Lewellyn Phipps of Robertson County, Tennessee

Past posts have focused on Lewellyn Phipps (variously spelled) of Robertson County, Tennessee. Those posts have included suggestions from others that the family had Pennsylvania roots. This appears to be correct, based on evidence presented below.

It also appears that his widow Cloe Phipps, apparently born Cloe Cook, was his 2nd wife and not the mother of his children named in the 1843 will of Lewellyn Phipps. It also appears that she was much younger than Lewellyn. This is also explained below.



An obituary from the Christian Advocate, published at Nashville, as transcribed in GenWeb refers to Ariadne Watson, daughter of “Flewellyn” Phipps. The name was undoubtedly some sort of misprinting or misreading of Llewellyn or Lewellyn Phipps. This obituary, plus the listing for this Ariadne in the 1870 census, are key elements in understanding this family’s roots.

The obituary has her born near Philadelphia in 1789. This date corresponds with the general time frame of birthdates of sons of Lewellyn Phipps as noted in the 1830 census below. We’ve seen lots of creative and even bizarre attempts to connect Phipps families outside of Pennsylvania to that state, but in this case the connection appears to be genuine.

The obituary also provides some vital information regarding the family’s migration from Pennsylvania to Tennessee. The obituary states that the family took a flatboat down the Ohio River when Llewellyn’s daughter Ariadne was 6 years old, and that they settled at Nashville.

This would mean that they made this journey sometime around 1795 or so. This migration would suggest that the family’s move into Tennessee was independent from the migration of Jordan Phipps and his brother Richardson Phipps into Davidson (adjacent to Robertson) and Williamson Counties in Tennessee.

Jordan and Richardson came out of the Benjamin Phipps family of Sussex County, Virginia into Davidson and Williamson Counties in Tennessee. Jordan, at least, seems to have come through Wilkes County, North Carolina on his migratory path to Tennessee.

Of course, this does not negate the possibility that the two apparently disparate families could have been aware of each other and could have viewed each other as relatives.

By the time of the 1875 obituary, Llewellyn Phipps’s daughter Ariadne had died near Providence, Kentucky. This is in Webster County in the western part of the state.

She seems to be listed with her husband William Watson in that county in the 1870 census, although her name is very faint and difficult to read, and the age doesn’t match the obituary birthdate. She should have been around 81 at the time, but is listed as 77. That could have been an estimate from another family member, however.

From the 1870 census, 29 August 1870, Webster County, Kentucky, with post office at Providence, p. 27, #165/165:

  • William Watson, 89 [born about 1781], male, white, farmer, real estate $2,000, personal estate $400, born Virginia, could not write
  • Ar[?] Watson, 77 [born about 1793], female, white, keeping house, Pennsylvania
  • Lucy Watson, [57?], female, white, house keeper, Tennessee, could not write

In the 1860 census, however, she appears as Aria A. Watson, apparent wife of William Watson, at age 69. This would suggest that she was born about 1791, which is a bit closer to the obituary data, in fact only 2 years off.

From the 1860 census, Webster County, Kentucky, with post office at Providence, 26 July 1860, #841/836:

  • William Watson, 74 [born about 1786], male, farmer, real estate $2,000, personal estate $1,034, born [Va? or Pa?]
  • Aria A Watson, 69 [born about 1791], female, housekeeper, born Pennsylvania [“Pa”]
  • Lucy Watson, 47 [born about 1813], female, domestic, Tennessee
  • Thomas Watson, 35 [born about 1825], male, farming, Tennessee


Lewellin Phipps (as spelled) appears in an estate sale account record dated 4 November 1813 in Robertson County, Tennessee. He bought an axe for $1.50 from the estate of John Appleton, deceased. The purchase is noted in a WPA typescript of “Wills, Inventories, Bonds, Etc., Vol. 11.” (Actually, the “11” appears to probably refer to “II.”)


The will of Augustine Cook of Robertson County, Tennessee is dated 16 November 1819. He and his wife Clary Cook are said to have been the parents of Chloe Cook who married Lewellyn Phipps.

