Several past posts (here’s one) concerned a family named Fitts and Fitz which appears to be related. Was this family simply using a variant spelling of Phips, Fips, Phipps, etc., or was it another family entirely which happened to be related to some of the same people as the Phips family?
Various factors were noted which seem to suggest a relationship. Those factors won’t be recounted here, but among the most significant are the following:
- The family was associated with several families and even specific individuals with which the Phips/Fips family was also associated.
- One of those specific individuals appears to have been Tandy Walker, since John Fips was closely and directly associated with Tandy Walker in Lunenburg in the mid-18th century (1700s), and one of the Fitts family was named Tandy Walker Fitts.
- The 2nd wife of Tandy Walker Fitts is said to have been a Burton – Sarah Burton – and the Burtons directly tie into the Reeves family which was very closely associated with Samuel Phips in Montgomery County, Virginia, then Wilkes County, North Carolina, and then while Samuel was living in Ashe County, North Carolina and his father in law George Reeves in adjacent Grayson County, Virginia. (Reeves married a Burton, and then Samuel Phips 0r Phipps of Ashe County became an heir of George Reeves in Ashe County.)
We noted that this Sarah Burton is said to have been a daughter of Hutchins Burton. Now it appears that, according to unconfirmed information, Tandy Walker Fitts, Sr. and his wife Sarah Burton had a son named Hutchins Burton Fitts.
Hutchins Burton appears to have been a son of John Pleasants Burton and his wife Susannah Stamper. Hutchins appears to have been a brother of the Burton twins, Isom and Eli, who were born in 1807 in Ashe County, North Carolina and who died in Lawrence County, Indiana. Some of the Burtons migrated from Ashe County, North Carolina to Lawrence County, Indiana, as did some of the Phipps family.
Again, John Pleasants Burton married Susannah Stamper. Another Stamper from Ashe County was Frances (“Frankey”) Stamper, who married Jesse Toliver. Jesse Toliver was a Revolutionary War veteran who was born about 1756 in Fauquier County, Virginia according to his own testimony. Samuel Phips of Ashe County, North Carolina testified on behalf of his pension application, and Jesse’s son John fathered Mathursa (“Mathursey”) Toliver, who married Mathew or Matthew Phips who moved from Ashe County, North Carolina to Clay and Owen Counties in Indiana.
The John Pleasants Burton who is said to have fathered Sarah Burton who married Tandy Walker Fitts was supposedly a brother of Jane Burton who married Jane Burton. She married George Reeves, who was the father in law of Samuel Phips. John Pleasants Burton died in the same Lawrence County, Indiana where Phipps family members moved from Ashe County, North Carolina.
John Pleasants Burton’s father Hutchins Burton appears to have had a brother who married a Cocke, which is a family shown multiple times to be associated with the Phips or Phipps family in early southeast Virginia. John Pleasants Burton and John Burton had another brother, Nowell Hunt Burton, who appears to have fathered Josiah Burton, who apparently is the one to whom the Fipps orphans were bound in 1742 in Goochland County, Virginia.