Our 2000th Post: An Incredibly Tangled Web

More great research has come from the webmaster of the blog known as “A Witcher Family Genealogy,” in particular a very recent article titled “Who Were the Children of John Fips of Charlotte County, Virginia?” It is largely on the basis of that research that a timeline is presented below which reveals an amazing genealogical web of individuals and events in early Virginia and North Carolina.

His research findings include the tantalizing yet undefined local rumor in Pittsylvania County, Virginia that a certain ancestral James Phips had to flee to North Carolina – for some reason.

Various factors have already been discussed which appear to connect the Lunenburg County Phips, Phipps, Fipps, etc. family with that of Brunswick County, Virginia and Bute County, North Carolina.. Connections appear to also exist with Amelia County, Virginia and apparently Goochland County, Virginia as well, with family branches then extending into Surry and Ashe Counties in North Carolina.

More Epps connections have been found, again without looking for them, and are noted below. Many of the connections among records referred to below will not be evident without reading earlier posts.

One major thread (and there are other threads which interconnect) seems to go something like this, as absurd and improbable as this sounds:

An Epps buys land in Goochland County, Virginia, then Tandy Walker, Sr. buys land there as well. Then two Fipps orphans are bound in Goochland County to a Burton, a family which closely ties into the Reeves and Epps families, then a Fipps/Phips ends up living with Tandy Walker, Sr. in Lunenburg County, and Phips descendants move into northwest North Carolina and later Indiana, and they seem right at home with the Phips or Phipps family of Ashe County, North Carolina.

Then, in addition to the Fipps orphans in Goochland County, there was a Fop/Phop who married a Reeve, as transcribed (probably a Fip/Phips who married a Reeves) in the same county. Then Samuel Phips of Ashe County, North Carolina married a Reeves. And, there was yet another Phipps/Reeves marriage: an Ann/Anna Phips/Phipps who married a George Reeves, with that Reeves spending some of his time in Virginia and some of his time in England; he left her and died in Virginia, and she evidently went to live with her sister in England.

Her twin brother was made Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and they were both children of Francis Phips or Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, England who appears to have married twice and, in his “other” life with his 2nd wife, had extensive dealings with the Caribbean. That 2nd wife was the widow of a Jeaffreson, closely related apparently to the Jefferson family of Virginia from which President Thomas Jefferson sprang, with Thomas Jefferson marrying an Epps. And the Joseph Phipps who came to Pennsylvania “with” (but not on the same ship as) William Penn also came from Reading, Berkshire, England, and “Sir” William of Massachusetts might be closely related to the same family, somehow, due to various odd circumstantial factors.

If someone were to just make up the above, no one would believe it. This is what extensive research seems to be suggesting, however. And, in a rather stark manner, the family appears to have wanted to hide all of this, or at least certainly did not want to publicly trumpet it, suggesting a possibility of a family scandal, as multiple family stories have suggested was the case. What a family!

Of course, lots of additional events could have been included in this timeline, but it’s plenty lengthy as it is. Perhaps preparing a more complete timeline at some point could help with sorting out the data and finding connections.

1370s-1380s(?) | Essex, England

  • John Phyppe set up a wayside cross
  • The location became later known as Fypps Cross, Phippes Cross, etc., eventually Whipps Cross

Abt 1521-1547 | Hughenden, Buckinghamshire, England

  • Individuals named Phip, Phips, Phyppe, etc. appear as Lollards, as noted later in John Foxe’s The Acts and Monuments

12 June 1575 | Essex, England | Marriage

  • Thomas Phyppe married Jane Dynge in Bobbingworth in the Epping Forest district (where Whipps Cross – see 1870s-1380s – was located)

Abt 1610 | England

  • Birth of Francis Phipps (discussed at various points below), apparently son of Robert Phipps of Nottingham
  • Francis resided Reading, Berkshire, England

1615-6 | Nottingham, England

  • Administration of estate of Robert Phipps of Nottingham
  • He was apparently the father of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, discussed below

1621 | Essex, England to Jamestown, VA

  • The Virginia Company of London sent John Phips of Essex (London area) to VA as a surveyor
  • Around the same time, Col. John Jeaffreson was a London merchant involved with the Virginia Company; his widow married Francis Phipps/Phips of Reading, Berkshire, England

1623

  • Col. John Jeaffreson (see 1621, 1660) refused to support the king’s plans to dissolve the Virginia Company

1624 or 1625 | St. Kitts, Caribbean

  • Col. John Jeaffreson (see 1621, 1660) became of the early settlers of St. Kitts in the West Indies
  • Jeaffreson also “lived for some years in Virginia” according to a 1922 article in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Aug 1640 | Reading, Berkshire, England

  • Joseph Phipps was born; he later became a Quaker and an early settler of PA

1649 | Reading, Berkshire, England

  • Francis Phipps/Phips of Reading was surveyor of highways at least in 1649
  • About the same time, George Reeves was born (somewhere in England), who later married Anna/Ann Phipps, daughter of Francis Phipps/Phips

1650s | Caribbean to England

  • Col. John Jeaffreson (see 1621, 1660, etc.) returned to England after making a fortune trading in St. Kitts in the Caribbean
  • He then bought Dullingham House in Cambridgeshire

1652 | Surry Co., VA | Levy record

  • John Phipps and William Harris, presumably the surveyors from Jamestown, listed together

1655 | Jamestown, VA

  • 1100 lbs. of tobacco due by the govt. to John Fipps

1656 | Jamestown, VA

  • 120 acres in James Citye granted to John Phips
  • 1st known acquisition of land on the island

1657 | Surry Co., VA

  • John Phips, age 4, son of Elizabeth Harris, apprenticed to James Murrey, Surry Co. planter

1665-6 | probably Reading, Berkshire, England

  • Anna/Ann Phipps was born, daughter of Francis Phipps/Anne Sharp
  • Her twin brother Constantine was also born

1660 | Berkshire, England

  • Col. John Jeaffreson (see 1621, 1623, 1624/5) died and so did Anne Sharpe, wife of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, England; Francis then married Sarah, Jeaffreson’s widow
  • This Francis and Anne (Sharpe) Phipps were the parents of Anna/Ann Phipps who married a George Reeves (there were several) who died in VA
  • Ann’s twin brother Constantine was the ancestor of Constantine John Phipps who became the godfather of Betty Tayloe Corbin in VA (see 1764)
  • Jeaffreson and business associate Sir Thomas Warner were backed in trade involving St. Kitts in the West Indies by Ralph Merrifield, a London merchant with interest in trade with the Caribbean that was described as “clandestine” and “undercover”

1661 | Jamestown, VA

  • John Phips/Phipps sold land to Jonathan Knowles

1662 | Surry Co., VA

  • George Blow became guardian of John Phips, orphan son of Elizabeth Harris

1665 | Reading, Berkshire, England

  • Joseph Phipps, who later emigrated to PA, married Sarah Binfield in Reading
  • One must wonder whether, because of their religious beliefs, they could tie into the earlier Lollard Phips family at Hughenden, which is about 20 miles from Reading

28 Jan 1667 | Reading, Berkshire, England

  • Will of Francis Phipps of Reading was written
  • The will mentions daughter Anna (who married George Reeves who died in VA) and her twin brother Constantine, among others

1667-8 | Surry Co., VA

  • Deeds showing Capt. Cockerham as overseer of Harris estate and concerning guardianship of John Phips (see 1657, 1662)

24 May 1671 | Virginia

  • Suit brought by John Phipps against Capt. Francis Kirkman
  • Kirkman was high sheriff and a favorite of Gov. William Berkeley
  • The suit was dismissed

1672 or 1674 (?) | James City Co., VA

  • Patent to John Phipps near Jamestown

Abt 1675 | Caribbean

  • Capt. John Phipps, son of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, England, moved to the Caribbean, where he became prominent on Antigua and later St. Kitts
  • Was earlier apprenticed to a Stamper of London; the Phipps family in VA and NC later showed close association with the Stamper family there

23 Sep 1675 | Lee, Kent, England

  • George Reeves of London married Ann Phipps of Lee, daughter of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire
  • The license was dated the 21st, describing George as a 26-year-old bachelor; she was “about” 18 and her parents were dead
  • She was given permission to marry by John Blagrave of Arborfield in Berkshire and Thomas Bullock of Binfield in Berkshire
  • George later died in VA; he appears to have ended up in Middlesex Co., VA

1678 | London

  • Sir Constantine Henry Phipps, twin brother of Francis Phipps’s daughter Ann who married George Phipps (who died in VA) was admitted to Gray’s Inn as a barrister

2 Oct 1683 | St. Kitts, Caribbean

  • James Phipps was appointed a representative of a general assembly for the Leeward Island
  • Associate Joseph Crispe (see 1685, 1708) was also appointed at the same time

24 Oct 1684 | London

  • Christopher Jeaffreson (see 1689), son of Col. John Jeaffreson (see 1621, 1660), referred to “Mrs. Reeves” in a letter
  • This could refer to Ann (Phipps) Reeves, daughter of Francis Phipps and wife of George Reeves

30 Dec 1685 | St. Kitts, Caribbean

  • Capt. James Phipps listed along with officers of the Leeward Islands
  • Capt. Joseph Crispe (see 1683, 1708) in same list

1688-9 | VA and England

  • George Reeves who married Ann Phipps, daughter of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, England, appears to have died in 1688 in Middlesex Co., VA, with his will probated in London (Middlesex Co., England) in 1689
  • Regarding his wife Ann Phipps, George Reeves is said to have “deserted her” and to have “died in Virginia,” while she lived with her sister Mary at Lee, Kent, England

1689 | St. Kitts, Caribbean

  • Capt. James Phipps, son of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, England, was killed by the French when they attacked the island (one source has 1695)
  • Christopher Jeaffreson (see 1684), son of Col. John Jeaffreson, was an executor of his estate

12 May 1708 | St. Kitts, Caribbean

  • Will of Joseph Crisp/Crispe of St./ Kitts (see 1683, 1685) was written
  • The will named daughter Mary Phipps, grandson Joseph Phipps, and granddaughters Elizabeth, Mary, and Susanna Phipps
  • The will was proved 23 Dec 1713

Dec 1710 | England

  • Constantine Henry Phipps, twin brother of the Ann Phipps who married George Reeves who died in VA, was made Lord Chancellor of Ireland

1728 | Goochland Co., VA | County formation

  • County was formed from shire of Henrico (later called Henrico Co.)

