Washington Hamilton Phipps

Washington Hamilton Phipps was a son of Mathew or Matthew Phips or Phipps and his wife Mathursa (“Mathursy”) Toliver. Washington Hamilton Phipps, as he was generally known, was called George Washington Hamilton Phipps in probate records pertaining to his father’s estate in Owen County, Indiana. He was called W.H. on his tombstone.

1835

He was born about 1836 in Indiana according to the 1850 and 1860 censuses, as well as an abstract of the 1920 census. He was born in November 1835 in Indiana according to the 1900 census. He was born in 1835 according to his tombstone photo. He was born 15 November 1835 near Bowling, Indiana according to his obituary. Bowling Green is in Clay County, and is where his father Mathew or Mathew owned a store.

About 1838

He moved with his parents to Freedom, Owen County, Indiana when he was 3, according to his obituary.

1860

The 1860 census shows him as Washington H. Phipps, age 24, living in the household of his brother Toliver L. Phipps. He was a day laborer at the time. This was on 9 July 1860 in Franklin Township, Owen County, Indiana.

1864

Washington H. Phipps was a student at the University of Indiana, from Freedom, Indiana. He was a freshman in 1864. The source for this information is Theophilus A. Wylie, Indiana University, Its History from 1820, When Founded, to 1890, Indianapolis: Wm. B. Burford, 1890, p. 440.

1865

W.H. Phipps married Louisa according to their tombstone photo. Washington H. Phipps married Louisa 22 August 1865 in Owen County, Indiana according to a guardian’s declaration and according to a marriage record. Washington H. Phipps married Louisa about 1865 according to the 1900 census.

She was born about 1837 in Indiana according to the 1880 census, December 1836 in Indiana according to the 1900 census, and 1836 according to her tombstone.

She married Silas A. Leak before marrying Washington Hamilton Phipps. She married Leak 8 December 1855 in Owen County, Indiana according to a guardian’s declaration, but 7 December 1854 in Owen County according to a marriage record.

Silas Leak died 9 September 1863 at or near Jackson, Mississippi according to a guardian’s declaration. Jackson is in Hinds County. He had served in the Civil War as a private in Company H, 97th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, according to the same guardian’s declaration.

A daughter of Silas and Louisa (Morris) Leak was Mary A. Leak. Mary was born 24 May 1861 according to the guardian’s declaration. According to that document, she resided with her stepfather Washington H. Phipps at Spencer, Owen County, Indiana on 24 May 1866.

Louisa died 1912 according to her tombstone. She is buried in Barnes Cemetery at Spencer, Owen County, Indiana with her husband, according to a Find A Grave page apparently verified by the inclusion of a tombstone photo.

1866

He resided in Owen County, Indiana on 24 May 1866 according to a guardian’s declaration.

From a guardian’s declaration in the Civil War Pension File of Silas A. Leak, Indiana:

Guardian’s Declaration for Minor Children’s Army Pension.
State of Indiana
County of Owen ss:

On this 24th day of May A. D., one thousand eight hundred and sixty six personally appeared before me, Inman H. Fowles Clerk of the Circuit Court within and for the County and State aforesaid Washington H. Phipps a resident of Spencer in the County of Owen and State of Indiana aged thirty years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on oath, make the following declaration, as guardian of the minor child of Silas A. Leak deceased, in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress, approved July 14, 1862, granting pensions to minor children, under sixteen years of age, of deceased officers and soldiers. That he is the Guardian of Mary A. Leak [blank space] (these being the only children of deceased, under sixteen years of age,) whose father was a private in Company “H” commanded by Captain James S. Meek in the Ninety Seventh (97) Regiment of Indiana Volunteers in the War of 1861; who died on the Ninth day of September in the year of 1863, at or near Jackson in the State of Mississippi

The widow of Silas Leak, Louisa Leak, mother of said ward, obtained a pension certificate, and drew pay to the date of her marriage.

