Name: Peter Henry Klepper 1 1
Birth: 1792 in Stanley Valley, Hawkins, Tennessee, USA 1 1
Death: 31 DEC 1876 in Devils Nose, Tn Hawkins, Tennessee, USA 1 1
PETER HENRY3 KLEPPER (JACOB BENJAMIN2, JOHN VALENTHIN1) was born 1791 in Stanley Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee1, and died December 31, 1876 Buried in Klepper Cem.Devils Nose Road,Hawkins Co,Tn.1.
He married (1) MARY KATHERINE MYERS 2 June 13, 1813 in Hawkins Co Tn.3,4, daughter of MARTIN MYERS and CATHERINE. She was born December 13, 1792 in Hawkins County, Tennessee, and died March 01, 1835 buried in Ward Cem.Hickory Cove Rd.,,HawkinsCo. Tn.
He married (2) MARY PILANT 7 January 01, 1839 in Hawkins County, Tennessee8, daughter of JOSEPH PILANT. She was born February 17, 1814, and died March 19, 1907 in Hawkins Co Tn. Bur. Klepper Cem. New Salem Rd..
At age 21 in 1813 Peter joined a company of volunteers the East Tennessee Militia under Captain William Gillenwaters under the alias of Peter Henry. His reason for using an alias was not explained but his pension application states that he enlisted under the name of Peter Henry. The roll of members also shows a David Clepper. He enlisted on or about Oct 10, 1812 and served until about Jan 30, 1813 being discharged at Rogersville. He served under General Andrew Jackson,. His second wife, Mary Pilant, received a veterans widow pension.
Katherine and Barnabus are buried in Ward Cemetery in Hickory Cove beside her father. Peter, his second wife Mary, five of his daughters and his sons Joseph and Francis Marion are buried in the family cemetery at Devils Nose. Cornelius is buried in the Gillenwater Cem in Hickory Cove and his tombstone reads “A soldier and died at Knoxville”
He was born ca 1790/92 Tn.; son of Jacob Klepper, Sr.; died 31 Dec. 1876 Hawkins County, Tn.; buried in Family cemetery behind Devil's Nose, Hawkins County, Tn.
His tombstone has the name spelled “Clepper”, and reads “A Jackson
Soldier”. He was a veteran of the War of 1812. He enlisted under
alias, Peter Henry. Peter Clipper, Frederick Clipper and George Clipper are listed as Taxpayers in Mc Coys Company, Hawkins Co., Tn. in 1809. Peter is in
the 1830 census of Hawkins Co., Tn. his age is 30/40; 1840 age
40/50; 1850 age 50; 1860 age 45 (sic); 1870 age 76.
The General Index to land records of Hawkins Co., Tn. 1788-1861,
list Peter Clipper Book 3 pg. 517, 1816; Peter Klepper Book 16 pg
257, 1825; Book 20 pg 378, Book 16 pg 74, 257 and 271 in 1838; Book
20 pg 99, 1848; Book 23 pg. 49, 50, and 62 in 1854/5.
A land grant to Thomas Gillenwaters dated 18 Nov. 1816 and
registered 7 July 1817 described the point of beginning as “...at
a poplar, dogwood, and two sourwoods, Peter Clippers corner”. A
deed dated 16 Dec. 1837 and registered 18 June 1838 describes the
land Peter Klepper purchased from David Mallery, Mary Howe Mallery,
and Margaret Howe for $210. The land was in Hickory Cove and had
been part of an original land grant to John Groves by the State of
North Carolina. Elizabeth Groves gave the land to Jacob and
Elizabeth Howe who willed it to the Mallerys (Mallory) and Margaret
Howe. A deed registered on 31 Dec. 1847 describes the sale of the
above land bought from the Howe heirs plus some other tracts to
John S. Brice for $1275.
Deed registered 12 Jan. 1848 describes the land referred to as
the old Ingram tract (550 acres) at the foot of the Devil's Nose
Mountain purchased by Peter Klepper for $1800 from John Wheeler.
The property was described as adjoining lands of John Mallery and
A deed registered 24 Aug. 1850 describes some land on the south
side of Stone Mountain sold by John Mallery to Peter Klepper for
A transaction registered 23 Apr. 1855 showed Peter Klepper
purchasing for $130 a 1/7th part of the slave property escinded to
Alsa Wheeler from his father John Wheeler. The slaves were
described as a 25 year old woman slave Amanda and a 5 year old male
named Richard. Another transaction registered 23 Apr. 1855
describes the purchase of another 1/7 part of the John Wheeler
slave property from Hugh Wheeler of Sullivan County, Tn for
$145. In addition to Amanda and Richard, a 55 year old male slave
by the name of Wyatt was also included. Then the same three slaves
were named in a sale by James and Rosannah (Wheeler) Davis for $150
registered 17 May 1855
Peter applied for a land grant on 23 Sept. 1851 and stated that
he “Peter Klepper, alias Peter Henry aged fifty-nine a resident of
Hawkins County, State of Tn., declares that he is the identical
Peter Klepper who was a private in the company commanded by Captain
William Gillenwater in the Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers,
Commanded by Col. Gillard in the War with the Creek Indians. That
he was mustered into service of the United States at Knoxville, Tn.
