Thanks Steve. Everyone seems to be stymied by Eppa.I went to Fincastle, Va county seat and went through records. I didn't really find anything I didn't already know but I did see his own writing in the marriage registry, which he definately signed as EPPA not Eppy as I have seen him called in several places.What is known (and easily found on internet) was he married Delilah Franklin in 1820. There has been much mentioned about the 4 children that were orphaned by 1830. Was it an accident? illness? No one seems to know that either. I don't think any earlier mention has been found, I found an article written about the Bryants in a book and Eppa was mentioned, but just the same information.I think most assume he came from around Roanoke, Giles, Buchanon etc,but I think that is an assumption. He could have come from anywhere. A researcher told me to go to Richmond where they have more records. Maybe someday.