This is Day 16 of the A to Z April Challenge. My theme is women with unusual names although I must cheat now and then or I’ll have a name and no story.
is for Parmela Eppard Samuels. She was my third great grandaunt, sister to my 3G grandfather William Eppard, and thus sister-in-law to Helena Foland Eppard (about whom I wrote for “H”).
Daughter of Johann George and Catherine Beasley Eppard, Parmela was born November 1808 in the Naked Creek area of Rockingham County, Virginia, in the heart of Eppard country. Even after she married Joseph Hiram Samuels, Jr. on August 28, 1828, they remained close to their Eppard and Samuels families. In every census record from 1830 to 1900, their nearest neighbors were Eppard, Samuels, Smith (lots of Smith-Eppard weddings along Naked Creek!), and Jollett (Smiths and Jolletts married too).
Parmela and Joseph had 6 children:
- Frances Caroline (1830 - )
- Joseph Hiram III (1834 - )
- Sarah Elizabeth (1837 – 1925)
- Amanda Catherine (1840 - )
- George Franklin (1846 – 1920)
- Greenberry (1849 – 1937)
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