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Edward Shepard, of Cambridge

Also Known As: "Shepherd", "Shepard"
Birthplace: Elmstead, Essex, England
Death: Died in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Shepard and Katherine Becham
Husband of Violet Shepard; Mary Shepherd and Mary Shepard
Father of Elizabeth Disborough; John Shepard, Sr.; Susan Shepard; Abigail Pond; Deborah Fairbanks and 5 others
Brother of Anthony Shepard; Mary Shepard; Edmund Shepard and William Shepard

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About Edward Shepard, of Cambridge

Edward Shepard, Mariner of Cambridge, was born 27 June 1596 in Elmstead, Essex, England and died before 20 August 1680 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Parents: Edward Shepard, Sr. (1570-1608) and Katherine Becham (1572- aft. 1608)


  1. 6 Dec 1620, Erwarton, Suffolk, England to Violet Charnould (1596-1648). She was the daughter of John Charnould and Joan.


  • Will names wife Mary, children John, Elizabeth, Deborah, Daniel Pond in lieu of deceased dau Abigail and Sarah.
  • Calls himself a mariner in two deeds. Harvard's steward also recorded wheat from Edward Shepard's vessel.575
  • Connection to Violet researched by Lawrence Sheperd and ducumented in a series of articles in Heritage Quest in 1989.
  • The baptisms for Violet and Elizabeth and the marriage to Edward are the only IGI events found with the name Violet connected to a Shepherd.
  • Mistley and Erwarton are just across the river from each other - a river that leads to several major ports. Edward was a mariner, a master by 1648.
  • An Edward Shepherd was master of the Samuell of Manningtree ~1624-1633, a small vessel used in coastal trade.
  • Edward Shepherd was assessed on the tax rolls of 1636 in Lawford, Essex. Parish records for Lawford list Edward's children with father William and mother Violet, but there is no William that this could be. A search of nearby parishes for Edward Shepards revealed a birth record and connected wills in Elmstead, a parish in far northeast Essex.



  • 575. Shepard, James, "Descendents of Edward Shepard, Mariner, of Cambridge, Mass. 1639," NEHGR, Vol. 32: 322-8, July 1878.
  • 576. Curfman, Robert Joseph, Paddock Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Paddock of Plymouth, Ft. Collins, CO, 1977, (NEHGS).
  • 598. Shepherd, Lawrence, "Search for the origins of Edward Shepherd," Heritage Quest, 1989 Vol. 22-25, continuing.
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Edward Shepard, of Cambridge's Timeline

June 27, 1596
Elmstead, Essex, England
June 27, 1596
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
June 27, 1596
of, Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass
June 27, 1596
Of, Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass
June 27, 1596
Of, Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass
June 27, 1596
of, Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass
June 27, 1596
Of, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 6, 1620
Age 24
Cambridge, Middlesex, MA, USA
November 4, 1621
Age 25
Mistley, Essex, England
November 5, 1623
Age 27
Lawford Parish, Essex, England