Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lois Barnes Clepper

Birth: Sep. 22, 1920 in Shepherd, San Jacinto County, Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 2006 in Riverside, Walker County, Texas, USA

Lois B. Clepper age 85 years, 5 months and 4 days quietly and peacefully went home to be with Jesus while in the home of her daughter Carolyn, on Friday February 24th,2006. Born September 22, 1920 in Shepherd, Texas. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bird Clepper, Callie (Shrader) Barnes (mother), Lonnie A. Barnes (father), Douglas "Jack" Barnes (brother), Thomas Barnes (brother), Cybil Lee Smith (sister), Katie Lee Barnes (sister). Left to cherish her memory, two daughters Carolyn F. Walker of Riverside, TX and Barbara J. Smith of Houston, TX. Two brothers George A. Barnes and Kenneth W. Barnes both of Houston, TX. One sister Mary F. Baker of Henderson, TX. A host of special nieces, nephews and many friends. 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren 2 great great grandchildren. Funeral service was conducted at 2:00p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at Canon Funeral Home, 1420 Farr St. in Waller, TX. Rev. Kirby Walker Officiating. Interment followed at the Fieldstore Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Troy Reinstein, Alan McGaughy, Craig Smith, Ray Thomas, John Barnes and Bill Smith.

These details were pulled from a post by James Haney on

Social Networks

If you are looking for a specific person, has added the ability for users to provide (and others to search for) people by their maiden names. This will be great when looking for a specific person, but may annoy people if genealogist are sending out mass communications. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Derick Allen Clepper

DERICK ALLEN CLEPPER passed away tragically on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at the young age of 22 years. He was born in Houston on June 12, 1985.

Derick is survived by his loving parents, Donna Angelo and James Angelo III; father, Stacey Clepper (wife Angela Clepper); brothers, James Angelo IV, Jacob Tarpley, Blake Clepper, Luke Clepper; sisters, Allyssa Angelo, Emily McCrary; maternal grandparents, Homer and Dorothy Layman; paternal grandparents, Gene Clepper and Dena Bradshaw; aunts and uncles, Terri and Robert Spadt, Tammy Monakino,
Wayne Monakino, Joel and Carolyn DeWitte; cousins, Ronald Angelo, Jr, Ryan Spadt, Blake, Britny and Bret Monakino, Chase, Jadyn and Jared DeWitte; loving girlfriend, Natasha Hanks; and many other loving family members and friends.

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2007 in the Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Brookside Memorial Park. Serving as Pallbearers will be Homer Layman, James Angelo IV, Blake, Monakino, Brian Lee, Dennis Kaminski, Matt Payne, Ricky Birchfield and Justin Wilson.


NO PROOF - This may be the son of Stacy A Clepper from page 248 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

Genealogy Dangers

Knowledge is power and some knowledge can give bad guys power over you and your family.

My family recently joined the ranks of citizens victimized by identity theft. To help stop the damage we immediately went to our bank and reset much of our information. In one section of our work we were asked to select a series of security questions and many of these questions tied into family connections. A few examples of which were:
* What is your mother's maiden name?
* Where was your favorite uncle born?
* In what hospital were you born?
* Where did you go to school?
Do not use these types of questions. It is too easy for this information to be found on a genealogy web site.

When posting genealogy details, it is critical for us to act as a front line in making sure that details can not be tied back to living people.

NEVER post a birth-date on a living person. If you know of a genealogy fan that likes to post dates on living people, keep track of their work and warn your cousins. (I have personally had to deal with Mr Blazek posting the dates of birth for dozens of cousins on two of his web sites).

NEVER publish/share a social security number of a person when their spouse is still alive. Just because it is published in the SSDI does not mean that we should help tie it into a family tree. Some estates take years to settle and close, so it is always best to wait on publishing when a person has recently died.

Cherish and share our common history with all interested cousins, but remember to protect your cousins from the bad guys. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nola Elma Clepper 1892-1987

The picture above shows the children of William Wesley Morris "Bill" Clepper and his wife Maggie Lee Forehand.
(L to R) Luda May Clepper, Ada Leona Clepper, Lemuel Clepper, Nola Elma Clepper, William Wesley Clepper, and James Duncan Clepper.

The details below are per Lucille Mehrkam's book, "History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family."

NOLA ELMA CLEPPER (Wm., Charles, John, P.James, Phillip, Jacob Sr.), was born 1 Nov. 1898 Waller Co., Tx.; the first living child born of William Wesley Morris and Maggie Lee (Forehand) Clepper at their Waller Co. homestead near Macedonia Rd. and Lakeside Dr. (Clepper Rd.)

She attended grade school and helped tend her six younger brothers and sisters. She joined the Joseph Christian Church in 1917; attended Sam Houston Normal Institute at Huntsville in 1919-21; was runner-up for Miss SHNI Beauty Contest; became certified to teach. She taught at Field's Store, Decker's Prairie, Heights Annex, Spring Branch, Addicks, Waller, and last at Aqua Dulce in the Rio Grand Valley.

Married 18 May 1922 Harris Co., Tx. to George Ernest Lloyd; born 20 Mch. 1890 at home in Montgomery Co. on the Waller-Magnolia Rd. at Hegar, Tx.; third living child of George Walter Loyd/Lloyd and Sarah Eliz. Alford; died 29 Jan. 1967 Hockley, Tx.; buried Macedonia-Springer Cemetery.

In 1900 Ernest attended the Glass School. His teacher, Edna Rodman, gave him good grades on his report card. As a young man, he helped his parents on the farm, with the crops, the syrup mill, etc. He sometimes worked for the county, constructing roads, and hauling water and logs. Served in World War I as Pvt. in Tx. Co. C 20th BN US Guards. He was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He carried a Bible in his shirt pocket given him by a dear friend, Minnthe Anderson.

Ernest and Elma moved to Houston and during the Depression years helped his brother, Peachman Lloyd, in his restaurant. They also worked for Henke Pillot with their dougle-cousins, Ellis and Fannie Corgey. Ernest worked as a guard and tended the animals at the Houston Zoo, and did construction work with Mr. Herbert and Mr. Hertzog, who owned a lumber yard on Washington Ave. They built a home on the corner of Westcott and Durham in the Camp Logan Addition. Feeling the need for more business training, Elma enrolled and graduated with honors from Massey's Business College.

In 1936 they rented their home, and moved to Hockley, where Ernest built a farm on Hockley-Katy Rd. He became very interested in politics, and was elected Justic of the Peace, Pct. 7, Harris Co. for several terms. In 1944 they moved back to Houston, and Ernest was employed as a Security Guard at the Port of Houston until WW II ended. He next became a licensed Real Estate Dealer and helped develop parts of the Spring Branch area. Elma received a license as a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser. Throughout her life, one of her hobbies was drawing house plans for my father, a carpenter, to build.

Ernest was active in The Odd Fellows; Lions International and, American Legion. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and the Democratic Party. Not having any sons, his nephews would often take him on business trips (he loved to travel); and they would include him on hunting trips, because he was an excellent camp cook. He was very affectionate and supportive toward all of his relatives. He was very proud of each one's accomplishments. He always looked to the future and PROGRESS was his lifetime goal.

Elma loved growing flowers and always had a beautiful yard in bloom. Before she became a mother, she was an excellent seamstress and an excellent artist, and she presented a number of lovely oil paintings to members of her family. As the eldest of a large family, she learned charity at an early age. She was a very "giving" person. No visitor ever left her home with empty hands. There was always a gift for each one to take home.

In 1951 they returned to Hockley and lived on the Macedonia Rd. on land bought from her mother, Maggie (Forehand) Clepper. Lovingly submitted, Ernesting (Lloyd) Jackson.

Harris Co., Tx. Marriage and Land Records
Waller Co. Land Records
Roadrunner #4-4 (Early Births of Waller Co.)
Delayed Birth Certificate
Ernestine Lloyd Jackson, Tomball, Tx.

The details below are per the John Loyd Genealogy Site at

George Ernest Lloyd (George Walter15, John Isaac4, John1) was born on 20 Mar 1890 in Montgomery CO, TX and died on 29 Jun 1967 in Harris CO, TX at age 77.

