More on Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phipps

Comments regarding the family of Isaiah Phipps of Ashe County, North Carolina, Letcher County, Kentucky and Lawrence County, Indiana were provided by a reader. These comments were posted a day or two ago in response to an earlier post titled “Some Descendants of Isaiah Phipps of Ashe Co., NC and Lawrence Co., IN.”

Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phipps, also had a daughter named Mary Macy Phipps. The 1850 census in Letcher Ky. did not list Mary Mazy, because she had already married Isom B. Osborne and moved out. Isom and Mary Mazy (Phipps) Osborne can be found in the 1860 census of Tazewell Co. Va. I’m not sure what happened to Mary Mazy. Some have said, that Isom and Mary Mazy divorced. Others say that she went to Indiana. Another story is a that she died. This all took place durning the civil war. Mary Mazy and Isom Osborne had several children. They are listed in the 1860 census records of Tazewell Co. Va. In the 1870 census of Tazewell Co. Va. Isom is listed with a new wife, Nancy (Halloway) Osborne.

A very old discussion forum post, dating from 1998, appears to refer to this Isom Osborne not as such, but as Jesse Osborne. That post mentions an Isom Osborne, but doesn’t appear to state the relationship. The post refers to both a Jesse Osborne and a Jesse Isom Osborne, but seems to say that Jesse Osborne married Mary Maizie Phipps and then Nancy Halloway Isom.

In another old post, this one dated 1999, Isom Osborne married Mary Maizie Phipps and had a son named Jesse. Another website calls him Isom Burton Osborne and says that he married “Maria” Maizie Phipps.

In a 2006 discussion post, the couple are Isom Osborn and Maria or Mary Mazy Phipps. In that page, she was possibly a daughter of Isaiah Phipps and divorced Isom, then moved to Indiana.

Trying to find the 1860 census record in Tazewell County as described above wasn’t easy. In fact, it wasn’t located at all. Online census searches in multiple databases did not turn up any 1860 listing as described under either the name Isom Osborne  or under Jesse Osborne in Tazewell County, Virginia.

The closest that could be found to the 1860 census entry appears not in Tazewell County, Virginia at all, but in Smyth County. Smyth County is immediately south of Tazewell County, and immediately north of Grayson County.

From the 1860 census, Smyth County, Virginia, with post office at 7 Mile Ford, 27 June 1860, p. 43, #281/281:

  • Isem Osburn, 36 [born about 1824], male, laborer, real estate [blank], personal estate [blank], born Virginia
  • Maria M. Osburn, 35 [born about 1825], female, Virginia
  • Nancy E. Osburn, 16 [born about 1844], female, Virginia
  • Adaline Osburn, 13 [born about 1847], female, Virginia, attended school
  • Jessee Osburn, 10 [born about 1850], male, Virginia, attended school
  • William Osburn, 8 [born about 1852], male, Virginia
  • Solomon Osburn, 4 [born about 1856], male, Virginia
  • Mary Osburn, 1 [born about 1859], female, Virginia

Was this “Maria M.” authentically Maria Maizie (however spelled) Phips or Phipps, and was she the daughter of Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phips or Phipps? Clearly more research could be warranted in terms of this family.

ADDITIONAL NOTES REGARDING ISAIAH PHIPS OR PHIPPS

About 1790

Isaiah Phipps was born about 1790 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census. Goodspeed’s 1884 history of Lawrence County, Indiana says that he married Eve Kennedy in North Carolina and that they “reared seven sons and seven daughters.”

1811

As “Isiah Phips,” he signed a petition in Grayson County, Virginia (adjacent to Ashe County, North Carolina) regarding the return of land surveys and certificates. The document is dated 16 December 1811. Also signing were “jesie ffhips,” “Samuel Fhips,” “John phips,” and “george phips.”

1834

In February 1834, an inventory of the estate of George Phips refers to a note on “Isah Phips.”

1850

Isaiah Phipps appears with wife “Edy” in the 1850 census on 31 August 1850 in Letcher County, Kentucky. The census indicates that he was born about 1790 and “Edy” about 1795, both in North Carolina. He only owned real estate worth $50, suggesting that he had not been in this location long. Children listed are David (14), William (14), Marion (12), Isaiah (10), and Louisa A. (3).

1852

He arrived in Lawrence County, Indiana in 1852 according to Goodspeed’s 1884 county history.

APPARENT CHILDREN OF ISAIAH AND EVE (KENNEDY) PHIPS OR PHIPPS

Again, the 1884 Goodspeed history of Lawrence County, Indiana associated “seven sons and seven daughters” with Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phipps. Adding Mary Maizie, or Maria Mazy, etc., to the list below gives us just 7 children – period – not 7 sons and 7 daughters. In addition, their birthdates span a tremendous range of years, from about 1818 to about 1847, a factor which seems suspect.

