John Epler while living in Indiana was among the many who took their produce to New Orleans in the flat boats. His opinions against slavery were formed because of the treatment received in the auction sales. In 1831 he moved to Morgan county, Illinois and became a successful farmer. In his yard, near the house stood a pear tree which bore from sixty to a hundred bushels of pears at one time. the relatives who visited him during watermelon season never forgot the watermelons that were stored in his cellar. He was buried in Zion cemetery, near the farm home.
|Children of John and Sarah Beggs Epler|
|Charles Beggs Epler||b. Dec 1 1819;m. Mary Eliza Lurton Feb 22 1843;He d. Aug 8 1855|
|Abram Epler||b. Oct 19 1821;d. Aug 5 1847|
|Cyrus Epler||b. Nov 12 1823;m. Cornelia A. Nettleton;d. Jul 9 1909|
|Mary Ann Epler||b. Feb 5 1826;m. Richard F. Barrett;d. Apr 23 1849|
|Sarah Epler||b. Jun 4 1828;m. D. W. Fairbank Aug 21 1850;d. Mar 27 1904|
|Elizabeth Epler||b. Sep 23 1830;m. Henry H. Hall Feb 4 1851;She d. Apr 1 1870; Both buried in Virginia, Illinois|
|John Milton Epler||b. Apr 22 1833;m. Nancy A. Epler Mar 29 1855;He d. Feb 17 1913|
|William Epler||b. Apr 15 1835;m. Jane Abigail Woodmen Apr 12 1859;She d. Oct 2 1863 at Star City, Nevada;2 m. Ellen M. Conover Jul 5 1870|
|David Epler||b. Jul 7 1837;d. Sep 9 1838|
|Myron Leslie Epler||b. Jun 2 1839;d Sep 5 1866 of consumption in Helena, Montana|
|Margaret Ellen Epler||b. Jun 27 1842;m. John W. Prince Jun 27 1865;d. 1910|
|Albert Gallatin Epler||b. Jan 22 1845;m. Martha J. Vance Jul 31 1865;Now resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
History and Genealogy of the Epler, Oldwiler, Huckleberry, Carr and Ewing Families, 1728-1913, page 20
Compiled by Mrs. Emma Epler Knudson, Illinois State Journal Co. Springfield, Ill.