• He appeared on the Montgomery CO, TX - 1910 Federal Census census on 28 Apr 1910 in Montgomery CO, TX. Justice Pct 3, Dist 147, Sheet 7A, Stamped Pg 59
• He registered for the He registered for the World War I draft draft on 5 Jun 1917 in Montgomery CO, TX
• He appeared on the Montgomer CO, TX - 1920 Federal Census census on 14 Feb 1920 in Montgomery CO, MS. E.D. 106, pg. 89B, stamped page 133
• He appeared on the Harris Co, TX - 1930 Federal Census census on 10 Apr 1930 in Harris CO, TX. Houston, Dist 39, Sheet 20A, Stamped Pg 120

George married Nola Elena Clepper on 18 May 1922 in Waller CO, TX. Nola was born on 1 Nov 1895 in Waller CO, TX and died on 3 Nov 1987 in Harris CO, TX at age 92.
• She appeared on the Harris Co, TX - 1930 Federal Census census on 10 Apr 1930 in Harris CO, TX. Houston, Dist 39, Sheet 20A, Stamped Pg 120

The daughter from this marriage was:
Ernestine Lloyd

Ernestine Lloyd (George Ernest32, George Walter15, John Isaac4, John1)
Ernestine married James Mitchell Jackson.
Children from this marriage were:
i. Jacqueline Marcinda Jackson
ii. Suzanne Elizabeth Jackson
iii. Daniel Ernest Jackson
iv. James Michael Jackson

Google Books

When looking for details on distant cousins don't forget to check Google Books.
Go to and enter your family name. It is often helpful to adjust the search and view books that are "Full view only."

Here is an example of one entry on Google Books giving details on Lem Clepper.

8.—Attorney in Fact—Conveyance—Powers—Case Stated.
To prove title derived from R., there was introduced a conveyance by Lem G. Clepper as his attorney in fact, selling the land at one dollar per acre. There were two powers of attorney from R. to a person by the name of Clepper, both of the same date, and differing only in that one authorized sale at one dollar per acre and was made to Lemuel G. Clepper and recorded in M. County. The other authorized sale at three dollars per acre and \vas made to Samuel G. Clepper. This was filed for record in G. County, where the land was situated, on the same day and hour as the conveyance by Lem. G. Clepper as attorney in fact. Under the evidence, which is" here considered, it is held that the trial court was not without support for his finding that there were two Cleppers, Samuel and Lemuel, each authorized to sell, and that the conveyance by Lem. G. Clepper was to be taken as an execution of the power conferred on that person by the instrument filed in M. County, and not necessarily referred to the power of attorney filed at the same time with his conveyance in G. County. (Pp. 645-649.)

Henry Jasper Clepper

Henry Jasper Clepper is listed on page 248 of the "History and Genealogy of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family." LOC 86-62751


Ardmore, OK —
Graveside services for Henry Jasper Clepper are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the Veterans Section of Rosehill Cemetery with Rev. Buddy Jackson officiating.

Henry was born Jan. 7, 1919 in Waller, Texas to Grover and Maryaslee Thomas Clepper. He passed this life on Jan. 4, 2009 in Ardmore. He and the former Eula Hill were married Jan. 20, 1962 in Lincoln, Neb. He had lived in Ardmore for 25 years moving here from Lincoln, Neb., where he worked as a candy maker for Russell Stovers Candy Co. While in Ardmore, he worked for Ardmore Self Storage Co.

He is survived by his son, Henry R. Clepper and his wife Angie of Livingston, Texas; stepson Tom Tambke and his wife Terri of Lincoln, Neb.; five stepdaughters, Carol Schmidt of Peabody, Kan., Dorothy James of Menomnie, Wis., Debra England of Lincoln, Neb., Mary Rust and her husband Tom of Holdredge, Neb. and Marlys Bowman and her husband John of Ardmore; granddaughters, Brijin Goheen and her husband Paul of Hurst, Texas and Amber Mosley and her husband Chris of Livingston, Texas; grandsons, Henry J. Clepper of Oak Harbor, Wash. and William L. Clepper and his wife Ashley of Silsbee, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Goheen and Martina Mosley; and several step and great-stepchildren.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife Eula Clepper in 2005 and a son, Charles Wade in 2002.

Online condolences can be made at

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thomas Wesley Clepper III

Tommy, age 81, flew to Heaven on wings of angels on the evening of January 7, 2009. He was born May 29, 1927 in Nowata, OK. He is preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Ivy Christine Walker, his father Thomas W. Clepper, II, and mother, Martha Ann Jones Clepper. He is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Mildred Jacqueline Drake, whom he married February 23, 1956 in Chattanooga, TN; son, Thomas W. Clepper, IV (wife Renee) of Alexandria, VA and daughter Amy Richardson (husband Clark) of Terrell, TX; grandchildren Thomas Wesley Clepper, V (wife Michelle); Sgt. Clark Richardson, U.S. Army (wife Crystal), Erin Clepper, Megan Walker, Holly Richardson, Emily Walker Crume (husband Kyle), PFC Charles C. Walker, U.S. Army, and Olivia Clepper; great-grand children Chase Clepper, Chloe Crume, Ayden Clepper and Sydney Crume; brothers Walter D. Clepper, (wife Leta) Ooltewah, TN; Alan S. Clepper, (wife Miriam), Pine Mountain, GA and Frank Clepper (wife Bettye) Seymour, TN, and eleven nieces and nephews. He was a Senior Tool Engineer for almost 25 years at Lithonia Lighting, Conyers, Georgia where he designed and manufactured industrial and home fluorescent lighting fixtures. He was drafted into the Army as a Senior in high school in 1945 and trained in hand-to-hand combat as part of the Japanese islands invasion force. Soon thereafter, he was discharged to help his mother and brothers after the death of his father. He was a faithful Christian and a member of Whitney Baptist Church, Leesburg, FL and enjoyed studying the Bible, especially the Book of Revelation. He passed his passion for aviation and building model airplanes to his son and grandsons. A memorial service will be held at Whitney Baptist Church on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are invited to make a donation to the building fund for Whitney Baptist Church, 32630 North Whitney Road, Leesburg, FL 34748.

Tommy's ashes will be strewn in three different places: one-third will be spread near the coordinates where our daughter, Ivy Christine's (April 18, 1957 - June 16, 2004) ashes were strewn in the summer of 2004 near Pensacola, Florida; one-third will be strewn over the Clepper section of the Gilliam Cemetery and the Clepper plantation in Marion County, TN with the last third being strewn, along with the ashes of his wife, Jacqueline, over the Drake Cemetery and lands on Two Run Road, Geary District, Roane County, West Virginia.

* History and Genealogy of the family of Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family and Malcolm McAlpine Family
1986 / LOC 86-62751 / The Gregath Company / Page 150

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kleppers of Boone County, Arkansas

When climbing around your family tree don't forget to check and other online publishing sources.
Boone County, Ar By Boone Co. Historical Society, Turner Publishing Company

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Klepper's Mill South of Harrison. one of the skirmishes fought in Boone County was near Klepper's Mill. It took place March 31, 1863. The mill was operated by the Klepper family. Sons John and Peter Klepper were in Company D of the 16th Arkansas Confederate Infantry. The mill appears in the Official Records as Clapper's Mill" or "Clapper's Saw Mill" and in Turnbo's writtings as "Clepper's Mill", but it was Klepper's. The action took place near what is now Union Baptist Church on Highway 206 south of Harrison...

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The old Flat Rock school was well know in the early 1900s. A 1907 Flat Rock School publication says its board consisted of W. W. Turney, H. H. Cecil, and I. Ruckman. In 1907, the teacher was J. H. Hathcoat. [Boone County Historian, vol XIII, no. 1, 1990. p. 250]. A Baptist church was organized there about 1911. It was located two miles east of the mouth of Huzzah Creek. J. H. Klepper was pastor. It moved to Olvey and changed its name. Its pastors included Rev. John Stratton and the author's grandfather, G. V. Logan. [Logan, History of North Arkansas Baptist Association, pp 181-182].

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Page 55 has a picture of John Klepper and Peter Klepper

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KLEPPER - In the year 1928, Fount W. Klepper and and Alma (Sharp) Klepper married. They grew up and lived in the White Oak Community. After marriage, Fount farmed and Alma minded the children and house.
They were five daughters born to this union. They were Anna Mae Odell , Angele Virginia Fae, Hallene Olivia, Eunice Lois and Orpha Sue.
Fount and Alma went to the White Oak School, a one-room edifice. They are buried in the Blue Springs, MO, Cemeter. They were Baptist. They were definitely part of the history of White Oak. They moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1942.

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Clarendon S Roberts married Esther Klepper on April 16. 1917. in Boone County. He was a school teacher and taught at While Oak School.