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The following are Phipps records from Tennessee, with emphasis on the earliest found individuals.

1803, GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of John Phipps to Elizabeth Cain is found in a Greene County, Tennessee marriage register. It’s not unclear whether the date indicated, 11 June 1803, is the marriage date, or a bond or license date.

1810 SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Allen Askew married Betsey Phipps in Sumner County, Tennessee, according to a county typescript record book. James Jones was bondsman. The date of 6 March 1810 appears in the record, which is likely referring to the bond date.

The loose bond names Allen Askew, John [Pellengum?], and David Dement as bound in regard to the marriage of “said Askew” to Betsey Phipps. That bond is dated 6 March 1810. (This has been misread as 1819.)

ABOUT 1812-1815, TENNESSEE

James Phipps was among those who served in the War of 1812 in the 2nd Regiment (Lillard’s Regiment) of the East Tennessee Volunteers, according to Compiled Service Records. He served as a private. The War of 1812 lasted from 1812 to 1815.

Another listing shows a James Phipps in the 1st Regiment (Hall’s Regiment) of Tennessee Volunteers. In addition, Edward E. Phipps served as a sergeant in Bunch’s Mounted Regiment of the East Tennessee Volunteers. That unit was in operation from 1813 to 1814.

1813, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

An “Acct. of Sales of the Estate of John Appleton Decd.” (deceased) appears in a typescript of Wills, Inventories, Bonds, Etc., Vol. 11, 1812-1818, from Robertson County, dated 4 November 1813.

The typescript copy was prepared by the Works Project Administration (WPA) in 1936. Among the buyers is listed (original p. 66, typescript p. 4) Lewellin Phipps, who paid $1.50 for an axe.

1814, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A marriage license was issued 10 September 1814 for the marriage of Wm. W. Williamson to Elizabeth Phipps, according to Marriage Record Book 1, p. 156, in Davidson County. The space intended to indicate when and by whom they were married was left blank, however.

1814, ROANE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

William Breeden and James Hope were named in a Roane County marriage bond, dated 22 June 1814. This was for the marriage of Breeden to “Patients” Phipps, presumably Patience Phipps.

Both were of Roane County. This can be found in a marriage bond book for the period, on p. 128.

1817, TENNESSEE

John Phipps is mentioned as among those ministers who were a part of the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in minutes for 1817. His name appears on p. 220 of Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for the Years 1773-1828, Vol. 1, New York: T. Mason and G. Lane, 1840, in addition to other sources.

1818, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of Bryant Boon to Martha Phipps is noted in Davidson County Marriage Record Book 1, p. 193. There it’s stated that the license was issued 17 February 1818 and that they were married the same day by Levin Edney, a minister.

According to the same, p. 195, a license was issued on 16 May 1818 for the marriage of Elisha Sullivan to Sarah M. Phipps. The marriage was performed by Levin Edney, a minister, on the 21st, according to that source.

A couple pages later in the same record book, on p. 197, it’s noted that a marriage license was issued 4 August 1818 for the marriage of Eldridge N. Phipps to Senai Casselman. The marriage was performed the following day by Levin Edney, a minister.

The Edney relationship in connection with the Phipps family in Tennessee which appears to have come out of Sussex County, Virginia has been discussed in past posts (see here and here, as well as here). See also 1818, Williamson County, below.

1818, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A loose (unbound) marriage bond was issued in Williamson County on 4 March 1818 for the marriage of Samuel Edney to Patsey Phipps. The bond notes that Samuel Edney and David C. Waters of Williamson County were bound on 4 March 1818 to the governor in regards to the marriage.

The document was signed by Samuel Edney and David C. Waters. The same date appears in Marriage Record Book 1-5, p. 154. The Edney connection was noted above, under 1818, Davidson County. Davidson is adjacent to Williamson.

1820, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1820 census, Davidson County, Tennessee:

  • E. N. Phips
    • Free white males:
      • 1 26-45
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 10
      • 1 16-26

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  • Richardson Phips
    • Free white males:
      • 1 16-26
      • 1 45+
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 10
      • 2 10-16
      • 2 16-26
      • 1 45+

1820, FRANKLIN COUNTY TENNESSEE

From the 1820 census, Franklin County, Tennessee (listed consecutively, but with names alphabetized):

  • 498 – Samuel Fips
    • Free white males:
      • 3 under 10
      • 3 10-16
      • 1 16-18
      • 2 16-26
      • 1 45+ [born about 1775 or earlier]
    • Free white females:
      • 2 under 10
      • 1 10-16
      • 1 26-45
  • 499 – Joshua Fips
    • Free white males:
      • 3 16-26
    • Free white females:
      • 1 16-26
      • 1 26-45
      • 1 45+

1820, GILES COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1820 census, Giles County, Tennessee:

  • Berthena Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 10
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 10
      • 1 10-16
      • 1 26-45

1820, LINCOLN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1820 census, Lincoln County, Tennessee:

  • Benjamin Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 10
      • 1 16-18
      • 1 16-26
      • 1 45+
    • Free white females:
      • 4 under 10
      • 2 10-16
      • 1 26-45

1820, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The following listing for Isaac Phips presumably pertains to the son of Lewellyn Phipps.

