Saturday, December 26, 2009

Henry Edward Clepper 1901-1987

Per the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Henry Edward Clepper was "born March 21, 1901 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Forest Academy, Mont Alto (subsequently a unit of Pennsylvania State University), B.F. 1921. He entered the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, in which he was employed for 15 years, first as field forester and later as assistant chief of the Bureau of Research and Education; then followed a year as information specialist in the Washington, D.C. office of the United States Forest Service. In 1937 he was appointed executive secretary of the Society of American Foresters; except for a two-year leave of absence with the War Production Board during World War II, he served in this position and as managing editor of the Journal of Forestry for 28 years. He helped establish the Society’s quarterly journal Forest Science in 1955 and the research series Forest Science Monographs in 1959. Since his retirement in March 1966 he has written a chronicle of American forestry under the sponsorship of the Forest History Society, Inc. Author of more than 100 articles and bulletins on forestry and related resources, many historical in nature. Editor and co-author of Forestry Education in Pennsylvania, 1957; co-editor and co-author of America’s Natural Resources, 1967; American Forestry--Six Decades of Growth, 1960; editor and co-author of Careers in Conservation, 1963, and of Origins of American Conservation, 1966; co-author of The World of the Forest, 1965; editor of Leaders in American Conservation, 1971; and author of Forestry in America, in press. From 1957 to 1965, he was an adviser to the Forestry Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations of the FAO Council’s biennial conferences in Rome. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and in 1957 was recipient of its Gifford Pinchot Medal. In 1965 he received the award of American Forest Products Industries, Inc. for distinguished service to forestry. Henry E. Clepper died March 26, 1987 in Washington, DC at the age of 86."

Source: Leaders of American Conservation. Henry Clepper. Natural Resources Council of America. 1971.

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Family connection unknown.

Russell Clepper - Music

Music flows through the Clepper family and here is another cousin expressing that talent.

Russell Clepper has garnered attention and respect in San Antonio, the Texas Hill country, and many other places across the state of Texas.

Per his web site at, "Clepper was born in Lubbock and brought up mostly on the Texas coast. He came back here to go to Tech where he majored in Journalism. “I started playing the guitar and writing songs while I was a student at Tech.’ says Clepper. “Not because I didn’t have anything else to do. It was just something I was born to and Lubbock had the scene and the scenery that inspired me to go for it.” His songwriting style grew from an early love of folk, bluegrass and gospel, and later drew from songwriters such as John Prine, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and Billy Joe Shaver. He first performed his original music right here in Lubbock as a member of a folk/rock trio that included local songwriter, hobo hero and cowboy, Eddie Beethoven."

Russell's daughter Emily is also a talented performer.

More details on Russell can be found at

Genealogy details can be found on page 123 of the History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 86-62751

Clepper-Mangel Engagement

Darrell and Glenda Clepper of Carlisle are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Ellen Clepper, to Kevin Michael Mangel of Pittsburgh.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Carlisle High School and Grove City College. She is employed as a computer programmer by HM Insurance Group.

The future groom is the son of Patricia Mangel of Pittsburgh and Paul Mangel of Mars. A graduate of Oliver High School in Pittsburgh, he is employed by CPS Construction Group, Inc. and is a firefighter with the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department.

The wedding will be on May 22, 2010, at Ingomar United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh.

Last updated: Monday, December 21, 2009 8:40 AM EST


Family connection unknown.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Donnie Wayne Clepper 1944-2009

Funeral services for Donnie Wayne Clepper, 65, of Early will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at the Heartland Funeral Home with the Reverend Ruben Packer officiating.  Interment will be at Greenleaf Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

He passed away Wednesday morning at the Brownwood Regional Hospital following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was born July 23, 1944 in Andrews, Texas, to Elby and Lela Clepper.  He was married to Linda Haynes in Roscoe, Texas, on June 23, 1962.

Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:13 PM CST


Family relationship unknown.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alice Clepper 1924-2009

ADICE L. CLEPPER passed away November 7, 2009 at the age of 85. She was born June 25, 1924 in Waller, Texas to John and Katie Wawarosky. Adice was a devoted homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She moved to League City in 1950 and prior to her last illness was an active member of the Texas Avenue Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Clepper; brothers, Lawrence and Robert Wawarosky; sister-in-law, Beverly Wawarosky and brother-in law, Pete Rhodes. Survivors include her two sons, Michael and Barry Clepper; three grandchildren and their spouses, Autumn and husband, Tommy Hoke Jr., Clay and wife, Gretchen Clepper and Josh and wife, Aimie Clepper; five great grandchildren, Jordan and Katie Hoke, Annie & Samuel Clepper and Lili Clepper. Three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Helen Rhodes, Julia and husband, Tommy Carrol and Sophie and husband, Don Adcock; one sister-in-law, Ida Wawarosky and numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00p.m. until 8:00p.m., with a funeral service at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at Forest Park East Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at the Field Store Cemetery in Waller County, Texas at 3:00p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2009. Pastor Rudy Guerrero will officiate.The family wishes to express their gratitude to the compassionate care givers at Psalm 23 Home Care. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Psalm 23 Home Care, 204 Confederate Way, El Lago, Texas 77586.



James (Jimmy) Franklin Clepper was born Dec 4, 1919 and was the son of James Angus Clepper and Nancy Branock. He died July 20, 1985 in League City, Texas. Jimmy was buried at Fields Store Cemetery in Waller County, Texas.

Other details can be found in
History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 86-62751
Page 241

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

William Morris Clepper 1886-1957

Susan Clepper Broussard,

Per your request, here are a few details from Lucille's Book and what I have in my notes. I also have details on Will's first three and last two children. You listed your grandmother's name as Lela Mae Kruegar, but I found the records as Lela Neva Kruegar. Could "May" be a nick name?

WILLIAM MORRIS CLEPPER (Lorenzo, John, P.James, Phillip, Jacob Sr.), was born 18 June 1886 according to delayed birth certificate #748933, born Burleson Co., Tx. but believe he was born in Waller, Tx. The 1900 census shows born Feb. 1887; son of Lorenzo Dow & Sarah (Travis) Clepper, Sr.; died 2 Dec. 1957 Cherokee Co., Tx.; buried Huntsville, Walker, TX; at Adickers Addn. to Oakwood Cemetery. Guard at Huntsville Prison; not found in the 1910 census of Tx.?

Marriage Details (not clear):

1/mar. ca 1909-10 ? Dean.
2/mar. 3 June 1912 Burleson Co., Tx. to Lela Neva Krueger; born 1894 (or 13 Oct 1891) Hamilton Co., Tx.; died 1980 (or 18 Jul 1981) Burleson Co., Tx.; buried Mason Cemetery, Caldwell, Tx.;
2/mar. McCowan 1891-1981.
3/mar. Hopie Allen (son says mother Indian.)


  1. Bethel Robert Clepper b. ca 1910/11.
  2. Wesley Morris Clepper b. 15 Dec. 1912.; d. 21 Jul 1987; SP2 U.S. Navy
  3. Julian Marcus Clepper b. 28 Dec. 1914.; d 1956
  4. Lucille Clepper, b. 10 Apr 1916; d. 16 Mar 1939.
  5. Ruth Clepper b. 26 Mch. 1917; mar. Jack Quarles.
  6. Lela Mae Clepper b. 9 Aug. 1922; died 22 Mch. 1969; mar. Robert Dvorak.
  7. Charles Edward Clepper b. 17 Sept. 1926; d. 22 Sept. 1926; buried Caldwell Cemetery, Burleson Co., Tx.
  8. Willie Nell Clepper b. 12 Jan. 1928 in Burleson County, TX; mar. Louis Bernardie.
  9. Harold Wayne Clepper b. 15 Dec. 1930 in Burleson County, TX
    i. Sharron Clepper; mar. Richard Wright.
  10. Robert Kenneth Clepper b. 8 Aug. 1935 in Burleson County, TX.
  11. Bobby Morris Clepper b. 13 July 1940.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sir Roland Theodore Symonette


Sir Roland Theodore Symonette (16 December 1898–13 March 1980) achieved high office as a Bahamian political figure.

Symonette was married three times. By his first wife Nellie, Symonette had one son, Basil Harcourt. By his second wife, the former Thelma Bell Clepper of Andalusia, Alabama, Symonette had a one son, Robert "Bobby" and one daughter, Zelda. In the late 1940s, Symonette married Canadian Margaret Frances. This third marriage produced one daughter, Margaret, who died in infancy, and two sons, Roland Craig and Brent. Symonette's son Bobby served formerly as Speaker of the House of Assembly. His youngest son Brent Symonette is the current Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Free National Movement and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Ingraham led government.

Sir Roland Symonette died on 13 March 1980 at his home in Nassau; his widow, Lady Margaret Symonette died twenty-four years later in 2004.

Symonette's portrait appears on the Bahamian $50 dollar note.


NO PROOF, but this may be Thelma B. Clepper, born 1904 in AL, daughter of Wade "Waddie" Clepper. For more details, please see page 133 of Lucille Clepper Mehrkam's book, History and Genealogy of the Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family.
1910 census of Butler County, AL

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Recorder makes family tree research easier

BATAVIA, OHIO - The Clermont County recorder's office is taking steps to make it easier for people to research family trees or the history of a house.

