An American Family History

Thanklord Shepard

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.

She married Ralph Shepard on May 21, 1632 in England. Her name in the marriage registry is Perkins. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Ralph and Thanklord Shepard.

She came to America with her family in 1635.

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.
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Children of Deacon Ralph Shepard
and Thanklord Shepard

  • Sarah Shepard
  • Thomas Shepard
  • John Shepard
  • Isaac Shepard
  • Trial Shepard Powers
  • Abraham Shepard
  • Thankful Shepard Dill
  • Jacob Shepard
  • Some Puritans gave their children hortatory names (from the Latin for “encourage”) like Thankful, hoping that the children would live up to them. The names were used for several generations.

    Malden, Massachusetts was first settled in 1640.  It was incorporated as a town in 1649 and as a city in 1881. Prior to 1649, it was part of  Charlestown called Mystic Side.


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