There are so few Empsons that I think that you may have the key to a connection which I am seeking, especially since mine and yours were in Tennessee.
Sally Empson, my great-great grandmother, was probably born around 1838. She married William T. Pope and they lived in Medon, Tenn, which is about 150 miles west of Nashville. There are still a lot of Popes in Medon and vicinity but I cannot find any Empsons.
Sally and William had a daughter named Patty Elizabeth Pope who married Charles Mauldin Reeves. They lived in Jackson, Tenn. and then moved to Columbus, Miss.
Sally and William had a son, James Ellen Pope, whose death certificate states that his mother's maiden name was Walker. We know that James is our Sally's son and I know that my grandmother told me that Sally was an Empson. Maybe she was an ex-wife of G.J. ???
If you know anything that might fit in I would love to hear from you.