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West Seneca in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Old Shep”

Hermit of Leydecker Road

 
 
Old Shep Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Pace, December 9, 2017
1. Old Shep Marker
Inscription.
Hermit of Leydecker Road
William Sheppard CA. 1840-1933
Was thought to be an outlaw of Jesse James' Gang.
Roamed town as a scissors grinder.

 
Erected 2017 by New York Folklore Society & William G. Pomeroy Foundation. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the William G. Pomeroy Foundation marker series.
 
Location. 42° 49.974′ N, 78° 42.967′ W. Marker is in West Seneca, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Leydecker Road just south of Seneca Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Just south of Leydecker Road bridge over Cazenovia Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14224, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Jacket (approx. 1.4 miles away); Community of True Inspiration Residence (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ebenezer House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Dedicated to the Honor (approx. 1.9 miles away); West Seneca Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 2 miles away); West Seneca Gatling Gun (approx. 2 miles away); Spring Brook (approx. 2 miles away); Jack Berry's Town (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Seneca.
 
Regarding "Old Shep". Old Shep (William Sheppard) was born in Missouri in mid 1800's, fought in Civil War, reputedly
Old Shep Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Pace, December 9, 2017
2. Old Shep Marker
rode with Jesse James' gang, and headed east after a failed bank hold-up. He settled on the banks of Cazenovia Creek, living at various times in a cave, a tent, and a shack made of scrap wood. Known as the "Hermit of Leydecker Road", he lived off the land, traveling through town as an itinerant scissors and knife sharpener. He died on March 31st, 1933 and is buried in St. Matthew's Cemetery in West Seneca, NY.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Old Shep with his tent and grindstone. image. Click for full size.
By James Pace, circa 1920
3. Old Shep with his tent and grindstone.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2017, by James Pace of West Seneca, New York, USA. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2017, by James Pace of West Seneca, New York, USA.   3. submitted on January 28, 2018, by James Pace of West Seneca, New York, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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