Re: Epps in Texas and Missouri
Hello Cousin CJ:It is good to hear from you.Welcom to the game.I do not think of it as genealogy.It is more like connecting the dots.And when you get them all connected, there is the potential for a whale of a story. Glad to see that we are on the same page.
Yes, I have some dates for the siblings of Martin A. Epps. But mostly they are birth dates.Rev. Martin Epps and Ermin Appleby Epps produced at least eight children.
(1) Nancy (born 1838, Missouri)
(2( Joshua (born 1840, Missouri)
(3)Narcissa (born 1843, Missouri) I have found three different spellings of her name.
(4 James B.(born 1848, Missouri)
(5) Charles B. (born 1852, Missouri)
(6) Mary Epps (born 1855, Missouri--One report says that she moved to Oklahoma after the death of her husband),
(7) Martin A. (born 1861, Missouri)Not only was Martin named after his father, there were a couple of uncles named Martin back in Tennessee and North Carolina.
(8) Issac P. (born 1865, Texas)
That leaves you a whole bunch of dots to connect but, hey, that's the fun.
Sara (or Sarah) Ann Jennings Smart Epps is something of a mystery at this point.I have her marrying Rev. Martin on 7 July 1859, four years after the death of Ermin.This puts him in Texas for 5-6 years.The trail gets dim after this.Maybe there are some other folks reading this who can fill in the missing pieces.
Daniel and Nancy Carter Epps are a story unto themselves. The short form is that they came to Butler County, MO in 1819 or 1820, brought with them a passel of kids (they had 10 altogether), and settled on a land grant of 1000 acres in the fertile Cane Creek/Ten Mile Creek valley about 10 miles from the present city of Poplar Bluff. I am looking into whether Daniel was a veteran of the War of 1812 and that was the source of his land grant.The Eppses of Butler County were a true pioneer family.Daniel was a farmer and miller.Family tradition holds that he was appointed a judge and that the organization of Butler County was held at his house.Martin was the seventh child of Daniel and Nancy Epps.
Cousin CJ, I appreciate your offer of pictures and may ask for them later.Right now I am concentrating on that period just prior to and during the Civil War.There is a great historical novel in there someplace.Let me hear from you again.I would like to hear more about what happened to the Martin Epps kids after that long hike down the Natchitoches Trail.
Paul Epps, Florissant, Mo.