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Family of Thomas J D Shepherd and Molly M Maechler

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Marilyn Report 22 Jan 2013 07:38

I am looking for relatives of these two people. Thomas ( birth unknown) married Molly (born 1928) at Hove Sussex 1949. Their children are Linda A (born 1950) and Andrew J D (born 1953) Shepherd, both born at Worthing Sussex.

I am the cousin of Molly M Shepherd (nee Maechler).

Many thanks


Penny Report 22 Jan 2013 07:44

Have you tried looking for marriage of the girls- chances are they did marry.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 22 Jan 2013 08:58

Have you bought their marriage cert? This will give their ages at marriage and fathers names ,if known

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 22 Jan 2013 09:02

Molly,s mothers name is Mowbray so you can look on FreeBMD for siblings and parents marriage


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Jan 2013 09:42

This might be a pure co-incidence

Property valuation in Los Angeles for THOMAS J AND MOLLY M SHEPHERD

A search for their names on gives Molly's age as c84 and Thomas' as c86 which would seen about right.

U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992
Molly Marie Shepherd
Birth Date: (editted out) 1928
Age at event: 40
Court District: California
Date of Action: 1 May 1969

Thomas Julian Durrant Shepherd
Birth Date: (Editted out) 1926
Age at event: 42
Court District: California
Date of Action: 1 May 1969

If these are the correct couple, should we be looking Transatlantic.......unless you know different?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Jan 2013 10:41

Administration U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project) Record for Linda Anne Shepherd

Linda Anne Shepherd
Birth Date: (dd/mm) 1950
Age at event: 18
Court District: California
Date of Action: 1 May 1969

Added - all 3 have the same address of 824 - 18th Street, Santa Monica.

Andrew does not seem to be in the same set of indexes.


Choccy Report 22 Jan 2013 10:43

Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960

Name: Andrew SHEPHERD
Date of departure: 7 May 1959
Port of departure: Southampton
Destination port: New York
Destination country: USA

Date of Birth: 23 May 1953
Age: 6 (calculated from DOB)
Marital Status: Single
Sex: Male
Occupation: Scholar
Passenger recorded on: Page 10 of 26


The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyage: -

Linda SHEPHERD (born 6/8/50)




Official Number:
Master's name: ? Corres
Steamship Line:
Where bound: New York, USA

travelling from 134 Portland Road, Hove

Thomas is a Chartered Accountant


Choccy Report 22 Jan 2013 10:51

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1

Name: Linda Anne Shepherd
Birth Date: 6 Aug 1950
Address: 44 Hazletine Av, Van Nuys, CA, 91403 (1988)
[17 Skylark Dr Apt 12a, Larkspur, CA, 94939-2318 (1995)]
[12 A, Larkspur, CA, 94939 (1996)]
[10 Skylark Dr Apt 28, Larkspur, CA, 94939-1224]


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 22 Jan 2013 11:44

Neither Thomas or Molly *seem* to be on the SSDI, suggesting that they may still be living.

The address on the city-data link *might* still be relevant. Worth a letter?


Choccy Report 22 Jan 2013 12:28

3 more births registered in Los Angeles from 1961 to 1964

California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: Anne M Shepherd
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 26 Apr 1961
Birth Place: California
Death Date: 14 Jul 1961
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Maechler

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1

Name: Shepherd (male)
Birth Date: dd/mm/ 1962
Phone Number: 395-6081
Address: 225 San Vicente Blvd Apt 105, Santa Monica, CA, 90402-1550 (1993)
[520 23rd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90402-3128]
[323 San Vicente Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90402-1629]

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1

Name: Shepherd (male)
Birth Date: dd/mm 1964
Address: 130 Teton Ln Apt 5, Mankato, MN, 56001-4834 (1994)


Choccy Report 22 Jan 2013 13:12

Shepherd, Thomas Juwan Durr (Thomas Julian Durrant Shepherd)

Possible Aka's:
Dshepherd, Thomas J
Shepherd, Thos
Shepherd, Thomas D
Shepherd, Thomas J D
Age 86
Address - Pacific Palisades, CA
Address - Santa Monica, CA

Possible relationships -

Shepherd, Molly M
Shepherd, Thomas J
Shepherd, Peter Durrant
Shepherd, Linda A
Shepherd, John


Marilyn Report 22 Jan 2013 23:05

Thanks so much everyone for your tips.
I have done the free BMD searches and have all the records I could find from there.

I will definitely follow up the US link. Looks interesting. Hadn't got to that.

Again thanks


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 23 Jan 2013 00:42

Marilyn- Pulling it altogether

Choccy and I are convinced that the family emigrated to America on 7 May 1959.

The family at the time consisted of

Thomas Julian Durrant Shepherd
Molly Mary Shepherd
Linda Anne Shepherd
Andrew Shepherd

Thomas b 1926
Molly b 1928
Linda b 1950
Andrew b 1953

All applied for naturalization at the District Court in California on 1 Jul 1969. As Andrew was still only 15, he might automatically have become a citizen due to his parents new nationality – not being an Naturalisation specialist, someone else would have to advise if that is true.

At that time, they were living at 824 - 18th Street, Santa Monica.

They had 3 other children after their arrival

Anne M Shepherd born 26 Apr 1961 d14 Jul 1961
A son b 1962
Another son b 1964.

From Choccy’s link the sons are probably
Peter Durrant Shepherd
John D(urrant?) Shepherd.

You have 2 possibly address for them – one from Linda’s entry on the US Public Record index

10 Skylark Dr Apt 28, Larkspur, CA, 94939-1224

And Thomas & Mary’s on which is the same address as shown on

If you are willing to pay US$0.95 per person, you can use to check that the addresses are up to date. A total of US$4.75 which is about GB£3.00.

We believe we have found at least a couple of them for you.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 23 Jan 2013 18:16

PM from Marilyn this morning

My thanks to you for all your info. I now have phone contacts and addresses for my missing family.
A wonderful find.

Again thanks.