In his will, Augustine Cook refers to his wife Clary Cook. She was presumably the person of that name who witnessed the 1843 Robertson County will of Lewellyn Phipps. A previously posted transcript of that will, supplied by a reader, transcribed the name as “Clay Cook.” Upon close examination of the text, however, it appears that the name reads “Clary Cook” instead.

It would seem strange that a will would be witnessed by the testator’s mother in law, but of course she could have still been living. Clary Payne supposedly married Augustine Cook in 1789. If so, we could expect her to have been at least in her 60s at the time of the Lewellyn Phipps will in 1843.

The idea that Augustine Cook married Clary Payne in 1789 and that their daughter Cloe married Lewellyn Phipps who had children by the 1790s makes no sense, but perhaps does if Cloe was not the mother of those children.

Evidence presented below seems to suggest that she was a later wife, and that she might have been considerably younger than Lewellyn. If so, it would certainly not be the 1st time that we’ve found tremendous disparity in ages between a Phipps individual and his 2nd wife. Such disparity, plus the identification of Cloe as Lewellyn’s 2nd wife, would explain how the 1843 will of Lewellyn Phipps could have been witnessed by his mother in law.

In addition, something strange about Augustine Cook’s will (as transcribed) is that it refers to “my daughter Cloe Cook” rather than Cloe or Chloe Phipps. This suggests that they married later.

His sons, according to the 1830 census (assuming that they actually are his sons) were born about the 1790-1810 period. This would, of course, suggest an earlier marriage for Lewellyn Phipps, unless for some quirky reason Augustine Cook just chose to refer to his daughter by her maiden name. Then too, these conclusions are largely based on unconfirmed relationships asserted in secondary sources.


The 1820 census in Robertson County, Tennessee lists Isaac Phips. He was evidently the person of this name who was Lewellyn’s son. The census shows him as born about 1794 to 1804.


In the 1830 census in Robertson County appear Llewellen Phipps (as spelled), along with Thos., William, and Isaac, evidently Llewellen’s sons.

From the 1830 census, Robertson County, Tennessee:

  • Thos. Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]

(different page:)

  • William Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1790-1800]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]

(different page:)

  • Llewellen Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 60-70 [born about 1760-1770]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1780-1790]

(different page:)

  • Isaac Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1790-1800]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 2 5-10
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]


A different abstract of the following Robertson County will, as supplied by a reader, appeared in an earlier post. There, it was transcribed as witnessed by “Clay” Cook. A look at the will’s handwriting now suggests that the name actually appears to be “Clary” Cook. Various unconfirmed claims connect a Clary (Payne) Cook with the Phips or Phipps family in Virginia and North Carolina.

Abstracted Caswell County, North Carolina marriage bonds show the marriage of Clary Payne to Augustin Cook in Caswell County, North Carolina, with a bond date of 20 January 1789. This Clary would appear to be the Clary Cook who witnessed the 1843 will of Lewellyn Phipps.

Secondary sources claim that the Chloe (also Cloe, Cloye, Cloy, etc.) who married Lewellyn Phipps of Robertson County, Tennessee, and who is named in his 1843 will there as well as in probate records, was a daughter of Augustin and Clary (Payne) Cook. This page, for instance, about John Payne of Middlesex County, Virginia and his family, refers to the Payne family as moving into Robertson County, Tennessee.

See also this page about the Cook family of Robertson County, Tennessee. That page cites an article as referring to the settlement of not only “Augustine” Cook, but also a John Phipps, as settling in the late 18th century (about 1789-1795) on the Red River, evidently in Robertson County.

To complicate things, Clary (Payne) Cook has been said to have lived in the area of Pittsylvania and Henry Counties in Virginia. This is the area where the enigmatic John Fips (died about 1768 Charlotte County, Virginia) and various relatives and apparent relatives of his had been living.

We’ve noted in the past a 1767 deed in which John Phips of Charlotte County, Virginia, apparently the same John “Fips,” sold land in  Halifax County, Virginia to William Cook of that county. William could have been a member of the same Cook family we’ve been discussing. If so, however, then it would appear that, ironically, this has no clear connection to the Lewellyn Phipps who married into the Cook family later in Robertson County, Tennessee.

