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