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ERVIN SHEPARD(Charles J., Philander Sr., Bowen)
Was born January 27, 1876, Averill Park, Rensselaer Co., NY; died June 11, 1962, Adams, Berkshire Co., MA, age 86-4-14; Adopted child; marriedGRACE AVERY, About 1904; was born March 8, 1869, Adams, Berkshire Co., MA, a daughter of Lonso Shepard (born in Canada);died December 18, 1946, Adams, Berkshire Co., MA, age 77-9-10.
Notes for ERVIN SHEPARD:
Ervin (Irving, Erving) was the adopted son of Charles and Victoria. He was the son of Charles' sister Mary E. Shepherd. In his death record at the Adams Town Clerk's office his parents are listed as Charles Shepard and Mary (surname not listed). He died at the Adams Nursing Home from heart disease, had resided there for a little over a year, his home was at Quality Street in North Adams. He was an employee of the town of Adams highway department for 10 years earlier in his life, later had been employed for many years in the Berkshire Fine Spinning Co. as a woolen weaver.
Ervin was a member of the First Baptist Church in Adams. He did not belong to any organizations other than the Foresters, but he held two distinctions which made him well-known in Adams.
Throughout his life, Ervin regarded the paying of last respects to the dead with reverence and was meticulous about this duty. He never missed attending the wake of a friend or passing acquaintance to voice a short prayer for the departed.
His other life's distinction was a hobby which endeared him over many years to the children of the Quality Street neighborhood. Each year on his January 27th birthday he ordered a huge cake with candles, candy and toys, and staged a big birthday party to which all the children were invited and at which they always had a good time.
In the 1930 Adams census, Ervin's uncle Philander Shepard, Jr., was residing with him on Quality Street. Also residing there were Ervin's wife Grace A., age 56, and their grandson, Irving Murphy, age 18. Philander Jr. was a half-brother to both Ervin's birth mother (Mary Shepard) and his adopted father (Charles Shepard).
This was the second marriage for Grace. She was married first to unknown Murphy by whom she had a son, George. She died at their home on Quality Street; both she and Ervin are buried in the Maple Street Cemetery in North Adams. In this same lot are buried Alonzo Avery, died 1879 at age 38, Archie Mochon, and Mrs. Avery. Her newspaper obituary lists her husband and a son, George, of Hartford, CT., four grandchildren and two great grandchildren as surviving her.
1. Sand Lake Town Clerk's records for birth of Erving
2. Adams Town Clerk's records for death of Erving and Grace
3. 1930 Adams census for Erving
4. "The North Adams Transcript" newspaper obituary for Grace dated Wednesday, December 18, 1946 5. Cemetery Maple Streetrecords at Adams Town Hall