1730 | Goochland Co., VA

  • Francis Eppes acquired about 10,900 acres
  • Note that Tandy Walker later (1747) sold land to an Epes (Eppes or Epps); Samuel Phips of Ashe Co., NC married a Reeves whose mother was probably an Epps, and the Epps family was related to Thomas Jefferson who was probably related to the Jeaffresons (see 1684, etc.)

1737 | Goochland Co., VA

  • Tandy Walker Sr; of Henrico Co. bought land in Goochland Co.
  • He and John Phips appear together in tax lists in Lunenburg Co., VA in the late 1740s

19 Oct 1742 | Goochland Co., VA | Court record

  • Orphans Joseph and Benjamin Fipps (see 1780) were ordered to be bound to Josiah Burton

1743 | Frederick Co., VA

  • Andrew Hampton “of” Brunswick Co., VA sold land in Frederick Co., VA to Benjamin Borden of Frederick Co.
  • This was presumably the same Andrew Hampton who later (1761) sold land to Isaiah Phipps in Granville Co., NC

1746 | Lunenburg Co., VA | County formation

  • County formed from Brunswick Co., VA

1746-1751 | Amelia Co., VA | Record of surveys

  • Survey for John Fipps, 400 acres, so. side of “Appamattox” River next to lines of Chiles, Morrow, Lee, and Eweing
  • A Chiles came from Bristol to Jamestown and was involved in illegal trading with the Netherlands

1747 | Goochland Co., VA

  • Land in Goochland Co. was sold by Tandy Walker Sr. to an Epes (Eppes) (see 1730)

23 Feb 1747 | Amelia Co., VA | Deed

  • Deed witnessed by John Phips

16 Mar 1747 | Amelia Co., VA | Deed and will

  • Deed (Edward Harris to Nathaniel Harris) witnessed by John Fips
  • Will (Edward Harris) witnessed by John Fips

10 June 1748 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 5 tithables in 1 household, with 3 blacks followed by John Phips, Tandey Walker
  • cf. Walker surname in 1749 Amelia Co. below

1749 | Cumberland Co., VA | County formation

  • County formed from Goochland Co., VA

10 June 1749 | Amelia Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 6 tithables in 1 household: James Walker on 1st line, then beginning on 2nd line, Jno. [with superscripted “o”] Phips followed by Nathaniel Harolson, then 3 blacks
  • Note regarding Walker: Compare the Walker surname in 1748 Lunenburg Co. above
  • Note regarding Harolson: This name is repeated in the 1750 list as Harrolson and was discussed in an earlier post; he may be the Nathaniel Harrelson who later surfaces in Caswell Co., NC

1749 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 7 tithables in 1 household, with 4 blacks followed by Peter Rollins, Jno. Phips, Jos. Miner
  • Rollins name likely the same as Rawlings/Rawlins etc. as previously discussed
  • Miner/Minor name figures prominently in Melungeon discussions

1750 | Amelia Co., VA | Tithables list

  • John Phips listed alone as 1 tithable

1750 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 4 tithables in 1 household, with 2 blacks followed by John Phips, Tandey Walker

26 Mar 1750 | Cumberland Co., VA | Court record

  • Richard Phips, orphan of Lewis Phips, deceased, ordered bound out to William Dillon

1751 | Amelia Co., VA | Tithables list

  • Jno. Phips listed alone as 1 tithable

1751 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 1 household shows what looks like “Mary Barnes List” (presumably Mary Barnes’s list), listing two blacks, then John Phips; perhaps significantly, the word “Overseer” does not appear after John’s name as it does after another name in another household in the same column

1752 | Halifax Co., VA | County formation

  • County formed from Lunenburg County

1752 | Amelia Co., VA | Tithables list

  • Jno. Phips listed alone as 1 tithable

1752 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 1 household showing “Mary Barns List” (presumably Mary Barnes’s list), followed by apparently 2 blacks, then John Phips; the number of tithables appears to be 3, but perhaps there was only 1 black (not written very clearly) or perhaps Mary was not counted

Abt 1753 | Charles City Co., VA | Rev. War pension testimony

  • John Phipps (see 1774, 1776, 1783) born

25 Apr 1753 | Amelia Co., VA | Deed

  • 2 deeds from William Hill witnessed by John Phipps/Phips

5 May 1753 | Halifax Co., VA | Survey

  • Land survey for James Phipps on Meadow Creek, a no. branch of Pigg River, same land said to be in Henry Co. when granted 30 years later in 1783; the Halifax Co. militia said it took them 2 days to walk from the Blue Ridge to Meadow Creek (presumably the same one) during a 1758 expedition

1753 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 3 tithables in 1 household, “Mrs. Barnes List” followed by Ned, Tom” then “John Phips Over Seer”

