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Shepard, Samuel S.

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Shepard, Samuel S.
February 28, 2007 06:37PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 613.
[Scott County] [Georgetown City and Precinct]

SAMUEL S. SHEPARD, jeweler, Georgetown; is a grandson of Samuel Shepard,
who was born in New Middlesex County, Mass., in 1765. He emigrated to
Kentucky before she became a State, riding, it is said, through on
horseback. He settled at Georgetown when there were only a half dozen
houses in the place, building the first tavern ever erected in the place,
which was headquarters and a rendezvous for the pioneer hunters of
territorial times. He married Miss Frankey Barlow, March 27, 1792, at
Georgetown. She was born in 1765 and this is one of the earliest marriages
of which we have any record. Samuel Shepard was a pioneer lawyer and
surveyor. He was chairman of the Georgetown Board of Trustees, and
represented Scott County in the State Legislature in 1804. He had four
sons and one daughter. William Tompkins, born March, 1793; Alpheus
Xavier Francis, born October, 1795; Thomas Jefferson, born Jan. 15, 1801;
James Madison, born September, 1802; and one daughter born in 1807, but
died when twelve years old. James M. Shepard never married and was
elected to the State Senate from the Counties of Scott and Fayette. Thomas
Jefferson Shepard, the father of our subject, was born in Georgetown. He
was self-educated, having spent only three months in school, yet he became
a good scribe and an extensive reader. At the age of 16 he entered an
apprentice in a jewelry house of his older brother to learn the trade.
They manufactured the early brass wall clocks, which sold at from $120
to $130, and it is said that the first clock he ever made is now in the
possession of a Georgetown lady. He worked here until 1828, when he went
to Louisville, Ky., and worked there for Beard & Ayres. He returned to
Georgetown in 1831, and bought out the jewelry establishment of his
brother, and conducted the business for forty years. He died in February,
1875. He was married the first time to Miss Amanda Smith, of this County,
in November, 1830, and raised three children, of which there if but one
son living, Clifton R. Shepard, a planter at Laonia, Arkansas. His second
marriage was in 1852, to Mrs. Eliza Morford, whose maiden name was
Woodruff. There were two sons born of this marriage, viz: Thomas J.
Shepard, jeweler, at Chattanooga, Tenn., and Samuel S., the subject of this
sketch, born in Georgetown; started in the jewelry business in 1871, as the
business partner of his brother and conducted business under the firm name
of Shepard Bros., until 1880, when S. S. became the sole proprietor of a
prosperous business.

Shepard Barlow Smith Morford Woodruff
Middlesex-MS TN

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