Andrew Hampton and Isaiah Phipps

Copies of deeds involving Andrew Hampton of Granville County, North Carolina were recently sent by Tim Phipps. One of those deeds, dated 16 Aug 1760, directly involves Isaiah Phipps of Granville County as the grantee.

It would appear that both Isaiah Phipps and Andrew Hampton were getting their houses in order, so to speak, in 1760. Andrew Hampton deeded property to his sons Ephraim and Ezekiel on the 4th of August and the 10th of August, respectively, and then deeded property to Isaiah Phipps on the 16th of August.

The day after Isaiah Phipps received this land from Andrew Hampton, he wrote his will, dated the 17th of August, in Granville County. In that 1760 will, he mentions what he terms “my Plantation where I now live on lying On Both Sides of mill Creek Containing two hundred Acres of Land, that I bought of Andrew Hampton lying in Granville County & Province of north Carolina.”

This land is referred to, again, as “where I now live on” (grammar as is), and it would appear to be the land that he had purchased from Andrew Hampton the day before. Why this would be the case might seem odd, but the discussion below might clear up at least part of the mystery.

In his will, Isaiah Phipps gave this land to his “Loving wife Ann Phipps,” along with what he termed “my plantation Lying in Hamshire County in Virginia.” Specifically, this was a 248-acre plantation located “on Both Sides of Little C[?] Capon.”

She was given this Hampshire County, Virginia plantation along with his 200-acre plantation “where I now live on” which he had purchased from Andrew Hampton and which was on both sides of Mill Creek in Granville County.

Isaiah’s son Isaiah (both names are spelled Esaiah in the will) was to receive another Hampshire County, Virginia plantation which Isaiah Phipps, Sr. also owned at the time. This one consisted of 249 acres “on the South Side of the South Branch.”

Whether these two Hampshire County, Virginia plantations were entirely separate, or two parts of one whole, is not entirely clear. The will’s wording doesn’t indicate that they were adjacent, but the fact that one was 248 acres and other 249 acres suggests a high likelihood that it was a matter of dividing an approximately 500-acre tract in half.

The Hampshire County plantation willed to Ann was referred to as being on both sides of what evidently was the “Cape Capehon,” a name frequently given to what today is called the Cacapon River. That river was referred to by a number of variants. The Hampshire County plantation willed to son Esaiah (Isaiah), on the other hand, is described as being on the south side of the South Branch. Without extensive study of geography, it’s not clear whether these could have been adjacent tracts of land.

The south branch of what?

A Wikipedia article on the Little Cacapon River refers to that river as being a tributary of the Potomac River “in the center of Hampshire County, West Virginia.” (Hampshire County, Virginia later became Hampshire County, West Virginia.) Over the decades (and centuries), place names change. The article contains a section headed “North Fork Little Cacapon River,” which contains a mention of “South Branch Mountain.”

No other reference to South Branch appears in the article. Is this referring, however, to the general area? And could the “South Fork,” described in the section which follows, amount to the same thing as the South Branch? And is the Little Cacapon what the deed was referring to?

One would think that surely the Cacapon itself, not the Little Cacapon, was being referred to in the deed. And yet here is a reference to “South Branch” Mountain. The online West Virginia Encyclopedia, in its article on Hampshire County, refers to the South Branch of the Potomac, as well as the Cacapon and Little Cacapon Rivers, but not the South Branch of the Cacapon.

Without taking the time to extensively study maps of this area, is there any possibility that the South Branch of the Cacapon could today be considered the South Branch of the Potomac? The only reference to the phrase “south branch of the cacapon” which seems to appear on the entire Internet is in this blog.

That refers to an earlier post titled “From Hampshire/Frederick Cos., VA to North Carolina.” Although the author of that post and the present post are one and the same, the discussion there about the South Branch doesn’t at the moment seem entirely clear. The post refers to Benjamin Phipps in Orange County, Virginia on the South Branch of the Potomac, with the notation that the mouth of that branch is in Hampshire County, West Virginia.

