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Jesse Thompson Epperson

1825 - 1895

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Marriage 1 Birth Death Notes
Martha Kite ca. 1827, GA2 18634 Married August 7, 1844, Tallapoosa County, AL3
 
Children Birth Death Notes
Mary Ann E. Epperson June 19, 1851,20 AL21 April 19, 188022  
William Quincy / V. Epperson Aug. 8, 185223 / 1854,24 AL   Married Lucy Jackson25
Frances A. "Fannie" Epperson Aug. 31, 1856,26 AL27 Jan. 190728 Married Nat Cranford29
Nancy Caroline “Sis Carrie” Epperson March 17, 1859,30 AL31 Dec. 193-?32  
Louisa [G?] Augustus Epperson Sept. 233 / 28, 1860;34 April 13, 188035  
Leonard W. Epperson July 16, 1862,36 AL37 July 28, 1931;38 Married T. Henderson39
 
Marriage 2 Birth Death Notes
Mary Ann Womack Smith Oct. 10, 1842,5 Stewart Co., GA April 14, 1880;12 buried Uca Cemetery13 Married March 19, 18656  widow of Lemuel P. Smith
 
Children Birth Death Notes
John Lemuel Epperson Sept. 1340 / 28, 1866,41 Uchee / Uca / Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL; Aug. 14, 1932 Married Jane “Jennie” Lamar Vaughn Oct 17, 1893, at home of father W. W. Vaughn, by M. P. Reynolds
Lucy G. / C. / W. Epperson Jan. 20, 1868;43 Feb. 6, 1868 44  
Jesse Thornton Epperson Dec 186977 / Feb. 2345 / 25, 1870,46 near Uchee, Russell Co., AL;47 Jan. 8, 1909,48 New Orleans, LA; bur. Ramah Church Cem., Barbour Co., AL;49 Married Cora Vaughn Nov. 12, 1896, Midway, AL, at home of William Webster Vaughn by H. R. Schram52
Virgil Montgomery Epperson March 12, 1872,53 AL Jan. 15, 1939;54 Married Mary F. “Fannie” Braswell ca. 190556 ,June 19, 190473
Sarah “Sallie” Tommie Epperson March 24, 1874,57 AL; bur. Hurtsboro Cem.;58   Married Jake A. Screws ca. 189561
Joel Franklin Epperson Nov. 15, 1876,62 AL   Married Mary Louise Adams Jan 1, 191765
Susan Catherine “Katie” Epperson Sept. 13, 1878;66 June 187967  
 
Marriage 3 Birth Death Notes
Mary "Polly" Lawrence     Married 1887
 
Children Birth Death Notes
No children this marriage      
     

   
Chronology of Jesse Thompson Epperson (1825 - 1895) by Michael Vaughn Sims
    Additional Research by Laurel in Green below
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1825 Born - January 4, 1825,1 GA; son of George Washington Epperson and Mary Brawner
1840
1840 U. S. Census, Telledega County, Alabama
 

Males

Females

Name 5
& under
10
10
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15
15
& under
20
50
& under
60
40
& under
50
G.W. Epperson 1 2 1 1 1
1844 Married Martha Kite (b. ca. 1827, GA2) – August 7, 1844, Tallapoosa County, AL3
1850




 
1850 U. S. Census,  District 699, Troup County, Georgia
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Epperson Jesse W M 23 Farmer GA
  Martha W F 22   GA
1860







 
1860 U. S. Census,  Oak Bowery P.O., Chambers County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occup/Income Birth Place
Efferson Jesse W M 35 Overseer 300 GA
  Martha   W F 33   GA
Mary W F 10 AL
  Quincey W M 8   AL
Fannie W F 3 AL
  Caroline W F 1   AL
1863 Death of wife Martha Kite Epperson - 18634
1865 Married Mary Ann Womack Smith (b. Oct. 10, 1842,5 Stewart Co., GA / Tallapoosa Co., AL; daughter of Joel W. Womack and Sarah Ann Matthews; widow of Lemuel P. Smith) - March 19, 18656
  Lemuel P. Smith - b. Aug. 16, 1836;7 d. June 24, 18628 (Civil War); bur. Confederate Rest, Magnolia9 Cem., Mobile, AL; son of John C. Smith and Amy --(?); m. Mary Ann Womack - Dec. 18, 1860,10 Tallapoosa Co., AL 
1865 Served in CSA; stationed at Mobile, AL when Lee surrendered; left his gun at Mobile11  
1870

















 
1870 U. S. Census, Uchee, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Apperson Jessey W M 45 Farmer
5000 / 1200
GA
  Margaret (Maryant?) W F 28 Keep house AL
Mary W F 17 Keep House AL
  Willaim W M 15 At school AL
  Francis W F 12 At school AL
  Caroline W F 10 At school AL
  Augustus W M 8 At school AL
  Lenard W M 6 At school AL
  John W M 3   AL
  Jessey W M 6/12 Dec   AL
1880 Death of wife Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson - April 14, 1880;12 buried Uca (Uchee?) Cemetery13 (Russell Co., AL?)
1880

















 
1880 U. S. Census, Uchee, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Relation. Occupation Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Epperson J. T. W M 55   farmer GA GA GA
  Carrie W F 44 [24] daughter house keeper AL GA GA
Leonard W M 18 son farm laborer AL GA GA
  John W M 13 son at home AL GA GA
  Jesse W M 11 son at home AL GA GA
  Virgil W M 9 son at home AL GA GA
  Sarah W F 7 daughter   AL GA GA
  Joel W M 3 son   AL GA GA
Slaton Tom B M 80   farm laborer GA VA VA
1885 J. T. Epperson represented Hurtsboro Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Hurtsboro Church - 1885;14 may also be nephew Jesse Thompson Epperson or son Jesse Thornton Epperson
1886 J. T. Epperson represented Hurtsboro Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Ramah Church - 1886;15 may also be nephew Jesse Thompson Epperson or son Jesse Thornton Epperson
1887 J. T. Epperson represented Hurtsboro Church at meeting of Eufaula Baptist Association at Midway Church - 1887;16 may also be nephew Jesse Thompson Epperson or son Jesse Thornton Epperson
  Married Mary “Polly” Lawrence17
1895 Died - May 5, 1895;18 buried Hucksberry [Hurtsboro?] Cemetery,19 (Russell County, AL?)
1900
1900 U. S. Census, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama - See Census page
Sons and daughter Leonard W. Epperson and Nancy Caroline Epperson
Name   Rel. Race Gen Birth
Month
Birth
Year
Age Marital Status # Child #Child
living
Occup Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Epperson Leonard R. Head W M Jul 1862 37 Wd     Farmer AL AL AL
  Carry sister W F Sept 1857 42 S       AL AL AL
1910






 
1910 U. S. Census, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama
Sons and daughter William Quincy Epperson, Leonard W. Epperson and Nancy Caroline Epperson
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age   Occup. Lang.
Spoke
Birth Place Birth Place Father Birth Place Mother
Epperson Quincy Head W M 55 Wd Farm operator English AL AL AL
  Lenard brother W M 47 S none English AL AL AL
  Carry sister W F 50 S none English AL AL AL
1920






 
1920 U. S. Census, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama
Son and daughter Leonard W. Epperson and Nancy Caroline Epperson
Name   Own or Rent Home Relationship Race Gender Age Marital Status Occup. Birth Place Birth Place Father Birth Place Mother
Epperson Lennerd O head W M 57 Wd Farmer / Farm AL AL AL
  Carrie   sister W F 61 S   AL AL AL
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1930 U. S. Census, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama
Son and daughter Leonard W. Epperson and Nancy Caroline Epperson
Name   Own or Rent Home Reltion. Race Gen. Age Marital Status Yrs
Marr.
Occup. Birth Place Birth Place Father Birth Place Mother
Epperson Leonard W. O head W M 57 Wd 29 Laborer / Farm AL AL AL
  Carrie N   sister W F 61 S   none AL AL AL
                                                                        
  Children of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Martha Kite
  Mary Ann E. Epperson - b. June 19, 1851,20 AL;21 d. April 19, 188022
  William Quincy / V. Epperson - b. Aug. 8, 185223 / 1854,24 AL; m. Lucy Jackson25
  Frances A. "Fannie" Epperson - b. Aug. 31, 1856,26 AL;27 d. Jan. 1907;28  m. A. Nathaniel Cranford29 (b. Dec 185282, GA; son of Abraham Cranford74 and Sarah82 Netta / Nettie(?) --(?)75 ) ca. 187582
 

Chronology of Abraham Nathaniel "Nat" Cranford by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1853 Born - December 1852, GA;88 son of Abraham Cranford and Sarah Netta / Nettie(?) --(?)
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1860 U. S. Census, Tehopeka PO, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occup/Income Birth Place
Cranford S W M 37 Farmer 400 / 375 GA
  Sarah W F 37   GA
Jessee T W M 11 GA
  John S W M 10   GA
Nathaniel W M 7 GA
Permelia W F 6 GA
  Peggy Ann W F 4   GA
1870












 
1870 U. S. Census, Perote, Bullock County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Cranford Abram W M 48 Farmer / 100 GA
  Sarah W F 48 Keeping house GA
John W M 30 Farm labor GA
  Amelia W F 16   GA
  Nathaniel W M 15 Farm labor GA
  Peggie W F 14   GA
  Ambret(?) W F 12   AL
1875 Married Frances A. “Fannie” Epperson (b. Aug. 31, 1856,1 AL;2 daughter of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Martha Kite) - ca. 187588
1880





 
1880 U. S. Census, Uchee, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Relation. Occupation Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Cranford A N W M 27   Farmer GA GA GA
  F A W F 24 Wife Keeping House AL GA AL
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1900 U. S. Census, Warrior Stand Precinct, Macon County, Alabama
Name   Rel. Race Gen Birth
Mon
Birth
Yr
Age Mar Stat # Child #Child
living
Occ Birth Place Birth Pl
Fath
Birth Pl
Moth
Cranford Abraham Head W M Dec 1852 47 M 25     Farmer GA GA GA
  Fannie Wife W F Aug 1856 43 M 25 7 5   AL GA AL
  Katie Dau W F Oct 1884 15 S       AL GA AL
  Jessie Son W M Jan 1887 12 S       AL GA AL
  Johnie Son W M Jan 1891 9 S       AL GA AL
  Bledso Son W M Aug 1894 5 S       AL GA AL
Cranford Abe Fath W M May 1822 78 M       GA GA GA
  Sarah N Moth W F May 1822 78 M       GA GA GA
  Armelia Sist W F Mar 1857 43 S            
1907 Death of wife Frances A. Epperson Cranford - January 190728
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1910 U. S. Census, Straughn, Covington County, Alabama
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age Mar Occup. Lang.
Spoke
Birth
Place
Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Cranford A N Head W M 57 Wd Farmer / Own farm Eng GA GA GA
  Jessie Son W M 22 S Farm laborer / working out Eng AL AL AL
  Johnnie Son W M 18 S Farm Labour / home farm Eng AL AL AL
  Bledsoe Son W M 14 S Farm Labour / home farm Eng AL AL AL
  Amelia Sist W F 55 S Farm Labour / home farm Eng GA AL AL
  Abraham Fath W M 88 Wd Farm Labour / home farm Eng GA AL AL
  Children of Nat Cranford and Fannie A. Epperson
  Annie Cranford - m. Charles World68
  Kate Cranford - b. Oct 1884, AL;82 m. Will Havard69
  Jesse Brockman Cranford70 - b. Jan 1889, AL82
  John T. Cranford71 - b. Jan 1891, AL82
  Bledson Cranford72 - b. ca 189674 / Aug 1894, AL82
   
  Nancy Caroline “Sis Carrie” Epperson - b. March 17, 1859,30 AL;31 d. Dec. 193-?32
  Louisa [G?] Augustus Epperson - b. Sept. 233 / 28, 1860;34 d. April 13, 188035
  Leonard W. Epperson - b. July 16, 1862,36 AL;37 d. July 28, 1931;38 m. T. Henderson39
  Children of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Mary Ann Womack
  John Lemuel Epperson - b. Sept. 1340 / 28, 1866,41 Uchee / Uca76 / Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL; d. Aug. 14, 1932, Saint Elmo, Mobile Co., AL; bur. Magnolia Cem., Mobile, AL; m. Jane “Jennie” Lamar Vaughn ( b. Dec. 27, 1870,42 Comer, Barbour Co., AL; d. April 13, 1947, at nursing home in Mobile, AL; bur. Magnolia Cem., Mobile, AL; dau. of William Webster Vaughn and Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy) - Oct. 17, 1893, at home of father W. W. Vaughn, by M. P. Reynolds
  Lucy G. / C. / W. Epperson - b. Jan. 20, 1868;43 d. Feb. 6, 1868 44
  Jesse Thornton Epperson - b. Dec 186977  / Feb. 2345 / 25, 1870,46 near Uchee, Russell Co., AL;47 d. Jan. 8, 1909,48 New Orleans, LA; bur. Ramah Church Cem., Barbour Co., AL;49 m. Cora Vaughn (b. Sept. 20, 1877,50 near Comer, Barbour Co., AL; d. March 6, 1955, Union Springs, AL; bur. Ramah Church Cem., Barbour Co., AL;51 daughter of William Webster Vaughn and Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy) - Nov. 12, 1896, Midway, AL, at home of William Webster Vaughn by H. R. Schram52
 

Chronology of Jesse Thornton Epperson by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1870 Born - February 25, 1870, near Uchee, Russell County, AL;46 son of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Mary Ann Womack
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1870 U. S. Census, Uchee, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Occupation Birth Place
Apperson Jessey W M 45 Farmer
5000 / 1200
GA
  Margaret (Maryant?) W F 28 Keep house AL
Mary W F 17 Keep House AL
  Willaim W M 15 At school AL
  Francis W F 12 At school AL
  Caroline W F 10 At school AL
  Augustus W M 8 At school AL
  Lenard W M 6 At school AL
  John W M 3   AL
  Jessey W M 6/12 Dec   AL
1880

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1880 U. S. Census, Uchee, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Relation. Occupation Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Epperson J. T. W M 55   farmer GA GA GA
  Carrie W F 44 [24] daughter house keeper AL GA GA
Leonard W M 18 son farm laborer AL GA GA
  John W M 13 son at home AL GA GA
  Jesse W M 11 son at home AL GA GA
  Virgil W M 9 son at home AL GA GA
  Sarah W F 7 daughter   AL GA GA
  Joel W M 3 son   AL GA GA
Slaton Tom B M 80   farm laborer GA VA VA
1890
 
