Person:Amos Shepardson (1)

m. Aft 26 Nov 1812
  1. Charles Whitcomb ShepardsonCal 1815 - 1899
Facts and Events
Name[2] Amos Shepardson
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1787
Marriage Aft 26 Nov 1812 Northfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United StatesIntentions
to Rhoda Packard
Death[1] 1841 Northfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

Identity of Parents

Source:Temple, Josiah Howard. History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts, for 150 Years, p. 535, published 1875, says:

1. SHEPHERSON, Amos; from Attleborough to Nfd., 1793; about 1820, rem. to New York. He m. Rebecca Whitcomb.

Source:Shepardson, Francis Wayland. Shepardson Family, published early 1900s, Amos-15, says, parroting the above almost word for word:

15. Amos Shepardson moved from Attleboro, Mass. to Northfield, Mass. in 1793, and to New York state in 1820. He married Rebecca Whitcomb and had children...

In another passage, p. 3, published early 1900s, in trying to trace the Amos Shepardson, s/o Amos-6 , b. Norton who married Abigail Pratt, then separated from his wife, offers as 1 of 2 possible candidates:

Another Amos Shepardson moved from Attleboro, Mass., to Northfield, Mass., about 1793, and about 1820 moved to New York state. He m. Rebecca Whitcomb, who was b. 4 April, 1760, dau. of Thomas and Anna (Whitney) Whitcomb and had children...

Source:Whitcomb, Charlotte. Whitcomb Family in America, p. 206, published 1904, says

Children of Thomas Whitcomb [#48] and Anne Whitney, went to Norridgewock, Me. by 1780: "REBECCA6, born April 4, 1760, Massachusetts; married --- Shepardson."

Source:Allen, William. History of Norridgewock, p. 170 lists the marriage of Amos Shepardson and Rebecca Winslow (i.e., not Whitcomb) in 1786. See below. Amos Shepardson is listed as a taxpayer in 1788 (p. 97).

The records that can be found are:

  1. The birth of Rebecca Whitcomb in Littleton, MA, 4 Apr 1760p. 76
  2. In Norridgewock record, the marriage of Amos Shepardson and Rebeckah Winslow 4 Sep 1786 (i.e., not Whitcomb) p. 47
  3. In the 1800 census, Amos is over 44, while his wife is 26-44
  4. No birth records of the children given in the history of Northfield (all prior to when it is said the family came to Northfield) have been found
  5. The probate for Thomas Whitcomb, as much as found (Vol. 4, p. 5; Vol. 4, p. 90) does not appear to name his heirs
  6. No marriage for Rebecca Whitcomb is found, i.e., not directly to Amos Shepardson, nor to a Mr. Winslow.
  7. The basis for the above identification of Rebecca Whitcomb's married name as Shepardson is unknown

The marriage in Maine seems a good match to be parents of a boy born 1787, but no conclusive evidence has been found. Is his father the Amos b. 1732 who m. 1755 Abigail Pratt and then apparently who left his first wife? Is his mother Rebecca Whitcomb or Rebecca Winslow or are they the same person? At this point there is not enough information to identify the parents of Amos. More research is needed.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave: Center Cemetery, Northfield, MA, in Find A Grave
    Amos Shepardson.

    1787 - 1841.

  2. Temple, Josiah Howard; George Sheldon; and Mary T. Stratton. History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts, for 150 years: with an account of the prior occupation of the territory by the Squakheags: and with family genealogies. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1875)
    p. 535.

    Amos Shepardson [#2], s/o Amos Shepardson [#2] and Rebecca Whitcomb, b. 1787, d. 1841, m. wid. Rhoda (Packard) Mills.
    [Note: father "from Attleborough to Nfd., 1793".]

  3.   Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M33)

    Amos Shepherdson in Warwick
    Males: 1 under 10, 1 26-44
    Females: 1 26-44

  4.   Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. 1830 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M19)

    Amos Shepherdson in Northfield
    Males: 40-50: 1

  5.   Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. 1840 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M704).

    Amos Shepherdson in Northfield
    Mailes: 40-50: 1