Hi, I'm new to this site. just saw old postings re kepharts in vermillion and thought I'd share and see who's got new info for me???
Starting with Jon Wesley Kephart, b.1848 in Penn. married Sept 1869, to Julia A. Ferguson, b.June1848 in Iowa,lived in Ida co., Iowa. children George W., b.1870-Iowa Franklin E., b. 1872" Joseph Wesley, b. 1875 " Clyde B., b.1879"Family moved to clay CO, SD Lewis(Louis) E.,b.1881Clay co, SD Juna A, b 1885"
Julia was widowed by 1910. Juna (and possibly Julia) was a high school teacher in vermillion. Jospeph widowed with a son, John W,b.1908 in Iowa. Looks like Clyde stayed in Vermillion and had a family- 2 wives???, Grace and Mabel? both from Minn.
Frank E. married May E. Jones children Grace, b.June 1891iowa Earl C., b.Aug 1892SD Zora, b.Aug 1893" Harry, b.June 1895Neb Francis (daughter),b.Dec1892SD Juna Dorothy, b.Sept 4, 1900 vermillion, SD
Gaddabout Frank did a stint in the Spanish-American war for about 9 months ending in Dec 1899, went home, and grandma Juna was born 9mos later. May divorced Frank sometime after 1900 and packed thekids off to Texas in a covered wagon (I think it was after divorce tho possibly before). They ended up eventually in New Mexico. I can't find any trace of May after that, tho she eventually lived with Grace and is apparently buried in either Ft. Sumner or Clovis, NM. I understand Frank remarried, had another daughter, and is buried in York, PA. Gr-uncle Earl C. married Pauline Savell of Tx., lived in Union co.,NM in 1930, had 4 children I think. Grandma Juna married Earl Percy Jameson in Union co, NM, had 4 children. Don't remember who Grace married. I don't know what happened to anyone else, haven't been able to locate them.
I have so far been unable to track John Wesley before 1870, don't know who his parents or sibs were in Penn. or where they came from. Any cousins out there with history??? Anyone know what happened to Juna A. in Vermillion? Love to hear from you! Jan