The next to the last post, titled “Thomas Phipps of Pennsylvania and Descendants,” concerned a Phipps family which originated in Pennsylvania but which ended up in Cumberland County, Illinois. Mentioned was Hannah Marie (Neal) Phipps, who was born at Diona, Illinois. She married Napoleon Phipps who was born in Cumberland County, Illinois. Diona is an unincorporated place in Coles County, but right about on the Cumberland County line.
An individual who is buried at Diona, in Ryan Cemetery on the Cumberland County side, is James Phipps. A photo of his tombstone appears in Find A Grave here (click on the photo for a much larger version). His tombstone, as visible in the photograph, reads as follows:
DIED Oct. 14, 1873
75 Y’rs 1 Mo.
[&?] 23 D’s.
Blessed are [?]
in the Lord
This would mean that he was born about August of 1798.
Also buried there is Margaret J. Phipps. Although no relationship is stated on the tombstones themselves, the individual who posted the photos in Find A Grave refers to her as the wife of the James Phipps mentioned above. Children are listed as Elizabeth Phipps (1822-1917), who married a Neely, John Rogers Phipps (1824-1908), Jesse Phipps (1833-1919), and George W. Phipps (1845-1916).
Margaret’s tombstone is pictured here and reads as follows:
[(Note: The stone is cracked at this point, but appears to say Dec. something)]
77 Y’rs 8 Mo.
& 25 D’s.
Take them O earth, what ere is thine.
And in thy bosom let it sleep.
Thou canst not claim the soul divine,
The joyous spirit canst not keep.
This family shows up in the 1870 census in precisely the same location as the Thomas Phipps of the preceding post: Cottonwood Township, Cumberland County, Illinois. Not only that, but just like Thomas, James was born in Pennsylvania.
1870 census, Cottonwood Twp., Cumberland Co., IL, P.O. Campbell, 23 Jun 1870, p. 25, 174/174:
- Phipps, James, 72 [b. abt 1798], MW, farmer, real est. $3000, pers. est. $1200, PA
- Phipps, Margret, 67 [b. abt 1803], FW, keeping house, PA
- Phipps, George W. 25 [b. abt 1845], MW, works on farm, IL
- Phipps, Ellen, 21 [b. abt 1849], FW, IL
- Phipps, Clayton, 3 [b. abt 1867], MW, IL
The same family appears in the same location in the 1860 census:
1860 Census, “Cotonwood” Precinct, Cumberland Co., IL, P.O. Majority Point, IL, 14 Aug 1860, p. 198, 1463/1463:
- Js. [or Ja.?] Phipps, 62 [b. abt 1798], M, farmer, real est. $3000, pers. est. $800, PA
- Margaret, 55 [b. abt 1805], F, PA
- Geo W., 16 [b. abt 1844], M, IL, [attended school?]
- Jessy, [26?], M, [OH?]
An earlier post included various Phipps references in Coles County, Illinois, adjacent to Cumberland. One of those references was to a William Phipps, who according to the 1850 census was born about 1792 in Virginia, but with his wife born in PA. Reconsulting the census entries, VA does appear clear, but could it be a mistake? Was this a PA family?
One of the references in that same blog post was a statement by Jessie Phipps made in Janesville on 14 Jan 1913. In that statement, he says, “I, Jessie Phipps, was born in the year 1833 in Marion county, Ohio, and came to Illinois in 1840 to Coles county, . . . . “
This Jessie would appear to be the “Jessy” of the 1860 census listing above. That would make him a son of James and Margaret Phipps of Cumberland County, which is what the individual posting to Find A Grave (as well as another individual doing the same) has claimed.
Note also that Marion County, Ohio is the same location where Thomas Phipps married Eve Sutt on 17 Jan 1833, as noted in the next to the last blog post.
All of this would suggest that these were probably two Pennsylvania families – not a Virginia family and a Pennsylvania family – probably two brothers who moved into Ohio and then Coles and Cumberland Counties (adjacent) in Illinois in 1840.
One would think that perhaps the matter of this William was born in Virginia or in Pennsylvania could be cleared up if his 1860 census listing could be found, assuming he was still living.