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Sarah Jane (Minerd) Shepard


Sarah Jane (Minerd) Shepard was born in about 1843 in Tontogany, Wood County, OH, the daughter of Samuel and Susanna (Hueston) Minerd

Her husband was wounded in action during the Civil War, and was held as a prisoner of war.

In about 1866, when she was about 23 years of age, Sarah married 26-year-old Army veteran William H. Shepard (Nov. 1840-1916), the son of Cyrus and (?) (Huston) Shepard. He may have been a distant cousin of Sarah's on the Hueston/Huston side of the family.

Union Hill Cemetery
William was a native of Port Clinton, Ottawa County, OH, who had moved to Tontogany at a young age. William and Sarah knew each other from childhood, as he had resided on a farm about a mile and a half away from the Minerds. He
stood 5 feet 7 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair.

The Shepards together produced a family of seven known children, born between 1868 and 1877 – John Franklin "Frank" Shepard, Clara Eunice "Clarie" Bowser, Orra Armitage, twins Louis "Edward" Shepard and Eva Ellen Kohr, Jennie E. Everett and John William Shepard Jewell.

During the Civil War, William enlisted in the Army, and was a member of Co. D., 34th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, along with his future brother in law, Alpheus Minerd. William and Alpheus “messed and bunked together” during their time together as fellow soldiers. They saw action in 24 battles during a six-month period in 1864, including the following:

Princeton, WV (May 6), Cloyds Mountain, VA (May 9-10), Panther Gap, WV (June 3), Piedmont, VA (June 5), Buffalo Gap, WV (June 6), Lexington, WV (June 10), Buckhannon, WV (June 14), Otter Creek, VA (June 16), Lynchburg, WV (June 17), Liberty, WV (June 20), Salem, VA (June 21), Monocacy, MD (July 9), Snickers Gap (July 17), Third Winchester, VA (July 20-24), Kernstown, VA (July 23), Summit Point, VA (Aug. 21), Halltown, VA (Aug. 24, 26-27), Berryville, VA (Sept. 3-4), Martinsburg, WV (Sept. 18), Opequon, VA (Sept. 19), Fishers Hill, VA (Sept. 22) and Cedar Creek, VA (Oct. 19).


Fighting at Cedar Creek in 1864, where William saw battle action


Pemberton Prison
Just after the new year began, on Jan. 11, 1865, the 34th Ohio fought at Beverly, WV. Alpheus and Shepard were captured, and sent to Pemberton Prison in Richmond, VA. For more than a month, they were incarcerated together.

The red-brick Pemberton was a converted warehouse, along the James River, and beside Libby Prison, a notoriously filthy and deadly facility, considered one of the Confederacy's worst.

One Libby prisoner complained of having to sleep on bare floors, in front of open windows, with insufficient clothes or blankets. The men also were exposed to cold temperatures, dampness and germ-carrying insects from the nearby, slow-flowing river. Sanitation was non-existent -- prisoners relieved their bladders and bowels in the corners of their rooms.

On Feb. 17, 1865, they both were released through a parole, "and we came to our lines together," William recalled. They both received 30-day furloughs at the end of February, and as a tandem returned to Tontogany. However, when they returned to their regiment in early April, they were assigned to different regiments, and became separated.

Views of Tontogany, Ohio
William was discharged on June 5, 1865 at Clairsville near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He returned home to Tontogany, where he worked as a farmer.

Tragically, Sarah appears to have suffered with complications in her pregnancy with their seventh child. On Sept. 11, 1877, a day after giving birth to their son John, she died in Tontogany. Her resting place is unknown. 

Her passing left William with a family of many young mouths to feed. Sarah's married sister Pera and her husband William Lacon Jewell took in the baby boy and raised him to adulthood, eventually giving him their surname "Jewell."

On Dec. 27, 1882, after five years as a widower, William married to Alice J. Duncan (1860-1905). He was two decades older than his new wife. The ceremony was performed at Blissfield, Lenawee County, MI. 

They bore three more children of their own, born between 1882 and 1890 – Marshall A. Shepard, Carl C. Shepard and Cora A. Shepard.

Three years later, in 1885, the Shepards moved to Haskins, Wood County, OH. It was there that William was interviewed by the government in the pension investigation of Alpheus Minerd.

When undergoing a medical checkup in 1891, as part of his military pension obligation, William complained of pain in the rectum, frequent diarrhea, severe constipation as well as pain in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. The physician wrote: "[He] has good muscular development and presents a fairly healthy appearance. His disability is not caused by any vicious habits."


The C.H. & D. railroad depot in Haskins


Obituary, 1905
William became widowed again when he was age 65. Sadly, Alice died of "dropsy" at their home in Haskins, at the age of 45, on May 9, 1905, after a sickness of several months' duration. Her obituary in the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel (seen here) said that she “has been quite ill nearly all spring and her death was not altogether unexpected.”

At his 76th birthday in November 1916, his family gathered at his residence "to assist him in commemorating the occasion," reported the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune. "At the dinner hour the well-filled baskets which each one brought were opened and the birthday dinner spread. Those participating in the day's celebration were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shepard and son Joseph, of Haskins; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shepard, of McClure; Mrs. Orra Armitage of Bowling Green; Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Shepard and daughters Ruth and Carrie, of Grand Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. John Jewell and son Robert of near Bowling Green; Lester Armitage and Mr. and Mrs. Myron Thompson of Bowling Green."

William passed away of heart disease, "la grippe" and bronchitis on Dec. 23, 1916, at the age of 76. He is buried at Union Hill Cemetery, where his Minerd in-laws also rest for eternity. M.A. Shepard of Grand Rapids was the informant on his death certificate, but the connection to William is not known. No newspaper obituary has been found for William in the Wood County Public Library in Bowling Green.

His son Marshall, from the second marriage, taught school in Haskins and then became superintendent of the schools at Custar circa 1908. In 1940, he taught in the state capital city of Columbus. Circa 1958, when named in the news obituary of his half-brother Edward, he was in Kingston.

~ Daughter Clara Eunice "Clarie" (Shepard) Bowser ~

Daughter Clara Eunice "Clarie" Shepard (1867-1925) was born on March 30, 1867 in Wood County.

When she was 20 years of age, on Nov. 3, 1887, she married Gabriel E. Bowser (Nov. 25, 1852- ? ), son of John and Susan (Guyer) Bowser and stepson of (?) Ettleman. Presiding at their wedding was Rev. J.M. Crim. On their marriage license, her maiden name was spelled "Shepherd." There was a 14-year difference in their ages. He had been married once before.

The couple's only son was Earl William Bowser. They also took in and raised a foster daughter, Louise Durst.

The Bowsers moved to Lucas County, OH, where census records for 1900 place them in Providence Township. Gabriel earned a living at that time as a farm laborer. 

By 1910, they had moved to a farm in Swan Creek, Fulton County, OH. On the move again during the 1910s, the pair migrated back to Lucas County and settled on a farm in Swanton Township. As of 1920, George Watley boarded under their roof. They remained in Swanton for good.

