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About Moses Trader Shepherd

Moses Trader Shepherd was born 9 January 1820 in Franklin County, Ohio. He died 9 September 1866 in Spanish Fork, Utah. He was the third son of Peter Burr Shepherd and Mary Barker.

Moses was baptized into the Mormon Church in November of 1846 by Benjamin Clark. He was determined to join the saints on their trek west, but his wife, Eliza Jane, did not feel the same way and refused to go. He made his way to Winter Quarters without her and their two little daughters.

He accepted the practice of plural marriage and took a second wife while in Winter Quarters. He still missed Eliza and his two little girls very much and decided to go back to Indiana to persuade her to come back with him. He was successful in his quest. They sold their 32 acre farm in Delaware County to her brother-in-law, John Adamson and headed back to Iowa. When they arrived in Kanesville they learned that his second wife, Martha died during child birth.

Moses and Eliza along with their two children, Priscilla and Aaron traveled to Salt Lake with the Pioneers in 1852. They lost a son, Peter Burr Shepherd shortly after birth the 21st of July 1852 on the plains during the course of their travels.

Moses had 4 wives.

He married first: Eliza Jane Adamson, daughter of Isaac and Nancy Garner Adamson 22 March 1840 in Muncie, Delaware, Indiana. They were the parents of 11 children.

Married second: Martha Amanda Bryant 1847/48 Kanesville, Pottawattamie, Iowa. She died in 1849 while giving birth to their son.

Married third: Hannah Garlick (her third marriage) 1 April 1856 in Springville, Utah. They had two children.

Married fourth: Mary (Maren) Christine Olesen 17 December 1864 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had one daughter.

Children by 1st wife:

  1. John Mack, b. 30 Dec 1840, Delaware County, Indiana. Died as an infant.
  2. Priscilla Ann, b.1842, Mt. Pleasant Twp, Indiana d. 1916 Monroe, Utah. Md. 1st Benjamin F. Barney, md. 2nd James Blackham.
  3. William Cummins Riley, b. 1 April 1844, Delaware County, Indiana. Died as an infant.
  4. Nancy b. 17 Dec 1846, Missouri. D. at age 4.
  5. Aaron Adamson, b. 9 Aug 1849, Kanesville, Iowa. D. 1891, Lakeshore, Utah. Md. 1st, Elizabeth (Eliza Ann) Job. Md. 2nd, Anna Pe(h)rson or Olson.
  6. Peter Burr, b. 21 July 1852. D. as infant on the plains.
  7. Eliza Jane, b. 1853, Palmyra,Utah. D. 1935. Md. 1st, William Howard Avery. Md. 2nd William Bowcutt.
  8. Moses Andrew, b. 1856, Palmyra, Utah. D. 1926, Palmyra, Utah. Md. Rachel Ann Brady.
  9. Benjamin Franklin, b. 1858, Palmyra, Utah. D. 1912, Santaquin, Utah. Md. 1st, Josephine Marie Christine Jensen. Md. 2nd, Corline Petersen.
  10. Isaac Garner (1861-1919), Spanish Fork, Utah.Md. 1st, Josephine Nielsen. Md. 2nd, Mary Ann Jones.
  11. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1864, Spanish Fork, Utah. D. 1945, Idaho. Md. James Douglas Hay.

Children by 2nd wife:

  1. William Bryant, b.and d. 28 Jan 1849, Kanesville, Iowa.

Children by 3rd wife:

  1. Joseph Garlick, b. 1857, Spanish Fork, Utah. D. 1940, Springville, Utah. Md. Mary Angeline Watts.
  2. Daniel Young, b. 1860, Spring City, Utah. D. 1930. Md. 1st, Jane Hyde Clegg. Md. 2nd, Elizabeth Eva Mosley.

Children by 4th wife:

  1. Rhoda, b. 1865, Spanish Fork, Utah. D. 1946. Md. Francis Marion Barney.


Moses was a member of the Militia during the Indian wars. "The Walker War" broke out at Springville on July 17, 1853. Two days later he was listed on the rolls of Company "C" Muster Roll of Infantry Battalion of the "Nauvoo Legion", Palmayra, Utah Territory as a Corporal.


  1. Florence C. Youngberg, National Society, Sons of Utah Pioneers, "Conquerors of the West: stalwart Mormon pioneers, Volume 4 " pages 2324-2326.
  2. Hansen, Bliss Jarvis Brimley; Genealogical Society of Utah d.b.a FamilySearch, "Moses Trader Shepherd : his family and ancestors" pages 109-242.

(Please see attached documents.)

BIRTH: JAN. 9, 1820 • Franklin, Warren, Ohio, US. DEATH: SEP. 19, 1866 • Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, USA. Spouse & Children: Eliza Jane Adamson (1822–1897). Priscilla Ann Shepherd (1842–1916); Aaron Adamson Shepherd (1849–1891); Eliza Jane Shepherd (1853–1935); Moses Andrew Shepherd, Sr. (1855–1926); Benjamin Franklin Shepherd (1858–1912); Isaac Garner Shepherd (1861–1919) & Mary Elizabeth Shepherd (1864–1945).

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Moses Trader Shepherd's Timeline

January 9, 1820
Franklin County, Ohio, United States
December 30, 1840
Age 20
Delaware County, Indiana
May 4, 1842
Age 22
Mt Pleasant, Delaware, Indiana, USA
April 1, 1844
Age 24
Delaware County, Indiana
December 17, 1846
Age 26
Age 26
Iowa, USA
August 9, 1849
Age 29
Kanesville (Now, Pottawattamie, IA
July 21, 1852
Age 32
On The Plains
November 14, 1852
Age 32