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William Shepherd b 1822 d 1897 / Sarah White b 1818 d 1846 - Sarah Watkins b 1827 d 1901


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William Shepherd (GGGrandfather) 1822, 1823, 1831, to 1897
Sheppard, Shepard, Shephard the different spellings come from all the census and parish records I have found so far. It is difficult to say for certain that they are all the same person but the dates and places match but not always the age. He married Sarah White in 1842 of full age (21) suggesting he had been born in or before 1821 (different to the census age by 10 years?), his father is also William Shepherd papermaker, could it be him? Sarah died in 1846 of Typhus and he married Sarah Watkins in 1852 (as a widower – if it wasn’t Sarah White who was it?) when he was still a papermaker (at Gunns Mills?). Age given 29, birth year 1823?

Sarah White (Shepard) 1820, 1821 to 1846
Sheppard, Shepard, Shephard married William Shepard papermaker on The Feast of St John 26th December 1842 but died of Typhus on 5th August 1846 age 28 (buried 7th August). Although they married in Ruardean the registration is in Ross on Wye – was Ruardean in the Ross registration in 1842? The copy certificate shows the registration district as being Westbury on Severn.

Sarah Watkins (GGGrandmother) 1827, 1832, 1833 to 1901
Born in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire although in later Census sheets this becomes Chepstow? Died