A post earlier this month discussed the connection between the Phipps and Edney families. (See also another related post, which presented a relevant Bible record.) That data focused on Sussex County, Virginia. Additional data has been found that associates the two surnames in Orange County, North Carolina.
The gist of the earliest post, as far as the connection to the Edney family is concerned, was the following:
- Jordan Phipps was a son of Benjamin Phipps of Sussex County, Virginia, and is named in Benjamin’s 1797 will.
- Jordan Phipps married Penelope McCullock in 1793.
- Jordan Phipps later appeared in the 1820 census in Williamson County, Tennessee, where he died 1826-1827 based on his will and probate data.
- Jordan Phipps and his wife Penelope had a daughter named Patcy (Patsy). She married an Edney, and is called Patcy Edney in Jordan Phipps’s 1826 will.
- This Edney is supposed to have been Samuel Edney, according to a secondary source. That source suggests that both Samuel and Patsy (Phipps) Edney are mentioned in the 1835 will of Samuel Edney’s father Newton Edney in Davidson County, Tennessee (adjacent to Williamson County, associated with Jordan Phipps).
- Newton Edney married Penelope Phipps, widow of Jordan Phipps.
An 1864 estate file in Orange County, North Carolina is labeled that of Ambrose Phipps, but it actually concerns, as the records state, the estate of Elkins Cash. The file contains a petition described as being
of William Phipps, Stephen Phipps, Jane Phipps, Edney Phipps, John Phipps, The two last infants under Twenty one years of age, by their Guardian, Frederick Gear, and Alfred Veazey Admr. upon the estate of Elkins Cash who married Francis Phipps, and who is now dead.
This Ambrose appears to have married Frances, who later married Elkins Cash in 1856 in Granville County, North Carolina. Ambrose had married Susan by the time of the 1850 census. Then he married Martha in Orange County, North Carolina in 1867.
This Ambrose was a son of Dudley Phipps and his wife Mary Edwards, as is evident from Dudley’s will and from marriage transcriptions. Dudley Phipps was born about 1781 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census. Dudley married Mary Edwards in 1804 and then shows up in Wake County records from 1809 through 1830. He then appears in Carroll County, Tennessee records from 1840 until his will, dated 1851.
Ambrose named one of his children Dudley. He also named one of his children Edney. Edney is, of course, the same surname that had been associated with Jordan Phipps of Sussex County, Virginia and later Williamson County, Tennessee.
Edney is not a common name. Does this indicate a connection back to the family of Jordan and Penelope Phipps of Sussex County, Virginia and later Williamson County, Tennessee? Was it Jordan’s move to Williamson County, Tennessee that prompted Dudley’s move to Carroll County, Tennessee?
Again, Edney isn’t a common name. Ambrose isn’t that common of a name either, although it occurs at several points in the Phipps family:
- The Ambrose of our discussion, who was born in 1805 in North Carolina, according to censuses and a cemetery transcription. An 1828 Wake County, North Carolina deed from the sheriff to him involved land owned by John Reves when he died. This Reves was very possibly related to the Reeves family closely associated with the Phipps family in Ashe County, North Carolina and adjacent Grayson County, Virginia. This Ambrose witnessed a deed in Durham County, North Carolina in 1843 and then shows up in Orange County, North Carolina records from 1850 through 1867, then in Granville County from 1870 until his death in 1879.
- Another Ambrose was also born about 1805. This was Ambrose D. Phipps, born in Kentucky. He shows up in Clay County, Indiana records from 1831 through 1870. Clay County, Indiana seems to have had a Phipps link back to Ashe County, North Carolina. Matthew Phipps, son of Samuel Phipps of Ashe County, ran a store in Clay County until Matthew “died” (more likely disappeared) in 1841.
- Another Ambrose D. Phipps was born in Clay County, Indiana in 1839, according to his tombstone and census records, and served in the Civil War from Illinois before showing up in Putnam County, Missouri in 1870. This is the same county where Jesse Phipps, son of Samuel Phipps/Betty Reeves of Ashe County, North Carolina, had died just 5 years previously. This Ambrose shows up in Sullivan County, Missouri, adjacent to Putnam, in 1880 and 1890, then in Grundy County, Missouri in 1900, where he was renting a farm, then back to Sullivan County. He appears to have been a son of another Jesse Phipps, born about 1811 in Virginia (Washington County has been claimed). That Jesse lived in Putnam County, Missouri in 1870, then Sullivan County until he died in 1885.
The 1850 census shows the family of the first-mentioned Ambrose. He is shown with a son named Edney, and with another son named Dudley, named after Ambrose’s father:
1850 Census, First District, Orange County, North Carolina, 3 Oct 1850, 1057/1057:
- Ambrose Phipps, 45 [b. abt 1805], M, labourer, b. NC
- Susan Phipps, 43 [b. abt 1807], F, NC
- Mary F. Phipps, 18 [b. abt 1832], F, NC
- Dudley Phipps, 14 [b. abt 1836], M. NC
- William Phipps, 12 [b. abt 1838], M, NC
- Stephen Phipps, 10 [b. abt 1840], M, NC
- Jane Phipps, 8 [b. abt 1842], F, NC
- Edney Phipps, 6 [b. abt 1844], M, NC
- John Phipps, 2 [b. abt 1848], M, NC
It should be noted that the male Edney of the 1850 census appears as the female Edna of the 1860 census. Following the rule of the more difficult reading (the rule that says that if a reading is less likely, then it stands a higher likelihood of being authentic), it would seem that Edney, male, was probably correct and that the census taker in 1860 half listened and thought he heard Edna.
The Stephen above may have been the one of that name who appears in Civil War records from North Carolina. He is likely also the one who is said to have married Mary Bowden in Granville County in 1873.
An unconfirmed secondary source echoes part of the above by asserting that Jordan and Penelope Phipps’s daughter Martha (Patsy) married Samuel Edney, son of Newton Edney. The same source suggests that after Jordan Phipps died in Williamson County, Tennessee, his widow Penelope (“Nelly”) then married Newton Edney and that they moved to Texas in the mid 1830s.
Regarding this purported move to Texas, however, the book Red River Settlers: Records of the Settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee by Whitley refers to Newton Edney of Davidson County, Tennessee. That will was dated 14 July 1834 and proved April 1835. It mentions his land on Trace Creek.
A prenuptial agreement between Newton Edney and Penelope (Nelly) Phipps, dated 1830, is noted in Johnson, Minute Book Genealogy of Williamson County, Tennessee 1799-1865. A secondary source (unconfirmed) suggests that Penelope was Newton Edney’s third wife.
More data appears in a transcription from the Newton Edney family Bible. Evidently some parts represent a transcription and other parts are embellishments added later, however.