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Violet Shepard (Charnold)

Also Known As: "Violet Stanley", "Violet Wolverton"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Mistley Parish, Essex, England
Death: January 9, 1648 (51)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Charnold and Joane Charnold
Wife of Capt. Edward Shepard, of Cambridge
Mother of Elizabeth Disborough; Sgt. John Shepard, Sr.; Abigail Pond; Deborah Fairbanks and Sarah Thompson, of Braintree

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About Violet Shepard

Violet CHARNOLD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 was christened 26 Sep 1596 in Mistley, Essex, England. She died 9 Jan 1648 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Violet married Edward SHEPPARD on 6 Dec 1620 in Erwarton, Suffolk, England.

They had the following children:

  • F i Elizabeth SHEPPARD was christened 4 Nov 1621 and died Mar 1694.
  • M ii John SHEPPARD 1, 2, 3 was christened 5 Nov 1623 in Lawford, Essex, England.
  • F iii Abigail SHEPPARD was christened 12 Oct 1627 and died 5 Jul 1661.
  • F iv Deborah SHEPPARD was christened 5 Nov 1631 and died 7 Sep 1705.
  • F v Sarah SHEPPARD was born 1635 and died 15 Jan 1679.

Correct parents are believed to be John Charnold (died circa 1615) and Joan Unknown (died circa 1610).

Dave K.



There has been a lot of controversy over Violet’s last name.  Early speculation for Violet’s last name included Stanley and Wolverton. Wolverton because her children John and Elizabeth are deeded land by G.W. Wolverton.  John refers to Geoffrey as “uncle.” Stanley was another interpretation of “uncle.” Shepard’s research did not reveal a definite connection. However, John Charnold was a tanner, as was Geoffrey Wolverton. The other men involved in the wills were all from the same area in Essex. It’s possible that Wolverton was an apprentice to Charnold, which would explain a close family connection, whether or not it lead him to marry a Charnold daughter and become a literal “uncle.”

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Violet Shepard's Timeline

September 26, 1596
Mistley Parish, Essex, England
September 26, 1596
Mistley, Parish, Essex, England
September 26, 1596
Mistley Parish, , Essex, England
September 26, 1596
Mistley, Parish, Essex, Eng.
September 26, 1596
Mistley, Parish, Essex, Eng.
November 4, 1621
Age 25
Mistley, Essex, England
November 5, 1623
Age 27
Lawford Parish, Essex, England
November 5, 1631
Age 35
Lawford, Essex, England
Age 34
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA