Edward Shepard1

M, b. circa 1600, d. 1680
     Edward was born circa 1600 in England. Edward married Violet Wolterton circa 1626 in England. He was a mariner & from records, it is known he owned his own ship. It is kown he delt with importing wheat as was noted on a record of Harvard College. Edward's wife, Violet, died on 9 January 1649 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, leaving him a widower. Edward married 2nd Mary (?) circa 1650 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. She was 1st married to Robert Pond who died 1637. Edward made his will on 1 October 1674 at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.

In the name of God, Amen. Know ye that I Edward Shipheard of Cambridge, New England, mariner, being through the favor of God arrived unto old age expecting daily my change. I account it my duty to set my house in order: and therfore do hereby make and declare this instrument for my last will and testament. 1. I commit my immortal soul into the hands of the Lord God Almighty, the only living and true God: distinguished into three glorious persons, The Father, Son and Holy Ghost; resting and relying on the merits, rightousness and satisfaction of my dear Lord Jesus Christ for life and salvation. 2. that concerning my body my will is yt it be decently interred resting in hope yt by the virtue of Christ's Resurrection it shall in God's appointed time be raised up again and united to my soul and both soul and body in one man be translated to eternal happiness and there to live with God and praise him forever. Lastly, concerning my temporal estate my will is that that which shall be and remain after my death, my will is yt my just debts and funeral expenses, being first paid, the remainder to be disposed of as followeth,
Imp - I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Mary either the sum of twenty pounds to be paid her by my executors within three months after my decease in such household goods and other things as may be suitable for her at equal prices as two honest men shall judge or in case of difference to be determined by the County Court, or else the use of my dwelling house barn and orchard yt lie on the north side of the Street during her life, provided she keep the same in tenantable repair, all the rest of my estate my will and order is yt it be divided into six equal parts - two parts I give and bequeath unto my son John Shiphard, or in case of his death before mee then equally to be divided among his children: unto my daughter Elizabeth one sixth part or in case of her death before, then equally divided among her children; unto my daughter Deborah one sixth part, and in the case of her death before mee then equally divided among the her children: unto the children of Daniel Pond which he had by my daughter: Abigail deceased one sixth part equallly divided; unto my daughter Sarah one sixth part, or in case of her death before me then equally divided among her children & I do hereby nominate and appoint my dear son John Shipard my executor of this will, and in case he should decease before meyt I do appoint his eldest son my executor. In testimony of hte truth hereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of Oct. 1674. In presence of Daniel Gookin Sen. & Daniel Gookin Jun.2

Edward departed this life in 1680 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. His will was probated on 20 August 1680.

Family 1

Violet Wolterton d. 9 Jan 1649

Family 2

Mary (?)


  1. [S1726] James Shepard, Descendants of Edward Shepard, Mariner, Cambridge, Mass., 1639, pages 322-324.
  2. [S1726] James Shepard, Descendants of Edward Shepard, Mariner, Cambridge, Mass., 1639, page 323 - The will of Edward Shepard.