James Houston DePriest (called Jim) was born on Dec 25th 1853 in Hickman County, Tennessee, to William Andrew and Nancy Jane Harder DePriest. Margaret Easibel Talley was born in Hickman County, Tennessee on Jun 23rd 1858 to Allen and Pheriba Henby Talley. They were married on 12 April 1877. James owned a small store in in Tennessee which along with farming, made a reasonable living for them. When they met the missionaries, they were living on Cane Creek, along with relatives on both sides of the family. After carefully consideration, they were baptized by Elder Martin Garn on January 28, 1880.
Their home, just down the creek from Margaret's brother, Elisha Talley, was frequently the location for meetings (singing practice, as well as the blessing of nine children, are mentioned by Hyrum Belnap), where the missionaries would eat dinner, and sometimes spend the night. According to Hyrum Belnap on September 18th 1881, after Brother Buswell Blandon (also called Dr. Blandon) left for Colorado, James was set apart as the Presiding Elder over the Cane Creek Branch. According to family records it was on March 7th 1880 (by Franklin Spencer and B. H. Roberts).
On March 26th, 1883 he was released as he and his family went west to Colorado with John Morgan. But his extended family was still in Tennessee at the Massacre. Later, while living in Manasa, Colorado, he wrote a letter to The Liahona: The Elders’ Journal saying
"Tennessee, being my native state, and finding THE ELDERS' JOURNAL an interesting paper to read, I thought I would say this much through its columns: I was born on Cane Creek, Hickman Co., where I first heard the Gospel preached in 1880. After listening to a number of the Elders, and thoroughly investigating the Gospel for myself, I complied with the ordinance of baptism, and gathered with the Saints in 1883, to Manassa, [Colorado], under the leadership of President John Morgan. My testimony to my friends in Tennessee and North Carolina is that the Gospel which the Elders are advocating is true, and I would exhort them to lay aside all prejudice, like I did, and ask God to show them the truth, which He will do."Published on Dec 15 1905.
Margaret also had extended family living at Cane Creek at the time of the massacre. After the massacre, a few of both James' and Margaret's family joined them in Colorado. Some of them would return to Tennessee, renouncing the Church. According to a local historian W. L. Pinkerton, James & Margaret returned to Tennessee to visit relatives at least once, though they never renounced their membership in the LDS church. They appear in the 1920 Census still living in Colorado.
Jim and his wife lived a full life with many ups and downs. They lost everything in the depression because he extended credit (at his store) to those in greater need that him. But he also served as a city councilman and acted as mayor for one term.
James Houston DePriest died 2 Jul 1932 at Manassa, Conejos, Colorado. Margaret Easibel Talley died Aug 24th 1937 at Manassa, Conejos, Colorado. They are buried in the Old Manassa Cemetery located about 5 blocks south of Manassa's Main Street on Fifth Street.
Some records indicate he married Susan Horner in 31 October 1875, but she is mentioned only once. If this information is correct she most likely died before he married Margaret in 1877, though the marriage could have been disolved
Cane Creek changed counties more than once. Originally in Hickman County, it became part of Lewis county in 1843. Then before the civil war the county charter was dissolved (date uncertain) and it was administered from Hickman County again. After the war the charter was renewed and once more was part of Lewis County.
See the Heber Houston DePriest Family History at http://contentdm.byu.edu/u?/FH3,56956