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My gggrandfather, John Shippy, was Thomas Shippy's brother. 150 years ago our branch of the family became Sheppy and by and large we have stayed in Canada.
Thomas had 12 children and 9 or 10 of them went to the USA, although one came back to Canada. Thomas was a Batist but most of his children became RLDS. Thomas'son,John, was baptised into the LDS in 1842 and was an active missiomary for them in both the USA and Canada and converted his older brother Benjamin. John joined the RLDS about 1860 and was a leader in the movement for several years but was 'cut off' from the church in 1868. I do not yet know why. He seems to have been in Canada at that time and remained for several years, farming and practicing dentistry. He quickly rejoined the RLDS church and regained local leadership, but not national leadership. He was an active traveller and missionary all the rest of his life. He lived in Michigan for some time and died in Lamoni, Iowa.
Three more of Thomas' sons migrated to Iowa, in Fayette and Bremer Cos. They were Benjamin, Charles Stuart and Andrew. Benjamin went to Iowa in 1855. Ido not know when the others got there although Charles was married in Iowa in 1860. Andrew was married in Ontario in 1862. His third child was born in IA in 1867. Benjamin was baptised as anRLDS