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Isaac Shepard

Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Death: February 12, 1676 (36)
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (murder by Nashua indians)
Place of Burial: Littleton/Concord, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. Ralph Shepard and Thankslord Shepard
Husband of Mary Jewell
Father of Isaac Shepard; Mary Harris and Samuel Shepard
Brother of Sarah Shepard; Thomas Shepard; John Shepard; Trial Power; Abraham Shepard, of Malden and 3 others

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About Isaac Shepard

Isaac Shepard (Ralph Shepard2, Isaac Shepard1) was born 20 JUN 1639 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, and died 12 FEB 1675/76 in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.



He married Mary Smedley 10 DEC 1667 in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of Baptiste Smenley and Katharine Shorthouse. She was born 7 JUN 1648.


Children of Isaac Shepard and Mary Smedley are:

  • i. Isaac Shepard was born ABT. 1669 in Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 23 JAN 1746/47 in Killingly, Connecticut.
  • ii. Mary Shepard married Thomas Harris
  • iii. Samuel Shepard.


He died on February 12, 1676 on his farm in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was killed in a Nashoba Indian attack.

The History of Concord told the story:

”When the Indians swooped down upon the Shepard homestead the ground was covered with snow to such a depth that snow shoes were used. The event happened on Saturday, and Isaac and Jacob were threshing in the barn. Being aware of the perilous times, they had set their sister on the summit of a hill to watch for Indians; but the savages eluded her vigilance and before she was aware of their presence she was captured and her brothers were slain. His widow Mary and his brother, Abraham, were the administrators of his estate.”


Isaac Shepard I, born on June 20, 1639, possibly in Dedham, Massachusetts, was the fourth of nine children and third of six sons born to Ralph Shepard and Thankful Lord (?).

Savage dates Isaac's marriage to Mary Smedley as occuring on December 10, 1667.

Issac and Mary had at least two sons (Isaac II and Samuel) before Isaac's death at the hands of Indians in 1676. Isaac and his brother Jacob were killed on the south side of Quagana Hill, where they were threshing in the barn. They had set their youngest sister Mary, about 15 years old, on the summit of the hill to watch for Inidans. But the Indians eluded her vigilance and before she was aware of their presence, she was captured and her brothers were killed. Tradtion has it that the Inidans took Mary to Nashawa, now called Lancaster. That night, while her captors were fast asleep (really in drunken stupors), Mary took a saddle from under the head of her Indian keeper, saddled a horse, mounted him, swan across the Nashawa River, and got back to her home. Isaac's widow married Nathaniel Jewell and perhaps went with him and her two sons to Plainfield, Connecticut when it was settled in the 1690's.

The New England Genealogy cites Weymouth, Massachusetts as Isaac's birth place and dates his marriage to Mary as October 10, 1667, in Concord, Massachusetts.

The Concord Vital Records use the December 10, l667 wedding date.

Hudson's "History of Concord" and Wolcott's "Concord in the Colonial Period" have accounts of Isaac's death


Apparently all of Ralph Shepard's family were with him at Concord with the exception of his daughter Sarah and his son Thomas; and all of them appear to have lived on contiguous farms. His son Isaac, prior to his death by the Indians, had bought of his father a part of the Wheeler farm and was in possession of it, as shown by a deed executed by the father 4 July 1681 and witnessed by Abraham Shepard. The deed recites that for a valuable sum of money paid by Isaac Shepard, deceased, for the most part, and the remainder by Nathaniel Jewell, Ralph Shepard sold to Isaac Shepard, Mary Shepard and Samuel Shepard, children of said Isaac Shepard, deceased, part of the farm he bought of 1.4. Joseph Wheeler, viz, a house lot bounded on the south by his houselot, on the west partly by the Indian plantation and partly by land of Peter Dill, on the north by Abraham Shepard, and on the east by Walter Powers. He also conveyed the lower end of the long meadow bounded westerly by Abraham Shepard, part of the great meadow bounded easterly by Abraham Shepard, All which parcels were in the possession of Isaac Shepard aforesaid, and occupied by him in the time of his life, and also a one third part of my said farme yet undivided.


A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, vBefore 1692 Volume #4 Sheldon - Shepley By James Savage

ISAAC, Concord, s. of Ralph, m. 10 Dec. 1667, Mary Smedley, and was k. by the Ind. 12 Feb. 1676. His wid. m. Nathaniel Jewell. ISAAC, vol. 4, p. 72 Concord, s. of the yeoman Thomas of Charlestown, m. 31 Dec. 1702, Elizabeth Fuller, and d. 4 June 1724. JACOB, Wrentham, br. of the preced. m. 22 Nov. 1699, Mercy, d. of John Chickering of Charlestown, had Jacob, b. 22 Aug. 1700, d. young; John, 25 Feb. 1704, wh. d. 3 Apr. 1809; Thomas, 24 Mar. 1706; Joseph, 9 Feb. 1708; and Benjamin, 24 Dec. 1710; and d. 1717. The centenaran had three ws. hav. liv. with the last, wh. d. 9 yrs. bef. him, for sixty-nine yrs. See Daggett, in Geneal. Reg. VI. 128.




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Fine restored home on 5 acres of gardens and fields, bounded by the Connecticut State Wildlife Preserve. The Isaac Shepard House offers full breakfasts, TV, library, laundry, and facilities. Shepard House is also available for Weddings and Reunions.

Birth 20 Jun 1639 Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA Death 12 Feb 1676 (aged 36) Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Burial Power Burying Ground Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Memorial ID 73734754 · View Source

  • from TORREY: SHEPARD, Isaac (1639-12 Feb 1676) & Mary SMEDLEY (1648-), m/2 Nathaniel JEWELL 1676/7; 10 Dec 1667; Concord
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Isaac Shepard's Timeline

June 20, 1639
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
February 12, 1676
Age 36
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Age 36
Littleton/Concord, Massachusetts
December 11, 1883
Age 36
December 11, 1883
Age 36
December 11, 1883
Age 36