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Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Posted: 24 Oct 2008 3:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Shepherd, Shafer, Shaffer
Does anyone know antything about the origins ( place of birth) or who the parents of Lawrence Shepherd were? He was born abt. 1737 (birthplace unknown), lived in Loudoun County until the late 1700's when he moved to Fluvanna Co. VA where he was married to Anna Brown of Fluvanna. He and all but one of his sons, Abraham Shepherd, from whom I am descended, eventually migrated to Ross Co. Ohio in 1809. I have no written information to support it, but my grandmother always said that the name Shepherd was anglicized from the German surname Shafer or Shaffer. I know that many people of German descent settled in Loudoun County. Lawrence and his sons moved to Ross County Ohio apparently to take advantage of Revolutionary War land grants in the Virginia Military District - so Lawrence and/or his sons must have served in the Revolution. I have many tantalizing clues, but nothing concrete! Can anyone help?

Re: Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Posted: 20 Jan 2009 2:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Shepherd
I sure would like to know that too. How do you know it wasn't until the late 1700s that he moved to Fluvanna?
(I'm descended vrom his son William P Shepherd
Terry Olson
Oshiners@cfl.rr.com

Re: Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Posted: 19 Dec 2011 2:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: shepherd
Since he immigrated here, it is hard to find any records on him, but i would love to find out whether he immigrated to England from Germany or Ireland, because there was a small famine in the years 1815 & 1816 in Ireland, and Lawrence came to America around 1817, so that makes sense concerning the time, but that's not to say he did not come from Germany!

Re: Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Posted: 19 Dec 2011 6:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
From the 1758-1781 Loudoun Co Tithable Lists by the Sparacios.

Shephard, Lawrance - 1 tithable; 4 squirrels, List of Tithables taken by Nich. Minor 1769
Shepherd, Lawrence - 1 tithable, List taken by John Minor in Cameron Parish 1772
Shepherd, Lawrence - 1 tithable, List taken in Cameron Parish by Jno. Minor for 1773
Shepherd, Lawrence - 1 tithable, List taken in Cameron Parish 20 July 1775
Shepard, Lawrins - 1 tithable, List taken by Colo. Josias Clapham for 1777 (do. in Cameron Parish)
Shepherd, Lowing - 1 tithable, List taken by John Alexander for Cameron Parish for 1778
Shepherd, Lawrence - 1 tithable, List taken by Jas. Jenings, Gent. [for 1780]
Shepard, Larrance - 1 tithable, List taken by William Stanhope for 1781

Other Shepherds who appear on the Tithables lists during this time period are John and Thomas.

From the 1782-1799 Loudoun Co Personal Property Tax List:
1782A Second Battalion Shepherd, Lawrence
1783B Second Battalion Shepherd, Laurence
1784B Second Battalion Shepherd, Lawrence
1785B Second Battalion Sheperd, Laurence
1786 Shephard, Lawrence
1787A Second Battalion Shepherd, Lawrance
1788C Second Battalion Shepherd, Lawrance
1789C Second Battalion Shepard, Laurance

Note that the name Shafer and Shaver appear on both of these lists during the same time periods.

From “Index to Loudoun Co Deed Books A-Z” by Pat Duncan:

Bk:Pg: O:001 Date: 7 Jan 1784 Returned to court: 8 Mar 1784
William ELLZEY. Bond to Lawrence SHEPHERD for Lease for lives of Lawrence, his wife Anna & son Abraham for 200ac. Wit: W. ELLZEY Jr, Jacob SIGLER.

Pat Duncan
GenNutLdn@msn.com

Re: Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Posted: 19 Jul 2012 2:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Shepherd
This post was deleted by the author on 28 Feb 2013 10:06PM GMT

Re: Shaffer/Shepherd - name change?

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 9:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is embarrassing - I don't know how this got posted, but let me correct the error. Lawrence Shepherd was born in 1732, POB and parents unknown. I'm sorry if this caused any confusion.
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