About Ralph Shepard
RALPH SHEPARD was born Bet. 1603 - 1606 in Stepney Parish, London, England, and died August 20, 1693 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He married THANK-THE-LORD [PERKINS?] May 21, 1632 in Saint Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London, England [Parish Register M. S. 6537, Marriages 1587-1653]. She was born 1612 in England, and died 1693 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
He was a tailor by profession.
Known as a Puritan or non-conformist, he was brought before the Court of High Commissions as a nonconformist on April 24, 1634. No verdict is recorded.. On June 30, 1635 he along with wife and daughter set sail aboard the Abigail for Massachusetts, possibly as a result of that trial.
He first settled in Dedham, Mass., where he signed the Covenant, where he attended town meetings, 18 Aug 1636 and 17 May 1639, and sold land 21 Aug 1639. He lived next to Weymouth, where he had children recorded in 1639 and 1641. Soon after, he lived a short time at Rehoboth, where he was an original purchaser and attended a town meeting 31 Aug 1644, also in 1645. He then moved to Malden, where he had children recorded in 1651 and 1653.
On 19 Mar 1650/1, Richard Palgrave of Charlestown, physician, with consent of his wife Anne, sold to Ralph Shepard of Malden, taylor, five acres "on Mystik syde," and four "cow Lotts". Ralph Shepard of Malden, tailor, sold land there with consent of wife Thankslord, to Abraham Hill, 1 Feb 1663/4, and on 7 July 1666 with wife Thankslord sold to Benjamin Dunbar his dwelling house, barns, and 14 acres, apparently his homestead, together with other pieces of land in Malden and Charlestown. He is reffered to in some records as Deacon.
He seems to have removed to Concord Mass in 1665-66. On 25 Mar 1666 calling himself of Concord, tailor, he conveyed with his wife Thankslord to his son-in-law Walter Power of Concord, planter, 60 acres in Concord which he had purchased of Lt. Joseph Wheeler, and this deed was witnessed by Isaac Shepard and Jacob Shepard. On 29 May 1681, without mention of his wife, and in consideration of a sum paid mostly by Isaac Shepard, deceased, and the rest by Nathaniel Jewell, who married Isaac's widow, he conveyed to the children of Isaac Shepard (Isaac, Mary, and Samuel), part of his farm bought from Lt. Joseph Wheeler, bounded on lands of himself, Abraham Shepard, and Walter Power.
It has often been supposed, and sometimes stated positively in print, that Thomas Shepard of Charlestown and Malden was a son of Ralph Shepard. Circumstantial evidence pointing to this conclusion has long been known. On 3 May 1693 following the death of Peter Dill, his widow Thanks (proved daughter of Ralph Shepard) and eldest son gave bond as administrators and their sureties of were Walter Power and "Thomas Shepard Senr of Charlestown." Power was brother-in-law of Thanks, husband of Trial Shepard; and it would be reasonable to suppose that the other surety, Thomas Shepard was her brother. Thomas Shepard named sons Ralph, Jacob, and Isaac; the first could be for his father Ralph, the other two for brothers, known sons of Ralph. The argument from nomenclature is strong because Ralph was an old English name, not one of the Biblical or moralistic namesthen favored by the New England Puritans, who rarely bestowed old English names on their children except out of piety or to commemorate their parents and close relatives.
Nevertheless, documentary proof was lacking. Such proof was found by Mr. Thomas A. Burke of Cambridge, MA, in the Middlesex County Mass. land records, book 14, pp 562-64, at Cambridge, and published by Mr. Charles Shepard of Rochester, N.Y. A partition deed made 30 Mar 1808 between William Power and Walter Power, who were proved sons of Trial (Shepard) Power and grandsons of Ralph Shepard, in which they state they "have purchased a Certain Tract of Land of theire Two Cousin vizt. Ralph Shepard and Jacob Shepard" by a deed dated the previous 23 January 1707/8. Since these proved grandsons of Ralph Shepard called Ralph and Jacob Shepard their cousins, and since the only Shepard men of those names known to have been living at that time where Thomas's sons Ralph and Jacob, it follows that Thomas was a son of Ralph Shepard. The record of Ralph's daughter Sara, points out that Ralph of Malden was not the London draper of that name, with whom he has been erroneously identified in some printed works, as the draper died in London leaving a will dated 17 July 1652, proved 2 May 1653.
Ralph SHEPHERD (SHEPAR was born between 1603 and 1606 in Of Limehouse, Stepney, Middlesex, England. He died on 20 Aug 1693 in ., Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He was buried on 11 Sep 1693 in Bell Rock Cemete, Malden, Middlesex, MA.
He was married to Thankful LORD in 1632 in , England. Children were: Sarah SHEPARD , Thomas SHEPHERD, John SHEPARD , Isaac SHEPARD, Trial SHEPARD , Abraham SHEPHERD, Walter SHEPARD, Thanks SHEPARD, Jacob SHEPARD, Ralph SHEPHERD, Anne SHEPHERD, Daniel SHEPARD, Mary SHEPARD.
Savage says: RALPH, Dedham, came in the Abigail from London, 1635, aged 29, with w. Thanks, 23, and d. Sarah, 2; first sat down, prob. at Watertown, but by Farmer is call. of Weymouth, when he had there Isaac, b. 20 June 1639; and Trial, a d. 19 Dec. 1641; but had, also, Abraham; Thanks, 10 Feb. 1651; and Jacob, June 1653.