From the 1820 census, Robertson County, Tennessee:

  • Isaac Phips
    • Free white males:
      • 1 16-26 [born about 1794-1804]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 16-26 [born about 1794-1804]

1821, SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The Sumner County marriage of Wm. B. McCullock to Leddy Phipps is noted in a county typescript marriage record book. Miles McCorkle was bondsman. The date, 30 November 1821, was presumably the bond date.

1821, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A loose (unbound) license was issued in Williamson County on 19 March 1821 for the marriage of Lewis Perry to Nancy Phipps. The corresponding loose bond was dated 29 March 1821 and bound Lewis Perry and Joel Kimmons.

A marriage record book (Vol. 1-5, p. 196) notes the same date.  The loose marriage license is also dated 29 March 1821. The back of the license says that they were married 29 March 1822 “by Mee,” followed by a name which looks like W R-something, possibly Vann.

1821, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of William R. Phipps to Elizabeth Cummings is noted in a loose marriage license from Wilson County, dated 22 May 1821. The back of the license calls him “Wm R Phipps” and says that the marriage was performed on 22 May 1821 by a name which isn’t clear. (The first name starts with a J.)

In the corresponding bond, William R Phipps and Amos Williams were bound on 22 May 1821. They signed as Wm. R. D. Phipps and Amos Williams.

Another marriage bond involving William R D Phipps, presumably the same individual, is dated 1841 (below).

1823, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of John W. Whitfield to Susan Phipps is noted on p. 267 of Marriage Record Book 1 in Davidson County. The license was issued 8 March 1823, but the space indicating when and by whom the marriage was performed was left blank.

1825, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Marriage Record Book 1 in Davidson County, p. 299, includes a license issued 18 July 1825 for the marriage of Robt W Phipps (as written) to Nancy Work. The two were married on the same day by Levin Edney, minister of the gospel. He was the same minister who performed 3 Phipps marriages in the same county in 1818, as noted above.

1826, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

James Colvin and James Phipps signed a bond in Grainger County for the marriage of James Colvin to Barbary Phipps. The bond was signed 14 December 1826 by James Colvin and James Phipps, both of whom signed with an “X.”

The corresponding license is dated 14 December 1826 for the marriage of James Colvin and Barbary Phipps. A note on the back says that the couple were married 17 December 1826 by Thos. Brown, a justice of the peace.

1826, SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A county typescript record book notes the marriage of Green B. Williams to Martha Phipps in Sumner County on 6 June 1826, with evidently a bond dated the same. The marriage was performed by Elijah Boddie, a justice of the peace, and George Elliott was bondsman.

The loose bond is dated 6 June 1826 and bound Green B Williams and George Elliott, who signed as G. B. Williams and Geo. Elliott. The bride is clearly named in the bond (twice) as Mariah Phipps, not Martha. The loose license, dated the same, names Green B Williams and Mariah Phipps, not Martha.

1827, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A Grainger County marriage bond is dated 5 February 1827 which bound Acy Evans and James Cheek regarding the marriage of Acy Evans to Rebecca Phipps. Both men signed, Acy Evans with an X.

The license was issued 5 February 1827, for the marriage of Acy Evans to “Rebacca” Phipps. The back of the record calls the couple Asy Evens and Rebeca Phepp (or possibly Phipp).

The back also includes a notation signed by Thos. Brown, Justice of the Peace. He said he performed the marriage of Acy Eavens and Rebeca Phipps, as spelled, on 7 February 1827.

1827, SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of Thomas Howell to Ann Phipps is noted in a Sumner County typescript marriage book. William Prince was bondsman. The date is noted as 10 March 1827, apparently referring to the bond date.

The loose bond is dated 10 March 1827 and bound Thomas Howell and William Prince. The latter signed as Wm Prince.

It might be coincidence, but direct Phipps and Prince ties have been noted in connection with the family of Benjamin Phipps of Sussex County, Virginia. Descendants of his moved into at least Williamson and Davidson Counties in Tennessee. Sumner County is adjacent to Davidson County, and Davidson County is adjacent to Williamson County.

1827, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A marriage bond from Wilson County is dated 23 April 1827 and involved the marriage of Richard Townsend to Sarah A. Phipps.

1829, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A Grainger County, Tennessee marriage bond, dated 27 April 1829, bound Moses Adkins and Hugh Jones in regard to the marriage of Moses Adkins to Polly Phipps.

Polly was a common period nickname for Mary. Moses Adkins signed with a mark which looks like an “A.” Hugh Jones also signed.

The back of a hard-to-read marriage license for the marriage of Moses Adkins to Polly Phipps includes a statement that they were married 23 March 1830. The marriage was performed by a justice of the peace whose name looks like Alexander Hamilton.

The marriage license is dated 27 April 1829. It’s unusual that nearly a year passed between the issuance of the bond and license on the one hand, and the actual marriage on the other.