We can learn much about Lewellyn Phipps and his widow Cloe (also spelled Cloy, Cloye, Cloey, etc.) from the estate records transcribed below.

Although the family appears to have come from Pennsylvania, the estate records and the obituary of Lewellyn’s daughter Ariadne suggest that the family might have been Methodist rather than Quaker. Ariadne’s obituary appeared in The Christian Advocate, a Methodist publication, and Lewellyn’s estate included a bound copy of the sermons of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

Estate sale records suggest that Lewellyn was well read and well educated. During an era in which it seemed that few estate records ever mentioned any books, his estate sale referred to 38 books.  The nature of some of the titles suggests that he was an ardent Christian.

He owned a copy of John Bunyan’s Christian classic Pilgrim’s Progress. The “History of Fox” listed in account records was presumably a copy of another Christian classic, Foxe’s (or Fox’s) Book of Martyrs.

We can assume that Lewellyn Phipps did not have a beard. He was affluent enough for his household to have multiple “looking glasses,” and also sold were a razor and strop or strap. The estate was amazingly affluent in general. He owned more than one of various items that other households of the period seem to have lacked entirely.

The idea that his widow Cloe was considerably younger than him seems supported not only by the signature of Clary Cook, Cloe’s mother, on Lewellyn’s will, but also by the kinds of items Cloe bought at the estate sale. She was clearly not an enfeebled elderly woman. She was obviously energetic and a hard worker.

Cloe (spelled Cloy, Cloye, etc.) bought various tools, including both garden tools and hardware-type tools. She bought various items to be used in the kitchen. Cloe evidently intended to make some items out of the leather and “curtain calico” she purchased.

This was an industrious woman. She bought troughs, a lard stand, a sieve, a wash tub and pail, candle molds, sheep shears, a butter churn, and geese to raise. She was still horseback riding, since she bought a saddle and bridles. Cloe evidently could read, since she bought a couple books.

From Robertson County, Tennessee Inventories, Wills, 1843-1846, Vol. 12, pp. 3-4:

Last Will and Testament of Lewellyn Phipps Deceased

I Lewellyn Phipps do make and Constitute publish this as my last will and Testament revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made

1st I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after the death as possible out of my money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors

2 I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Cloe the tract of land I now live on beginning at the meander of the long branch in the North bounary [sic; boundary] line running West With said line to a dogwood the North West corner of said tract thence South With the original line [“between myself and Edward Choat” was crossed out] to a black oak near an old [? (looks like “Cole put”)] thence East With the line between myself and Edward Choat to a sugar tree nar the mouth of a spring branch thence Near East a cross [sic; across] a point of a hill to a stake two pole’s North of the West end of the mill levy [sic; levee] thence near North to a stake in the East side of the branch [? (looks like “noion”)] by the name of Burtons branch leaving all of the field on the west side of the branch to the mill tract thence across Burtons branch with its several minanars [sic; meanders] to the beginning Containing one hundred and forty six acres be the same [sic; ungrammatical but formulaic] more or less [page break – p. 4:] including the house and farm I now live on during her natural life or Widowhood and at her death or intermarriage I give and bequeath all the above mentioned tract and parcel of land With all its appertenances [sic; appurtenances] thereunto unto my Son Jackson Phipps

3 I give and bequeath unto my Wife Cloe Phipps her first Choice of my mares and Colts her first choice of two of my Cows & calves all my hogs and sheep also te[n?] of her choice ploughs and gears, also two Weeding hoes and one Mattock her first choice of my falling axes and also two of her Choice beds steds [sic; bedsteads] & furniture and also my Cupboard and her choice of my table and candle stand and Six Choice Chairs and also one Kettle & stew pan and her choice of Oven and my Loom and all the [Stays?] and geers [sic; gears] her choice of Cotton wheel and Flax wheel and Chest and her Side Saddle and my warping [bar?] and also one dish and one set of plates and a set of knives and forks and all my Cotton that is on hand and all the Spoon [for “spun” or “spooled”?] Cotton and flax brake and three Crocks during her natural life and at her death I give and bequeath all the above mentioned articles or So much thereof as may be on hand to my Son Jackson Phipps

