The Sheppards of Logan County, ArkansasUpdated March 2, 2002
|I have been searching for my family for the past 6 years.I got "hooked" when a cousin, on my dad's side, researched the Hunter faimly back to the early 1600s when the first Hunter came to America from Scottland.|
I was having a difficult time following the family so I invested in the Family Tree Maker and started working on putting the names and other information into the program.At that point I wanted to go further and find my mother's family.This was a real challenge because my grandmother would never tell ANYONE, not even her own children, her parents' names.
Guess what?!I have found them!My great-grandparents, John Damon Sheppard and Haley Jane Garner, were married February 1888, Logan County, Arkansas.John had a daughter,
Neal. b 7-10-1884,m Steve Phillips, d 8-1973, from a prior marriage.
They had five daughters,
Lou, b unknown, m Jeff Norrid, d?;
Hattie, b 1-20-1887, m Gabriel Phillps 11-11-1904, d 12-1975; Pearl, b 5-17-1889, m Doc Wilhite,1908?, d 9-1983;
Artie, b 5-1-1892, m May Ward ?, d 12-1979;and my grandmother, Elva Ruth, b 4-10-1898, m William Andrew Brown, 12-11-1921, d 1-17-1970.
For the 1900 census the girls were scattered, living with family and others, I have to assume both were dead at the time of the census.My grandmother was shown to be living with her grandmother, Martha Moore.My mother, Thelma Brown Hunter, knew Martha but didnot know that she was her great-grandmother!She even had visited Martha in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1940 shortly before Martha passed away.
I have located Haley Garner's family but I have not been able to find anything for John Sheppard.I believe he was a full blood Cherokee and from what I have been told this may be why I cannot find any information for him. From the age given on their marriage license he would have been born about 1859.
I am still searching for any information for John Sheppard.