Absolum Wells1

M, #2093, d. 1769
     Absolum Wells married an unknown person.2

Absolum Wells left a will dated 4 Jun 1768 in GA. Heirs: John Wells, his daughter and son. His wife, unnamed, is also an heir.3

Absolum Wells died in 1769.4 His estate was probated on 9 Mar 1769 in GA.5,4

Child of Absolum Wells

Citations

  1. [S296] Bettina Blanche (Pearson) Higdon Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families, Vol. 1 (Cullman, AL: Gregath Co., 1982), p. 37. Petitioned for land in GA 5 Feb 1765.. Hereinafter cited as Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families.
  2. [S296] Bettina Blanche (Pearson) Higdon Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families, p. 37.
  3. [S1980] "Will Books, Colony of Georgia," Images, Georgia Archives (http://vault.georgiaarchives.org : accessed 16 Mar 2018), Citing Colonial Will Books, RG 49-1-5, Vol. A, p. 331.
  4. [S328] Lucille B. Coone, Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants (Manassas, VA: Coone, Lucille B., 1978), p. 43. Hereinafter cited as Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants.
  5. [S1980] "Will Books, Colony of Georgia," Images, Georgia Archives, Vol. A, pp. 331-2.

Mary Johnston1

F, #2101

Citations

  1. [S298] Judge Folks Huxford Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, 6 volumes (Jesup, GA: The Jesup Sentinel, 1971), p. 139. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass GA.

Daniel Howell

M, #2102
     Daniel Howell was born in Wales.1

Daniel Howell married Elizabeth <...> before 1760.1

Child of Daniel Howell and Elizabeth <...>

Citations

  1. [S296] Bettina Blanche (Pearson) Higdon Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families, Vol. 1 (Cullman, AL: Gregath Co., 1982), p. 30. Hereinafter cited as Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families.

Elizabeth <...>

F, #2103
     Elizabeth <...> was born in Wales.1

Elizabeth <...> married Daniel Howell before 1760.1

Child of Elizabeth <...> and Daniel Howell

Citations

  1. [S296] Bettina Blanche (Pearson) Higdon Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families, Vol. 1 (Cullman, AL: Gregath Co., 1982), p. 30. Hereinafter cited as Higdon-Whitaker and Allied Families.

Capt. John Howell

M, #2104, d. before 1827
     Capt. John Howell was the son of Daniel Howell and Elizabeth <...>.

He adopted his sister's daughter, Ann Eliza Higdon, and she was reared and educated at his home in Savannah and St. Marys.

Capt. John Howell married Catherine <...>.1

Capt. John Howell died before 1827.2

Citations

  1. [S298] Judge Folks Huxford Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, 6 volumes (Jesup, GA: The Jesup Sentinel, 1971), p. 139. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass GA.
  2. [S298] Judge Folks Huxford Pioneers of Wiregrass GA, p. 139. Wife was widow before she died in 1827.

Catherine <...>

F, #2105, d. 1827
     Catherine <...> married Capt. John Howell, son of Daniel Howell and Elizabeth <...>.1

Catherine <...> died in 1827.1

Citations

  1. [S298] Judge Folks Huxford Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, 6 volumes (Jesup, GA: The Jesup Sentinel, 1971), p. 139. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass GA.

John Griffis1

M, #2112, d. 1833
     John Griffis married Sarah Neel, daughter of Ruben Neel.2

John Griffis died in 1833.3

Child of John Griffis and Sarah Neel

Citations

  1. [S298] Judge Folks Huxford Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, 6 volumes (Jesup, GA: The Jesup Sentinel, 1971), p. 139. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass GA.
  2. [S328] Lucille B. Coone, Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants (Manassas, VA: Coone, Lucille B., 1978), p. 101. Hereinafter cited as Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants.
  3. [S1423] Petitions to Southern Legislatures and County Courts 1775-1867, Digital Library on American Slavery (UNC at Greensboro: http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/), Emanuel County Courthouse (Swainsboro, Georgia) Minutes of the Superior Court, 1812-1851. Hereinafter cited as Digital Library on American Slavery.

James Marshall Shepard

M, #2113, b. 27 Mar 1809, d. 31 Dec 1881
     James Marshall Shepard was born on 27 Mar 1809 in Burke Co., GA.1

James Marshall Shepard married Mary Ann Higdon, daughter of Burrell Higdon and Nancy Roberts, on 30 Jan 1840 in Pulaski Co., GA.2,1,3 James Marshall Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1850 in Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Mary Ann Higdon, John Mitchell Shepard, Sarah Jane Shepard, James Robert Shepard, Thomas Hansel Shepard and Frances C. Shepard. James Marshall Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1860 in Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Mary Ann Higdon, John Mitchell Shepard, Sarah Jane Shepard, James Robert Shepard, Thomas Hansel Shepard, Frances C. Shepard, Nancy Amanda Shepard, Laura C. Shepard and Nancy Roberts (his wife, 3 sons, 4 daughters, and mother-in-law.) James Marshall Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1870 in Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Mary Ann Higdon, Laura C. Shepard, William H. Shepard and John Mitchell Shepard. James Marshall Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1880 in Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Mary Ann Higdon and William H. Shepard.