Then the post continues to refer to land purchased on Little Cacapehon from Isaiah Phips on 18 Apr 1761. (Is this still Orange County, Virginia?) Reference is also made to a survey dated 14 Jul 1761 mentioning land near the South Branch, evidently of the Cacapon, near the “Hanging rocks” and adjacent to “Fipps.” (Was this Frederick County?)

Hanging Rock is then mentioned as apparently connected with the North Branch of the Great “Cacapehon” and adjacent to land Samuel Pritchard bought from “Phiphs.” (Then, also in 1760, we have a record abstract in which Benjamin Phipps “of North Carolina” sold land to Samuel Pritchard of Frederick County, Virginia.)

At the moment, references to these locations appear to be a tangled mess, and it might take time to sort it all out. Look for more in this blog later, if time permits, or if one of our readers with more time and energy would like to tackle this, that would be even better.

The 1760 deed from Andrew Hampton to Isaiah Phipps refers to the 200 acres purchased from Andrew Hampton as being located in Granville County. It was, according to the deed, “part of a larger tract granted to the sd. [i.e. said] Andrew Hampton by deed dated 11th day of March 1760,” with that year somewhat in question because the digital copy of the document is not entirely clear, “from Earl Granville.”

The question of whether the date really was 11 Mar 1760 seems confirmed, however, by the separate deed from Andrew Hampton to his son Ephraim. That deed refers to 11 Mar 1760 as being the date on which Andrew Hampton received a deed which proved ownership via a grant to Andrew.

This would seem to make some sense. If Hampton had settled on the land, and Phipps had later or around the same time settled on at least part of it, but Hampton had not yet received a grant to that land, that would explain why it was then necessary for Phipps to receive a clear title to the land by means of a deed from Hampton. The purchase amount is low: £30, which suggests family or friendship considerations.

Isaiah Phipps said in his will that he had purchased land on Mill Creek from Andrew Hampton. Mill Creek is not specifically mentioned in the deed, but presumably this is the same land which is referred to in the will.

The theory that the purpose of the deeds was to establish clear title once the Granville grant was in place is borne out by the fact that the deed from Andrew Hampton to son Ephraim states that the 400 acres he was receiving was “part of a larger tract granted unto the sd. Andrew Hampton as may more fully appear by a deed bearing date 11th March 1760.”

These various transactions provide us with the following timeline:

  • 11 Mar 1760: Andrew Hampton receives deed documenting grant of land in Granville Co., NC
  • 4 Aug 1760: Andrew Hampton deeds 400 acres to son Ephraim, that land being a part of the grant which Andrew had received on 11 Mar 1760
  • 10 Aug 1760: Andrew Hampton deeds 200 acres to son Ezekiel, that land being a part of a grant to John “Adcocks” (Adcock) as documented by a deed dated 29 Apr 175[2? (overwritten)] and from Adcock to Andrew Hampton (date isn’t stated)
  • 16 Aug 1760: Andrew Hampton deeds 200 acres in Granville Co. to Isaiah Phipps
  • 17 Aug 1760: Isaiah Phipps, not wasting any time, writes a will in which he leaves the 200 acres he had purchased from Andrew Hampton to his wife Ann
  • Aug 1766: The will of Isaiah Phipps is proved, he having died by this time

Because Hampton and Phipps were so closely associated, and since both seem to have been recently planted in North Carolina, one must wonder whether they had an earlier association in Virginia.

A bibliographic reference to a book titled The Hampton Family in Colonial Granville County, N.C. in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City says that “Andrew Hampton came to Granville, probably from what was then Lunenberg County, Virginia, a little before 1752.”

Lunenberg County, sometimes called the “mother of counties,” was formed in 1746 from Brunswick County. Numerous posts in this blog have referred to the Phipps connection to Brunswick County, Virginia.

That bibliographic reference then mentions Ephraim and Ezekiel, Andrew Hampton’s sons who were the subjects of the 1760 deeds mentioned above. Ephraim was probably born about 1737, according to this source, and Ezekiel was born about 1739.

Also mentioned in the same source is a daughter, Mrs. Joseph King, a son John born about 1745, and a son Zachariah. Son John, according to the same source, served in a British loyalist military unit as a lieutenant colonel.

