When Laura Belle Black was born on 28 April 1860, in Ohio, United States, her father, Jacob Black, was 23 and her mother, Nancy Jane Wolfe, was 23. She married George Washington Shepard on 21 December 1879, in Montgomery, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 21 July 1944, in Wayne Township, Montgomery, Ohio, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Medway, Clark, Ohio, United States.
English and Scottish: chiefly from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. However, Middle English blac also meant ‘pale, wan’, a reflex of Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ with a shortened vowel. Compare Blatch and Blick . With rare exceptions it is impossible to disambiguate these antithetical senses in Middle English surnames. The same difficulty arises with Blake and Block .
Scottish: in Gaelic-speaking areas this name was adopted as a translation of the epithet dubh ‘dark, black-(haired)’, or of various other names based on Gaelic dubh ‘black’, see Duff .
Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames directly or indirectly derived from the adjective meaning ‘black, dark’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz and Slavic surnames beginning with Čern-, Chern- (see Chern and Cherne ), Chorn-, Crn- or Czern-.