Ralph Shepard

3 June 1603–20 August 1693 (Age 90)
Limehouse St Anne, Middlesex, England

The Life of Ralph

When Ralph Shepard was born on 3 June 1603, in Limehouse St Anne, Middlesex, England, his father, Isaac Shepard, was 32 and his mother, Mrs. Isaac Shepard, was 28. He married Thankslord Perkins on 21 May 1632, in London, England. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America in 1644 and Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America in 1666. He died on 20 August 1693, in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 90, and was buried in Bell Rock Cemetery, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Shepard
Thankslord Perkins
Marriage: 21 May 1632
Sarah Shepard
Walter Shepard
Walter Shepard
Daniel Shepard
Mary Shepard
Thomas Shepard Sr
John Shepard
Isaac Shepard
Tryall Shepard
Abraham Shepard Sr.
Thanks Shepherd
Jacob Shepard

Spouse and Children

21 May 1632
London, England


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Isaac Shepard


    Mrs. Isaac Shepard




World Events (3)

1620 · The Pilgrims Board the Mayflower

Age 17

"The Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in search of religious freedom in the New World in September 1620. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, 40 of whom called themselves ""Saints."" After two stormy months at sea, the ship reached the New World. Nearly half of the group died during their first winter due to malnutrition and the harsh New England winter."
1642 · The English Civil War

Age 39

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.
1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 85

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant spelling of Shepherd .2 Americanized form of some Jewish surname sounding like or meaning ‘shepherd’.

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

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Story Highlight

Deacon Ralph Shepard

Deacons played a respected and important role in early New England churches. They sat in a raised pew near the pulpit and had special duties during communion.. Deacon Ralph Shepard was born about …

Sources (3)

  • Ralph Sheppard in entry for Peter Dill and Thankes Sheppard, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Ralph Shepard, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Ralph Shepard in entry for Walter Powers and Tryal Shepard, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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