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William Shepherd

Male 1650 - 1718  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name William Shepherd 
    Born ca 1650  Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 10 Sep 1664  Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    When the Colony of Virginia was being settled, any person who could afford to pay the passage of indentured servants could arrange for the transportation of both men and women and in turn would be awarded fifty acres of land for each individual brought to Virginia.(1) On 10 Sep 1664, Mr John Dolby transported twenty persons to Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and was awarded one thousand acres.(2) This land was bounded on the east with the seaboard and north by land of Major John Tilney,(3) and is not known as the south half of Bayly's Neck,(4) which is about midway on the peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean side. Among the twenty persons transported in 1664 by Mr. Jno. Dolby was a William Shephard.(5) 
    • (1) Ralph T. Whitelaw. Virginia's Eastern Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties, Vol. 1 (Richmond, VA: Virginia Hist. Soc., 1951), 9. (2) Nell Marion Nugent, ed. Cavaliers and Pioneers; Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666. Vol 1 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979), 455. [Accomack County Patent Book No. 5, 10 Sep 1664, p 190, (80)] (3) Ibid. (4) Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore, 1055. (5) Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol 1, 455. (6) Stratton Nottingham. Certificates and Rights Accomack County, Virginia 1663-1709 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1977, Reprint), 10. (7) JoAnn Riley McKey, ed. Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts 1663-1666 (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1996), 99.
    Property, Real 3 Nov 1693  Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Deed recorded for the sum of "five thousand and two hundred pounds of Tobacco and Cask", two hundred acres of land in Accomack County in Virginia "on the southern side of a Beaver-dam belonging to a branch of Crooked Creek" (near Messengo River). It is important to note that this land was purchased from William Rabishaw, who had inherited it from Colonel William Kendall. As heir-at-law to his father, Captain William Kendall also gave a release deed to Shephard. If William Shephard had been age twenty-one in 1664 when he arrived in Accomack County, then he would have been age fifty in 1693 when he purchased the land. This would have given him ample time to work off his indenture and accumulate enough wealth to make this land purchase. The land in the Kendall estate which he acquired was near the Chesapeake Bay side of the peninsula, which was quite a distance (considering means of transportation at that time) from the place of his entry. 
    • Deed of Sale from William Rabishaw to William Shepherd, 2 Oct 1693 (recorded 3 Sep 1693), for 200 acres, Accomack Co, VA Deed Book 1692-1715, Part 1, pp 55-56; Release signed by Capt William Kendall executed on the same day, pp 54-55. Ralph T. Whitelaw. Virginia's Eastern Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties, Vol. 1 (Richmond, VA: Virginia Hist. Soc., 1951), 1262.
    Tax Records 1704  Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Shephard was on the quit rent rolls for 200 acres to be paid to John Wise, Sheriff of Accomack County. NOTE:During the colonial period all landowners in Virginia paid to the King an annual "quit rent" of one shilling for every fifty acres. [He owed four shillings.] 
    • Annie Laurie Wright Smith, comp. The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704 (Baltimore: Genealogical Printing Co., Inc., 1980), 80.
    Will 19 May 1718  Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will of William Shepherd - 19 May 1718 [date of instrument] - 7 Oct 1718 [date of probate] To grandson William Shephard Foster, son of John & Elizabeth Foster plantation in Accomack, said John & Elizabeth to have life int. in said land provided they care for my wife Mary Shephard. Friends James Kemps & Naomi his wife to see that my wife is well taken care of during her life. Elizabeth & John Foster Exrs. Witt: Simon Smith, James Wishart, Naomi Kempe, James Kempe - p. 144.  
    • Stratton Nottingham, compiler and editor, Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia 1663-1800 Reprint. (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1990), 58-59. Note: The original publication was 1931.
    Died 7 Oct 1718  Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 9 Oct 1718  Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Will & Testament of William Shephard
    Last Will & Testament of William Shephard
    Recorded in Accomack County, Virginia, 9 Oct 1718. Proven in open Court of Accomack County by the oaths of Mr. James Kempe, Mrs. Nancy Kempe & Simon Smith, three of the witnesses. NOTE: In an Accomack County Circuit Court on 7 Jul 1922 "ordered that said Record book, to-wit: Book of Wills and Deeds 1715-1729 be copied" because it has been "greatly mutilated by long use and is gradually disintegrating...."
    Person ID I10112  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2020 

    Family Mary,   b. ca 1675, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married ca 1695  Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Shepherd,   b. ca 1700, Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1742, Accomack Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F4065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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