Re: Larry Epps/Mary Mason 1866 Lincoln Co TN
The 1840 Tishimingo Co. Miss. census list a Pleasant Eppes 20-30, and one female 20-30.
Then in the Lafayette Co. Arkansas 1850 census we find Pleasant M. Epps 35 Overseer b. Tenn listed with these in household. Elizabeth 38 b. Ky. Gilbert B. 6 b. Miss. and James C. 3 b. Ala. I have this Pleasant as the son of Lary and Elizabeth Craton. This Gilbet B. would have been b. abt. 1844. I assume the son James C. is named for his brother and that Gilbert B. is also named for another brother.
I believe Gilbert B. the son of Lary is the same as the one on the Tallahatchie Co., Miss. 1850, 1860, and 1870 census.
On the1850 and 1860 his age is 25 and 35 so he was born abt. 1825. These same two census give his wife a Martha A. age 23 and 34 so she was born about 1827-28 in Ala. In 1850 they havae a child Elizabeth H. 3 b. Miss and a B. P. son age .5 years b. Miss.On the 1860 we find out the B. stands for
Burrel who is now 10. On the 1860 we see a child Harriet 8 b. Miss, Sallie 3 b. Miss, and Tennessee 7 monts b. Miss. Also their is a Mary A. Prewett 26 b. Tenn. living with them now. This has to be the child of Mahala that Lary had guardianship over in 1840. This seems strongly to support that this Gilbert is the son of Lary and the brother of Mahala. His daughter Elizabeth may have been named for his mother. On the 1870 Tallihatchie census we no longer see Martha A. his first wife but not a Susanna Epps 25 House Keeper born in Miss is listed. There is also the son Burrel P. 21, Harriet C. 18, and new children Gabriel M. 7 b. Miss, Gilbert M. 6 b. Miss, William L.4 b. Miss, Sallie Epps 4 b. Miss (twins?), and Rueben 3 months b. Miss.
Marriage records for Tallihatchie show that Susanna Epps is the second wife of Gilbert her maiden name is Cox. I checked the name Cox on the 1850 Tallihatchie census and found a Marth A age 2 living with Washington B. and Margaret Cox. I think this little girl may have been named for the younger sister of Washington Cox and if so that would make Gilbert's first with Martha A. a Cox and probably related to his second wife. This is only unproved speculation but it seems to fit very well. I hope some of this is new or helps.
Your comment in the past about the Epps possibly being German instead of English is of interest. Many years ago I was told by one of the people who sell coats of arms for families that the Epps family was from Germany and I believe they said it was a corruption of the name Eber. One problem I have with this is that if Lary was b. abt. 1782 in N.C. then his parents would have arrived in America fairly early. Do you have any data on when the German families came to America. I know that there were Germans in the Harrisburg Pa. area very early. Have you found out anymore about your idea of a German connection? If you see any major errors in my interpretation let me know. thanks Buck Epps