1829, SUMNER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A county typescript marriage record book in Sumner County notes the marriage of William Phipps to Rutha Bailey by Jonathan Davis, a justice of the peace. Humphrey Miles, as transcribed, was the bondsman. The date 31 August 1829 is indicated twice, presumably denoting that the bond date and marriage date were the same.

The corresponding handwritten loose marriage bond names Wm. Phipps and Humph[ry?] Mires (clearly not Miles) as bound regarding the marriage of William Phipps to Ruthy (clearly not Rutha) Bailey. The document is dated 31 August 1829 and is signed by William Phipps and Humphrey Mires.

The loose license is dated the same, 31 August 1829, and refers to William Phipps and, again, Ruthy Bailey. This time, the last letter in her 1st name looks like “Rutha,” but the last letter clearly has a long descender like a “y.”

1829, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The back of a Williamson County license issued 31 December 1829 indicates that Newton Edney and Nelly Phipps were married by “Leven Edney of the Gospel of Christ.” Edney, in his return, did not state the date on which the two were married, however.

The loose bond for the marriage uses a printed form which assumed that two individuals would be bound. Instead, Newton Edney alone was bound to the governor on what appears to be 31 December 1829 regarding his marriage to Nelly Phipps. (The date looks like the 31st, but is noted as the 30th in Marriage Record Book 1-5, p. 336.)

The bond was signed, however, by Newton Edney and Edmund Edney. Newton signed with a big, bold, and heavy signature.

1830, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1830 census, Davidson County, Tennessee:

  • Richardson Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 60-70
    • Free white females:
      • 1 10-15
      • 2 15-20
      • 1 50-60

(4 intervening households)

  • Eldridge Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 2 under 5
      • 1 30-40
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 2 5-10
      • 1 30-40

(4 intervening households)

  • Robt. Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 2 under 5
      • 1 20-30
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 20-30

1830, FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1830 census, Franklin County, Tennessee:

  • Joshua Fips
    • Free white males:
      • 2 under 5
      • 2 5-10
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1800-1810]

(one intervening household)

  • John Fips
    • Free white males:
      • 1 10-15
      • 3 15-20
      • 1 20-30
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1780-1790]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1780-1790]

1830, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1830 census, Grainger County, Tennessee:

  • James Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 20-30
      • 1 50-60 [born about 1770-1780]
    • Free white females:
      • 2 under 5
      • 2 5-10
      • 2 10-15
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 50-60 [born about 1770-1780]

1830, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1830 census, Hawkins County, Tennessee:

  • Edward E. Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 3 under 5
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1790-1800]
    • Free white females:
      • 2 5-10
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1780-1790]

(2 intervening households)

  • William Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 5-10
      • 2 10-15
      • 2 15-20
      • 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]

1830, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

See the last post for census listings for Lewellyn Phipps and sons of Robertson County, Tennessee.

1830, WAYNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1830 census, Wayne County, Tennessee:

  • Claibourn M Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 2 20-30
    • Free white females:
      • 1 20-30

1830, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1830 census, Wilson County, Tennessee:

  • Wm R Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 30-40
    • Free white females:
      • 3 under 5
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 20-30

1832, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A marriage bond bound James Phipps and Hugh Routh in regard to the marriage of James Phipps to Martha Routh. The bond is dated 9 August 1832 and is signed by James “fipps” (even though he is referred to earlier in the document as “Phipps”) and Hugh Routh.

This couple seems likely to have been the James and Martha Phipps who appear together in the 1850 census in Grainger County (below).

1833, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of Glenn Pegram to Caroline Phipps is noted in Davidson County Marriage Record Book 1, p. 444. That record notes that the license was issued 9 November 1833 and that they were married on the 14th by Wm. Roach.

Also listed a few entries down on the same page is the marriage of Hugh Edwards to Eveline E Phipps, with license date of 20 November 1833. They were married the following day by Wm. Roach.

1836, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A warrant was issued against William R.D. Phipps in Wilson County, Tennessee on 12 February 1836 by Daniel Richmond and Andrew Richmond. Phipps was summoned to answer their complaint regarding a debt. This was the beginning of what led to Phipps v. Richmond, a Tennessee State Supreme Court case heard in December 1839.

The case is discussed in Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee During the Years 1839-40, Vol. 1, Nashville: J. Geo. Harris, 1841, pp. 21-23.

1837, TENNESSEE

Issac Phipps (as spelled) was born in May 1837 in Tennessee, according to his death certificate. He died 4 May 1918 at 1805 Washington in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee at the age of 80.

No parents are listed on his death certificate. He was buried 7 May 1918 in New Gray Cemetery by a Knoxville undertaker.

1838, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

William R. D. Phipps of Wilson County is discussed in a Tennessee Senate report of 1838. On 12 January 1838, a man from Wilson County moved that the names of 6 persons from that county, including William R. D. Phipps, should be added as additional road commissioners in a bill to incorporate the Cumberland and Stone’s River Turnpike Company.