on or about the 2nd. day of Oct. AD 1813, and was honorably
discharged at Rogersville, Tn. on or about 8th day of Feb. 1814,
that he has lost his discharge. He makes this declaration for the
purpose of obtaining the Bounty Land to which he may be entitled
under the Act passed Sept. 28th, 1850.”
On 23 Apr. 1855 he again made an application for Bounty Land due
him under the Act approved 3 Mch. 1855. He gives his age as 64;
states he has already received 80 acres under the Bounty Land Act
of 1850. He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the
additional boutny land to which he may be entitled under the Act
approved 3 Mch. 1855.
Peter declared for a pension on the 14th of March. 1871 in which
he stated “enlisted in Captain Gillenwaters' Company about the 10th
of Oct. 1812 at Rogersville, Tn. and was discharged at Rogersille
about the 30th of Jan. 1813”. He had enlisted under an alias, Peter
A series of Deeds registered in 1877 thru 1879 shows Francis
Marion Klepper purchasing the undivided interest of 13 of the other
children of Peter Klepper.
Letter dated 10 Apr. 1980 from Lowell D. Klepper states, “his
great aunt Osie Klepper Altom has the theory that Peter was married
three times. I'm not sure what she bases it on. However, if he
wasn't his son Barney M. was born out of wedlock, if marriage date
of 13 June 1813, (as stated in Peter's pension records) is correct.
The birth date of Barney M. is ascribed to be 12 Jan. 1813. Peter
was in the Army from Oct. 1812 to Feb. 1813 and then married
following summer, so; (1) Did he have 3 wives, (2) Did Catherine
Myers have child (Barney) out of wedlock and then Peter finally
married her five months later, If so why so long after child was
born?, (3) Did Peter give wrong year to whoever filled out his
pension form for him?”
1/mar. 13 June 1813 to Mary Katherine Myers; born 13 Dec. 1792;
died 1 Mch. 1835; buried Ward Cemetery, Hickory Cove, Hawkins Co.,
Tn. beside son Barney M. Klepper. This cemetery was original
burying ground of Hickory Cove Church.
In the Roster of the Richardson Creek Baptist Church of Hawkins
Co., Tn. for 28 and 29 July 1821 list of membership: Received M.
Magdalin Klepper for membership. She was baptized on 8th Sept.
1821. Membership list for Aug. 1822 include the following: Eliz.
Klepper (Dismissed by letter); B.M Klepper; Lurana Klepper, Nancy
Klepper; James Klepper; and Nancy Klepper, (deceased)
2/mar. 1 Jan. 1839 to Mary Pilant; born 17 Feb 1814 (1900 census
born Feb. 1815); died 19 Mch. 1907. She is buried in family
cemetery beside Peter.
In Mary Pilant Klepper's Widow Pension application dated 19 July
1878, she states that his first wife was deceased; she married
Peter Klepper in Hawkins Co., Tn. on the 1 Jan. 1839; was a
resident of Claiborne Co., Tn. before moving to Hawkins Co., Tn.
She is in the 1880-1900 censuses in the household of her son
Frances Marion Klepper.
Family Group Sheet filed at LDS 5 Feb. 1966 by Mr. F. G. Adams,
shows Peter had 9 children by his first wife Mary Myers, (Mary,
William, Nancy, Elizabeth, Eliza Jane, Catherine Ann, Lurana, John
M. and Margaret). He lists Wm. Klepper born 1818 that married
Nancy Courtney as son of Peter, but the Geo. M. Klepper, Sr. Chart)
shows this William to be the son of William Sr. George received the following letter dated 18 July 1933 from Milton R. Klepper, “my
father was Gaines A. Klepper, his Grandfather was William Klepper
and in my opinion his Great Grandfather was William Sr. son of
Jacob Sr.” See (172) for Wm
REFERENCE: 1830-1900 Hawkins Co., Tn. Censuses; Hawkins Co., Tn.
Deed Book 36, pp 119, 120, 270, 443; Gen Index of Deeds 1788-1861
for Hawkins Co; Marriage Records of Hawkins Co., Tn.; Pension file
# 2099 dated 7 Jul 1871 for Peter Henry. Land Grant Records of 1850
& 1855; War of 1812, Claim of Widow for Service Pension; LDS -; “A
Jackson Soldier” & List of Pensioners on the Roll, Vol. V, Mary
Klipper, Rogersville, Widow 1812, Cert. No. 28821; “Major Index To
Wills and Inventories of Tn., At The DAR Library, Washington, DC”
Hawkins Co. - Mary Ann Clepper pg 24; Nancy Clepper pg 3;
Elizabeth Klepper pg 47.
