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Descendants of Bowen Shepherd

Generation No. 3

      11. Amanda Augusta3 Houston (Mary Jane2 Shepperd, Bowen1 Shepherd) was born May 1851 in Stephentown, Renesslear, NY, and died 22 Sep 1883 in Adams, Berkshire, MA. She married Edmund Jenks Howland 11 Aug 1872 in Hoosick, Renesslear, NY, son of Daniel Howland and Mary Sheldon. He was born 14 Apr 1842 in Adams, Berkshire, MA, and died 25 Dec 1912 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.

Notes for Edmund Jenks Howland:
Abraham Howland 1756-1827
Updated August 12, 2003
About Our Family Research
The Howlands Henry-Henry-Zoeth-Nicholas-Job-Abraham (John Howland of the Mayflower family)
Researching Abraham Howland's family Quakers that settled in Adams, No. Berkshire County, MA in the 1770's.
Abraham was born September 22, 1756 in Rhode Island and died March 3, 1827 buried in the Adams Maple Street Quaker Cemetery with his wife Elizabeth Hathaway born September 20,1756 prob. in Freetown, MA and died November 26,1839 in Adams. Aabraham became a Representative to the General Court in 1798. The first map of Adams (known as East Hoosac at one time)was made by Abraham and Israel Jones then selectmen. Abraham became a very wealthy land owner and built a mansion in South Adams in 1800.
Abraham and Elizabeth's children were all born in Adams, Berkshire, MA
Alice born 1776 and died March 18, 1849 buried Maple St. Her cemetery stone reads daughter of Abraham. She lived on family estate.
Cynthia never married-- born 1790/92--died Sept. 21, 1861--Her cemetery stone reads "Daughter of Abraham" Lived on family estate
Joseph 1779-1832 married Ann Marcy Wilmarth in Adams.
Isaac born 1793 died 1870 managed his father's estate. Married Betsey Sunderland. They lived on the family estate.
George lived on the family estate until his death May 10, 1862 at the age 78 in South Adams. Death due to fever. He was farmer. Probably never married.
Hannah born 1791--died Sept. 21, 1861 at the age of 72. Lived on family estate all her life. She never married
Amy born 1793 died April 9, 1836 Married Zelotes Richmond
John Howland my ancestor born 1782 died 1849 Married Sylinds Jenks. His son was Daniel Dennison Howland 1813-1851 who married Mary Sheldon 1807-1887. Born in Half Moon, NY And his son was Edmund Jenks Howland 1842-1912 He served in the Civil War Mmarried Amanda Augusta Housten born in Stephentown, NY May 1851 and died Sept 22,1883 buried in the Maple Street Quaker Cemetery in Adams, Berkshire, MA
The were married April 11, 1872 in Hoosick, Rensselear Co, NY Both living in So Adams at that time.
Edmund Jenks Howland also married Clarrisa Addie Carpenter in Adams, Berkshire, MA Addie Howland 1862-1926.

Virginia Walsh

More About Edmund Howland and Amanda Houston:
Marriage: 11 Aug 1872, Hoosick, Renesslear, NY
Children of Amanda Houston and Edmund Howland are:
+ 48 i.   Mary Francis4 Howland, born 02 Jun 1873 in Adams, Berkshire, MA; died 08 Jan 1926 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.
+ 49 ii.   Ernest Daniel Howland, born 26 Aug 1874 in Adams, Berkshire, MA; died 03 Oct 1951 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.
+ 50 iii.   Leon Edmund Howland, born 05 Nov 1879 in Adams, Berkshire, MA; died Mar 1965 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.

      16. Arbetta3 Thomas (Susan2 Shepperd, Bowen1 Shepherd) was born 12 May 1853 in Nassau, Renesslear, NY. She married Byron Hoxie, son of Reeve Hoxie and Lucy Casey. He was born 1853 in NY.

Notes for Arbetta Thomas:
Was born May 12, 1853, Nassau, Rensselaer Co., New York"; married BYRON HOXIE; was born About 1853, New York, a son of Reeve Hoxie & Lucy Casey of Stephentown.