The presence of the King name is here, especially considering Andrew Hampton’s apparent connection to Lunenberg County, formed from Brunswick County. Winfield Phipps was born about 1801 in Virginia according to the 1850 census. He married Julia Ann King on 28 Sep 1837 according to a catalog description of the Julia Ann King papers at the Library of Virginia.

Winfield and Julia then show up in the 1850 census in Brunswick County, Virginia. Winfield’s father appears to have been a Benjamin Phipps, born 25 Feb 1761 according to a Phipps family Bible record at the Library of Virginia.

A record in the Phipps and Steed manuscripts at the University of North Carolina refers to a Winfield Phipps, but whether it could be the same individual is not clear. That’s a Brunswick County, Virginia record which refers to “children of Jas N Phipps,” not of Benjamin, but whether this pertains to Winfield is unclear due to a lack of punctuation.

A chancery record in Brunswick County concerns the 1848 case of Winfield Phipps v. Littleton Phipps. Again, whether it was the same Winfield is unclear.

The Caribbean Phipps Family

“Phipps of St. Kitts” is the title of a section of Vol. 1 of Caribbeana (London: 1910), beginning on page 67. The article begins by connecting to Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire County, England.

This is the same Francis Phipps of Reading we’ve been discussing in previous posts, the one who was married to Anne Sharpe. This book has him also married to Sarah, widow of Col. John Jeaffreson of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.

At what point, then, does the line specifically veer into North American territory?

Reading the charts requires some moving forwards and backwards among the pages of this section. Capt. James Phipps is discussed on page 69. He lived in St. Thomas, Middle Island, St. Christopher (St. Kitts).

He went to England and returned in 1685. He was killed in the French attack in 1689. One of his executors was Christopher Jeaffreson, and 30 letters to him are cited as being in a collection referred to as the Jeaffreson Papers, 1682-86. (Perhaps those letters are the published letters discussed below.)

This James was a brother of Thomas Phipps of Staple Inn. Staple Inn was connected with Gray’s Inn, which was one of the four Inns of Court in London. Another brother was a Francis Phipps who is referred to in the Jeaffreson letters in 1682.

Their parents, again, were Francis Phipps, Sr. of Reading, Berkshire County, England, and his wife Sarah. She was, as already noted, the widow of Col. John Jeaffreson of St. Kitts.

Capt. James Phipps had a son, Col. Francis Phipps of St. Thomas, St. Kitts, whose heirs owned Normans Island in 1750. He had a son named Joseph Phipps of St. Kitts who died in 1745.

His son Constantine Phipps of St. Kitts wrote a will in 1769. At that time, he was in London, but still had plantations in St. Kitts. This Constantine had a son named Constantine, of Watton Court in Devon. He inherited his father’s plantation in St. Thomas, Middle Island.

His son Lt. Col. Pownoll Phipps married Sophia Matilda Arnold, daughter of Gen. Benedict Arnold of Connecticut. She is briefly mentioned in Wikipedia as one of the daughters of Benedict Arnold and, yes, this is the same Benedict Arnold who is best remembered as a famous traitor.

Are these multiple marriages to Francis Phipps, Sr. authentic? He is also said to have married a woman named Avis. How did the family become involved in the Caribbean? Was it strictly through the Jeaffreson family, and through Jeaffreson contacts in England, or had members of the Phipps family ventured in the Caribbean themselves before the marriage of Francis Phipps to Jeaffreson’s widow?

The Phipps and Jeaffreson families are referred to as among the most prosperous planters of St. Kitts in Zacek, Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776 (2010), p. 50 (f.n.).

John Cordy Jeaffreson edited a book titled A Young Squire of the Seventeenth Century, from the Papers (A.D. 1676-1686) of Christopher Jeaffreson of Dullingham, House, Cambridgeshire (London, 1878). In Vol. 2, he includes a number of Phipps references, includes references to Constantine and to James Phipps, the St. Kitts planter.

