Re: Lary Epps/ Mary Mason
Cliff Moore lived in Butler Co., MO in Harris Ridge Community and then moved to Quinn in the 1930's. Daniel Moore lived in 16 to 1 Community in the 1950's.
Tom Epps of Miami, OK gr-grandsons of Lawrence Epps m. Della Moore.Her Grandfather owned and operated Moore's Ferry on White River in Taney Co., MO.Della (Moore) Epps is past 95 still living in Taney Co., MO!
In the 1850 TN Census in Rutherford, Lincoln, Bedford, Co., TN there are at least 3 family lines of Epps' and possibly as many as 5.The the ones in Knox & Hawkins Co. were known to be 2nd Cousins of the husband of Rebecca Epps of Rutherford Co.It is not known if they all understood their blood connections at that time.They all were definitely descendants of Francis I of VA.
In the above stated counties of TN in 1840 there are 4 Epps households headed by a Francis Epps.This was father, son, cousin, uncle, and nephews: Two of the Francis list one year difference in their ages.
Who you all are has been a concern in Taney Co., MO since 1948/50.Tom & Frank Epps were great "street Corner" cousins.When we separated Edward & Daniel's group from the rest in TN starting in 1980's.We tried to organize Larry's Family also.The biggest mistake was Pleasant the son of Lawrence's was not put in the group. We also tried to keep the ones from Lincon & Bedford Co., TN straight from the descendants of Pleasant of NC that intermixed with the ones of Knox, Lincoln, Bedford, CO. TN some of all of themmoved into Tishmingo Co., MS starting in 1840's.Grantham Epps a descendant of Pleasant's helped us with his Cousins.He went back to Iuka, MS area and stomped graveyards and got dates off of stones etc. collected personal information from his distance Cousins etc.
The way you deal the Family when noone has a listing of people is chase them from one USA Census to another and you need to realize we are dealing three given names in the Lawrence Epps Family. Men were allowed to get married at 21.
We will look at what you are saying but you must understand wives and children died like flies.Woman living until old age was highly unusual!The average man had at least three wives!We have looked and looked at those Census.You need to figure out where your Lawrence is on each Census from 1850 until the time of his death!You can not put any skips in it and says that one is someone else; because the wife is different and child is missing or the age is off by two years.
We will get it out of the woods!Each time I can see what you are saying is accurate- I add the correction to your all's Family listing; which is set to formatt used in the Epps Books in hopes we can get Lawrence's parents figured out before Book III goes to press.
The best people in your group working genealogy are Chris Wheeler and Steven P. Epps.They are working tirelessly.They have gone back to Lincoln Co., TN searched the records and found great things!They have put a lot of time, effort, and money into their searching!