This week, Deborah Hall Clepper, who became recorder in January, asked officials in the county's 14 townships, 11 villages and various private cemeteries to provide copies of burial records and maps.

Clepper also hopes to soon make available public field notes, drawings and bearings of surveys for township, village and private projects. She agreed to accept copies of such private records, made by retired or deceased surveyors, from the Southwestern Chapter of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio.

That could make the recorder's office a central location for researchers.

"This office has so much to offer," Clepper said. "We're real excited to be able to work with the different historians (and) genealogy societies."

While the recorder is supposed to maintain public documents, Clepper's office at 101 E. Main St. in Batavia is doing more than required by law.

"We love them for it," said Pam Smith, a trustee of the Clermont County Genealogical Society.

The rest of the story is at

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hexa-Kunigunde Klepper Kirch

Hi descendants of Klepper family,

my name is Hexa-Kunigunde Kirch,born Klepper.
I am 66 year old,lives in Germany and my english is not so good.
Searching in internet about my ancestors KLEPPER i find your homepage and the story of Klepper family who moved from Germany to Amerika .
My ancestors came also from the area Rhineland-Palatine(german-Rheinland Pfalz)but they moved 1724 from there in the east direction in a place whos name is BANAT (Romania)
For seven generation our ancestors lives there but the communism in Romania was not our dream so we moved home to Germany.(1979)
When i read your very interesting Klepper story first i see that the surnames of Klepper was very comun.
Johann,Jakob,Valentin was the first settler .
MAYBE they was cousins or a nephew .

I think on your search you find also more KLEPPER in America who settled later.A brother of my grandfather Josef -SIMON KLEPPER went 1912 to Amerika and he has a great family there.
I find cousins from this family in internet and we are happy that over 100 year we has again a good relation.
This was my sory from Klepper family.
If you are interested of more history,i will be happy you answer me.
My father has a sentences-Es gibt nichts was ein KLEPPER nicht kann.
Maybe we can find our commun roots,Greetings from Old Germany,family Klepper

Hexa-Kunigunde Klepper Kirch

Saturday, August 8, 2009

John Henry Clepper 1911-2004

New Era Newspaper - November 18, 2004

John Henry Clepper, 92, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004.
John was born Nov. 28, 1911 in Grimes County Texas, the last remaining son of Alexander M. and Rebecca F. (Hogue) Clepper. With the family he moved to Seadrift, Texas in 1918 and then to Houston, Texas in 1922 where he graduated high school. He attended Gregg College in Phoenix, Ariz.
John served as an aircraft gunner in the U.S. Air Force in Africa and Italy, during WWII from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945. He worked as a storekeeper for the Southern Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1973.
He married Cora Adair Pace on June 1, 1935 at El Paso, Texas. Daughter Betty (Lisle) was born to this union.
On July 5, 1944 John married Grace Elizabeth Simmons at Ardmore, Okla. The couple moved to Arizona in 1961, then back to Tucumcari, NM and back to Arizona until moving to Sioux Falls in 1974. They moved to Lennox in 1982. Grace died Nov. 1, 1983.
On April 14, 1984 he married Marie Boots Dindot at Lennox. Marie died Oct. 4, 2002.
John had been a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and attended First English Lutheran Church in Lennox. He was a member of the Chancellor American Legion and the Lennox Senior Citizens.
Besides his parents and three wives, he was preceded in death by brothers William and LeRoy and sister Lorene Robers and nine other siblings.
Grateful for having shared his life are his daughter, Betty (Lisle) Stabrawa and her husband George of Chancellor; one granddaughter Kristine of Washington state, one step-granddaughter Catherine of Arizona, as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 9, at First English Lutheran Church, Lennox. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Whitehall, Texas.
Arrangements were made by Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home of Lennox.


Other details can be found in
History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 86-62751
Page 246

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Candy and Mike Clepper

Here is a photo by Dan Henry of Candy Clepper, left, waiting with her husband Mike Clepper for their luggage upon arriving at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport from Las Vegas on Wednesday (15July2009). A recent surey by the U.S. Department of Transportation has ranked American eagle and ASA at the bottom of their list for mishandled baggage.

You can read more about the airline challenges at

Cody Clepper - South Carolina


Cody Clepper was the winner of the boys 15-18 year-old age group in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Mid-State Chapter summer tour match held on Monday Beech Creek Golf Club.

Clepper won with a score of 37. John Michael Schaffer was second at 38 and H.B. Buddin was third at 39.

Phillip Klepper - Floyd County, IN

Are you aware that our ancestor Phillip KLEPPER did NOT die in Tennessee?


U.S. Census. Floyd County, Indiana. 1830 M19 # 28 page 350

James Steel - 1 - - 1 - - - 2 - - - 1 - - -
[most likely son of Phillip's brother George KLEPPER, married Hawkins County, Tennessee; Lucille had it wrong. DRO]
Andrew Wininger 1 - - - 2 - - - 3 - - - 1 - - -
Philip Clepper - - - 1 - - - 1 - - 1 1 - - - -
[Andrew WININGER was probably the husband of Phillip KLEPPER's daughter Nancy. I do not know who the younger people are in Phillip's census record. DRO]

You will find the census record for George KLEPPER on page 347. I do not know who all others in his census record might be. One is most likely his son Samuel. George did NOT die in the War of 1812. He was too old to have served. Lucille found 1812 military records for other KLEPPERs, but not for George. He was most likely a year or so younger than Phillip. The K after his name in the old notes that Lucille used was for KLEPPER -- just as Joseph did not have Bach as a middle name; he was a bach. = bachelor = ledig (Ger.).

Circuit Court (Floyd County), Probate Records (Floyd County, Indiana). FHL # 1411897
Probate Order Book Jan 1830 - Feb 1853, pages 86-87, 90, 153.

You might like to scan a copy of Phillip's will into your blog.

For now,

Dianne R. Oswald

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jennie Lee 'Hight' Clepper

Jennie Lee 'Hight' Clepper
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Jennie Lee "Hight" Clepper of Millsap died Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 5, at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Chapel in Mineral Wells, with the Rev. Margie Holmes officiating. Burial followed at Brad Cemetery in Palo Pinto County.
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Clepper was born in Palo Pinto County to Walter Lloyd and Virgie May Adams Hight on Sept. 5, 1923. She married E. M. "Buster" Clepper Dec. 29, 1938, in Breckenridge.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Kay Clepper; daughter Doris Clepper Norman; adopted granddaughter Carrie Clepper Mercer; grandchildren Donna Martin, Trena Norman, Kenneth Clepper, Terry Norman, Jack Clepper and Brianna Mercer; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both parents; her husband in 1983; son Jerry Lee Clepper in 2003; and her daughter, Frances Clepper Dahl in 1971.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Raymond Clepper, of Batavia

Medals re-issued to six Clermont Co. veterans

Six Clermont County veterans were re-issued their medals at a ceremony June 10 at the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission.

Raymond Clepper, of Batavia, also received his awards posthumously. Clepper was an Army World War II veteran. He was given a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart (with an oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (4 Service Stars) and his World War II Victory Medal.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Yellow Rose Club

Yellow Rose club to donate constitutions to fifth graders

By Submission
Updated: 06.25.09
The Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women’s Club in Tomball will present area fifth graders a Constitution Packet that will include a pocket-size constitution and United States Declaration of Independence along with question and answer cards during the month of September.

The club project is part of its participation in the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Constitution Project. This project is in accordance with the federal law that states any institution that accepts federal funds must teach the Constitution to fifth grade students. Therefore, the Yellow Rose club wants to not only encourage, but also, aid the school district in complying with this law. It is the club’s goal to donate to all of the fifth graders in the Tomball Independent School District a pocket size constitution packet.

The Yellow Rose is accepting donations from individual or organizations to help offset the cost of providing these constitution packets. Those who would like to donate to this project, contact Becky Clepper at

Saturday, July 4, 2009

William C. Oliver

William C. Oliver, 77, of Pierce Township died June 16.

Survived by wife, Lois Oliver; sons, Bobby Oliver and Ricky (Carolyn) Oliver; daughters, Debbie (Dennis) Schwey and Kathy (David) Goldbach; sister, Betty (Thomas) Clepper; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services are Saturday, June 20, at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia. Memorials to: Pierce Township Fire Department/Life Squad, 956 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, OH 45245; or to Locust Corner Community Church, 917 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Google Timeline

A great feature for genealogy research is Google's Timeline.

When searching for a family name on Google, click on the options link and select timeline.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Klepper DNA Project

These details were found at
We do not endorse this, but found the idea interesting.


We have the Klepper DNA Project at World Family Trees up and running. This includes all spellings of Clepper.

We have several pages for our project.
Patriarch Page:
This feature where we have added a simple direct line pedigree on the "Patriarch Page", please take a look from time to time as we add more Project Members Pedigrees.

y-Results Page: We have one participant
We will post the y-dna results to this table.

Order Page: give information on ordering and pricing of tests

mtDNA Page: We have one participant
We will post the mtDNA results to this page, post the matriarch pedigree, and supply information on ordering tests for the mtDNA.

DISC Page: Discussion Page

HELP Page: this page provides information on DNA and how to use DNA

Join Project Page:

Forum Page

Pedigree Page: you can upload your pedigree and the administrator will take it from there and put it into the formate they are using for either the mtDNA pedigree or the y pedigree.

