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Samuel Shepherd

Birthplace: Castleton, Rutland County, Vermont, United States
Death: Died in San Bernardino, San Bernardino county, California, United States
Place of Burial: San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Shepherd and Diodama Hopkins Shepherd
Husband of Charity Swarthout and Roxana Lana Shepherd
Father of Lydia Shepherd; Julia Ann Shepherd; Rollings Don Carlos Shepherd and Marcus de Lafayette Shepherd

Occupation: Veteran, Battle of 1812; Veteran, Battle of Tippecanoe
Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd – A True Pioneer and American Hero

Samuel Shepherd, (son of David Shepherd, born 1750, in Catskill county, New York, and Diodama Hopkins) was born 10 November 1790 at Castleton, Rutland County, Vermont. Samuel was a soldier in the War of 1812 and fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe under General William Henry Harrison. He was a prisoner of war at Quebec for 7 months. His father, David Shepherd, served in the American Revolution and fought in the Battle of Bennington with General Stark.

Samuel's first wife was Roxanna "Roxy" Lana Ray. They were married on 4 December 1820 and had eight children. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they were forced by religious persecution to move to Missouri, but Roxy died on the trip, leaving Samuel with six living children.

In 1836 he married Charity Bates Swarthout, who had seven children of her own. They were forced to move again, leaving Missouri for Illinois. In 1847 they joined the second wagon train to Salt Lake, the C. C. Rich company, arriving in Salt Lake City on 2 October 1847, . In 1851 Samuel was called to help found an LDS colony in Southern California and was one of the founding fathers of the City of San Bernardino.

Marriages and Children

  1. Roxanna "Roxy" Lana Ray, (daughter of William Ray). They had eight children:
    1. Sarah Adaline born 1821, married Charles Garrowtle;
    2. Lucelia L. born 1822, died;
    3. Fanny Jane born June, 1829;
    4. Julia Ann Shepherd (1829 - 1899), married Sidney Tanner;
    5. Rollins Don Carlos Shepherd (1830 - 1909), married Sarah Smitheon 1851;
    6. William Ray, died.
    7. Marcus DeLafayette Shepherd (1824 - 1904)married Harriet E. Parrish 9 March 1851
  2. Charity Bates Swarthout, (daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Bates, former pioneer 1847), married 1836 in Jackson county, Missouri. She had seven children from a previous marriage; she and Samuel had one child of their own:
    1. Lydia Shepherd Davidson (1836 - 1929)


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Samuel Shepherd's Timeline

November 10, 1790
Castleton, Rutland County, Vermont, United States
October 10, 1824
Age 33
Willoughby, Lake, Ohio, United States
March 24, 1829
Age 38
Willoughby, Lake, OH, USA
December 8, 1830
Age 40
September 16, 1835
Age 44
Clay, Missouri, USA
October 23, 1877
Age 86
San Bernardino, San Bernardino county, California, United States
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States