Biography of Andrew Shephard, Jr.
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

ANDREW SHEPHARD, JR., who resides at No. 2420 Woodstock avenue, Swissvale, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, has been in the employ of the Rankin Wire Mill for the past seven years, and is a representative of the third generation of his family in this country, they tracing their ancestry to France.

Joseph Shephard, grandfather of Andrew Shephard, Jr., was a native of France, and emigrated to the United States about the year 1820. He located in Cambrie county, Pennsylvania, where he made his home for some years, removing to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1843. He was a stone cutter by trade. He died in 1849. He and his entire family were members of the Catholic church. He married Mary Ann Dice, born in Alsace, Germany, and died March 12, 1888, and they were the parents of children: 1. Joseph, who was in active service during the Civil war, having been confined in Libby prison for two weeks and in Belle Isle six months, and he now (1907) resides in Ohio. 2. John, who lives in retirement in Allegheny City. 3. Andrew, see Howard. 4. Michael, a brick manufacturer of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He also was a soldier in the Civil war. 5. Katherine, who died June 20, 1906, was the wife of Peter Dressler, a county detective for many years. 6. Charles, a farmer and stock raiser in Ohio. 7. Mary, who died at sea at the age of two and a half years.

Andrew Shephard, third son and child of Joseph and Mary Ann (Dice) Shephard, was born in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, December 21, 1834. He came to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, with his parents in 1843, where he worked in brick yards and coal mines from his earliest years. By industry, thrift and energy he rose step by step until he was the proprietor of a brick yard of his own, and amassed a considerable fortune. He and his family are members of the Christian church of Wilkinsburg. He is a man of very independent views as far as politics are concerned, and invariably votes for whomever he thinks the man best fitted for the office in. question, irrespective of party considerations.

He married, April 29, 1862, Sarah Jane Oyler, daughter of Michael and Catherine (Walnut) Oyler, of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and they have had children: . 1. Mary, born March 28, 1863, died in infancy. 2. David, born September 19, 1864, is a member of the Woodman of the World. 3. George, born December 21, 1865, married Pauline Day, of Boston, Massachusetts. 4 John, born February: 17, 1867, served three years, in the Philippines during the Spanish-Amelican war. 5. Joseph, born December 21, 1870, died August 27, 1896. He married Ada Keller, of Swissvale, and had children: Harry, Samuel and Joseph. 6. Michael, born September 29, 1872, died December 29, 1902, from injuries, received in the Homewood yards. 7. Andrew, Jr., see forward. 8. Susan,: born March 1, 1876. 9. Harry, died in infancy. 10. Peter, born May 5, 1885, is a member of the Woodman of the World.

Andrew Shepherd, Jr., sixth son and seventh child of Andrew and Sarah Jane (Oyler) Shephard, was born April 29, 1873. He acquired his education in the public schools of North Braddock, Pennsylvania, and those of Swissvale, and later. commenced his business life in the brick yard of his father, where he was employed for a period of eighteen years. He then accepted a position in the Rankin Wire Mill, in which he has now been employed for seven years. He is a member of the Woodman of the World.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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