John Phipps: A NC Pension Application

The following are excerpts from the Confederate pension application file of John Phipps, Ashe County, North Carolina. John was born about 1836. He was evidently the John Phipps who died on 24 March 1932 at West Jefferson, Ashe County, North Carolina, according to his death certificate.

His death certificate gives his occupation as “Horse trader.” His parents are identified on his death certificate as Samuel Phipps and Grace Doughton. That Samuel was born 12 September 1813 according to his tombstone. Samuel lived in Alleghany County in 1880, in Wautauga County in 1897, and is buried in Watauga County.

John and wife Frances had a son Samuel who was born in November 1859 according to the 1900 census. This later Samuel appears as a farm laborer in the household of his parents in the 1900 census. The later Samuel was the father of Grover Cleveland Phipps, who was presumably the G.C. Phipps of the letters below. Those letters are written on bank letterhead.

. . . On this 15th day of Aug. A. D. 1929 personally appeared before me, J. D. Stansberry, C. S. C. in and for the State and County aforesaid, John Phipps, age 93 years, and a resident at Jefferson, N.C. postoffice in said County and State, and who, being duly sworn, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension under the provisions of an act entitled “An Act to amend and consolidate the pension laws of the State of North Carolina,” ratified March 8, 1921, that he is the identical John Phipps who enlisted in Co. F. Jackson’s Reg., N. C. State Troops, on or about the 1st day of Sept. 1861, to serve in the armies of the late Confederate States, . . . Served in the Confederate Army during the entire time; furnished a supply team, Cavalry horse, and gave freely of all he had for the great Cause he served. . . . 15th day of Aug. 1929 [signed:] John Phipps his X mark. . . .

. . . On this 21st day of November, A. D. 1925, personally appeared before me, J. D. Stansberry C. S. C. in and for the State and County aforesaid, John Phipps, age 89 years, and a resident at West Jefferson postoffice, . . . That he is the identical John Phipps who enlisted in Co. The Alleghany Grays, Horton Doughton, Capt. Reg.; N. C. State Troops, . . . 1861 . . . this applicant enlisted in Alleghany County under Capt. Horton Doughton; was taken with pneumonia fever and did not reach camps for active service, but after recovery did service in transporting provisions to troops and served on the home-guard. . . . 21st day of November, 1925. [signed:] John Phipps . . . .

. . . This day personally appeared before me W. F. Doughton a Justice of the peace C. J. Taylor and made the following statement that he is personally acquainted with John Phipps anc that the said Phipps in company A. J Taylor A J Warden Theo. Canudy on the waters of Elk Creek in Alleghany County operated an Iron forge for the Confederacy without compensation for a period of about two years during the civil war, and also that he rendered service for the home guard. I am now in my Eightieth year and a Son of A. J. Taylor one of the company that opprated [sic; operated] the Forge
This Aug 27th 1929
C. J. Taylor
Sworn to and subscribed before me. This Aug 27th 1929
W. F. Doughton J. P. . . .

. . . West Jefferson, N.C.
August 27, 1929.
Honorable R.A. Doughton,
Raleigh, N. C.
Dear Sir:
Enclosed please find Affidavit telling a part of Grandfather’s services during the war. Grandfather enlisted in Company F, 22nd Regiment and he took the feaver and was sent home, and after a long spell of sickness, not being able for a regular soldier, he was drafted into other service and worked delivering supplies to the soldiers, worked in a forge, and later was called home and put in the Home Guard.
Very Respectfully,
[G.C?] Phipps.

. . . West Jefferson, N.C.
August 19, 1929.
Honorable R.A. Doughton,
Raleigh, N.C.
Dear Sir:
In answer to yours of the 17th inst., I have had my grandfather’s pension report fixed up and approved by the local board of Ashe County and mailed it on August 15th. All Grandfather wanted you to do was, if his report was acceptable to the State Board at Raleigh, to explain to them that he was sick at the time his papers should have been sent out, and if it isn’t contrary to rules and statue [sic; statute], he would like to get a pension this year. . . .
Yours sincerely,
[G.C?] Phipps.


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