That the mother of the child aforesaid was married to Washington H. Phipps, the applicant in this case (mother’s name Louisa Leak) on the 22nd (Twenty second) day of August 1865 and that the date of the birth of his ward, and h[er?] residence is as follows:

Mary A. Leak, born May 24th 1861 and her resident [sic; residence] is with the applicant, in Spencer Owen County Indiana

He further declares that the parents of his said ward were married at [blank] in the county of Owen State of Indiana on the 8th day of December in the year 1855, by [blank]. He also declares that neither he nor his said ward have in any manner, been engaged in or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States. He hereby appoints David E. Beem of Spencer County of Owen State of Indiana his true and lawful Attorney, with full power of substitution to prosecute this claim for pension, and receive the certificate to be issued therefor. And that his P. O. Address is Spencer, Owen County, Indiana.

[signed:]
Washington H Phipps

For witnesses to signature of applicant, see in statement below

Also personally appeared William A. Willard and Nicholas Willard residents of Spencer County of Owen State of Indiana whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me first duly sworn, say they were present and saw Washington H. Leak [sic; Washington H. Phipps] sign his name to the foregoing declaration and power of attorney; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant, and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be. That they have been well acquainted with Silas A. Leak deceased, and with his child the aforesaid ward of the said guardian for Five years, and know that she is all and the only child of said Silas A. Leak under sixteen years of age; and they verily believe, from their personal knowledge, that the same, age, and residence of the child is as stated by their guardian in the foregoing declaration. And further that the wife of said Silas A. Leak, (named Louisa Leak) was married to the applicant Washington H. Phipps on the 22nd (twenty second) day of August 1865; and that the said guardian, nor his said ward have not in any manner aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States; and further, that the parents of the said child aforesaid lived together as husband and wife, and were so reputed. And that they have no interest in the persecution of this claim.

[signed:]
Wm. A Willard
Nicholas Willard

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this Twenty fourth day of May A. D., 1866, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

[signed:]
Inman H. Fowler clerk Owen Circuit Court of State of Indiana

1880

He is listed as Washington Phipps, farmer, in the census on 3 June 1880 in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana.

From the 1880 census, Jefferson Township, Owen County Indiana, 3 June 1880, #32/32:

  • Washington Phipps, white male, 44 [born about 1836], married, farmer, born Indiana, father born Virginia, mother born North Carolina
  • Louisa Phipps, white female, 43 [born about 1837], married, keeping house, could not read and write, Indiana, Kentucky, Kentucky
  • Fayetta M. Phipps, white female, 14 [born about 1866], daughter, at home, attended school within census year, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Mianetta Bell Phipps, white female, 12 [born about 1868], daughter, at home, attended school within census year, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Hershal Phipps, white male, 9 [born about 1871], son, attended school within census year, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Infant Phipps, white female, 1 [born about 1879], daughter, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana

1900

He is listed as a farmer in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana on 13 June 1900.

From the 1900 census, Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana, 13 June 1900, #119/120:

  • Washington H. Phipps, head, white male, born November 1835, age 64, married 35 years [married about 1865], born Indiana, father born Ireland, mother born Indiana, farmer, 0 months unemployed, owned farm free of mortgage, number of farm schedule 111
  • Louisa Phipps, wife, white female, December 1836, age 63, married 35 years, mother of 10 children, 5 living, Indiana, Kentucky, Kentucky
  • Sarah F. Phipps, daughter, white female, May 1879, age 21, single, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Carie Phipps, son, white male, August 1876, age 23, single, farmer, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana, 0 mos. unemployed

1920

A census abstract shows Washington H. Phipps in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana, in 1820.

From the Owen County Democrat, Spencer, Owen County, Indiana, Thursday, 5 August 1920, p. 4, under “Big Rock:”

Frank Seifert and wife, Henry Beaman and mother and Mrs. Fane Beaman of Freedom motored to Dutch Bethel Sunday morning for meeting and visited in the afternoon with Wash Phipps, who is dangerously ill. He is an uncle of Mrs. Fane Beaman.

Washington Hamilton Phipps died in Owen County, Indiana on 21 August 1920. He died in 1920 according to his tombstone. He died 21 August 1920 at his home near Arney, Indiana according to his obituary. Arney is in Owen County.

He was buried in Barnes Cemetery in Spencer, Owen County, Indiana according to a Find A Grave page verified by the inclusion of a tombstone photo.