25 Apr 1753 | Amelia Co., VA | Deed

  • Witnessed by John Phips

27 Aug 1753 | Cumberland Co., VA  | Court record

  • “Richard Phipps, Harry and Sue” to be added to tithables list for that year

1754 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 3 tithables in 1 household, “Mrs. Barnes List,” followed by Tom, Ned, then John Phips

1755 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • Both James Fipps and John Phips listed, as noted below:
  • An unclear number of tithables (11, 14, or 15?) in 1 household: “Park Bailey” followed by “Charles City” on same line, James Fipps next line, John Baily next line, then names of 11 blacks
  • 2 tithables in 1 household: “[Jackerbus?] Christopher List” followed by John Phips, then Hannah, with Hannah being presumably a black tithable
  • Other sources refer to “Jacobus” Christopher; his Lunenburg Co. will is dated 28 Mar 1774 and names, among others, niece Elizabeth Blagrave, with witnesses including John Stokes and Cyrus Minor
  • Regarding Blagrave: Note that Tandy Walker (1748 and 1750, above) sold land in Lunenburg to Henry Blagrave of Caroline Co. in 1750; the Blagrave family appears to have been earlier in Jamestown
  • Regarding Minor and Stokes: Note that John Phips was in a tithables list with Jos. Minor in 1749 and that Sylvanus Stokes was associated with his estate
  • Regarding Park Bailey: Other sources refer to him as Parks Bailey and say that he married a Cabiness; Elizabeth Phipps married William Cabiness in 1834 in Brunswick Co., VA, and we’ve noted the Rebecca Shute Jamaica/NC will, 1732, naming Phipps relatives and witnessed by a Cavaniss (variant form of Cabiness)

25 Aug 1755 | Cumberland Co., VA | Court record

  • William Phipps, son of “Tibatha” Phipps, ordered to be bound out

13 Nov 1755 | Cumberland Co., VA | Will

  • Susannah Fips witnessed the will of Sanburn Woodson
  • She signed with an “X”

1756 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • 5 tithables in 1 household: “Colo. Peter Fontaines List” (“Col” with a superscripted “o”), followed by what looks like 3 blacks (ink blot), then on next line “& John Phips Overseer;” the number 4 was crossed out and replaced by 5, so presumably Fontaine was included
  • Another “John phips” listed with 2 tithables – or was this the same John listed twice? One article about tithe lists says that individuals were often listed twice, in two different districts, with one of those districts not necessarily being the one of residence

1757 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • “Colo. [with the final “o” superscripted] Peter Fontaines List” followed by, on the next line “John Phipps Overseer,” then names of 4 blacks on the next line, for a total of 5 tithables for the household; evidently Fontaine was not included

1758 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • “Colo. [with the final “o” superscripted] Peter Fontains List of Tithables,” followed by 5 blacks and then “& John Fipps overseer”

1759 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • “Colo. [with the final “o” superscripted] Peter Fontain” followed by, on the next line, John Phipp Oversr. [with the final “r” superscripted] and 1 tally, followed by 5 blacks, each with a tally mark, for a total of 6 tithables; again, “Fontain” does not appear to be included

1760 | Granville Co., NC | Will

  • Will of Esiah Phipps mentions son of same name and plantation in Hampshire Co., VA

20 Aug 1760 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Land grant

  • Grant to John Phips for 210(?) acres on both sides of Pigg River according to abstract

1761 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • “Col. [with the “l” superscripted] Peter Fontain’s List of Tithables,” followed by 5 blacks and then “& John Phips Overseer,” for a total of 6 tithables; again, “Fontain” does not appear to be included

25 Feb 1761 | Virginia

  • Benjamin Phipps of Brunswick Co., VA was born according to a Bible at the Library of Virginia
  • He was presumably born in Brunswick Co.; later appears to have married Lucy Tubeyfield/Turbyfill

July 1761 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Probate records

  • Appraisers of slaves of Duncan Smith to be chosen out of group including John Phips

29 Dec 1761 | Cumberland Co., VA | Southam Parish vestry book

  • Tabitha “Fiphs” listed as “a Poor Person,” evidently given money by the church

1762 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • “Peter Fontains list,” followed by 5 blacks, then “& John Phips Overseer,” for a total of 6 tithables; again “Fontain” does not appear to be included

1762 | Orange Co., NC | Land grant and chain carrier

  • Land grant to John Phipps
  • John Phipps acted as a surveyor’s chain carrier

22 Dec 1762 | Cumberland Co., VA | Southam Parish vestry book

  • Payment to Tabitha Phips, “a Poor Person of this Parrish”

1764 | apparently VA | seconddary sources

  • Constantine John Phipps of England (descendant of Francis of Reading, Berkshire) became godfather to Betty Tayloe Corbin, apparently in VA

1764 | Bute Co., NC | County formation

  • The county was created from Granville Co.

1764 | Charlotte Co., VA | County formation

  • The county was created from Lunenburg Co.

