Capt. Edward SHEPARD (1596 – 1680) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Edward Shepard was baptized in 27 Jun 1596, Elmstead, Essex, England. His parents were John SHEPARD. and Rebecca WALLER. He married Violet CHARNOULD on 6 Dec 1620, in Erwarton, Suffolk, England. Edward came with his family from England in 1639, he being the captain of his own ship, and settled in Cambridge, Suffolk, Mass. After Violet died, he married second Mrs. Mary POND, about 1650. Mary was the widow of Robert POND of Dedham, who died in 1637. One of her sons, Daniel POND, married her daughter Abigail. Edward died before 20 Aug 1680, (will proved) in Cambridge, Mass.
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.”
Children of Edward and Violet:
|1.||John Seargent Shepard||5 Nov 1623, Lawford, Essex, Englan||Rebecca Greenhill
1 Oct 1649 Cambridge, Mass
3 Aug 1691 Hartford, CT
8 Sep 1698
|12 Jun 1707 Hartford, CT|
|2.||Elizabeth Shepard||4 Nov 1621, Mistley, Essex, England||Thwaite Strickland
abt 1646, Dedham, Mass
|30 Mar 1694, Hartford, Hartford, CT|
|3.||Abigail SHEPARD||12 Oct 1627, Lawford, England||Daniel POND
30 Mar 1652 in Dedham, Mass.
|5 Jul 1661 Dedham, Mass.|
|4.||Deborah Shepard||5 Nov 1631, Lawford, England||Jonathan Fairbanks (son of our ancestor Jonathan FAIRBANKS )
4 OCT 1649 Dedham,
|7 Sep 1705 Dedham, Mass|
|5.||William Shepard||c. 1634 England||Boston Harbor|
|6.||Sarah Shepard||c. 1636 England||Samuel Thompson (Tomson)
27 Apr 1656, Braintree
|15 Jan 1679/80
15 Jan 1679, Braintree, Mass.
Edward’s siblings Children of his parents Edward SHEPARD and Katherine BECHAM are:
ii. Anthony Shepard, b. 14 Jun 1601 in Elmstead, Essex, England; d. 13 Jun 1603 bur. Elmstead, Essex, England.
iv. Edmund Shepard, bap. 20 Jan 1604/05 in Elmstead, Essex, England.
v. William Shepard, bap. 16 Mar 1607/08 in Elmstead, Essex, England.
Edward continued to be a mariner his entire life. Twice he asserts to being a mariner in deeds – to Richard Champney, Mar. 19, 1652/53, and to W. Fessenden, Feb. 18, 1679/80, as well as in his own will dated Oct. 1, 1674. Also, mention is made in the record of the steward of Harvard College 1654, of two importations of wheat “from aboard Edward Shephard’s vessel.” He reportedly carried on trade between Boston and Hartford, and probably other parts.
The baptisms for Violet and Elizabeth and the marriage to Edward are the only events found with the name Violet connected to a Shepherd.
Mistley and Erwarton are just across the River Stour from each other, not too far from the modern port of Felixstowe, England. The River Stour leads to several major ports. Here is are Google Map Directions of the English places of Edward’s origins.
An Edward Shepherd was master of the Samuell of Manningtree ~1624-1633, a small vessel used in coastal trade.
1636 – Edward was assessed on the tax roles of Lawford, Essex England Lawford is only a couple miles from Mistley. Parish records for Lawford list Edward’s children with father William and mother Violet, but there is no William that this could be
10 May 1643 – Admitted a freeman at Cambridge, MA
1648 – Edward was a master mariner
The following describes his property in Cambridge:
“Edward Shepard bought of James Herringe one dwelling-house, with a garden, abutting John Betts northeast, Edward Mickerson on the north, Mr. Andrews west, The highway (now South Street, between Holyoke and Dunster [Google Maps] ) south. And a small garden, on the other side of the highway, abutting John Thrumbull east and south, Mr. Paine’s yard west, and the highway north. And on the south side of the Charles River, planting land, 5 acres more or less, abutting Boston field east, John Thrumbull and Mr. Andrew’s lands west and south, the highway and creek north”.
Edward’s will names wife Mary, children John, Elizabeth, Deborah, Daniel POND in lieu of deceased daughter Abigail and Sarah.
Edward’s name appears in the town records of Cambridge in various relations until 1680. His will was proven Aug 20, 1680. His son, John, sold the homestead Sep. 18, 1681, to Owen Warland. Edward’s will is on file at the Middlesex Probate Office in East Cambridge, MA.
