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:

What is in a name?

Some family details can be found in unexpected locations... gave these details.

Frequency: (319)
(number of times this surname appears in a sample database of 88.7 million names, representing one third of the 1997 US population)
Americanized spelling of German Klepper.

Frequency: (847)
(number of times this surname appears in a sample database of 88.7 million names, representing one third of the 1997 US population)
Eastern German (mainly Silesian): from a dialect variant of Klöpfer (see Klopfer).
German: nickname for a gossip, from Middle High German kleppern, klappern ‘to blabber, chatter, or gossip’.
German: from the rare Middle High German word klepper ‘knight's horse’, probably originally a metonymic occupational name for someone who tended or bred such animals. From the 16th century, however, the term came to denote a low-grade horse, a ‘nag’, and also someone who castrated horses.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who called people to the synagogue by rattling a stick, from an agent derivative of Yiddish klepn ‘to stick’.

Frequency: (389)
(number of times this surname appears in a sample database of 88.7 million names, representing one third of the 1997 US population)
South German (also Klöpfer) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Middle High German klopfære, German Klöpfer, a noun derivative of Middle High German klopfen ‘to pound, bang, or hammer’; this could denote someone working in the wool, hemp, or millinery trades, a miner, metal worker, or hunter.

See the Key to the Dictionary or consult the General Introduction for further explanation.

Robert Wayne Clepper

This in not the best way to find a new branch of the family tree, but does anyone have additional details on this part of the family?

Cases announced by District Attorney William E. Parham:
Robert Wayne Clepper, 50, Brenham — Sentenced to two years in state prison for driving while intoxicated, third offense. Clepper must also pay $50 in a drug court program fee, $100 to an EMS trauma fund and his court-appointed attorney’s fees.

A third offense for driving while intoxicated is sending a 50-year old Brenham man to prison for two years. Robert Wayne Clepper was arrested in August for this offense. He had been convicted twice in the 1990s for drunk driving.