This move was apparently passed. This is discussed in Journal of the Senate, of the State of Tennessee, at the Twenty-Second General Assembly, Held at Nashville, Columbia, Tennessee: F.E. Zollicoffer et al., [1838?], p. 371.

1839, TENNESSEE

John P. Phipps was born 11 October 1839 in Tennessee, according to his death certificate, a son of James Phipps and his wife Dorcus Hubbs. Dorcus was born in Tennessee according to the same source, although James’s place of birth is not indicated.

John died 1 March 1927 at 205 Third Avenue in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. He was buried 2 March 1921, according to the death certificate, with the location indicated as Clear Branch.

ABOUT 1840, TENNESSEE

Joseph Phipps was born about 1840 in Alleghany County, North Carolina, according to his Tennessee death certificate. Alleghany County did not exist at the time, so he was presumably born in Ashe County, North Carolina, part of which later became Alleghany County.

According to the death certificate, this Joseph’s father was John Phipps, whose birthplace was unknown. Joseph was born 15 November, with the year left blank, but with his age stated as 80. He died 19 December 1920 in Washington County, Tennessee but was buried 21 December 1920 at Foscoe, North Carolina, according to his death certificate.

Foscoe is unincorporated, and is located in Watauga County. Watauga County is located adjacent to Ashe County.

1840, CARROLL COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1840 census, Carroll County, Tennessee:

  • Dudley Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 50-60 [born about 1780-1790]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 60-70 [born about 1770-1780]

1840, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1840 census, Grainger County, Tennessee:

  • James Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 2 under 5
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820]

1840, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1840 census, Hawkins County, Tennessee:

  • Jane Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 5-10
      • 2 10-15
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 20-30
    • Free white females:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 20-30
      • 1 50-60
  • William P. Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1800-1810]
    • Free white females:
      • [none]

[On a different page:]

  • William Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 20-30
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1800-1810]
      • 1 70-80 [born about  1760-1770]
    • Free white females:
      • [none]

[Further down the same page:]

  • Joshua Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1800-1810]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 2 5-10
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1790-1800]

[On a different page:]

  • Katharine Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 15-20
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1790-1800]

1840, KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1840 census, Knox County, Tennessee:

  • Joseph Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 15-20 [born about 1820-1825]

1840, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

It would be instructive to note that a Payne and a Cook (John Payne and Thos. Cook) are listed on the same page as the William Phipps below. In addition, Thomas Payne is listed on the same page as Lewellyn Phipps below.

From the 1840 census, Robertson County, Tennessee:

  • Wm. Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1790-1800]
    • Free white females:
      • 2 under 5
      • 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820]

[On a different page:]

  • Lewellyn Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 5-10
      • 1 70-80 [born about 1760-1770]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 50-60 [born about 1780-1790]

[On a different page:]

  • Isaac Phipps
    • Free white males:
      • 1 under 5
      • 1 10-15
      • 1 15-20
      • 1 40-50 [born about 1790-1800]
    • Free white females:
      • 1 under 5
      • 3 5-10
      • 1 10-15
      • 2 15-20
      • 1 30-40 [born about 1800-1810]

1841, TENNESSEE

Thomas J. Phipps was born 10 November 1841 in Tennessee, according to his death certificate. His parents, according to the same source, were Thos. Phipps and his wife Susan Appleton, both of whom were also born in Tennessee.

The younger Thomas, according to his death certificate, died 5 April 1922 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. He was buried 6 April 1922, with the location noted on the death certificate as Spring Hill.

1841, CARROLL COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A Carroll County marriage register notes the marriage of John A. Argo to Nancy Phipps. The record is dated 16 March 1841, which was apparently the license date. The following page says that the marriage was performed 1 April 1841 by China Wilder, a justice of the peace.

Another record book from the same county (Vol. A-B), p. 48, refers to the same marriage, but in a hand which looks far neater and probably later, using a printed form. There the couple are referred to as John A Argo and Nancy Phipps, with the marriage performed 1 April 1841 by C Wilder, Justice of the Peace.

1841, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A marriage bond dated 29 September 1841 from Wilson County bound William R D Phipps and David C. Hibbitts regarding the marriage of William R D Phipps to Mary F A Rodgers. The two men signed as W. R. D. Phipps and D. C. Hibbitts. This is presumably the same Phipps who married earlier, in 1821, in the same county (above).

1842, DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A Dickson County marriage record book notes the marriage of Duncan L Matlocke (as written) to “M. Phipps.” This is accompanied by the date 1 June 1842, which presumably was the license date. Space to indicate when and by whom the marriage was performed was left blank.

1842, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A marriage register listing shows the marriage of “Wm Phipps” to Catharine Hale. This is accompanied by the date 10 May (presumably a bond or license date), without the year indicated. According to the page which follows, they were married by Wm Blount Carter (as written) on 21 May 1842.

The license for this marriage refers to the parties involved as William P. Phipps and Catharine A. Hale. The license is dated 10 May 1842. The back of the license calls them Wm. P Phipps and Catharine A. Hale and says that they were married on what looks like the 21st. The marriage was performed by Wm. Blount Carter, Jr., minister.