Cora Vaughn received by experience into fellowship at Ramah Church, Barbour County, AL - August 9, 1890
1896
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cora Vaughn
(1877-1955)

Married Cora Vaughn (b. Sept. 20, 1877,50near Comer, Barbour Co., AL; daughter of William Webster Vaughn and Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy) - November 12, 1896, Midway, AL, at home of William Webster Vaughn by H. R. Schram52
1909
 
Jesse Thornton dies - January 8, 1909, New Orleans, LA; buried Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL49
1910

















 
1910 U. S. Census, Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Age Mar Sta #
Child
#
Child
Liv.
Occ Lang.
Spoke
Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Vaugnh William W Head W M 67 M2 41     Farmer / Gen Farm Eng GA NC GA
  Sarah L Wife W F 67 M1 41 7 6   Eng AL NC NC
Epperson Cora Dau W F 32 Wd 3 3   Eng AL GA AL
  Howard Gr Son W M 4 S         AL AL AL
  Cora L Gr Dau W F 3 S         AL AL AL
  Jessie T Gr Son W M 1 S         AL AL AL
Wood Katie May Gr Dau W F 9 S         AL AL AL
1920
1920 U. S. Census, Belcher, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Age Mar Sta Occup. Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Vaughn William W Head W M 77 M Farmer / General Farm AL AL AL
  Bettie Wife W F 77 M   AL AL AL
Epperson Cora Dau W F 40 Wd Teacher AL AL AL
  Howard Gr Son W M 14 S   AL AL AL
  Elma Gr Dau W F 12 S   AL AL AL
  Jessie Gr Son W M 10 S   AL AL AL
Woods Kate Mae Gr Dau W F 18 S   AL AL AL
  For a time in the late 1920s or early 1930s, Cora Vaughn Epperson taught school for (Creek?) Indian children at Calvert, Washington County, AL; she would commute to Prichard, AL on the weekends where she would stay with her niece Lizzie Mae Harris85
1930
1930 U. S. Census, Precinct 2, Spring Hill, Barbour County, Alabama
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age Marr? Age
first Marr
Occup. Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Vaughn William Wbstr Head W M 87 Wd 34   GA SC GA
Epperson Cora Dau W F 52 Wd 27   AL GA AL
  Howard Gr Son W M 24 S     AL AL AL
1955 Death of widow Cora Vaughn Epperson - March 6, 1955, Union Springs, AL; buried Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL51
 
Children of Jesse Thornton Epperson and Cora Vaughn
 
  Henry Howard Epperson - b. Aug. 21, 1905, Flomaton, Escambia Co., AL;52 d. May 6, 1976; m. Emma Ruth Willingham - Jan. 26, 1934,52 Baptist parsonage, Midway, AL, by T. W. Swearinger86
  Cora Elma “Sister” Epperson - b. April 23, 1907, Flomaton, Escambia Co., AL;52 d. June 22, 1964, Union Springs, AL; bur. Union Springs Perpetual Care; m. George Harold Adams (b. June 25, 1897, Midway, AL; d. May 13, 1978, Union Springs, AL; bur. Union Springs Perpetual Care; son of Alfred Alexander Adams and Frances Lewis) - Sept. 3, 1933,52 Baptist parsonage, Midway, AL, by T. W. Swearinger86
 
  Children of Cora Elma "Sister" Epperson and George Harold Adams
  Joe Harold Adams - b. April 29, 1938, Midway, AL;87 m. Mary Claire Blue87
  George Thomas Adams - b. June 14, 1939, Midway, AL;87 m. Margaret Ann Hubbard87
  John Epperson Adams - b. Nov. 4, 1941, Montgomery, AL;87 m. Betty Ward Paulk87
  Elma Elaine Adams - b. July 4, 1944, Montgomery, AL;87 m. Jerry Bragg Lawrence87
   
  Jessie Tommie Epperson - b. Feb. 5, 1909, Grand Bay, Mobile Co., AL;52 d. May 12, 1985; m. Leonard Cobb - March 3, 1949,52 Millbrook, AL / at home of Cora Elma Epperson Adams, Union Springs, AL, by Rev. Ray Bell
   
  Virgil Montgomery Epperson - b. March 12, 1872,53 AL; d. Jan. 15, 1939;54 m. Mary F. “Fannie” Braswell (b. Nov 4, 187773, AL73 d. Dec 8, 196873) on June 19, 190473Mary Fannie Braswell was a daughter of William F.J. Braswell and Nancy Joyce Epperson. Nancy Joyce Epperson was a daughter of Reuben Thornton Epperson  - ca. 190556.
 

