Columbus Phipps & Cherokee Wife Amanda Ross

Columbus Phipps was born May 1859 in Georgia according to census reports. The Eastern Cherokee Application of his son John says that Columbus was born in Georgia. He married Amanda Ross, according to her tombstone. She was called Manda and Mandy.

She was a Cherokee, and was 7/8 Native American according to the 1900 census. Amanda was enrolled among the Cherokees “for Cherokee strip Payment & allotment of land” according to her son John’s Eastern Cherokee Application. John’s application gives her previous surname as Ross.

From the 1900 Census, Schedule No. 1 – Population: Indian Population, Township 16 Noth, Range 19 East, Part in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, 29 June 1900, 84/84:

  • Columbus Phipps, head, WM, May 1859, 41, M, m. 19 yrs. [m. abt 1881], b. GA, father b. NC, mother b. GA, farmer, 0 mos. unemployed, could not read or write, could speak English, owned farm free from mortgage
  • Amanda Phipps, wife, In, F, Apr 1864, 36, M, m. 19 yrs., mother of 8/7 living, b. Indian Territory, father b. Indian Territory, mother b. Indian Territory, could read, could not write, could speak English, other name Amanda, tribe Cherokee, father’s tribe Cherokee, mother’s tribe Cherokee, 1/8 white blood, not living in polygamy, not taxed, citizenship not acquired by allotment, living in a fixed dwelling (as opposed to movable)
  • Bettie Phipps, daughter, In, F, July 1882, 17, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory, could read and write, could speak English
  • John Phipps, son, In, M, Oct 1884, 15, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory, could read and write, could speak English
  • Carrie Phipps, daughter, In, F, Mar 1887, 13, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory, could read and write, could speak English
  • Joe Phipps, son, In, M, Nov 1889, 10, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory, could read and write, could speak English
  • Buela Phipps, daughter, In, F, Sep 1892, 7, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory, could speak English
  • Lula Phipps, daughter, In, F, Jan 1895, 5, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory
  • Ella Phipps, daughter, In, F, Sep 1898, 1, single, Indian Territory, GA, Indian Territory
  • Nancy Hanson, sister, W, F, Mar 1854, 46, widowed, md. 8 yrs., mother of 2/0 living, GA, NC, GA, could read and write, could speak English
  • Dora Phipps, niece, W, F, Aug 1881, 18, single, Indian Territory, GA, GA, could read and write, could speak English
  • James Phipps, nephew, W, M, Feb 1884, 16, single, Indian Territory, GA, GA

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