Joseph Sheppard (or Shepherd) was one of Ari’s 6x great-grandfathers, born in 1752 in Worcestershire, possibly in Hanbury, as that is where he was living at the time of his marriage.
St Werburgh’s Church, Hanbury – monument to Sir John de Hanbury (detail)
No baptism for him has been found in Hanbury, which is near Droitwich.
When he was 33, Joseph married Ann Day in Huddington, as shown in the parish register:
They had nine children between 1786 and 1806, the youngest of whom was also Joseph, Ari’s 5x great-grandfather.
Joseph senior lived to the age of 83, and was buried at the church of St James in Huddington on 20 December 1835.
No will has been found yet, and I don’t know what his occupation was. My next step is to follow up the children to see if there are any clues.
Ari, this is how you are related to Joseph: