Such factors as dates and deaths make it appear as those these two timelines could not connect. Yet strong similarities make it appear as though they might actually connect in some way or another which so far is unclear.
The Phips or Phips or Fiphs, etc. family in Cumberland County, Virginia seems to have likely been related to the John Fips/Fipps family of Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties, Virginia. That family married into the Witcher family, with a strong presence in Surry and Ashe Counties, North Carolina.
Cumberland County, Virginia was formed from Goochland, that county which has kept resurfacing in research even when not looking for it. The other constantly recurring county (to a remarkable degree) has been Brunswick. Lunenburg was formed from Brunswick, and Charlotte from Lunenburg.
Timeline 1: Cumberland County, Virginia
- 1749, Cumberland Co., VA: County formed from Goochland County
- 1750, Cumberland Co., VA: Richard Phips, orphan of Lewis Phips, was bound out
- 1753, Cumberland Co., VA: Richard Phipps added to list of tithables
- 1755, Cumberland Co., VA: William Phipps bound out by his mother “Tibitha” Phipps
- 13 Nov 1755, Cumberland Co., VA: Susannah Fips witnessed will of Sanburn (Sanborn) Woodson; she proved it in 1756 as Susanah Fips; a Woodson of Goochland County gave security; note that there was a later individual supposedly born in Surry Co., NC and named Sanburn Woodson Cockerham, and a 1741 Goochland County deed was to John and Mary “Phelps” and witnessed by a Cockerham
- 26 Aug 1760, Cumberland Co., VA: Sheriff found that Samuel “Phelps” was no longer in his bailiwick and so was unable to obtain scire facias, which is a writ showing why something shouldn’t be enforced; wild and crazy thought, but could this be Samuel Phips of Ashe Co., NC, since he seems to have moved? (But see 1763)
- 29 Dec 1761, Southam Parish, Cumberland Co., VA: Tabitha Fiphs mentioned as poor person
- 22 Dec 1762, Southam Parish, Cumberland Co., VA: Tabitha Phips mentioned as poor person
- 1763, Cumberland Co., VA: Deed, Patrick Corner of Buckingham Co., VA to Samuel “Phelps” of Cumberland Co., witnessed by a Walker and a Woodson; Susannah “Fips” had witnessed a Woodson will there in 1755; note the Walker connection again, if the same Walker family which we’ve discussed extensively in the past
Timeline 2: Georgia
- 1 Dec 1797, Elbert Co., GA: Deed, John Staples of Elbert Co. to Lewis Phipps of Elbert Co., land in Elbert Co.
- 18 Apr 1798, Elbert Co., GA: Deed, Lewis Phipps and his wife Tabitha of Elbert Co. to Francis Higginbotham of Elbert Co., land in Elbert Co. adjoining William Bradley (see 1799), signed by Lewis Phipps and Tabitha Phips; her name, but apparently not his, was spelled Phips and she signed with an X
- 18 Oct 1798, Elbert Co., GA: Deed, John Greenwood and George Greenwood, executors of estate of John Greenwood, deceased, of Oglethorpe Co., to John Ham of Elbert Co., land in Elbert Co., witnessed by Lewis Phipps
- 12 Jan 1799, Elbert Co., GA: Will of William Bradley, witnessed by Lewis Phipps
- 10 Sep 1807, Elbert Co., GA: Marriage, Benjamin Witcher to Frances McLeroy
- 18-19 Dec 1810, Elbert Co., GA: Sale from estate of Benjamin Higginbotham, Lewis Phipps mentioned
- 16 Dec 1811, Baldwin Co., MS: Deed, Alexander Cunningham of Baldwin Co. to Benjamin Witcher of Elbert Co., GA, land in Elbert Co., GA, witnessed by Ambrose Witcher
- 19 Oct 1812, Elbert Co., GA: Deed, James Wood, sheriff of Elbert Co., to James Thompson of Madison Co., GA, land in Elbert Co., GA, witnessed by Lewis Phipps
- 22 Dec 1812, Elbert Co., GA: Marriage, Lewis Phipps to Patsy Faulkner
- 19 Oct 1813, Elbert Co., GA: Deed, James Wood, sheriff of Elbert Co., to James Thompson of Madison Co., GA, land in Elbert Co., witnessed by Lewis Phipps
- 1815, Elbert Co., GA: Will of John Rowsey, Sr. refers to “my daughter Tabitha Phipps“
- 14 Oct 1820, Madison Co., GA: Nathan Williford of Madison Co appointed his friend John Phipps of Madison Co., GA as attorney to sell land in Pulaski Co., formerly Wilkerson Co.
- 15 July 1822, Madison Co., GA: Deed, John P. Vaughan of Madison Co. to Nathan L. Hutchins of Elbert Co., GA, various items of personal property, witnessed by John Phipps, proved 22 July 1822 by John Phipps
- 11 Mar 1823, Madison Co., GA: 2 deeds, William Power of Madison Co. to David Power of Madison Co., land in Madison Co., both witnessed by Benjamin Witcher