4 I give and bequeath unto my Wife Cloe Phipps One hundred Dollars to be raised out of the first proceeds of my Sale after paying my debts to dispose of as she pleases

5 I Will that my executors as soon as possible after paying my death [sic; perhaps “debts” was intended] proceed to sell all the balance of my land and Mills and every other article of property which is not Otherwise disposed of[,] the personal property to be sold on a twelve months credit and the land and Mills to be sold on a one two and three year Credit

6 I Will to my son Jackson Phipps three hundred Dollars cash to be placed on interest and one horse and Saddle and bridle at the age of twenty one years the money to be at interest as soon as my executors can sell and collect, and also I give my son Jackson Phipps One bed that is now on hand and sted [sic; stead] and furniture and my family bible

7 I Will that if there may be any money left in the hands of my Executors after appropriating  the proceeds of my sale as above mentioned and paying all expenses be equally divided among my Several heirs that is to say daughter Arinade Watson [as spelled, perhaps misspelled by a clerk in the bound volume from “Ariadne” in a loose copy], Isaac Phipps, William Phipps, Thomas Phipps and Jackson Phipps

8 & Lastly I appoint my friends Thomas Cook & James Sprouce my Executors to this my Will

Lewellyn Phipps (Seal)

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of us this 26 day of April in the year of our Lord 1843
Test James Sprouse
Edward his X Mark Choat
Mathew W Brola
Clary her X Mark Cook

[page break – p. 5:]

Robertson County Court November Term 1843

The foregoing last Will and Testament of Lewellyn Phipps deceased was produced in open Court for probate and thereupon Came Edward Choat & Mathew W Brake two of the subscribing Witnesses thereto and both first sworn dispose and say that they were acquainted With Lewellyn Phipps the Testator in his life time and that [“they” missing?] acknowledged in their presence the same to be his last Will and Testament and that they attested the same at his request and that he Was in his proper mind at that time the Court therefore Ordered the same be recorded

Test I [or J?] E Winfield Clerk

From Robertson County, Tennessee Inventories, Wills, 1840-1843, Vol. 11, p. 533:

Lewelien Phipps [as spelled] Letter of Estate
State of Tennessee Robertson Court November Term 1843

To Thomas Cook & James Sprouse [or Sprouce?] Citizens of Robertson County. It appearing to the Court that Lewelien Phipps is dead leaving a written will in which you are appointed Executors, Which has been duly proved in open Court and each of you having given bond and Qualified according to law and it having been ordered by said Court that Letters Testamentary issue to you on your estate

These are therefore to authorise and empower you the said Thomas Cook and James Sprouse [or Sprouce?] to enter upon the Execution of said Will and take into your possession all the property and to make to the next ensuing County Court a perfect Inventory thereof and make [our?] Collection of all debts, and after paying all demands against the testator and Settling up the business of Said estate according to law you will pay over and deliver the property and effects that may remain in your hands, and do all other things that may be required according to the provisions of the will and the laws of the land

Witness Joseph E Winfield Clerk of said Court at office this 6 day of November 1843

J E Winfield Clerk

From Robertson County, Tennessee Inventories, Wills, 1843-1846, Vol. 12, p. 59:

Widow Phipps one years allowance

Agreeable To an order of the honorable County of Robertson County we as Commissioners have proceeded to lay off and allot to Cloy Phipps [i.e. Cloe or Chloe Phipps] & Widow of Lyewellyn [sic; Lewellyn] Deceased her one years provisions and family as follows (To Wit) Twenty seven Barrels of Corn. What hogs agreeable to the Will. Fifteen Bushels of wheat, Six hundred bundles of fodder, three Bushels of Salt, thirty pounds of Coffee, fifty pounds of Sugar, two pounds of pepper, two pounds of alspice [sic; allspice], what cabbage & turnips thats on hand

John Baldwin
Edward his X Mark Choat
R.B. Dorris

[Note: In the following records, the widow Cloe or Chloe Phipps appears with her name spelled a variety of ways: Cloy, Cloye, Cloey.]

[same page (p. 59):]

The Inventory & Account of Sales of the estate of Lewellyn Phipps Deceased Sold On 28 & 29 days of November 1843

1 Box and Contents William Phipps .62
2 Hoes John [B?]ucher .30
1 Box & Contents Thomas Cheatham .40
1 old Sythe [sic; scythe] Blade R B Dorris .15
1 [Hatler?] chain Wm. Str[ee?]t .25
1 Auger & Chissel [sic; chisel] Cloy Phipps .50
1 Auger Richd. Roe .62
1 Lot of Augers & Chissel ” “ .50
1 Log Chain Cloye Phipps 1.50
1 pair Hames G B Sprouce .35
1 Iron Wedge Cloy Phipps .25
” “ M W Brake .35
2 old Plains [sic; planes] Tho Cheatham .15
Set plains ” “ .80
1 Jointer & Stock M W Brake .25
1 Mans Saddle Cloy Phipps 5.16
1 ” ” old G B Sprouse .37
1 pair of Stretchers R B Dorris 1.12
1 Axe Cloye Phipps .25
1 “ Elisha Wilson .80
1 Lock chain Beverley Kerren .55
1 Broad axe John Robbins .80
1 Axe Cloye Phipps .62
1 Large Plough James [Prin? or Brim?] 1.75
1 C[auller?] Cloye Phipps .87

[continued, p. 60:]

Amount Brought over 19.02
1 Whip Reuben Elmore .60
1 Rat Trap Cloye Phipps .56
1 Whip Wesley [Hooren?] .25
1 hand Saw Cloye Phipps .25
1 ” “ W W Walker [91?]
1 Cross cut Saw Abraham Webster 6.12
1 pair Stirrup Irons John Elmore .50
1 Cotton Wheel G B Sprouse .71
1 Flax wheel and [run?] Wm. Baggett .50
1 pair fore geer for Waggon Beverly Herren 2.12
” “ John Cook [Jr?] 1.37
1 Set Shoe lasts Abraham Webster .68
1 butter churn Cloey Phipps .25
1 ” “ Wm. Str[eet?] .30
1 Spade Cloey Phipps .15
1 Manure fork John [Rucker?] .25
2 Barrels M Brake .40
1 Cutting Knife Cloey Phipps .25
1 Curry Comb Peter Warren .20
1 pair Stretchers &c G B Spr[ouse?] .20
1 Grind Stone Peter Warren 1.75
1 pair [?] wheels Irons &c Wm. Phipps 11.25
2 Set blind bridles H R Dorris .50
1 Waggon & Geer Eli Baggett 30.00
1 Box and Gimblet Cloey Phipps .20
2 Smithing Irons ” “ .50
3 Books ” “ .25
1 Coffee Mill ” “ .12
1 Frying pan ” “ .10
1 Wheat S[?] ” “ .62
1 Writing Desk G B Sprouse 2.25
1 Small pair Steelyards W W Walker .75
1 Glass & Razor Jesse [Itson?] 1.10
1 pair [?] E W Dorris .25
1 Book Gorden History Reuben Elmore .45
1 “ Richd. Ch[owning?] .75
2 “ G B Sprouse .18
1 ” Wesley Sermons ” “ .20
1 ” McGuire campaign Richd. Ch[owning?] .50
1 “Robinson History John Davis .20
1 ” Th[ori?]ty Abby Cloey Phipps .25

[continued, p. 61:]