Clara was burdened with heart valve leakages and anemia in her later years. She died at the age of 58 on Nov. 12, 1925. Interment of the remains was in Centerville Cemetery in Swanton Cemetery, Fulton County. 

Sadly, suffering from heart valve and related problems, Gabriel only survived his wife by fewer than two months. The spectre of death whisked him away at the age of 75 on Jan. 9, 1926 in Swanton Township. Burial was in Centerville Cemetery.

Son Earl William Bowser (1889-1972) was born in March 1889. In young manhood he served in the U.S. Navy for a four-year term, from 1907 to 1911. Then in 1915, at the age of about 26, he entered into marriage with Louisa Jane Ducat (1899-1969). Together, they bore a brood of six -- Melvin Bowser, Clifford Bowser, Dean Bowser, Earl Bowser Jr., Erma Bowser and Ula Thomas. For 14 years, from about 1944 to retirement in 1958, he was employed as an inspector at the Rossford Army Depot. His final residence was on Berkey-Southern Road in Swanton. As his health failed, he was admitted to the Toledo Medical College. There, he died at the age of 83 on May 12, 1972. His remains sleep for the ages in Swanton Township's Centerville Cemetery. He was survived by an astounding 35 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Centerville Cemetery in Swanton.

  • Grandson Melvin M. Bowser Sr. (1916-1998) was born in about 1916. In 1934, he was joined in the rite of matrimony with Margaret J. Kujawski (Feb. 15, 1916-1999). The pair put down roots in Delta, OH. Their brood of 11 offspring were Melvin M. Bowser Jr., Robert Bowser, Daniel Bowser, Donald Bowser, Norman Bowser, William Bowser, Larry Bowser, David Bowser, Steve Bowser, Rosie Plotner and Kathy Klausing. For 38 years, he earned a living in maintenance with Baron Drawn Steel. He held a membership in the United Auto Workers. At the age of 82, Melvin was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital and died there on Nov. 4, 1998. His obituary was printed in the Wauseon Fulton County Expositor, which said he was survived by a headcount of 39 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The remains were lowered under the sod of Swanton Cemetery. The widowed Margaret, residing in Harborside Healthcare in Swanton, only lived for another three months. The angel of death spirited her away on Feb. 11, 1999, just four days shy of her 83rd birthday.

    Great-grandson Melvin Martin "Junior" Bowser Jr. ( ? -2018) was born on (?). He entered into matrimony with LouAnn Hutchinson ( ? - ? ). Their union endured the ups and downs of a remarkable 56 years. They became the parents of six sons -- Dirk Bowser, Daniel Bowser, Joe Bowser, Christ Bowser, Bill Bowser and Corey Bowser. Said an obituary, Melvin "enjoyed New York Yankees baseball games, building and fixing everything, joking with his sons, and he loved classic cars. Junior was a very hard worker and was proud to be a Toledo Jeep retiree." Sadly, they endured the untimely death of their eldest son Dirk. Their final home together was in Holland, OH. With his health in decline, he received much loving care from his widowed daughter-in-law Lorri. Melvin died at the age of 83 on May 4, 2018. His survivors included 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

    Great-grandson Robert Bowser ( ? - ? ) lived at Liberty Center, OH in 2018.

    Great-grandson Daniel Bowser ( ? - ? )

    Great-grandson Donald Frederick Bowser (1938-2007) was born on Oct. 14, 1938 in Toledo. In 1957, he married Ann Veronica Bahls (July 7, 1936-2012), daughter of William and Frances (VanDuzan) Bahls. They produced a family of 11 offspring -- Pamela Lambert, Valerie McCurdy, Donald Bowser Jr., John Bowser, Sharon Bowser, Thomas Bowser Sr., Ronald Bowser, Jenny Urbanowicz, Ann M. Bowser, JoAnn Lee and Gregory Bowser. An obituary said that Ann "enjoyed taking pictures, going to garage sales and collecting giraffes. She also enjoyed watching soap operas, especially Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful... Ann’s legacy is her kindness and grace that touched and enriched the lives of all who knew her. Her quiet and unconditional way of loving is a gift she leaves and will live within all of us, always." He passed into the arms of the angels at age 68 in Holland on March 14, 2007. The remains are in eternal repose in Springfield Township Cemetery. Ann survived him by five years. She died at home in Toledo at the age of 76 on Nov. 23, 2012. At her death, the number of their survivors was 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her mass of Christian burial was sung at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Toledo.

    Great-grandson Norman Bowser wed Ruth. Their home in 2018 was in Toledo.

    Great-grandson William Bowser ( ? - ? )

    Great-grandson Larry Bowser ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Holland, OH in 2018.

    Great-grandson David Bowser ( ? - ? ) planted himself in Delta, OH.

    Great-grandson Steven Bowser was joined in wedlock with Brenda. 

    Great-granddaughter Rosie Bowser is believed to have married James Plotner. On April 11, 1978, James was badly injured when his motorcycle was struck by an automobile near State Route 2 east of Swanton. Reported the Wauseon Republican, he sought $200,000 in damages from the driver, alleging that he "suffered severe and disabling injuries to his neck, right shoulder, groin, right leg and ankle and multiple fractures of his right clavicle as well as contusions and abrasions. Since the accident he claims he has been totally disabled from working, caring for his wife and the baby born of his marriage since the accident." High medical bills were mounting, with no income. Rose sued for divorce in January 1979, with the case still underway more than two years later, in August 1981. She was in Delta, OH in the late 2010s.

    Great-granddaughter Katherine "Kathy" Bowser (1949-2007) was born on Sept. 16, 1949. She wed Larry Klausing ( ? - ? ). She passed away at the age of 57 on Feb. 8, 2007. She sleeps for all time in Swanton Cemetery.

  • Grandson Clifford Wayne Bowser (1919-1984) was born on June 4, 1919 in Lucas County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, bearing the rank of staff sergeant. He was joined in wedlock with world war Army veteran Alice Lucille Payne (1922-2006), a native of McClure, OH and the daughter of George and Delsy (Jennings) Payne. They.made a home in Swanton Township. The children of this union included Gary Bowser, Sandra Scherf, Jim Bowser, Karen Zeller, Joe Bowser, Beverly Hayden, Diane Bowser, Jerry Bowser and Gail Blair as well as a foster daughter, Mary LaPointe. Sadness cascaded over the family when their son Gary died in infancy. The grim reaper of death cut Clifford away at the age of 64, in Toledo, on March 13, 1984. Burial was in Health-Colton Cemetery in Henry County. Alice "owned and operated a janitorial service, providing services at Toledo Express Airport for United Airlines and the FAA offices, where she was known as 'Code Alice'," said the Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune. "In heer later years, she took flying lessons and attended the 50th anniversary of the Women's Army Corp." Alice held a membership in the New Horizon Community Church of Delta and the American Legion post in Swanton. At the age of 84, she passed away on Jan. 29, 2006 at St. Luke's Hospital of Maumee. The headcount of her survivors was 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. The remains are in eternal repose in Health Cemeteery.

    Great-granddaughter Sandra Bowser married (?) Scherf. She was in Oregon, OH in 2006.

    Great-grandson Jim Bowser moved to Temperance, MI. His wife is Diane.

