Name: Samuel SHEPPARD
He was a Tory sympathizer.
Birth: 3 FEB 1730 in Gloucester Co., VA
Death: AFT 3 FEB 1792 in Buckingham Co., VA
From Norfolk Co., November 15, 1782, he wrote to Col. William Sheppard, Surry County, NC:
"Dear William, This is to notify you that I expect to visit you next month. I may precede my letter, which I sent by Cousin Burwell, who expects to call on you while in Carolina. I have only returned a few days ago from his house in Gloucester, where I also saw much of our other relatives. I visited the grave of our grandmother and grandfather Robert Sheppard and Jessica Hubard his wife. The graves are very poorly marked and would hardly be distinguished except to one who knew them from tradition. I asked about having them repaired, and will have it left in good hands. Samuel and Thomas are here with me. They are not spoiled by their war experiences, though Thomas has begun to chafe at continuing at home. Anne is well as I could hope, after her accident last spring, of which I wrote you. I had to sell the horse, he threw one of the boys not long after Anne's accident. My own health is not good, I have asthma throughout the year, which now is growing worse. My love to all our people and will be with you soon, God providing. Samuel Sheppard"
He wrote on February the third, 1792:
"My Children, I sit this cold day thinking of the past and decide to put down some of the things I would have you remember. I begin now and will finish sometime when I feel less wearied than I now do. But I do not know whether I shall ever write much more. Time has run, the glass is emptied. I was born on the 3rd of February, 1730, and today is my birthday which set me thinking of the past. I would I had written long ago, there are many things to tell, and my eyes are poor. My mother was Miss Mary Kavanaugh, born in France, of the eminent old Irish family. Her father was Michael Kavanaugh, whose father was James Kavanaugh, married while in exile in Spain Senorita Delores Campamanes. Michael Kavanaugh married while visiting the Irish exiles in France [....] Mademoiselle Berthe Dumas, the daughter of a French gentleman, Rene Dumas and his wife Gertrude Strauss of Vienna, Austria. My father Samuel Sheppard married Miss Kavanaugh in Gloucester, where I and my sisters and brothers were reared. My brother and William moved to North Carolina and reared families. James went to Kentucky country of late, as he was the youngest child. My sisters married and scattered over the state long ago. I married Anne Burwell in Gloucester. The details of your kin you know, or can discover in the record. I would have you remember your origin and consider the words of the Book which lay down the rules of life. I read when a child the words of the Book and I have never learned anything contrary to them. I know they are true now that I have lived my own time. And when you rebel at the sayings of the old prophets, think my children, how knowing those old men were, how long their words have lived when even peoples have passed away and their place knoweth them not. I think no man can dispute the word of God, but many neglect it. Do you not so. May God make you what I desire you to be, is the prayer of your father, Samuel Sheppard."
Father: Samuel SHEPPARD b: 1695 in VA
Mother: Mary KAVANAUGH b: ABT 1705 in FRA
Anne BURWELL b: 19 JUL 1741 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co., VA
in Gloucester Co., VA
- Samuel SHEPARD b: ABT 1760 in VA
- William M. SHEPPARD b: ABT 1762 in VA
- Lewis Thomas SHAPARD b: ABT 1764 in Gloucester Co., VA
- James Booker SHAPARD b: ABT 1766 in VA
- Mildred SHEPPARD b: ABT 1768 in VA
- Susannah SHEPPARD b: ABT 1770 in VA
- Robert SHEPPARD b: ABT 1772 in VA
- Edward SHEPPARD b: ABT 1774 in VA
- Priscilla SHEPPARD b: ABT 1776 in VA
- Jacob SHEPPARD b: ABT 1778 in VA