Category: Klepper Name Study

Categories: One Name Studies


The earliest Klepper ancestor to be identified in today’s sources was Jacob Klepper Sr., who was married to Barbara first and then to Rebecca. He was born in 1741 possibly in Germany and later lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and finally in Tennessee.

There are a few versions as to how the spelling of the Klepper name changed to Clepper but each story tells of the family running from the law after one or more murders. Many of the Great Aunts and Uncles did not want the story told but the records are still available... According to Texas Ranger Sergeant James B. Gillett, John Clepper and his son Lem Clepper were wanted for an "assault to murder" committed on 15 Oct. 1866 in Montgomery County, Texas. Given the phrase "assault to murder," there may not have been an actual murder but they were fugitives from justice.

"Clepper, John; Clepper, Lem C... Assault to Murder; committed October 15, '66; indicted November 15, same year. John Clepper is 66 years old, 5 feet 10 inches high, weight 160 pounds, grey hair, dark eyes and complexion. Lem C. Clepper is 32 years old, 5 feet 11 inches high, weighs 150 pounds, eyes, hair and beard black, dark complexion, is a photographer. Father and son supposed to be in Bosque County."

Then again, there may have been more than one case... "If my memory is correct - old Pleasant James Klepper (I'm told) killed a man and came to Texas - changing the name to Clepper - so when our John Klepper came to Texas he also changed his name to Clepper. William Turney Klepper came to Texas but used the Klepper spelling." - Lucille (Clepper) Mehrkam, 31 Dec. 2001.

In recent history, the Family name changed again in the late 1930's when Murl Clepper moved from Texas to Louisiana, adding the "i" in place of the "e".

'Fugitives from Justice; The notebook of Texas Ranger Sergeant James B. Gillett' ISBN 1-880510-37-5 State House Press of Austin, Texas 1997

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11 Aug 1895 Texas, United States of America - 23 Mar 1973 photo
13 Jan 1817 Tennessee, United States of America - 22 Mar 1906 photo

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abt 1877 Texas - bef 1977
06 Nov 1848 Marion County, Tennessee, USA - 1923 photo
25 Sep 1910 Durant, Bryan, Oklahoma, United States - 10 Feb 1982
1849 Marion, Tennessee - 19 Mar 1872
01 Oct 1894 Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA - 09 Jun 1939 photo
26 Apr 1891 Stephens County, Texas, USA - 06 Apr 1967
1852 Robinson Springs, Alabama
22 Mar 1820 Tennessee - 14 Feb 1893
21 Jun 1879 Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA - 03 Dec 1940
23 Nov 1842 Tennessee, United States
30 Jul 1816 Marion, Tennessee, United States - 19 Jan 1885 photo
24 Oct 1865 Montgomery County, Texas, USA - 26 Oct 1946
abt 08 Jun 1861 Texas - 07 Jan 1885
30 Jun 1831 Marion Tennessee - 14 May 1910
Jun 1881 Palo Pinto Co., Texas - 30 Aug 1934 photo
17 Sep 1844 Marion, Tennessee, United States - 15 Jul 1895 photo
28 Oct 1813 Franklin County, Tennessee, USA - 19 Jun 1893 photo
1839 Marion, Tennessee, United States - 01 Jul 1904
abt 04 May 1862 Texas - 11 Aug 1937
01 Oct 1818 Marion, Tennessee, United States - 28 Jun 1886
08 Dec 1888 Texas, United States - 03 May 1972
abt 1875 Texas - 01 Jul 1949
Dec 1814 Franklin, TN - 25 Sep 1895
1910s - 1960s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow)
1793 Nashville, Davidson, Southwest Territory, United States - 01 May 1880 photo
20 Jul 1840 Marion County, Tennessee, USA - 17 Jun 1916 photo

C cont.

04 Mar 1833 Marion Co., TN
abt 16 Jan 1852 Tennessee, USA - 21 Apr 1909 photo
1970s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow) photo Active member2307
1930s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow) Active member7
Jan 1850 Greene County, Missouri, United States of America - 19 Jun 1904 photo

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Aug 1887 Texas, USA - 10 Jan 1953

I

16 Oct 1851 Georgia - 16 Oct 1920

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29 Jan 1884 Texas, USA - 11 Aug 1925
Jun 1873 Texas, USA - 05 Jun 1904
04 Mar 1882 Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA - 25 Jan 1932
15 Jan 1815 Tennessee. United States of America - 26 Mar 1891
abt 1550 Towchester, Northampshire, England - abt 1600
abt 1785 Lancaster Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States - 25 Jan 1853
20 Nov 1830 Washington County, Tennessee, United States - 24 Mar 1918
04 Oct 1925 Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA - 13 Oct 2003
18 Feb 1873 Greene County, Missouri - 12 Oct 1956
25 Apr 1856 Springfield, Greene County, Missouri - 20 Jun 1919
05 Oct 1896 Texas - 22 Feb 1928
1920s - 1920s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow)
06 Oct 1876 Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, United States of America - 17 Mar 1959 photo
13 Sep 1852 Marion, Tennessee - 18 Apr 1937
1801 Hawkins County, Tennessee USA - 07 Apr 1887 photo
03 May 1890 Plano, Collin, Texas, United States - 04 Jun 1952 photo
1811 Hawkins, Tennessee, United States
24 Sep 1883 Texas, United States of America - 22 Dec 1965

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12 Feb 1826
30 Oct 1899 Brandon, Tx
02 Jun 1807 Hawkins, Tennessee, United States - 03 Sep 1889
14 Apr 1741 Germany - 11 Aug 1828 photo
12 Jun 1881 Collin County, Texas - 31 May 1952
Mar 1792 Knob Creek, Sevier Co, Tennessee - 20 Aug 1829 photo
1525 Germany - 1551 photo
20 Oct 1849 Greene County, Missouri, United States of America - 05 Apr 1937 photo
03 May 1844 Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States of America - 15 Oct 1915
abt 15 Mar 1804 Tennessee, United States - 05 Dec 1884
30 Jun 1879 Forest Grove, Collin County, Texas, United States of America - 28 Dec 1963 photo
10 Mar 1854 Missouri, USA - abt 14 Aug 1941
30 Mar 1839 Nashville, TN - 22 Jan 1901
1844 Missouri, United States - abt 1844
02 Jul 1797 Hawkins, Tennessee, United States - 15 Dec 1882
19 Jan 1822 Marion, Tennessee, United States - 06 Nov 1894
03 Sep 1877 Texas, USA - 02 Sep 1970
09 Nov 1890 Collin County, Texas - 02 Sep 1969
Sep 1871 Missouri, USA - 18 Feb 1907
abt 1770 Pennsylvania - 1852
01 Oct 1886 Plano, Collin County, Texas - 24 Sep 1963
abt 1804 Tennessee, United States - 28 Aug 1875
1846 Missouri, USA
30 Aug 1874 Plano, Collin County, Texas - 06 Apr 1916
10 Mar 1798 Hawkins, Tennessee, United States - 03 Aug 1888

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16 Feb 1892 Texas, USA - 29 Dec 1920

O

13 Sep 1886 Tennessee, United States of America - 20 Jul 1917 photo




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