From:The Owen County Democrat, Thursday, 2 September 1920, p. 4:

WASHINGTON H. PHIPPS

Washington H. Phipps was born in Bowling Green, Indiana, November 15, 1835, and died at his home near Arney, Indiana, August 21, 1920, age 84 years, 11 months and 6 days. At the age of three year [sic; years], he moved with his parents to Freedom where his life has been spent in and near that plae [sic; place]. His early education was received at the rural school and later he attended Indiana University three years. He taught in the public schools in the county for six years. He was united in marriage to Louise Seak [sic; Leak] in 1865. To this union were born six children, Homer dying at the age of two years, those living are Mrs Etta Mitten. of Coal City, Mrs Belle Phipps of Pana, Ill, Herschel of Canton, South Dakota, Carey of Patricksburg and Mrs. Frances Rawley of Arney; also nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

His wife died eight years ago, since then he has lived alone at the old homestead. His children were all with him during his last illness of almost five weeks and did all that could be done to relieve his suffering. He was laid to rest in the Barnes cemetery near Rattlesnake Station, beside his wife who preceded him in death.

A tombstone transcription follows:

LOUISA PHIPPS
1836-1912

W.H. PHIPPS
1835-1920

CHILDREN OF WASHINGTON HAMILTON AND LOUISA PHIPPS:

1 – Homer Phipps

Homer died when two years old, according to his father’s obituary.

2 – Fayette M. (“Etta”) Phipps

She is called Fayetta M. Phipps in the 1880 census, Fayette M. in her 1902 marriage, and Etta in the obituary of her father. Her parents were Washington Phipps and Louisa according to the 1880 census and Washington H. Phipps and Louisa Seak (error for Leak) according to Washington’s obituary.

She was born about 1866 in Indiana according to the 1880 census, or about 1874 in Owen County, Indiana according to her 1902 marriage record.

Etta married a MItten and lived at Coal City on 2 September 1920, according to her father’s obituary. Her marriage record calls her Fayette M. Phipps. That record shows that she married George O. Mitten in 1902.

From Owen County, Indiana Marriage Book H22, p. 16, line 12:

  • Full name of groom: Geo. O. Mitten
  • Place of residence of groom: Coal City
  • Age next birthday: 31 [born about 1871]
  • Color: W
  • Occupation: Merchant
  • Place of birth: Owen Co.
  • Father’s name: Nimrod Mitten
  • Mother’s maiden name: Susan Beck
  • No. groom’s marriage: 1
  • Full name of bride (maiden name, if a widow): Fayette M. Phipps
  • Place of residence: Owen Co.
  • Age next birthday: 28 [born about 1874]
  • Color: W
  • Place of birth: Owen Co.
  • Father’s name: Washington H. Phipps
  • Mother’s maiden name: Louisa Morris
  • No. bride’s marriage: 1
  • Place of marriage: Owen Co.
  • By whom married: F. B. Williams
  • Date of marriage: Nov. 19, 1902
  • Record no.: [blank]

At the time of her father’s death, according to his obituary, she was living at Coal City. Coal City is in Owen County, and this was on 2 September 1920.

Her husband George O. Mitten was born about 1871 in Owen County, Indiana according to the 1902 marriage record. At the time of their marriage, he was a merchant and residing at Coal City, according to that record. Coal City is in Owen County.

According to the same record, George O. Mitten was a son of Nmrod Mitten and Nimrod’s wife Susan Beck. Nimrod was born about 1820 in Maryland according to the 1860 census. That census shows him on 2 August 1860 as Nimrod Mitten, farmer, in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana.

Susan Beck is called Susana in the 1860 census and Susan Beck in the 1902 marriage record of son George to Fayette. Susan was born about 1823 in Pennsylvania according to the 1860 census.

3 – Minetta Belle (“Belle”) Phipps

She was called Mianetta Bell in the 1880 census and Mrs. Belle Phipps in her father’s obituary. Secondary unconfirmed sources call her Minetta Bell or Minetta Belle.

Her parents were Washington Phipps and Louisa according to the 1880 census, or Washington H. Phipps and Louisa Seak (error for Leak) according to Washington’s obituary.

She was born about 1868 in Indiana according to the 1880 census.