Chronology of Virgil Montgomery Epperson by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1872 Born - March 12, 187253, AL58; son of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Mary Ann Womack
1880 According to 1880 Census Virgil is shown living with parents in Uchee, Russell Co., AL.  Shown as 9 years old. (See 1880 Census above for father)
1904 Married Mary F. “Fannie” Braswell (b. Nov 4, 187773, AL73 d. Dec 8, 196873) on June 19, 190473Mary Fannie Braswell was a daughter of William F.J. Braswell and Nancy Joyce Epperson. Nancy Joyce Epperson was a daughter of Reuben Thornton Epperson
1910
1910 U. S. Census, Precinct 5, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Reltion. Race Gen Age Marital Status Occup. Lang.
Spoke
Birth Place Birth Place Father Birth Place Mother
Epperson Verge Head W M 37 M 5yr Farm operator English AL GA GA
  Fannie Wife W F 31 M 5yr none English AL AL AL
  Ed Son W M 4(?) S none English AL AL AL
  Bena Daughter W F 1 S none English AL AL AL
1920
1920 U. S. Census, Precinct 5, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama
   Mother-in-law Nancy Joyce Epperson Braswell is living with family
Name   Own or Rent Home Rel Race Gen Age Mar Sta Occup. Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Epperson Vergil O Head W M 48 M Farmer / General farm AL GA GA
  Fannie (?)   Wife W F 41 S none AL GA GA
  Ed   Son W M 13   none AL AL AL
  Bena   Daughter W F 10   none AL AL AL
  Sis N.   Daughter W F 9   none AL AL AL
  Walter   Son W M 4   none AL AL AL
Brazzell Nannie   Mother-in-law W F 72 Wd none AL SC SC
1930














 
1930 U. S. Census, Precinct 5, Hurtsboro, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age Marr? Age
first Marr
Occup. Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Epperson Virgil M. Head W M 58 M 32 Laborer / works on farm AL GA GA
  Mary F. Wife W F 52 M 26   AL GA GA
  Bena C. Daughter W F 20 S     AL AL AL
  Nannie L. Daughter W F 18 S     AL AL AL
  Walter V. Son W M 14 S 21 none AL AL AL
1939 Died - January 15, 1939
1968 Death of widow Mary F. Braswell Epperson - December 8, 1968
 
Children of Virgil Montgomery Epperson and Mary Fannie Braswell
 
 
William Edward (Ed) Epperson - b. May 17, 1905, Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL73 d. September 26, 197673 Married Zella Frances Guy (b. ca. 190880,81, Montgomery, Montgomery Co., AL,73d. Dec 26, 1968,73  daughter of James M. Guy80,81 and  Frances V. / Fannie V.80,81 -- (?)) May 16, 192973
1930 U. S. Census, Ward 4, Precinct 4, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama See Census Record
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age Marr? Age
first Marr
Occup. Birth Place Birth Place
Father
Birth Place
Mother
Epperson Eward Head W F 24 M 23 Book-keeper / Bank AL AL AL
  Frances Wife W M 22 M 21 none AL AL AL
    Children of William Edward (Ed) and Zella Frances Guy
  William Epperson Jr. - b. Oct 9, 193073; Montgomery, AL;73 d. Sep 27, 1975;73 m. Mickey Mendehind (b. New Orleans73) Jul 2, 195573
 
  Children of William Epperson Jr. and Mickey Mendehind
  Elizabeth Frances Epperson - b. XXXX
  John Edward Epperson - b. XXXX
  James Guy Epperson - b. Sep 23, 1933;73 Montgomery, AL73; m. Babs Little (b. Montgomery, AL73) Dec 28, 195473
 
  Children of James Guy Epperson and Babs Little
  Jennifer Lee Epperson - b. XXXX
  James Farrow Epperson - b. XXXX
Verna Inez Epperson -  b. Aug 6, 1907, Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL,73 d. Nov 7, 190773
Bena Catherine Epperson - b. Aug 10, 1909, Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL,73 d. Aug 198279,  Married Amos Eugene Williams (b. October 16, 1909) July 3, 194473
  Children of Bena Catherine Epperson and Amos Williams
  Catherine Eugenia Williams - b. XXXX m. James Walter Hall (b.XXXX) Aug 19, 196673
 
  Children of Catherine Eugenia Epperson and James Walter Hall
  Amy Catherine Hall - b. XXXX
Nannie Lois Epperson - b. September 7, 1911, Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL73 d. Jul 24, 2004,79  Married Judge Joel Shannon Burch (b. June 30, 1909, d. June 17, 1970) on Jan 30, 194273   See obituary below
  Children of Nannie Lois Epperson and Joel Shannon Burch
  Joel Shannon Burch Jr. -  b. XXXX, Texas73; m. Jane Abbot (b. XXXX) June 21, 196973
 
  Children of Joel Shannon Burch Jr. and Jane Abbott
  Laura Evelyn Burch - b. XXXX
  Jason Shannon Burch - b. XXXX
Walter Virgil Epperson - b. May 13, 1915, Hurtsboro, Russell Co., AL73 d. Apr 24, 1994,  Married Myrtice "Myrtle" Orion Sturkie (b. May 2, 1924;73 d. Aug 5, 199279) Nov 23, 194773
  Children of Walter Virgil Epperson and Myrtice Orion Sturkie
  Virgil Orion Epperson -  b. XXXX Columbus, GA; m. Linda Dudley (b. XXXX) August 2, 197573
 
  Children of Virgil Orion Epperson and Linda Dudley
  Blake Montgomery Epperson - b. XXXX
   
 
The following narrative is from Mrs. Amos Williams (Bena Catherine Epperson) daughter of Virgil Montgomery Epperson

Source:
Russel County Historical Commission. The History of Russell County, Alabama. National Share Graphics, Inc. Dallas, TX. 1982. p.F87 ("George Epperson" by Mrs. Amos Williams)

We lived out from Hurtsboro in the country. We had a happy home. A home where all the uncles, aunts, cousins and friends cam. We walked to school and church. There weren’t any highways then. We had a good time and we worked too. Mama and Papa set aside a plot of land and called it the church land. What we planted on it was sold and money given to the church. We planted and gathered the vegetables. Some of the cousins came on a train. Their mother come with them. They planned to stay several weeks. Papa met them at [the] depot in the wagon. They brought a trunk. It was a treat to ride in the wagon and go to the depot. We had several trains a day to come through. We had a long hall (closed in) so we put quilts down and that is where some of us slept. It wasn’t unusual to wake up and find your feet tied together. We had lots of fun, but my sister, Lois, and I helped Mama cook. It took lots of cooking during summer. Mamma and Papa had a smoke house where they smoked and cured their meats. There is nothing like good ole cured ham and sausage like they use to be.

It used to be in the country where you had to draw up your water with a bucket from a well. In the country the water bucket is always empty. One day a cousin that was there never went to well to get any water, but this day she got the bucket and went to the well. When she got back to [the] porch she found everybody lying out on the long porch. We told her we all fainted when we saw her coming in with water. She told us she should pour the water on us. We all laughed.

In 1939, our father, Virgil M. Epperson, died. Of course things were never the same. The four children never forgot the happy memories of home.

We used to hear some uncles and our father tell about one day they had been hunting and killed some bird[s]. They were out dressing the bird[s] and a cat got one. They chased the cat and he ran under the house. They said they went under the house after him and was giving the cat a hard time with bad words and throwing sticks at him. The preacher, Rev. Brewer, had come to their house and they didn’t know he was in [the] house. He walked out in [the] yard and said boys, that cat is giving you a time. They felt real bad. The cat ate the bird. A long time ago the preacher came the night before he was to preach. They had to stay with a family. They couldn’t get around to their church very well in those days.

Four of the Epperson brothers worked for the L and N Railroads for several years.
 
Obituary for Nannie Lois Epperson Burch daughter of Virgil Montgomery Epperson

Source:
Carolina Morning News (Jul/27/2004)

Burch, Lois Epperson

Phenix City, AL - Lois Epperson Burch, 92, passed away Saturday, July 24, surrounded by her family at The Medical Center in Columbis, Ga after a long illness. Mrs. Burch was born September 7, 1911 in Hurtsboro, Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Virgil Montgomery Epperson and Mary Frances Braswell Epperson. She was a life long resident of Russell County, Alabama. She was a 1931 graduate of Alabama State Teachers College in Troy, AL and a fondly remembered teacher at Seale School, where she taught for many years. Mrs. Burch was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. Burch was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Judge J. Shannon Burch; a sister, Bena Epperson Williams and brothers, William Edward Epperson and Walter Virgil Epperson. She is survived by her son, Joel Shannon Burch and his wife, Jane Abbott Burch of Statesboro, Ga; her granddaughter, Laura Evelyn Burch of Statesboro, Ga and grandson, Jason Shannon Burch of Statesboro, GA. Other survivors include a niece, Catherine Williams Hall; a special great niece, Amy Hall; nephews, James Guy Epperson and Virgil Epperson; and her special caregivers, Barbara Simmons, Patricia Daniels, Frances Walker and Shelia Morgan. Visitation will be Monday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. EST at Vance Memorial Chapel, Phenix City, Alabama with interment following at Lakeview Memory Gardens. Dr. Eugene Langner will be officiating. Vance Memorial Chapel Phenix City, AL Savannah Morning News, July 26, 2004
 
   
  Sarah “Sallie” Tommie Epperson - b. March 24, 1874,57 AL; bur. Hurtsboro Cem.;58 m. Jake A. Screws (b. March 1871, GA;78 / ca.1873, GA;59 bur. Hurtsboro Cem.60 ) - ca. 189561
 

Photograph of Mary Frances "Fannie" Braswell Epperson (l) and Sarah Tommie Epperson Screws (r) in Russell County, AL, ca. 1910.