Edward’s son-in-law, Thwait(s) Strickland was a signer of the 1635 Covenant that established Dedham and was an original settler there. Dedham is on the Charles river, near present day Boston.
1. John Seargent Shepard
John’s first wife Rebecca Greenhill was born 24 Feb 1630 in Staplehurst, Kent, England. Her parents were Samuel Greenhill and Rebecca Baseden. Rebecca died 22 Dec 1689 in Hartford, Hartford, CT.
John’s second wife Susanna Fruen was born 1635 in Hartford, Hartford, CT. She first married 1654 in Hartford, Hartford, CT. to William Goodwin (b. 1629 in Hartford, CT – d. 15 Oct 1689 in Hartford) Susanna died 1698 in Hartford, Hartford, CT.
John’s third wife Martha Henbury died Sep 1710.
2. Elizabeth Shepard
Elizabeth’s first husband Thwaite Strickland was born 1625 in England. His parents were John William Strickland and Jane Fenwick. Thwaite died 1670 in Glastonbury, Hartford, CT.
Elizabeth’s second Nicholas Disborough was born 16 Jun 1612 in Hartford, Hartford, CT. His parents were Nicholas Disbrowe and Mary Gylbye. Nicholas died 31 Aug 1683 in Hartford, Hartford, CT.
The origins of Thwaite Strickland are not clearly established. Many have reported him as a possible son of John Strickland, a 1630 Puritan landholder in Charleston, but documentaion of such is lacking. He has benn variously called Thwaite, Thwait, Thait, Thwaits, Thwaites, and I suppose other variations, but I have never seen a prefix as in xxxthwaite. This name was not continued in his subsequent descendents, with the primary name of the male descendents being John or a variation thereof (Jonathan, Joseph)
Just a belated further comment on the discussion about the namen’Thwaite’ in general, thrown up recently by some study of local maps.
I don’t think anyone would ever have been baptised with the Christian name ‘Thwaite’ unless this was an associated family surname, eg, the maiden name of the mother. But Thwaite without a prefix was quite rare, I think, as a surname and the use of surnames as first (as opposed to middle) christian names was not very common, certainly in 17th. century Westmorland.
The other explanation is that he was baptised John Strickland or whatever and his family lived in xxxxthwaite. If there were loads of John Stricklands in the same area, people would start calling him
xxxxthwaite Strickland to differentiate him from the rest. This could have become shortened to ‘Thwaite’ subsequently – a full place name just called ‘Thwaite’ without a prefix being about as uncommon as
xxxxxthwaites are prolific in Cumberland and Westmorland. (And a variation on this theme would be that he was baptised John xxxxthwaite Strickland but subsequently became known by the middle, family, name for
However, the plot thickens, because just north of Rusland in what was the Furness District of Lancashire, about exactly half way between the southern end of Coniston and Windermere Lakes is a hamlet actually
called Thwaite Head, (at the head of the little valley which would have been cleared of forest for cultivation by the original Norse settlers and so called by them Thwaite) and the associated geographical features Thwaite Moss (a wet or boggy area) and Thwaite Head Fell, the small
mountain at the head of the valley.
And the plot thickens yet more when it can be seen from Parish Registers and maps that there was quite a concentration of Strickland families in this precise area around the 17th century.
So, although pure conjecture, I suppose this is at least a plausible explanation of the origins of the quite unusual name of Thwaite Strickland. And, in any event, as has been said before, the very name
‘thwaite’ would almost certainly have been derived from Cumbria, somewhere, sometime.
3. Abigail SHEPARD (See Daniel POND‘s page)
4. Deborah Shepard
Deborah’s husband Jonathan Fairbanks was born about 1628 Sowerby, York, England. His parents were Jonathan FAIRBANKS and Grace SMITH. Jonathan died 28 JAN 1711/12 Dedham, Mass.
6. Sarah Shepard
Sarah’s husband Samuel Thompson (Tomson) was born 16 Feb 1630 in England. His parents were William Thompson and Abigail Collins. Samuel died 18 Jun 1695 in Braintree, Norfolk, Mass,
Shepherd, Lawrence, “Search for the origins of Edward Shepherd,” Heritage Quest, 1989 Vol. 22-25, continuing.
Shepard, James, “Descendents of Edward Shepard, Mariner, of Cambridge, Mass. 1639,” NEHGR, Vol. 32: 322-8, July 1878.