Earl Pepper (1877-1938)


Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
By James Morton Callahan
Professor of History, West Virginia University
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912
VOLUME III, Pages 982-983

Earl Pepper (1877-1938)

The present family is of English origin. This name is not common in the United States, but at least one of the name, George Wharton Pepper, of Philadelphia, has attained high distinction in both civic and religious fields.

(I) William Pepper, the founder of this family, came from England, and settled in Delaware. After his marriage, before the revolution, he moved to Virginia. Child; William, of whom further.

(II) William (2), son of William (1) Pepper, was born in Virginia. He married Nancy Johnson. Children: William; Scarber; Parker; Vina; Anna; Johnson, of whom further.

(III) Johnson, son of William (2) and Nancy (Johnson) Pepper, was born July 8, 1801. Speaking in terms of state lines not then in existence, for clearness, he came in 1808 from Virginia to West Virginia, and settled near King's Knobb, on the Brushy Fork of Elk; some, at least, of the other children of his father likewise removed to this place. He married Roanna Bailey, who was borm in 1810. Children: Marshall; Nancy; Mary; Thomas; Edith; Thornbury; Benjamin; Eleanor; James B.; Samuel D., of whom further; Roanna.

(IV) Samuel D., son of Johnson and Roanna (Bailey) Pepper, was born on Bartlett's run, Barbour county, Virginia, April 25, 1848. He is a farmer and stock raiser; his residence is on Bartlett's run, and his two hundred fifty acres of land are underlaid with coal. He is a Republican. His church is the Missionary Baptist. He married, in Doddridge county, West Virginia, December 8, 1876, Naomi, daughter of Ralph M. and Roxalena (Williams) Powell, who was born September 15, 1854. Children: Earl, of whom further; Ray; Inez, married Harry Howe; Roxanna.

(V) Earl, son of Samuel D. and and Naomi (Powell) Pepper, was born at or near Flemington, Taylor county. West Virginia, October 31, 1877. He attended the public schools, and also had a private tutor for a time. For fifteen years he was engaged in mercantile business. April 1, 1910, he was made manager of the Smith-Race Grocery Company at Morgantown; this is his present business, and Morgantown is also his place of residence. He is a Mason, a member of Blue Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery; also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In politics, he is a Republican.

Mr. Pepper married Blanche, daughter of John H. Henry. Child: John Samuel, born August 17, 1905.

Additional Information

Register of Births, West District, Barbour County, WV; Page 152, Line 78
Earl Pepper was born 31 Oct 1877 in Barbour County, WV
son of Leonard Pepper (Farmer) and Naoma Pepper

Marriage License, Taylor County, WV, Page 88
Earl Pepper, age 25, born in Barbour County, WV
Blanche Henry, age 20, born in Taylor County, WV
were married 30 Oct 1902 by A. L. McKeever, Minnister of the Gospel

Death Certificate, Monongalia WV #12494
Name: Earl Pepper
Date-of-Death: August 10, 1938
Place-of-Death: Morgantown, WV
Age-at-Death: 60y-9m-9d
Date-of-Birth: Oct 31, 1877
Place-of-Birth: Barbour Co., WV
Spouse: Blanche H. Pepper
Occupation: Sales Manager
Father: Samuel Davidson Pepper, born in WV
Mother: Naoma Powell Pepper, born in WV
Informant: Samuel Pepper; 320 Ash St.; Morgantown, WV
Cause-of-Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage (Hemoplegia)
Place-of-Burial: Beverley Hills

1880 Census, Barbour County, WV
Pleasant District, ED:76, Page 25, Lines 46-50
Enum-Dwelling #189; Enum-Family #194
PEPPER, Samuel D.; age 32, Farmer, WV-Va-WV
", Naomi B.; age 25, Wife, Keeping House, WV-WV-WV
", Earl; age 3, son, WV-WV-WV
". Johnson; age 78, Father, Retired Farmer, WV-DE-DE
", Roanna, age 70, Wife(of father); Unemployed, WV-Va-WV

1900 Census, Taylor County WV
Flemington District, ED:128; Sheet 12A, Line 20
Earl Pepper, born Oct-1877, age 22, single, WV-WV-WV, Clerk
is a "Boarder" in the residence of J. Clark & Nannie Cather.

1910 Census, Marion County WV
Fairmont Ward 4, ED:61, Sheet 4A, Lines 43-45
711 Walnut Avenue; Enum-Dwelling #58; Enum-Family #64
PEPPERS, Earl (head) age 35, mar-1; WV-WV-WV, Manager, Flour Mill; Rents-home
", Blanch (wife) age 27, mar-1(6-yrs) 1-child / 1-living; WV-WV-WV
", Samuel (son) age 4; WV-WV-WV

1920 Census, Monongalia County WV
Morgantown, Ward 2; ED:105, Sheet 5B; Lines 93-95
4 Ash Street; Enum-Dwelling #104; Enum-Family #121
PEPPER, Earl (head) age 43, mar.; WV-WV-WV; Broker, Coal; owns-home, mortgaged
", Blanche (wife) age 37, mar.; WV-Scotland-U.S.;
", John S. (son) age 14, single; WV-WV-WV

1930 Census, Monongalia County WV
Morgantown, 2nd Ward; ED:30-18, Sheet 2B; Lines 57-59
322 Ash Street; Enum-Dwelling #38; Enum-Family #42
PEPPER, Earl, (head) Owns-home/$9,000; age 52; mar-at-age-25; WV-WV-WV; Elec., Republician Con.
", Blanch (wife ) age 48; mar-at-age 21; WV-Scotland-Va
", John S. (son) age 25; WV-WV-WV; Mail carrier, Post office

1940 Census, Monongalia County WV
Morgantown City, Ward 2; ED:31-24; Sheet 8B; Lines 60-62
320 Ash Street; Enum-Visitation# 218; Rents $30
PEPPER, John Samuel (head); age 34; mar.; Sch C-3; WV; Postman; Post Office
", Meole (wife) age 25; mar.; Sch C-2; WV; Secretary; Insurance Co.
", Blanche (Mother) age 58; widow; Sch H-3; WV


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