Photograph of Mary Frances "Fannie" Braswell Epperson (l) and Sarah Tommie Epperson Screws (r) in Russell County, AL, ca. 1910.

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Chronology of Jake A. Screws by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1871 Born - March 1871, AL78 / ca. 1873, GA56
1895 Married Sarah “Sallie” Tommie Epperson (b. May 24, 1874,1  AL;56 dau. of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Mary Ann Womack) - ca. 189556
1900






 
1900 U. S. Census, Seale, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Bir
Mon
Bir
Yr
Age Mar #
Child
#
Child
Liv
Occ Birth Pl Birth Place
Fath
Birth Place
Moth
Screws Jake A Head W M Mar 1871 29 M 5     Farmer AL GA GA
  Tommy Wife W F May 1874 24 M 5 1 1   AL AL AL
Jesse Son W M Jun 1889 4/12 AL AL AL
1910










 
1910 U. S. Census, Ward 3, Beat 2, Montgomery County, Alabama
Name   Rel Race Gen Age Mar Sta #
Ch
#
Ch
Liv.
Occ Lang.
Spoke
Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Screws Jake A Head W M 37 M1 15     Laborer / Laundry Eng GA AL AL
  S Tommie Wife W F 32 M1 15 2 2 None Eng AL GA AL
  Jesse A Son W M 10 S     None Eng AL GA AL
  B [?] Frank Son W M 6 S     None Eng AL GA AL
  Joel Vaughn “Boots” Epperson told a story about a Christmas morning spent with “Aunt Tommie” Screws; Boots and sister Grace Epperson awakened on Christmas morning and found two china monkeys upon the mantlepiece, which they assumed were presents for themselves; the monkeys were not presents, but prized decorations of Aunt Tommie, and she rebuked the children for taking the figurines down and playing with them.
  Wife Sarah Tommie Epperson Screws buried at Hurtsboro Cemetery; late in life, Sallie Tommie Screws was crippled by arthritis; her legs had to be broken to lay her remains straight in the casket.11
  Children of Sarah Tommie Epperson Screws and Jake A Screws
  Jesse A. Screws - b. June 1889, AL; m. Eula Jones11
 
  Children of Jesse A Screws and Eula Jones
  Sarah Frances Screws11 -
  Jesse Screws11 -
   
  B[?] Frank [Benjamin Franklin?] Screws - b. ca. 1904, AL;56 m. Reese Julian11
 
  Children of Frank Screws and Reese Julian
  Reese Screws11 -
  Elizabeth Screws11 -
   
   
  Joel Franklin Epperson - b. Nov. 15, 1876,62 AL; m. Mary Louise Adams (b. ca. 1900, AL;63 dau. of John B. Adams and Emma --(?)64 ) - Jan. 1, 191765
 

Chronology of Joel Franklin Epperson by Michael Vaughn Sims
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1876 Born - November 15, 1876;1 son of Jesse Thompson Epperson and Mary Ann Womack
1880
1880 U. S. Census, Uchee, Russell County, Alabama
Name   Race Gender Age Relation. Occ Birth Pl Birth Place
Fath
Birth Place
Moth
Epperson J. T. W M 55   farmer GA GA GA
  Carrie W F 44 [24] daughter house keeper AL GA GA
Leonard W M 18 son farm laborer AL GA GA
  John W M 13 son at home AL GA GA
  Jesse W M 11 son at home AL GA GA
  Virgil W M 9 son at home AL GA GA
  Sarah W F 7 daughter   AL GA GA
  Joel W M 3 son   AL GA GA
Slaton Tom B M 80   farm laborer GA VA VA
1917 Married Mary Louise Adams (b. ca. 1900, AL;63 dau. of John B. Adams and Emma --(?)64) - Jan 1, 191765 
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1920 U. S. Census, Pass Christian, Harrison County, Mississippi
Name   Rel Race Gen Age Mar Status Occup. Birth Place Birth Place Fath Birth Place Moth
Adams John B Head W M 56 M   Eng Eng Eng
  Emma Wife W F 40 M   AL AL MS
  Evelyn Dau W F 27 S   MS Eng AL
  Fred Son W M 25 S   MS Eng AL
  John Jr Son W M 19 S   MS Eng AL
Epperson Joel T Son-in-law W M 42 M   AL AL AL
  Mary Dau W F 30 M   AL Eng AL
  Joel Jr. Gr Son W M 2 S   TN AL AL
  Mary Gr Dau W F 2/12 S   AL AL AL
1930