Children of PETER KLEPPER and MARY MYERS are:
i.ONE UNKNOWN4 KLEPPER.
33.ii. BARNABUS KLEPPER, b. January 12, 1813, Tn.; d. May 10, 1885, Hickory Cove near Molsbees and Stokelys.
34.iii. MARY POLLY KLEPPER, b. September 28, 1816, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. January 28, 1899, Cedar Grove Church Cemetery.
35.iv. WILLIAM KLEPPER, b. January 12, 1819, Hawkins Co. Tn; d. July 26, 1894, Hawkins Co. Tn Bur. Rogers Cem near Alum Well.
36.v. NANCY KLEPPER, b. 1825.
vi.ELIZABETH KLEPPER9, b. 182410; m. (1) JOHN W. WEDDING11; m. (2) ENOCH COX NELSON, December 22, 1854, hawkins Co Tn.; b. June 11, 1835, Scott Cnty VA; d. October 31, 1893, Roseau Cnty., MN.
Notes for ENOCH COX NELSON:
Enoch Cox Nelson was born 06-11-1835 in Scott Cnty VA to David and Jemima Nelson. Jemima Nelsons parents were David Cocke/Cox and Jemima Leece Cocke of Scott Cnty VA . According to the 1850 Hawkins Cnty TN Census he had 5 siblings listed, they are: Margaret b: 1820 m: Jacob Smiley in 1848, Odom C. b: 1827 m: Mary Wineger in 1849 and then Mary Barker in 1856, Merinda b: 1830 m: Alexander Helton, Martha b: 1833, David b: 1833. David and Jemima according to deeds and Church records may have moved from Scott Cnty. in around 1847 with there children. Before moving to Hawkins Cnty TN David bought a a peice of land in Big Poor Valley (Alum Wells) from Benjamin Looney Jr. (deed book 20-185) . I believe that David and Jemima both passed on somewhere between 1853 and 1855. The last deed David signed was March 31, 1853. An agreement between him and a Joel Gillenwaters(book 21-308) In Sept. 1856 (deed book 23-374) Marinda and and her spouse are buying land from Enoch . It appears to be paying a note on Davids land. The deed notes that David has died. It was at this time that Enoch with his wife Elizebeth moved with there son James to the Cumberland MT. Where they had 2 more children, Jacob and Mary Jane(1860 TN Census). Enoch not believing in slavery decided to take his young family north. Moving first to Kentucky ,then to IND where in 1861 Hellen Margaret was born . Then the family moved to Springfield ILL where in 1865 a boy Winfred was born then died as an infant and Amanda Sarah who was born in 1865. While the family lived in Springfield on Oct. 11, 1864 Enoch enlisted with Captain Whitteware Comapany H 2nd Regiment, IL Lt. Artillery. Description of Enoch on pension records was he was 5'4 and ½”, fair skinned,light eyes, and light hair. When Enoch was honorably discharged on July 29,1865 he weighed 79 pounds from being sick for several months at Fort Bruce, IL. After getting his health back he and his family started making there northern trek to Minnesota where Drs. said his health would improve. After reaching Minnesota one more daughter was born to Enoch and Elizebeth in 1868 Emma Kate was born in Young America MN. In April of 1869 the family moved 10 miles west of Hutchinson, then in 1873 into Hutchinson. In about 1873 James married (look below) and the family moved 18 mls. E of Stephen in Marshall Cnty. what is now known as Nelson Park. I will continue the family moves below with James and his wife Betsy.. Enoch was shot by accident in the fall of 1893 while working on a road near Thief River Falls MN.
vii.ELIZA JANE KLEPPER, b. November 11, 1825, Hawkins Co., Tn.; m. BENJAMIN ROSS11, 1850; b. December 23, 1827, Northa Carolina; d. January 05, 1887, Fisher Creek, Hawkins Co. TN..
viii.CATHERINE ANN KLEPPER11, b. May 02, 182812; d. February 23, 1920, Bur. Courtney Cm. Hawkins Co, Tn; m. RILEY M COURTNEY13, March 09, 1854, Hawkins Co. Tn.
ix.LURANA KLEPPER13, b. October 18, 183014; d. February 23, 1896, Klepper Cem.,Devils Nose Road,Hawkins Co. Tn14; m. JOSEPH C LAWSON15, August 30, 1887.
