"John Wesley Shepherd was born on Indian Creek in what is now Yancey County . . . . He probably moved to Atkins Branch in the Forks of Ivy -- Morgan Hill community in the northern part of Buncombe County, NC, when his nephew Mitchell Wilson Shepherd moved to this area. (Atkins Branch is now called Stockton Branch.) According to Bergie Shepherd Hobson, the Shepherds swapped land on Indian Creek with Jules Robinson who owned land on Atkins Branch.
On 8 March 1866, John Wesley Shepherd married Matilda Lorena Riddle . . . . She and John were married at Paint Gap, NC, by Rev. R. Pinner in the presence of John Holcombe and M. Penland.
When John first came to Atkins Branch he owned the land from Redworm Hollow down to the Chambers property, to Ridge Road, and lived where the Fred Jack Shepherd house now stands. He gave the land on which Piney Mountain Missionary Baptist Church was built."
Source: Violet (Marshbanks) Cook, "John Wesley and Matilda L. (Riddle) Shepherd", HOBC, Vol II, p. 335.