Biography - Hiram Shepherd

HIRAM SHEPHERD. The name of this much-respected citizen and old pioneer is well known in the county, for he has been successfully engaged in the arduous duties of the farm in this locality for many years, and now owns one of the most productive, best cultivated tracts of land in the locality. He was born in Fillmore Township, Montgomery County, Ill., August 18, 1830, and there his youthful days were passed.

His father, Pleasant Shepherd, was a native of the old North State and grew to manhood in that State. When a young man, he went to Kentucky and there married Miss Anna Brown, a native of the Old Dominion, but reared in Kentucky. After this union Mr. Shepherd came direct to Montgomery County, Ill., in about the year 1827, and located in Fillmore Township, where he entered land from the Government. About 1832, he sold out and moved back to Kentucky, but after remaining there one winter he made his way back to Montgomery County, Ill., and settled in what is now North Litchfield Township. There he improved a good farm and resided the remainder of his days. His death occurred in 1834, while his wife followed him to the grave in 1848. Her father, Richard Brown, was a native of Virginia and came to Illinois about 1827.

Hiram Shepherd was one of five children, three sons and two daughters, two of whom died in infancy. He was reared in his native county and was but four years of age when his father died. When he was eighteen years of age, his mother died, and then he started out to fight life's battles for himself. At first he worked by the month on a farm, receiving $9 per month for his services, and continued at this occupation for two years. He then began farming on shares for himself. In 1852 a great desire came over him to cross the plains to the land of gold. He started out with ox-teams, and went by way of Salt Lake City, first stopping at what was then called old Hay Town. After reaching the Pacific coast, he engaged in mining for about two years and in 1854 returned via Panama and New York City on the "John L. Stephens" and the "Pacific."

After reaching the Sucker State he farmed the first season, then went to North Missouri, where he remained but a short time. In the fall he went to the Lone Star State, but in 1855 returned to Illinois, where he again resumed agricultural pursuits, following this for about two years. After this he engaged in the sawmill business two and a-half miles northeast of Litchfield and followed this for about two years, when he traded the mill for a farm in North Litchfield Township. On this he located and remained another two years, when he traded it for another farm in the same township In 1864 he sold this and bought the place where he now resides, on section 26, and has since tilled the soil here with substantial results. He is wide-awake and prosperous and has displayed excellent judgment in the management of his affairs. All his property has been accumulated by honest toil and good management, and as a citizen and neighbor he has no superior.

On the 21st of October, 1857, Miss Nancy A. Williams, a native of Washington County, Ill., became his wife, and their union has been blessed by the birth of nine children, four sons and five daughters: Anna E., wife of George H. Barringer, of Fillmore, Ill.; Sarah E., in the millinery business at Hillsboro, Ill.; Mattie J., wife of John Moore, of Fillmore Township; John P., of Raymond Township; Rosa A., at home; Lillie L., wife of J. L. Williamson, of Fillmore Township; Charlie H., Frank and Edward E.

Mr. Shepherd settled on the farm where he now resides in 1864, and on the farm was a little frame house, 16x24 feet, and a small log stable, which have since given place to a large two-story frame residence and substantial out buildings. Since then Mr. Shepherd has added to his land until he now owns two hundred and forty acres and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. The political views of our subject have brought him in affiliation with the Democratic party and he is an earnest upholder of its principles and policy. He was School Director for twenty years or more and has also served as Highway Commissioner. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and one of the Trustees of the same. He is a man whose career has been above reproach and one whose honesty and uprightness have never been questioned.

Extracted 04 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, page 173-174.

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