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James J. Epperson

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 791

JAMES J. EPPERSON, an old and respected resident of Shelby county, O., and a veteran of the Civil war, resides on a well improved tract of three acres situated in Turtle Creek township arid owns a farm of fifty acres located farther westward. He was born May 20, 1844, in Harrison county, Ky., and is a son of John and Maria (Elizer) Epperson.
John Epperson was born in Virginia and followed an agricultural life. He married Maria Elizer, who was born in Missouri, and they were parents of the following children: William, Sarah, wife of Mahlon Leggitt; Martha, Stephen, Mary, wife of Pumel Slade; Nancy J., wife of Pumel Hill; and James J. The parents of the above family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church (North).
James J. Epperson had but meager educational opportunities in his boyhood compared to those of the present day. He was assisting his father on the home farm when civil war was declared and on October 21, 1861, enlisted in Company I, Twentieth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and remained in the service until honorably discharged, September 18, 1865. Ever since then until he retired, with the exception of four years, Mr. Epperson has been an active farmer. On July 22, 1869, he was married to Miss Melissa Humphrey, who was born in Kentucky, where her people were farmers and members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Her father was Emanuel Humphrey, who married Louisa Toadvine, and the children born to them were the following: James, Melissa, Purnel, Ellen, Robert, William, Johanna, wife of Benjamin Brown; Belle, wife of Charles Stewart; Thomas; and Sallie, wife of George Patricks.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Epperson, all of whom are married, namely: Nellie, who is the wife of Robert Criswell, and they have two children, Ernest and Lucinda; Alva, who married Blanche Shelley, and they have two children, Melvin and Austin; Claude, who married Bertha Green and they have two children, Edith and John; Samuel, who married Sadie Eaton; Effie M., who is the wife of Milton Lennox and they have one daughter, Mildred. The family belongs to the Presbyterian church and Mr. Epperson is much interested in the Sunday school and serves as assistant superintendent. He is a republican in his political views and served four years as trustee of the township. He and family are people of standing in their community and are more or less known all over the county.

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