I hope that everyone will look at the Project, let me know what you think. Feel free to join the project.

Thank you,
Patricia Fisher Hamill
Klepper Project Administrator

Brandon Clepper - Honor Roll

Chisholm High School
Principal’s honor roll

FRESHMEN: Jackson Anderson, Ashlyn Carroll, Brandon Clepper, Taylor Goodwin, Jara Lemmon, Madison Matli, Kaila Pickens, Robert Seedorf, Kayla Snowden, Austin Voss.

Congratulations Brandon!

Mark R. Clepper

Pennsylvania's largest brook trout of 2008
Posted by MARCUS SCHNECK, The Patriot-News April 14, 2009 09:00AM

The average Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission-stocked trout of 11 inches and .6 of a pound or so is looking pretty good this year. However, the largest brook trout caught in Pennsylvania waters last year are in a class all their own.

According to the commission, which ranks fish by weight, here are the largest brookies caught in 2008 were as follows:

4 lb. 9 oz., with a length of 21.12 inches, caught by Mark R. Clepper, of Newville, Sept. 1 in The Yellow Breeches, using a butterworm.

The other top fish of 2008 are listed at

Frank Clepper

On 16Apr2009, Peggy Smith of The Wichita Eagle reported in the "People You Should Know" section that "Dean Newton has been promoted to chief marketing and sales officer at Delta Dental of Kansas. Frank Clepper has been promoted to chief operating officer."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Klepper History

By Lucille Clepper Mehrkam

From pages one, two, and three of her book.

The name Klepper first appeared in the "List of Germans from the Palatinate" who arrived at St. Catharin's, 11 June 1709 taken at St. Catherine's and Debtford, June 15, (from original documents in British Museum Library, London, England). Bricklayer - Klepper, Conrad, age 33, wife; sons aged 9 and 12; daughter aged 5 yrs.; Catholic; "The Passengers & Immigration Lists Index", Conrad Klepper 33; England/or America 1709, 9135 p165, with wife and son 9, son 2 and daughter 5; Jacob Clipper on Ship Isaac 1749; Johann Valenthin Klepper, Philadelphia, Pa. 1766, 9041 p709; Ludwick Klepper, Philadelphia, Pa. 1846, 9300 p166, and "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" by Strassburger, Johann Valenthin Klepper is listed in the passengers list on the Ship CHANCE, Charles Smith, Master, from Rotterdam but last from Cowes. 200 souls on ships list. Arrived Philadelphia 23 day of Sept. 1766.
The "New Dictionary of American Family Names" by Elsdon C. Smith list Klepper (Ger) "One who chatters and gossips". In Dutch I'm told it means "One who rings the bell" and in German "Old Horse".
It is my belief that the Klepper's of Tn. came from the Palatine (Rhine Valley) area, as that is where most of the immigrations to America came from at the time. Palatinate was the name of two little countries of the old German Empire. The two Palatinates were one political unit until 1620. One was called the Upper Palatinate. The other was called the Lower, or Rhenish, Palatinate. The name Palatinate once referred to a castle of the German emperor. The Upper Palatinate is now part of Bavaria. The Lower Palatinate is part of Rhineland Palatinate. The former capitals were Regensburg and Speyer.
The earlest records I have found in Germany on Klepper is the birth record of Catharina Klepper born 9 Jul. 1697 daughter of Joannes Klepper & Othelia Reiberin; marriage record of a Heinrick Klepper and Anna Christina Wirsching 16 Nov. 1725 at Mosbach, Dainbach; birth record at Pfalz, Altleiningen, Evangelische for Johann Georg Klepper son of Hanss Georg Klepper and Eleonora, born 3 Apr. 1735.
The 1790 census of PA list Lawrence Klepper, & Wm. Clepper; 1800 PA census list Frederick and Michael Klepper; and 1810 PA census list Lewis G., Geo. H, Henry, Henry, Herman J, Mathias, Nickalos and Jacob Clepper (this Jacob Clepper will is filed in 1815 at Lancaster Co., PA. A Jacob Clepper is listed in the 1790 Rowan Co., Salisbury Dist, NC (now part of TN.
The 1790 Census of TN. have been lost and the earliest records found on Klepper/Clepper are the 1809 Tax records of Hawkins Co., Tn.: George Klepper, Frederick Klepper, and Jacob Klepper. "The Early Tax Records of TN" list Samuel and James Clipper in White Co. 1811; James, Frederick, and Philip in Franklin Co. 1812; John and Jacob Clipper in Washington Co. 1819.
In the 1850 census of TN. Jacob Jr. shows his age as 59 and states he was born in PA. Peter shows his age as 50 and born in TN.
This would place Jacob Sr. in PA in 1791 and TN as early as 1800. Jacob Klepper, Sr. was born 1741 probably Germany and died 1825 Washington Co., Tn. Family legend says he moved to Maryland or Va. back to Pa. and then on into Tn. by late 1790's. 1/mar. Barbara; 2/mar to Rebecca ? born 1743; died 20 Aug. 1830. She is in the 1830 census of Wa. Co., Tn. in the household of Jacob Jr.
On 17th Jan. 1812 the State of TN issued Joseph Klipper a land grant in Hawkins Co. for 100 acres on Caney Creek beginning at Jacob Kleppers corner. Jacob SR issued a deed in Washington Co., TN. to Jacob JR on 1 Sept. 1825 on two parcial land located in Hawkins Co., Tn. for five hundred dollars. Surveyed 18th day of Mch. 1815. Beginning on the waters of Caney Creek tract containing 20 acres joining Joseph Cleppers line. This part of Tn. was a part of N.C. at one time. The early settlers of this area had held the area during the whole of the war against the British and Indians, cleared land and built houses and out buildings. After the war the politicians -- not thinking as usual -- set off a large square section of land that covered nearly all of middle Tn. as land with which to pay the NC soldiers. They then proceeded to divide it up with the result that they were running lines right through the lands settled earlier by a "first settler" -- in some cases, dividing his land between his house and his out buildings and kicking him off with no compensation for any of the improvements he had made.
Someone called this to the attention of the legislature, and they set about to correct it. They allowed those "first settlers" the same land as a soldier -- 640 acres. However, this was still not right for with only a few exceptions, everyone had to give up what he had worked on and take up land elsewhere - some guy who "served" by merely standing and waiting got the settlers years of effort, free. Over half of the grants in this section are to men who had died in the defense of the place. To add insult to injury, the surveyors could not have even divided the land without the help of the first settler. Many of them served as armed guards to protect the survey parties from the Indians and, the settlers, being there with a food supply, fed them.
If Jacob was in PA. in 1791 then he should have been in PA. during the Rev. War of 1775-1783. Strangely, I have not been able to find his name on any Rev. War Service record, and he is not found on the Tn. Land Grant Records. Within this military area there were three kinds of grants given. 1. Those to Officers and Soldiers. 2. Those to first settlers. 3. Those to the surveyors and guards for dividing it up -- as their pay.
Four or five hostile Indian tribes inhabited Tennessee as late as 1800. The Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee, are barriers to travel. They were more so in the early days than now. For that reason it was easier to come into Tn. from the north than from the east. Many of the settlers, therefore, came into TN. from VA. It was in fact thought by some that it was part of that state. Many German families settled in several of the counties west of Chattanooga, where some of our descendants still live.
I would like to share with you some of the facts, which I have collected about the Klepper families, the first who came to Tennessee from PA as early settlers and then moving on into IL, IN., AL., MO., AR, NE, CA, OK, FL and Texas. I have gathered information far beyond my expectations. No doubt more could be learned, but time demands that the project be closed down.
Let us bring to life these pioneers who are gone, but not forgotten. This large family has contributed its share to history, not only that of the small town in Tennessee from whence they came, but also that of Texas where they settled.
These brave people came in very small ships from Germany and were able to bring few possessions with them. The journey was long and perilous, but it meant political and economic security and freedom in the end. They were willing to set sail for an unknown country, far from their families, to obtain these cherished principles. They faced a strange, rough life, but they were people of sturdy build and character, with energy and determination, and because of this they could and would succeed. Most of the men were well educated and had a trade. They were eager to learn about agriculture and to obtain land to farm and to call their own.
A log cabin, built with their own hands, was the usual first home in Texas. They plowed their land, raised cattle, hogs, and chickens. Their furniture was hand made--they sat on wooden stools without backs and slept in beds which had ropes used for springs. They shared with friends their time, efforts, knowledge, and respect, so that everyone could grow in stature. Let us reflect on the fierce loyalty these people felt toward each other, and the love they shared for Texas.


"History and Genealogy of the family of the Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family."
Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 86-62751
Publisher - The Gregath Company of Cullman, AL

Johann Valenthin Klepper

There is a Johann Valenthin Klepper listed as a passanger in October 1766 on the ship Chance which arrived in Philadelphia on Sept 23, 1766, but there is NO PROOF of a family connection.
This may be Johann Valentine Klepper.

Some list Johann as the father or brother of Jacob Klepper Sr. (1741-1825), but they offer no proof when questioned.


Not sure if this is the same Johann Klepper. NO PROOF of a family connection.

