More Regarding the Cooprider Place

The last post concerned what has been termed the “Phipps or Cooprider place” in Clay County, Indiana. The 1840 census shows Ambrose D. Phipps, who we’ve discussed before, in close proximity to some of these Coopriders and their close relatives, the Langfords or Lankfords.

The following appear in order:

  • Ambrose D. Phipps
  • 2 intervening names
  • Jacob Cooprider
  • 1 intervening name
  • Elias Cooprider
  • 2 intervening names
  • Peter Cooprider Jr
  • Peter Cooprider Sr.
  • 2 intervening names
  • Walker Langford [Sr.?]
  • Harvy Langford

Then in later censuses, Ambrose appears as born in Kentucky. Earlier, however, he would appear to be the Ambrose “Felps” who was living in 1810 in the same part of Pulaski County, Kentucky as some of the Coopriders and Lankfords/Langfords. George “Fips” and Jno. “Felps” were also in the same census in the same township at the same time.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there were several Ambroses, which quickly gets very confusing. It appears, however, that a later Ambrose, born in Clay County, Indiana (where the earlier Ambrose had been living), moved by 1870 to the same township and county in northern Missouri where Jesse Phipps or Phips (died 1865) was living (son of Samuel, died 1854, of Ashe County, North Carolina) after he moved there from Owen County, Indiana. Owen County is adjacent to Clay County.

That would seem to suggest a high likelihood that these Felps and Fips individuals in 1810 in Pulaski County, Kentucky were closely related.

Also, as noted previously, Littleberry (“Berry”) Phipps appears to have moved from Surry County, North Carolina, where other descendants of John Fips of Charlotte County, Virginia were living, to the same Pulaski County, Kentucky (1830 census) before moving to Lawrence County, Indiana. Lawrence County, Indiana is where various families migrated from Ashe County, North Carolina, including descendants of the Samuel Phips just mentioned.

An unconfirmed but apparently accurate claim is that Littleberry moved from Surry County, North Carolina to Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1823 with two sisters, Mary Ann, wife of Thomas Roy, and Frances, wife of Leonard Roy. These Roys appear in the 1830 census in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Thomas appears there in 1840 as well.

Also, Littleberry Phipps’ brother Benjamin Potter Phipps was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1825, according to his obituary. Then in 1836, according to the same source, he moved to Indiana. Gideon Potter, you’ll recall from previous posts, was a son of Martha (Phipps) Phipps.

Elder Gideon Potter wrote about his family moving from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, the location associated with John Fips and his family. Potter also wrote about his grandfather being jailed and whipped because of his religious views just before the Revolutionary War. Presumably this indicates that he was a loyalist on what he believed to be Biblical grounds.

This is already strong circumstantial evidence that the descendants of the John Fips who died about 1769 in Charlotte Co., VA were closely related to Samuel Phips, who died in 1854 in Ashe County, North Carolina. If a firm link could be established between the two Ambroses mentioned above, then it would seem to be even stronger.

Relevant earlier posts include the following:


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