1842, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A state legislative act was passed in Tennessee on 3 February 1842. This was to establish a university to be called the Southern University, at Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee. The list of trustees includes “Wm. R. D. Phipps and Zachariah Toliver,” as written and with both names adjacent.

It may be coincidental, but a very close Phips and Toliver relationship is noted in various records involving Ashe County, North Carolina, and in both families from Ashe County living later in Owen County, Indiana. This William R.D. Phipps is noted above in several other records.

The legislative act is discussed in Acts Passed at the First Session of th eTwenty-Fourth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, 1841-42, Murfreesborough: D. Cameron & Co., 1842, on pp. 200-202 (at p. 200).

1843, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A marriage bond in Grainger County concerned the marriage of James Phipps to Huster Teague. This bound James Phipps and Thomas D. Acuff and is dated 14 January 1842. The document is signed by both men.

The license for this same marriage was issued by Edward Tate, clerk, on 14 January 1843. The back says that they were married 16 January 1843 by Joseph Clark, Justice of the Peace.

1843, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of Westly Phipps (as spelled) to Elz Jane Hale (as abbreviated) in Hawkins County, Tennessee appears in a county marriage register dated 4 October, with no year indicated at that point. That date presumably was the license or bond date. The next page indicates that they were married on 5 October 1843 by “W.M.” Blount Carter.

The bond for the same marriage is dated 4 October 1843. The document binds Westly A Phipps (as written) and Alexander Hale for the marriage of Wesley A Phipps (as written in the same document) and Eliza Jane Hale. The bond was signed Wesley A Phipps, followed what looks like “by” Alexander Hale, and separately by Alexander Hale.

The license is also dated 4 October 1843, and refers to the couple as Westly A Phipps and Eliza Jane Hale. The back refers to them as Westly A Phipps and Eliz Jane Hale, and says that they were married 5 October 1843 by Wm. Blount Carter, Jr., minister.

1843, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

See the last post for information regarding the will of Lewellyn Phipps, as well as his estate in Robertson County, Tennessee.

1844, CARROLL COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of “Jas. Phipps” (as written) to Jane Fisher is noted in a Carroll County marriage register. This is dated 2 December 1844, presumably the license date.

1844, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The marriage of Lewellyn Phipps to Eliz. Robbins (as written) appears on p. 98 of Book 1-4 in Robertson County. This would presumably be Lewellyn, Jr. The license was issued 2 January 1844. The marriage was performed the same day by William D Baldwin, minister of the gospel.

This Lewellyn Phipps is presumably the same person who married again in 1846 (below).

1845, WILSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A Wilson County bond names William M Wood and B D Powell as bound on 23 January 1845 for the marriage of William M Wood to Mary P. Phipps. The men signed as W. M. Wood and B. D. Powell.

ABOUT 1846-1848, TENNESSEE

Joshua D.L. Phipps is listed among those who served in Company E, 5th Tennessee Infantry, during the Mexican War, according to Compiled Service Records. That war lasted from 1846 to 1848. Phipps began as a private, but was mustered out as a corporal.

1846, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Robertson County Marriage Record Book 1-4, p. 118, notes the marriage of William A [Trulles?] to Juley [or Saley?] L Phipps, dated 18 March 1846, presumably the license date. They were married on the 24th by Thomas Standley, a justice of the peace.

The same record book notes on p. 121 the marriage of Lewellyn Phipps to H Dorris (as written). This Lewellyn was presumably Lewellyn Jr., and was presumably the same individual who married in 1844 (noted above).

The license to marry H Dorris was issued 6 March 1846, and the marriage performed the same day by Wm. D Baldwin (as written), a minister.

1847, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Mary Jane Phipps is listed in information taken from guardian records in 1847 to 1851 in Albert L. Johnson, Jr., Guardian Records of Williamson County, Tennessee, Vol. 3 (1845-1865), Franklin, Tennessee: Genealogy Pubs, 2001, p. 52. See that source for details.

1848, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A Grainger County, Tennessee marriage bond, dated 8 January 1848, is for the marriage of Henry Seamore to Temperance Phipps. The document bound Henry Seamore and George W. [Viteloe?] to the governor. They signed as Henry Seamore and G. W. [Vitteloe?].

The license is dated the same date. A note on the back says that they were married 9 January 1848 by Wm. Sharp, a justice of the peace

1848, ROANE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Robert S. Phipps, who was living in Alabama but had dealings in Roane County, Tennessee, is discussed in a Tennessee Supreme Court case known as Britt v. the State, dated September term, 1848.

The case involved a certain Solomon G. Britt, who was indicted in Roane County for obtaining banknotes on the Bank of Tennessee from Robert S. Phipps by false pretenses. Robert S. Phipps is described in the report as “an inexperienced, timid youth” living in Alabama.

