Matthew Bradley EPPERSON Finis Arnold EPPERSON Trudie Elizabeth EPPERSON Joan EPPERSON Jessie Elizabeth DOWNS Emma Victoria REEVES Mini tree diagram

Finis Jerome EPPERSON1,3,9,4,5,10,11

1st Jan 19061,2,3,4,5 - 28th Aug 19828,2,3

Life History

1st Jan 1906

Born in Nashville, Howard, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5

about 17th Aug 1925

Married Jessie Elizabeth DOWNS in Texas.5,15

12th May 1926

Birth of son Finis Arnold EPPERSON in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.5,12,13,14

22nd Mar 1931

Birth of daughter Trudie Elizabeth EPPERSON in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.9,5

10th Feb 1933

Birth of daughter Joan EPPERSON in Johnson County, Texas.5,9

28th Aug 1982

Died in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.8,2,3

after 28th Aug 1982

Buried in Cleburne Memorial Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.6,7

Notes

  • In 1910, Finis Jerome is the youngest child in a blended familyhousehold with his step-siblings, children of Emma Victoria Reevesfrom a previous marriage.

    1910 Federal Census, Bandera County, Texas, 20 April, Justice Precinct6, District 13, page ?, Hse #43, Fam #45
    Epperson, M B  Head  M W 42  2nd Marriage  (# of years not stated) ARTN AL Farm[er]  Rents
    Epperson, Emma V  Wife  F W 44  2nd Marriage, married 25 years  Borne8 children, 6 living  AR GA GA
    Epperson, Troy  Son M W 20  AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    Epperson, Mitchel (?)  Son M W 14  AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    Epperson, Opal  Son M W 11  AR AR AR
    Epperson, Finis  Son M W 4  AR AR AR
    Reeves, Walter  [Step]son M W 21  AR AR AR Farm[er]
    Reeves, Grover  [Step]son M W 17  AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    Reeves, Myrtle [Step]daughter F W 11 AR AR AR

    The marriage information tells us the Matthew and Emma were bothmarried before, and that they have been married for 25 years.  But theReeves surname of the last three children tells us that they areEmma's children from her first husband.  The youngest, Myrtle (Ruth in1920) was only 11, so was born about 1899.

    Thus Matthew and she would have married after that time.  So Finis isthe only one of the Epperson children who might be her child.  It ismore likely, due to her age, that his mother is the first wife ofMatthew.  I have not been able to find information on either marriageor spouse's name for either Matthew or Emma Victoria.

    1920 Federal Census, Gonzales County, Texas, 2 January, JusticePrecinct 5, District 94, page 1A, Wrightsboro St, Hse/Fam #1
    Epperson, Matthew B  Head  Rents  M W 57  AR TN AL Minister, Group ofChurches
    Epperson, Emma V  Wife  F W 53  AR GA GA
    Epperson, Finis J  Son M W 14  AR AR AR
    Reeves, Ruth Stepdaughter F W 21 AR NY AR Teacher

    The Epperson are the first family enumerated in their District.  Thecensus page also indicates that Matthew is the enumerator for thiscensus.

    One step-sibling is still in the household with Finis.  Here Ruthcorresponds to Myrtle in the 1910 census.  This leads me to concludethat her full name was Myrtle Ruth.

    Finis married about 1925.  He and his wife Jessie Elizabeth Downs areliving in Johnson County, Texas, near Cleburne.  Finis' father Matthewis now living in his household.  Finis' mother died in 1929.

    1930 Federal Census, Johnson County, Texas, 24 April, Justice Precinct1, District 4, page 15B, Grand Avenue, Hse #232, Fam #244
    Epperson, Finis J  Head M W 24  married at age 18 [abt 1926] AR AR ARClerk, Steam Railway
    Epperson, Jessie E  Wife  F W 22 married at age 17 [abt 1925] TX TX TX
    Epperson, Finis A  Son M W 3yrs 10mos  TX AR TX
    Epperson, Mathew W  Father M W 67 Widower  TX AR TX

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Cleburne, Texas, City Directory, 1949, p 244
    Epperson Finis J (Jessie) mech SF RR h 223 W Willingham Phone #981J
    Epperson James T (Kathryn E) mgr White Auto Store h 308 N GranburyPhone #1125J

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Cleburne, Texas, City Directory, 1957, p 353
    Epperson Finis J (Jessie) mach [mech ?] Santa Fe Ry h 223 E WillinghamPhone #5-4945
    Epperson J Troy (Trudie) sr clk Santa Fe Ry h 111 E Willingham Phone#5-4590
    Epperson J Troy Jr (Kathryn) Co[unty] Aud[itor] h 401 N Anglin  Phone#5-8529
    Epperson Kathryn (Mrs J T Jr) dep co[unty] clk h 401 N Anglin  Phone#5-8529

    The Cleburne (Johnson County), Texas Memorial Cemetery registry listsFinis Jerome and his wife, and his parents, in Block 54.

    Epperson, Emma Victoria Mar. 04, 1866 Aug. 02, 1929 B 54 L 4
    Epperson, Matthew Bradley Nov. 05, 1862 May 31, 1954 B 54 L 4
    Epperson, Finis J Jan. 01, 1906 Aug. 28, 1982 B 54 L 4
    Epperson, Jessie E Jan. 28, 1908 Sept. 21, 1996 B 54 L 4
    -- Cleburne Cemetery,http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txjohnso/cemeteries/cleburnemem54.html

Sources

  • 1. 1910 Federal Census, Bandera County, Texas
    • 20 April, Justice Precinct 6, District 13, page ?, Hse #43, Fam #45
  • 2. Social Security Death Index
    • Finis Epperson
  • 3. Epperson Genealogy
    • Name: Jimmy Epperson;
    • Finis Jerome Epperson, Jessie Elizabeth Downs,
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Gonzales County, Texas
    • 2 January, Justice Precinct 5, District 94, page 1A, Wrightsboro St,
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Johnson County, Texas
    • 24 April, Justice Precinct 1, District 4, page 15B, Grand Avenue, Hse
  • 6. Ancestry Trees
    • J Epperson,
  • 7. Cleburne (Johnson County, Texas) Memorial Cemetery Registry
    • http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txjohnso/cemeteries/cleburnemem54.ht
  • 8. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    • Finis Epperson
  • 9. Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932
  • 10. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Cleburne, Texas, City Directory, 1949, p 244
  • 11. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Cleburne, Texas, City Directory, 1957, p 353
  • 12. Social Security Death Index
  • 13. Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932
    • Finis Arnold Epperson
  • 14. Obituary of Finis Arnold Epperson
    • Name: Name:http://www.legacy.com/ivdailybulletin/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=88343061;;
  • 15. Inquirer (Gonzales County, Texas), 7 Aug 1925
    • Name: Name: Microfilm Archives; Location: Gonzales County, Texas,Public Library;;
    • INQUIRER 1925

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