    Great-granddaughter Karen Sue Bowser (1954-2016) was born on Aug. 19, 1954 in Toledo. She was a 1972 alumna of the Penta Career Center. She wed Thomas E. Zeller Sr. (1939- ? ). Their union endured for 44 years. He brought two stepchildren into the second marriage, Christopher John Zeller and Michelle Lynn Zeller. Together, they bore two more sons of their own -- Thomas E. Zeller Jr. and Brian Scott Zeller. Their home for many years was in Swanton, OH. For 20 years, until 2013, Karen was a Toledo Blade newsstand collector and distributor in the Swanton area. The family was plunged into anxiety when Karen was diagnosed with cancer in about 2012. She battled the disease for four years. During that period of her life, she was the owner and operator of Karen's Kitchen and Long Horn Restaurant located in Delta and assisted Thomas in Swanton in running the Ice Cream Crossing. Said an obituary, "Karen loved gardening and spending time at Oak Openings and just loved nature [and] had an adventurous spirit and loved trying new things. Just recently she went on a 17 mile bike trip with her family. Karen has an extraordinarily close knit family, and she was the glue that held everyone together. She knew when everyone's birthday and anniversary was and would send out cards to each and every one of them for the special event in their lives." The couple had a special love for music and singing, vacations in Florida and attending shows such as films, festivals, and theatre productions. But sadly, at the age of 62, she died in The Flower Hospital on Dec. 11, 2016. Pastor Harold Ratliff led the funeral rites. Her remains rest for eternity in Swanton Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Joe Bowser relocated to North Carolina. Circa 2006, he dwelled in Winston-Salem, NC. He married Lori.

    Great-granddaughter Beverly Bowser was joined in wedlock with (?) Hayden and Shaggy Hensley. She made her dwelling-place in Toledo in 2006.

    Great-granddaughter Diane Bowser has lived in Delta, OH.

    Great-grandson Jerry Bowser put down roots in Delta, OH. He wed Robyn.

    Great-granddaughter Gail Blair made a residence in the mid-2000s in Delta, OH. She married Scott Blair.

    Foster great-granddaughter Mary is known to have been in Temperance, MI as of 2006. She wed Brian LaPoint.

  • Grandson Dean Gabriel Bowser (1922-1999) was born on April 11, 1922 in Fulton County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was deployed to Europe. Circa 1946, he was united in the rites of matrimony with Donna "Jean" Cadaret (April 4, 1929-2000). Six offspring borne by the pair were Christine Fowler, Gary Bowser, Timothy Bowser, Richard Bowser, Terry Spade and Linda Nijakowski. They lived in Swanton Township for decades. From 1951 to retirement in 1979, Dean earned a living in the paint department of Jeep located in the 89 Building. He held a membership in the Swanton post of the American Legion. Death enveloped him at the age of 76 on March 5, 1999 as a patient in Swanton Healthcare. The Wauseon Fulton County Expositor published an obituary. The remains were interred in Toledo's Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Jean outlived her husband by about a year-and-a-half. She passed away at the age of 71 on Oct. 13, 2000. Her survivors included a baker's dozen grandchldren and four great-grandchildren.

    Great-granddaughter Christine Bowser wed David Fowler. They lived in Swanton in 1999.

    Great-grandson Gary Bowser married Barbara Myers, daughter of Melvin and Beatrice (Hildreth) Myers. They put down roots in Swanton.

    Great-grandson Timothy Bowser was joined in wedlock with Connie Whitehead, daughter of Jimmie and Lois (Mastin) Whitehead. They settled in Swanton as of 1999.

    Great-grandson Richard D. Bowser ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). On Oct. 8, 1966, she was united in matrimony with Janet  Keller (July 29, 1948-1999), daughter of Donald C. and Deloris (Brinkman) Keller. Their trio of children were Lori Ann Euler and Sherri Lyn Bowser and Paul Bowser. Richard joned the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and trained as a jet engine mechanic. He was assigned to the 4258th Strategic Wing at the U-Tapao Airfield in Thailand, and with the Strategic Air Command supported a fleet of B-52 Stratofortress bombers which made daily bombing runs at Viet Cong targets as well as KC-135 Stratotankers engaged in refueling other fighter, bomber and reconnaissance airplanes. They dwelled in Grand Rapids, OH in a home on Bailey Road. From 1983 to 1999, Janet earned a living as a bus driver for the Otsego School District. They belonged to St. Patrick's Church of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Sportsman Club, and she to the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. A triple tragedy devastated the family on Sept. 30, 1999 when 51-year-old Janet and their daughters Sherri and Lori Ann were killed, and grandchildren Victoria and Daric Euler badly injured, in an automobile accident at the intersection of Box and Jeffers Roads in McClure. Reported the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune, "According to Ohio Highway Patrol accident reports, the driver of the van that collided with Euler's car ... failed to yield at a rural Lucas County intersection ..., causing the accident." The three were pictured in separate obituaries in the Tribune, which noted that Sherri was a 1989 graduate of Otsego High School and had been employed an assistant loan department supervisor for 10 years with Henry County Bank in Napoleon, while Lori, a 1985 Otsego High alumna and a customer service representative at BETCO in Toledo for eight years, also left behind her widower Douglas E. Euler. Their visitation was held in the gymnasium of Otsego High in Tontogany, with funeral services in St. Patrick's Church, Grand Rapids, and burial in Tontogany Cemetery, with Rev. Fr. F. Anthony Gallagher officiating. A memorial fund was established for the benefit of the two young Euler children. The night of the accident, Janet's co-workers among the bus drivers of Otsego School District were so distraught over the horror that classes were canceled the next day.

    Great-granddaughter Terry Bowser tied the knot with Larry Spade, son of Dennis H. and S. Mary (Stevens) Spade and stepson of Gaylord Batdorf. They planted themselves in Liberty Center and Swanton, OH. One known son is Dennis Shane Spade.

    Great-granddaughter Linda Bowser entered into marriage with Richard Nijakowski. Circa 1999, the pair's residence was in Sylvania, OH. 

  • Grandson Earl William "Junior" Bowser Jr. (1927-2018) was born on July 24, 1927 in Whitehouse, OH. Earl served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 18, 1945 to Aug. 5, 1946. When he was 24 years of age, on Nov. 24, 1951, he married Martha "Marty" Thomas ( ? - ? ). The couple together bore a family of five children -- Keith Bowser, Lorrie Walter, Julie Boice, Kelly Bowser and Lisa Bowser. He was the owner and operator of Bowser Plastering & Drywall. They established a dwelling-place in Holland, Lucas County, OH and then in the 2010s in Douglass, TX. Said an obituary, Earl "had an interest in breeding, raising, and starting barrel racing horses. He was a member of The Shriners and a life time member of The American Quarter Horse Association." At the age of 90, as a patient in Lima Hospital, Earl died on Jan. 3, 2018. His survivors included 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    Great-grandson Keith Bowser was united in marriage with Deb.

    Great-granddaughter Lorrie Bowser wed Robert Walter.

    Great-granddaughter Julie Bowser married Matthew Boice.

