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Wallace Gary Caperton

By Gayle Basaldu

 

Wallace Gary Caperton, born 19 SEP 1837, Carroll County, Mississippi. He married (1) Pernilla E. "Lizzie" Awalt, 18 APR 1860, in Freestone County, Texas, born 1840, Nacogdoches county, Texas, (daughter of Henry Awalt and Mary Reed) died Feb1863 to Feb1866. He married (2) Margaret Anna Ford, 22 FEB 1866, in Cherokee County, Texas, born 22 FEB 1845, Texas, (daughter of Phillip Henry Ford and Margaret A. Wolfe) died 28 DEC 1917, buried: Albany Cemetery, Albany, Shackleford County, Texas. Wallace died 25 JUN 1925, buried: Albany Cemetery, Albany, Shackleford County, Texas. Served as a Chaplain in the Confederate Army, Wall's Legion Texas Cavalry.
 


Rev. Wallace Gary Caperton was a Baptist minister and elder, serving Texas in these known congregations and maybe more:

In 1860, he is listed as a "Baptist Preacher", living with his new father-in-law, Henry Awalt, in Freestone County, Texas.

From there,

Salem Baptist Church, of Larissa, Cherokee County, Texas,

Antioch Baptist Church, Smith County, Texas, as a minister, he traveled by horseback, taking his Bible and clothing with him in his saddle pockets.

First Baptist Church of Troup...In 1866, under the leadership of the pioneer preacher, W. G. Caperton, the church was organized in the old Bell log school house.

First Baptist Church of Whitehouse. In the year 1869, a church congregation, called New Hope Church of Christ, Baptist, was organized by Elders J. A. Kindle and W. G. CAPERTON and twenty-five charter members.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church ... In 1872, Rev. Caperton was elected as their first pastor, and a plot of ground was deeded to the church by W. B. Funderburgh. A one room log church house was built there to serve its 30 members.

Mount Sylvan Baptist Church ... In 1883 the church called W. G. Caperton.

First Baptist Church of Brady...The First Baptist Church of Brady was organized in 1887. W. G. CAPERTON was one of its fourteen known ministers.

Wallace G. Caperton was also a postmaster for Smith County, Texas in the early 1870's.

POSTMASTER-SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS in the town of Esparanza from 29 SEP 1871, Discontinued 28 OCT 1872.

Pernilla:

I. Mamie Caperton, (daughter of Wallace Gary Caperton and Pernilla E. "Lizzie" Awalt) born 06 FEB 1863, Texas. She married Thomas "Tom" Broughton Collier, 03 NOV 1883, in Smith County, Texas, born 29 JAN 1855, Texas, (son of John O. Collier and Amanda M. Broughton) died 07 SEP 1933, buried: Bradford Cemetery, Troup, Smith County, Texas. Mamie died 05 OCT 1912, buried: Bradford Cemetery, Troup, Smith County, Texas. Burned to death in a home fire when Grady, her son, poured kerosene oil into a stove. He was 6 years old. Both mother and child perished. Thomas: Attorney and accountant in Troup, Texas.

A. E. C. "Lizzie" Collier, born 11 OCT 1885, Texas, died 10 DEC 1918, buried: Bradford Cemetery, Troup, Smith County, Texas.

B. Clarence Henry Collier, born MAR 1888, Texas. He married Fannie Gillespie, buried: Dallas, Texas. Clarence buried: Dallas, Texas.

C. Urna Collier, born 1892, Texas. She married Ralph McBride, buried: Houston, Texas. Urna buried: Houston, Texas.

D. Mabel C. Collier, born JUN 1894, Texas. She married John Frank Bice, 08 JAN 1916, in Smith County, Texas, born 1892. Played piano for many years in Tyler.

E. Thomas Caperton Collier, born 16 JAN 1898, Troup, Smith County, Texas. He married Margaret Isabell Ferguson, 08 AUG 1947, born 18 JUL 1908, Boonville, Indiana, died 1993, Austin, Texas, buried: Memorial Park, Austin, Texas. Thomas died 30 MAR 1984, Austin, Texas, buried: Memorial Park, Austin, Texas.

F. Marietta Collier, born 1902-03, Texas. She married Russel Breckenridge Watson Sr., 03 SEP 1926, in Smith County, Texas, born 1902-03.

G. F. Grady Collier, born 08 NOV 1906, died 05 OCT 1912, buried: Bradford Cemetery, Troup, Smith County, Texas. He and his mother were burned to death in an accident.

Margaret:

II. Maggie A. Caperton, (daughter of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 14 DEC 1866, Texas. She married Charles S. Apperson, 23 DEC 1889, in Shackleford County, Texas. Maggie died 23 DEC 1891, buried: Lynch Cemetery, Shackleford County, Texas. It would appear that Maggie may have died from complications of childbirth. She died just 2 days after her baby, William, was born.

A. William Apperson, born 21 DEC 1891, died 21 DEC 1891, buried: Lynch Cemetery, Shackleford County, Texas.

III. Blanche/Birdie Caperton, (daughter of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 15 MAR 1870, Texas. She married William Cornelius Lynch, 29 MAY 1889, in Shackleford County, Texas, born 1868, (son of John Cornelius Lynch and Francis "Fannie" Jane Gunsolos). Blanche/Birdie died 21 APR 1953, buried: Albany Cemetery, Albany, Shackleford County, Texas. It is thought that she took back her Caperton name at some point after her divorce. William: Received divorce from Blanche. Remarried.

A. Douglas Caperton Lynch, born JUL 1891, Texas.

B. Cornel "Connie" O. Lynch, born OCT 1893, Texas. He married Cogie, wife of Cornel O. Lynch.

IV. Nellie Caperton, (daughter of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 05 NOV 1871, Texas. She married Peter J. "Jerry" Lynch, 10 APR 1892, in Shackleford County, Texas, born 04 JUN 1871, Texas, (son of John Cornelius Lynch and Francis "Fannie" Jane Gunsolos) died 27 OCT 1928, buried: Albany Cemetery, Shackleford County, Texas. Nellie died 22 MAY 1847, buried: Albany Cemetery, Albany, Shackleford County, Texas. Peter: Father, J.C. Lynch, was one of the first settlers of Shackleford County, Texas, establishing a ranch between Albany and Ibex in the 1850's.

A. Geraldine Eleonor Lynch, born 29 MAY 1893, Albany, Shackleford County, Texas. She married John Anderson Self, born 1887.

B. Kathline Frances Lynch, born JUL 1895, Texas. She married Elias Stevenson.

C. Marguerite Lillian Lynch, born 1901. She married John D. Keiser.

V. Ford Alexander Caperton, (son of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 27 JUL 1874, Tyler, Smith County, Texas. He married Flora Jesse Milner, 16 JUN 1932, in Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas, born 12 DEC 1895, Seymore, Baylor County, Texas, (daughter of Thomas Jesse Milner and Flora Scott) died 1971. Flora:

VI. Percy Caperton, (son of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 08 JAN 1877, died 08 JAN 1877, buried: Bradford Cemetery, Troup, Smith County, Texas. Headstone in Bradford Cemetery names Percy's parents as W.G. and Anna F. Caperton.

VII. Douglas Caperton, (son of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 1879, Texas.

VIII. Jewell V. Caperton, (daughter of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born 07 SEP 1886, Texas. She married F.F. McGee. Jewell died 15 NOV 1967, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. Had a boarding house located in Fort Worth, Texas.

A. Francis Nell McGee.

B. Jack McGee.

IX. Philroy Henry Caperton, (son of Wallace Gary Caperton and Margaret Anna Ford) born JAN 1888, Texas. He married (1) Elsie, Wife of Philroy Caperton, 1913-14. He married (2) Mary "Mollie" Ann Walton, 1920-23, born SEP 1886, (daughter of Edward Barson Walton and Margaret Belle Webb) died 1972, Ft. Myers, Florida, buried: Ft. Myers , Florida. Philroy died 25 DEC 1932, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, buried: San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Philroy had a business: OKO Turkey Tonic-A poultry remedy that he sold from Texas to Pennsylvania.

Elsie:

A. Joann Caperton, (son of Philroy Henry Caperton and Elsie, Wife of Philroy Caperton) born 16 AUG 1915.

B. Henry F. Caperton, (son of Philroy Henry Caperton and Elsie, Wife of Philroy Caperton) born 1917.

Mary:

A. Walton Greene Caperton, (son of Philroy Henry Caperton and Mary "Mollie" Ann Walton) born 03 JAN 1924, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. He married (1) Sareta Dolores Campbell, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, born 23 DEC 1929, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He married (2) Second, wife of Walton Greene Caperton. Walton died 23 JUL 1999, buried: Lewis County Memorial Garden Cemetery, Lewis County, Tennessee. PVT US Army Air Corps-WWII.

B. Edward "Webb" Caperton, (son of Philroy Henry Caperton and Mary "Mollie" Ann Walton) born Florida. .

Sources of Information:

“The Caperton Family” by Bernard M. Caperton-published Charlottesville, VA, 1973

The Caperton Family History Online Edition

(information on Bernard M. Caperton’s, “The Caperton Family”)
http://www.caperton.info/php/dbf/InWrite/_CapBook_view.php?editid1=1

Rye-Caperton House (photo found in the Gallery of photos)
http://www.caperton.info/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=10&pos=11

Rev. Wallace G. Caperton -  Minister

Salem Baptist Church of Larissa, Cherokee County, Texas, 1848-1899-Index:  Bro. W. G. Caperton, Elder W. G. Caperton, W. G. Caperton
 http://www.txgenweb2.org/txcherokee/Salem Baptist Church.html

 Smith Baptist Association, 100th Anniversary Celebration, Smith Co., TX History, 1898-1998, Churches, Pastors, Association Officers - 1998.  Information taken from the Program for the Centennial Celebration:  See the First Baptist Church of Troup, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Mt. Sylvan Baptist Church.
http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/church/smithbap/history.txt

First Baptist Church of Whitehouse
http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/Histmark/Churches.html

 Mt. Sylvan Baptist Church

Texas Christian Advocate-Aug. 11, 1883, pg. 3, c. 2
http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts/texas_christian_advocate_1881-1885.htm

 Antioch Baptist Church
http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/churches/baptist/antioch.html

 

Wallace Gary Caperton - Smith County - Postmaster
Esparanza: 29 SEP 1871 - Discontinued 28 OCT 1872
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txpost/smith.html

 

Bradford Cemetery -  Percy Caperton, son of Wallace, Mamie Caperton with Thomas Broughton Collier,  and children, Grady and Lizzie Collier  (Also 2nd wife of Thomas, Delphia Wilbourn Robbins Collier) http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/cemetery/bradfd.txt

 Albany Cemetery - Wallace G. Caperton, with Anna Ford Caperton, Douglas Caperton, Birdie Caperton Lynch, Nellie Caperton, with Peter Jerry Lynch
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txshacke/albanycem.htm

 

Lynch Cemetery - Maggie Caperton Apperson & son, William Apperson
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txshacke/lynchcem.htm

 

Maggie Caperton Apperson & son, William, buried Lynch Cemetery - Headstone photos
http://www.aliciasniche.com/txmenard/z-notmenard/lyncem/lyncem3.htm

 

Wallace G. Caperton marriage to “Prenilla” E. Awalt

Freestone County Marriages
http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/freestone/vitals/marriages/mbkbr1.txt

 

Rev. W. G. Caperton marriage to Margaret A. Ford

Cherokee County, Texas Marriage Book D2, Page 401

 

Shackleford County Marriages:

Blanche and Maggie Caperton
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txshacke/marriages2.htm

Nellie Caperton
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txshacke/marriages3.htm

 

Smith County Marriages:

Mamie Collier marriage to Thomas Broughton Collier
http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/vitals/marriages/colmar.txt

 

History Book 1:

Page 273

“W. G. Caperton served in the Confederate Army in Wall’s Legion Texas Cavalry as a Chaplain”.

Page 598

“The First Baptist Church of Brady was organized in 1887.  According to available information the church has had fourteen pastors during it’s history.  Those having been pastors of the church are:  J.J. Evans,…….W.G. Caperton,…………”

 

Ford Alexander Caperton information:

“Jonathan Milner, Pioneer Preacher” by Roy L. Austin
http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/union/history/milner.txt

 

Researchers:

  • Robert E. Collier - Collier information
  • Richard W. “Rick” Caperton - Caperton information & photos
  • Alicia Brown - Lynch information & photos
  • Dolores Wagner - Caperton/Ford information  “From Whence I Came”

 

Census:

 

John Caperton (Father of Wallace G.)

1850:  Carroll County, Mississippi-Page 234

 

Henry Awalt  (Father of Pernilla E. Awalt)

1850:  Rusk County, Texas - Page 292

1860:  Freestone County, Texas - Page 388

1870:  Freestone County, Texas - Page 20

1880:  Freestone County, Texas - Page 463C

(Mother, Mary Reed Awalt, living with son, Jessie C. Awalt)

 

Margaret A. Wolfe Ford  (Mother of Margaret “Anna” Ford)

1860:  Rusk County, Texas - Page 418

(Margaret, widowed, and children are living with Anna’s grandfather, Solomon Wolfe)

 

Wallace Gary Caperton

1850:  W. Choctaw County, Mississippi-Page 35 - Household #476

(Living with his sister, Mississippi Cotton Caperton Thrailkill, and her husband, B.F. Thrailkill)

1860:  Freestone County, Texas - Page 388

 (Living in home of his father-in-law, Henry Awalt)

1870:  SMITH COUNTY, TXGenWeb Image - 0225a

1880:  SMITH COUNTY, TXGenWeb Image - 096.23

1900:  Shackleford County, Texas - Page 2

1910:  McCullough County, Texas - Page 135

1920:  Dallas County, Texas - Page 191

(Living with son, Ford A. Caperton)

 

Mamie Caperton m. 1883 Thomas Broughton Collier

1900:  Thomas Collier - Smith County, TXGenWeb Image - 100-03b

1910:  Thomas B. Collier - Smith County, TXGenWeb - 75-15b

1920:  Thomas B. Collier - Smith County, TXGenWeb - 089-03b

(Thomas with second wife, Delphia Wilbourn Robbins)

1930:  Thomas B. Collier - Smith County, TXGenWeb Image - 19-09a 

(Thomas with second wife, Delphia)

 

Blanche/Birdie Caperton m. 1889 William C. Lynch - div. by 1900

1900:  Birdie C. Lynch - Wilson County, Texas - Page 221

1910:  Bedie C. Lynch - Runnels County, Texas - Page 58

1920:  ?

1930:  ?

 

Connie O. Lynch (son of Birdie and William C. Lynch)

1920:   C.O. Lynch - Dallas County, Texas - Page 243

1930:  Connie O. Lynch - Taylor County, Texas - 184

 

Nellie Caperton m. 1892 Peter Jerry Lynch

1900:  Peter J. Lynch - Shackleford County, Texas - Page 15

1910:  Peter J. Lynch - Shackleford County, Texas - Page 238

1920:  P.J. Lynch - Shackleford County, Texas - Page 4

1930:  Nellie C. Lynch- Shackleford County, Texas -  Page 256

(Living with daughter, Kathleen Stephenson)

 

Ford Alexander Caperton

1910:  ?

1920:  Dallas County, Texas - Page 191

1930:  Wilbarger County, Texas - Page 28

 

Philroy Henry Caperton

1910:  ?

1920:  Dallas County, Texas - Page 191

(Living with brother, Ford Caperton, along with Philroy’s wife, Elsie, and children, Joann and Henry)

1930:  Tarrant County, Texas - Page 58

(With wife, Mary Ann, and sons, Walton G. & Edward W.)

 

Jewell Caperton m. F.F. McGee

1910:  McCullough County, Texas - Page 135

(Living with parents)

1920:  ?

1930:  F.F. McGee - Tarrant County, Texas - Page 227

 

 

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