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Descendants of Alan Eppes


Generation No. 6


6. FRANCIS6 EPPES (FRANCIS5, JOHN4, ALAN3, JOHN2, ALAN1) was born 1628, and died 1678. He married (1) ELIZABETH WORSHAM. He married (2) UNKNOWN.

Notes for F
RANCIS EPPES:
Francis Eppes (second son of Francis Epes, according to his deposition of 1678, was born in 1628. He was a head right of his father in 1635, and was the Mr. Francis Eppes, who was sworn a member of the Commission of Charles City Co. in 1658, perhaps immediately after the death of his father who had held this office as well as others. As "Captain Francis Eppes," he was one of the Commissioners of Henrico Co. Court in 1669 and, from this year, he seems to have been entirely associated with that county, where in 1673 he was granted 927 acres of land.

Colonel William ffarrer and Lieutenant-Colonel Eppes were entrusted with the defence of Henrico County against the Indians. At the same time, he seems to have acted as agent for certain London firms, for which business he had a store at Bermuda Hundred.

He is said to have been about fifty years of age when he died in 1678, the result of a wound, of which nothing further is known. "On 2 Dec. 1678, Richard Cocke, Sr., aged about 38, deposed that he was at the house of Colonel Francis Eppes the day before he died and Col. Eppes said he wished his estate divided equally between his wife and four children. And on the same day, William Randolph, aged about 28, deposed that he was at the house a few days before he died and said Eppes being dangerously wounded, called him and desired him to take notice that he wished his estate to be equally divided between his wife and four children, and when his wife asked about his land, he said he hoped his brother (his elder brother, Co. John Epes of Charles City Co. who died in 1680) would seat one of them (the sons) at Causons, and that Lanctons would serve one of the boys." His son Francis was his administrator and among his accounts with the estate are payments to Parson Williams, 2 pounds, and Parson Ball, 10 Sh., doubtless for the funeral services. The inventory of the estate recorded in April, 1 679, amounted to 313 pds, 17 sh, 10 Pence, beside a large amount of property, store goods, etc., not appraised.

Francis Eppes was twice married. Of his first marriage (with whom is not known), there was issue one son, Francis. *It is possible that Thomas Wells of Henrico Co. who, in 1710-2, bequeathed to Captain Franci s Eppes two-fifths of his estate, was his mother's father.* His second marriage was with Elizabeth, widow of William Worsham. As one of her Eppes' sons was named Littlebury, it has been assumed that that was her maiden name (In this connection, Mr. Clifton F. Davis makes an interesting suggestion. He calls attention to the bequest in her will of a stone ring "given me by my sister King." From numerous examples he cites, Mr. Davis concludes that the expression "my sister King" indicates that the reference is to the wife of a brother. If this should prove to be a custom of that period, then Elizabeth Eppes' maiden name was King. This is a point which will bear investigating.

"Littlebury" was very probably a family name, but not necessarily of Elizabeth. It might have been her mother's maiden name, or possibly the maiden name of the mother of Francis Eppes her husband. Elizabeth Eppes died in 1678, soon after the death of her husband, and her will of that year gives the names of her children by both marriages.



Notes for E
LIZABETH WORSHAM:
Elizabeth 2nd wife of Francis, maiden name unknown, She was the widow of
William Worsham.


     
Children of F
RANCIS EPPES and ELIZABETH WORSHAM are:
  i.   MARY7 EPPES, m. COL. JOHN HARDYMAN, June 1685.
  Notes for COL. JOHN HARDYMAN:
John was of Charles City County, VA



8. ii.   LITTLEBURY EPPES.
  iii.   WILLIAM EPPES.
     
Child of FRANCIS EPPES and UNKNOWN is:
  iv.   FRANCIS7 EPPES.


7. JOHN6 EPPES (FRANCIS5, JOHN4, ALAN3, JOHN2, ALAN1) was born Abt. 1626, and died Abt. 1679. He married MARY KENT 1645. She was born 1624.

Notes for M
ARY KENT:
Mary relinquished dower to land her husband sold in 1655.


     
Children of J
OHN EPPES and MARY KENT are:
  i.   WILLIAM7 EPPES, d. 1727, Prince George Co. VA; m. SARAH WALPOLE.
  ii.   EDWARD EPPES, m. MARY GREEN.
  iii.   ANNE EPPES.
  iv.   FRANCIS EPPES, b. 1646.
  v.   JOHN EPPES, b. Abt. 1648; m. MARY.
  Notes for JOHN EPPES:
Notes for John Eppes:
Charles City County Court Orders 1687-1695, page 209

Ordered upon request of Jno. Epes, that certificate issue from this court that said Epes is Known by this court to be reputed son of OCl. Jno. Epes and Mary Epes, his wife, whose maiden name was Mary Kent, and that said Jno. proved his father's will in this court, whose Exec., as son and heir, he is.



9. vi.   DANIEL EPPES, b. Abt. 1672, Charles City Co. VA; d. January 06, 1753, Surry Co. VA; Stepchild.



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