Extract from "Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians" by John H. Wheeler (1884)
Colonel Shepperd had married Miss Elizabeth Haywood, sister of Judge Haywood, of North Carolina, then removed to Tennessee. Her sister married a lawyer named Captain William (Robert?) Bell. He died, leaving a lovely family without support, and although Colonel Shepperd's family was numerous, yet he adopted the orphaned family as his own. They are since known to history as Captain William H. Bell, of the United States Army; Admiral Henry H. Bell, U.S.N.; Captain John Bell, U.S.N.
Robert married Mary HAYWOOD, daughter of Egbert HAYWOOD and Sarah WARE.