William E Pepper

17 December 1809–20 September 1876 (Age 66)
Missouri, United States

The Life of William E

When William E Pepper was born on 17 December 1809, in Missouri, United States, his father, Daniel Pepper, was 32 and his mother, Mary Priest, was 30. He married Elizabeth Lee about 1835, in Hart, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Kentucky, United States in 1870. He died on 20 September 1876, in Green, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 66.

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William E Pepper
Elizabeth Lee
Marriage: about 1835
Gideon Leslie Pepper
Joseph Pepper
Thomas Jefferson Pepper
Nancy Pepper
Mary Pepper
Clarissa Pepper
Sarah J. Pepper

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Lee


about 1835
Hart, Kentucky, United States


    Gideon Leslie Pepper


    Joseph Pepper


    Thomas Jefferson Pepper


    Nancy Pepper


    Mary Pepper


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Daniel Pepper





World Events (8)


Age 3

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

Age 3

During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.
1829 · Missouri State Library

Age 20

The first Missouri State Library was established by law on January 22, 1829. This law was created due to the large amount of public documents which had been collected in the office of Missouri's secretary of state. The library included documentation of the actions of the Missouri senate and house. The documents were cataloged and made available to the public. The public had access to any of the books in the library from sunup to sundown on any day except Sunday.

Name Meaning

1 English and North German: from Middle English peper, piper, Middle Low German peper ‘pepper’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer; alternatively, it may be a nickname for a small man (as if the size of a peppercorn) or one with a fiery temper, or for a dark-haired person (from the color of a peppercorn) or anecdotal for someone who paid a peppercorn rent.2 Americanized form of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name Pfeffer , or Fef(f)er, a cognate, from Yiddish fefer ‘pepper’.3 Irish: variant of Peppard .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Pepper, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Pepper, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Pepper in entry for Nancy Ford, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"

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