His uncle sent him to Virginia to collect money due to the uncle there. Robert did that, but on the way back passed through Roane County, Tennessee, which is where the actions charged as fraud occurred. The case appears in Robert T. Shannon, Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee by West H. Humphreys, Vol. 9, 2nd ed., Columbia, Missouri: E.W. Stephens, 1905, at 31-37 (using the volume’s own numbering system).

1848, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Marriage record book 1-4, p. 152, notes the marriage of Elisha Whiting to Susan Phipps. The license date was apparently 30 June 1848, with the marriage being performed the same day by John [Croftor?], a justice of the peace.

1849, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

A loose (unbound) license was issued 21 December 1849 in Robertson County for the marriage of Calvin Doyal to Elizabeth Phipps. The back of the license says that they were married on the same date by John [Crafton? or Crofton?], a justice of the peace.

The marriage is also noted in Book 1-4, p. 181, where the couple are referred to as C D[o?]yal and E Phipps, with the same license date of 21 December 1849. They were married the same day by John Croff[?] or Craff[?], a justice of the peace according to that record.

1850, CARROLL COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The Dudley Phipps referred to below would appear to be the one who earlier was in Wake County, North Carolina, and before that in Orange County, North Carolina. He is discussed in a past post, and another. It would seem likely that he was related in some way to the other Phipps individuals in Wake County, North Carolina who had Brunswick County, Virginia connections.

From the 1850 census, Carroll County, Tennessee, 19 September 1850:

#334/334:

  • Dudley Phipps, 69 [born about 1781], male, farming, real estate $300, born North Carolina
  • Mary Phipps, 70 [born about 1780], female, North Carolina, could not read and write
  • Catharine Phipps, 22 [born about 1828], female, North Carolina

#335/335:

  • James B. Phipps, 27 [born about 1823], male, farming, North Carolina
  • Jane Phipps, 25 born about 1825], female, Tennessee
  • Mary A. Phipps, 3, female, Tennessee
  • Harwood H. Phipps, 1 3/12, male, Tennessee
  • Robert Tate, 21, male, farming, South Carolina, could not read and write
  • Thomas Long, 18, male, farming, South Carolina

1850, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1850 census, Davidson County, Tennessee, 12 September 1850, #226/226:

  • Nancy Phipps, 50 [born about 1800], female, [no occupation indicated], born Tennessee
  • William Phipps, 24 [born about 1826], male, farmer, Tennessee
  • Sarah Phipps, 21 [born about 1829], female, Tennessee
  • Nancy Phipps, 17 [born about 1833], female, Tennessee
  • Marshall Phipps, 14 [born about 1836], male, Tennessee
  • Robert Phipps, 12 [born about 1838], male, Tennessee
  • Fred. Jones, 75 [born about 1775], male, black, North Carolina

1850, DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1850 census, Middle District, Dickson County, Tennessee, 14 September 1850, #372/372:

  • E N Phipps, 55 [born about 1795], male, distiller, [real estate blank], born North Carolina
  • Napoleon Phipps, 18 [born about 1832], male, distiller, Tennessee

1850, GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The James and Martha Phipps listed below are presumably the James and Martha Phipps who married in Grainger County in 1832, as noted above. If so, that would correspond with the birthdate of about 1833 for their earliest-listed child below.

From the 1850 census, District 13, Grainger County, Tennessee, 21 October 1850, #1518/1585:

  • James Phipps, 35 [born about 1815], male, farmer, real estate $75, born Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Martha Phipps, 32 [born about 1818], female, Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Jacob Phipps, 17 [born about 1833], male, farmer, Tennessee, attended school
  • Elizabeth Phipps, 14 [born about 1836], female, Tennessee, attended school
  • Joseph Phipps, 12 [born about 1838], male, Tennessee
  • James H Phipps, 9 [born about 1841], male, Tennessee
  • Rebecca Phipps, 7 [born about 1843], female, Tennessee
  • Susanah Phipps, 6 [born about 1844], female, Tennessee
  • Wm. Phipps, 5 [born about 1845], male, Tennessee
  • Martha Phipps, 1 [born about 1849], female, Tennessee

1850, GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1850 census, Greene County, Tennessee, 24 September 1850, #308/308:

  • Ira Phipps, 45 [born about 1805], male, tenant [in occupation column], [real estate blank], born North Carolina, could not read and write
  • Nancy Phipps, 44 [born about 1806], female, North Carolina, could not read and write
  • Elmi[ra?] Phipps, 19 [born about 1831], female, North Carolina
  • James Phipps, 17 [born about 1833], male, North Carolina
  • Emily Phipps, 15 [born about 1835], female, North Carolina
  • Elizabeth Phipps, 12 [born about 1838], female, North Carolina
  • Isabella Phipps, 10 [born about 1840], female, North Carolina
  • Nancy Phipps, 8 [born about 1842], female, North Carolina
  • Polly Phipps, 5 [born about 1845], female, North Carolina
  • Catharine Phipps, 2/12 [age 2 months], female, North Carolina

1850, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1850 census, District 6, Hawkins County, Tennessee, 1 November 1850:

#1/1:

  • William Phipps, 43 [born about 1807], male, farmer, real estate $7,5[5?]0, born Tennessee
  • Katherine Phipps, 32 [born about 1818], female, Tennessee
  • William Phipps, 5 [born about 1845], male, Tennessee
  • Katherine Phipps, 3 [born about 1847], female, Tennessee
  • Matilda Phipps, 2 [born about 1848], female, Tennessee

#2/2:

  • Thomas Phipps, 35 [born about 1815], male, farmer, Tennessee
  • Louanna Phipps, 35 [born about 1815], female, Tennessee
  • James Phipps, 11 [born about 1839], male, Tennessee
  • Sarah Phipps, 8 [born about 1842], female, Tennessee
  • Joseph Phipps, 6 [born about 1844], male, Tennessee
  • James Winds, 12 [born about 1838], male, mulatto, Tennessee

From the 1850 census, District 6, Hawkins County, Tennessee, 6 November 1850, #149/149:

  • Joshua Phipps, 48 [born about 1802], male, farmer, born Tennessee
  • Eliza Phipps, 45 [born about 1805], female, Tennessee
  • Frank Phipps, 16 [born about 1834], male, student, Tennessee
  • Abenida Phipps, 15 [born about 1835], female, Tennessee
  • Nancy B. Phipps, 11 [born about 1839], female, Tennessee

From the 1850 census, District 9, Hawkins County, Tennessee, 22 November 1850:

#138/138:

  • James Phipps, 35 [born about 1815], male, farmer, real estate $4,000, Tennessee
  • Katharine Phipps, 27 [born about 1823], female, Tennessee
  • Charlotte Phipps, 9 [born about 1841], female, Tennessee
  • William Phipps, 7 [born about 1843], male, Tennessee
  • Cornelia Phipps, 4 [born about 1846], female, Tennessee

#139/139:

  • Wesley Phipps, 34 [born about 1816], male, farmer, Tennessee
  • Eliza Phipps, 30 [born about 1820], female, Tennessee
  • Jane Phipps, 6 [born about 1844], female, Tennessee
  • William Phipps, 3 [born about 1847], male, Tennessee
  • Nathan Phipps, 4/12 [age 4 months], male, Tennessee

1850, ROBERTSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1850 census, District 12, Robertson County, Tennessee, 13 November 1850

#1847/1847:

  • Isaac Phipps, 54 [born about 1796], male, farmer, real estate $400, born Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Elizabeth Phipps, 48 [born about 1802], female, Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Ara Phipps, 18 [born about 1832], female, Tennessee
  • Amanda Phipps, 16 [born about 1834], female, Tennessee
  • William Phipps, 14 [born about 1836], male, Tennessee
  • [page break – same date:]
  • Rebecca Phipps, 10 [born about 1840], female, Tennessee
  • Margaret Phipps, 8 [born about 1842], female, Tennessee
  • Thomas Phipps, 6 [born about 1844], male, Tennessee

#1848/1848:

  • Elisha Whiten [or Whilen?], 23 [born about 1827], farmer, real estate $100, born Tennessee
  • Susan Whiten [or Whilen?], 21 [born about 1829], Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Victoria Whiten [or Whilen?], 2/12 [age 2 months], female, Tennessee
  • Mary Phipps, 28 [born about 1822], female, Tennessee, could not read and write

#1849/1849:

  • Luelland Phipps, 25 [born about 1825], male, carpenter, real estate $100, born Tennessee
  • Hiley Phipps, 28 [born about 1822], female, Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Mary E Phipps, 8/12 [age 8 months], female, Tennessee
  • John Phipps, 21 [born about 1829], male, cooper, Tennessee
  • Franklin Dorris, 8 [born about 1842], male, Tennessee

1853, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From The Nashville Union, 5 April 1853, p. 3:

CIRCUIT COURT OF DAVIDSON COUNTY.
May Term, 1853.

. . . the following causes will stand for trial during the first two weeks of the Term: . . .

274 R Phipps et al vs R N Hulme; . . .

1854, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

In the following record, as was customary for the time, “do” was the equivalent of “ditto.”

From the Nashville Union and American, 18 March 1854, p. 1:

VALUABLE NEGROES FOR SALE. – By virtue of a decree of the County Court of Davidson County, rendered at the February term, 1854, in the case of Wm. N. Phipps, et al, vs. Alexander W. Gray, et al, I will offer for sale at the Court-house, in the town of Nashville on Saturday the first day of April next, the following young negroes, to wit:

Elisha aged about 23 years,
Fred,    do     do 11 “
Lewis,  do     do 13 “
Juda,    do     do 14 “

Said negroes belong to the estate of Robert Phipps, deceased, and are sold for distribution, upon the following terms to wit: upon a credit of 12 months, except the sum of $50, to be paid in cash, notes with good security required.
F. R. CHEATHAM, C. & M.

1857, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

“Miss M B Phipps” had an unclaimed letter in the Nashville post office on 31 October 1857. This was listed in the Daily Nashville Patriot, 2 November 1857, p. 3.

Later in the year, the following appeared in the Nashville Union and American, 1 December 1857, p. 2:

AN EAST TENNESSEE FARMER – JOSHUA PHIPPS. – The career of Mr. Phipps of Hawkins county, Tennessee, has demonstrated the fact that Agriculture in East Tennessee, pursued steadily, skilfully [sic] and industriously, will ultimately result in riches to the farmer. Twenty years ago Mr. P was comparatively a poor man. He is now fifty-five years of age. He has been all his life a farmer, and devoted his entire time to the culture of his lands – turning neither to the right hand nor the left to engage in speculations of any kind, and thus making his annual income to proceed alone from the products of his fields. This year he had in cultivation 700 acres of wheat, 700 acres of oats, 700 acres of corn, and 1,000 acres of clover and grass. He has sold of the crop of this year, as we have noticed elsewhere, 8,000 bushels of wheat, and recently he sold 500 hogs, no one of them to weigh less than 200 lbs., at 5 3/4c, gross. These and other sales from his farms, upon which he works about 50 negroes, will give to him an income for the year 1857, but little short of twenty thousand dollars, or between $300 and $400 to the negro. Some of the land which Mr. Phipps cultivates he would not now sell, as he tells us, for $150 per acre; though, of course, it is not all of this quality. His farms are upon the Holston river, about 25 miles distant from the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad. – Southern Citizen.

1857, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Joshua Phipps, Esq. was named among the trustees of Caldwell College at Rogersville in East Tennessee. Rogersville is in Hawkins County.

Also named was Col. John Netherland. (The Netherland connection is discussed here.) An ad announcing the opening of the college appeared in The Athens Post, Athens, Tennessee, 16 January 1857, p. 4

1860, GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From the 1860 census, District 8, Grundy County, Tennessee, with post office at Pelham, 24 August 1860, p. 47, #347/347:

  • Moses Phipps, 54 [born about 1806], male, farmer, real estate [blank], personal estate $200, born Kentucky, could not read and write
  • Fratimy Phipps, 33 [born about 1827], female, Tennessee, could not read and write
  • Jackson Phipps, 19 [born about 1841], male, farm laborer, Tennessee
  • Martin U [or V?] Phipps, 16 [born about 1844], male, farm laborer, Tennessee
  • Wm. Bradford Phipps, 10 [born about 1850], male, Tennessee
  • John Phipps, 5 [born about 1855], male, Tennessee
  • Anna Phipps, 2 [born about 1858], female, Tennessee

1860, HAWKINS COUNTY, TENNESSEE

The elopement of Miss Nellie Phipps of Kingsport in Hawkins County and General Bynum of Chattanooga was a scandalous development reported in the papers in 1860. Bynum came to Springler Institute in New York City, where he visited Nellie Phipps, who was a student there. In fact, he visited her about 30 times, and prevailed on her to agree to an eloped marriage, whether her father consented or not.

One article about the elopement was headed “A Gross Outrage.” The matter is also covered in such articles as “The Last Romance,” Nashville Union and American, 31 May 1860, p. 2, and “Elopement from Springler Institute,” The Memphis Daily Appeal, 27 May 1860, p. 1.

1886, DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

From History of Tennessee, from Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Historical and Biographical Sketches of Montgomery, Robertson, Humphreys, Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham and Houston Counties, Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1886, in the Dickson County section, p. 924:

The mills of the present are as follows: . . . Eighty District, corn and flour-mill, steam-power, owned by E. N. Phipps; . . . .

He was presumably the same person whose biography follows in the same volume. Note that that biography calls him Elridge Newson (not Eldridge Newsom) Phipps, and says that he was the son of Elridge W. Phipps.

The father would seem likely to have been the person listed in the 1850 census in Dickson County (above) as E N Phipps, not E W Phipps (although it’s been abstracted that way). E.N. Phipps was born 1795 in North Carolina, according to that census, which lists him as a distiller.

From the same, pp. 1351-1352:

Elridge Newson Phipps [as spelled, not Eldridge Newsom] was born in Nashville, Tenn., April 4, 1831, and is one of twelve chilren born to Elridge W. and Sina (Castleman) Phipps. The father was born in 1801, and died in September, 1863. The mother was born about 1801, and died in August, 1846. Our subject engaged in farming for himself at the age of eighteen years, [page break – p. 1352:] and continued in that occupation for eleven years. He then engaged in distilling for eight years, after which he began milling and general merchandising, which business he still follows at Shady Grove Mills, Dickson Co., Tenn. August 17, 1851, he was united in marriage to Cynthia H. Matlock, who was born July 25, 1824. She was the daughter of James and Sallie (Leesh) Matlock. Mr. and Mrs. Phipps are the parents of two daughters: Milbery, born June 6, 1852, and Mary J., born November 21, 1855; both of them are now married. Our subject is a self-made man, and has considerable influence in his community, and is worth at the present time about $13,000, all made by his own exertions. He is a Republican.

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