Dr Charles Taylor Pepper

Brief Life History of Charles Taylor

When Dr Charles Taylor Pepper was born on 2 December 1830, in Elliston, Montgomery, Virginia, United States, his father, John Pepper, was 47 and his mother, Mary "Polly" Robertson, was 45. He married Isabella McDowell Howe on 18 May 1858, in Pulaski, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Giles, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Blacklick, Wythe, Virginia, United States for about 20 years. He died on 28 May 1903, in Orange, Virginia, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Rural Retreat, Wythe, Virginia, United States.

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Dr Charles Taylor Pepper
Isabella McDowell Howe
Marriage: 18 May 1858
William Howe Pepper
Mary Margaret Pepper
Charles Robertson Pepper
Louis Ervin Pepper
Ruth McDowell Pepper

Sources (19)

  • Charles T Pepper in household of Thomas Shannon, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Charles Taylor Pepper, "Find A Grave Index"
  • C L Pepper in entry for B Gillispie, "Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1833 · Post office established

Rural Retreat's post office was established in 1833.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

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 man (from the color of a peppercorn) or anecdotal for someone who paid a peppercorn rent.

Irish: variant of Peppard .

Americanized form of Jewish Pfeffer , Feffer or Fefer, all meaning ‘pepper’.

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

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Charles Taylor Pepper (December 2, 1830 – May 28, 1903) was an American physician and surgeon, who is often cited as the namesake for the soft drink brand Dr Pepper. Many stories on the origins of the …

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