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  • ID: I51990
  • Name: James E. Pepper 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Jason
  • Birth: 18 MAY 1850 in KY. 2
  • Event: Census 1860 1860 Woodford Co., KY. 3
  • Reference Number: 992.1011353
  • Death: 24 DEC 1906 4
  • Note:
    James was a Colonel. James sold the distillery to Leopold Labrot andJames Graham in 1878, which created what now exists as Labrot & Graham. James then moved to New York, but returned in 1879 to build a new distillery in Lexington, KY. for many years that is reported to have been quite profitable.

    James E. Pepper was the last in a long line of distillers. His grandfather was Elijah Pepper, born in Virginia and an early Kentucky settler. His father was Oscar Pepper, who had the good sense to employ Dr. James C. Crow as his master distiller, bringing fame to the Old Crow and Old Pepper brands, and fortune to the Pepper family. After Oscar's death in 1867, James ran the Versailles distillery for a few years before selling it to E. H. Taylor. One of the unique features of the site was a seemingly inexhaustible spring. The distillery's pumps drew water from it at a rate of 700 gallons a minute and it never went dry.James put his name on the label of his bourbon and used the famous slogan "Born With The Republic" along with the trademark "Old 1776." James died in 1908 and the family sold the distillery and brands. JamesE. Pepper Bourbon was brought back after Prohibition but discontinuedin 1960. United Distillers re-established it 1994 but only sells it outside the USA.

    Father: Oscar Neville Pepper b: 12 OCT 1809 in Woodford Co., KY.
    Mother: Nannie Annette Edwards b: ABT 1827 in KY.

    Marriage 1 Ella 'Offitt' Keene b: 1856
    • Married: ABT 1890

    1. Author: RootsWeb - Inc.
      Title: Electronic - Worldconnect (unverified)
        Name: Internet -

      Source Medium: Electronic

      Needs Verification

      Page: 16120: 25 August 2001
    2. Author: Paul O'Bannon
      Title: Descendants - O'Bannon - 2004
      Publication: Name: Name: 6 Janaury 2004;;
      Source Medium: Manuscript

      Text: Suggests that year of birth may have been 1830 (?)
    3. Author: United States Government
      Title: Census 1860 - US Federal
      Source Medium: Census

      Page: Kenton Co., Kentucky Library: 1860 Census: Woodford Co., KY. Federal Census, p. 41
      Text: as 10 year old male born in Kentucky
    4. Title: Electronic Internet (unverified)
      Source Medium: Electronic

      Needs Verification

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