Joel Shepherd

Male14 February 1804–1870

Brief Life History of Joel

When Joel Shepherd was born on 14 February 1804, in Bedford, Virginia, United States, his father, Jacob Shepherd, was 43 and his mother, Mary Warner, was 37. He married Eleanor Dowdy on 21 November 1833, in Franklin, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He died in 1870, in Franklin, Virginia, United States, at the age of 66.

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Joel Shepherd
Eleanor Dowdy
Marriage: 21 November 1833
Melissa Ann Shepherd
John Houston Shepherd
Delaney A. Shepherd
Mary Ellen Shepherd
Martha Elizabeth Shepherd
William Allen Shepherd

Sources (29)

  • Joel Shepherd, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Joel Shepherd - Published information: Family genealogies: birth-name: Joel Shepherd
  • Joel Shepherd, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 November 1833Franklin, Virginia, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    1812 · Monumental Church Built

    Age 8

    The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.

    1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

    Age 20

    “The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 

    Name Meaning

    English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name from Middle English schepeherde ‘shepherd’ (Old English scēaphyrde, scēap‐weard).

    Americanized form (translation into English) of surnames meaning ‘shepherd’, for example German and Jewish Schäfer (see Schaefer ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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