History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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HON. CARLILE SHEPHERD, of Buckingham township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania , was born October 19, 1834 , on the farm adjoining his present residence, that had been the home of his ancestors for three generations.  He is a son of Cornelius and Jane (Fell) Shepherd, both natives of Buckingham township.

    Cornelius Shepherd, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, is said to have come to America from Germany in 1752, accompanied by a brother and two sisters.  He located in Baltimore county, Maryland , where he married into a family who were members of the Society of Friends, and became a member of the Society.  On 6 mo. 5, 1775, he produced at Buckingham Meeting a certificate from Gunpowder Monthly Meeting in Maryland for himself, wife Catharine and children Rachel, Joseph, Margaret, Jonathan and Mary.  The birth record of these children as shown by the Buckingham records is as follows:  Rachel, born 7 mo. 3, 1762; Joseph, born 5 mo. 31, 1764; Margaret, born 10 mo. 4, 1766; Jonathan, born 6 mo. 8, 1771; and Mary, born 6 mo. 9, 1774.  He purchased the Buckingham farm of 110 acres in 1789, and spent his remaining days thereon, dying in 1819.  He was disowned by the Friends in 1779 for taking the oath of allegiance to the United Colonies, and refusing to acknowledge his sorrow therefor.  His wife Catharine having died, he married (second) on April 23, 1801, Phebe Scott, who survived him, dying at the residence of Thomas Smith, in Buckingham, 4 mo. 18, 1832, at the age of ninety-four years, three months and four days.  His daughter Rachel married Joseph Burgess, of Buckingham, 2 mo. 6, 1786.  Joseph married Sarah, daughter of John Carlile, March 24, 1788 .  Margaret married Isaiah Michener, 3 mo. 5, 1789; Jonathan married out of meeting and was disowned in 1798; and Mary married Mechack Michener, March 30, 1793 .

    Joseph Shepherd, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, as above stated, married Sarah Carlile in 1788.  By the will of his father the Buckingham farm was devised to the two sons, Joseph and Jonathan, they paying the legacies to the daughters and a dower to their stepmother.  In 1820 they partitioned the farm between them, Joseph getting the western half, fifty-seven acres.  He died in 1821, and the farm descended to his eldest son, Cornelius, the father of the subject of this sketch, who spent his whole life thereon.  The children of Joseph and Sarah (Carlile) Shepherd were:  Elizabeth , married William Carmin; Rachel, married William Jones; Rebecca; Cornelius; John; Benjamin; and Joseph.

    Cornelius Shepherd, the eldest son, was born on the old homestead in 1797, and died there in 1881.  With the exception of a few years prior to the death of his grandfather, when his parents resided in New Britain , his whole life was spent on this farm.  In politics he was a Democrat, and took an active part in the councils of his party.  He served one term as director of the poor.  In religion, he conformed to the principles of the Friends, whose meetings he and his family attended.  He was a member of Doylestown Lodge, I. O. O. F;, and was an active and influential man in the community.  He married Jane, daughter of Eli and Rachel (Bradshaw) Fell, who was born 12 Feb 1809 , on an adjoining farm, and a descendant of one of the oldest families in the neighborhood, an account of which is given in this work.  She was a granddaughter of Seneca and Grace (Holt) Fell, great-granddaughter of John and Elizabeth (Hartley) Fell, and great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin and Hannah ( Scarborough ) Fell.

    Cornelius and Jane (Fell) Shepherd were the parents of eleven children, seven of whom grew to maturity, viz.:  Joseph, born 7 mo. 6, 1828, now living in Philadelphia; Elizabeth, born 9 mo. 25, 1829, widow of Robert Long, now living with her son, Warren S. Long, at Doylestown; Martha Ann, born 2 mo. 8, 1833, widow of Robert Armstrong, now living at Lock Haven, Pennsylvania; Carlile; Cornelius, born 1 mo. 20, 1837, an eminent physician of Trenton, New Jersy, died 1902; Sarah Jane, born 8 mo. 9, 1840, unmarried, living with her brother Carlile; Watson F., born 12 mo. 28, 1843, a lawyer at Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  Jane (Fell) Shepherd died 7 mo., 1889.

    The subject of this sketch, born 10 mo. 19, 1834, was reared on the old homestead and acquired his education at the public schools.  He has never followed any other vocation than that of a farmer except that he taught school a part of a term as a substitute for an uncle.  He remained on the homestead until 1883, from which time until 1902 he farmed in Buckingham as a renter.  In the latter year he purchased his present farm of thirty-five acres.  In politics he is a Democrat; he was elected in 1892 to the state legislature and served one term.  He is a member of the Presbyterian church of Doylestown, of which he has been an elder for thirty years.  He has been the superintendent of the Sabbath school at Friendship School for thirty years.  He married in 1867 Hannah B. Overholt, daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann ( Pickering ) Overholt, of Chester county, Pennsylvania .  She died in April 1888.  Mr. And Mrs. Shepherd were the parents of three children—Harry W., deceased; Wilmer S., now in the stationery business in Philadelphia; and Laura P., wife of Robert McNealy, in the employ of the Easton Electric Railway Company.

Text taken from pages 480-481 of:

Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County , Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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