Amount Brought forward 87.66
1 Book pilgrims progress Cloey Phipps .25
1 ” F[?] of peace G B Sprouse .18
1 ” Rileys Narative ” “ .62
1 ” Noels [or Niels?] History H R Dorris .15
1 ” Robinsons America G B Sprouse .18
1 ” – – – – – H R Dorris .12
1 “ James Wilson .12
1″ Elish [sic] [H?]ace .15
1 “ H R Dorris .06
1 “ Hezekiah Dorris .10
1 “ R B Dorris [.37?]
1 “ Richd. [Roe?] .12
1 “ H R Dorris .12
1 “ Tho Cheatham .35
1 “ James Elmore .10
1 “ Wesley Warren .15
1 “ John H England .30
1 Geography & Atlas R B Dorris .55
1 Book Reuben Elmore .25
1 “ H R Dorris [.16?]
1 “ ” “ [.16?]
1 “ ” “ .05
1 ” History of Fox Titus England .20
1 ” – [H?] R Dorris .12
1 “ Tho Sprouse .12
1 Looking Glass Cloey Phipps .50
1 Hane Wm. Phipps .50
1 Looking Glass Hawken Choat .81
1 Razor & Strap [or Strop?] John Ro[bins?] .15
1 Cloth Brush Cloey Phipps .12
1 Brush N B Dorris [.16?]
1 Waggon Sh[?]ts Tho Phipps 1.10
1 Bureau Cloey Phipps 3.
1 Lot of Bason &c ” “ .50
1 ” ” Cupboard Ware ” “ 1.
1 Dish and Ten spoons Wm. Phipps 2.50
1 Lot of plates Cloey Phipps .12
3 Cups & Saucers ” “ .12
1 Coffee pot ” “ .12
5 [senior?] & B[ols?] Wm. Baggett .20
1 Vinegar cruet &c .25

[continued, p. 62:]

Amount Brought over 103.66
1 Tea pot John Cook Jr .56
1 preserve pot Cloey Phipps .25
1 “ .30
1 “ .37
1 Tea & cream pot ” “ 1.43
1 Sugar Dish & Canister Tho Sprouse .60
1 Tea pot Wm. Phipps .05
2 Bowls Cloey Phipps .25
1 Camph[ir?] Bottle[s?] ” “ .15
1 Large Bowl [” “] .25
1 Bottle ” “ .12
1 Coffee Pot ” “ [.05?]
1 Candle Stick G B Sprouse .25
1 Candle stick & Mouse trap Cloey Phipps .05
1 Set of Knives John Elmore .45
1 Canister & Salts Wm. Baggett .30
1 Small Table R B Dorris .18
1 Shot Bag & horn M Allen .31
1 Table Jacob McMurray .31
1 Shovel & Tongs Cloey Phipps .50
1 pair of fire [Irons?] ” “ .50
1 Calm[aes?] Tho Phipps .81
1 Lantern Cloey Phipps .05
1 Trunk&c Thomas Phipps 2.31
1 Trunk Stephen Jones 3.
1 [“] Cloey Phipps .25
1 Case of Bottles Wm. Phipps 1.31
1 Cow & calf M Allen 4.15
1 Gray Mare Wm. Watson 12.12
1 Brown Mare Samuel McMurray 8.”
1 Shovel M W Brake .20
1 pr. Tongs Abram Baldwin .55
1 [? (Dunn?)] Colt M W Brake 8.25
1 Lot of Leather Wm. St[reet?] 2.30
1 ” “ Cloey Phipps 1.25
1 Basket & Wool M W Brake .25
1 pr Sheep shears & candle moulds Cloey Phipps .25
1 Coffee Mill Wm. Baggett .20
1 [Roast?] Hook Thomas Sprouse .12
2 ” “ Wm. Dorris .15
2 Windsor Chairs Peter Warren .62

[continued, p. 63:]