Beer Stein - Manufacturer Offenbach 1739-1807
Operated by Philipp Friedrich Lay 1739-1762 and then by his son until 1765. 1765-1775 Chr. Puchel was the charter holder. 1775-1779 Johann Klepper.
Some marks: "3" in green

Friday, May 1, 2009

Old Pictures

I have had some success looking at the picture collections of my cousins. While my picture of a person does not show their name, a cousin may have another picture of that person that is labeled. This recently helped me identify several pictures of my grandmother’s grandfather.

More fun…

Follow the Clues — Dating Your Photographs

General Genealogy Tips

Monday, April 27, 2009

Donica Clepper - FFA

Seven FFA teams headed for state meets
By Pete Kendall/

Cleburne High senior Craig Hughes knows his plants All 75 of them — or, depending on how you look at it, 300.

“You have to learn to identify them all in different stages of development,” said vocational ag teacher Barney McClure. “It’s pretty challenging.”

Hughes was equal to the task.

He earned a perfect score to win top individual in the FFA Area 8 range contest.

The team of Hughes, Shelby Galvin, Donica Clepper and Deanna Moser finished first overall.

Individually, Moser was fourth, Clepper sixth and Galvin eighth.

They will represent CHS in the state contest at Tarleton State University in Stephenville Thursday

In all, CHS FFA is sending seven teams to state: range; entomology; nursery-landscape, which was reserve champion; wildlife, which placed third; dairy foods, which placed third; dairy cattle, which placed fourth; and land judging, which came in fifth.

CHS also competed at area in horse, livestock and farm business management.

The rest of the story is at

The full group picture is at


Range team comes in seventh
Published: April 27, 2009 07:05 am
By Pete Kendall/

Two misidentified plants equalled 60 missed points for the Cleburne range team at the state FFA competition in Stephenville Thursday.

That cost Donica Clepper, Shelby Galvin, Craig Hughes and Deanna Moser a possible first place and a trip to nationals, but the team still managed an impressive seventh place overall with 1,032 points.

Only 43 points separated first place Hamilton, with 1,075 points, and Cleburne.

Brownwood was second with 1,074 points followed by Jacksboro with 1,057, Harper with 1,054, Anson with 1,042 and Haskell with 1,038.

Clepper was 11th individually with 361 points, and Hughes 18th with 345. Moser had 326 points and Galvin 294.

The Yellow Jacket quartet was stumped by two grasses that are non-native to North Central Texas, curly mesquite and sand lovegrass.

All were unable to identify the two plants.

The rest of the story is at

Heather Clepper

Young shutterbugs inspired by trip

By Felicia Frazar
The Gazette-Enterprise

Published April 8, 2009

SEGUIN — While some high school and college students spend their Spring Break glued to a television set, a few students from Seguin High School ventured out and broadened their horizons over their holiday.

The school’s Photography Club made a trip to West Texas to practice their photography skills. Travis McCulley, the club’s lead sponsor, started the club in the fall of 2005 with the intention of creating a safe and fun environment for students — and an alternative for Spring Break.

“It gives kids something to do during Spring Break other than sitting at home and playing video games,” he said. “I think they have a good time and I enjoy it.”

The organization offers a trip during the Spring Break holiday to spots that are not only breath–takingly beautiful but educational as well.

This year’s voyage took the 10 young photographers and three adult supervisors out to a West Texas national park for a six–day, five–night trip that was cut short, McCulley said.

“We spent two nights on the ground in Cottonwood in Big Bend National Park,” he said. “The second two nights we moved into cabins at the Crow’s Nest Ranch up in the Davis Mountains. We had planned on staying an additional night, but the weather turned bad and we came home.”

Even though the trip was not as long as planned, senior Heather Clepper, said that it is an experience she can take a lot away from.

“Getting it on film is nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes,” she said. “It was indescribable and really fun. It was amazingly fun getting to hang out with all these people — all of your friends and forming new bonds.”

Their journey to Big Bend included trips to Santa Elena Canyon and Hot Springs, both of which are located within the park, and Crow’s Nest, which is not.

The rest of the story is at

For more information or pictures on the photography club

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Plano, Texas

The young Republic of Texas wanted to increase the percentage of its non-Spanish population and extended the old impresario land grants in 1841 as a way to encourage European and American settlers.  Joseph and Nancy Klepper immigrated to Texas (by 1844?) as did members of their extended family.  Joseph, his son Samuel, and brother Daniel Klepper took up their head-rights in 1847 in the Peters Colony, the North Texas impresario land grant ran by the Texas Land and Emigration Company.  The Klepper family settled in an area of the Peter's Colony now known as Plano, Collin County, Texas.  "Plano developed on the head-rights of Joseph Clepper and colonist Sanford Beck when Kentucky farmer William Forman, after an 1840s scouting trip, moved to Texas with his family."  As a married man, Joseph received a class 3 land grant, Fannin Third Class certificate number 1109, for 640 acres (abstract #213) between 01 Jan 1837 and 01 Jan 1840 and built a cabin in 1845 on a site that is about what is now Avenue J and 17th streets.  Later, the city of Plano was centered at a point 25 or 30 feet west from a point on the east boundary line of the Joseph Clepper survey (next to the Sanford Beck survey).  Plano was mostly a farming community that did not see a real population growth until the 1960s even though the railroad came to the town in 1872.

    Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans by T.R. Fehrenbach, states on page 284 that the "Peters, operating as the Texas Emigration and Land Company, introduced two thousand families, mostly from Kentucky, but he was soon involved in insurmountable difficulties brought on by public hostility.  In 1845 the attorney general filed suit to cancel his contract."  The Texas Emigration and Land Company received many complaints from their settlers because the company reserved every other section of land for them selves which left space for squatters and other undesirables to live between the settlers.  Some settlers in 1845 of the McKinney and Dallas areas claimed that they were promised comfortable housing and did not like the small one-room cabins.  The situation became so tense that the company representative, Henry O. Hedgecoxe, narrowly escaped being taken by one to two hundred armed men on more than one occasion.
    The Republic of Texas joined the United States of America in the Summer of 1845 and the Klepper's were once again U. S. citizens.  They were soon joined by many more settlers when the Peter's Colony land grants expired in 1848.  Lost deeds were replaced by the Texas legislature on 04 Feb 1853 so the Kleppers missing their paperwork would have had it shortly after that point.
    There was a David Klepper listed as being a 32 years old Private in Fitzhugh's Company (Captain William Fitzhugh) during the Civil war.  This was part of the group that was mustered into federal service on 02 Feb 1848 and then out of service on 01 Feb 1849.
    Page 528 of the 1850 Collin County list Jacob Clipper's (Klepper) family as #275.  Shown on the census are Jacob as a 45 year old farmer from Tennessee, his wife Nancy as 42 from Tennessee, their son Samuel S. as 21 from Tennessee, Isaac as 13 from Illinois, a ten year old "W. Clipper" (James W.) from Illinois, W.D. (William) as 7 from Illinois, and a two year Amanda from Texas.  It also list Dr. Henry Dye of Virginia as a 20 year old physician (came to Plano in 1848).   William died in 1851 and his body was buried at the Routh Cemetery (32°59'36"N at 96°42'13"W) south of the Klepper land grant.
    The 1850 home of Daniel Klepper was located where the downtown business area of Plano soon developed
    There are many Klepper family members and friends that have been Masons.  Dr. Henry Dye and Nancy Klepper's brother Captain William Beverly are listed as distinguished members of Plano Lodge 235 (chartered 17 Jun 1859 Collin County, Texas).  In May 1883, family members John Bench Klepper, Joe W. Beverly, and J. T. Kendrick were helping with their new building.
    The family Joseph Klepper is listed on page 112 (precinct #11) of the 1860 Collin County Census.  Samuel and Isaac have moved out by 1860 and James is still living at home but with his wife Fanney (21 of Kentucky) and their one year old daughter Emma J. Klepper of Texas.  Dr. Dye has also moved out to raise his own family and practice medicine in the Plano area.  twenty-four wagoner J. K. Rouch of Kentucky is now living with the family.  He may have some connection to Joseph's uncle Andrew Jackson Klepper since Andrew owned a black smith shop on the east side of South Main Street (1870) and a wagon yard on the south side of Mechanic Street (east of Main Street, 1890) in Plano.
    The 1860 census also list Joseph's brother Daniel's family on page 112R (precinct 11).  Daniel B. Klepper is listed as a 35 year old farmer from Tennessee.   His wife Elizabeth is listed as 23 from Illinois and their sons, William A. age three and John W. age one are both from Texas
    The 1870 building committee for the Plano Presbyterian Church was Dr. Henry Dye, J. C. Skills, Joseph K. Klepper, and T. G. Kennedy.
    After Joseph Klepper's death in 1884, The McKinney Weekly Enquirer of 12 Jun 1886 listed his wife Nancy Klepper as delinquent on $10.23 in taxes on one acre.  It also listed J. L. Klepper (D. Klepper) as delinquent on $10.23 in taxes on five acres.  William Beverly is also listed as delinquent on $1.09 in taxes on 14 acres.

    There were a few disasters that must have had some impact on the Klepper family.  Plano suffered from a tornado in 1880 and lost almost the entire business area in 1881 due to fire and then another fire in Oct 1895.  There were also problems with Comanche Indians such as the 1843 massacre of Jeremiah Muncey and his family at their home on the south bank of the Rowlette Creek.
    The Weekly Democrat Gazette reported on 29 Jul 1926 reported that the former pupils of the old Spring Creek school held a reunion on 27 July.  In attendance at the Plano City auditorium were several family members including: Mrs. Emma Klepper Stults of Irving, Joe W. Beverly of McKinney, T. M. Beverly of Dallas, W. A. Klepper of Denton, and Mrs. Ann Beverly Hughston of Plano.  The papers of George Pearis Brown list students of the Spring Creek school in Collin County, including Will, John, George, Joe, Ben, and Emma Klepper but does not list the years that they attended.  "Some of these students had not met each other in fourty to fifty years." 

Will, John, George, Joe Ben, and Emma Klepper were students of the Spring Creek School.
Ms Ruby Kendrick, daughter of John T. Kendrick and Kate Barnett Kendrick, died in Korea as a Missionary.

• Lucille Mehrkam, History and Genealogy of the Family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family (The Gregath Company, 1996), Library of Congress under card number 86-62751
• The Plano Historical Committee, Plano Texas, The Early Years, Jan1986, ISBN 0-9651841-0-2 (page 230, 1855 Plano map on page 243)
• Collin County in Pioneer Times - Selections from the George Pearis Brown Papers, published by The Collin County Historical Society
• The Handbook of Texas On-Line,
• 1851 Annual Message of Governor Peter H. Bell
• Adelle Rogers Clark, Lebanon on the Preston, Texana 976.4556 CLA (Plano Library)
• Mason Historian David Moore’s “A History of Plano Lodges” published 15 April 1995.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Julian Clepper - Fishing stated that Julian Clepper was the 2007 Angler of the Year. also stated that "Another father & son team of Julian Clepper III & Julian Clepper II brought in 5 bass for a great weight of 18.91 lbs. They took home the first place out of the money prize of 2 packs of ZZ Lures for 5th place."

It is most likely Julian Marcus Clepper listed on page 178 of "History and Genealogy of the Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family" by Lucille Clepper Mehrkam

Friday, February 27, 2009

Henry Thornton Mostyn 1808-1854

This is from page 204 of the "Daughters of Republic of Texas" By Dorothy Burns Peterson, Turner Publishing Company, Daughters of Republic of Texas.

Patriot Ancestor Album


Henry Thornton Mostyn was born Dec. 26, 1808 in Sligo, Ireland and died April 30, 1854 in Montgomery County, TX. He married ca. 1836, probably in New York to Alice Barrington, born Dec. 24, 1812, Queens County, Ireland, and died Oct. 2, 1886 Montgomery County, TX. She is believed to have been the daughter of Charles (Banks) Barrington, listed in the 1820 and 1830 Censuses of Cayuga County, NY.
Henry received a Second Class Certificate No. 275 from the Republic of Texas, County of Harrisburg stating that he arrived in the Republic on Oct. 1, 1837 as a married man. He applied for a second class grant on 1,280 acres “on water of the Perdiado about 13 miles from Goliad.” When this survey was sent to Austin to be recorded, it was found that someone else had already filed on the property. The Republic of Texas issued a new certificate No. 526 and Henry sold this for $100 to Jacob DeCordeva. DeCordeva used this certificate to purchase two 640 acre tracts at Uvalde, Bexar County on June 7, 1843 by deed of Acquired.
They moved to Montgomery County, TX, ca 1849, as he paid taxes on two horses, 16 cattle and one wagon for the years 1850-53. After Henry’s death, Alice continued to work the farm and care for her six children: Henry, Isabella Whitaker-Goodson, Martha, Margaret Jane Alford, Thorton Emmitt and Fanny. She also reared her sister Martha Sutherland’s child, George Washington Sutherland.
In 1856 she received 246 acres on the North side of Mill Creek from Justin Castina, “in consideration of the services and expenses and troubles involved by Henry T. Mostyn, decd in locating for me 1/3 league of land for the consideration of $5.00 in cash, track of land on North side of Mill Creek about 12 miles South of Town of Montgomery at South corner of Survey of James R. Richards 1/3 league.”
Both Henry and Alice are buried in the Rillis Prairie Cemetery, Mostyn, TX.

Lucille Clepper Mehrkam (GGGD), 13911

The Clepper Book

Published in 1986, the "History and Genealogy of the Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family" by Lucille Clepper Mehrkam is no longer in print or available.  It is 393 pages of the most detailed information on the Klepper family and has detailed information on the Clepper family of Texas.

The Library of Congress in Washington DC and a few libraries in Texas that have a copies for review.  LOC # 86-62751

History and Genealogy
of the family of
Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family.
Malcolm McAlpine Family

including allied branches of the
Gilliam, Birdwell, Duncan, Woods, Estill,
Forehand, Stifflemire, Cloyd and Doddridge Families.

Mrs. Lucille (Clepper) Mehrkam

Edited by
Ernestine (Lloyd) Jackson, Jacqueline Jackson, and Alixe (McAlpine) Taylor.

Published by
The Gregath Company
P.O. Box 1045
Cullman, AL. 35056

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oscar Alfred Klepper 1920-2003

Oscar Alfred Klepper

Oscar Alfred Klepper, 83, passed away October 6, 2003 at the Ferry Memorial Hospital in Republic, WA. He was born in Muskatine, IA on May 12, 1920.

Came to Everett at the age of two, attended Everett Schools and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1940. He attended and enjoyed all of his class reunions. He was in the National Guard, Company L, 161st Infantry, honorably discharged October 10, 1941. When World War II began, he joined the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged in 1945. Upon his return to Everett, he worked for Everett Pulp and Paper 27 years. Upon their closure, he then worked nine years for the Everett General Hospital, retiring in 1986. In 2001 he and his wife Delores, moved to Republic, WA.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Delores; his son, Jim (Judy) Klepper of Republic; daughter Ester (John) Harman of Alaska; grandsons, Brandon (Christina) Klepper of Granite Falls, Ed Klepper of Lake Stevens; granddaughter, Shannon Klepper of Republic; two great grandsons, Johnathon and Dylan; brothers, Erwin Klepper and wife of Everett and Carl Balke and wife of Shoreline; and two nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Klepper.

At his request, no services will be held.

Oct 10, 2003
Everett Herald

Friday, February 20, 2009

Susan Ann Armstrong

Does anyone have additional details on the first wife of James Wesley Forehand?

I found this at


From: Kathleen Fort
Subject: Re: John Henry Forehand
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 20:30:12 -0500

Lucille Clepper Mehrkam wrote:
>I am the ggd of James Wesley Forehand b. March 9, 1825 TN; s/o John
>Forehand & Polly Marlin. John's Will is found in Williamson Co., TN
>1838. Children listed as William, James, Nancy, Evaline & Jane.

>James is listed in the 1850 Di. Co., TN. census living in the household
>of Wm. A. & Mary J. Jones. He married 14 May 1851 in Di. Co., Tx. to
>Susan Ann Armstrong; daughter of Thomas F. Armstrong. He was in Texas
>by March 1856 as he joined the Texas Rangers at Travis Co., Tx.
>(helping Rip Ford run the indians out of Texas into OK).

>My grandmother said he returned to TN and stole his small daughter,
>Amanda Ann. He is listed in the 1860 Texas census with a small

>He married my GGM, Louis Virginia (Stifflemire) Farris on
>February 5, 1965 Grimes Co., Tx.

>His daughter by his first wife (Amanda Ann) married William Harris.
>She died July 19, 1925 in Ray, AZ..
>Her GGD, Lucy Ansley visited the Salt Lake Library and found her GGM,
>Amanda Ann Harris and Thomas F. Armstrong on the Dawes Rolls and the
>Guion Miller Rolls as being descendants of the Cherokee chiefs,
>Sixkiller and Mankiller. She ran out of time and was unable to continue
>any further. Do you have any information on the following:

>Cherokee by Blood
>Thomas F. Armstrong (b. Pa)
>Dawes Rolls, 7035; Guion Miller Roll #840434

>Amanda Ann (Forehand) Harris - Dawes Rolls # 66
>Jonas Riley Harris - Dawes Rolls, 620

>Choctaws by Blood
>Alfred Harris - #2135
>Henry Harris - #2904
>William Harris - #6584 (Wm. F. ?)
>Lilly Harris - #8843 (Mary L. ?)
>Edward Harris - 1240
>John Henry Forehand - Guion Miller Rolls # 35265
>From the information you sent; he married Angeline Elizabeth
>Worrell Nov. 18, 1876 and her mother (Rachel Strickland Worrell) was of
>Cherokee blood.

Lucille --
The above information was taken from two books widely used in Native
American ancestory research -- Cherokee by Blood and Choctaws by Blood.
The number next to the names are reference numbers -- it is possible to
look at the applications for inclusion on the rolls -- these
applications have a great deal of family information as these people
attempted to prove they were Native American in order to get land
settlements. This kind of information would be very valuable to anyone
researching those Forehands -- even if their applications were rejected.
In the case of John Henry Forehand, he could have been included on the
Guion Miller Roll because of his marriage to his wife who had Native
American ancestory or because he had Native American ancestory.

