(Anonymous)
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Dear Dee,

Thank you for the information on Essie Chapin. She was my great grandmother. I am Steven Judd Shephard, 59 year-old retired historian and archaeologist living in Springfield, Virginia. The story in my family is that when EC Shephard (my grandfather) was 2 years old, his family...Essie, Broshia and EC, were abandoned by their father Frank Shephard. The only mention of other husbands od Essie was a vague mention that she later married a man named Finn. I am very interested in tracing back the line of Frank Shephard and have little information. I have a photocopy of a REPLACEMENT birth certificate for EC Shephard, born Sept. 5, 1891, issued Feb. 3, 1932 or 1942 (date blurred). It lists his father as Franklin Shephard, 20 years old, undertaker, born in Fairfield,Iowa and residing in Ft. Scott, KS at time of birth. It lissts his mother as Essie Chapin, 19 years old, housewife, born in Olean, NY, residng in Ft. Scott KS. I would very much like to know the date and place of death of Joseph (Franklin?) Shephard and the date and place of marriage of Essie and Elbert C. Carr. It seems a real question as to why the baby is given the name of Essie's second husband and surname of the first husband. Who is the biological father? This of course is an important question to me. I would REALLY appreciate any information I could obtain about this. I can be reached at: docsherd@gmail.com Thank you very much!!

Yours,
Steven

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