Joseph Phipps & Others of St. Kitts & Nevis

The following are excerpts from Trinity, Palmetto Point, St. Kitts. Register for the Parish of Trinity, Palmeto Point, commencing May 11, 1756, in Vere Langford Oliver, ed., Caribbeana: Miscellaneous Papers Relating to the History, Genealogy, Topography, and Antiquities of the British West Indies, n.d. (Additional Phipps references are included in this book beyond those below.)

Trinity Palmetto Point Parish is one of the 14 parishes of St. Kitts and Nevis. Palmetto Point is the parish capital.

One of the villages is called Conphipps, more commonly written as Con Phipps. One web page refers to it not as a village per se, but as an estate, meaning a large commercialized agricultural landholding. Con Phipps, which is also called The Walk or Walks, is on St. Thomas Middle Island.

Family Search Standard Finder refers to it as “Con Phipp’s Estate,” but that standard doesn’t appear to actually be standard. Was Con Phipps named for Constantine Phipps?

BAPTISMS:

p. 55:

1796 – July 2 – Ann Phipps Elizabeth d. of Joseph Phipps and Penelope Esdaile, b. April 3, 1794. Godfathers, Ralph Adye, Esq., & Joseph E. Phipps, Esq., by his friend Joseph Phipps Esdaile, Esq. Godfathers, Mrs. Aletha Coucay Esdaile & Mrs. Elizth. Eastway Adye. Witness: James Evendon, Clerk. Joseph Warner, Rector

p. 56:

1805 – July 7 – John Kerie inft. son of Wm. Greatheed & Christina Crooke, b. Apr. 15, 1804. Godfathers, Honl. Jedediah Kerie, the Honl. John Julius & Wm. Phipps, Esq. Godmrs., Mrs. Kerie & Mrs. Titley

MARRIAGES:

p. 60:

1822 – July 4 – Under Licence, Francis Phipps Henville of Otlevy’s estate, widower, & Sarah Ann Kelly, spinster, eldest d. of Mrs. Mary Kelly of Basseterre, widow, of the late David Kelly, Esq., Attorney-at-Law. J. P. Bartrum, Rector

Nathaniel Phipps of Lancaster Co., VA

Nathaniel Phipps witnessed a 1690 will in Lancaster County, Virginia, and Mary Phipps is said to have died in Lancaster County, Virginia in 1709. This suggests an extremely early Phipps presence in that county.

More about Nathaniel Phipps appears in an earlier post.

Polly (Montague) Phipps of Orange Co., VA

History and Genealogy of Peter Montague, of Nansemond and Lancaster Counties, Virginia, and his Descendants, 1621-1894 by George William Montague (1894) contains several Phipps references.

On page 105 appears descendant #84, Polly Montague:

84.

POLLY MONTAGUE, dau. of Peter (27), b. in Orange Co., VA., m. Nov. 18, 1799, Thomas Phipps in Orange Co., VA. John Montague was the surety on the marriage bond. (Co. records.) Removed to Kentucky after 1810.

CHILDREN.

289. Betsey.
290. Sallie.
291. Lydia.
292. Washington.
293. Layton.

Polly’s father, then, was #27 in the book, Peter Montague. He is discussed on pp. 78-79:

27.

PETER MONTAGUE, son of Peter (13), b. 1732 in Orange Co., Va.

He was a Revolutionary soldier under Gen. Washington. Va. Cal. papers have the following: “Peter Montague age 87 in 1820 was private in Va. Line 1776-83 drew pension Orange Co. Va. 1818 suspended in 1820 because he was not indigent or needy, received $96.00 per annum.” William H. Grady letters says “Peter enlisted in the army of the Revolution at the beginning; when his time expired he re-enlisted as a substitute and served during the war. He was also elected as a representative from his Co.” Orange Co. has a deed dated April 4, 1795, for 94 acres land on the head branches of Terry’s Run from Peter Montague to his son Andrew Montague, recorded April 28, 1795 (book 20, p. 443). This land lay near the post-offices of Locust Grove and Mine Run. M. [i.e. married] Elizabeth Henderson of Orange Co. She d. of old age about 1824, at the home of her dau. Hannah, Mrs. Richmond Grady. He d. 1820, aged 88 years, at the home of his son John in Orange Co.

CHILDREN.

