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The SHEPHERD family lived in the parish of Lastingham, near the southern edge of the North York Moors for hundreds of years. Today there may be no descendants there with the SHEPHERD surname but the family has spread worldwide and can be found in most English speaking countries. The largest concentration of Shepherd descendants is probably to be found in Australia.

These SHEPHERD pages will include aspects of the history of the family and family trees of theSHEPHERD family and some of the families which married into the SHEPHERD family - DOBSON, LOWNSBROUGH, SCORESBY, THORPE.

The parish of Lastingham is several miles north west of the town of Pickering. It is bordered on the east by the parish of Middleton, on the south by Sinnington, the west by Kirby Moorside and on the north by Westerdale. The main villages within the parish are Lastingham, Appleton-le-Moors, Hutton-le-Hole and Spaunton. The dale of Farndale stretches much of the north-south length of the parish.

The earliest record of Lastingham is in the time of the Venerable Bede (7th century AD). A monastery was built in the year 648 by St Cedd who became the first abbot. Following hime was his brother St Chad. St Cedd died in 664 whilst visiting the monastery and was buried at Lastingham. The monastery was destroyed by the Danes in 870 and there are no records of Lastingham until 1078 when the monastery was repaired. The oldest sections of the church of St Mary at Lastingham date from these times.

The village of Appleton-le-Moors was formerly called Wood Appleton. The change of name occurred sometime after 1700. The village existed as far back as the 13th century when there was a chapel there.

Due to the patchy records in the church registers (which for Lastingham commenced in 1559 for baptisms and 1601 for marriages and burials) the SHEPHERD story commences about 1700.


Shepherd Family Tree

Joseph Shepherd

PLEASE mail me if you have a connection with the SHEPHERD family.

This page was created on 16 March 1999 and last updated on 01 October1999. 1999, Robert D BLAIR