Biographical sketch of JAMES SHEPPERD from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 515-516
Probably the oldest farmer living in Richmond, Macomb county, Michigan, if not the oldest resident of the county itself, is James Shepperd, who was born on the island of Dominique, West Indies, March 6, 1818, a son of James and Elsie (Brintle) Shepperd, the former of whom was at least sixty years of age when James was born. James, the father, was a soldier in the Ninth Infantry, British army, twenty-one years, eleven months and six days, and for a long time held the rank of sergeant. To James and Elsie Shepperd were born the following children: Joel, James, Abram, David and Shibley.
James Shepperd was married, August 26, 1838, to Rebecca Anders, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Wood) Anders, the former a farmer of New England, and to Mr. and Mrs. Anders twelve children were born, namely: James, Samuel, William, Thomas (deceased), Thomas (second), Betsey, Polly, Hannah, Amy, Phebe, Almira and Rebecca (Mrs. Shepperd). To James and Rebecca (Anders) Shepperd have also been born twelve children, named as follows: Louisa, Charles, Henry, Shibley, Mary A., John, James, David, Albert, Melser, Sarah Jane and Jennett. All of these children lived to maturity, married and had children of their own.
On settling in Canada, in 1832, James Shepperd, Sr., had a grant of one hundred acres issued to him, but this land he afterwards sold. His wife died in Quebec of cholera that same year, while he died some fifteen years later at Belleville, Ontario.
In 1864 James Shepperd enlisted at Watertown, New York, in Company F, Fortieth New York Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He took part in all the marches and battles in which his regiment was engaged up to the time of his being wounded, two of which battles took place at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia. He also fought at Petersburg, was in the two fights at Cold Harbor and at the second battle of Petersburg, assisting in blowing up the mine, and there lost a thumb and was shot by a musket ball in the hip. He was then sent to a hospital at Washington, and while there confined President Lincoln was assassinated, but Mr. Shepperd was too ill to attend, with the troops, the funeral obsequies of the martyred President. After recovering, he was honorably discharged and he has been engaged in farming ever since. He came to Michigan in 1887 and has cleared up an immense quantity of land, both for himself and others. For eighteen years he has lived in Memphis, [Michigan]. For three years, unfortunately, Mr. Shepperd has been without eyesight, and for that length of time has not seen even the face of his beloved helpmate, with whom he has lived sixty-four years.
Mr. Shepperd is a Republican, but he has never been as ambitious to serve the land of his adoption in civil life as he was to assist it in when his military services were in urgent demand. As to the lesson to be learned from the career of this venerable hero it is left to the intelligence of the young men of the country to form their own conclusions and to them, as to all others, it must be honored as long as the name of Columbia endures.
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