Interestingly, on page 112 begins a letter from Jeaffreson to “Captain Phipps, a  planter of St. Christopher’s [St. Kitts] Island.” The letter was written from London and is dated 12 Mar 1683/4. Jeaffreson discusses a possible replacement for a Mr. Thorn “on the writer’s plantation.” A suitable replacement is discussed who “has traded to Virginia and Barbadoes, and is a gentleman born.” Does this suggest trade with Virginia in this social circle?

In another letter, dated the day before and addressed to Major Crispe, “a planter” of St. Kitts, the arrival of a Virginia vessel is mentioned. This doesn’t really mean anything, per se, but suggests that those in this circle were attuned to ships and trade involving Virginia.

The Crispe family was closely connected with the Phipps family in St. Kitts, as already noted in a previous post. Joseph Crisp or Crispe noted in his 1712 St. Kitts will that Mary Phipps was his daughter. He also names Phipps grandchildren.

Is there any possibility of a connection between this Phipps family in the Caribbean and relatives in Virginia? And we’ve noted the later accounts of Elisha Phipps (1762-1843) of Pennsylvania who intended to go to, apparently, New York by boat to sell flour, but made an apparently casual decision at the last minute to go to the West Indies instead.

Why would this even enter his mind? Was it because of a family connection to the West Indies?

St. Kitts was a part of the Leeward Islands. They were a British colony since 1671. The Leeward Islands are a part of what became known as the British West Indies.

By the way, in errata to the volume (Vol. 1) of Caribbeana which was referenced above, p. xiv, is the notation that H.R. Phipps had “recently obtained a large quantity of wills, etc., from St. Kitts, which will be printed later.” Since he obviously didn’t procure photocopies or digital scans, did he take the documents away from St. Kitts? If so, where did they end up, and were they ever returned? Were they ever published?

The Phipps and Vachell Connection in Berkshire

British History Online includes some Phipps information in its page on Swallowfield Parish in Berkshire County. A section about the manors of the parish includes a discussion of the manor of Sheepbridge.

Sometime after 1585, Edward Unton appears to have sold the estate to John Phipps, the elder. John Phipps the younger was then referred to as lord of the manor in 1633. That was when he entered into a legal dispute with Thomas Vachell over the sale of land.

John Phipps is said in the same page to have been still living at Swallowfield in 1666, succeeded by George Phipps. George Phipps and James Phipps are then referred to as joint vouchees in a 1723 recovery. This means that they successfully defended their title.

The manor eventually became the property of Henry Lannoy Hunter in 1760.

Henry Ramsay (“H.R.”) Phipps, as noted in a previous post including his article on the Phipps Families of Berkshire County, discusses the Francis Phipps who moved from Nottinghamshire to Reading, Berkshire County. This is the Francis who was the central figure in the Four Visitations of Berkshire which we also discussed in past posts, but more recently.

H.R. Phipps asked the question, why did Francis Phipps move to Reading? In attempting to answer that question, he refers to the will of Tanfield Vachell of Reading. Note that the article referenced above refers to a dispute between John Phipps and Thomas Vachell.

Tanfield Vachell’s will, according to H.R. Phipps, refers to “Francis Phipps, formerly my servant.” H.R. Ramsay speculated that Francis Phipps may have been apprenticed to Tanfield Vachell as a boy.

A research calendar of chancery (equity) records was published as A Calendar of Chancery Proceedings: Bills and Answers Filed in the Reign of King Charles the First, Vol. 3 (1891). Page 109, covering 1625-1649, refers to Phipps v. “Vachell knt. etc.”

In addition, an article on “Vachell, of Coley, Reading” appeared in the Quarterly Journal of the Berks Archaeological and Architectural Society in the October 1893 issue. The article discusses Tanfield Vachell and his uncle Sir Thomas Vachell. Tanfield was Thomas’s oldest nephew.

On page 66 is included a transcript of Tanfield Vachell’s will, dated 20 Mar 1652. At the top of the page following is what appears to be a codicil. In the text he stipulates various amounts to be given to various individuals. Included is the comment “Francis Phipps of Reading heretofore my servant £100.”

