Jacob Shepherd, a citizen of Maysville, is a native of Missouri, born on June 9, 1829. He is the son of Enoch and Lovina Shepherd, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Tennessee. They came to Missouri about 1822, and located in Clay County, but they lived in Andrew County at the time of their death. Jacob located in De Kalb County in 1869. He owns a farm of 300 acres of well-improved land. In 1859 he was united in marriage with Harriet Combest, of Andrew County. She is the daughter of William and Gills Combest, Kentuckians by birth, who moved to Andrew County, Mo., in 1840, the former dying in 1855. Twelve children have been born to Mr. Shepherd and wife: Wiatt, born May 2, 1852, married, February 20, 1872, Miss Caroline Carroll; J. V., born January 29, 1854; James M., born February 4, 1856, married, May 21, 1882, Miss Elizabeth Vanbibber; Archie, born August 15, 1859, died September 5, 1859; Emma D., born October 25, 1861; Eloch, born August 31, 1863, died in July, 1865; Mary J., born January 31,1866; Jacob A., Jr., born April 20, 1868; John R, born May 23, 1870; Hattie A., born January 4, 1873; Willie H., born December 6, 1875, and Ira B., born March 17, 1878. Mr. Shepherd and wife are members of the Christian Church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. In 1887 he rented his farm, and purchased property in Maysville, where he resides at present, engaged in the hotel and livery business. In politics he is a Democrat.
Source: History of Andrew and DeKalb Counties, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888), p. 585.