Amount Brought forward 157.54
4 Old Chain [or Churn?] John Elmore .30
1 piece of curtain calico Cloey Phipps 1.26
1 Bed quilt ” “ .25
1 sta[nd?] of curtains ” “ .25
1 Bed quilt ” “ .30
1 Red Box ” “ .12
1 Map Tho Cheatham .05
1 pair Saddle Bags old Tho Cook 2.12
1 Grubbing Hoe W W Walker .25
Vials Cloey Phipps .05
1 Jug ” “ .25
1 Keg Reuben Elmore .15
1 “ M W Brake .35
1 Leather Apron Amos Rose .40
1 Lot Meal bags Elisha Wilson .37
2 Bridles old Cloey Phipps .06
1 Table old ” “ .55
1 Skillet &c [“Wm P Dorris” crossed out] .31
1 Tea Kettle Wm. P Dorris .12
1 Pot [James?] James Browning .10
1 oven John Edward[s?] .25
1 Tray & Sieve Cloey Phipps .06
1 half Bushel Measure Henry Elmore .25
1 washing Tub & pail Cloey Phipps .25
1 Reel Cloey Phipps .05
1 Tea Kettle ” “ .10
1 Churn Reuben Elmore .06
1 Box and Baskets Cloey Phipps .05
1 S[liae?] ” “ .10
1 pair fire Irons Peter Warren .25
Old Troughs & Lard stand Cloey Phipps .10
1 Pickle Keg ” “ .25
4 Bee gums John Elmore .10
1 Tar Bucket Elisha Hall .15
1 Raw hide Wm. Baggett 1.00
3 pieces of plank John Elmore .25
10 Geese 1st choice at 5 cents a piece Cloey Phipps .50
10 ” 2 ” ” ” ” “ ” “ .50
1 Ink Stand James Sprouse .06
1 Lot of seed Reuben Elmore .65
1 ” ” “ Wm. Phipps .06

[continued, p. 64:]

Amount Brought over 170.22
1 Book & blank book Wm. Phipps .06
1 Clock case William Baggett .40
1 Sugar “ J [or I?] K Tr[ue?] .75
1 Hammer Isaac Phipps .18
1 H[ausin?] G[er?] h[ames?] Elisha Wilson .18
1 pr Saddle Bags Wm. Str[eet?] .50
20 Barrels corn Isaac Phipps 25.
1 note of hand on Isaac Phipps due 1st Sept 1843 for 18.00
1 ” ” ” ” ” “ ” 1st Sept 1844 for .50

James Sprouse
& Thomas Cook

From same, p. 110:

A Supplement [sic; Supplementary] Account of Sales of Lewellyn Phipps Deceased

  • 1 Clock To Hogan Bell 13.00
  • 1 small Bed ” ” 3.00
  • [total:] $18.00

James Sprouse
Thomas Cook

From same, p. 318:

An Inventory & Account of Sales of Lewellyn Phipps Deceased Sold on the 4 day of Jany 1845 Sold on 1 2 & 3 years credit (Land)

126 acres of Land Saml McMurrey 606.00
1/2 Bushel measure Abram Baldwin .30
10 Barrels Corn Lewellyn Phipps 7.50
5 Barrels Corn Abram Webster 3.75
11 ” “ Chloe Phipps 8.25
Amount of Sales 625.80

Thomas Cook & James Sprouse Ex [i.e. Executors]

Robertson County Court February Term 1845
The foregoing Account of Sale of the property of L Phipps Decd [i.e. deceased] Was by the Court ordered to be Recorded Test [i.e. teste (attested or witnessed]
I [or J?] E [or C?] Winfield clk [i.e. Clerk]

From same, p. 589:

Thomas Cook & James Sprouse Executor[s?] of Lewellyn Phipps De[c?]

  • To amount of Sale from Book K page 59 – 196.59
  • ” Interest on amount of Sale 12 months – 1[1?]81
  • ” amount of Supplemental Sale Book K page 110 – 15.00
  • ” 1 note on Isaac Phipps on 1st Sept 1843 for 18$ & Int up to 1st Nov 1845 $2[“?]34 – 20.34
  • 1 ” ” ” ” ” 1 Sept 1844 for 50$ & Int up to 1st Nov 1845 $3.50 – 53.50
  • ” amount of Sale from Book K personal property – 19.80
  • ” amount of Sale of Land sold on 4th January 1845 payable in1 2 & 3 years for – 606.00
  • ” amount of Hawken Choats Account – 6.75
  • [Total:] – $933.09


