Notes for John Sheppard

!Hardy Co., VA. Will Book No. 1 Page 240: John Sheppard Will: On September 15 , 1802 The Will of John Sheppard was probated at Hardy Co., VA. Will Book No. 1 Page 240. The following were named in his Will -
Wife-Sarah Sheppard
Son-Jonathan Sheppard
Son-James Sheppard
Son-Robert Sheppard
Dau.-Anne Sheppard
Dau.-Elizabeth Talbot
Dau.-Sarah Brown
Dau.-Elisanne Manning
Son-Samuel Sheppard
Son-William Sheppard
!Hardy Co. Deed Book # 1, Page # 156: John Sheppard received a land grant of 420 acres on Patterson Creek in 1791.


IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, this 7th day of January, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight. I John Sheppard of this County of Hardy and State of Virginia, being aged and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for calling unto mind the morality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament, that is to say principally & first of all I give and recommend my soul unto God almighty that gave it & for my body I recommend it to earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner, at the direction of my Executor not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God & as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God---bless me with in this life I give devise and bequeeth of the same in the following manner and form after my just debts and funeral expences are paid. I give and bequeeth to my dearly beloved wife Sarah Shepperd whom I likewise constitute make & ordain my only executrix all my estate & singular my goods & Chattels, rights & credits lands messuages, and tenements to her to have and
hold her lifetime and the said estate to be at her disceece to be disposed of in the following manner-
First, I give and bequeeth to my beloved son Jonathan Shepperd the sum of six shillings to be paid by my Executor-Next I give and bequeeth to--beloved son James Shepperd the sum of six shillings-I give and bequeeth to my beloved son Robert Shepperd the sum of six shillings, next to him I give and bequeeth to my beloved daughter, Ann Shepperd, her living during her lifetime and if the said Ann should see cause to depart her bequest shall be twenty pounds, also two cows and six sheep-next I give and bequeeth to my daughter Elizabeth Talbot the sum of six shillings-Next I give and bequeeth to my daughter Sarah Brown the sum of six shillings- Next, I give and bequeeth to my daughter Elisanne Manning the sum of six shillings-Next & last of all I give and bequeeth to my sons Samuel & William Shepperd all my lands to have and to hold their heirs and assigns for ever, the lands to be divided between them the longest liver to enjoy them the said William to hold the upper part and Samuel the lower part including the dwelling house by them paying the above legacies and I do hereby constitute the said William to be my Executor of this my last Will and (carried over and continued) Testament to be an assistant to his Mother- In the business (futhermore the boundary line for William beginning at a pine tree corner to David Miles and running across a straight line to a red bank on the other side of the run) of this my last Will & Testament, all and singular my goods and chattels, rights & credits, Lands and Tenements, I do hereby utterly revoke and dis-annul all and every other former Testaments Wills and legacies request and Executors by me made in any way before this time named Willed and bequeethed ratifying and confirming this & no other to be my last Will and Testament-In witness thereof I have hereto set my hand & seal the day and year above
written- Signed, Sealed, & Published & declared in the presence of us subscribers by the said
Shepperd to the last Will & Testament.

John Sheppard
Owen Thomas
John Talbert

Thomas X Tolbert
(his mark)

Note: Some words spelled wrong in the original-Deceased spelled as deceece bequeath spelled as bequeeth also all the recipiants names are spelled as Shepperd. The above Will was copied from a hand written will. There could be mistakes, but it is believed it to be pretty accurate signed Charles Shepherd II.

!Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol. 1, No. 1, page 32, January 1985: On December 15, 1877 John Sheppard had land near Old Town in Frederick Co., Maryland, next to land of Thomas Cresap of Washington County. Captain Michael Cresap's father named Thomas and he lived in Washington County. Jonathan Sheppard son of John,enlisted first in Captain Cresp's Independant Company Of Rifleman at Old Town July 1, 1775. Johnathan's parents appear to have lived in the vicinity of Old Town in 1775. John Sheppard is listed in the 1787 tax list of Hardy Co., (West) Virginia. He owned seven horses and six head of cattle.

!Hardy County Deed Book # 1, Page # 156: John Sheppard received a land grant of 420 acres on Patterson Creek in 1791.

!Hardy County Deed Book # 2, Page # 352, Fairfax Lease, 21 May 1791: 12 September 1791: John Sheppard leased 200 acres of land on the West side of the South Branch of the Potomac River from Denny Fairfax.

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