I am going to visit my local LDS Family History Center this week -- I
will check to see if they have this information available at this


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Muscatine County Iowa 1879

Family connection unknown


E. KLEPPER, dealer in books and stationery, with wall-paper, window-shades, brackets and furniture on the upper floor, Cedar street; residence, Sixth street, Wilton; son of Christian Klepper, a native of Pennsylvania; came to Muscatine Co. in 1857; his son, E. Klepper, was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., in 1844; had a good common-school education; at the age of 18, engaged as clerk with S. A. Foulke, at Muscatine, and remained for two years there; enlisted in the 35th I. V. I., Co. B, Capt. Steward; participated at Tupelo, Miss., Tallahatchie River, Nashville, Tenn., Mobile, Ala., and others; July, 1865, was transferred to the 12th I. V. I.; mustered out, January, 1866; clerked for his former employer for two years. In September, 1868 he married Erie, daughter of Lewis Burdett, who was one of the first settlers of this county, she was born in Muscatine Co., in 1848. After his marriage, he purchased a farm in Sweetland Tp., where he remained until 1874, and August of that year, engaged as clerk at the grange co-operative store at Wilton; after eighteen months was made manager of the same for two years, and January, 1878, purchased his present business. They have two children--Alfred B., born April 2, 1871, and Bennie C., born May 24, 1874. Members of M. E. Church. Republican. Member of the A. O. U. W., Security Lodge, No. 100, in which he is Overseer; is also Alderman.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Frank B Klepper 1864-1933

These details are from Lucille Clepper Mehrkam's, "History and Genealogy of the Family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" (The Gregath Company, 1996), Library of Congress under card number 86-62751


FRANKLIN B. KLEPPER (Thomas G., Wm. Sr., Jacob Sr.), was born 22 Jun. 1864 St. John, Putnam Co., Mo.; son of Thomas Gillenwater and Mary Emily (Hoyt) Klepper; died 1933.

A Representative from Missouri he moved with his parents to Mirabile, Caldwell Co., Mo. where he attended school for ten years. Moved to Clinton Co., Mo. and engaged in Agricultural pursuits; attended Baker University, Baldwin City, KS.; engaged in teaching for two years; was graduated from the law department of the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1898; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Polo, Caldwell Co., Mo.; prosecuting attorney of Caldwell Co. 1900-1905; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress (Mch 4, 1905 - Mch 3, 1907); moved to Cameron, Clinton Co., Mo. in 1907.

Married 30 Nov. 1893 to Lela Madden; born 3 Mch. 1874.

i. Donald Klepper b. 22 Jul. 1895.
ii. Francis Klepper born 18 Sept. 1898
* iii. George Madden Klepper, Sr. b. 11 Sept. 1902 Kingston, Mo.; died 18 Feb. 1983, Memphis, Tn.
iv. James Klepper b. 29 Sept. 1907

*George Madden Klepper, Sr., Lawyer, Sterick Bldg., Memphis, TN. (made the Klepper Chart (1933).
The New Age Dec 1983 Vol. XCI#12;
Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1927
US Government Printing Office 1928.920.US85SJ


Additional details are at:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Political Ancestors

Please let us know if you have any details on Klepper and Clepper family members that have been politically active.

Klepper, Frank B. (1864-1933) — of Kingston, Caldwell County, Mo. Born in St. John, Putnam County, Mo., June 22, 1864. Republican. U.S. Representative from Missouri 3rd District, 1905-07. Died August 4, 1933. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Cameron, Mo.

Klepper, George M. — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948. Still living as of 1948.

Klepper, Milton — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1932. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Stacy Allen Clepper

Funeral services for Stacy Allen Clepper, 46 of Timpson, were held Saturday, December 26, 2008 at 2 p.m. in Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson with Brother Leroy Bowley officiating. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 29, 2008 in Field Store Cemetery in Waller, TX under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home.

Family connection unknown

NO PROOF, but this may this be the child of Delbert Gene Clepper from page 248 of "History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" - 1986 / LOC 86-62751

Faye Montreal Clepper

Faye Montreal Clepper, age 89 of Waller, passed away on March 20, 2002. Mrs. Clepper is preceded in death by her first husband, Melvin Cline; second husband, Duncan Clepper; daughters, Mary Edwards and Marjorie Wilson; and son, Ray Cline; and is survived by her son, Lee Cline and wife Sandra; son-in-law, Johnnie Wilson; sister, Helen Cashon; and numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2002 from 5 – 8pm at Canon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Friday, March 22, 2002 at 11:00am at Canon Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Leonard Mattox and Grady Cashon officiating. Interment will follow at Fieldstore Cemetery.

Family connection unknown

John Imhof

John Imhof, age 82 of Waller, passed away on June 24, 2001. Mr. Imhof was a farmer and rancher. He was preceded in death by his sister, Alma Luker, and is survived by his daughters, Linda Robbins and husband Raymond of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Sandra Reinhardt and husband John of Arlington, Texas; his son, John C. Imhof, Jr. and wife Donna of Venus, Texas; sisters, Lena Clepper of Houston, Sophie Hargrave of Waller, and Ida Mae Johnson of Waller; brother, Ted Imhof and wife Jo Ann of Uncertain, Texas; 4 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 26, 2001 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at Canon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 2:00pm at Canon Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Raymond Robbins officiating. Interment will follow at Waller Cemetery.
Family connection unknown

Florence Rogers 1929-2001

Florence Lorene Clepper Rogers, age 72 of Shepherd, passed away on May 26, 2001. Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Rogers, and is survived by her son, Arthur "Sonny" Rogers and wife Suzanne; daughter, Shirley Bazata; brother, John Henry Clepper; grandchildren, James Allen Rogers, Christopher Sean Rogers, Amanda Elizabeth Rogers, Sunny Dawn Rogers, Angela Kostroun, Lindsey Smith, Jennifer Bazata; and great grandchildren, BrookeLyne Taylor Rogers, Dylan Joshua Kostroun. The family extends special thanks to Linda for her special care.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 2nd from 12:00 – 1:00pm at Canon Funeral Home Chapel. A Graveside Funeral Service will follow at 2:00pm at Fairview Cemetery in White Hall, Texas.

Florence is on page 246 of "History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" - 1986 / LOC 86-62751

Velma Violet Clepper

Velma Violet Clepper, age 88 of Livingston, passed away on April 1, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris G. Clepper, and is survived by daughters, Bonnie Mustin and husband John, and Bobbie Bodiford and husband Paul; sons, Gene and Ray Clepper; grandchildren, Gay Mustin, Eric Mustin, Merrilee Payne, Greg Mustin, Stacey Clepper, Eddie Clepper, Kevin Campbell, Kim Ewing, Pam Clepper, Laurie Clepper, Wayne Clepper, and Nancy Boots; and a number of great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 3 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Canon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at 11:00am at Canon Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fieldstore Cemetery.

Family Connection Unknown

Ruby McGee Mitchell 1912-2008

Mitchell, Ruby McGee
Age: 95
Passed Away: 2008-01-24
Funeral Home: Nobles Funeral Chapel - Navasota

Mitchell, Ruby McGee November 28, 1912 – January 24, 2008 Ruby McGee Mitchell, 95, of Conroe passed away Thursday, January 24, 2008 in Conroe. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at Nobles Funeral Chapel. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday, January 28, at the funeral home with Rev. Clyde Larrabee of First Baptist Church of Navasota officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview White Hall Cemetery.
Ruby was born on November 28, 1912, in [Retreat] Grimes County to Susie Annar (Clepper) and William Henry McGee. She is best remembered for her remarkable skills as a seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Mitchell; sisters, Anna Dedmon, Mae Clifton and Elizabeth Smith; brothers, Wesley, Aubrey, Charlie and Searcy McGee; and grandsons, Gary Allen Wilson and Chuck Adams.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Charles Wilson of Conroe and Elaine and Cecil Rose of Onalaska, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Susie Mitchell of Alvin, Texas; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Pallbearers will be Edmund McGee of White Hall, Texas, Gerald Meineke of Yarborough, Texas, Skip Nobles of Navasota, Ross Lamberth of Houston, Eddie Bay of Austin and Robert Egly of The Woodlands, Texas.
The family invites you to leave a fond memory or kind words at


Ruby and Grover were married in Houston, Texas on 24 Dec 1931. Grover was born 12 Mar 1907 at Retreat, Grimes County, Texas and died 30 Jun 1984; buried Fairview Cemetery in White Hall, Grimes County, Texas. Grover was the son of Wiley Mitchell and Maggie (Sledge) Mitchell.
Ruby and Grover's three children were all born in Texas.

Ruby Doris McGee Mitchell is listed on page 244 of "History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" - 1986 / LOC 86-62751

Ralph Dooley 1929-2008

Ralph Dooley was born March 13, 1929, in Phoenix, Ariz., to P. F. Dooley and Effie McKinney Dooley. He passed from this life on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Tulsa, having reached the age of 79 years, 1 month and 23 days. He attended Belford School, and was a member of the Masonic Greyhorse Lodge 124. He married Vera Lee Christy on Sept. 9, 1951, in Ponca City, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 13, 1977. They moved to the Big Bend area in Osage County in 1954 from Ralston, and he was a rancher and farmer.

