haven't done enough of this. A personal goal for this year was to go back through what I have and clean up. Style information and examples were in so many places. Mentally exhausting. Are you able to look and see if I'm headed in the right direction? Should I be asking on the G2G forum?
posted by Deanna McHugh
Pip, Thanks for the greeting. I'm looking around a little this evening. Looking forward to learning from and contributing to this group. I will upload my Gedcom soon. I don't have any DNA yet, although my brother and I were recently discussing doing the tests.
posted by Deanna McHugh
Now WHAT are you going to do with all those kilts if you get several more? One for each day of the week perhaps?!  ;)
Thank you Pip for adding me to the Military Projects page. If there's anything I can do please let me know.
posted by Gregory Morris
Hey hun,

I am wondering if you can remove my war project badges for now. I am still fighting personal life stuff and just am not gettig to things like I really should. I plan to get back to it later but think it best to be off of it for now.

Thanks, Lisa

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Thanks Pip for the geeting
posted by Roger Ballard-Tremeer
Thanks Pip for your greeting.
posted by Willie Stubbs Jr.
Thank you for your reply. Looking forward to learn from and contribute with this group. Will post my DNA later
posted by Annie Mahon
Thank you for your reply. Looking forward to learn from and contribute with this group. Will post my DNA later
posted by Annie Mahon
Hi Pip

Wondered if you would be interested in the next challenge the 2nd ever Scan-a-Thon see  Participation 

if you are interested registration for the 2020 Scan-a-Thon] starts on the 1st December, the event - 2020 Scan-a-Thon will start January 10 at 8 AM (ET) and runs until Monday 13th January finishing at 8 AM (ET). 

So brush off the scanner and dig out those old photos and start scanning now for the New Year. 

Add your name in the table once you have registered or now and register next month. The chat will up and running soon link will be on our page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Sandringham_Strollers

Many Thanks Janet and Gillian 

Sandringham Strollers

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Pip,

I sent you a message a while ago on behalf of the England Project Leaders and have yet to heard back from you. I hope you are well.

One of the requirements of membership in the England Project is that you respond to the six-monthly check-ins.

If I don’t hear from you in the next week or so I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to rejoin at any time via the G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Thanks for the welcome. Do I need to upload a GEDCOM and my raw DNA data from Ancestry.com or does providing my username and password to Ancestry take care of that? Thanks!
Thanks for the welcome. I’m moving slow into wiki as not to embarrass myself. I have my tree sort of populated from current to 4th Great Grand father. Will post Geo soon when I figure out exactly how. Thanks! Forrest
posted by Forrest Holloway Jr
Hi Pip,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as a Team Member for Bio Builders and Cornwall. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

Are you happy to stay in your current teams and the project as a whole? Are there any other teams you'd like to join? What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod

Rejected matches › Philip Edward Shepherd (1849-)

Pip is 20 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 19 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.