Biography of R. J. Sheperd
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

R. J. Shepherd, a successful merchant and prominent pioneer business man of East Liverpool, was born at Luray, Page County, Va., and is the son of Joseph and Carolina Rebecca (Bragington) Shepherd.

Joseph Shepherd was a native of Virginia, as was his wife. He served throughout the Civil War with the Confederate army and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. In 1886 he went to England and settled on a farm in Worcestershire, where he died in 1924. His wife died in 1895 and they are buried in Yardley Cemetery, Warwickshire, England. Mr. Shepherd is the son of Joshua Shepherd, a native of Virginia, and a grandson of Joshua Shepherd, a prominent tobacco grower of the South. History relates that when William Penn conceived the idea of laying out the state of Pennsylvania, he went to England with his proposition and layed it before the king, who in turn appointed Joshua Shepherd on the commision to come to this country for that purpose. After completing his mission he settled along the James River. He later became a large planter and tobacco raiser and was one of the biggest tobacco growers in the South at that time. He died and is buried near Richmond, Va. R. J. Shepherd, the subject of this sketch, is a direct descendant of this Shepherd.

To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shepherd the following children were born: Augusta, the widow of Rowland Hall, of Birmingham, England, and she resides at Sutton, England. He was the grandson of Rowland Hall, the man who introduced postage in England; Florence, deceased; Alice, resides in Sutton, England; and R. J., the subject of this sketch.

R. J. Shepherd was educated in the schools of England and attended Queen's College, Birmingham, England. He then spent four years and eight months in Africa and later came to the United States and settled at Wheeling, W. Va. He was later connected with Swift & Company of Chicago as a sales manager and in June, 1901, came to East Liverpool, where he has since engaged in the meat business. Mr. Shepherd has an up to date place of business and an excellent trade. He deals in high grade meats exclusively.

In 1908 Mr. Shepherd was united in marriage with Miss Loretta Deibrugge, of Wheeling, W. Va., and the daughter of Louis and Louise Delbrugge, both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd have a son, Rowland, born at Wheeling, W. Va., June 19, 1909. He is a student at East Liverpool High School.

Mr. Shepherd is a 32nd degree Mason and belongs to the Shrine, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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