Issue of Armita Thomas and Byron Hoxie was:
Wyoat Hoxie, born about 1877 (age 3 in the1880 New Ashford census); married Bertha D. Harrington. Wyoat was born in Berlin, NY and Bertha was born in Adams, Mass. They resided in Hinsdale, Mass., had two daughters born there according to the vital records at the Pittsfield Library

Children of Arbetta Thomas and Byron Hoxie are:
  51 i.   Evelyn Elizabeth4 Hoxie, born 11 Apr 1921 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA.
  Notes for Evelyn Elizabeth Hoxie:
born April 11, 1921 House of Mercy Hospital, Pittsfield

  52 ii.   Elaine Louise Hoxie, born 27 Jun 1926 in Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA.
  Notes for Elaine Louise Hoxie:
born June 27, 1926 House of Mercy Hospital, Pittsfield

      17. Victoria A.3 Thomas (Susan2 Shepperd, Bowen1 Shepherd) was born 01 Feb 1866 in Nassau, Renesslear, NY, and died 28 Sep 1940 in Handcock, Berkshire, MA. She married Charles Jerome G. Shepard 1880 in Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY, son of Philander Sheppard and Mary Williams. He was born 22 Feb 1862 in Handcock, Berkshire, MA, and died 28 Sep 1940 in Handcock, Berkshire, MA.

Notes for Victoria A. Thomas:
Was born About February 1866, Nassau, Rensselaer Co., NY; died September 28, 1940, Handcock, Berkshire Co., MA, age 74-7-27; married CHARLES J. SHEPARD; was born About February 1863;died October 1, 1940, Handcock, Berkshire Co., MA., age 77-7-9, a son of Philander Shepard, Sr., & Mary Williams.
Victoria's mother, Susan (Shepard) Thomas, and Charles' father, Philander Shepard, Sr. were sister and brother, so Victoria and Charles were first cousins.
Victoria was killed instantly when the car in which she was a passenger, driven by her husband, Charles, was involved in collisions with two other cars on the Handcock-South Williamston Road, not far from their home in Handcock. Death was due to internal injuries; Charles died the next day (this from "The North Adams Transcript dated September 30, 1940, and October 1, 1940). In this newspaper she is listed as the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Levi Thompson (slb Thomas) - incorrect! Levi Thomas was her brother. Another inaccuracy can be found in Victoria's death record at the Handcock Town Clerk's office. In this record Victoria is listed as a daughter of Mary (instead of Susan) Shepard and Jeffrey Thomas and it states this Mary was born in England. The only way this could be correct is if Susan died and Jeffrey married Mary as his second wife.
The children of Victoria and Charles can be found under Charles Shepard, Mary E. Shepard.
Victoria and Charles are buried in the Cemetery Sand Lake Union in Lot #39, owned by Charles. Also buried in this lot are Philander Shepard, Jr., and Victoria's nephew.

VICTORIA THOMAS (JEFFERY, SILAS) was born February 01, 1866 in Nassau NY, and died September 28, 1940 in Handcock MA USA. She married CHARLES J. G. SHEPHERD Abt. 1880, son of PHILANDER SHEPHERD and MARY WILLIAMS.

