North Royalton in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Shepherd - An American Hero
March 16, 1729 - January 3, 1847
— With Washington All the Way —
John Shepherd is believed to be the longest lived veteran of the American Revolution. He died at the age of 117 years, 9 months, and 18 days. He entered military service the first time during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). The 26 year-old Shepherd, along with George Washington and others survived Braddock's Defeat at the Battle of Monongahela in 1755. In middle age, Shepherd enlisted in the army again and defended Pennsylvania and other colonies as they fought for freedom from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).
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Shepherd served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Battalion and then the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment. In the 3rd Pennsylvania, he was a sergeant and his unit saw action at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, among others, in 1777. Sgt. Shepherd also survived the brutal winter at Valley Forge in 1777-'78 and was at the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse in 1778. At the age of 89, Shepherd witnessed the founding of Royalton Township in 1818 (later re-named North Royalton). His daughter and son-in-law, Margaret
Erected 2010 by City of North Royalton and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 95-18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1755.
Location. 41° 18.829′ N, 81° 43.884′ W. Marker is in North Royalton, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Royalton Road (Ohio Route 82), on the left when traveling east. Marker is at the west entrance to North Royalton Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6170 Royalton Road, North Royalton OH 44133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hampson Post No. 499 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); German Central Organization (approx. 3 miles away); Brecksville Township’s First Settler (approx. 3˝ miles away); Crile Hospital (approx. 4 miles away); The Stearns Homestead (approx. 4.2 miles away); Judge Samuel Hinckley / John Brongers (approx. 5.3 miles away); Town Hall and School Building (approx. 5.3 miles away); Pomeroy House (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. John Shepherd Commemoration Service. (Submitted on June 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Shepherd Family History. (Submitted on June 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.