22 February 2015

Elizabeth McMillan Shepherd of Franklin, Louisiana

Elizabeth McMillan, who married George B. Shepherd (biography below), is most likely the sister of R. N. (Robert Nathaniel) McMillan [ancestor of my Stainton relatives].  They were both born in Scotland and are enumerated together in the 1850 census in Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.  

The best find so far is the identity of Elizabeth McMillan's parents from her husband's biography [see below]:  "He [George B. Shepherd] was married, March, 1853, to Miss Elizabeth McMillan, a daughter of Robert McMillan and Janet Douglas, native of Scotland, born in 1833 and died in 1882."

United States Census, 1850
Franklin, St. Mary, Louisiana, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Emma Mcmillan F 28  Connecticut
Olive Mcmillan M 5  Louisiana
Adelle Mcmillan F 3  Louisiana
Elizabeth Mcmillan F 18  Scotland

From the this site:

George B. Shepherd [of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana] is a native of Massachusetts.... . "...[he] came to Louisiana from Massachusetts and engaged as a salesman... .  After this he devoted his time to civil engineering, and in 1857 became editor of the Attakapas Register... . He was thus engaged until 1860, when he was appointed register of the State land office...until 1862, when he enlisted in the C. S. A. under General Miles, Louisiana Volunteers, in which command he served until the close of the war.

Southwest Louisiana Biographical and Historical, Biographical Section, pp. 381-382.  Edited by William Henry Perrin.  Published in 1891, by The Gulf Publishing Company.

Census 1860
The Western District, St. Mary, Louisiana
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
G B Shepherd M 34 Massachussets
[blank] Shepherd F 22 Scotland
George N Shepherd M 6 Louisiana
Robt A Shepherd M 4 Louisiana
Mary E Shepherd F 2 Louisiana
Tom M 60

Census 1870
Louisiana [Franklin, St. Mary Parish]
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Geo Shepperd M 44 Massachusetts
Elizabeth Shepperd F 33 Scotland
Mary E Shepperd F 13 Louisiana
Georgia Shepperd F 2 Louisiana
Fanny Mcwilliams F 18 Louisiana
Duncan Mcwilliams M 17 Louisiana
Matilda Morgan F 13 Louisiana

Census 1880
Franklin, St. Mary, Louisiana
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Geo B Shepherd Self M 54 Massachusetts
Emma M Shepherd Daughter F 20 Louisiana
Georgie D Shepherd Daughter F 11 Louisiana
Edwin R Shepherd Son M 9 Louisiana
Elizabeth Shepherd Wife F 45 Scotland

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