I have seen much faulty information on the internet concerning Thomas Shepherd and Elizabeth Highsmith being the parents of my ancestor Uriah Shepherd, his brother Nimrod Shepherd, Sampson Shepherd, William Shepherd, James Shepherd, etc. This is incorrect information, and any references to this Thomas Shepherd and Elizabeth Highsmith should be discarded. This misinformation was based on the assumption by a past researcher that a Sampson Shepherd in Halifax County, NC would be linked to our family because we had a Sampson Shepherd in our family, and also because Thomas' wife was named Elizabeth. It is possible there could be some link to the Shepherd family in Halifax County, NC, but the immediate ancestors of these lines are NOT Thomas Shepherd and Elizabeth Highsmith.
My research findings show the parents of Uriah Shepherd and his brothers (and his sisters Rebecca Shepherd, wife of Zachariah Wells, and Martha Shepherd, wife of George Blanton) to be William and Elizabeth Shepherd. William Shepherd is found in the 1782 Montgomery County, Va tax list. (He was living in the Grayson/Wythe County area). By 1790 he was dead and his widow enumerated as Betty Shepard (should ready Betsy Shepherd) was listed in the 10th company of the 1790 Wilkes County, NC census along with her older sons James and William Shepherd (jr).
Elizabeth "Betty" (Betsy) Shepard's family consisted of two young males who were Nimrod Shepherd and his brother Uriah Shepherd, and three females, which were Betsy the mother, and her daughters Martha and Rebecca.
The families listed in the 10th company lived in what later became Ashe County, NC. William Shepherd (jr) is listed there in the 1800 census, but by that time Elizabeth and her children had moved on to Lee County, Va where her son William(jr)did come later.
Uriah Shepherd married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of James Smith and Nancy Mulkey, a full blood Cherokee Indian. Her sister Jemima Smith married Nimrod Shepherd, who was Uriah's brother. Uriah was a constable in Knox County, Ky and the family can be found in Knox County, Ky records. Nimrod lived in the area which later became Whitley County, Ky.
Another error which I have seen on the internet is that Uriah's name had the name John or Jack or Old Jack in it. This was not his name or nickname. All extant contemporary records state his name as simply Uriah Shepherd.
I have researched the Shepherd family for several decades and wrote a thesis on the family and their migration from Alabama to Arkansas Territory, which has been published and is available through me. It concerns the Uriah Shepherd line.
I have worked for many years on a larger volume of the broader Shepherd family and ancestry, which also includes many families who settled on Frog Bayou, Crawford County, Arkansas. The base of this includes my research as well as info from documents gathered from a previous 100 years of research on the Shepherd family. Should someone like to have their lineage included, please contact me. I do not have any of my information in any computerized format such as gedcom, etc. Because I had gathered several thousand pages BEFORE computers became readily accessible, 99 percent is still uncomputerized.
I hope this posting will help some researchers delete faulty Thomas Shepherd-Elizabeth Highsmith information from their internet trees. I welcome any information on early ancestors as well as receiving updates on some of the current generations, book or general inquiries. Since I do not have a computerized database, I will generally not know some of the recent Shepherd connections, since my focus has been on pre-1900 Shepherd research (this is also why I appreciate any updates of the recent Shepherd and allied family lines).
David Travillion Bunton
613 South Commerce Ave
Russellville, AR 72801
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