Alexander K. Shepard

Male 1847 - Bef 1910  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Alexander K. Shepard  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born Between 1844 and 1847  Sherburne, Fleming, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 28 Apr 1910  [1
    Person ID I7893  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 

    Family Mary Belle Matson,   b. Between 1848 and 1852, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1870  Washington, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Children 
     1. Hester Mary Shepard,   b. May 1886, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2780  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Between 1844 and 1847 - Sherburne, Fleming, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1870 - Washington, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • - According to the 1900 Hill County, Texas, U.S. Federal census, Alexander's father was born in Virginia. His mother was born in Kentucky.

      - Biographical sketch from A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas (pub. 1892; pgs 615-617):
      "A. K. Shepard, a farmer and stock raiser in Hill county, was born in Sherburne Mills, Fleming county, Kentucky, on the 9th day of April, 1845; is a son of Judge James E. Shepard, a native of Virginia, who came to Texas in the spring of 1846, and located in Brenham, Washington county, where he practiced law, and was also Judge of that judicial district before the war; served several terms in the State Legislature of Texas, was a member of the secession convention, also of the State Convention which restored the State to the Union.

      Being an ardent secessionist, he enlisted in the Confederate army as Lieutenant Colonel of the Sixteenth Texas Infantry, and participated in all the battles in which his command was engaged, and was flatteringly mentioned in connection with once charge by the author of a history of his division, as the "Ney of the division."

      After his return home he was unanimously elected District Judge over two other candidates; but General Grierson, of the Department of Texas, removed the Judge because of having participated in the Confederacy, and as an obstacle to reconstruction. In 1868 the people again elected him to the Judgeship, but he was again removed, and would never afterward allow his name to be used as a candidate.

      The great-grandfather of the subject [of] our sketch was a Scotchman, who was exiled on account of political troubles, first moving to France, then to America. The grandfather, Seth Shepard, commenced his practical life as a Surgeon in the United States navy. This led him to be about Norfolk, Virginia, when he met and married Miss Mary Fontain Williams, the daughter of a wealthy planter, and who was of English and Welsh ancestry. He settled down in Mathews county, Virginia, where he died in 1828. The mother of our subject, nee M. J. Andrews, descended from Ephraim McDowell and John andrews, who emigrated from the north of Ireland to America about 1729, and settled in Pennsylvania, but later moved into the Valley of the Shenandoah with Borden Grant. Many of their descendants became famous as soldiers, statesmen, scholars, ministers, doctors, etc., and a number of them were conspicuous as officers in the Revolution, also as officers and privates in both the Southern and Northern armies in the war between the States.

      A. K. Shepard, our subject, received the advantage of a good education, and while at college enlisted in the Fifth Texas, in 1861, serving in that regiment as a private in his brother's company up to the spring of 1864, when he was promoted Aid-de-camp on General Robertson's staff, but declined the promotion, as he preferred sharing with his old comrades the arduous life of a private soldier; and so remained and surrendered with them in April, 1865, after all hope was gone.

      After the close of the war he engaged in farming in Washington county for a couple of years, then engaged in railroading in Alabama, until the fall of 1870, when he returned to Texas and married Miss Mary B. Matson, a native of Texas and eldest daughter of Colonel Joseph [sic] V. Matson of Washington county, a young lady whom he had known from infancy, both having attended the same country school when children. They have one daughter, Mary Hester, a bright, intellectual little girl of five years. In 1883 he moved to Waco, remaining there until January, 1884, when he moved to Hubbard City, settling his family in town and owning a farm two miles in the country.

      In politics he is a Democrat; in religion, is a member of the Episcopal Church."

  • Sources 
    1. [S514] 1910 U.S. Census, Texas, Hill, Hubbard, Population Schedule; Online Images, ED #169, Sheet No. 17A, Dwelling 319, Family 334 (lines 29-32), Accessed 21 September 2011.
      James V. Matson (b. TX) household with Sallie M. Louis, Hugh N. Louis, and Mary Shepard (widowed)

    2. [S517] Love, D., Compiler, Fairview Cemetery, Accessed 3 November 2011.
      Entry for Mary B. Matson in Fairview Cemetery at Hubbard, Hill County, Texas

    3. [S518] 1900 U.S. Census, Texas, Hill, Justice Precint No. 5, Population Schedule; Online Images, Hubbard City, ED #46, Sheet 4A, Dwelling 60, Family 61 (lines 31-33), Accessed 3 November 2011.
      Alexander K. Shepard husehold with wife Mary B. and daughter Hester M.

    4. [S519] 1880 U.S. Census, Texas, Washington, Precint No. 4, Population Schedule; Online Images, Dist No. 11, ED #148, Pg 50, Dwelling 459, Family 470 (lines 26 & 27), Accessed 3 November 2011.
      A. K. Shepard household with Mary

    5. [S520] Texas Marriages, 1837-1973.
      Entry for Alexander K. Shepard and Mary Belle Matson, 20 December 1870

    6. [S521] A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas.
      Biographical sketch of A. K. Shepard