February 1764 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Deed

  • Deed to Silvanus Stokes witnessed by John Fips

1764 | Lunenburg Co., VA | Tithables list

  • “Petter Fountain Lists” on 1 line, followed by “John Fipps overseer 1” on next line, followed by blacks tallied as 5 for a total of 6 tithables; again, “Fountain” was evidently not included

May 1764 | Charlotte Co., VA | County formation

  • County formed from Lunenburg

August 1764 | Halifax Co., VA | Court record

  • John Fips appeared in complaint against Moses Bond
  • Halifax Co. was near Lunenburg Co.

21 May 1767 | Halifax Co., VA | Deed

  • Grantor: John Phips of Charlotte Co., VA
  • Grantee: William Cook of Halifax Co., VA
  • Consideration: £10
  • Land: 210 acres on both sides of Pigg River at mouth of Hatchet [Run?] with patent date 21 Aug 1760
  • Landmarks: Line “crossing a run called Deep Run”
  • Acknowledged in May 1767 court
  • Note regarding Cook: William Cook may have been related to Clare Cloe Cook who, according to secondary sources, was a daughter of Clary (Payne) Cook who married Lewellyn Phipps. The Revolutionary War pension application of William Cook, likely closely related, says that he joined the service from Caroline Co., VA, and the file gives his wife’s name as Clara. He was born in 1763. He served as a substitute for Joseph “Wiltcher” (Witcher? Scans of those pages no longer appear to be online, not even behind paywalls, but note that John’s daughter Betsey married Ephraim Witcher), and served under Capt. Moses “Fountain” (Fontaine) of Halifax County. Moses Fontaine was perhaps related to Peter Fontain, Fountain, Fontaine, etc. as referred to a number of times above in connection with John Fips or Phips. Various secondary sources refer to Moses and Peter Fontaine as though they were brothers. See also the Cook reference at 1822, below.

abt 1767-8 | Charlotte Co., VA | Court and probate records

  • John Fips died, leaving a widow named Tabitha

Prob. 1768 | Orange Co., NC

  • Undated Regulator petition signed by Joseph, John, and James Phipps

Feb 1768 | Halifax Co., VA | Court records

  • Court ordered that John Phipps be reimbursed for serving as a witness for Champness Terry in the lawsuit brought by Joshua Powell
  • See Plea Book 6, p. 48

2 Dec 1768 | Brunswick Co., VA

  • Joseph Phips on poll/voter list

3 Apr 1769 | Charlotte Co., VA | Probate records

  • Inventory of the estate of John Fips, intestate, estate valued at about £:123

Sep 1769 | Halifax Co., VA | Court records

  • Tabitha Fipps ad Francis Barnes, admrs. of the estate of John Fips, against Harris Wilson
  • This is followed by the case of Paul Carrington, assignee of Moses Terry, against John Phelps, also Phips:John Phips, witness for Champness Terry “at the suit of Powell,” motioned that Terry pay him for 12 days’ attendance, for traveling 30 miles two times, and for traveling 18 miles 8 times, which was so ordered; this pertained to the suit of Joshua Powell against Terry.
  • Note regarding Joshua Powell: According to secondary sources, his mother was an Eppes/Epps. This is the surname that we’ve run into repeatedly, over and over, in indirect connection with the Phips family here and there. She was “probably” born in Halifax Co., VA, which is where George Reaves (Reeves), the father in law of Samuel Phips of Ashe Co., NC, is referred to as an Eppes/Epps heir. In addition, Moses Epps served under Capt. Joshua Powell according to his Revolutionary War pension application.

12 Feb [1770?] | Bute Co., NC | Deed (Deed Book 3, p. 186, from abstract)

  • Grantor: James Ransom, Jr.
  • Grantee: Joseph Fips or Fipps of Brunswick Co., VA
  • Land: 300 acres in Bute Co.
  • Adjacent landowner: Willie Jones

28 May 1770 | Brunswick Co., VA | Probate

  • Inventory and appraisal record, estate of William Phips

July 1770 | Halifax Co., VA | Court record

  • Francis Barnes and Tabitha Phips, admrs. of estate of John Phips, deceased, against Champness Terry; Barnes and Phips were awarded 600 lbs. of tobacco from Champness Terry, apparently for their expenses as noted above

5 Sep 1770 | Charles City Co., VA

  • John Phipps (see 1771) surfaced as orphan of James Phipps with John Dudley as guardian

1770-1 | Brunswick Co., VA

  • William Phipps listed in index to wills and administrations

1771 | Bute Co., NC | Deed acknowledged

  • Grantor: James Ransom, Jr.
  • Grantee: Joseph Fips

Aug 1771 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Court records

  • John Ward v. John Phips and William Collier concerning a debt
  • Note regarding Ward: See 1779, below, where James Fips of Brunswick Co., VA sells land to Jeremiah Ward of Pittsylvania Co., VA

26 Aug 1771 | Brunswick Co., VA | Probate

  • Inventory and appraisal record, accounts record, estate of William Phips

4 Sep 1771 | Charles Co., VA

  • John Phipps (see 1770) and William Phipps surfaced as orphans, with John Dudley as their guardian

March and July 1772 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Court records

  • Fipps v. Flannacan (see also 1779)

