About Francis Eppes, II
Additional Curator's Notes:
Francis Eppes II was the son of Francis Eppes I, "the Immigrant," and wife Mary. He was born c. 1627 in Virginia. His father returned to England c.1629, taking Mary and two small sons with him, to tend to the affairs of John Eppes, recently deceased. The third son, Thomas, was born in 1630 in London. When the family returned to Virginia, the senior Francis Eppes was able to claim headrights for his wife and three children by paying for their passages.
Francis Eppes II served as justice of the Charles City County monthly court. He served in the Virginia Militia, rising to the rank of captain by 1660 and to Lt. Col during Bacon's Rebellion. He moved to Henrico County, Virginia c.1665 and served as a justice in that county, as well. He served in the House of Burgesses.
Francis married twice. The first wife's name is not known. It has been suggested that her birth name was Wells or Welles, but no documents have been found to support this name. There was one child from this marriage. His second wife was Elizabeth Littlebury, widow of William Worsham. There were four children from this marriage.
Francis died in August, 1678, of a wound, possibly from fighting Indians. He had made a deposition earlier that year reciting he was 50 years of age. From this we can estimate his date of birth.
Before his death he made a nuncupative will dividing his estate, and designating his son Francis executor, to which will William Randolph and Richard Cocke, Sr. were witnesses. On December 2, 1678 Richard Cocke, Sr., aged about 38, deposed that he was at the house of Colonel Francis Eppes the day before he died, and Col. Eppes said he wished his estate divided equally between his wife and four children. And on the same day Wm Randolph, aged about 28, deposed that he was at the house of Col. Francis EPES a few days before he died, and said EPES, being dangerously wounded, called him, and desired him to take notice that he wished his estate to be equally divided between his wife and four children, and when his wife asked about his land, he said he hoped his brother would seat one of them (the sons) at Causons, and that Lanton would serve one of the boys. His son Francis was his administrator and among his accounts with the estate are payments to Pars on Williams and Parson Ball doubtless for the funeral services.
During his lifetime he carried on a mercantile business at Bermuda Hundred, and was agent for a London firm.
Child of Francis Eppes II and first wife:
- Frances Eppes III, b. 1657
Children of Francis Eppes II and wife Elizabeth Littlebury:
- William Eppes, b. 1662
- Littlebury Eppes
- Mary Eppes, b. 1664
- Anne Eppes.
Many thanks to all the Geni members who contributed to this profile and left information on the overview. I have consolidated their information in writing this brief bio of Francis Eppes II.
Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator, 8/29/2011
Links to additional information:
- Virginia immigrants and adventurers, 1607-1635: a biographical dictionary By Martha W. McCartney Pg.281-282 -- http://books.google.com/books?id=orDbMGpInaQC&pg=PA281&lpg=PA281&dq=Francis+EPPES+1627&source=bl&ots=WG-59hs_0N&sig=jfT9livjjMUchdMDn2EiZXBlVl8&hl=en&ei=4gaFTPW8B4OesQO75pT3Bw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CC4Q6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=Francis%20EPPES%201627&f=false
- Lewis of Warner Hall: the history of a family, including the genealogy of ... By Merrow Egerton Sorley Pg.809 --http://books.google.com/books?id=yeWgvfDpwbwC&pg=PA807&lpg=PA807&dq=Francis+EPPES+1627&source=bl&ots=4XPXMUTco3&sig=yAlZrXUXhgE5459YbSGrYQX-Y7I&hl=en&ei=OhCFTOv7NomcsQOUopT3Bw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CCIQ6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=Francis%20EPPES%201627&f=false
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Francis Eppes
Name: Francis Eppes
Birth Place: EN
Birth Year: 1628
Spouse Name: Elizabeth Littlebury
Marriage Year: 1661
Marriage State: VA
Number Pages: 1
Source Citation: Source number: 41.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: PKS.
Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) about Francis Epps
Name: Francis Epps
Birth Date: 1628
Page Number: 104
Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 20 Aug 1917, 6556
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Francis Eppes
Name: Francis Eppes
Family Members: Son Jon; Son Tho; Son Fr
Source Publication Code: 6220
Primary Immigrant: Eppes, Francis
Record of 20,000 very early immigrants, with much relevant information. Taken from Patent Books 1 through 5. Title page states, "In 5 volumes," but up to 1979 only three had appeared. See nos. 6221 and 6223 for second and third volumes, published in 1977
NUGENT, NELL MARION. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666. Vol. 1. Richmond [VA]: Dietz Printing Co., 1934. 767p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1983.
Lt Col. Francis Eppes II's Timeline
November 19, 1627
of, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Shirley Hundred, Henrico, Virginia Colony
Bermuda Hundred, Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
Henrico county, Virginia Colony
Bermuda Hundred, Chesterfield, Virginia
Bermuda Hundred, Henrico, Virginia
Charles City, Virginia, United States