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  • Buck Epps, that has Buck’s corner on here sent this to me. I wrote about some info that was given to me about Hepsey Prosser. The below are the corrections.

    First the name James Norris Epps is wrong. It was James C Epps Jr. that married her. Yes she is about 13 or 14 when she married and her husband was 10 years older. Their first child was not Ella. Accoding to the 1900 Hickman Co. Tn. census her birth was in March 1866 so she was the last child of Hepsey had at age 19. I don’t know if she got pregnant again and died from that child in late 1866 or 1867. The first child born to Hepsey was Elizabeth or Bettie and I have her b. 2 Oct. 1863. This date is from her grave in Unity Cemetery which is located next to her father James Jr. and her stepmother Addie Fox Epps. Hepsy would have been about 16 at that time and her second child Hepsey Jane
    who married the Eaks was born 23 March 1865 when Hepsey was 18. Her last child you will notice was born about one year later and I believe this is the one that caused her death but maybe the story of the Eaks descendant about the fourth child is right?

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  • Miscellaneous information on Hepsey Prosser Epps .

    This story was told to a family member, in 1981.

    Hepsey Prosser was “just a baby” when James Norris Epps married her. She was either just past 14 or not quite 14 years old.  James Epps was about 10 years older than Hepsey.

    He kept her pregnant “He killed her by keeping her pregnant all the time.” 

    They married 20 December 1860, and the first child was born 1861, a girl named Ella. The next child, Elizabeth “Bettie” was born 2 October 1863, the third child, Hepsey was born 22 March 1865 and died 20 November 1892.

    Hepsey Prosser the mother was pregnant with the fourth child when she died in 1866 or 1867 . Both Hepsey and the child died.

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