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66. Rebecca HADEN was born on 1 December 1778 in Fluvanna County, Virginia.10 She died on 21 November 1838 at the age of 59 in Spencer Twp, Ralls County, Missouri.10

Marriages of Campbell Co VA, 1782-1810,
10 Sep 1798 - Marriage bond of Richard Epperson and Rebecca Haden. Consent by Anthony Haden, father of the bride. Bondsman, David Spencer.

Rebecca HADEN and Richard EPPERSON were married on 11 September 1798 in Campbell County, Virginia.3,10 Richard EPPERSON124, son of Littleberry EPPERSON and Elizabeth [EPPERSON], was born on 2 October 1772 in Bedford County, Virginia.216,217 He died on 30 August 1841 at the age of 68 in Spencer Twp, Ralls County, Missouri.10

Moved to Jessamine County KY and then in 1829 to Ralls County, MO with several of his children and their spouses.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Marion, Ralls and Pike Counties, Missouri, 1895, C. O. Owen & Co., Chicago, pp. 637-638. Jessamine Co.
William W. Epperson is a native of Ralls County, born January 4, 1850. His grandfather, Richard Epperson, was born in Virginia October 2, 1772, and there married Rebecca H. Headen, [sic] and moved to Jessamine County, Ky., where he acquired a large tract of land and a number of slaves. In 1829 he moved to Ralls County, Mo., being accompanied by his children, some of whom were married. The first year of his residence here he rented a farm in Spencer Township. The following year he entered Government land in the same township, the farm now known as the Ardery place being a portion of the tract. Here he spent the remainder of his life and died August 30, 1841, his wife having died November 21, 1838. Both were or many years members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their children were: John H., born July 15, 1799, married in Kentucky, moved with his family to Missouri and located in Ralls County, and later moved to Macon County, Mo., where he died in 1866; Joel H., born February 3, 1801, married in Kentucky and removed to Ralls County, where he died; James and Richard, twins, born November 22, 1803, James locating in Ralls County and for years having charge of a toll bridge on the gravel road between Hannibal and New London, where he died before the late war; Richard never came to Missouri, but engaged in boating on the Mississippi River and was killed at New Orleans while loading a boat; Little Berry, born August 22, 1805, married in Kentucky and located in Ralls County, at the mouth of Salt River, which was his home until his death; Samuel, born January 5, 1808, located in Ralls County, near his brother, L. B., and has since died; Dock Anthony, born April 10, 1810, located on a part of the old homestead in Ralls County, moved to California during the gold fever and died there; Washington, born July 4, 1812, was the father of our subject; Parthenia, born October 11, 1815, married Richard Chickwood, [sic] and moved to Southwest Missouri, where she died; Harrison, born May 20, 1818, died December 21, 1821, in Kentucky; Rebecca, born January 12, 1821, married Richard Chickwood [sic] after the death of her sister; William, born November 12, 1823, located first in Ralls County, Mo., and later moved to Macon County, Mo., where he died in 1889.
Washington Epperson, the father of our subject, was born in Jessamine County, Ky., and at the age of seventeen came to Ralls County with his parents. His boyhood days were spent on the old Kentucky farm, and his education was received from his older brothers after he was twenty-one years old. He remained with his parents until February 8, 1838, when he married Nancy Jeffries, who was the first white child born in Ralls County, August 6, 1818, and consequently is the oldest living native born person in the county. Her father, Robert Jeffries, was born in Kentucky, while her mother, Elizabeth Jamerson, was born in St. Louis County, Mo. After their marriage Mr. And Mrs. Epperson located in Jasper Township, near Madisonville, where he bought eighty acres of land which had been entered the year previously, and had five acres cleared. On this place he erected a huge log house, eighteen by eighteen feet, one and a half stories high. This was considered a fine residence at that time, being both better and larger than most of the houses in that section of country. Here he commenced housekeeping and spent the remainder of his life, dying December 21, 1885. His wife still survives him and until 1890 remained where she first commenced her wedded life, making a continuous residence there of over fifty years. Here, too, all her children were born and reared. Her husband was a man of quiet and domestic habits, and lived a peaceful home life, and by industry and good management acquired a competency. His upright and honorable character gained the respect and confidence of all who knew him. For twenty years he held the office of Justice of the Peace, and was repeatedly chosen administrator of estates and guardian of children. Notwithstanding his Southern birth, and the fact that he had relatives in the Confederate Army, he adhered to the Union, and in 1862 enlisted in the Federal Army. In early life he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he remained until after his marriage, when both he and his wife united with the Salem Baptist Church, of which she is still a member. They were parents of seven children: Anne E., born November 19, 1838, married William Chilton and died in Ralls County, March 12, 1876; Robert, born August 2, 1842, died November 9, 1844; John J., born August 23, 1846, married Rosanna Seely and died March 15, 1874; William W., our subject; Nancy E., born January 2, 1853, married H. C. Wooten and now resides on the homestead; Mary L., born February 9, 1857, died November 28, 1870. Mrs. Epperson, the mother of our subject, as already stated, bears the distinction of being the oldest native white person in the county, and is probably the most sprightly and active lady of her age living here, as she still attends to all of her household affairs without assistance, living alone near her son William. Her father, Robert Jeffries, in company with his two brothers-in-law, Robert and William Jamerson, came from St. Louis County in 1817 on a flatboat, landing at Louisiana, which at that time had a mill and a few houses. William Jamerson entered land which is now the site of New London, and built the first house in the town. In this house Mrs. Epperson, the mother of our subject, was born, and in her uncle's house was held the first sessions of court after the organization of the county. Her father and two uncles were on the first grand jury.
William W. Epperson, of whom we now write, was educated in the common schools of Ralls County, and remained on the old farm until of age. In 1872 he left the home roof and, being impressed with the idea that a large city was the proper place to commence in business, went to St. Louis, where he remained for a short time, and from there went to Petersburg, Ill., where he remained about eighteen months, engaged in mining. He then returned to the old home and February 6, 1873, was married in Pike County to Sarah A. Turley, a native of Pike County, born July 4, 1849, and a daughter of Harrison G. and Mary A. (Fowler) Turley, who respectively natives of Ralls and Pike Counties, Mo. After his marriage he located first in Pike County, Mo., near Spencersburg, renting land and farming for about eight years. In 1882 he bought one hundred and twenty acres of land in Ralls County, three miles south of Center, where he made his home until 1889, in the meantime adding forty acres, making a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. He followed general farming and stock-raising, but made a specialty of stock. In a889 he concluded to give up farming and bought property adjoining the thriving village of Center. The same year he built his present fine residence and, in company with Mr. Osterhout, built the first livery stable in Center, conducted the business one year, then sold out, and, in company with William Utterback, engaged in the hardware and grocery business under the firm name of Utterback & Epperson, continuing until 1892, when he sold out. Since his residence in Center he has helped to build the fine brick block south of the railroad. In 1891 he was appointed Postmaster of Center, which office he retained until he retired from business. Mr. Epperson is one of the organizers of the Center Bank, of which he is a stockholder and director. He has twice been a delegate to the Republican State Convention, and has three times received the nomination for Sheriff on the Republican ticket. For three years he has been a member of the Town Board, and is now City Treasurer. In 1890 he was elected Marshal and Street Commissioner, and ever since coming to Center he has been one of the active and leading citizens of the place. He still owns his farm, which he rents to other parties and has one of the prettiest and most comfortable places in town, having in connection with his fine residence five acres of land. Both Mr. And Mrs. Epperson are members of the Christian Church. His is also a charter member of Center Lodge No. 230, K. of P., and is a member of Triple Alliance, Center Camp No. 322. The have but one child, Edward C., who was born December 30, 1873, and who still makes his home with his parents.

