James was living in the Old Fields area near present-day Idlewild along the South Fork New River. George confessed to the June 19, 1898 brutal murder of a neighbor, Thad Sherrill, in Graham Co., NC.

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James was among the members of Captain Joel Lewis Company of light horse from Wilkes County on an expedition against Colonel Ferguson (Kings Mountain Expedition), September 7 - November 7, 1780.

He also served under the command of Captain Herndon on a tour of duty to the Catawba River (Catawba River Expedition), August 30, 1780.

In 1789, James purchased 400 acres from Colonel Benjamin Cleveland on Deep Gap Creek in present-day Ashe Co., NC, where the family moved to. Shepherd, John Henry Shepherd and Eva Lee Mason Shepherd., born ca. It has been indicated that he was one of the very few white persons in this predominantly Cherokee region of NC at that time. 19, 1866 in Graham Co., NC; Had 11 known children: Hester L. 8, 1857; died April 12, 1910; buried in the Shady Grove Cemetery near Murphy, NC; married Alfred Lafayette "Fate" Standridge (b. May 25, 1935) about 1877; Had four known children: Elizabeth Emiline Shepherd, born Dec.

James and family are found in the 1790 Federal Census living in the 8th Company of Wilkes County (present-day Ashe) with a wife, two children, and two slaves. 1796; died after 1870; married 1st Sabrina (Lavinia or Viney) Jones (b. before 1860); married 2nd Martha Queen and moved to Cherokee Co., NC in the late 1860s; In the 1860 Macon Co., NC census, Elijah is shown as 75 years old and blind living with a dauther; Had seven known children by Sabrina Jones: Thomas Jefferson Shepherd, born May, 1921; died in Macon Co., NC; married 1st Mary Ann Sutton; married 2nd Mary Teressa "Polly" Duvall (b. Had 10 known children: Julia Ann Elizabeth Shepherd, born Dec. 5, 1906 in Graham Co., NC; married Jonathan Miller Davis (b. Pruett, born 1873; died 1900; married George Maney and had a son and twin daughters; George holds the dubious distinction of being the only known person lynched in Cherokee Co., NC.

James and Phoebe were in the Reddies River area of Wilkes Co., NC in 1800 with six children and 14 slaves. 25, 1870; Had at least one known child: William Henry Speer, born Aug. He bought land in 1787, in Wilkes County, NC, and sold it in 1791.

James moved to "Roundabout" shortly after 1800, then was back in the Reddies River area by 1810 where he is listed in the 1810 census of Wilkes Co., NC with his wife, eight children, and 17 slaves. 7, 1933 in Flippin, Marion Co., AR; married Sarah Ann Roland (b. 1, 1877 in Big Flat, Baxter Co., AR; died April 22, 1930 in Flippin, Marion Co., AR; married 1st Susie Burnette Upchurch (b. In 1796, he bought land on the Cane River in Buncombe (now Yancey) County, NC (Said by some to have been the fourth white settler in Cowee District). 26, 1921 in Macon Co., NC; married Louisa Dalton (b.

12, 1822 in Williamson Co., TN; lived in Dallas, TX; James was a justice of the peace at one time.

In 1859-60 he was deputy sheriff of Dallas County, TX.

He served under Captain William Lenoir in the Expeditions to Ramsoners, June 17 - August 20, 1780.