Unknown + Elizabeth Shepherd William Hodge Jones + Dorothy Hampton
John Shepherd + Dorothy Jones
1801 - 1849 1804 - after 1859
Yancey Co NC Yancey Co NC Yancey Co NC
Israel Jackson "Jack" Shepherd (Cecilia Wilson), 1824 - after 1879
Grandison Shepherd (Serena Wilson), 1826 - 1862
Joseph Shepherd, b. 1829? "murdered by his uncle,
Preston Jones, about 1845"
Melissa E. Shepherd (Ezekiel Banks), 1835 - after 1899
Elizabeth Lovada Shepherd (Rev. William K. Briggs), 1836 - 1913
Ephraim Mannon Shepherd (Frances J. Blankenship), 1838 - 1868?
William Shepherd, 1840 - aft 1859
John Wesley Shepherd (Matilda Riddle), 1842 - 1917
Mitchell Gaither Shepherd (Jane E. Horton), 1845 - 1898
Thomas Erwin Shepherd (Eliza E. Maney), 1847 - after
"John Shepherd married Dorothy Jones, born 25 March 1804, daughter of the Rev. William and Dorothy (Dolly) (Hampton) Jones of Wythe
County, Virginia. Following their marriage they lived on about 400 acres of land located on Indian Creek in Yancy County, N. C.
"John Shepherd, born 1801, was the son of Elizabeth Shepherd who later married George Wilson. . . . John's half brothers, with whom he grew
up, were (a) Edward Wilson, born 1806; d. 1856; (b) Elijah Wilson, born 1811 . . .; (c) Sarah Wilson, born in 1811 . . . . Several records in the
Burnsville Courthouse, Yancey, N. C. show that John Shepherd and Edward Wilson, his half brother, sold slaves, etc., and cared for the
well-being of their mother Elizabeth Shepherd Wilson. These transactions followed the death of John's grandfather, Thomas Shepherd Sr. in
"They had a family of ten children. John died in November, 1849, and was listed in the 1850 Mortality Schedule for Yancey County. He died at the
age of 48 of typhoid fever, an illness which lasted 21 days. He was probably buried in the Horton Hill Cemetery located in Yancey County at the
junction of Horton and Indian Creeks."
- Pauline Shepherd Chandler, "John and Dorothy (Jones) Shepherd," HOBC, Vol II, 1987 (Doris Cline Ward, Editor), p. 335.
Sources: US Census, 1850, 1860, 1870, Yancey County, NC;
US Census 1850, Slave Schedules, Yancey Co NC;
US Census 1880, Caney River, Yancey Co NC;
US Census 1900, Prices Creek, Yancey Co NC;
US Census, 1910, Madison Co NC;
NC Death Certificate, James Robert Shepherd, 1962;
Stephen A. Shepherd, "Descendants of Presley Blankenship" (rec'd 28 Jun 2007); Ancestry.com's Shepherd's Flock;
Ancestry.com's Hurst Raby Shepherd family tree.
On 24 October 1850 (the day of the census visit), Dorothy Shepherd, age 46 and widowed the year before, lived with her large family in Yancey
County, NC. Her children still at home included Melissa, Elizabeth, Ephraim, William, John Wesley, Mitchell, and Thomas. Also present were
Dorothy's mother, Dorothy Hampton Jones, 79; and William B. J. Metcalf, 15. Nearby neighbors were William Wilson, 37; Ephraim Piercy, 56;
and Andrew Grigery, 35.
The slave enumeration taken on 5 October 1850 listed Dorothy Shepherd as owner of one slave, age 17.
At the time of the 1860 census (6 June, Post Office was Paint Gap), Dorothy Shepherd was head of household (census house #72), with four
sons still at home: William, 20; John Wesley, 18; Mitchel G, 16; and Thomas E., 13. Older son Grandison, 33, lived at house #71 with wife
Serena and four children. The value of Dorothy's real property was listed as $2000 and personal property was listed as $400. Son William had
real property valued at $400 and personal property of $200.
As Dorothy Jones Shepherd was not listed in the 1870 census, we assume that she had died by then.