Biography of George W. Shepard
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Shepard, George W., Norfolk, was born in Norfolk on the farm he now owns, December 15, 1833. His father, Chauncy L., was a son of Bohan Shepard, a native of Vermont. The wife of Bohan Shepard was Charlotte Stannard, by whom he had five sons and four daughters. He and his wife, in 1823, came to Norfolk and spent the remainder of their days. Chauncy L. was born in Vermont, March 28, 1803, and there reared and educated. In 1823 he came to Norfolk and settled on the farm now owned by subject. in 1827 he married Rachael, daughter of Jonas Bail of Madrid, who died in 1834. Mr. Shepard and wife had three daughters and one son. He wasa carpenter and stone mason and was at one time superintendent of the building of the wood work for river and canal locks at Montreal and Beauharnois. He was also superintendent of the grading and mason work on the Ogdensburg and Champlain railroad. In 1851 he went to California and remained two years. With his own hands he took out a nugget of gold worth $950. He returned in 1853 and engaged in farming and commenced building, and had at his death one of the finest farms in Norfolk, containing 250 acres of land. He was one of the first to start a stage line in this section, and drove the first stage from Norfolk to St. Regis, and was one of the proprietors of the route. He was a drover and drove cattle to Montreal and Quebec. He was highway cornmissioner fifteen years, and built two iron bridges over the Racquette river at Norfolk. He died November 7, 1881. George W. Shepard, our subject, was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and Ogdensburg Academy. Farming has always been his occupation and he owns at present 256 acres of land and keeps a dairy of twenty five cows. He breeds Ayrshire cattle and Berkshire swine. Mr. Shepard has been twice married, first to Clara Yale in 1860. She was a daughter of Lloyd Yale of Norfolk. Mr. Shepard and wife had two children: Ohauney L., and Laura L., deceased, Mrs. Shepard died July 22, 1866, and January 5, 1872, he married Ellen P. Bartlett, a native of Norfolk, daughter of Lester Bartlett, who was born in Vermont in 1816. He came to Bangor, Franklin county, when a young man and in 1831 came to Norfolk, and here died in 1850. His wife was Theodosia McDowell of Waddington, by whom he had two sons and three daughters. Mrs. Bartlett married for her second husband, Joseph Bartlett, a brother of her first husband, and they now reside in Norfolk. Mr. Shepard and wife have had six children Leroy B., William H., Clara T., Fannie M., George L., and Ellen E., deceased. In politics Mr. Shepard is a Democrat. He is a member of What Cheer Lodge No. 689 of Norwood, also of the Norfolk Grange No. 541.

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