Phipps Mulattos, Hawkins County, Tennessee, 1850

The following listings come from the 1850 census “mortality schedule” (Schedule 3) for Hawkins County, Tennessee. Something that’s interesting about these listings is that although all of the individuals are listed together, with no other intervening names, two of them are listed as mulattos rather than blacks.

Also of note is the fact that the mulattos are listed as slaves. And, in something that’s difficult to fathom today, the one-year-old baby who is listed is also categorized as a slave.

The Phipps listings below represent individuals who died in Hawkins County during the year from 1 Jun 1849 to 1 Jun 1850.

From 1850 Census, Schedule 3 – “Persons who Died during the Year ending 1st June, 1850, in All of the districts in the County of Hawkins[,] State of Tennessee, enumerated by me, R. P. Kyle Ass’t Marshal,” p. 338:

Categories:

  • “NAME OF EVERY PERSON WHO DIED during the Year ending 1st June, 1850, whose usual Place of Abode at the Time of his Death was in his Family”
  • “DESCRIPTION:” “Age,” “Sex,” “Colour:” “White, black, or mulatto,” “Free or Slave,” “Married or widowed”
  • “PLACE OF BIRTH: Naming the State, Territory, or Country”
  • “The Month in which the Person died”
  • “PROFESSION, OCCUPATION, OR TRADE”
  • “DISEASE, OR CAUSE OF DEATH”
  • “Number of DAYS ILL:”

Listings:

David Phipps

  • age 60 [b. abt 1790]
  • male
  • mulatto
  • slave
  • born TN
  • died Oct
  • occupation: laborer
  • cause: fever
  • ill 14 days

Stephen Phipps

  • age 17 [b. abt 1833]
  • male
  • mulatto
  • slave
  • born TN
  • died Oct
  • occupation: laborer
  • cause: fever
  • ill 14 days

Jane Phipps

  • age 11 months [b. 1849]
  • female
  • black
  • slave
  • born TN
  • died Nov
  • cause: still

King Phipps

  • age 1 [b. abt 1849]
  • male
  • black
  • slave
  • died Nov
  • cause: croup
  • ill [1?] day

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