 
1930 U. S. Census, Pass Christian, Harrison County, Mississippi
Name   Rel. Race Gen Age Marr? Age
first Marr
Occup. Birth Place Birth Place
Fath
Birth Place
Moth
Adams John B Head W M 65 Wd 23 Proprietor / Florist shop Eng Eng Eng
  Evelyn Dau W F 34 S   Manager / Florist shop MS Eng AL
Epperson Joel F Son-in-law W M 52 M 39 Asst Mgr / Florist shop AL GA GA
  Mary Dau W F 40 M 27 None AL Eng AL
  Joel F Jr Gr son W M 12 S   None TN AL AL
  Mary E Gr dau W F 10 S   None AL AL AL
  David Gr son W M 6 S   None AL AL AL
  Ruth Gr dau W F 4 1/12 S   None AL AL AL
  George Gr son W M 11/12 S     AL AL AL
  Children of Virgil Montgomery Epperson and Mary Fannie Braswell
  Joel Franklin Epperson - b. ca. 1918, TN;63 lived at Hammond, LA - 197383
  Mary Emma Epperson - b. ca. 1920, AL;63 m. Jason Shows72
  David Hestle Epperson - b. ca. 1924, AL84
  Ruth Thomas Epperson - b. ca. 1926, AL84
  George Bavin Epperson - b. ca. 1929, AL84
   
  Susan Catherine “Katie” Epperson - b. Sept. 13, 1878;66 d. June 187967
 
 
                            
1 George Washington Epperson Bible.
2 1860 U. S. Census, Chambers County, AL; Oak Bowery P. O.
3 George Stephens; Conyers, GA; 2005.
4 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
5 George Washington Epperson Bible.
6 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
7 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
8 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
9 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
10 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
11 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
12 George Washington Epperson Bible.
13 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
14 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
15 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
16 Ramah Church Book; cited by Jessie Epperson Cobb; Ramah Baptist Church.
17 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
18 George Washington Epperson Bible.
19 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
20 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
21 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
22 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
23 George Washington Epperson Bible.
24 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
25 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
26 George Washington Epperson Bible.
27 1860 U. S. Census, Chambers County, AL; Oak Bowery P. O.
28 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
29 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
30 George Washington Epperson Bible.
31 1920 U. S. Census, Russell County, AL; Hurtsboro.
32 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
33 George Washington Epperson Bible.
34 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
35 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
36 George Washington Epperson Bible.
37 1920 U. S. Census, Russell County, AL; Hurtsboro.
38 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
39 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
40 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
41 George Washington Epperson Bible.
42 Vaughn family Bible.
43 George Washington Epperson Bible.
44 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
45 George Washington Epperson Bible.
46 Jesse Thornton Epperson / Cora Vaughn Epperson Bible.
47 Jesse Thornton Epperson / Cora Vaughn Epperson Bible.
48 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
49 Grave marker of J. T. Epperson; Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL.
50 Vaughn family Bible.
51 Grave marker of Cora Vaughn Epperson; Ramah Church Cemetery, Barbour County, AL.
52 Jesse Thornton Epperson / Cora Vaughn Epperson Bible.
53 George Washington Epperson Bible.
54 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
55 1910 U. S. Census, Montgomery County, AL; Beat 2, Montgomery 3rd Ward.
56 1910 U. S. Census, Montgomery County, AL; Beat 2, Montgomery 3rd Ward.
57 George Washington Epperson Bible.
58 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
59 1910 U. S. Census, Montgomery County, AL; Beat 2, Montgomery 3rd Ward.
60 Mary Elizabeth (Epperson) Sims Harris; May 27, 1982.
61 1910 U. S. Census, Montgomery County, AL; Beat 2, Montgomery 3rd Ward.
62 George Washington Epperson Bible.
63 1920 U. S. Census, Harrison County, MS; Pass Christian.
64 1920 U. S. Census, Harrison County, MS; Pass Christian.
65 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
66 George Washington Epperson Bible.
67 Lemuel P. Smith / Mary Ann Womack Smith Epperson Bible.
68 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
69 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
70 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
71 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
72 Maida Grace Epperson Hayslett.
73 Russel County Historical Commission. The History of Russell County, Alabama. National Share Graphics, Inc. Dallas, TX. 1982. p.F87 ("George Epperson" by Mrs. Amos Williams)
74 1910 U.S. Census Covington County, AL; Straughn
75 1880 U.S. Census Russell County, AL; Uchee
76 Maida Kate Epperson Green
77 1870 U. S. Census, Russell County, AL; Uchee.
78 1900 U. S. Census, Russell County, AL; Seale.
79 Social Security Death Index
80 1910 U.S. Census, Beat 2, Montgomery, Montgomery County, AL
81 1920 U.S. Census, Beat 2, Montgomery, Montgomery County, AL
82 1900 U.S. Census, Warrior Stand, Macon County, AL
83 Lizzie Mae Harris to Sarah Epley Sims; December 2, 1973.
84 1920 U. S. Census, Harrison County, MS; Pass Christian.
85 John Earl Sims; 2005.
86 Jesse Thornton Epperson family bible
87 Elma Elaine Adams Lawrence
88 1900 U. S. Census, Macon County, AL; Warrior Stand District.
   
   
   
   
   

 
 
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