I'm stuck on my paternal great grand father William Bradley Harper. Story goes that he was a school teacher somewhere. He driving his wagon somewhere when a child fell into the spokes of his moving wagon wheel. The child died. After this event he changed his name from "hopier " (spelling?) to harper and came to Texas. Don't know the motive for the name change or don't even know if it was changed legally. There might of been murder charges against him-only my speculation. I've searched all the census, marriage records, etc. with ancestry.com for the past 2-4 weeks, and only have found him under "Harper" on two census in Hill Cty, TX (1900 William B 47, Wade 18) & (1910 William B 58, Wade 27, Willie 8, Ester 6, Ruby 3,). No Hopier w/soundex search. The census records says Williams parents were both born in Virginia. I thought how ironic is that 'cause that is my name. But I searched all of VA's records and could not locate anything on William. Wade is my paternal grandfather . Does anyone know how do I go about finding out what his birth name was? Neither William's or Wades spouses are mentioned no where in ancestry .com. Wade was married 2 x's. 1st to A. Emmaaline Wiggins which the 3 kids mentioned above are Wade's & Emma's. Then Wade married a 2nd time to Zulah Pearl McGehee. Her mother was suppose to be full-blooded Chickasaw, but I can't find nothing on them either. I was only 2 when Zulah past away. Wade had already past away before I was born. Wade & Zulah had 5 boys and 1 girl. HErshel R. Harper was my dad. He was the baby of the family. It sure would be nice & appreciated if someone could help be get past these brick walls . William & I are only 4 generations apart and I just can't find anyone past him!