A Puritan was a member of the religious group in the 16th and 17th centuries that advocated "purity" of worship and doctrine who believed in personal and group piety. Puritans were persecuted in England and came to America so they would be free to practice their religion.
Thanklord (Thanks, Thankes, Thankful, Thnkslord) Shepard was born about 1612 in England.
She is not the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Lord as many researchers believe. Their children are well documented.
In October, 1651 she was one of 35 women in Malden who signed a petition to the General Court supporting the radical Puritan pastor, Reverend Marmaduke Matthews, who had caused offence to the authorities by zealously preaching about the wonderful nature of the Trinity.
He was accused of "‘weak and unsafe expressions."
She died in 1681 or 1693.
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.