William Epperly
 
Submitted by:  Ilene Tracy
Source:  Aledo newspaper
 
 
In the death of William Epperly of Duncan township,  Mercer county has lost one of its worthy and prominent citizens.  He was an old settler, born in Eliza township September 15, 1839, son of William Epperly, Sr.  The Epperlys came from Virginia to Indiana in 1831, and to Mercer county in 1836, and were among the very earliest settlers of that part of the county.
William Epperly was one of a large family of brothers and sisters, who likewise have had a prominent part in making Mercer county what it is.
 
His marriage to Mary Braucht occurred March 30, 1862, and to this union have been born ten children, all of whom are living:  Albert T. of Vancouver, B. C.;  Mrs. C. H. Thornhill of Rock Island;  Mrs. Kate Geesey of Aledo;  Omer of Larned, Kansas;  Hamilton, John, Walter, Chauncey, who reside near home and Glen and Mary E. are at home.  There are left beside to mourn his loss, his beloved wife, and the three brothers, Jackson and John of Joy, and Eli of Duncan township;  and three sisters,  Mrs. Nancy Watson of Aledo;  Mrs. Sarah Boney of Riddle, Oregon, and Mrs. Mary Shaffer of Denver, Colorado.  There are fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Mr. Epperly died suddenly of heart failure at his
home Monday evening, December 16, 1912, aged 73 years, 3 months and 1 day.
 
The funeral occurred at his late home Thursday, December 19th.  Rev. Geo. D. Adamson, the pastor at Joy, had charge of the services, Rev. Norbury W. Thornton delivering the funeral address from Job 14:14, "If a man die, shall he live again?"  and Job 19:25, "I know that my Redeemer liveth."  The funeral was largely attended by a large family connection and by
citizens from different parts of the county.  The interment was in Millersburg cemetery.
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