    Great-grandson Kelly Bowser was joined in wedlock with Danielle.

    Great-granddaughter Lisa Bowser ( ? - ? )

  • Granddaughter Erma Ruth Bowser (1924-2008) was born on Feb. 8, 1924 in Swanton. She was the mother of two -- Lloyd W. Bowser Sr. and Joan Omlor. Erma made her home in Swanton with her widowed father at his death in 1972. As of 1999, she lived in Whitehouse, OH. For 30 years, she was employed as a dietician at the Arbors of Waterville Nursing Home, retiring in 2007. She held a membership in the Neapolis Church of Christ. Erma's final residence was back in Swanton. She died at home at the age of 84 on April 8, 2008. She was survived by seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Rev. Tom Bates led the funeral rites. Burial followed in Swanton Centerville Cemetery with an obituary appearing in the Toledo Blade.

    Great-grandson Lloyd W. Bowser Sr. (1953-2020) was born on Aug. 12, 1953 in Toledo and raised by a single mother. He was a 1972 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School. With a lifelong love of horses, he won an Indiana Flag championship in young manhood. He received a blacksmith degree from the Oklahoma Horse Shoeing School. On Nov. 8, 1974, Lloyd married Deborah Ann Pierce ( ? - ? ). Three children borne to this union were Lloyd W. Bowser Jr., Aaron D. Bowser and Tiffiney Bowser. Sadly, their daughter Tiffiney died young. They lived in Swanton. Lloyd earned a living for two decades with Johns Manville, and then accepted a job as a cook at Legends in Whitehouse, OH followed by a position as cook for the Maumee Eagles. Wanting to work for himself, he eventually launched his own eatery, West Inn Dinner in Weston, OH. Continuing his passion for horses, he was a leader of the Dusty Riders of the Fulton County 4-H organization and held memberships in the Lucas County Saddle Club, Fulton County Horseman Council and Harry Hughes Horsemen Haven. Said the Village Reporterof Williams and Fulton Counties, "As an avid horseman he loved trail riding and camping with his family and friends and barrel racing. He has shared his knowledge of horses with many children in the area helping them excel with their horse skills. He became an Arizona snowbird for 15 winters." Lloyd at age 67 died at home on Nov. 8, 2020. Eight grandchildren survived him. A celebration of his life was held at the WB Ranch in Swanton.

    Great-granddaughter Joan Bowser ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). On Feb. 6, 1965, she wed John Joseph Omlor (May 8, 1945-2014), son of  Orlett and Agnes (Dow) Omlor and originally from Altoona, PA. The marriage held firm over 49 years' duration. Together, they producd a family of four -- Angela Morgan, Joan Myers, Vera McCarthy and Rob Omlor.  John was a 1964 graduate of Woodward High School and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War until discharge in 1971. For more than a quarter of a century, John made a living as a millwright with General Motors. They lived in Defiance, OH until moving in 2012 to Butler, IN. John belonged to the American Legion post of Defiance and the Indiana American Legion. They endured the untimely death of their married daughter Vera. John died in CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center at the age of 69 on Sept. 10, 2014. Pastor Bobby Branham officiated the funeral. Interment was in Riverview Memory Gardens.

  • Granddaughter Ula Jane Bowser (1931-2021) was born on June 8, 1921 in Swanton, OH. On Jan. 12, 1948, in Swanton, she wed Raymond Thomas (Jan. 14, 1925-2000), son of Raymond and Lulu (Cross) Thomas. The three offspring in this family were Barbara Bowen, Raymond E. Thomas and Vicky Ahart. Raymond was employed at Johns Manville for 27 years until retirement in 1984. In 1972, the Thomases made a residence in Whitehouse, OH and in 1999 in Neapolis, OH. Ula Jane liked to camp and listen to country music. They held a membership in the Neapolis Church of Christ. Sadly, Raymond passed away in Whitehouse four days before Christmas 2000. Ula Jane survived him by more than two decades. At the age of 90, on July 5, 2021, Ula Jane surrendered to the spirit of death in Grand Rapids (OH) Care Center. Burial was in Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville, Lucas County. She was survived by nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Pastor Jeff Kimberly presided at the funeral service, with burial in Highland Memory Gardens.

    Great-granddaughter Barbara Thomas wed Scott Bowen. They put down roots in Rudolph, OH.

    Great-grandson Raymond E. Thomas ( ? - ? ) lived in Whitehouse, OH in 2000. He was deceased by 2021. 

    Great-granddaughter Vicky Thomas married (?) Suterland and Don Ahart. They moved to Wapakoneta, OH. 

Foster daughter Louise Durst (1900- ? ) was born in about 1900.  

~ Son John Franklin "Frank" Shepard ~

Son John Franklin "Frank" Shepard (1868-1953) was born on (?) 1868 in Wood County. He was nine years old at his mother's untimely death.

On May 18, 1905, in Wood County, he married Tillie Spicer ( ? - ? ). Officiating was William Harman.

The Shepards resided in McClure, Henry County, OH in 1916 and in Pontiac, MI in 1922.

One son of the pair was Don R. Shepard. 

Frank passed away in McClure in 1953. The remains were laid to rest in Hockman Cemetery. 

The widowed Tillie survived for another 10 years. She surrendered to death in Wood County Hospital on Jan. 24, 1963.

Wauseon, Ohio 

Son Don R. Shepard (1922-1989) was born on Nov. 11, 1922 in Pontiac, MI. On Oct. 25, 1941, in Bowling Green, he tied the marital knot with Edna Bowser ( ? -1989). The Shepards dwelled in Wauseon, OH. The pair bore eight children together -- Ronald F. Shepard, Don R. Shepard, Vicki J. Hartley, Sandra L. Valadon, Deborah K. Digby, Kim F. Greig, Susanne J. Shepard and Tina L. Shepard. Reported the Fulton County Expositor, Don "was a purchasing agent for John-Mansville Corporation, retiring in 1983. He was a former mayor of McClure, Ohio and seerved on the Damascus School Board from 1959 to 1963. He was also a former secretary of the McClure Telephone Company [and] a member of the Knights of Pitius [Pythias]." They died about a month apart, Edna first on Feb. 11, 1989. Don passed on March 13, 1989 as a resident of Northcrest Nursing Home in Napoleon. The headcount of his survivors was 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Pastor Roger Culbertson preached the funeral sermon. An obituary in the Expositor asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 

  • Grandson Ronald F. Shepard lived in Vicksburg, MI in 1989.
  • Grandson Don R. Shepard moved to Tampa, FL and was there in 1989. 
  • Granddaughter Vicki Jeanne Shepard is believed to have wed Richard Paul Hartley Sr. They petitioned to divorce in 1985. She resided in Wauseon, OH in the late 1980s.
  • Granddaughter Sandra L. Shepard is thought to have married David Eugene Valadon. One presumed son of this couple was Anthony Valadon. She sued for divorce in March 1970. Her home in 1989 was in Bowling Green, OH. Additional evidence suggests that she was a member of the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board in the early 1990s.
  • Granddaughter Deborah K. Shepard was joined in wedlock with James Digby. She dwelled in McClure in 1989.
  • Granddaughter Kim F. Shepard was united in marriage with (?) Greig. They put down roots in Mattawan, MI.
  • Granddaughter Susanne J. Shepard lived in Wauseon in 1989.
  • Granddaughter Tina L. Shepard has made her dwelling in Wauseon.

