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  • ID: I51985
  • Name: Elijah Pepper 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Title: Captain
  • Birth: 08 DEC 1760 in Fauquier Co., VA. 4 5
  • Event: Census 1830 1830 Woodford Co., KY. 6
  • Reference Number: 992.10113A
  • Event: Migration ABT 1790 VA. to KY. 7
  • Death: ABT 1831 in Woodford Co., KY. 8
  • Note:
    Elijah and Sarah moved to the area near Versailles, Woodford County, KY about 1790. Elijah Pepper and his brother in law, John O'Bannon built a distillery in Versailles which was at a spring gushing behind the court house ... "a spring emanating from a cave behind behind the Versailles courthouse'. This partnership continued for several years or until Elijah Pepper bought a large tract of land seven miles below the spring on Glenn's Creek, when the partnership was dissolved.

    Glenn Creek, with clear water flowing from a limestone plat, meanders behind the complex. Its presence is the main reason this site was picked by the original distillery owner, Elijah Pepper, in 1812. Limestone water proved not only the best for distilling, but is credited for the area's horses being stronger and faster than the competition. There, Elijah erected 'log house possibly stockaded on an elevated slope above the creek facing Versailles and the Millville Road'.

    John O'Bannon continued the distillation of whiskey at Versailles having bought that distillery and Elijah established his own distillery on Glenn's Creek, where he distilled his "Old Pepper". Elijah was a well-known as a superior local farmer-distiller. When the Whiskey Rebellion arose in 1794, Elijah was one of the few distillers with pockets deep enough to pay the demanded excise taxes. Many other local farmer-distillers were forced to give up distilling due to the high taxesand sold their grains to Elijah, which he, in turn, distilled. Elijah ran a successful distillation operation until he died, leaving the distillery to his son and successor, Oscar.

    Elijah erected on his farm at Glenn's Creek a comfortable log house on an elevated slope above the creek that faces the Versailles and Millville road, and in the creek below he erected the distillery plant where he continued to manufacture the "Old Pepper". The residence was still standing but had been weatherboarded. Its design indicates that it was built at a very early date to guard against attacks from roving bands of Indians that infested the country for some years after they were driven westward from Virginia. The home was built on a rise overlooking Grasy Springs Branch of Glenn's Creek. The distillery was small and only a few evidences remain of its existence and they are within a short distance of the Labrot and Graham distillary (founded in 1878), that succeeded the Pepper plant some years after the Civil War. On his farm Pepper raised the grain that entered into the manufacture of his liquid product. After his death, Elijah's son Oscar continued the business until about 1865.

    Father: Samuel Pepper b: 1725 in Prince William (now Fauquier) Co., VA.
    Mother: Elizabeth Ann Holton b: BET 31 MAR 1728 AND 1730 in Prince William (now Fauquier) Co., VA.

    Marriage 1 Sarah O'Bannon b: 17 SEP 1770 in near Salem (now Marshall), Fauquier Co., VA.
    • Married: 20 FEB 1794 in Fauquier Co., VA. 9
    • Note: Susan's brother William was the bondsman at the marriage of Sarah andElijah.
    1. Has No Children Elijah Enoch Pepper b: AFT 1794
    2. Has No Children William O'Bannon Pepper b: AFT 1794
    3. Has Children Presley Neville Pepper b: AFT 1794
    4. Has No Children Matilda Pepper b: AFT 1794
    5. Has Children Elizabeth H. Pepper b: ABT 1800 in Woodford Co., KY.
    6. Has Children Samuel O'Bannon Pepper b: BET 1802 AND 1803 in Woodford Co., KY.
    7. Has Children Nancy Ann 'Neville' Pepper b: ABT 1808 in Woodford Co., KY.
    8. Has Children Amanda M.F. Pepper b: 12 OCT 1809 in Woodford Co., KY.
    9. Has Children Oscar Neville Pepper b: 12 OCT 1809 in Woodford Co., KY.

    1. Author: Fred Lager - prior to 1995
      Title: Roots III Data Base
      Source Medium: Other

      Page: Notes of Rachel (Clifton) Rief - 1992
    2. Title: Kentucky Perspectives
      Page: 'On the Road Tour' of Southern Woodford County': John Steele Davis, Woodford County Historical Society, Lynn Blueprint & Supply Co., Lexington, KY., p. 6
    3. Title: Newspaper - Lexington, KY.
      Publication: Name: Lexington, Kentucky;
      Page: 8 September 1963: 'Distiller Built Home of Five Little Peppers', Bettye Lee Mastin
    4. Author: United States Government
      Title: Census 1830 - US Federal
      Source Medium: Census

      Page: Woodford County, Kentucky
      Text: Elijah referenced as between 60 and 70 years old. Several sources have reported that his date of birth was specifically 8 December 1760, while others have placed it in either 1772 or possibly as lat e as 1777
    5. Author: Paul O'Bannon
      Title: Descendants - O'Bannon - 2004
      Publication: Name: Name: 6 Janaury 2004;;
      Source Medium: Manuscript
    6. Author: United States Government
      Title: Census 1830 - US Federal
      Source Medium: Census

      Page: Kenton County, Kentucky Library: 1830 Woodford County Census, p. 38
      Text: as 60 to 70 year old male, with 1 between 5 - 10, 2 between 20 - 30
    7. Title: Kentucky Perspectives
      Page: 'Stockading Up: A Study of Pioneer Stations in the Inner Bluegrass Area of Kentucky', Nancy O'Malley, 1987, p. 300.
    8. Author: RootsWeb - Inc.
      Title: Electronic - Worldconnect (unverified)
        Name: Internet -

      Source Medium: Electronic

      Needs Verification

      Page: 16120: 25 August 2001
    9. Title: Virginia State Records
      Source Medium: Civil Registry

      Page: Fauquier Co., Marriage Bonds, Book 1, p. 414
      Text: Also see LDS Batch 7701213, Sheet 84. Elijah Pepper to Sally O'Bannon, license on 10 February 1794. Benjamin O'Bannon is also bound. Sally, daughter of William. Marriage Record at Book 1, p. 450 o ccured on 20 February 1794
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