With the older children with them, appears one of either Alex or Elizabeth weremarried before
1870 United States Federal Census about Alex Shepard Name: Alex Shepard Birth Year: abt 1826 Age in 1870: 44 Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1870: Rolla, Phelps, Missouri Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age -0thers all b Missouri Alex Shepard 44 farmer b Kentucky Elizabeth C Shepard 25 keeping house Mary W Shepard 15 Sarah Shepard 13 Rosana Shepard 5 Edwd Shepard 4 Robt Shepard 2 Nellie Shepard 9/12 (b Sept) Martha Faly 22 serving out
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Rolla, Phelps, Missouri; Roll: M593_797; Page: 695B; Image: 614; Family History Library Film: 552296.
1860 United States Federal Census about Alex Shepard Name: Alex Shepard Age in 1860: 33 Birth Year: abt 1827 Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1860: Rolla, Phelps, Missouri Gender: Male Post Office: Rolla Household Members: Name Age Alex Shepard 33 b KEN Mary Shepard 5b MO Sarah Shepard 4 b MO Martha Shepard 35 b KEN Mary Shepard 8 b KEN
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Rolla, Phelps, Missouri; Roll: M653_639; Page: 20; Image: 24; Family History Library Film: 80363
Sorry, didnt really help with so many spelling of Shepherd in the census hard to find them all
************* 1880 census under the name SHEPPARD says Alex's parents both born Kentucky Elizabeth parents father Mo, mother Tenn have 4 more children