Ralph is survived by three sons, Terry Dooley and his wife, Sue, Fairfax, Larry Dooley and his wife, Paula, Ralston and David Dooley and his wife, Nancy, White Oak; six grandchildren, Lacie Clepper, Magnolia, Texas, Amanda Dooley, Fairfax, Melissa Dooley Burbank, Taylor Dooley, Covington, La., Lara Dooley, Ralston and Dana Bennett, Ralston; six great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Ann Brien, Pawnee, Billie Gray, Ralston and Maggie Etheredge, Skiatook; plus a number of other relatives and many friends.

Besides his wife, Vera Lee, he was preceded in death by his parents, P. F. and Effie Dooley; three brothers, his twin brother, Alph Dooley, Jim Dooley and Brice Dooley; and six sisters, Hazel Kay, Helen Langley, Lynn Robinson, two infant sisters and Junie Dooley.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Ralston gym, Ralston, with the Rev. George Weston officiating. Pallbearers will be Don Crabtree, Rock Reese, Berry Keeler, Sam Buford, Bill Bledsoe and Rick Rice. Honorary pallbearers will be H. Bud Miller, Gaylord Hock, Ted Plummer, Leonard Friese, Dale Higgins, Ronnie Rice and Jim Binkley. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Virgie Mary Clepper 1918-2007

Oct. 1, 1918 ~ January 5, 2007

Funeral services are for Virgie Mary Clepper, 88, of Brazoria will be held at 2:00pm Monday, January 8, 2007 at Palms Funeral in Angleton with Al Olexy officiating.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 7, 2007 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Palms Funeral Home.
Virgie was born Oct. 1, 1918 in Fairplay, Arkansas to Sanford and Maude Warford Traynham and passed away Friday, January 5, 2007 in Brazoria.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bethel Robert Clepper and was survived by her sons; Clinton Clepper and wife Sonja of Brazoria, Ira Lee Clepper and wife Janie of Seguin and Raymond Clepper of Killeen and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Care Team, Lake Jackson.


Robert and Virgie are listed on page 177 of Lucille Clepper Mehrkam's book, "History and Genealogy of the Family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" (The Gregath Company, 1996), Library of Congress under card number 86-62751

Annie Ruth Clepper

NOCONA — Annie Ruth Clepper, 80, of Nocona died Thursday, May 29, 2008, in Nocona.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, Texas, with Rev. Jack McBride officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery under the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona.

Mrs. Clepper was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughter, Linda Morrow of Duncan, Okla.; sons, Larry Whitfield of Nocona, Dwain Whitfield and Billy Whitfield, both of Valley View, Texas; brothers, Horace Taylor of Rio Vista, Texas, and Lester Taylor of Waxahachie, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Family connection unknown

Randel Roy Clepper

OLNEY — Randel Roy Clepper, 57, of Plano, Texas, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, in Olney.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Lunn Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Graham, pastor of the Southside Baptist Church and Tom Young of Plano, Texas, officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.

Mr. Clepper was a U.S. Navy veteran and a garment industry master cutter.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Frances Harvey of Stamford, Texas; and four sisters, Linda Kay Letz, Debbie Elaine Hopper, Jackie Lynn Faircloth and Stacy Cristrow, all of Abilene.

Memorials may be made to the American Hospice, 115 South Main, Suite 219, Jacksboro 76458.
Family connection unknown

Larry Ross Clepper 1942-2006

A graveside service for Larry Ross Clepper, 64, of Searcy, Ark., formerly of Burlington, will be 2 p.m. Monday in New Hope Cemetery. Wylie Jones, pastor, will officiate. Arrange-ments are by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle, Ark. Local arrangements are by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday.

He was born Jan. 16, 1942, in Cherokee to Forest Ray and Rosallee Phoebe Beadman Clepper and died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, in White County (Ark.) Medical Center South.

He was a member of Driftwood Christian Church in Driftwood where he served as deacon. He was a farmer and operated a barber shop in Byron. He retired from Burlington Co-op after 25 years.

Surviving are his wife Marie Jones Clepper of Searcy; his mother, Rosallee Beadman Clepper of Fairfax; two sons, Alan Clepper of Enid and David Weaver of Alva; two daughters, Amanda Barrett of Lahoma and Regina Evans of Searcy; one brother, Tommy Clepper of Denison, Texas; one sister, Dodie Sterling of Fairfax; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and first wife Sonya Booher of Burlington.

He was preceded in death by one sister.
Family connection unknown

Opal Clepper Boyer 1914-2007

Opal Boyer

Opal Adell Boyer, 93, of Baytown, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in a local hospital. She was born to James and Nancy Clepper on October 8, 1914 in Waller County. She was one of twelve children and the last surviving member of her family. Opal was a member of Second Baptist Church. She loved going to Sunday School and church. She enjoyed being with her church family and her own family and many friends. Her family and friends were her life. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Boyer; parents, James and Nancy Clepper; sisters, Fannie Wendt, Mary Riley, Edna Stokley, Georgie Reynolds, Susie Martin, Annie Bell Dreyer, and Rachel McCoy; brothers, Pat Clepper, Duncan Clepper, Jimmy Clepper, and Thomas William Clepper.

Mrs. Boyer is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lochridge of Baytown and son, Gary Boyer of Baytown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kevin Lochridge and wife Marsha of Highlands, Mark Lochridge and wife Susan of Beach City, Kristi Medows and husband David of Mont Belvieu, and Shane Boyer and wife Shea of Baytown; great grandchildren, Chad Vogler, Corey Lochridge, Cara Lochridge, Jonathan Lochridge, Randall Lochridge, Taylor Medows, Davia Medows, Cullen Boyer and Grant Boyer.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 15, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown. Funeral services will be at Navarre Funeral Home on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Tommy Clements officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will by Mark Lochridge, Kevin Lochridge, Corey Lochridge, Shane Boyer, Gene Flower and Joe Dreyer.

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute to the family go to

Arrangements are under the directions of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook, Baytown, TX 77521, (281) 422-8111.


Opal Clepper Boyer is listed on pages 230, 231, and 240 of Lucille Clepper Mehrkam's book, "History and Genealogy of the Family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" (The Gregath Company, 1996), Library of Congress under card number 86-62751

Mildred Walker Clepper 1918-2007

Clepper, Mildred Walker (Kimball)

Mildred Walker Clepper, 88, died Thursday, April 12, 2007, in a local nursing home.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and Holly Avenue United Methodist Church. Mildred was employed by the South Pittsburg Hospital for many years. She and her husband owned and operated Clepper’s Courtesy Court in South Pittsburg, Tn., in the 1950s and 1960s. She also managed Mountain View Apartments for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Lovelace Clepper, and sister, Dorris Walker Hanson.

She is survived by her three sons, James Ayers (Judy) Clepper, Gerald Michael “Jerry” (Barbara) Clepper and Ray K. “Butch” (Pauline) Clepper, all of South Pittsburg; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101, or to Family House, 242 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. CDT Saturday in the chapel of Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg with the Rev. Charlie Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Tn.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.rogersfuneral

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. CDT Friday at Rogers Funeral Home in South Pittsburg.

Hubert and Mildred are listed on page 147 of Lucille Clepper Mehrkam's book, "History and Genealogy of the Family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family" (The Gregath Company, 1996), Library of Congress under card number 86-62751

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Isaac Klepper - Obituary Notice

The Weekly Enquirer, McKinney, Collin County, Texas, December 9, 1882 Vol. 16 No. 43

Abstracted by Jan Bennett MacFarland ....



Tribute of Respect. At a stated meeting of Plano Lodge, No. 235, A. F. And A.M. held in the Lodge Room at Plano.....the following preamble and resolutions were adopted. Whereas, it has pleased the All Wise Ruler of the Universe to remove by death from our midst October, 1882, our worthy and esteemed brother I. K. KLEPPER.....Members will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days. [Signed] Joe W. BEVERLY, F. J. VANCE, J. Y. LOVELACE, Committee.

Death of an Old Citizen. George W. BARNETT, a citizen of this county for some thirty years, died at his home near Plano, on the night of the 7th instant. He went to bed in his usual health, but about 11 o’clock he made complaint. Physicians were summoned but before their arrival, he was dead. It is supposed he died from affection [sic] of the heart. He was about 62 years of age, and a most excellent citizen. He leaves a wife and eight children. He will be buried at the Masonic burial ground near Plano, on Saturday at 12 o’clock.


