Appanoose County, Iowa sits on the Missouri state line adjacent to Putnam County, Missouri. Putnam County is where Jesse Phipps, born about 1786-1788, of Ashe County, North Carolina and later Owen County, Indiana, died in 1865.
A collection of marriage abstracts in Family Search called “Iowa County Marriage Records” is described in the following way: “Most of this collection consists of marriage licenses and certificates, including a few marriage declarations and marriage stubs. The records cover the years 1838 to 1934.”
In that collection is an abstract of the marriage of Andrew J. Phipps to Eva E. Helms on 11 Dec 1893 in Appanoose County, Iowa. Andrew was 23, and Eva was a daughter of Andrew Helms and his wife Polly Greene. Eva’s estimated birth year is given as 1874.
Andrew’s parents are listed there as Jesse Phipps and his wife Delilah Helms. That Jesse was not the one who came from Ashe County, North Carolina. The older Jesse from Ashe County had a son Jesse, born about 1811 in Virginia, who married Mary and is assumed to have been the father of Ambrose D. Phipps, born about 1839 in Clay County, Indiana. That Ambrose was the father of another Jesse, born about 1873 in Missouri, according to the 1880 census.
Then another Jesse, born about 1840 in Indiana, married Caroline Delilah Helms. They are presumably the Jesse Phipps/Delilah Helms mentioned in the marriage record, above, of Andrew J. Phipps to Eva E. Helms. That Jesse lived in Sullivan and Livingston Counties, Missouri.
That Jesse is buried in Avalon Cemetery, Avalon, Livingston County, as is Delilah, where they share one tombstone. Livingston County is in northwestern Missouri, a couple counties from the Iowa line and adjacent to Chariton and Grundy Counties, where Phipps records have been found. Livingston is situated, diagonally, about a county away from Putnam.
Returning to Appanoose County, the 1860 census shows a Catherine “Phips” who was born about 1796 in Virginia. Who was this Catherine? In the same household was also 23-year-old Elizabeth Phips, also born in Virginia.
1860 Census, Taylor Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, 6 July 1860, P.O. Moravia, p. 87, 597/570:
- Conrad Show [could be Shaw, but looks like Show], 45, M, day laborer, real est. [blank], pers. est. $200, PA, could not read and write
- Jane “, 27, F, VA, could not read and write
- Thomas I [or J?]. “, 5, M, IA, attended school
- Ann “, 3, F, IA
- Catherine Phips, 64 [b. abt 1796], F, VA
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- Elizabeth Phips, 23 [b. abt 1837], F, VA, could not read and write
This Catherine and Elizabeth would appear to be the same individuals of those names who appear in the previous census, the 1850 census, in Mercer County, Missouri. Mercer County is also located along the Iowa state line, and is adjacent to Putnam (as well as Grundy and Sullivan, both of which counties were mentioned above).
1850 Census, Mercer County, Missouri, 4 Oct 1850, 382/4:
- Catharine Phipps, 53 [b. abt 1797], F, real est. blank, VA
- Jane Phipps, 19 [b. abt 1831], F, VA
- John Phipps, 16 [b. abt 1834], M, VA
- Elizabeth Phipps, 14 [b. abt 1836], F, VA
Who were these people? And were they somehow related to the Jesse (born 1786-1788) who was a son of Samuel Phipps of Ashe County, North Carolina?
Ambrose D. Phipps was mentioned above, who appears to have been a son of one of the Jesses. Another Ambrose D. Phipps was born about 1805 in Kentucky, according to the 1870 census (Harrison Township, Clay County, Indiana). The later Ambrose was also supposed to have been living in Clay County, Indiana.
The earlier Ambrose D. received a land patent on 8 Dec 1831. This was to Ambrose D. Phipps of Clay County for land in Clay County. He then appears in the 1840 census, as abstracted in “Hanson” (presumably a misreading of Harrison) Township in Clay County.
The 1860 census shows him as living in that same township. He’s also listed as “Ambers” D. in the same township in the 1870 township. Blanchard, in his 1884 history of Clay and Owen Counties, calls him “Ambress D. Phipps.”
The 1870 census shows him as married to Catherine. Catherine, according to that census, was born about 1796 in Kentucky. Was the Catherine born about 1796 in Kentucky the Catherine born about 1796 or 7 in Virginia, as listed in the above records?
This would seem probable. Census records often varied in terms of birth place, for various reasons.
Is the name Ambrose uncommon enough that there could possibly be a connection of some sort to another Ambrose, the one who was born about 1805 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census, which shows him as living in Orange County, North Carolina?
That Ambrose was apparently the son of Dudley Phipps, born about 1781 in North Carolina. He is listed in the 1830 census inWake County, North Carolina and in the 1840 and 1850 censuses in Carroll County, Tennessee.