The text here says “heretofore,” not “formerly.” In either case, what does this mean? “Heretofore” literally means “before now,” but is also frequently used to mean “up until now” or “thus far.” What was Tanfield Vachell saying?

While not claiming to be an expert in British genealogy or in heraldry, it wouldn’t seem likely that the Francis Phipps who was evidently visited by a herald on 11 Mar 1664 would have been literally someone’s lowly servant up to 20 Mar 1652, does it? Consequently, is this referring to a different Francis Phipps or is Vachell using the term “servant” in a different sense?

As Lady Russell says in her book Swallowfield and its Owners (1901), p. 318, “There were many persons of the family of Phipps in this neighborhood.” In addition, H.R. Phipps had noted that “there were very many Phippses of County Nottinghamshire.”

Lady Russell notes the Phipps/Vachell lawsuit by saying that John Phipps and Sir “T.,” meaning Thomas rather than Tanfield, had a legal dispute in 1633 about the sale of some land at Shinfield. This John Phipps, she says, lived at Swallowfield and had a brother named Thomas, a gentleman also of Swallowfield.

Thomas, according to Russell, wrote a will in 1636/7 in which he mentions Mary, wife of his brother John, as well as their children Margaret, Elizabeth, and Edward. Russell notes that these were closely related to Sir Constantine Phipps, the grandfather of the 1st Lord Mulgrave. She says that Constantine was “himself said to have been born in Reading” and was buried at White Waltham in Berkshire.

Russell also notes that during the time of Oliver Cromwell, it was illegal to have a clergyman perform a wedding; all weddings were to be performed as a civil event. As a result, a number of weddings at Swallowfield were performed by James Phipps, who was Justice of the Peace. He lived at Shepridge Court as lord of the manor of Little Shepridge.

Nathaniel Phipps in East Central Virginia, 1690

In 1690, Lancaster County, Virginia was a relatively small county on the Atlantic coast. Although it was situated about midway along the Virginia coast, it’s still considered a Northern Neck county.

That county had been formed in 1651 from Northumberland and York Counties. Lancaster County is located where the Rappahannock River meets Chesapeake Bay.

A book of abstracted wills of Lancaster County, Virginia includes a mention of a Nathaniel Phipps. This individual witnessed the will of Edward Lloyd in 1690.

According to the same book, Nathaniel Phipps also witnessed the 1690 will of Edward Floyd, not Lloyd, in the same county. Since both wills refer to members of the Fox family as well, one might assume that one of these wills was misread as Floyd when it should have been Lloyd, or vice versa.

Alternatively, one of the wills could have been officially misrecorded in terms of the surname, which might explain why it looks as though there were two wills.

Mary Phipps’s will was also abstracted as dated 1709.

A Few Phipps Links

A variety of Phipps links appears below. Keep in mind that web sources which do not include documentation should not be accepted as fact without substantiation. Even where documentation is provided, it’s necessary to check the original records to make sure they’ve been abstracted correctly.

  • A.L. and Kathleen Phipps of Barbourville, KY, sang with A.P. Carter on a 5″ reel of tape recorded by the Pine Mountain Recording Co. in May of 1954; this tape by these legendary folk artists is noted in a Library of Congress guide to the collections of the American Folklife Center
  • The A.L. Phipps family is briefly mentioned in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia in connection with Appalachian music
  • Andrew Jackson Phipps was born in 1834 at Rock Creek, Alleghany Co., NC, according to a genealogist’s page. Presumably Ashe Co. was meant, since Alleghany Co. didn’t exist yet.
  • Ann Phipps in list of persons transported by Capt. Francis Page, presumably to York Co., VA 1687-1691, although unclear, mentioned in a page about the Foulke family
  • Anne Phipps? Vaulx? m. William Crump 1629-32 Jamestown
  • Avon Phipps of Vansant, VA died in 2008 at the age of 90, a son of Teamous Phipps/Grace Kelly. He was born in Dickenson Co., VA.
  • Benjamin Phipps testified regarding the Revolutionary War service of James Cox, according to a page in the Cheek family site. The same page further cites from Cox’s pension application, mentioning Benjamin Phipps as one of the “only whigs would would render any assistance when required.” Other Benjamin Phipps reference have to do with Cox’s pension affidavit as transcribed in the web page.
  • Betty Phipps is a granddaughter named in the 1790 will of John Baily, Chester Co., PA
  • Charles Phipps, son of S.L. Phipps, married Barbara Horton in 1910 according to a pdf document
  • Constantine John Phipps and British relatives discussed in Horne’s Guide to Whitby
  • Constantine John Phipps references (58 of them) abound in an online pdf document from a British research trip to Chatsworth
  • Dr. C.W. Phipps of Watauga Co., NC, who had been a member of the State House of Representatives, the subject of a NC resolution involving his widow, 1905
  • D.J. Phipps provided crushed rock for a road in Wise Co., VA, according to a 1921 VA State Supreme Court appeal
  • Deborah Phipps m. Samuel Rose who was born about 1765 in Surry Co., VA, according to the Rose DNA Project
  • Elijah Phipps married Sallie Nicholls Nov 1834, according to the Nicholls family Bible, evidently a KY Bible
  • Ellen M. Phipps of Indianapolis was the widow of Philip Goode Gillette, who was born in 1833
  • Fielding “Fipps” is the subject of a very brief biography in a page on Raleigh Co., WV’s first settlers, as published in a Beckley newspaper in 1950
  • Francis Marion (“Dickie Phipps”) Long is said to have been a son of Mahala Long and an unknown Sizemore, according to the Long Surname DNA Project page. The give name Mahala is said to often suggest Melungeon ancestry, while the Sizemore ancestry was the cause of the Phipps Eastern Cherokee claims in the early 20th century. A close association, with intermarriages, existed between the Phipps and Long families in Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina and persisted after some of them migrated into the Midwest.
  • Henrietta Mayo-Phipps (died 1782) married Charles Dillon Lee according to a County Mayo, Ireland genealogy page
  • Henry and John S. Phipps discussed in connection with a Fauquier Co., VA estate; John was son of Henry, partner of Andrew Carnegie
  • James Phipps of Peterborough, Parliamentary elections in the 1780s
  • James Phipps of Russell Co., VA bought 75 acres from Robert Lawson of same co. on waters of Big “Mockerson” Creek, according to an abstract of an 1809 record. This deed was witnessed by Stephen Phipps and, interestingly, by a couple Osbornes (spelled Osburn and Osborn). The same page refers to another Russell Co. deed, 1812, from James Phipps to Solomon Osborn, both of Russell Co., VA, involving land on Big “Mauqueson” Creek, a branch of the North Fork of the Holston River; James signed with an X.
  • Jane Phipps, who married Wilburn Fulton of Wise Co., VA, is mentioned in A Narratie History of Wise County, Virginia
  • John Phips reference from the Ambler Family Papers, VA Historical Society; papers concern James City Co., Henrico Co., and Middlesex Co.
  • John Phipps died in 1849 or 1850, according to a page citing the 1850 mortality schedule for Grundy Co.,  TN. That page says that he was born in NC about 1770. Far more on this family, including cited sources, appears in the web page.
  • John Phipps estate inventories, 1679, 1680, Williamsburg
  • John Phipps, Jamestowne Island, 1656-65 (p. 12)
  • John Phipps married Cynthia Howard, who was born 1803, according to a Howard family web page
  • John Phipps, suit against him by Capt. Kirkman, 17th cent. VA
