Obituary for John Shepherd

I received the obituary for John Shepherd in the mail this week. I found it through the Cleveland Public Library's Necrology File. I emailed the library and they sent me a photocopy of the obituary. I was very pleased with how fast I was able to get the obit and how easy it was to find. I wish more libraries or genealogy societies would offer a similar service until all newspapers are available online. Below is the obit for John Shepherd from The Cleveland Herald on 3 Feb 1847.
I am surprised with how much information was provided at the time for the obituary. Obviously this man led quite a long and eventful life.

Land Grants in the Wrong State

I have searched the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office Records website many times trying to find some land of my ancestors in Southeastern Indiana. I have never been able to find any. I received my own copy of History and Genealogy of the John Shepherd Family in the mail (after I purchased it on Ebay) on Saturday. I was once again determined to find the land records. I was inspired by the book and by my new online study course "US Land Records" at the University of Toronto's National Institute of Genealogical Studies.

I searched within Indiana for Shepherd, Shepard, Sheppard, etc. and could not find anything. I had James Shepherd on the census living in Switzerland county and the book said that he had purchased land, but I could not find any evidence. I decided to search within Ohio and see if the borders had changed or something. Right away I found James Shepherd's land grant in Switzerland county. The state on the search said Ohio because the land was purchased in Cincinnati. I wonder how many other people cannot find their land grants because of this same problem. I also searched for some other relatives in the area and found a Bascom, Michael Dunning, and more. Maybe this information will give me more information to work with to continue my family lines. I just wish that the BLM would change their search to make it search within the state where the land is located and not where it was bought.

Here is James Shepherd's land grant:

Shepherd Family

I went to the Military Symposium at the Allen County Public Library last weekend. It was not as good as the Family History 101 workshop that I attended in July. Too many numbers of where things were located at the National Archives and not enough substance. Anyway I looked at a couple of books while at the library for Robert Bruce Bascom in the civil war. I found a book that listed the death of all of the Indiana civil war veterans and found an entry for R B Bascom who died in 1907. That matched the death date that I had, so I must have the correct pension file number. I just wanted to check to make sure that the index card that I had found was really for my Robert Bruce Bascom and not for someone else before I spend the 75 dollars for the pension file.

On Tuesday night, I decided to google for Robert and see if anyone else had posted anything about his civil war experience. I only got about 5 hits searching for his full name. I skipped over one site because I thought it was just someone's family tree and not anything interesting. The surname for the site didn't match any that I had (or so I thought). Since I didn't have many hits, I went back to the site that I had skipped over "Shepherd Family History." I can't believe what I found. Someone took the time to transcribe and post online the family history of John Shepherd that was written in 1913. I didn't remember any Shepherd's in my family tree, but I tracked down why Robert Bruce Bascom was in the book.

Robert Bruce Bascom married Olive Bovard. She was the daughter of Issac Bascom and Ursula Shepherd (I forgot all about her). Ursula was the granddaughter of John Shepherd. The book gives me some more dates and information on her family that I probably wouldn't have been able to find without the book. There are picture of some of the members of the family, including Ursula's father James.

The really odd thing about the book is that it says that John Shepherd's family lived in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The same city that dad is from. Another weird connection made.