Deacon Ralph Shepard (m. Thankslord Perkins)
born 1603 Dronfield or Limehouse hamlet, Stepney Parish, London, Eng.
married 21 May 1633 at St. Bride's Church, London
There is some controversy regarding who his wife was... earlier sources say she was Thanks Lord or Thank Ye the Lord, d/o Dr. Thomas Lord and wife Dorothy Bird. Later sources, Twenty-Six Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins by John Brooks Threlfall (1993), and Second Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by M L Sanborn (pg 57) show him married to Thankslord Perkins. See original parish record, Family History microfilm #380, 154.
died 20 September 1693; buried in the Malden Cemetary
Ralph (29), his wife (23) and daughter Sarah (2) emigrated from England to Charlestown 29 June 1635 aboard the ship "Abigail", Captain Robert Hackwell.
lived at times in Dedham, Rehoboth, Weymouth, Concord and Malden.
was a tailor or draper, and later a farmer
Thankslord likely died between 1675 and 1681. Ralph Shepard d. Aug 1693, aged 90 years; death recorded at Charlestown, buried at Malden, MA, at the old Bell rock cemetery.
Sara(h) b. 1633 (baptised 9 Aug 1633, Stepney Parish, England) d. unk.
Thomas b. ca. 1635 m. at Malden 19 Nov 1658 Hannah Ensign of Scituate,d. at Milton Sept 1719.
John, b. 1637, m. Sarah Goble of Concord, d. 15 Dec 1699
Isaac, b.20 June 1639 at Weymouth, m. Mary Smedley; killed by Indians 12 Feb. 1676; widow m. 2)Nathaniel Jewell
Trial (spellings vary) b. (DOB's vary 10 Feb 1641; 19 Oct 1641 or 19 Dec 1641) Weymouth m. Walter Power 11 Mar 1661, of Nashoba
Abraham b. unk. m. 1 Jan 1672 Judith Sill Philbrook d. 22 Feb 1715/6
Thanks (Thankful) b. 10 Feb 1650/1, Malden, m. 13 Oct 1669 Peter Dill of Nashoba, d. unk.
Jacob b. Malden June 1653 d. unk. w/o issue
Walter Shepard of Sudbury, Mass
Trial Shepard (m. Walter Power 11 Mar 1661, of Nashoba)
Sources for Shepard info:
"Ralph Shepard, Puritan", by Ralph Hamilton Shepard, 1893, Dedham, Mass.
A Genealogical Record of the Power(s) Families, compiled by F. E. Powers
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