Victoria is listed in the Handcock Town records as the daughter of Jeffery Thomas and Mary Shepherd. ( Mary being born in England). Victoria and Clara were sisters but these records give them different mothers and same fathers. Could Jeffery have been married to Susan Shephard first and then to Mary Shepherd? The fact that they were born in different places seam to make this possible. Handcock town records give Clara's parents as Susan Shepherd and Jeffery Thomas.
The obit- for Victoria has her parents listed as Levi Thompson- this is incorrect. Levi was her brother. The newspaper has a error. Burned in Sand Lake Union cemetery lot 39 is Charles Shepherd, father 1862-1940 and his wife Victoria Shepard, mother, 1866-1940. "AGED MAN IS NEAR DEATH IN ACCIDENT FATAL TO WIFE- Charles G. Shepard, 79, of North Handcock, Former Fireman at Norad Mill in this City, in Critical Condition with hope of Recovery Abandoned As a Result of Three Car Crash on South Williamstown Road- Wife Dies Instantly as Car Plunges Head On into Another- Three Others are injured. - Mrs. Victoria Shepard, 77 wife of Charles G. Shepard, 79 former fireman at the Norad mill in this city, was instantly killed and four other persons including her husband, were injured when the car which he was driving and in which she was a passenger was involved in collisions with two other cars on the Handcock South Williamstown road not far from the Shepard home in North Handcock, Saturday night. Mr. Shepard was said this afternoon to be near death with little hope for his recovery entertained. The accident occurred at about 7:15 O'clock at Mr. and Mrs. Shepard, accompanied by a neighbor, Edward D. Wood, 75, of North Handcock, were driving toward Handcock village to attend a prayer meeting at the Gilbert Avery mission in that town. About a mile north of the Brodie Mountain road Thier car was involved in a sideswipe Collison with a machine driven by Francis Whitman of Handcock in which Earl Maynard and Teddy Derby of the same town were passengers. The Shephard machine, after the collision, swerved into the path of a second northbound car driven by Cornelius J. Baily of Brookline and Lebanon Springs, NY who was accompanied by his wife, Jeanette Bailey. Mrs. Shepard was riding in the front seat of her husband's car and was killed instantly, death being due to internal injuries, Mr. Shepard suffered three broken ribs,a fractured jaw, a severe cut in the neck and internal injuries. He is at his home under the care of Dr. Lawrence D. Green of Stephentown, Renesslear, NY who was called immediately after the accident and attended all the injured at the scene. Mr. Wood, who was riding in the rear seat of the Shepard car, broke his collar bone, and suffered an injured shoulder, a serious gash on his head and was severely shaken up. He was also taken to his home. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey were both hurt and were taken to St. Luke's hospital in Pittsfield after emergency treatment at the home of Lester Churchill in Handcock. Mrs. Bailey suffered a broken knee cap, broken nose and severe gash on the for head where she was thrown into the windshield. Mr. Bailey fractured his right wrist. The accident which occurred while the Shepard car was going south and the two other machines Coming north, is still under investigation by State Patrolman James P.G. Ashe of the Pittsfield barracks and Motor Inspector Howard Barrett of Pittsfield. Mrs. Shepard was born at Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Levi Thompson. She moved to North Handcock about 35 years ago and had since made her home there on the farm. She is well known in this city, her husband having been employed at the Norad mill for about 10 years prior to his retirement early in 1937. She is the mother of Mrs. Henry Robare of this City and also leaves two sons, Burt Shepard of South Williamstown and George Shepard of North Handcock, and an adopted son Irving Shepard of Adams. The body was taken to the Shepard home were the funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon with Gilbert Avery reading the service. The body will be buried in the family lot at Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY

HANCOCK MAN DIES OF INJURIES- Double Funeral Planned for Mr. and Mrs. Shepard- Charles Shepard 79 of Handcock, died at his home this morning at 4 from injuries sustained in an accident on the Handcock-South Williamstown road Saturday night, which resulted in instant death to his 77 year old wife, Mrs. Victoria Shepard, whose funeral was scheduled to be held this afternoon. Funeral arrangements have been changed and a double funeral will be held from Avery Hall's Funeral Home in Stephentown, NY at a time to be announced.
Mr. Shepard was taken to his home immediately after the crash. He suffered a fractured collar bone and internal injuries. A native of Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY, Mr. Shepard, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philander Shepard had lived in Handcock for 34 years. He conducted a small farm in that town for many years he was employed as an engineer at the Blackinton Mills in North Adams. Mr. and Mrs Shepard were married about 60 years ago.
From Doris Shepard, grandchild of Charles and Victoria: " Charles and Victoria were childhood chums, playmates, schoolmates, and intimate friends up to the time they were married. This record is at the Stephentown Historical Society in Thier "Living Gravestones" card file. In 1940 Doris address was Nurses Residence, Springfield Hosp. Springfield. for Victoria. Both Charles and Victoria are burned in Sand Lake Union Cemetery.
More About CHARLES J. G. SHEPHERD: Cause of Death: internal injuries suffered