37.x. JOHN M KLEPPER, b. March 01, 1832; d. November 19, 1914, Botetourt Co., Va Bur Daleville Cemetery.
38.xi. MARGARET KLEPPER, b. February 15, 1835, Hawkins Co Tn.; d. January 19, 1913, Isenberg Cm, Mooresberg, Hawkins Co. Tn.
Children of PETER KLEPPER and MARY PILANT are:
39.xii. SUSAN ETTA4 KLEPPER, b. November 02, 1839, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. April 09, 1925, Hawkins Co Tn. Bur. Devils Nose.
xiii.JOSEPH KLEPPER16,16,17, b. June 07, 1841, Hawkins Co Tn.18; d. August 31, 1875, Klepper Cem.Hawkins Co Tn. Devils Nose Cem.18.
Notes for JOSEPH KLEPPER:Will Hawkins Co. Page 95
Joseph Kleppere ---- Will Will book 1-11- page 153 1786-1886 Hawkins Co. Tn.
Dated 31 August 1875 Proved 4 October 1875
My half brothers and sisters, namely John M. Klepper, __________klepper, Margaret Isenbury, Catherine Ann Courtney
One hundred dollars each, the balance to be equally divided between my own brothers and sisters
Wit:Suryen Isenburg, H.M. Klepper
124. JOSEPH KLEPPER (Peter, Jacob Sr.), was born Hawkins Co.,
Tn. 7 Jan. 1841; son of Peter and Mary (Pilant) Klepper; died 31
Aug. 1875, Hawkins Co., Tn.; buried in family cemetery behind
His will was proven 4th day of Oct. 1875 in Hawkins Co., Tn.
“This being my last will and testament made in (hard to read) --
eighteen hundred and seventy five, August 31st. I being weak in
body, but of sound mind, I wish to dispose of my property in the
following manner; FIRST. I give unto my half brothers and sisters
Nancy?, John M. Klepper, Suroney Klepper, Margaret Isenberg,
Catherine Ann Courtney each one of them. One hundred dollars ---
---. The balance to be equally divided between my own brothers and
xiv.CORNELIUS KLEPPER19, b. July 27, 1843, Hawkins County, Tennessee20; d. February 12, 1863, Knoxville, Knox Co., Tn Gillenwater Cem. Hickory C ove.20.
Notes for CORNELIUS KLEPPER:
He got killed in war battle. His father Peter Klepper took a team of horses and wagon, went to knoxville, Tn. and brought his body back to Rogersville, Tn.
40.xv. PHOEBE KLEPPER, b. May 30, 1845, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. June 19, 1907, Hawkins Co Tn. Bur. New Salem Rd. Cem..
41.xvi. FRANCIS MARION KLEPPER, b. September 24, 1847, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. February 20, 1945, Bur.Devils Nose, Greene Co., Tn..
42.xvii. MARTHA B KLEPPER, b. December 17, 1849, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. June 17, 1905, Klepper Cem.Devils Noses Road-Hawkins Co Tn..
xviii. SARAH REBECCA KLEPPER21, b. October 19, 1852, Hawkins County, Tennessee22; d. September 22, 1922, Hawkins Co Tn., Jones Cem.; m. CHARLES H.CREASY, January 02, 1876.
43.xix. BARBARY KLEPPER, b. September 03, 1855, Hawkins County, Tennessee; d. August 15, 1891, Klepper Cem, New Salem Rd, Hawkins Co. Tn..
Father: Jacob Benjamin Klepper b: 14 APR 1741 in Germany
Mother: Rebecca b: 20 AUG 1743 in Pennsylvania, USA
Mary Catherine Myers b: 13 DEC 1792 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Barnabus M Clepper b: 12 JAN 1813 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Mary Polly Klepper b: 28 SEP 1816 in Stanley Valley, Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- William Klepper b: 12 JAN 1819 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Nancy Klepper b: 1822 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Elizabeth Klepper b: 1824 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Eliza Jane Klepper b: 11 NOV 1825 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Catherine Ann Klepper b: 2 MAY 1826 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Lourana Klepper b: 1830 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Susannah Klepper b: 1831 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- John M Klepper b: 1 MAR 1832 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Margaret Klepper b: 15 FEB 1835 in Devil's Nose, TN
Mary Pilant b: 17 FEB 1814 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
1 JAN 1839
in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA 1
- Francis Marion Klepper b: 24 SEP 1847 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Barbara Klepper b: 3 SEP 1855 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Sarah Klepper b: 19 OCT 1852 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Joseph Klepper b: 7 JUN 1841 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Cornelius Klepper b: 27 JUL 1843 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Susan Klepper b: 2 NOV 1839 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Phebe Klepper b: 1845 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
- Francis Marion Klepper b: 24 SEP 1847
- Martha Ellen Klepper b: 17 DEC 1849 in Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
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