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John & Wm SHEPPERSON of Hanover & Louisa Co VA in French & Indian War, 1754-1763
Posted by: George H. Stevens (ID *****2021) Date: February 21, 2009 at 09:05:12
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1. Seeking family background of John and William SHEPPERSON, who served in the Virginia Colonial Militia during the French & Indian War (Seven Years War), 1754-1763. William Shepperson was born circa 1708-10 and was a planter from Hanover County, VA. John Shepperson also served in the VA Colonial Militia during this conflict, was probably a relative of William, and may also have been from Hanover County, VA.

2. William Shepperson was listed on the "Roll of Capt. Wm. Bronaugh's Company, 13 July 1756: "Wm. Shepperson, enlisted in November 1754 in Hanover County VA, age 46, 5' 10 1/4" in height, Planter from VA, "both hands been much burnt with powder."

3. Roughly one year later, an apparently younger, darker, shorter, and perhaps different William "Shepherdson" was later listed on the "Exact Necessary Roll of Capt. Henry Woodward's Company at Fort Lyttleton, 23 August 1757 and soon thereafter on the "Size Roll of Capt. Henry Woodward's Company, 11 September 1757 as: "Wm. Shepperson, a Planter, of VA, age 40, height 5'8", from Hanover County, of brown complexion, of brown description, flat face." Perhaps the powder burns may have accounted for the dark complexion, but the differences in height and age suggest these MAY have been two different individuals. It should be noted, however, that both men were from Hanover County, VA.

4. One of these William Sheppersons received a Certificate of [prior] Militia Service in Henrico County in November 1779 for having served as a "soldier in [the] late war between England and France." This prior service would have entitled him to a warrant for 50 acres of land. Wm. Shepperson's service during the French & Indian War was certified by Col. Samuel Meredith in November 1779 in Henrico Co. William may have later sold his certificate to Nathaniel Wilkerson, inasmuch as a Warrant for 50 acres of land was subsequently issued to Nathaniel Wilkerson, "assignee of William Shepperson, a soldier."

5. A John Shepperson served in Captain Overton's Company of Rangers "in 1756 till legally discharged" from the VA Colonial Militia and thus received a similar Certificate of Service in Louisa County VA on 11 Oct 1779. On 11 October 1779 John Melton testified and "proved" that John Shepperson served in Capt. Overton's Company of Rangers in 1756. This John Shepperson apparently also served, two years later, in 1758, in Capt. Hudson's Company.

6. A Warrant for 50 acres of land was issued to John Shepperson on 11 October 1779 in Louisa County, VA, after it was proved that he, John Shepperson, had also served as a soldier in Capt. Hudson's Company in 1758. John Shepperson may have later sold this certificate to Edward Cary, since a "Warrant for 50 acres [of land] issued to Edward Cary, assignee of John Shepperson, a soldier in Capt. Overton's Company of Rangers in 1756; proved on oaths of William Melton and James Melton. 11 October 1779 Louisa County, [VA]"

Any information about the families, origins and background of these two early VA Colonial Militia soldiers from Hanover County, VA, will be greatly appreciated.


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