9 August 1772 | Bute Co., NC | Deed acknowledged

  • Grantors: Joseph Fips and wife Sarah of Brunswick Co., VA
  • Grantees: Douglass Wilkins and Edmund Wilkins of “the said county” (Brunswick or Bute?)
  • Adjacent landowners: Willie Jones, Moseley, Mason, Park, Ransom
  • Landmarks: The “Main Road”
  • Witnesse: “John P,d,Kine(?)” (as abstracted)
  • Acknowledged by Joseph Fipps and wife Sarah, she consenting in private examination
  • Note that Joseph Fips or Fipps also appears in an index to Bute Co. court records from 1767-79, according to an Ancestry “teaser” view

1773 | Halifax Co., VA | Will

  • John “Phillips” was closely associated with Matthew Marable and his 1773 will mentions Richard Blanks; Tabitha Fips (see 1767-8), widow of John Fips sued both of these men in 1770

1774 | VA | Writings of Philip Vickers Fithin

  • “Captain Fibbs” mentioned in the writings of Philip Vickers Fithin in connection with a barbecue in VA; this was possibly Constantine John Phipps (see 1764), since Fithin wrote about Betty Tayloe Corbin’s family

1774 | Guilford Co., NC | Probate

  • Joseph John, and James Phipps (see 1768) listed as estate sale buyers
  • Between 1768 and 1774, Guilford Co., NC was created from Rowan and Orange Cos.

1774 | Surry Co., VA | Rev. War pension testimony

  • John Phipps (see 1753, 1776, 1783) resided Surry Co. when he volunteered for militia service
  • Helped guard Williamsburg area
  • Served with those from James City Co. and Charles City Co.

1776 | Amelia Co., VA | Rev. War pension testimony

  • John Phipps (see 1753, 1774, 1783) resided in Amelia Co. where he enlisted for 3 years

1777 | Henry Co., VA | County formation

  • County formed from Pittsylvania Co., VA

1777 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Oath of allegiance

  • James Phipps listed

5 May 1777 | Charlotte Co., VA | Probate records

  • Accounts receivable of estate of John Fips

2 June 1777 | Charlotte Co., VA | Probate records

  • Account current of estate of John Fips returned, ordered to be recorded

Nov 1778 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Court records

  • Gift of a negro by John Fips to his daughter Betsey is noted, with gift witnessed by Sylvanus Stokes; record refers to Betsey as having married Ephraim Witcher
  • Sylvanus Stokes appears to have been justice of the peace in Brunswick Co., VA in 1765 and 1770
  • Another court record, same month, refers to Parthetha Fips in deed of release to Jeremiah Ward

Feb 1779 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Court record

  • Gift of negro girl from John Fips to his daughter Elizabeth Fips before he died was proven by the oath of James Burton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
  • Note regarding Burton: This Burton connection is potentially highly significant; we have discussed Burton connections extensively in various earlier posts. Note that George Reeves, father in law of Samuel Phips of Ashe Co., NC, married (2) a Burton.

July 1779 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Court record

  • James Fips and wife Sarah filed charges against James Flannacan (see also 1772) for trespass, assault, and battery; dismissed

16 Sep 1779 | Brunswick Co., VA | Deed

  • Jesse Tatum to Joseph Phips
  • Witnessed by James Phips
  • See Deed Book 14, p. 26
  • The Tatum family was associated with the Reeves family in various VA records

16 Oct 1779 | Pittsylvania Co., VA | Deed

  • James Fips of Brunswick Co., VA (according to an abstract) sold land in Pittsylvania Co., VA to Jeremiah Ward of Pittsylvania Co.; 232 acres on Pigg River and both sides of Cedar Creek; surveyed earlier for John Goad, Jr. in 1753
  • Note regarding Ward: See at 1771, above. A John Ward Sr., born 1720 Albemarle Co., VA according to secondary sources, married Anne Chiles. A 1746-1751 survey in Amelia Co., VA was for John Fipps adjoining Chiles. For more on Chiles, see this past post.
  • Note regarding Goad: This name also appears as Good and Gourd in some records

1779 | Bute Co., NC | County ceased to exist

  • Records were absorbed into Warren Co., NC, and some into Franklin Co., NC

1 Apr 1779 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land entry

  • Samuel Phips, 200 acres, entered 1 Apr 1779, granted 20 Dec 1791

15 Dec 1780 | Goochland Co., VA | Douglas register

  • Benjamin Phop/Fop born to Ben. Phop/Fop and his wife Mary Reeve according to an abstract; it would seem likely this was Phip/Fip and Reeves
  • The elder Benjamin could possibly have been the orphan Benjamin who was bound out in 1742

Abt 1781 | Montgomery Co., VA | Militia list

  • Sammuwill Phips and Sammuell Phips Sen. (Sr.) in undated list
  • Samuel who died 1854 in Ashe Co., NC would not have been old enough to have a grown son, so “Sen.” was presumably his father