On 29 March 1899, she married her first cousin James Denver Phipps, son of Jesse James Madison Phipps (called James Madison Phipps) and Amanda C. Abrell.

Presumably because they were first cousins, they married at Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky. James D. Phipps married Miss Belle Phipps in 1899 at Henderson, Kentucky according to her obituary.

On 2 September 1920, at her father’s death, she was living at Pana, Christian County, Illinois, according to her father’s obituary.

Belle married a Phipps and lived at Pana, Illinois on 2 September 1920, according to her father’s obituary.

4 – Herschel Phipps

Herschel lived at Canton, South Dakota on 2 September 1920, according to the obituary of his father. Canton, is in Lincoln County. He married Ollie Harrington or Harington.

From marriage license record, Owen County, Indiana:

STATE OF INDIANA,
OWEN COUNTY,
SS:

Before Clerk of the Circuit Court, in and for said County and State, personally came Aaron Long, of lawful age, who, being duly sworn, upon his oath says he resides in the County of Owen, aforesaid; that he is acquainted with the parties for whom application is made for a MARRIAGE LICENSE.

Deponent says he knows Herschel Phipps to be over the age of twenty-one years, and that Ollie Harrington is over eighteen years of age, and that she has been a resident of said county for the last thirty days, and further deponent saith not.

[signed:]
Aaron Long (SEAL)

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 15 day of March, 1882 [signed:]
[H.?] S. Johnson Clerk.

From marriage record, Owen County, Indiana:

Herschel Phipps
TO
Ollie Harington
SS

Be it Remembered, That on this 15. day of March, 1892, the following Marriage License was issued, to-wit:

STATE OF INDIANA, OWEN COUNTY, SS:

TO ANY PERSON BY LAW EMPOWERED TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES, GREETING:

You are hereby authorized to join together as HUSBAND AND WIFE, Herschel Phipps and Ollie Harington and this shall be your warrant for the same.

WITNESS, my hand and seal of office, at Spencer, this 15 day of March, A. D. 1892 [signed:]
Winfield S. Johnson
Clerk of the Owen Circuit Court

Be it further remembered that on this 18″ day of March, 1892, the following certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:

STATE OF INDIANA, OWEN COUNTY, SS:

I CERTIFY That on the 17″ day of March, 1892 Herschel Phipps and Ollie Harington were joined together as Husband and Wife, by me. [signed:]

Ransom B. Tolliver

From the 1920 census, Washington Township, Daviess County, Indiana, 29 January 1920, sheet 10B, #210/212:

  • Herschel M. Phipps, head, renting, male, white, 49 [born about 1871], married, born Indiana, his father born Indiana, his mother born Indiana, farmer, general farm, working on own account
  • Ollie Phipps, wife, female, white, 45 [born about 1775], married, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Edith Dillon, daughter, female, white, 19 [born about 1901], married, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • George Dillon, son in law, male, white, 21 [born about 1899], married, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana

5 – Cary or Carey Phipps

His name is spelled Cary Phipps on his tombstone, but Carey Phipps in his father’s obituary and in his own obituary. He was called Carie in the 1900 census.

He was born 1876 and died 1957 according to his tombstone. He shares a tombstone with his wife Florence M. Phipps, as her name appears there, with the inscription indicating that she lived from 1877 to 1956.

Carey (as spelled in his father’s obituary) Phipps lived at Patricksburg on 2 September 1920, according to the obituary of his father. According to Carey’s own obituary, he was a son of Washington Phipps.

An obituary titled “Carey Phipps, Owen Native, Buried Wednesday,” appears in an obituary clippings file in the public library in Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. That obituary says that he was born in Owen County and died at about 80. He died at Rantoul, Illinois, according to the obituary. Rantoul is in Champaign County.

According to the same source, his wife Florence (Biddle) Phipps had died the previous year. The obituary rather cryptically states that her body was “returned to this county” for burial in Owen County, Indiana. Perhaps the meaning intended was that the couple had been living at Rantoul, Illinois.

According to his obituary, Carey Phipps, with a date which is partly cut off in a digital scan but which appears to have been some time in 1957, Carey died “Sunday,” and the funeral was “Wednesday.”

