Death of William H. Phipps, Greensboro, NC

An obituary of a certain William H. Phipps appeared in the Greensboro Patriot, published in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina. According to that obituary, as OCRed, he died in Clay Township a few miles from Alamance Church on Monday morning, 14 March 1910. The funeral was then held at Alamance Church the following day.

The obituary tells that he was born in 1833 on a plantation near where he died. Offspring are mentioned as having been James, Julius, Hattie, and Lizzie.

The 1850 census shows him as William H. Phipps (the same way his name is represented in the obit), a son of Samuel and Mary Phipps. Samuel was born 19 January 1788 according to his mother’s Revolutionary War pension affidavit, and about 1788 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census.

Samuel testified on 9 October 1845 in Guilford County on behalf of his mother’s application for a pension. The pension claim was based on the Revolutionary War service of Samuel’s father Aaron Phipps.

Samuel was living in Guilford County on 26 September 1850, as he appears in the census. He was married to Polly, according to that census, but Polly was an extremely common nickname for Mary.

Aaron was born about 1756-1774 according to the 1800 census, about 1765 or earlier according to the 1810 census, about 1775 or earlier according to the 1820 census, and about 1760-1770 according to the 1830 census.

Placing that information together, and showing the narrowest field of overlap, this would suggest that he was born about 1760-1765.

Aaron “Fipps” married Christina Ingle according to the 1797 Guilford County will of her father George Ingle. According to her pension affidavit, which calls her Jane, she married Aaron Phipps in 1786, she thought, although she wasn’t completely positive of which year.

A state census in Wilkes County shows, on 10 June 1787, an individual transcribed as Aaron or Aron Phelpes. He was listed with 1 male age 21-60 (so born about 1727-1766), 5 males under 21 or over 60, and 4 females.

Then the 1800 census shows Aron Fips in Guilford County with 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-15, and 1 male 26-44 (so born about 1756-1774). The household also contained 1 female under 10 and 1 26-44 (so born about 1756-1774), in addition to 6 slaves.

In the 1810 and 1820 censuses, he was still living in Guilford County. The will of James Phipps in Guilford County, dated 14 October 1829, was witnessed by Aaron Phipps, who signed with a mark. Aaron also shows up in the 1830 census. According to his wife’s testimony, he died 1 August 1840.


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