20 May 1781 | Goochland Co., VA | Douglas register

  • The Benjamin of the 15 Dec 1780 listing was baptized

1782 | Halifax Co., NC | Tax list

  • “–hn Phips” (presumably John Phips) in personal property tax list

1782 | Wilkes Co., NC | Tax list

  • Aron “Felts” (see 1784-1790) appears in published abstract

1782 | Montgomery Co., VA | Tax list

  • Benjamin, James, Samuel, and William Phipps (not necessarily spelled that way) listed

abt 1783 | Orange Co., NC | Rev. War pension testimony

  • John Phipps (see 1753, 1774, 1776) resided in Orange Co. after the war ended

16 June 1783 | Henry Co., VA | Land grant

  • Grant to James Phips, 355 acres in Henry Co., VA formerly Halifax Co., VA, surveyed 1753; both sides of Meadow Creek, a no. branch of the Pigg River
  • Note that Halifax Co., at the time, was adjacent to Grayson Co., VA, home of various Phipps records
  • Same land, apparently, sold in 1784 (see below)

4 July 1783 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land entry

  • Samuel Phips, 50 acres, entered 4 July 1783, granted 20 Dec 1791

1 Oct 1783 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • James Mulky to John Phips, 10 acres on or near Prater’s Creek including a mill site (see 1798)

1784 | Henry Co., VA | Deed

  • James Phips/Feps, as abstracted, of Brunswick Co., VA, sold to David Barton of Henry Co., VA apparently same land which was the subject of the 1783 land grant, above, 355 acres on both sides of Meadow Creek, a no. branch of Pigg River

1784-1790 | Wilkes Co., NC | Tax lists

  • Aaron “Phelps” (see 1782) appears in published abstracts of tax lists, 1784-1790

24 Jan 1784 | Brunswick Co., VA | Deed acknowledgement

  • Meredith Poythress and wife Edith to James Phipps
  • See Order Book 14, p. 58

10 Mar 1784 | Goochland Co., VA | Douglas register

  • William Phop/Fop (as abstracted), brother of Benjamin (see 1780, 1781) was born to Ben. Phop/Fop (as abstracted) and his wife Mary Reeve (as abstracted)

22 June 1784 | Goochland Co., VA | Douglas register

  • The William of the 10 Mar 1784 listing was baptized

20 Jan 1785 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land entry

  • Mathew Phips, 200 acres, entered 20 Jan 1785, granted 22 Feb 1785

25 Jan 1785 | Amelia Co., VA | Deed

  • Solemon Colemon of Amelia Co., VA to John Phips/Phipps of Warren Co., NC
  • 30 acres in Amelia Co., VA

22 Feb 1785 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land grant

  • Mathew Phips, 200 acres adjacent to Rowan Co. line

17 Feb 1785 | Amelia Co., VA | Deed

  • David Adams to James Southall adjoining John Phipps

1786 | Wilkes Co., NC

  • Matthew Fips of Wilkes Co., NC lost land to Thomas Cook
  • He is likely the Mathew/Matthew who then shows up in Surry Co., NC

28 Feb 1786 | Montgomery Co., VA | Road order

  • Road order route mentions the home of “Little Benjamin Phipps”

10 June 1786 | Amelia Co., VA | Will

  • Will of Frederick Ford witnessed by John Phipps and Tabitha Phipps
  • Tabitha signed with an “X”

27 July 1786 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court record

  • Thomas Cook v. Matthew Fips

late 1786-early 1787 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court record

  • John Fips in group to view route for road

12 July 1787 | Wilkes Co., NC | State census

  • Samuel Phips listed

26 July 1787 | Amelia Co., VA | Court record

  • Deed from John Phipps to Herrod Crowder acknowledged

6 Oct 1787 | Brunswick Co., VA | Deed

  • James Phipps and wife Elizabeth to George Johnson
  • This was the land Phipps bought from Meredith Poythress in 1784
  • See Deed Book 14, pp. 135, 347

1789 | Wilkes Co., NC | tax list

  • Samuel Fipps with 50 acres

26 Jan 1789 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court record

  • Road order involved John Fips (see 1791) as overseer and mentions his land

Abt 1790 | VA

  • Thomas Jefferson, who was married to an Epps/Eppes, copied a survey drawn by Peter Fontaine (Sr. or Jr., see 1761, 1762, 1764) showing a 7,732-acre tract in Goochland (see 1730, 1737, 1747) and Albemarle Cos.

1790 | Wilkes Co., NC | Census

  • Sam Fips listed

1790 | Wilkes Co., NC | Tax list

  • Samuel Fips with 50 acres

2 Oct 1790 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • John Phipps, planter, to Alexander Smith, 100 acres
  • Signed John Phipps and Elender Phipps

25 Oct 1790 | Brunswick Co., VA | Lawsuit

  • Absalem (Absalom) Bennett sued Benjamin Phipps, Robert Westmoreland, and Joseph Phipps
  • Depositions were taken from women who appear to have been daughters who had moved to NC
  • One of those women was living in Wake Co., NC

20 Nov 1790 | Brunwick Co., VA | Deed

  • Samuel Frances of Southampton Co., VA to Owen Myrick of Brunswick Co., VA
  • The deed was witnessed by Joseph Phipps, who signed with a mark

16 Feb 1791 | Brunswick Co., VA | Marriage

  • Benjamin Phipps married Lucy Turbyfill/Turbeyfield, etc.