He was buried in the Christian Cemetery, presumably in Owen County, after a funeral in the Patricksburg Methodist Church, according to his obituary. A page in Find A Grave with a tombstone photo calls this cemetery Lutheran Cemetery and says that it’s in Patricksburg in Owen County. One wouldn’t think that a cemetery would change from a Christian (the denomination, presumably) cemetery, with a Methodist funeral, to a Lutheran cemetery.

The Find A Grave page claims that his middle initial was P., but this does not appear in the tombstone inscription and no source is provided. That page also claims that he was born 16 August 1876 and died 24 June 1957, but again no source is indicated.

Find A Grave claims which go beyond tombstone inscriptions are usually unsourced, and contain frequent errors. He could not have died on 24 June 1957 unless his obituary is wrong. The obituary states that he died on a Sunday, and 24 June 1957 was on a Monday.

Survivors are listed in the obituary, including 4 children:

  • Mrs. Gladys Bielfield, resided Champaign, Illinois
  • Homer Phipps, resided Indianapolis
  • Harold Phipps, resided Rantoul, Illinois
  • Roscoe Phipps, resided int the state of Washington

Speaking to old-timers who were sitting on the bench outside the store at Freedom, Owen County, Indiana in 1992 elicited the comment from one of them, “I remember Cary Phipps.”

6 – Frances Phipps

She married a Rawley and lived at Arney on 2 September 1920, according to her father’s obituary.

According to her tombstone, which calls her Frances P. Rawley, she was born 1879 and died 1962. She is buried in McKee Cemetery in Owen County, Indiana according to a Find A Grave page which includes a tombstone photo. That page claims that her husband was Mark Ross Rawley, but with no tombstone photo and no sources cited.

From the 1910 census, Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana, 18 April 1910, sheet 1A, 6/6:

  • Mark Rawley, male, white, 34 [born about 1876], in 1st marriage, married 8 years [married about 1902], born Indiana, his father born Indiana, his mother born Ohio, farmer, general farm, working on own account, owned mortgaged farm
  • Frances Rawley, female, white, 30 [born about 1880], in 1st marriage, married 8 years, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Loran Rawley, son, male, white, 7 [born about 1903], single, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana
  • Corene Rawley, daughter, female, white, 6 [or 5?]/12, single, Indiana, Indiana, Indiana

5 – John Andrew Phipps

He has been discussed extensively in a past post.

6 – Doctor Matthew Phipps

This individual’s name has caused a great deal of confusion on the part of genealogists. He was not the only 19th century individual to be named “Doctor.” He was not a medical doctor, but was called “Doctor” even when he was a young child. Not surprisingly, once he reached adulthood he went by the name Matthew.

In the 1850 census, at the age of 12, he is called Doctor M Phipps and was living in the household of his stepfather Alexander McBride and his mother. In the 1860 census, at the age of 21, he is called Doctor M Phipp and was living in the Alexander McBride household (his stepfather).

From marriage record, Owen County, Indiana:

Doctor M. Phipps
TO
Rachel E Stine
SS.

Be it Remembered, That on this 25 day of June 1864, the following Marriage License was issued, to-wit:

Indiana, to-wit: Owen County, ss.
TO ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING:

Know ye, that any person empowered by law to solemnize marriages, is hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, Doctor M. Phipps and Rachel E. Stines and for so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, Inman H Fowler, Clerk of the Owen Circuit Court, hereunto subscribe my name, and affix the seal of said Court, at Spencer, this 25 day of June, 1864 [signed:]
I. H. Fowler clk

Be it further remembered, that on this 25 day of June 1864, the following certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:

Indiana, to-wit: OwenCounty, ss.

This certifies that I joined in marriage as husband and wife, Doctor M. Phipps and Rachel E. Stines, on the 25 day of June, 1864 [signed:]
George W. Babbs, J. P.

From records of Tombstones of Deceased Union Veterans:

Phipps, Doctor M.,
Pvt. Co. I, 148th Regt. Ind. INf’y,
Cemetery: Leach [or Leash?] at or near Freedom, Ind.
Grave: [blank]
Date of death: March 19, 1877.
Headstone supplied by
W. H. Gross, Lee, Mass
CONTRACT FEB’Y 4, 1896

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