~ Daughter Orra (Shepard) Armitage ~

Daughter Orra Shepard (1870-1919) was born on March 8, 1870 near Tontogany.

She resided with her widowed father in Haskins as she grew to womanhood. On Feb. 12, 1892, at the age of 21, she was joined in wedlock with George Edward Armitage (Nov. 28, 1870-1941), also of Wood County. Officiating was Rev. Herbert Agate of the local Baptist church. In announcing the wedding, the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune said that "Both are from Haskins."

The four known children of this family were Catherine "Katy" Robison, John W. Armitage, Cora Thompson and Lester Armitage.

West Main Street in Haskins, home of the Armitages 

For many years the Armitages lived in Haskins.

The Armitages' marriage was troubled, and after 17 years, by 1909, Orra filed for divorce. She moved back to her father's residence in Middleton, Wood County and is shown there in the 1910 U.S. Census. In January 1910, however, she asked the court to dismiss her complaint, with her paying all court costs, as reported in the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune.     

Orra moved in about 1916 to Bowling Green, where she spent the balance of her life. At the death of Orra's father, her children John, Cora, Lester and Lona all traveled to Haskins attend the funeral.

Orra appears to have lost her eyesight and is known in 1917 and 1918 to have received several payments of $10 each from the county blind relief fund. The amounts were increased to $20 each later in 1918.

Sadly, Orra died on March 18, 1919 at the age of 49 in her home at 215 East LeRoy "after a three months' illness with a complication of diseases," said the Daily Sentinel-Tribune. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Bowling Green, by the hand of Rev. T.F. Sowers, assisted by Rev. Dixon. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery in Tontogany. An article about her funeral observed that she "was a good wife and a kind and loving mother, which made her well liked by everyone... Rest sweety rest Immortal Mother, We can never find another. From thy home you have departed But parting from a world of care."

George married again. He spent his final years in Manchester, MI. He passed away there on Nov. 29, 1941. An obituary in the Sentinel-Tribune said he "was well known as a pioneer oil worker and later as a farmer." Interment was in Clinton, MI. 

Daughter Catherine Marie "Katy" Armitage (1892-1958) was born on Sept. 7, 1892 in Haskins. In 1911, she wed Bernard Lee Robison (Dec. 6, 1890-1957) of Wauseon, Fulton County, OH. They put down roots in Wauseon and remained for the rest of their lives. Together, they produced three children -- Richard R. Robison, Alfred William Robison and Helen B. Masales. Bernard made a living operating a welding shop. As of the 1950s, their home address was 437 Howard Avenue The family was plunged into mourning when he died suddenly at home at the age of 66 on Oct. 19, 1957. Conducting his funeral was Rev. John Osborne. The following February 1958, an auction was held to dispose of Bernard's tools, advertised in the Wauseon Republican as all "suitable for the 'small repair shop' 'farm shop' or 'Home Shop' of many local residents." Catherine spent her final years in a home in the Wayside Trailer Court. She died in Toledo Hospital at the age of 76 on Sept. 15, 1968. An obituary appeared in the Republican. She was survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The funeral was led by Rev. Vernon Black, followed by burial in Wauseon Cemetery.

  • Grandson Richard R. Robison (1931-2014) was born on July 29, 1931. He joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He trained as a pipefitter fireman and in April 1953 served aboard the USS Laning, a high speed transport. While in the Navy, on April 18, 1953, in Toledo, he married 19-year-old Wauseon factory worker Roberta Juanita "Robbie" Kelley (1934-2010), originally from Van Buren, OH and the daughter of Durwood and Thelma (Baldwin) LeVeck . News of their marriage license was published in the Wauseon Republican. The family put down roots at 614 West Legett Street. Together, they bore a brood of six -- Debra Hass, Teresa "Terry" Miller Bell, Steve Robison, Lee "Luke" Robison, Joni Robison and Tammy Robison. At their silver wedding anniversary in 1978, the pair held an open house and were pictured in the Republican. Richard earned a living as an operating engineer with Local 18 in Toledo, working for Gradel, Inc. For 25 years, Roberta was employed by McCord Corporation in Wauseon, and she retired in 1995. They held a membership in the First Christian Church and the American Legion with she serving a term as president of the auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As her health declined, Roberta was admitted to the Lutheran Home in Napoleon. There, she surrendered to the angel of death at the age of 76 on March 27, 2010. Richard died in Wauseon's Fulton Manor at the age of 83 on Sept. 19, 2014. The headcount of his survivors was 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. An obituary appeared in the Fulton County Examiner. Their remains sleep for the ages in Zion Cemetery.

    Great-granddaughter Debra Robison wed Leslie "Les" Hass. They lived in Delta, OH in 1978-2010.

    Great-granddaughter Teresa "Terry" Robison first married (?) Miller. Her home in 1978 was in Wauseon. By 2010, she tied the knot with (?) Bell and made her residence in Norwalk.

    Great-grandson Steve "Ollie" Robison lived in Wauseon circa 1978-2010. He was joined in matrimony with Renee.

    Great-grandson Lee "Luke" Robison grew up in Wauseon. He married Brenda Colon ( ? - ? ), daughter of Ernie Colon. One known daughter is Shay Robison.

    Great-granddaughter Joni Robison entered into marriage with Dan Yacob. Circa 2010, they dwelled in Norwalk.

    Great-granddaughter Tammy Robison was united in wedlock with Gary Cochrane. The pair has lived in Wauseon.

  • Grandson Alfred William Robison (1913-1965) was born on April 4, 1913. In 1949, he wed Phebe Louise (Aldrich) Stevens (Aug. 6, 1910-1967), a  native of Livingston County, MI. They relocated to California and resided in South Gate, CA in 1957. Alfred died in Los Angeles County on Jan. 26, 1965. Interment was in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA. Phebe passed away in Los Angeles County at the age of 57 on Aug. 21, 1967.
  • Granddaughter Helen B. Robison (1917-1999) was born on May 26, 1917 in Wauseon. She entered into marriage with Orville R. Masales (Dec. 25, 1913-1987), son of Ray and Gladys (Biddle) Masales. They made a home in Wauseon and were the parents of Larry L. Masales, James O. Masales and Sharon Clingman. Orville was employed as a custodian at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The family enjoyed fishing outings. Sadly, Orville died as a patient in Toledo Hospital on July 8, 1987. Rev. George R. Reese presided at the funeral service. Helen remained in Wauseon as a widow. Death spirited her away at the age of 81, in Fulton County Health Center, on March 30, 1999. Her obituary in the Expositor said she was survived by nine grandchildren and a baker's dozen great-grandchildren. Burial was in Zion Cemetery following funeral rites led by Rev. Scott Silcox.

    Great-grandson Larry L. Masales was united in marriage with Angelina. They relocated to Ventura, CA and were there in 1987. They made a move to Cortez, CO by 1999.

