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Shepard, John Franklin


Age: 26, credited to Royalton, VT
Unit(s): 2nd USSS
Service: enl 10/14/61, m/i 11/9/61, PVT, Co. E, 2nd USSS, dis/dsb 10/12/62

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Birth: 09/04/1835, Unknown
Death: 10/01/1914

Burial: Havens Cemetery, Royalton, VT
Marker/Plot: 7
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joe Schenkman
Findagrave Memorial #: 115069875


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/23/1884; widow Mary F., 12/18/1914, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Havens Cemetery, Royalton, VT

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Shepard, John Franklin, of South Royalton, son of Isaac Stevens and Lucy (Wheat) Shepard, was born in Sharon, Sept. 4, 1835. His great-grandfather was Moses Shepard who was of Scotch descent, came from Connecticut and was one of the first settlers of Sharon. On his mother's side his ancestors were English.

He received his education at the public schools and at Royalton Academy. His father moved from Sharon to Royalton in 1848 and this town has been his home since, with the exception of the years 1858 and 1859 when he went West, but returned to Royalton before the breaking out of the rebellion.

He enlisted in September, 1861, in the 2d Regt. Co. E, of Berdan's U. S. Sharpshooters from Vermont, and was one of the few men of that company who carried his own rifle. In the winter of 1862 he contracted rheumatism and for that reason was discharged from Judiciary Square Hospital, Washington, D. C., April 19, 1862. Returning to Royalton he partially regained his health, and in April, 1863, bought of his father a part interest in the home farm (Mill Brook Farm) and mill property, and in 1866 bought out the entire property of his father and engaged in farming and manufacturing lumber.

Mr. Shepard is a staunch Republican and represented Royalton in the Legislature of 1886. He has taken an active part in town affairs, has held various official positions and at present is chairman of the board of school directors. He was a charter member of Orville Bixby Post, No. 93, G.A.R., and has taken an active part in that order. He is also an energetic Patron of Husbandry and in 1891 and 1892 was Master of White River Valley Pomona Grange.

November 25, 1863, he married Mary Flynn, daughter of Jesse and Ann (Havens) Button. They have five children: Charles F., Lucy A. (Mrs. A. B. Fowler), George S., John C., and Fred J.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 357.


Death of John F. Shepard

Mr. John Franklin Shepard, a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of this town, died at his home in South Royalton last Thursday evening. The funeral was held the following Sunday.

Mr. Shepard was the son of Isaac Stephen Shepard, born Sept. 4, 1835, in Sharon on the John Doyle farm. He was educated at Royalton academy. Nov. 25, 1863, he married Miss Mary, daughter of Jesse and Ann (Havens) Button, born Jan. 29, 1842, at South Royalton. A wife and five children (four sons and one daughter) Charles F. George S., John C., Fred J., and Lucy Ann Fowler, survive. The children are all married and living away except Mr. And Mrs. Fred Shepard. They were all present at the funeral.

Source: Herald and News, October 6, 1914
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.