|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1874|
|Death: ||Aug., 1945|
Solomon Gillespie Krepps IV, 71, descendant of a pioneer family, has died at the Krepps homestead on Water Street after a two-week illness.
Mr. Krepps, an undertaker for years, was born in 1874 in the home in which he died.
The Krepps homestead was built in 1818 and its ivy-covered walls had housed six generations of the family.
Mr. Krepps was a descendant of Christian Krepps, who first came to this territory in 1759 and bought land from the Indians.
Mr. Krepps was an ardent horseman, and he often rode Trixie Allen, sired by the famous Red Allen, in district parades.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Evelyn Byrd Colley Krepps; and three children: Ada Poland, Morgantown; Katherine Hughes, Brownsville; and Solomon G. Krepps V, Port Allegheny.
Friends will be received at the Krepps residence.
(Source: Brownsville Telegraph newspaper archives)
Ancestors of Solomon Gillespie Krepps IV:
Solomon Gillespie, son of Samuel Jackson and Elizabeth (Brook) Krepps, was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, November 2, 1838. He was eight years of age when his parents moved from Brownsville to Washington county, where he was educated in the public schools and at Dunlap's Creek Academy, Fayette county, later spending two years in study at Jefferson college. He engaged at farming until the war between the states broke out, then on May 17, 1861, enlisted in Company D, 8th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves, serving two years. He was engaged at the battle of Yorktown; the seven days' fighting on the Peninsula under McClellan; Second Bull Run, and other battles of the Army of the Potomac. After the war he engaged for many years in live stock, raising and dealing and in other activities; was postmaster at Cadwalader, Pennsylvania, 1899, and in 1908 retired from active business to his present home in South Brownsville. He is a Republican, has served as burgess and school director. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and vice-president of the Fayette County Association. His college fraternity is Phi Kappa Sigma. He married December 23, 1863, Margaret Elizabeth, born in East Bethlehem township, Washington county, Pennsylvania, July 14, 1848, daughter of James and Catherine (West) Moffett of Washington county. James Moffett was born November 8, 1828, died November 8, 1865; was a captain in the Union army during the Civil War and by trade a cabinetmaker. He was a son of William Moffett, born 1807, and Elizabeth Hopkins, of East Bethlehem township, Washington county, and a grandson of James Moffett, born at Locherin, Ireland, November 4, 1766; came to Western Pennsylvania in 1789; married September 18, 1791, Elizabeth Nichol and died August 5, 1852. James Moffett was a son of James and Elizabeth (Craig) Moffett. Catherine West, wife of James Moffett, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, April 8, 1830, died June 20, 1899. Their children: Margaret Elizabeth; Virginia; Mary and Ellen. Children of Solomon G. and Margaret E. (Moffett) Krepps: 1. Katharine, born November 20, 1872, married James C. Higinbotham. 2. Solomon G., born January 18, 1874, married Bird Cooley.
SOURCE: John W. Jordan and James Hadden, editors, "Genealogical And Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania," Volume III (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912), pp. 669-670.
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