  • 1st By Deceased note to William Baggett and Interest to 1st Nov 1845 – 11.33
  • 2 ” ” ” ” Elisha Wilson & Int to 1st Nov 45 – 7.95
  • 3 ” ” ” ” E Adams & Int to ” ” 13.16
  • 4 ” ” ” ” I [or J?] Davis & ” ” ” ” – 8.85
  • 5 ” ” ” ” Geo [C Leonard?] & ” ” ” ” – 48.52
  • 7 [sic; no 6] ” Isaac Phipps Proven acct & “
  • 8 ” Thos. I [or J?] Walton ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 12.01
  • 9 ” M W Brake ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 7.87
  • 10 ” M G Thurman ” ” &amp ” ” ” ” – 4.20
  • 11 R B Dorris ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 7.49
  • 12 Thomas Cheatham ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 1.12
  • 13 Hawkin Choat ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 14.00
  • 14 G B Sprouse ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 3.35
  • 15 W W Walker ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 3.78
  • 16 Thomas J [or I?] Ryan ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 6.2[1?]
  • 17 Jo England ” ” & ” ” ” ” – .50
  • 18 Conrad [L?] Ryan ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 1.41
  • 19 Peninah Dorris ” ” & ” ” ” ” – 1.5[0?]
  • 20 G Benton Tax Receipt – & ” ” ” ” – 1.38
  • 21 Tho B Mathew ” – & ” ” ” ” – 2.19
  • 22 E Wilson ” – & ” ” ” ” – 6.47
  • 23 John Tucker ” & ” ” ” ” – 3.31
  • 24 – Widow Phipps Receipt for provisions allowed and not on hand – 57.30
  • Cash paid clerk for Bond & Seller $1.50 & Recording 2 [acct?] Sales 1.50 – 3.00
  • [This?] Settlement & Recording – 2.50
  • No 6 Isaac Phipps Receipt for money paid him on acct of his paying for his father as [Stayor?] – 29.91 [followed by total from previous column, 315.21
  • [Total in debit column:] Balance [?] on Settlement – $617.86

Robertson County Court May Term 1846 The account current with Sprouse & Cook Executors of L Phipps was examind. allowed and ordered to e Recd[.]
[?] I [or J?] E Winfield clk [i.e. Clerk]


The 1850 census shows Lewellyn Phipps’s son Isaac Phipps living in Robertson County, Tennessee on 13 November 1850. He is listed as 54 [born about 1796), born in Tennessee. He is listed with apparent wife Elizabeth and with their apparent children Ara, Amanda, William, Rebecca, Margaret, and Thomas.

Next door was the household of Elisha Whiten, with a 28-year-old Mary Phipps, born in Tennessee, in the same household. This is followed by the household of a younger Lewellyn, that being “Luelland” [T.?] Phipps, 25 (born about 1825), a carpenter who was born in Tennessee.

He was living with his apparent wife Hiley, an 8-month old presumed daughter Mary E., a 21-year-old John Phipps, who was a cooper, and an 8-year-old Franklin Dorris. The Dorris name appeared a number of times in the probate records associated with the older Lewellyn.

As noted above, evidence suggests that Chloe or Cloe Cook was not Lewellyn Phipps’s first wife. If so, perhaps they married after the 1819 will of Augustine Cook, which still calls her Cloe Cook rather than Cloe Phipps, and perhaps even after a woman, presumably Lewellyn’s wife, was tabulated in the 1830 census as born about 1780-1790.

Actually, two women are tabulated in the 1830 census in that household. One was born about 1780-1790 and the other about 1800-1810. One would assume that the older woman must have been Lewellyn’s wife Cloe, but this does not appear to have been the case.

That’s because Cloe is listed in the 1850 census as Cloey Phipps, born about 1807 in North Carolina. If she had married Lewellyn Phipps by the time of the 1830 census, then she must have been the younger of the two women listed in that census, not the older.

From the 1850 census, Robertson County, Tennessee, 3 October 1850, #880/880:

  • Cloey Phipps, 43 [born about 1807], female, born North Carolina, could not read and write
  • Jackson Phipps, 17 [born about 1833], male, Tennessee
  • Maranda Cook, 22 [born about 1828], female, Tennessee, could not read and write
  • James Cook, 3 [born about 1847], male, Tennessee
  • Julitha Cook, 7/12 [age 7 months], female, Tennessee

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