John Sheppard was born in Bristol Temple about 1800 according to information he supplied in the 1851 census. A possible baptism is John Sheppard aged 6 on 2nd June 1805 at St Phillip and John, Bristol, son of George Sheppard and Ann possible Shore. Younger brother William aged 3 was baptised the same day. John was a cordwainer; a shoemaker who worked in leather. On the death of his second wife, Elizabeth, John took over her business and became a shopkeeper/greengrocer. The 1841, 1851 and 1861 show him residing at Redcliffe Hill, St Mary, Redcliffe
Sarah Fackrell was born about 1799, daughter of Joseph Fackrell and Sarah [Unknown]. Sarah died and was buried at St Mary Redcliffe on 30th July 1826 aged 28.
First Marriage: John and Sarah were married in St James, Bristol on 15th February, 1824.
John and Sarah had at least one child:
George Joseph SHEPPARD born 1824 probably December, baptised 6th August 1826, St Mary Redcliffe aged 1 year and 8 months. This baptism took place after the death of his mother. My Great x 3 Grandfather
Second Marriage: After Sarah's death, John married Elizabeth PEARCE by Banns at Clifton on 23rd September 1827. Elizabeth was a widow born Colerne Wiltshire. Her maiden name was probably BURGESS. A possible baptism is on 26th May 1793 at Colerne, daughter of Henry Burgess and Elizabeth [Betty] Mullins. Elizabeth was a shop keeper. She died before the 1861 census.
The 1841 census shows John and Elizabeth with children George, Elizabeth and Emma along with John's Mother Sarah Sheppard aged 60. Youngest daughter Sarah is not present in the household but appears to be in residence at the Red Maids School.
The 1851 census shows John a cordwainer; Elizabeth a shop keeper, Elizabeth B, dressmaker, Emma, dressmaker and Sarah, milliner. The three girls are all unmarried.
Death: Elizabeth died 9th March 1861 aged 67 [Bristol Mercury 16th March 1861]
The 1861 census shows John widower aged 60 residing at 17 Redcliffe Hill. His occupation is shop keeper. Eldest daughter Elizabeth, unmarried 30 is recorded as housekeeper, with Emma M, unmarried 28 is a dress maker and Sarah A, unmarried is a milliner.
Kelly's Directory of 1863 list John Sheppard; 17 Redcliffe Hill, greengrocer. Hunt and Co's Directory of 1849 also lists John Sheppard of Redcliffe Hill, Greengrocer
Death: John died before the 1871 census. Probable death John Sheppard aged 69 [3rd Q Bristol 6a 6] Western Daily News dated 23rd September 1869 reported "On 22nd instant at Redcliffe Hill, Mr John Sheppard aged 69" -see image below
John and Elizabeth had the following children:
Elizabeth Burgess SHEPPARD baptised 2nd November 1828 St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol; a dressmaker and shop keeper. Never married
Emma Matilda SHEPPARD baptised 17th January, 1830, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol; a dressmaker. Never married.
Sarah Ann SHEPPARD baptised 13th November 1831, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol; a milliner. Married Joseph Newby Wagstaff Dec Q 1864, Bristol.
John Henry SHEPPARD, baptised 28th July, 1833 St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. John was buried at St Mary Redcliffe on 10th May 1835 aged 1 year and 10 months.
By 1871 Elizabeth jnr and her two sisters were still living at 19 Redcliffe Hill. Elizabeth [unmarried] is 'Head' of the family and runs a Greengrocer shop. Emma, unmarried, is a dressmaker. Sarah, married, is listed with her two children Emily Agnes 5 and Joseph Henry 4.
By 1881, Elizabeth, single, a storekeeper, and Emma, single, a dressmaker are living at 19 Redcliffe Hill, sister Sarah Ann [listed as S Ann Sheppard] with 15 year old niece, Emma [Emily?] Wagstaff, nephew, Henry [Joseph] 14 and a third child, Edith M, aged 9.
By 1891 Elizabeth and Emma are still residing at Redcliffe Hill, with sister Sarah Wagstaff, widow, nephew Joseph, clerk and niece, Edith, milliner.
By 1901, Elizabeth and Emma, both retired and still single, are living with niece, Emma A, her husband, Henry A.S Eades, a clerk to a Fine Art Publisher and her family at 20 Mount Pleasant Terrace, Bristol. Sarah Wagstaff is widowed and living with son Joseph, single, a railway clerk and daughter Edith, single, a milliner at 62 York Road, Bristol.