(All b. in Orange Co. near Fredericksburg.)

79. Andrew, b. 1762; d. Sept. 26, 1845 (tombstone) aged 83 years.
80. John, b. –; d. aged about 72 years.
81. Hannah, b. –; m. Richmond Grady.
82. Sally, b. –; m. June 7,* 1797, Malachi Atkins.
* Dates from marriage bonds Co. records.
[page break]
83. Nancy, b. –; m. Nov. 12, 1793,* John Lloyd.
84. Polley, b. –; m. Nov. 18,* 1799, Thomas Phips.
85. Catherine, b. –; m. Samuel Grady.
86. Betsey, b. –; m. Lewis Pine, and one of her daus. m. Thomas Brightwell

More on this family appears in a previous post.

Bettie L. Phipps, Principal, Morning Star Institute

Nashville, North Carolina is in Nash County. Nash County is a part of the Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area and is adjacent to the counties of Franklin, Johnston, Wilson, Edgecombe, Halifax, and Warren.

In 1857, Bettie L. Phipps served as a principal in the Morning Star Institute. In that same year, a book was published which was a transcript of a speech given to the students of Morning Star Institute in Nashville, North Carolina by William F. Green. A digital copy of this short book, which has been damaged by heavy foxing, appears in Internet Archive.

An 1860 census abstract shows what has been transcribed as Bittie L. Phipps, presumably Bettie L. Phipps, born about 1833 in Virginia. She was living in the household of Benjamin H. Blount, presumably the B.H. Blount named below.

From the Weekly North Carolina Standard, Raleigh, North Carolina, Wed., 1 July 1857, p. 4:

MORNING STAR INSTITUTE,
NASHVILLE, N. C.
MALE DEPARTMENT,
GEORGE W. BLOUNT, Principal.
FEMALE DEPARTMENT.
MISS BETTIE L. PHIPPS, Principal.

THE 6TH SESSION OF THIS INSTITUTION WILL open on the 1st Monday in July, 1857. Terms as heretofore. For further particulars, address the principal of the male department, or
B. H. BLOUNT,
Ch’n of Com’tee.
June 2, 1857.

Ransom Phipps: Rooting for Douglas

Ransom Phipps appears in the 1870 census in Abbots Creek Township, Forsyth County, North Carolina, with post office at Wevels Mill. That census is dated 17 June 1870. Ransom Phipps is said to have married Chloe Idol. Chloe appears with him in that census, and 3 houses away is listed the household of William Idol.

1870 Census, Abbots Creek Twp., Forsyth Co., NC, P.O. Wevels Mill, 17 Jun 1870, p. 9, stamped p. 301:
66/66:

  • Household of William Idol

69/69:

  • Phipps, Ransom, 60 [b. abt 1810], MW, farmer, real est. $950, pers. est. $500, NC
  • Phipps, Chloe, 60 [b. abt 1810], FW, housekeeping, NC
  • Phipps, Andrew, 27 [b. abt 1843], MW, works on farm, NC

Ransom, then, was born about 1810 in North Carolina. He was born in Forsyth County according to the death certificate of his daughter Louisa. Forsyth County is located just south of Stokes County, and just west of Guilford County.

Ransom Phipps would appear to have been a delegate to the Douglas Convention of 1860, evidently held in Raleigh. Stephen Douglas ran against Abraham Lincoln for President in the 1860 election.

From The Western Democrat, Charlotte, North Carolina, 4 Sep 1860, p. 3:

From the Raleigh Standard.
DOUGLAS CONVENTION.
THURSDAY, August 30, 1860.

At 12 o’clock the Convention was called to order by Robert P. Dick, Esq. of Guilford county. . . .

On motin of Mr Myers of Mecklenburg, a committee (consisting of one from each Congressional District) was appointed to report permanent officers for the Convention. The Chair appointed . . . Phipps . . . .

The following delegates were present: . . .

Forsythe [sic; Forsyth] [County] – Ransom Phipps.

Ransom’s daughter Louisa married L.F. Davis 23 Feb 1858 in Forsyth County according to a marriage abstract. Her death certificate refers to her as the wife of L.F. Davis. She was born 5 Sep 1833 and died 7 Aug 1923, both in Forsyth County, according to her death certificate.

Ransom’s son Joseph L. Phipps died 24 Apr 1926 in Abbotts Creek Township according to his death certificate. He had been married to Emley, as her name appears on that record.

George W. Phipps & 82 Gallons of Whiskey

Referring to the last post, it would appear that either Samuel R. Phipps’s father George W. Phipps, or more likely his brother George W., was also involved in the illegal manufacture of whiskey. The younger George W. Phipps was born about 1843 in North Carolina according the censuses of 1850 and 1860.

From The Tri-Weekly Standard, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sat., 27 July 1867, p. 4:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
DISTRICT OF NORTH-CAROLINA,

United States
vs.
1 Copper Still and Fixtures and 82 Gallons of Whisky.
Libel of Information.

To George W. Phipps, and to all whom it may Concern – Greeting:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, THAT ON the 15th day of May, 1867, 1 Copper Still and Fixtures and 82 Gallons of Whisky were seized as the property of George W. Phipps, of Guildford [sic; Guilford] County, by John Crane, Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Collection District of North-Carolina, as forfeited to the use of the United States, and the same is libelled by D. H. Starbuck, Attorney of the United States, and prosecuted in the Circuit Court of the United States, and prosecuted in the Circuit Court of the United States for condemnation for the causes in the said Libel set forth; and that said causes will stand for trial at the Court Room of said Court, at Raleigh, on the last Monday in November, 1867, at noon, if that be a jurisdiction day, and if not, at the next day of Jurisdiction thereafter; when and where all persons are warned to appear to show cause why condemnation should not be decreed, and to intervene for their interests.

Given under my hand, at office in Raleigh, on 15th day of July, 1867.

D. R. GOODLOE, U. S. Marshal.
July 18, 1867.

Samuel R. Phipps & 2 Barrels of Whiskey

Samuel R. Phipps was more fully known as Samuel Reginald Phipps, according to unconfirmed secondary sources. Those sources have him as born 15 Sep 1835 in Guilford County, North Carolina, where he died 9 Feb 1921. He was a son of George W. and Letitia (Ingle) Phipps.

His death certificate indicates that he was born about 1836 in North Carolina and that he died 9 Feb 1921 in Clay Township in Guilford County. In the 1850 census he is shown with living with his parents and siblings in Guilford County.

The 1880 census lists him in Clay Township as “Samul R.,” a miller living in the household of his brother L. Doak Phipps, with sister Mary J. and aunt Louvenia. Louvenia was born about 1801.

Samuel is buried in Tabernacle Cemetery in Greensboro, referred to simply as “Tabernacle” on his death certificate. His parents are identified on his death certificate as Geo. W. Phipps and Lotte Ingold (Letitia Ingle). He died single.

His father George Washington Phipps was born about 1805 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census and the 1880 mortality schedule, or about 1810 in North Carolina according to the 1860 census.

George was reported deceased at age 75 of “Dropsy of Heart” according to the 1880 mortality schedule. His death date is erroneously reported in Find A Grave as 1870 rather than 1879.

One would think that the Samuel R. Phipps discussed above was probably the Samuel R. Phipps mentioned in the following legal notice. That notice was published in The Weekly North-Carolina Standard, Raleigh, North Carolina, Wed., 2 Oct 1867, p. 3:

OFFICIAL
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
DISTRICT OF NORTH-CAROLINA,

United States
vs. 2 Barrels of Whisky.
Libel of Information.

To Samuel R. Phipps, and all whom it may Concern – Greeting:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, THAT ON or about the 1st day of June, 1867, two Barrels of Whisky were seized in Guilford County, the property of Samuel R. Phipps, by Jno. Crane, Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th Collection District of North-Carolina, as forfeited to the use of the United States, and the same is libelled by D. H. Starbuck, Attorney of the United States, and prosecuted in the Circuit Court of the United States, and prosecuted in the Circuit Court of the United States for condemnation for the causes in the said Libel set forth; and that said causes will stand for trial at the Court room of said Court, at Raleigh, on the last Monday in November, 1867, at noon, if that be a jurisdiction day, and if not, at the next day of Jurisdiction thereafter; when and where all persons are warned to appear to show cause why condemnation should not be decreed, and to intervene for their interests

Given under my hand, at office, in Raleigh, on 1st day of October 1867.

D. R. GOODLOE, U. S. Mashal [sic; Marshal].
Oct. 1st 1867.