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www.childers-shepherd.org, 12 May 2018
James Shepherd
1730 - 1788?
"Before the start of the Revolution, James, [his brothers] John and Robert moved to
Wilkes County, N. C. James settled on the north side of the Yadkin River opposite the
mouth of Moravian Creek . . . "
-- David H. Reece, "Thomas and Nancy (Stanton) Shepherd", Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Vol
II (Doris Cline Ward, Editor), 1987, p. 337.

David Reece goes on to say, "James fought in the Revolutionary War, attaining the
rank of Captain which title he retained as a member of the N. C. Militia after the war."
However, other research suggests that his son, James Shepherd, Jr.,  was the captain
and that James Shepherd, Sr.,  indeed served in the war but was not a captain.
(For more information about the historical issues, click this link to see a recent
statement by Shepherd descendant Brodrick Shepherd.)

"According to manuscripts of General William Lenoir published in Paul Gregory's
Settlers of Reddies River
, James fought in the Revolutionary War, participating in at
least four campaigns. He served under Captain William Lenoir in the Expeditions to
Ransomers, June 17 - August 20, 1780. James also served under Captain Lenoir in the
Expedition to the New River, November 22, 1780. . . . James was also among the
members of Captain Joel Lewis Company of light horse from Wilkes County on an
expedition against Colonel Ferguson (Kings Mountain Expedition), September 7 -
November 7, 1780. He also served under the command of Captain Herndon on a tour
of duty to the Catawba River (Catawba River Expedition), August 30, 1780."

"A 1787 census of Judd's District, Wilkes County, NC, indicates that James owned two
slaves. In 1786, James was taxed for 210 acres of land. By 1795 he was taxed for 1,008

- Brodrick Shepherd

For more on James Shepherd and other Wilkes County Shepherds, see the website by
Brodrick Shepherd: