I am researching the Epps family and I am looking for any information on the birth of my GGG-Grandfather Benjamin Epps, born about 1807 in North Carolina. He is listed, in later years with his family which includes my GG-Grandfather Allen Epps, as Mulatto. I do know that around the 1700's -1820's that there were Epps (sometimes spelled as Eppes) which were listed as Free Colored heads of household: Joel Epps, Halifax Co. NC., Freeman Epps, Person Co. NC., Jack Epps, Wilkes Co. NC., Peter Epps, Person Co. NC.
In an excerpt from research found at: http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Eady_Evans.htm
4. John2 Epps, born 23 December 1763, was taxable on a horse in Lunenburg County from 1786 [Personal Property Tax List 1782-1806]. He was counted in the "List of Free Negroes & Mulattoes in the Lower District of Lunenburg County" in March 1802 with his wife Lucy and children: Nancy, Dolly, Allen, Sally, Peter, Patsy, and John [Lunenburg County, Free Negro, Slave Records, 1802-1830, p.1]. He was committed to jail in Lunenburg County on 30 January 1805 for "feloniously beating, maiming and wounding of Thomas Eppes" about two weeks previous but was found not guilty [Orders 1802-5, folio 183]. He may have been identical to Jack Epps who was head of a Wilkes County, North Carolina household of 9 "free colored" in 1820 [NC:519]. He was seventy-one years old on 10 October 1834 when he made a declaration in Halifax County, Virginia court to apply for a pension for Revolutionary War service. He stated that he was born in Lunenburg County. He was granted a pension while residing in Person County on 8 February 1836 [M805-306]. He was the father of:
iii. Allen, born 1776-1794, counted in a list of "Free Negroes & Mulattoes" in Lunenburg County in 1814 [Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 33:267], head of a Person County, North Carolina household of 3 "free colored" in 1820 [NC:498].
v. Peter, head of a Person County household of 2 "free colored" in 1820 [NC:498].
I make note of this because my GGG-Grandfather Benjamin Epps in later years named his two sons Allen and Peter, respectively, perhaps after
cherished older brothers or beloved uncles (see the paragraph above). I feel like I am on the right track, but I would welcome any tips or help with finding out if these people are my ancestors as well.