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PEPPER, John Samuel

Male 1750 - 1816  (66 years)


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  • Name PEPPER, John Samuel 
    Born 1750  Prince William County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1816  Anderson County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Pat Searight notes: Both were in Fauquier County, Virginia 1774 and moved to North Carolina. She later lived with oldest daughter in South Carolina. John: He has DAR #620262 but it is from North Carolina not South Carolina. Richard Oldham and sister Elizabeth both married Peppers. Ann and John. He was in North Carolina in 1775, then later moved to South Carolina. Their son Elisha was ancestor of Senator Claude Pepper. He was in North Carolina militia. Had Land on Stoney Creek in Caswell County, North Carolina

      C.V. Jackson notes show Elizabeth married a Samuel Pepper not John Pepper

      Will of John Pepper

      In the name of God Amen. I John Pepper Senr of the State of South Carolina Pendleton District being of a Sound mind and disposeing Memory, do make and constitute this my last will and Testament.

      In the first place I recommend my Soul to God who gave it, and my Body to be decently interred without pomp or Extravagance and as to what wourldly goods it hat been pleased God to bestow upon me, it is my will and I do positively order, that they should be disposed of in the following manner.

      First, that all my Lawful debts be paid, 2nd That my dear & Loving wife shall have all my Lands and plantations during her natural Life together with all my Stock of horses cows hogs & sheep and at her Death the Lands & what other property may be in her possession to be sold on a credit of twelve months, and the money arising from said sale to be equally divided between my children of the following named viz. my Daughter Ruth, son Saml, William, Elijah, John, Jesse, & Elisha, Daughters Polly, & Fanny -- 3rd My Six oldest Negroes, Lucy, Tony, Dave, Major, Charles, Reubin, to be sold on a credit of twelve Months, and the Money ariseing from said sale to be Equally divided between my following children vix. my Daughter Ruth, son Saml., Elijah, John, Jesse & Elisha. 4th I give my Daughter Betsy, a Negro girl Named Sookey, & a negro boy named Sam - likewise, a mare Saddle & Bridle, a Bed and furniture -- and it is my will that my sd. Daughter Betsy, with the property which I have bequethed to her, should be raised & supported in the Family, or with her Mother untill she shall arive to the age of eighteen years or Marry. Lastly, I do hereby adknowledge this my Lsat Will and Testament, Revoking all former Wills by me made, and do appoint and constitute my Son Elijah & Thos. Bennett my Executors, and Trustees to this my Last Will and Testament,

      In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and Seal this 25 day of January A.D. 1816.

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      In the presents of William Harper John Wilson Junr Edward Harper

      Recorded in Will Book A,Page 186, recorded March 4, 1816, proved Mar 4, 1816, John Harris, C.P.D. Roll No. 542 (From transcript formerly in possession of Katie Mae Burgess Harris, Melton's Bluff Chapter (DAR?), Moulton, Alabama)



      In 1774, a petition was signed in Fauquier County, VA, requesting that the petitioners be permitted to worship as Baptists. At that time (prior to the American Revolution), the official church was the Church of England. Among the signers were a Samuel PEPPER, a John PEPPER, two Richard OLDHAMs, a John OLDHAM, and an Alexander HOLTON. John PEPPER recorded three deeds to property in Caswell County, NC prior to 1780. One of the deeds stated that John was from Guilford County. He was on the tax rolls of St. David's District of Caswell County in 1777 with an estate valued at 110 pounds. He had a land grant to 500 acres on Stoney Creek in Caswell County dated 1 Oct 1778. Description of the properties indicated that the adjoining landowners were OLDHAMs. Family records of the OLDHAM family reveal that Richard OLDHAM married Ann PEPPER and that Elizabeth OLDHAM married "Mr. Pepper in North Carolina". John is the only PEPPER found to be living near the OLDHAMs, and Elizabeth PEPPER is listed on the 1850 census for Anderson County, SC in the household of Ruth BENNETT. This seems to provide sufficient evidence that it was our John that married Elizabeth OLDHAM. John sold his NC property in the early 1780s and was in the Pendleton District of SC in 1790. He was a charter member of the Big Springs Primitive Baptist Church near Williamston, now in Anderson County, SC. He is said to have given the property for the church, which is borne out by the quit claims signed by his children in the 1830s. His will was signed 25 Jan 1816 and proved 4 Mar 1816. It is recorded in Will Book A, page 186, in Anderson County, SC. The Battles of Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, King's Mountain, Camden, and other battles of the Revolutionary War, took place while John was living in the Caswell/Guilford area of NC. Most of the OLDHAMs, who were his brothers-in-law and neighbors, are found in the official records as having participated in some of these battles. There had been much speculation about John's military record, but it was not until late in 1980 that a connection was established. A letter to Miss Nina Pepper from Mrs. Lavada Smith, Route 2, Smithdale, MS 39664, provided the following news: "This info has been accepted by DAR. They passed the John Pepper War Record from NC and refused the record from SC, which I had previously sent in, therefore, since 6 Nov 1978 I have been searching for our John Pepper. The info I am giving you was accepted by DAR so the line has been established. Our John Pepper has a record recorded in a manuscript Volume in the custody of the State Archives of NC dated 3 Oct 1785, Certificate No. 25, a pay voucher certificate to John Pepper for 18 pounds and 4 shillings for service during the Revolution, dated 29th day of Sept. 1783. They accepted this and that completed my two years of searching. I think they are correct. Note that Samuel was born 19 May 1779 in NC, his wife Ann Harper was born in NC, Ruth Pepper was born in 1776 in NC, so would think that after the War they moved to SC and that John served from State of NC, not SC. If there are members of the Pepper family who would like to use John Pepper as a supplement, they are welcome to use my National No. 620262. When you check your records I think you have most of what I have given you except that they took the John Pepper from NC."
    Person ID I2358  oldham
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2011 

    Father PEPPER, Samuel 
    Mother HOLTON, Elizabeth Ann "Lady" 
    Family ID F987  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family OLDHAM, Elizabeth,   b. 1756, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 1776  Rockingham, Guilford, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. PEPPER, Ruth,   b. 1776,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. PEPPER, Samuel,   b. 19 May 1779, Gulf Twp., Chatham County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1845, Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. PEPPER, William A.,   b. 1781,   d. 1874  (Age 93 years)
     4. PEPPER, Frances "Fanny",   b. Abt 1782,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. PEPPER, Elijah,   b. 1788,   d. 1851  (Age 63 years)
     6. PEPPER, Mary "Polly",   b. Abt 1790, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. PEPPER, John,   b. 1794,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. PEPPER, Jesse,   b. 15 Jul 1795,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. PEPPER, Elisha,   b. 1798, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870, Albertville, Marshall County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     10. PEPPER, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1800,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F986  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1750 - Prince William County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1776 - Rockingham, Guilford, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Feb 1816 - Anderson County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3115] Mary Jo Yancy.

    2. [S650] WFT #0831 Vol 1.