29 Mar 1791 | Brunswick Co., VA | Deed

  • John Powell to James Powell, both of Brunswick Co., VA
  • Land on Cold Water Creek adjoining Joseph Phipps

24 July 1791 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court record

  • Deed acknowledgement, John Fips (see 1789), planter, and wife Elender, to Alex. Smith, 100 acres

20 Dec 1791 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land grant

  • Samuel Phips, 200 acres entered 1 Apr 1779, granted 20 Dec 1791
  • Also 50 acres entered 4 July 1783, granted 20 Dec 1791

23 Apr 1792 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court record

  • William Boid took the place of John Fips (see 1789, 1791), who had resigned as road overseer

1794 | Wilkes Co., NC | Tax list

  • Samuel Phips with 400 acres

1795 | Brunswick Co., VA | Marriage

  • Abner Woolsey (see 1815) supposedly married Mary Phipps, daughter of Joseph Phipps

3 Jan 1795 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land grant

  • 300 acres on Elk Creek to Enoch Osborn adjoining Samuel Phips

5 May 1795 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court record

  • Samuel Phips in group to view route for road

28 Nov 1795 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • Enoch Osborn of Grayson Co., VA to Samuel Phips, 180 acres on New River

30 Nov 1795 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • Theophilus Evans to Jesse Reves, witnessed by Samuel Phips

1796 | Washington Co., VA | Survey

  • John Phips, 16 May 1796, referring to treasury warrant 2 Feb 1782, as abstracted

1796 | Wilkes Co., NC | Tax list

  • Samuel Phipps with 400 acres

1797 | Wilkes Co., NC | Tax list

  • Samuel Phipps with 400 acres

28 Jan 1797 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • George Reves of Grayson Co., VA to William Reves, witnessed by Samuel Phips

31 Jan 1797 | Wilkes Co., NC | Court records

  • Samuel Phips in group to view route for road
  • Deed, George Reeves to William Reeves, acknowledged by oath of Samuel Phips

1 Jan 1798 | Wilkes Co., NC | Land grant

  • Grant to James Williams or Williamson mentions Prators Creek and Fipses Mill (see 1783)

3 Apr 1798 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • John Taylor to Samuel Phips, 30 acres

1799 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • Israel Hartwell v. Richard Hartwell
  • Index listing includes Phips

1800 | Ashe Co., NC | Census

  • Samuel Phips listed

1800 | Brunswick Co., VA | Tax list

  • Benjamin, John, and Joseph Phipps on tax list

1801 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • James McInvalle v. Benjamin Edwards
  • Index listing includes Phipps

9 Mar 1801 | Ashe Co., NC | Land entry

  • Thomas Collins adjacent to Samuel Phips

10 July 1802 | Wilkes Co., NC | Deed

  • Jordan “Fipes” also “Phipps” to William Robeson

1803 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • Samuel Harwell (see 1817) estate
  • Index listing includes Phipps and Phips

1803 | Brunswick Co., VA | Will

  • Will of Joseph Phipps (see 1809), father of John Phipps, Mary who married Woolsey, and Benjamin Phipps

27 Feb 1809 | Brunswick Co., VA | Probate

  • Joseph Phipps (see 1803) died; will proved 27 Feb 1809

15 Nov 1811 | Grayson Co., VA

  • Samuel Phipps and wife Elizabeth et al. sold interest in land as heirs of George Reeves

1814 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • Involving Lightfoot and Price
  • Index listing includes Phipps

1815 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • Involving House and Ledbetter
  • Index listing includes Phipps and Woolsey (see 1795)

1815 | Brunswick Co., VA | Landowners’ directory

  • John and Benjamin Phipps listed in landowners’ directory

1817 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • Involving Parham and Hartwell (see 1803)
  • Index listing includes Phipps

1819 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • John H. Chapman v. Benjamin Phipps

1820 | Ashe Co., NC | Census

  • Saml., Jno., Ben., and Jos. (or Jas.?) Phips appear in the census

1821 | Brunswick Co., VA | Ordinary license

  • License granted to John Phipps to keep an ordinary

2 Jan 1821 | Brunswick Co., VA | Marriage

  • William Phipps said to have married Temperance Saxon

1826 | Brunswick Co., VA | Chancery case index listing

  • James Wyche v. Saxon administrators
  • Index listing includes Phipps

Sep 1822 | Surry Co., NC | Court record

  • Elizabeth Witcher, daughter of John Fips and wife of Ephraim Witcher, in lawsuit against David Cook
  • Note regarding Cook: See the 1767 deed, above, involving a Cook.

1830 | Pulaski Co., KY | Census

  • Littleberry Fips (listed as Berry Philps or Phelps) listed

1902 | Nash Co., NC | Death of Elizabeth Lundie Phipps, who married Alexander L. Steed (died 1891) from (Steed and Phipps Family Papers, 1845-1902)

  • The papers concern the estate of Benjamin Phipps of Brunswick Co., VAi>
  • The papers also contain letters from a cousin Alexander Steed, who was farming in Warren Co., NC
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