A comment posted in response to a previous post made some interesting points about the Phipps family from out of Brunswick County, Virginia:
Thank you so very much for posting this. Not sure how I missed it earlier. I posted a few weeks ago, questioning whether Martha was a daughter or daughter-in-law to Benjamin. Seeing these documents convinces me that the Martha who married Lazarus Vann in Madison County, Alabama is the daughter of Benjamin Phipps of Brunswick County, Virginia. In her will that was accepted into probate in 1855, she speaks of both “Reuben and his wife Amey,” and her desire for them to choose who they want to live with, her son Robert or her daughter Lucy. She states that she wants them well cared for and that she wants them to live in comfort. These two people are surely the same Reuben and Amey from the documents above.
But here is my question…, who was the father of Martha’s children? Here is the timeline:
- Martha was born around 1795 in Virginia.
- Her daughter Emily Lancaster Phipps was born around 1819 in Virginia.
- Her son Robert Stanfield Phipps was born around 1820 in Virginia.
- Her daughter Lucy Tuberville Phipps was born around 1834 in Virginia.
I have found a document from 1836 that is signed by Martha G. Phipps in Madison county, Alabama, so she was in Alabama some time before 1836. Presumably between 1834 and 1836, if Lucy was definitely born in Virginia and not Alabama.
In 1837, she married John Richie Inman in Madison county. Her name on the marriage record is Martha G. Phipps. He died within weeks of their marriage.
In 1839, she married Lazarus Vann. Again, her name on the record is Martha G. Phipps. I have not found an actual divorce record (although one may exist). Lazarus moved to Texas with some of his children around 1848. Martha stayed in Alabama. In her will, she uses the name Martha Vann. If she and Lazarus divorced, she did not take back her maiden name. Incidentally, she and Lazarus had a prenuptial agreement, and her property was divided between Robert and Lucy. Emily was excluded for reasons I do not know.
At any rate, all of her children had the last name Phipps. I would love to figure out who their father is.
Thanks again for posting this information! Your site has been so helpful, and I appreciate you sharing your information.