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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John A. Shepperd, a carpenter and builder of Potosi, was born in St. Louis, Mo., November 21, 1847, and was the only child born to John B. and Sarah A. (Ackland) Shepperd, the former also a native of St. Louis and the latter born in Baltimore, Md. John B. Shepperd was a son of David Shepperd, who built the sixth brick house in St. Louis. John B. was a dealer in gents’ furnishing goods, and died in 1854. John A. Shepperd was reared in St. Louis, where he learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner, which occupation he has since followed. December 26, 1883, he married Miss Minnie Curtis, who was born in Washington County, Mo., and died February 14, 1885. On May 4, 1887, Mr. Shepperd married Miss Annie M. Smith, a daughter of E. B. and Annie M. (Castleman) Smith.

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This family biography is one of 138 biographies included in The History of Washington County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Washington County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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