Categories: Huguenot Migration Project.
First, let me state that the spelling of my surname has only been Sheppard for the last two generations. Well, three if you include my daughters. Before that, is was Shepherd. My dad and his brothers decided on this in the 1930s, so the story goes.
I grew up in Paw Creek, rural western Mecklenburg County, NC, with immigrant roots there and in neighboring Gaston County. My NC/Tenn mountain ancestry is mostly from SC and Virginia after migration. I've been working my genealogy since age 11. Going back six generations, I'm between 50-60% Scottish, most of my Scottish ancestors having passed through Ulster before arriving in America.
I have a sizeable Welch contingent (Owen and Reese and others) among my ancestors along with some Germans (Clubb/Klopp-Seitz/Killian, etc.).
My DNA shows I am mostly of northern European descent: 36% Britain, 24% Ireland, 23% Europe West (which added together makes me 83% Anglo-Celtic), 8% Scandinavian; traces of Europe East (4%), Italy/Greece (3%), and Finland/Northwest Russia (2%). My haplogroup is R-M269, the dominant subclade of R1b.
I attended Paw Creek Elementary School, Coulwood Jr. High, and West Mecklenburg High (the successor school to the old Paw Creek High which my mother attended).
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the area (near the Catawba River - Mecklenburg/Gaston Counties, NC) where nearly all of my maternal ancestors settled in the mid-1770s.
Living next to my maternal grandparents got me hooked on genealogy. They “knew where all the bodies were buried,” by which I mean they spent a lot of time taking me around to the cemeteries, pointing out dozens of graves, and telling me all about my heritage, spicing it up with personal stories about all those folks long gone. Their knowledge of their ancestry became the foundation of my love for genealogy. Though the oral history didn’t always quite pan out (most did), it usually led me in the right direction.
I was helped along the way by other relations, many of whom have died, and I owe them a tremendous debt. They were always ready to help and patient with all my questions. To further what I gleaned from wonderful relations, I started researching in the Carolina Room at the Mecklenburg County library in Charlotte, NC. The Carolina Room has come a long way since the early 70s.
It was the Internet that blew things open for me. Cousins I met on the Web who had been researching for many years helped to open up my mountain ancestry (Macon and Transylvania Counties, NC) with which I had struggled for so long. I am forever grateful.
Along with Internet access, I became involved with the USGenWeb Project. I created and hosted the Transylvania County (NC) GenWeb project for a few years as well as hosting four county email lists for Rootsweb: Macon, Swain, Jackson, and Transylvania, all in NC. I got too busy and it was taking a toll on me so I needed to hand over these responsibilities to other genealogists.
I am also fortunate to have a brother, Tim, who is just as interested in genealogy as I, though his focus is mainly from the 1860s forward. He finds the most amazing things.
Biggest find of the past year (2017)? My Underwood Ancestry back to Alexander the Quaker in Pennsylvania.
I still have several lines that I just can’t get to the next generation. I’ve settled for believing that some ancestors just don’t want to be found! :) However, the hunt is all part of the game. I love it (but I love the breakthroughs better).
I have 13 Patriot ancestors, two Loyalist ancestors, one War of 1820 ancestor, and six ancestors who were Confederate veterans. My father was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Richard Nixon is a cousin - yes, THE Richard Nixon, a Quaker connection, and my closest presidential cousin.
I have about a 14% pedigree collapse, so that makes research little easier.
Kooky info: I have six double descents and one quadruple descent with just my American ancestors. My tree doesn’t branch.
Wikitree has been such a help for me these past couple of years. Unfortunately for me, I was just scarfing up data, and I really missed out on a great community. I hope I can be as helpful to those who need it as the folks on Wikitree have been to me.
(A special thanks to special kinfolk not mentioned above who helped me along my genealogical journey: the late Frankie Neal Proctor, the late Jo Fender, the late Thelma Welch Swanson, Linda Hoxit, Shawna Hall, Charles Underwood, the late Mildred Underwood Davis, the late Mary F. Patterson, the late Rev. Buddy Sheppard, Marie Sheppard Moses, Marie Elliott McClure, and the late Doris Neal Dukes.)
Other: BA Gardner-Webb College (History, Political Science); MEd Winthrop College; further studies: Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Erskine Associate Reformed Presbyterian Seminary. Retired after 35 years in state service in various positions and in several ministry capacities. Very happily married to a most wonderful woman, and proud dad to two grown children.
Society memberships: North Carolina Genealogy Society
Palatines to America: German Genealogical Society
Relationships (the close ones first)...
Gwendolyn Farrar: 3rd cousins once removed (Underwood descendant)
Dwight Childers: 5th cousins once removed (Shepherd descendant)
And a few others...
Eowyn Langholf: 11th cousins twice removed
Liz Shifflett: 12th cousins twice removed
Maria Maxwell: 17th cousins twice removed
Katherine Patterson: 16th cousins
Angela Cortner: 19th cousins once removed
President Richard Nixon: 7th cousins
Loves: in no particular order... Mexican food, Diet Mtn. Dew, dogs, family no matter how distant, reading history/theology/fiction/etc., Scottish Games, historical movies and novels that are accurate (my wife hates it when I correct movies), classical music, English cathedral choirs, Gothic architecture, Southern style breakfasts, WikiTree ... uh, I’ll stop now.
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 community members on my trusted list or to the Leadership Team to be farmed out to any interested party or parties.
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If you find any variations of the Reed Name besides ours please add them as well. I can only put 3 tags up. Their few other variations out there.
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To join the Reed Reid Surname Project just go to link and scroll down to add trusted list. I can add you.
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