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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. (As for my first and middle names, I was named after NO ONE that my parents knew. The earliest ancestor with either name is an 8th great-grandfather!)
I grew up in Paw Creek, in what was then rural western Mecklenburg County, NC, with immigrant roots there and in neighboring Gaston County. My NC/Tenn mountain ancestry is mostly from South Carolina and Virginia after migration. I've been working my genealogy since age 11. Going back six generations, I'm between 50-60% Scottish by surnamex (though see below). Most of my Scottish ancestors 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, Bender, Deck (Tach), Felsinger, etc.). Several Cornish lines are new to me through WikiTree connections and collaboration!
My haplogroup is R-M269, the dominant subclade of R1b. The "refined" DNA estimate from Ancestry indicates the following:
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the area (near the Catawba River - Mecklenburg/Gaston Counties, North Carolina) where nearly all of my maternal ancestors settled in the mid-1770s. Living next to my maternal grandparents got me hooked on genealogy. 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, North Carolina.
It was the Internet that broke 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, North Carolina) with which I had struggled for so long. I am forever grateful.
Biggest find of the past year (2017)? My Underwood Ancestry back to Alexander the Quaker in Pennsylvania. Biggest of this year (2018)? My Cornish ancestral lines.
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! :-)
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.
(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, late Mildred Underwood Davis, the late Mary F. Patterson, the late Rev. Buddy Sheppard, and the late Doris Neal Dukes, and many still-living relatives.)
Other stuff... BA Gardner-Webb College (History, Political Science); MEd Winthrop College; further studies: University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Erskine Associate Reformed Presbyterian Seminary. Retired after 35 years in state service in various positions and in several ministry capacities.
North Carolina Genealogy Society []
Palatines to America: German Genealogical Society []
Gwendolyn Farrar: 3rd cousins once removed (Underwood descendant)
Dwight Childers: 5th cousins once removed (Shepherd descendant)
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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On 20 Sep 2018 at 11:45 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Do you have your number yet for the Source a thon if you do can you add it to the list.
Will update all the unsourced lists next week once issued so we are ready for the weekend.
Many thanks for joining the Sandringham Strollers
On 20 Sep 2018 at 05:23 GMT Paula J wrote:
On 17 Sep 2018 at 18:41 GMT Jamey McRee wrote:
On 12 Sep 2018 at 07:11 GMT James Buchanan wrote:
On 12 Sep 2018 at 02:19 GMT Richard Shelley wrote:
On 12 Sep 2018 at 01:34 GMT Gaye (Pimentel) Melendez wrote:
On 11 Sep 2018 at 14:35 GMT Blake Andrews wrote:
I'm trying to figure out how to become a volunteer - I've already added tags of those surnames I'm interested in researching. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks again! Blake
On 11 Sep 2018 at 03:46 GMT James Buchanan wrote:
On 9 Sep 2018 at 12:59 GMT Andrew Simpier wrote:
Andrew and Pip are 10th cousins twice removed
Andrew Simpier and Pip Sheppard are both descendants of John Underwood.
1. Andrew is the son of [private mother] [confident] 2. [Private] is the daughter of James Elwood Gibbs Sr [confident] 3. James is the son of Lottie Pearl (Barrett) Gibbs [confident] 4. Lottie is the daughter of Evalina Nora Barrett [confident] 5. Evalina is the daughter of Charlotte Ellinor Barrett [confident] 6. Charlotte is the daughter of Sarah L (Miller) Barrett [confident] 7. Sarah is the daughter of Eunice (Crane) Miller [confident] 8. Eunice is the daughter of Sarah Hill [confident] 9. Sarah is the daughter of Thankful (Underwood) Hill [confident] 10. Thankful is the daughter of Joshua Underwood [unknown confidence] 11. Joshua is the son of Joseph Underwood Jr. [confident] 12. Joseph is the son of Joseph Underwood [unknown confidence] 13. Joseph is the son of John Underwood [unknown confidence] This makes John the 11th great grandfather of Andrew.
On 8 Sep 2018 at 22:36 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Fancy joining the Sandringham Strollers for this years Source a Thon - It is for those who wish to take their time, focusing on quality over quantity, and is a very relaxed group. We are also a great team for people who are just starting out on data doctoring or sourcing. We can find you some easier tasks to work on at your own pace!
With over 200 folks signed up there is a new thread started for signing up https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/677899/have-you-registered-for-the-source-a-thon-yet-3
Just add you name to the table on our page and once you have your number please add it to the comments section on the Sandringham Strollers page, please. Would love to have you join us. Here is the link to our page. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Sandringham_Strollers
Janet and Gillian