Rebecca HADEN and Richard EPPERSON had the following children:



John H. EPPERSON was born on 15 July 1799.124 He died in 1866 at the age of 67 in Macon County, Missouri.124






James EPPERSON was born on 22 November 1803.124 He died in Missouri.124

James & Richard were twins.

Message Board Post:
Ruth Mills, born about 1800-1810 in KY, probably Madison County, married 1) Benoni Haden and 2) James Epperson.

Source: Subject: Re: [MORALLS] Mills - Haden - Epperson
My ancestors are the Eppersons. I do have the information below in my record. It seems like a pretty close match. I am sorry to say I have no further info on this family. Name:
James J. EPPERSON **********************************
Birth: 22 Nov 1803 Jessamine Co., Ky.
Death: New London, Ralls, Mo.
Father: Richard EPPERSON (1772-1841)
Mother: Rebeckah H. HADEN-EPPERSON (1778-1838)
Other Spouses: Eleanor WOODS-EPPERSON
Marriage: 14 Nov 1841 Ralls Co., Mo. **********************************



Richard EPPERSON was born on 22 November 1803.124 He died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.124

Never came to Missouri; was engaged in boating on the Mississippi River and was killed in New Orleans while loading a boat.



Littleberry EPPERSON124 was born on 22 August 1805.124 He died in Ralls County, Missouri.124

Married 2nd to Helena Forsyeth. Son John Forsythe Epperson, born Ralls Co MO, died Sacramento CA.



Samuel EPPERSON was born on 5 January 1808.124 He died in Ralls County, Missouri.124



Dock Anthony EPPERSON was born on 10 April 1810.124 He died in California.124

Followed the Gold Rush to California and died there.



Washington EPPERSON was born on 4 July 1812 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.124 He died on 21 December 1885 at the age of 73 in Jasper Township, Madisonville, Ralls County, Missouri.124



Parthenia EPPERSON was born on 11 October 1815 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.124 She died in Missouri.124



Harrison EPPERSON was born on 20 May 1818 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.124 He died on 21 December 1821 at the age of 3 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.124



Rebecca EPPERSON was born on 12 January 1821 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.124



William EPPERSON was born on 12 November 1823 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.124 He died in 1889 at the age of 66 in Macon County, Missouri.124