    Great-grandson James O. Masales entered into matrimony with Tanya. Two known offspring in this family were Chris Masales and Susan Marie Masales. Their address in 1967 was 526 Lammon Court, Wauseon. Grief blanketed the Masaleses on May 30, 1967 when their infant daughter Susan died in Detwiler Hospital. In 1999, the pair were in Wauseon.

    Great-granddaughter Sharon Masales was joined in wedlock with (?) Clingman. She moved to Mohave Valley, AZ and dwelled there circa 1987. By 1999, she relocated to Oklahoma City. 

Son John W. Armitage (1894-1968) was born on April 22, 1894 in Haskins. He joined the U.S. Navy circa 1910, when he would have been 16 years of age. The Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune reported in April 1914 that "his ship, the South Dakota has been ordered to Mexico to blockade the harbor during the controversy between the United States and Mexico. John is the son of George Armitage of Haskins, and is serving his fourth year in the navy of Uncle Sam." He returned to Ohio and in 1916 worked as a farmer in Bowling Green. By 1919, he was employed by the Toledo Dairy Company and in all resided in Toledo for 65 years. On Sept. 5, 1916, the 22-year-old John entered into wedded union with 20-year-old Bessie Irene Gustin (May 12, 1896- ? ), daughter of Filmore and Sarah (Manley) Gustin. Officiating their nuptials was Rev. E.H. Wilson of Bowling Green. Three children were born to this couple -- Harold G. Armitage, Evelyn Armitage and Norma Armitage. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, John worked as a farm laborer in Waynesfield Township near Toledo, and his younger bachelor brother Lester lived under their roof. Evidence suggests that the couple divorced, with Bessie shown in the 1930 as a single mother in Toledo, although marked as "widowed" by that year's census-taker, and John lodging in the household of John R. and Grace Griesser, also in Toledo. The 1930 census lists John as working as a streetcar motorman. By 1940, with the nation in the grip of the Great Depression, he lodged with Willa Cooper in Toledo and generated a living with the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment during the Great Depression. It's widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Also in 1940, the divorced Bessie and divorced daughters Evelyn and Norma shared a homeplace in Toledo. John surrendered to the spirit of death at age 73, in Toledo, on March 16, 1968. A brief funeral notice was printed in the Sentinel-Tribune.

  • Grandson Harold Glenn Armitage (1918- ? ) was born on July 29, 1918 in Bowling Green. He appears to have been twice-wed. His first spouse was Mary Jane ( ? - ? ). As of 1940, when he was required to register for the military draft during World War II, he disclosed that they made a home in an apartment at 333 Broadway in Toledo, and that he worked for Bentley Contracting Company. Later, he reputedly married Lennie Pearl Petre (1913- ? ). His final address is believed to have been on Shoreland Avenue. At the age of 63, he died in Toledo's St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center on March 10, 1982. This needs to be confirmed.
  • Granddaughter Evelyn Armitage (1920- ? ) was born on May 2, 1920. At the age of 19, on Aug. 12, 1939, she entered into marriage with 21-year-old LeRoy C. Wiedmann (April 19, 1919- ? ), son of Charles and Ida (Toensing?) Wiedmann. Elder Ernest Otto Schultz officiated. At the time of marriage, LeRoy had two years of high school and earned a living as a laborer. The marriage ended quickly, with Evelyn going to live with her mother and LeRoy moving back into his parents' home the following year. He registered for the military draft in 1940, on the eve of World War II, and revealed that he resided at 316 Ash in Toledo, that his mother would always know his whereabouts, and that he worked for Hotesess Bakery of Toledo. Then in March 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and was part of a ground crew. In or before 1946, LeRoy wed a second time to Myrtle L. Rowe (1918-2004) and produced a family of offspring. He died in Toledo on March 7, 1976. His remains sleep for eternity in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo.
  • Granddaughter Norma Ruth Armitage (1921- ? ) was born on July 24, 1921 in Toledo.  She is believed to have been married three times. By 1938, she had tied the marital knot with (?) Moore ( ? - ? ). Together they bore one son, Eugene Moore. The marriage ended quickly, and in 1940, at the age of 18, she was living with her son, mother and separated sister Evelyn Wiedmann in Toledo. She took back her maiden name and then circa 1943 was joined in wedlock with Harold "Lucky" Miller ( ? - ? ). One son of this union was Jack L. Miller Saunders Sr. Then by 1952 she had wed (?) Saunders ( ? - ? ), with her son Jack taking the Saunders surname. Her final spouse was (?) Miller. She passed away at the age of 76 on Jan. 2, 1999.

    Great-grandson Eugene Moore (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938 and was a baby when his parents divorced. He was living in 2014 at the death of his half-brother Jack.

    Great-grandson Jack L. Miller Saunders (1943-2014) was born on Jan. 10, 1943 in Maumee, OH. He took on the "Saunders" name when his mother remarrried to (?) Saunders. At the age of 18, on Nov. 11, 1961, he was united in matrimony with Judy Holtgrieve ( ? - ? ). Their union held fast over a remarkable 52 years' time. Together, they bore a duo of sons -- Jack Saunders and Jerry Saunders. Jack earned a living for 37 years as a machinist with Teledyne in Toledo. He retired on June 1, 2003. He liked bowling and volleyball, travel and playing euchre. The Saunders' final home was in Lambertville, MI. Sadly, as a patient at the Toledo Hospital, he passed away at the age of 71 on Feb. 25, 2014. In an obituary in the Toledo Blade, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. 

Daughter Cora May Armitage (1897-1981) was born on June 10, 1897 in Middleton Township, Wood County. She grew to adulthood in Haskins. On Aug. 26, 1915, at the age of 18, she married 20-year-old farmer Myron Chauncey Thompson (July 7, 1895-1972), originally from Dunbridge, Wood County, and the son of Worthy and Alice (Greiner) Thompson. News of their marriage license was printed in the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune. Justice of the peace Frank A. Reid of Bowling Green performed the wedding ceremony. After the birth of their first child, the pair separated, with Myron moving to Henderson, KY. Cora filed for divorce in Wood County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 27, 1918, citing "gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty." Se also alleged "Failure to provide a home and necessities of life and pursuit of other women..." The divorce apparently was approved, and Myron married again on April 12, 1919 to Roberta "Greek" (Boyte) Martin (1896-1930). The second marriage collapsed quickly, and Myron and Cora reconciled and remarried. They made their dwelling in 1920 in Dayton, OH, where he worked as a plumber in a shop. Four offspring of this union were Kathryn Werner, Myron H. Thompson, Mae Rines and Bernard Thompson. In all, he spent 50 years as a welder-boilermaker, employed by Boilermakers Union Local 85. By 1930, they had relocated to Bedford, Monroe County, MI. There, Myron earned a living as a welder on construction projects. Then in 1941, they dwelled in Toledo and in 1954 in Wauseon, OH. The family address in 1972 was 6005 Livingstone Drive. Sadly, Myron passed away in Toledo Hospital on June 12, 1972. As a widow, Cora made her dwelling at 2677 Whiteway Road. She died at the age of 84 in Toledo on June 17, 1981.