Shattuck makes him live some time at Concord; but earlier he was of Rehoboth, perhaps in 1644; and yet more prob. to me appears his resid. at Malden, where one of the not freq. name was bur. 11 Sept. 1693, aged 90, with moderate allow. for usual exaggera. See Geneal. Reg. IV. 66. Trial m. 11 Mar. 1661, Walter Power. RALPH, Milton, s. of Thomas of Malden, liv. at Brookline 1671--1712, had w. Mary, but no ch. is kn. Prob. his f. d. under his roof, and he d. 26 Jan. 1722.
Children of Ralph SHEPARD and Thankful LORD
1. Sarah Shepard, born 6 Aug 1633 in Stepney, Middlesex, , England; died 22 Dec 1719 in (W.P.).
2. Thomas Shepard, born abt. 1635/37 in Dedham, Norfolk, MA; died 17 Sep 1719 in Milton, Norfolk, MA. He married (1) on 19 Nov 1658 in Malden, Middlesex, MA, Hannah Ensign. He married (2) Joanna Shepard (Mrs).
3. John Shepard, born abt. 1637 in Dedham, Norfolk, MA; died 15 Dec 1699. He married abt. 1660 in , Middlesex, MA, Sarah Cable.
4. Isaac Shepard, born 20 Jun 1639 in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA; died 12 Feb 1676 in Concord, , MA. He married on 11 Dec 1667 in Concord, , MA, Mary Smedley.
5. Trial Shepard, born 19 Dec 1641 in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA. She married Walter Powers.
6. Abraham Shepard, born 7 Mar 1642 of Concord, Middlesex, MA; died 22 Feb 1716 in Concord, Middlesex, MA. He married on 2 Jan 1672 in Concord, Middlesex, MA, Judith Filbrook.
7. Walter Shepard, born abt. 1643 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA; died abt. 1719 of Sudbury, Middlesex, MA.
8. Thanks Shepard, born 10 Feb 1650 in Malden, Middlesex, MA. She married on 13 Dec 1669 in Littletown, Middlesex, MA, Peter Dill (Dell).
9. Jacob Shepard, born 16 Jun 1653 in Malden, Middlesex, MA; died 12 Feb 1676.
10. Walter Shepard, born abt. 1655 of Sudbury, , MA.
11. Ralph Shepard, born abt. 1656 in Dronfield, Derbys, , England; died 26 Jun 1712. He married Ralph Shepard (Mrs).
12. Daniel Shepard, born abt. 1659 in Malden, Middlesex, MA; died 21 Dec 1686. He married on 21 Dec 1686 in Dartmouth, Bristol, MA, Mary Brice.
13. Mary Shepard, born abt. 1660/61 in Malden, Middlesex, MA. She married on 17 Sep 1688 in Concord, Middlesex, MA, Thomas Harris.
- Birth: Jun. 3, 1606 - Dronfield, Derbyshire, England
- Death: Aug. 20, 1693 - Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Sarah Shepard 39383152 married Samuel Thompson
Family links: Spouse:
- Thanklorde Perkins Shepard (1612 - 1681)*
- Sarah Shepard Tompson (1633 - 1680)*
- Thomas Shepard (1635 - 1719)*
- John Shepard (1637 - 1699)*
- Isaac Shepard (1639 - 1676)*
- Trial Shepard Power (1641 - 1708)*
- Abraham Shepard (1642 - 1716)*
- Thanks Shepard Dill (1651 - 1669)*
- Jacob Shepard (1653 - 1676)*
- Daniel Shepard (1659 - 1659)*
- Calculated relationship
Burial: Bell Rock Cemetery Malden Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Stanley Shepard Record added: May 31, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 70676070
- The Early records of the town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1636-1659 edited by the town clerk, Don Gleason Hill Published 1892 by Printed at office of the Dedham Transcript in Dedham, Mass . Written in English. Signed the 1636 Dedham Contentment.
Deacon Ralph Shepard's Timeline
Stepney, London, Middlesex, England
May 21, 1632
London, Middlesex, England
London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
August 6, 1633
Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England
July 12, 1635
Limehouse, Stepney Parish, Middlesex, England; Emigration: to America
August 18, 1636
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Received 12 acres. 8th signer of the Dedham Covenant
At the first public meeting on August 15, 1636, eighteen men signed the town covenant. They swore that they would "in the fear and reverence of our Almighty God, mutually and severally promise amongst ourselves and each to profess and practice one truth according to that most perfect rule, the foundation whereof is ever lasting love."
They also agreed that "we shall by all means labor to keep off from us all such as are contrary minded, and receive only such unto us as may be probably of one heart with us, [and such] as that we either know or may well and truly be informed to walk in a peaceable conversation with all meekness of spirit, [this] for the edification of each other in the knowledge and faith of the Lord Jesus…"
The covenant also stipulated that if differences were to arise between townsmen, they would seek arbitration for resolution and each would pay his fair share for the common good.
Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 26, 1637
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 20, 1639
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
December 19, 1641
Weymouth, (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 7, 1642
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts