Shepard, Chauncey Berkeley (1812–1892)

By: Paul G. Bell

Type: Biography

Published: June 1, 1995

Updated: June 3, 2021

Chauncey Berkeley Shepard, Washington County attorney and landholder, son of Seth and Mary Fontain(e) (Williams) Shepard, was born in Matthews County, Virginia, on October 15, 1812. He moved to Washington County, Texas, early in the Republic of Texas period. He received a land grant of 320 acres. His brother, James E. Shepard, moved to the county a few years later. He had a lucrative law practice until his retirement in 1850 and then served in the state Senate from 1856 to 1864. Shepard was a volunteer in the battle of Galveston during the Civil War. On August 10, 1842, he married Mary Hester Andrews in Fayette County, Kentucky. According to the 1850 census, his wife owned eight slaves. The couple had six children, including Seth Shepard; Mary Etta Shepard, who married William W. Searcy; and Martha Shepard, who later married Lewis Randolph Bryan, Sr. Their eldest son, Chauncey, was killed in the battle at Mansfield, Louisiana, in 1864 and his body was returned to Washington County by his father and a servant. Shepard died at Brenham on December 30, 1892.

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June 1, 1995
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