* Page 7 of the "History and Genealogy of the Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family" by Lucille Clepper Mehrkam. LOC # 86-62751

Macedonia Cemetery Association

We are planning a cemetery workday. Come and work on your family plots or other projects that might need to be done.
The workday is planned for Saturday, October 18, 2008 starting at 8:30 AM.
Pack a cooler with lunch and cold drinks.
We are trying to get an actual layout of the family plots and we need your input.
Things the Association would like to do on the work day:
1)      Pick up limbs from the hurricane
2)      Trim and cut down yaupons in certain part of the cemetery
3)      Rake leaves
4)      Trim trees
                   Treasure Report July 1, 2008
Beginning Balance June 2008               532.97
BQ Proceeds                                          1,011.00
Donations                                             2,437.00
BBQ Expenses                                        -257.40
Expected Maintenance                     -3,825.00
The board would like to thank anyone who has donated to the cemetery this year. If you haven’t donated and would like to, our mailing address is:
Macedonia Cemetery Association
PO Box 22
Hockley, TX  77447
Please share this information with friends and relatives.
Sincerely Yours,
Stephen Chapman

John Klepper of Shelby County, TN

One of the many German citizens who have cast their lot in Shelby county and thereby have not only benefited themselves, but the general public as well, is John Klepper, a pioneer citizen of Westphalia township. He has always been an honorable, upright, industrious, temperate and economical man in every way, and his exemplary conduct has gained for him the esteem of his fellow citizens. He has performed well his part as a part of the body politic, and no one questions his standing as one of the leading farmers and worthy citizens of the township. John Klepper, the son of Christian and Margaret (Manger) Klepper, was born in Luxemburg, Germany, January 1, 1844. Christian Klepper traveled throughout Germany, buying coal and wood for large factories, and followed this business all his life. Christian and Margaret Klepper were the parents of eight children, all of whom are now deceased except John, Annie, Lena and Anthony. These children in the order of their birth are as follows: Michael, Lena, Anthony, Margaret, John, Annie and two who died in infancy. John Klepper received his education in the schools of Luxemburg, Ger- many, and after leaving school, worked upon his father's farm until he was twenty years old. He then went to France and worked on different farms in that country for six years. At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, he returned to his native land, and he continued to work in Germany at different occupations until 1877, when he finally decided to come to the United States and invest in farming lands in Iowa, where many of his countrymen had already settled. Upon coming to this country he located in Clinton county, but a year later settled in Westphalia township, where he purchased a farm of eighty acres. He succeeded beyond his fondest hopes, whereas if he had remained in Germany he would have missed the golden harvest which has attended his efforts in this county. Today, he is the proud owner of four hundred and forty acres of fine farming land and each year he sends to the market four car loads of cattle and from two to four hundred head of hogs. In 1914, he put out two hundred acres of corn, and one hun- died and forty acres of oats. Mr. Klepper was married January 25, 1880, to Susan Altman, the daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. John Altman, and to this union have been born ten chil- dren, Benjamin, John, Michael, Nicholas, Joseph, Peter, Frank, Alexander, Anna, and Mary. Anna married John Schmitz, and has four children, Alvin, Alphonso, Alex and Cyril. The rest of the children are unmarried and still living with their parents. Mrs. Klepper's parents were natives of Germany and early settlers in this county, where they lived until their death. John Altman and wife were the parents of seven children: Susan, the wife of the immediate subject of this review; Justine, Annie, Susan, John, Nicholas and Lena. The Democratic party claims the support of Mr. Klepper and, although interested in good government, he has never been an aspirant for public office, or taken an active part in political matters. He and his family are members of the Catholic church, and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Klepper is a fine type of the self-made man.

* 1915 Past and Present of Shelby County, Iowa, pp. 1285 - 1286 Contributed by: Marthann Kohl-Fuhs

Clepper Family of Alabama

History of Clepper family discussed
By Curtis Thomasson | Andalusia Star-News
Published Friday, August 15, 2008

In recent weeks, the Huson/Houston family of south Alabama and the counties of Butler, Conecuh and Covington in particular has been featured in three segments for this column. Another family in the same general area, which had a descendant to intermarry with the Hustons, was the Clepper family, which will be reviewed in today’s column.

The earliest Clepper ancestor to be identified in today’s sources was Jacob Klepper Sr., who was married to Barbara first and then to Rebecca. He was born in 1741 possibly in Germany and later lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and finally in Tennessee. Among Jacob’s nine or more children was a son, Augustus Phillip Klepper, who was born circa 1771 probably in Pennsylvania. Augustus was married first to Temperance Gilliam, daughter of John and Mary (Johnson) Gilliam. Among their four children was a son, P. James Klepper, born in 1793 near Nashville, Tennessee. He was married first to Christian A. Collier. Among their 13 children was a son, James Francis Clepper.

James Francis Clepper was the ancestor who brought the family to Alabama. He was born March 22, 1820, according to certain records, but his military records stated that he was born in Madison County, Alabama, and this may actually be the correct place. James Francis was the son of James and Christian (Collier) Clepper. His career included farming and becoming a master mechanic. He once owned a successful wagon factory in Prattville, Alabama. During the War Between the States, the Confederate Army needed his factory, so he was forced to sell it to them. They paid him with Confederate bills, which became worthless and were later burned in a house fire.

James Francis enlisted as a private in Company A, 56th Alabama Infantry Regiment. At some point during the war he was wounded, but he recovered and survived to return home and resume life with his family after the war ended.

On May 15, 1848, James Francis, who came from a once “well-to-do family,” was married to Elizabeth Columbus Robinson, the daughter of a prominent family in Autauga County, James B. and Elizabeth (Bugg) Robinson. Her mother was descended from the well-known and affluent Bugg family of Georgia and Virginia. The couple was married in that county where Elizabeth had been born on Feb. 3, 1831, at Robinson Springs. They began their family and resided in that community until they made the move circa 1861 to south Alabama. It was at this time during the war years that James Francis moved his young family to the Garland community in Butler County where they eventually reared their eight children.

James Francis and Elizabeth Clepper reared the following children: Augustus G. “Gus,” b. ca 1850, d. after 1900, m. 1884 Mattie Olive Howell; James Robert “Rob or Jonas,” b. 1852, m. 1875 Permelia “Mealie” C. Presley; Thomas Warren, b. 1855, d. 1857, buried in Robinson Cemetery or Paige Hill as it is now known; Joseph Frank, b. 1862, d. 1936 LA, m. 1885 Mary Susan McSwain; Mary Cornelia, b. 1863, d. 1954, m. 1880 Pinkney Huston; Sarah “Sallie” Paris, b. 1865; Elizabeth “Missy” J., b. ca 1868, d. 1912, m. Elbert L. Chancellor; Samuel “Bud” P., b. 1868, d. single; and Edna Earle “Eddy,” b. 1873, d. 1957, m. Thomas Gillum Calloway.

James Francis died Jan. 14, 1893, and his wife, Elizabeth, died the same year on June 15. They were both buried in the Garland Cemetery in Butler County, but no markers have been placed at their graves. Elizabeth was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and James Francis was a Universalist.

For the next generation in this family, the daughter, Mary Cornelia Clepper, and her husband, Pinkney Huston, will be covered. Pinkney “Pink” was the third child of Isaiah Huson and his wife, Nancy (Gilmore). Pink was only 6 weeks old when his father kissed him goodbye and left the family to go to Georgia and also to serve in the Confederate Army. Up until this time, Isaiah and Nancy had been married for several years, and they had three young children. After this, Pink grew up with his two grandfathers, John Gilmore and Dawson “Dorsey” Huston, as his father figures. He matured into a fine and intelligent young man even though he had not had good opportunities for formal education.

Cornelia fell in love with this young man, Pinkney Huston. They were married on Dec. 22, 1880, in Garland at her parents’ home. He was 22 years old, and she lacked a week being 17 years of age. They lived with her parents until Pink was able to purchase a house beside the railroad in Garland. In 1881, he bought 20 acres from the N.B. Peacock family and another 40 acres in 1882 from a group of owners. In 1884, Pink’s mother, Nancy Huston, deeded a portion of her property to him. He then added other tracts over the years. He farmed and later operated a general merchandise store in Garland.

Family stories describe how Cornelia grew up during very hard times and learned to cope with many difficulties. In spite of the absence of schools at the time, she learned to read, write, and use her mind skillfully. After her marriage to Pink, she was able to teach him to read and write as well.

Pink and Cornelia reared the following children: Eula Elizabeth, b. 1882, d. 1981, m. 1901 Walter Ernest Darby; Coreene “Cora or Ninnie,” b. 1883, d. 1956, m. 1903 William “Willie” Herbert Tillery; James Edward “Ed or Bud,” b. 1885, d. 1962, m. (1) 1906 Josephine Elizabeth Richard (2) Lillian Tucker; Leslie, b. 1888, d. 1890; Willie Preston, b. 1890, d. 1953, m. 1911 Aimee Irene Dunn; Joe Mason, b. 1892, d. 1917 from being killed accidentally in France during WW I; Leonard Selman “Sam” Sr., b. 1895, d. 1961, m. 1919 Annie Mae Tucker; Lelia/Leila Gaston, b. 1897, d. 1967, m. 1915 Clarence Douglas Peacock; Franklin “Frank” Pierce, b. 1900, d. 1968, m. 1935 Floy Milifae Huggins; Brooks Flowers, b. 1902, d. 1970, m. Carrie Belle “Carabelle” Tucker; and Mamie Cornelia, b. 1904, m. Daniel “Jack: Hertis Hines.

A number of these children changed the spelling of their name from Huston to Houston. Some of them resided at least for a time in the Garland area, and then most of them moved to different points in Alabama or other states, especially to Texas.

The source for this genealogy on the Clepper family is the book written by Margarette Hall Wood — The History of John Huson from North Carolina to Alabama, His Huson/Huston/Houston Descendants, and the Allied Pioneer Families of Clepper, Robinson, Deen and Gilmore.

Anyone who might have any corrections to the above writing or additional information on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; call 334-222-6467; or e-mail: