The Goochland County Orphans

Two orphans, Joseph and Benjamin Fipps, were noted several years ago as appearing in Goochland County, Virginia records in 1742. Those orphans were ordered to be bound to Josiah Burton.

We’ve also referred to a connection between the Fips/Phipps surname and the Burton surname at various junctures in Virginia and North Carolina. George Reeves, father in law of Samuel Phipps (about 1760-63 to 1854) of Ashe County, North Carolina was married to a Burton.

The Burton family also figures into the John Fips family of the Pigg River area whom we’ve been discussing, with that John having died about 1768 in Charlotte County, Virginia. (See also here.)

In the (about) 1781 Montgomery County, Virginia militia list in which both “Sammuwill Phips” and “Sammuell Phips Sen.” appear, living between the two men were “John Burton, Junr.” and “John Burton.”

George Reeves was an Epps heir, as has been pointed out in the past, and the Rives or Reeves or Rives family and the Epps or Eppes family were extremely closely associated earlier in southeast Virginia. In addition, the last post noted the Phips and Rawlings (Rawlins or Rollins) connection.

It might be worth pointing out that the vestry book of Henrico Parish in Virginia from 1730 to 1773 directly associates the Burton and Rawlings (or Rollins or Rollings, etc.) and Eppes or Epps families. They are frequently associated with the Cox family, which might be the same Cox family which later associates with the Phipps family in the Ashe County, North Carolina area.

The 1904 book Annals of Henrico Parish discusses the formation of Henrico County and Henrico Parish. According to that source (p. 6), “When, in 1634, the colony was divided into eight shires . . . the bounds of Henrico were made to include present Chesterfield and Powhatan counties, on the south of the river [both the Appomattox and the James were just earlier discussed], and Goochland on the north..” Further, “The parish lines were coincident with those of the shire.”

The vestry book refers to “the line between William Burton (living in Goochland) and Benj. Burton, not processioned” in 1748. The parentheses are the book’s parentheses.

So, we seem to have members of the Burton, Rawlings, and Epps families in this parish, with the Burtons, at least, also being in Goochland County. Then, as referred to earlier, the Douglas Register (generally 1750-1797) refers to a “Ben. Phop,” married to “Mary Reeve” in Goochland County.

When a son Benjamin was born in 1780 and christened in 1781, the parents’ names are given as “Ben Fop” and “Mary Reeves,” now with an “s.” They had another son, William, born and christened 1784.

As noted earlier, various records in Goochland refer to individuals named “Phelps,” including a couple named John and Phelps. They were present in Goochland county around the same time that the “Fipps” orphans were bound. We’ve seen extreme spelling variations associated with the surname in recent posts: Fips, Phripp, Phipp, Phips, Phipps. Could Phelps have simply been one of those variations?

And does the association of these several surnames suggest that the two orphans, Joseph and Benjamin Fipps, in Goochland County, Virginia in 1742 could have been connected in some way with the Phips, Phipps, etc. family of the Surry and Sussex Counties and Albemarle Parish (Sussex County) area?

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