An American Family History

Thomas Shepard

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Thomas Shepard was born on April 5, 1635 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Ralph and Thanklord Shepard.

Winfred Shepard in Ancestors and Descendants of Albro Dexter includes Thomas as a son of Ralph and Thankful Shepard, but he is not included in the Records of Littleton.

He married Hannah Ensign on November 19, 1658 at Malden.  Hannah was the daughter of Thomas Ensign and Elizabeth Wilder.  She was christened on July 6, 1640.

Their children included:
Thomas Shepard (1659, married Hannah Blanchard),
Hannah Shepard Blanchard (1664, married Joseph Blanchard),
Ralph Shepard (1667),
John Shepard (1669, married Persis Pierce),
Jacob Shepard (1675, married Mercy Chickering),
Sarah Shepard (1678),
David Shepard (1680),
Isaac Shepard (1682, married Rebecca Fuller), and
Mary Shepard (1685).

Hannah died March 14, 1698. His second wife was Joanna White.

He died on September 17, 1719 in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

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.
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
  • 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.
    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.


    Descendants of John Gamage of Ipswich, Massachusetts

    Thomas Ensign. He settled early in Hingham, where he married Elizabeth Wilder.

    He moved, later, to Scituate.

    Children were:
    Hannah, born 1640;

    His daughter, Hannah, born July 6, 1640, married, Nov. 19, 1658, Thomas Shepard.


    The Province of Quebec was founded in 1763 after the Treaty of Paris transferred the colony of Canada from France to Britain.

    Ralph Shepard, Puritan by Ralph Hamilton Shepard

    Thomas Shepard, of Medford and Charlestown (Mystic-Side), commonly called Thomas Shepard of Malden, ae. a. 48 in 1683, md. at Malden, 19 Nov., 1658, Hannah, dau. of Thomas Ensign of Scituate,

    was a member of the church at Charlestown and then at Malden, but died at Milton, where his son Ralph then lived, on the 26th (Town Rec.) or 29th (gr. stone) of Sept. 1719, ae. 87.

    He had
    Thomas Shepard, of Charlestown, Bristol, R. I. and East Haven, Conn. md. Hannah Blanchard:
    Ralph Shepard, of Brookline and Milton, Mass:
    John Shepard, of Charlestown, md. Persis Pierce, 26 May, 1690, and died 9 Mch., 1691 of wounds received at Quebec.
    David Shepard, of Dartmouth, Mass.:
    Jacob Shepard b. at Medford, md. Mercy Chickering:
    Hannah Shepard, md. Joseph Blanchard:
    Isaac Shepard,10 of Norton, Mass., md. Rebecca Fuller:

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    Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
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