An American Family History

Trial Shepard Powers

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.

Trial (Tryal, Triall) Shepard Powers  was born on December 19, 1641 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Ralph and Thankful Shepard.

She married Walter Powers in 1660. Their children and life together is described in detail in the section on Walter and Trial Powers.

She took prominent place in town affairs as well as managing her household and raising and educating her children.

She died on February 22, 1708/09 in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Children of Walter Powers
and Trial Shepard
  • William Powers
  • Mary Powers Wheeler
  • Captain Isaac Powers
  • Thomas Powers
  • Lieutenant Daniel Powers
  • Increase Powers
  • Walter Powers, Jr.
  • Jacob Powers
  • Sarah Powers Barron
  • 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
  • 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.

    Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1686 by English settlers and was the the location of the Native American village called Nashoba Plantation




    Ralph Shepard, Puritan by Ralph Hamilton Shepard

    Trial Shepard, b. at Weymouth 19 Dec., 1641, md., 11 Mch., 1661, Walter Powers of Nashoba, who died 22 Feb., 1708, ae. 69.
    Chd :
    1. William Powers "eldest son", md. Mary dau. of Jno. Bauk of Chelmsford:
    2. Mary Powers, md. Lieut. Joseph Wheeler:
    3. Isaac Powers, md. Mary, dau. of John Poulter, and widow of Samuel Winship, Sen.:
    1. Thomas Powers, of Littleton, Mass., who by his second wife, Mary Harwood, had Phineas, the gr. grandfather of Hiram Powers, the sculptor.
    2. Daniel Powers of Groton, Mass.:
    3. Increase Powers d. without issue:
    4.Walter Powers, of Littleton, Mass.:
    5. Jacob Powers md. Edith Adams:
    6. Sarah Powers, md. Moses Barron.

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