Notes for Charles Jerome G. Shepard:

Charles died from internal injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the Handcock-South Williamston road in Handcock; Victoria died in that same accident. He and Victoria had been married 60 years at the time of their deaths. They had resided in Handcock for 34 years where he conducted a small farm, and was also employed as an engineer at the Blackington Mills in North Adams, for many years (he is listed as a fireman at the Norad Mills in North Adams in his death record at Adams Town Clerk's office). He retired early in 1937. They were on their way to a prayer meeting at the Gilbert Avery Mission in Handcock when they were involved in a sideswipe collision with another car. After the collision Charles swerved into the path of a second northbound car. Victoria was killed instantly; Charles died the next day (from "The North Adams Transcript" dated September 30, October 1, 1940, & October 2, 1940).
From Doris Shepard, grandchild of Charles & Victoria: "Charles and Victoria were childhood chums, playmates, schoolmates, and intimate friends up to the time they were married." This record is at the Stephen town Historical Society in their "Living Gravestones" card file. In 1940 Doris' address was - Nurses Residence, Springfield, Hampden,MA. See No. 3 xi for Victoria Thomas.
Both Charles and Victoria are buried in the Cemetery Sand Lake Union , Lot #17.

More About Charles Shepard and Victoria Thomas:
Marriage: 1880, Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY
Children of Victoria Thomas and Charles Shepard are:
  53 i.   Ervin4 Shepard, born 27 Jan 1876 in Averill Park, Renesslear, NY; died 11 Jun 1962 in Adams, Berkshire, MA. He married Grace Avery 1904; born 08 Mar 1869 in Adams, Berkshire, MA; died 18 Dec 1946 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.
  Notes for Ervin Shepard:
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; married GRACE 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.

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 Street records at Adams Town Hall

  More About Ervin Shepard and Grace Avery:
Marriage: 1904

  54 ii.   Lester Shepard, born 1882 in No. Adams, Berkshire, MA; died 01 May 1916 in No. Adams, Berkshire, MA.
  Notes for Lester Shepard:
LESTER SHEPARD(Charles J., Philander Sr., Bowen)
was born About January 1885;died May 1, 1916, North Adams, Berkshire Co., Mass.


Lester, as a son of Charles and Victoria, is from the 1880 and 1900 census records. He is buried in Cemetery Sand Lake Union in Lot #17 with his parents. There is an unnamed male Shepard born January 31, 1885 in the Sand Lake Town Clerk's records, probably Lester.

+ 55 iii.   Burt Willard Shepard, born 27 Sep 1883 in Averill Park, Renesslear, NY; died 17 Mar 1977 in Springfield, Hampden,MA.
+ 56 iv.   George Jerome Sr. Shepard, born 15 Jan 1887 in Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY; died 21 Aug 1955 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.
  57 v.   Silas J. Shepard, born 18 Jun 1890 in Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY; died 13 Mar 1891 in Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY.
  Notes for Silas J. Shepard:
SILAS J. SHEPARD(Charles J., Philander Sr., Bowen)
Was born April 17, 1890, Sand Lake, Rensselaer Co., NY21;died March 13, 1891, Sand Lake, Rensselaer Co., NY from "LaGripp," age 10 months, 24 days; buried in Cemetery Sand Lake Union .

+ 58 vi.   Mary Anna Shepard, born 11 Dec 1891 in Sand Lake, Renesslear, NY; died 22 Jan 1978 in No. Adams, Berkshire, MA.
  59 vii.   Charles Shepard, born 05 Oct 1896 in Adams, Berkshire, MA; died 16 Oct 1896 in Adams, Berkshire, MA.

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