More on Virginia and Alabama

A reader posted a response to an older post titled “William Phipps & Wife Temperance Saxon, Brunswick County, Virginia:”

Just looking at John Madison Cross’ probate file from 1900 in Madison county, Alabama.. John was married to Lucy Tuberville Phipps, daughter of Martha G. Phipps Vann. Martha was the daughter of Benjamin Phipps, and I believe a sister to the William in the post, “William Phipps & Temperance Saxon, Brunswick Co. Virginia.” John’s wife Lucy died in 1873, and John remarried. He died in 1900. In the part of the will where is listing the items that he is leaving his wife, it says, “… and my land in Virginia, now occupied by Sally Phipps and her sister, and it is desired that they shall remain on the land their lifetime.” In the 1900 US census, there is a Sally and sister Lucie living in Powellton, Brunswick county, Virginia.They are of an age to be the same Sally and Lucy shown in the census records listed in this post as the daughters of William and Temperance Phipps. Not sure how Sally and Lucy came to live on land in Virginia that was owned by John Cross from Alabama, but thought this information might be useful to someone. John’s relationship to Sally and Lucy would be that they were first cousins to his first wife Lucy Tuberville Phipps.

On a side note, I’ve noticed that many trees on have tied the William who married Temperance to the Benjamin from Grayson county, Virginia who also had a son named William. I believe the William who was married to Temperance was the son of the Benjamin in Brunswick county, Virginia, not the Benjamin of Grayson county.


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