I agree with Janet Eppard about Johann George Eppard.I am also descended from John Eppard and Mary Mathena Smith. My guess is that nearly every Eppard in the US is descended from Johann George. My family version has a slightly different twist, however. The legend passed directly from Mary Mathena Smith)Eppard is that the original Eppard was from Alsace-Lorraine, which changed hands from Germany to France several times.My mother found that Epart, Ebert and Ebart were the most prominent names in those two provinces, and the adjacent German Ruhr province. Could Windle Eppard have emigrated as "Guiliaume Epart"?