  • Granddaughter Kathryn Thompson (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918. She wed (?) Werner.
  •  Grandson Myron Howard Thompson (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921.
  • Granddaughter Mae Thompson (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922. She appears to have been married twice. In 1954, she tied the knot with her first husband, John E. Robinson ( ? - ? ), son of Charles E. Robinson of Lakeside, OH. The nuptials were held in the First Congregational Church of Wauseon, led by Rev. Mark Follenshee Jr. In announcing the marriage, the Marblehead (OH) Peninsular News said that the "bride was attired in an ice blue nylon street-length dress with a corsage of white roses." Later, she entered into wedded union with (?) Rines.
  • Grandson Bernard E. Thompson (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Michigan.

Son Lester Jess Armitage Sr. (1899-1946) was born on Sept. 27, 1899 in Haskins. A bachelor at the age of 21, in 1920, he shared a residence with his married brother John in Waynesfield Township near Toledo, Lucas County, OH, with the two working as farm laborers. He married Ercia Gildey (1902-1971), also spelled "Gildea," daughter of James and Laura "Ellen" (Doil) Gildey. The three known children of the pair were Ollie June Felty, Lester Jess Armitage Jr. and Betty Lou Armitage. They made a home in Monroe County, MI in 1924. By 1930 they had moved to Toledo, where he earned a living in the automotive industry as a glass cutter. Ercia's widowed mother came to live with them in the 1930s and is shown in their household in the 1940 census. Lester's employment in 1940 was as an automobile machinist assembler. Sadly, he died in Toledo at the age of 46 on June 7, 1946. Burial was in the city's Memorial Park, with a brief notice published in the Wauseon Republican. Ercia survived her husband by a quarter of a century and remained in Toledo. Death overcame her on April 3, 1971.

  • Granddaughter Ollie June Armitage (1924-1997) was born on April 20, 1924 in Monroe County, MI. She wed (?) Felty. Her final home was at 6306 Lancelot Road in Sylvania Township. Sadly, Ollie developed a malignant brain tumor and only lived for another year. On New Year's Day 1997, at the age of 72, she passed away in Perrysburg in the Northwest Ohio Hospice. Linda Hufford, of Riga, MI was the informant for the Ohio certificate of death. Burial was in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo.
  • Grandson Lester Jess Armitage Jr. (1926-2009) was born on Aug. 8, 1926 in Toledo. He served in the U.S. Army as a young man. In May 1949, he married Joan Amelia Spearing (May 31, 1928-2016), daughter of Joel and Lenora (Gambrill) Spearing. Their union endured for an extraordinary six decades. Two children of the couple were Jeffrey Armitage and Brenda Armitage. Lester was employed for three decades as a sheet metal worker for Local 33. Joan, an alumna of DeVilbiss High School, worked in young womanhood for Owens-Illinois and Toledo Engineering. She also was a musician with a "church-worthy" Conn organ taking up about one-third of their living room. After raising the children, said the Toledo Blade, she "returned to work teaching the organ to literally hundreds of students at Howards Organs and Pianos. She loved her music so much, she became a member of the Toledo Organ Club and the Toledo Area Theater Organ Society and performed in concerts locally for many years. While at Howards, she would play in center court at Franklin Park Mall at Christmas time. She fulfilled a bucket list wish in 2010 by climbing the stairs to the organ loft at Trinity Episcopal Church, where she was a lifelong member, and playing the organ during a blanket making blitz." for their 25th wedding anniversary, the Armitages went to Hawaii and fell in love with the islands. Upon his retirement in 1983, the two "spent a life in retirement they had planned for," said the Toledo Blade, including every-other year vacations to Maui, HI. She also learned to play golf in her 60s and for about two decades was president of the Monday Morning Swingers League at the Giant Oak golf course. Their final home was in Temperance, Monroe County, MI. He succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 83 in Temperance on Sept. 9, 2009. The remains were placed into eternal repose in Toledo Memorial Park. Joan spent seven years as a widow and remained in her residence until the last month of her life, assisted by her adult children. She passed into the realm of eteernity at age 87 on May 21, 2016. 

    Great-grandson Jeffrey Armitage has resided in Toledo. 

    Great-granddaughter Brenda Armitage was in Temperance, MI in 2009. 

  • Granddaughter Betty Lou Armitage (1927- ? ) was born in 1927.

~ Son Louis "Edward" Shepard ~

Son Louis "Edward" Shepard (1872-1958) was born on July 30, 1872 in Haskins, Wood County, a twin with his sister Eva. He was only age five when his mother died.

On April 7, 1909, Edward married Jennie Ryder (Dec. 9, 1881-1948), daughter of Joseph and Carrie (Ferris) Ryder and a native of Middleton Township, Wood County.

They became the parents of an only son, Joseph W. Shepard.

They were longtime farmers in Middleton near Haskins, including on the old Spafford farm, until late winter 1937 when they relocated into the town of Haskins. They belonged to the Haskins Federated Church.

Sadly, burdened with hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and heart problems, Jennie was stricken by a stroke of apoplexy and passed away on Dec. 9, 1948, less than two weeks shy of her 67th birthday. The Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune said she "had been in poor health for some time... [She] was well known and liked in the community." Funeral services were held in the family church, presided by Rev. O.E. Miller.

For the last 21 years of Edward's life, the family dwelled in Haskins, OH. His final address was with his son at 114 High Street.

Suffering from hardening of the arteries and senility, death carried him away into eternity at the age of 85 on June 17, 1958. Funeral arrangements were made by the Croll Funeral Home, owned by a cousin, Gerald D. Croll, of the family of Belle (Burditt) Robinson. The remains were laid to rest in Union Hill Cemetery.

Son Joseph W. Shepard (1910-1982) was born on June 2, 1910 near Haskins. In boyhood, in 1922, he joined the Middleton Township Calf Club as one of five members. On June 20, 1943, when he was 23 years of age, he was united in matrimony with Doris J. Obenour (March 20, 1915-1981), a native of near Kenton and the daughter of Archie and Cora (Daniels) Obenour. Two children born into this union were Robert E. Shepard and Nancy Shepard. They spent their decades of married life in Haskins at the address of 114 High Street. In the 1940s, Joseph was employed as clerk of the Haskins School. He also served as clerk of the North Baltimore Library for a dozen years, from 1964 to 1976. His final position was as an accountant for D.S. Brown Company in North Baltimore. Doris was an elementary school educator for a quarter of a century, including 18 years at Haskins Elementary School. The family belonged to the Haskins Federated Church, with Joseph serving as a board director, elder, treasurer and deacon of the congregation. He held memberships in the Wakeman lodge of the Masons and the Roche deBoueff chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, both organizations located in Waterville. Doris belonged to the Friendly Town and Country Garden Club, Retired Teachers Association, Homemaker Club and Eastern Star. Doris passed away in Toledo's Mercy Hospital on Oct. 23, 1981. Joseph surrendered to the angel of death in Wood County Hospital at the age of 81 on Jan. 16, 1982. Rev. Christopher Robinson led the funeral service in the family church, followed by burial at Union Hill Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune.