  • Joseph Phipps married Nancy McMillan; he was son of Benjamin Phipps/Jane Hash and Jane Hash was sister of Rebecca Hash who married Francis Sturill according to “Early Settlement Along the New River (NC and VA) Basin” in the New River Gorge Proceedings, New River Symposium 1984, National Park Service
  • Joseph Phipps was one of those who was responsible for the estate appraisal of Enoch Osborne in 1818 in Grayson Co., VA; estate buyers included Benja. Phipps, James Phipps, and Jane Phipps, according to an Enoch Osborne page
  • Joshua Phipps married Mary Mercer, who was born in 1713, according to Genealogy of the Mercer-Garnett Family of Essex County, Virginia; this Mercer family appears to descend from a Stafford Co., VA immigrant
  • Lewis Phipps married Ann Guthrie in 1794, apparently a Chester Co., PA family
  • Malinda Phipps married Joseph Phipps. Their son Marion Stamper was born 1856 in Wise Co., VA. More about the family appears in the “Alexander Stewart Family of Kentucky” page
  • Mr. Phipps married Cynthia Howard (17th or 18th cent. VA?)
  • The Phipps Family Memorial Park in Clintwood, Dickenson Co., VA is brief mentioned in a Dickenson Co. page
  • The Phipps family‘s relationship with the Osborn, Hash, Reeves, Ward, Baker, Cox, and Blevins families is briefly mentioned in “Descendants of Richard Stodgell”
  • Phipps Mills discussed in Ridney Township Early Mill History, Delaware Co., PA
  • Phipps references in early Philadelphia in a Historic Resource Study of the National Park Service
  • Phipps references are included in the Digital Library of the Caribbean | see also here
  • Phipps references are included in a Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co., PA page
  • Phipps references are included in “Past News from Dickenson County, Virginia in the 1890s” in the New River Notes site
  • Phipps surname (259 references) in The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown (MA)
  • Phipps surname in index to Overwharton Parish Register, “Old” Stafford Co., VA, 1720-1760 | another link
  • Rebecah Phipps married Isom Gilliam 21 Dec 1827, according to a “Gilliams of Virginia” page
  • Samuel and Elijah Phipps, brothers of Sarah, wife of James Smith, 1794, in Natchez Court Records
  • Samuel Phipps‘s estate mentioned in a 1772 PA legislative act involving land in Goshen Twp., Chester Co., PA
  • The Simeon Young Phipps Bible, which we have discussed in the past, was the subject of a post in GenForum
  • Solomon Phipps of Cambridge, MA is mentioned in a finding aid to the Sharp Papers, Brookline Public Library
  • The Steed and Phipps Family Papers (1845-1902) are housed at the University of North Carolina in the Southern Historical Collection; a link to the description appears in GenWeb for Vance County
  • Susan Phipps married Robert Haynes, both from the “Appalachian area” of NC, according to a Davis and Proctor family web page. Their daughter Martha Jane, called Jane, was born in Surry Co., NC, according to this page, and married Wilburn D. Long.
  • Thomas Phipps or Phips, sheriff, New Hampshire, 1715-6
  • Thomas Phipps served in the French and Indian War in 1756 in Lt. Col. Stephens’s Company, as noted on a muster roll dated 13 July 1756, a Virginia company
  • An unknown Phipps married Catherine Burke, who was born in 1793 in VA, according to a Potter family page
  • Washington Phipps, Wash Phipps, Jack Phipps, and Wilburn Phipps are all mentioned in connection with “Alf Killen: Unionist Scout & Guerrilla” in the Ashe Co., NC area during the Civil War
  • William Phipps buys lot, Middletown, MA 1693, connected with Harris family (p. 169)

Phipps/Drewry Connection, Southampton Co., VA

A recent post discussed the connection between the Phipps family and the Drewry family in Southampton County, Virginia. Sankofa’s Slavery Data Collection includes a web page on the Harris and Phipps Plantation in Southampton County.

That page refers to John Drewry, who died in 1848, as having been the owner of the Harris and Phipps Plantation. John’s son James H. and William H. Drewry later co-inherited the plantation.

More on Buggery Charge

Several posts back we discussed the 1758 Orange County, North Carolina court record concerning a “buggery” charge against 11-year-old Isaiah Phipps. Tim Phipps sent a copy, from microfilm, of the actual record. The record is not easy to read, but can be transcribed as follows:

“Isaiah Phipps a boy of Eleven Years [three?] Months and [Six?] Days [? (possibly "after")] being brought before the Court on Suspicion of a Bugery committed on a Mare. On hearing the Evidences on behalf our [sic; not "of" our] Sovereigh[t.?] Lord the King against the said Phipps it is the Opinion of the said Court that he be discharged – “