James Marshall Shepard died on 31 Dec 1881 in Laurens Co., GA, at age 72.1 He was buried in Old Shepard Family Cemetery, Laurens Co., GA.4,5

Children of James Marshall Shepard and Mary Ann Higdon

Citations

  1. [S294] Jo Ann Smith, editor, Higdon Family Newsletter (Box 30093, Raleigh, NC 27622: Mrs.HA Smith, 1972), #33, p. 2. Hereinafter cited as Higdon Family Newsletter.
  2. [S1024] James M. Shepard & Mary Ann Higdon, James M. Shepard Family Bible ; Present owner - family of Mrs. S. D. Braswell d/o Francis C. Shepard Fann (copy courtesy of Barbie Lee Murdock), Copy supplied by Mrs. Vaughn in Higdon Family Newsletter #33, Sept 1974, p. 2. Hereinafter cited as James M. Shepard Family Bible.
  3. [S328] Lucille B. Coone, Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants (Manassas, VA: Coone, Lucille B., 1978), p. 94. Hereinafter cited as Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants.
  4. [S1246] Cemetery Marker in Old Shepard Family Cemetery, Laurens Co., GA (located on the James Hobbs Farm off GA Hwy 257 across from Possum Hollow).
  5. [S1024] James M. Shepard Family Bible, cemetery located on the James Hobbs Farm off GA Hwy 257 across from Possum Hollow.

John Mitchell Shepard

M, #2114, b. 29 Oct 1840
Relationship
1st cousin 3 times removed of Beryl Virginia Burns
     John Mitchell Shepard was born on 29 Oct 1840 in Laurens Co., GA.1,2 He was the son of James Marshall Shepard and Mary Ann Higdon. John Mitchell Shepard was enumerated in the census of 1850 in Laurens Co., GA in the household of James Marshall Shepard. John Mitchell Shepard was enumerated in the census of 1860 in Laurens Co., GA in the household of James Marshall Shepard.

John Mitchell Shepard began military service on 4 Mar 1862 in Laurens Co., GA, in the CSA, Co. G, 49th Georgia Infantry, Laurens Volunteers.3,4 His military service ended on 23 Mar 1862 in Camp Davis, Effingham Co., GA, when he was discharged due to physical and mental disability.5,4 He was enumerated in the census of 1870 in Laurens Co., GA in the household of James Marshall Shepard.

Citations

  1. [S1024] James M. Shepard & Mary Ann Higdon, James M. Shepard Family Bible ; Present owner - family of Mrs. S. D. Braswell d/o Francis C. Shepard Fann (copy courtesy of Barbie Lee Murdock), Copy supplied by Mrs. Vaughn in Higdon Family Newsletter #33, Sept 1974, p. 2. Hereinafter cited as James M. Shepard Family Bible.
  2. [S328] Lucille B. Coone, Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants (Manassas, VA: Coone, Lucille B., 1978), p. 94. US 1850 has age as 9 and Jane's as 7. Hereinafter cited as Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants.
  3. [S56] Lillian Henderson, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865 (Longino & Porter 1959-64; reprint Hapeville, GA: Georgia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1994), 5-260
    23 Mar 1862     Discharged due to disability. Hereinafter cited as Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of GA.
  4. [S756] (Original data: National Archives and Records Administration), Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (National Park Service (NPS)), Film Number M226 roll 54.
  5. [S56] Lillian Henderson, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of GA.

James Robert Shepard

M, #2115, b. 17 Nov 1844
Relationship
1st cousin 3 times removed of Beryl Virginia Burns
     James Robert Shepard was born on 17 Nov 1844 in Laurens Co., GA.1,2,3 He was the son of James Marshall Shepard and Mary Ann Higdon. James Robert Shepard was enumerated in the census of 1850 in Laurens Co., GA in the household of James Marshall Shepard. James Robert Shepard was enumerated in the census of 1860 in Laurens Co., GA in the household of James Marshall Shepard.

James Robert Shepard married first Tabitha C. Aligood on 17 Dec 1866 in Laurens Co., GA.4,5 James Robert Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1870 in Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Tabitha C. Aligood.6

James's second marriage was to Sarah E. Joiner on 10 Mar 1875 in Laurens Co., GA.7 James Robert Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1880 in Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Sarah E. Joiner.8 James Robert Shepard was enumerated as Head of Household in the census of 1900 in Hampton's Mill, Laurens Co., GA with others in the household: Sarah E. Joiner.9

Citations

  1. [S1024] James M. Shepard & Mary Ann Higdon, James M. Shepard Family Bible ; Present owner - family of Mrs. S. D. Braswell d/o Francis C. Shepard Fann (copy courtesy of Barbie Lee Murdock), Copy supplied by Mrs. Vaughn in Higdon Family Newsletter #33, Sept 1974, p. 2. Hereinafter cited as James M. Shepard Family Bible.
  2. [S294] Jo Ann Smith, editor, Higdon Family Newsletter (Box 30093, Raleigh, NC 27622: Mrs.HA Smith, 1972), #33, p. 2. Hereinafter cited as Higdon Family Newsletter.
  3. [S328] Lucille B. Coone, Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants (Manassas, VA: Coone, Lucille B., 1978), p. 94. Hereinafter cited as Colonial Higdons and Some of Their Descendants.
  4. [S1070] FamilySearch, Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 (Original data: transcribed from original records).
  5. [S933] Georgia Virtual Vault, Laurens County Georgia Marriage Book, Georgia Archives, Morrow, GA, Laurens County Marriage Book, 1853 - 1871, p. 215. Hereinafter cited as Laurens Co., Georgia Marriage Book.
  6. [S497] US1870.
  7. [S933] Georgia Virtual Vault, Laurens Co., Georgia Marriage Book: Laurens County Marriage Book, 1870-1879, p. 154.
  8. [S496] US1880.
  9. [S555] US1900.