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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 6th ed., 1887, Shelby Co.

CHRISTOPHER T. SHEPHERD was born in Shelby County, Ky., May 23, 1823, the seventh of a family of four sons and six daughters born to John and Sally (Baskett) Shepherd. His father was a native of Fluvana County, Va., born in 1788; was a well-to-do farmer, and came to Kentucky in 1809, located on a farm near Bagdad where he remained until 1814, when he removed to what is known as the Hempridge farm near Rockbridge, where he lived a long and useful life. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and noted for his many acts of charity. He died January 19, 1859. His mother was a native of Fluvana County, Va., born February 21, 1790. She was a member of the Baptist Church for many years, a firm supporter of its principles, and died June 21, 1882. His paternal grandfather was a native of Virginia; but little of his life is known. Our subject's paternal grandfather, Thomas Baskett, was a native of Fluvana County, Va., came to Kentucky in 1795, and settled near Bridgeport, in Franklin County, where he lived for many years. Later he moved to the present site of Bagdad, and remained there until about 1835, when he moved to Howard County, Mo., and resided until his death, which occurred about 1845. Our subject passed the first part of his life on the farm, until he was twenty-eight years of age. He started in life with only what nature had bestowed upon him, honesty, industry and perseverance, and by hard labor has accumulated a sufficient amount to insure a comfortable living through the evening of life. His education was limited to that of the common schools of Shelby County, where he received a good common-school education. February 6, 1851, he was united in marriage with Ann Elizabeth White, an estimable lady of Shelby County, and the only daughter of Henry and Lucy Ann (Courtney) White, natives of Caroline County, Va. The birth of one son and one daughter followed their union: Mary Emma, born December 10, 1851, and John Henry, born June 1, 1854, who died July 22, same year. Mary Emma is the wife of Jonathan Y. Calloway, a great-grandson of Col. Richard Calloway, in whose honor Calloway County is named. Politically the subject of this sketch was formerly an old line Whig. Since the close of the late civil war he has cast his ballot with the Democratic part. He has a well cultivated farm of 330 acres, one-half mile west of the pleasant little village of Harrisonville, on the Harrisonville and Bagdad Turnpike, which he successfully manages, and is justly recognized as one of Shelby County's honorable and upright citizens. Mrs. Shepherd is a native of Shelby County, born October 31, 1833; she is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and has been for more than twenty-five years, and was always a devout Christian. Her father, H. White, was born in Virginia, about 1809 and died in May, 1886. Her mother was a native of Caroline County, Va., born about 1811, and died about 1839. Mrs. Shepherd's paternal grandfather was also a native of Caroline County, Va., came to Kentucky in an early day and settled in Jefferson County, when the city of Louisville was but a small landing; he lived there a few years, moving thence to Daviess County, near Owensboro, and died near Shawneetown. Her maternal grandfather, Thomas Courtney, was a native of Caroline County, Va., came to Shelby County, and lived there until his death. He was among the earliest settlers of that vicinity.

Shepherd Baskett White Courtney Calloway = Bridgeport-Franklin-KY Jefferson-KY Owensboro-Daviess-KY Howard-MO Caroline-VA Fluvana-VA

 

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