  • Grandson Robert E. Shepard ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). He was a 1964 of Otsego High School and then studied mechanical engineering at Ohio State University. On Sept. 21, 1968, in a wedding ceremony at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, he entered into marriage with Patricia A. Gossman ( ? - ? ), daughter of Frederick N. and (?) (Barton) Gossman of Center Street in Weston, OH. In announcing the union, the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune printed Patricia's bridal portrait said that her "ivory crepe empire gown had a lace top and a train. Her veil was matching lace and she carried a cascade of snow-drift pompons with straw flowers and wheat." Patricia was a 1968 graduate of Bowling Green State University. Robert received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State in 1970. The pair relocated to Pacific Palisades, CA and were there in 1982. By 1986, they were in Encinitas, CA.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Shepard (1945-1986) was born on the Fourth of July 1945 in Toledo. She never married. Nancy made her residence in 1982 in Cygnet, OH and in 1986 at her parents' former home at 114 High Street in Haskins. She held memberships in the Dayspring Assembly of God Church, Women's Aglow and a clown ministry. The spectre of death cleaved her away at the age of 41, on Dec. 21, 1986, as a patient in St. Luke's Hospital of Maumee. Presiding at the funeral was Rev. Randy Carter. Her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Union Hill Cemetery. The Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune published an obituary.

~ Daughter Eva Ellen (Shepard) Kohr ~

Daughter Eva Ellen Shepard (1872- ? ) was born on July 30, 1872, a twin with her brother Edward.

On Jan. 23, 1894, when she would have been 21 years of age, she tied the marital knot with George A. Kohr ( ? - ? ). Rev. J.M. Crim officiated.

Their marriage was troubled, and George moved out. Eva sued for divorce in Wood County, and her petition was granted in April 1898, and reported in the Perrysburg Journal.  

Eva's story after that is lost to history. 

~ Daughter Jennie (Shepard) Everett ~

Daughter Jennie E. Shepard (1875-1903) was born in March 1875.

At the age of about 19, on April 15, 1894, she entered into the bonds of matrimony with Albert "Bert" Everett (Jan. 12, 1872-1950). Leading the happy event in Wood County was Rev. H.A. Osborn. News of their marriage license was printed in the Bowling Green Daily Sentinel-Tribune.

Two children said to have been born in this family were Ernest H. Everett and Marie Everett. 

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Everetts dwelled on a farm in Plain Township, Wood County. 

Unspeakable grief blanketed the family when, at age 27, Jennie passed away in Plain on Jan. 5, 1903. The body was laid to rest in Union Hill Cemetery.

Albert outlived his bride by 47 years and moved to Michigan.

He died in Pontiac, MI at the age of 78 on March 12, 1950. The remains were brought back to Wood County for interment.

Son Ernest Henry Everett (1895-1961) was born on Jan. 14, 1895. He was about eight years of age at his mother's death. He then migrated to Michigan and in 1917 was employed as a tool maker in Pontiac, Oakland County, MI. When he was 22 years of age, on April 7, 1917, he entered into marriage with 19-year-old Hazel Irene Arnold (April 23, 1897-1997), a native of Port Sanilac, MI and the daughter of (?) Maxwell. The wedding was held in Lennon, OH, and Rev. E.G. Gordon officiated. Roy J. and Iva Arnold were witnesses. One son of this union was Royce Elisha Everett. During World War I,, he served as a private in the U.S. Army, assigned to a motor transport corps. The United States Census of 1920 shows the childless couple in Pontiac. At that time, he continued his trade as a toolmaker in a factory, and she as a timekeeper in a factory. In 1930, still in Pontiac, Ernest earned a living as a process engineer in an automobile factory, and they took in a roomer to generate additional income. Census records for 1940 show the family status as unchanged -- still making a residence in Pontiac and Ernest working as an automobile factory toolmaker. Their address in the early 1940s was at 19 South Jessie in Pontiac. Sadly, on the fateful day of Oct. 20, 1961, the 65-year-old went small-game hunting by himself a mile west of Port Sanilac and died of a heart seizure while "climbing a high embankment," reported the Port Huron Times Herald. Hazel died at the age of 99 on March 26, 1997. Interment took place in Perry Mount Park Cemetery.

  • Grandson Royce Elisha Everett (1924-1987) was born on Sept. 2, 1924 in Pontiac, MI. He was employed by Pontiac Motor Company in Pontiac as a young man circa 1942. Royce stood 6 feet tall and weighed 150 lbs. During World War II, on March 30, 1943, he joined the U.S. Army, serving until discharge on Feb. 2, 1946. He appears to have been married four times. The first spouse was Mary Louise Everett ( ? - ? ). They were joined in the rite of marriage at Fort Leonard Wood, MO on June 12, 1943. He sued for divorce on Valentine's Day 1946, alleging "extreme and repeated cruelty," and his petition was granted on April 20, 1946. On Feb. 24, 1947, in Indiana, the 23-year-old Royce wed his second bride, Jeannene Laree Sheppard ( ? -2022). Together, they produced these offspring -- Char Stoops, Craig E. Everett and Leigh Opie. The federal census enumeration of 1950 shows Royce and Jeannene and their two children in Pontiac, with him employed as a draftsman in an automobile factory. A third spouse was Janet Louise ( ? -2013). They bore two children, Owen Everett and Jennifer Briggs. His final wife was June ( ? - ? ). He also was the father of Michelle Everett and Jony Murphy. Royce eventually retired from Ford Motor Company as an engineer. For many years, he sang bass with the First Presbyterian church choir and as an elder of the congregation. He also held a membership in the Pontiac lodge of the Masons. Royce and June spent their final years together in Bloomfield, Oakland County, MI. He died in Pontiac on Nov. 14, 1987. An obituary was published in the Detroit Free Press. His funeral was held in the First Presbyterian Church in Pontiac, followed by interment in Perry Mount Park Cemetery. Former wife Janet Louise wed again to J.A. "Arnie" Orquist ( ? - ? ) and lived in Waterford, MI. She passed away on June 3, 2013 and was pictured in her obituary in the Free Press. Former wife Jeannene married again to Robert E. McDaniel ( ? - ? ). They made a home in Clarkston, MI, with Jeannene dying on Sept. 21, 2022 at the age of 93.

    Great-granddaughter Char Everett (1948- ? ) was born in about 1948 in Pontiac. She was a 1966 graduate of Pontiac Central High School. She married Martin Stoops, son of John an Beverly (Martin) Stoops. The couple has made a home in Waterford, MI.

    Great-grandson Craig E. Everett (1949- ? ) was born in Dec. 1949 in Pontiac. He wed Vicki.

    Great-granddaughter Leigh Everett was joined in wedlock with Jim Opie. One known daughter of the pair was Melissa Opie. By 2022, she was a companion of Milton.

    Great-grandson Owen Everett was united in matrimony with Pamela. Later, he tied the knot with Jeanie. 

    Great-granddaughter Jennifer Everett married Richard Briggs. 

    Great-granddaughter Michelle Everett

    Great-granddaughter Jony Everett entered into marriage with Paul Murphy. 


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