This may be of interest to Pepin researchers. While researching my father’s line (Alfred Earl Shepherd) I came across the following article in the Mar 31, 1916 issue of the Grand Valley Times (Utah):
“News Notes From San Juan County [Utah] - Monticello: S. J. Shepherd and C. M. Pippin of Flora Vista, New Mexico, were San Juan arrivals last week. These men stated that they were delighted with this county and would probably locate here. They were looking for a location to make their home.”
My working assumption is that “S.J. Shepherd” is actually Alfred John Shepherd (my grandfather) who was from Flora Vista and did move to Moab, Utah around this time. Consulting the 1910 Flora Vista, New Mexico census I found no one named Pippin, but I did find a Clarence M. Pepin who was a neighbor to A. J. Shepherd. According to the census the Pepin household consisted of Alice L (head), Robert, Herbert, William and Clarence M. (sons).
We know next to nothing about A.J. Shepherd. I am exploring any lead, no matter how tenuous. So, if any Pepin researchers have run across any references to Shepherd (in any of its various spellings)or Alfred John Shepherd (my grandfather) or Alfred Earl Shepherd (my father) or Violet Shepherd (my grandmother) then I’d love to hear from you. If not I hope that this article adds a small piece to your research.