(1) George Phipps

George was born about 1818 in North Carolina according to the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses, and about 1818 in North Carolina according to the 1880 census. He was born about 1817 according to an 1883 newspaper article, and on 15 March 1818 according to his tombstone inscription.

George Phipps and Mary Baldwin were married on 3 March 1845 by a justice of the peace, according to a Lawrence County, Indiana marriage record.

(2) William Phipps

William was born about 1836 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census. The census indicates that he and David were twins.

(3) David Phipps

David, William’s twin brother, was of course also born about 1836 in North Carolina.

(4) Isaiah Phipps, Jr.

The younger Isaiah was born about 1840 in North Carolina according to the 1850, 1870, and 1880 census, or in July 1839 in North Carolina according to the 1900 census. His Civil War pension application file indicates that he was born in Ashe County, North Carolina. According to his obituary and Goodspeed’s 1884 Lawrence County, Indiana history, he was born 10 July 1839 in Ashe County.

He married Mary C. Roby in 1861 according to Goodspeed. He then married Mary A. Parks in 1867 according to the same source. He appears to have married yet again, on 25 February 1909 in Lawrence County, to Anna McNabb, according to a marriage record.

(5) Francis Marion Phipps

According to the 1850 census, he was born about 1838 in North Carolina. He was born April 1841 in North Carolina according to the 1900 census, and in Ashe County according to the death certificate of his daughter Eva. He married Sarah Terrell 11 November 1860 in Lawrence County, Indiana according to a marriage record.

(6) Louisa A. Phipps

She was born about 1847 in North Carolina according to the 1850 census.

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3 thoughts on “More on Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phipps

  1. Maria Macy Phipps, born about 1828, in Ash Co. N.C., The following is why I believe Mary Mazy to be the daughter of Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phipps, of Ash Co.N.C.,
    Va., and Letcher Ky. She married Isom (Isham) Osborne, (Osburn) who was born about 1823. They had several children. Two of their sons were, Jesse and William Osborne, who married sisters, daughters of John and Martha Ann (McGhee) Tuggle. Jesse Osborn, married Leanna Tuggle, in July 8, 1870, in Russell Co. Va. Leanna born Feb. 1854, in Russell Co. Va. Here is why I believe Mary Mazy Phipps was a daughter of Isaiah and Evea (Edy) Kennedy) Phipps: The traditional story from family, is that the parents didn’t want them to get married. Family members helped hide Leanna and Jesse out until they arranged their marriage. On their marriage certificate the parents names were wrong. On their marriage record, Jesse’s parents are listed as J. Osborn, and Leanna’s as Isaiah and Eby Tuggle. When I saw this record I knew what they had done. First of all they had run off to get married and then for what ever the reason they didn’t give the correct information as to who the real parents were. Or maybe just an honest mistake. This lead me to believe Jesse used his grandparents name, Isaiah and Edy or Eve Phipps, they were not Tuggles. I know this doesn’t prove anything, but I thought it was a good clue. We know for a fact that Leanna’s parents were John and Martha ( McGhee) Tuggle. In the 1880 census 10th day of June, inhabitants in Elk Garden, Russell Co. Va. Jesse Osborne is listed age 31, a farmer, {born Ky,) parents born N.C. (born Ky. another clue.) Jesse’s brother William Riley Osborn, born about 1852, married Dec. 7, 1873, in Russell Co. Va. to Hannah Tuggle, born April 1856, Patrick Co. Va. daughter of John and Martha (McGhee) Tuggle. William and Jesse both lived and worked on the Stuart Plantation, owned by the Henry Carter Stuart family of the Stuart Land and Cattle Company. This plantation is located in Elk Garden, Russell Co. Va. My G-aunt Mary Hurt, told me the story of Jesse and Leanna (Tuggle) Osborn running away to get married. They got married on horse back, and someone sang the song, Oh Pretty Fair Miss Will You Marry Me. I am very grateful for all the word you have done researching this genealogy and history. It is very interesting. Thank You so much. I’m getting to be an old woman, but I love history. What I call back roads history.
    Frances Ann (Lankford) Triplett

    • P.S. Jesse Osborne was born June 1849, in Ky. According to the 1880 census he was born in Ky. Also my g- aunt Mary Hurt said, that Mary Mazy Phipps Osborn went to Indiana. I’ll be happy to hear what you think.
      Thanks again

      • P.S. Jesse Osborne was born June 1849, in Ky. According to the 1880 census he was born in Ky. Also my g- aunt Mary Hurt said, that Mary Mazy Phipps Osborn went to Indiana. I’ll be happy to hear what you think.
        I would also like to know if Isaiah and Eva Phipps had Cheeroke. The oral history in my family, has been passed dowm that they were Cheeroke or part Cheeroke, the Osborne’s and Phipps both. I really don’t care if they were little green men. I just want the truth.

        Thank you again for all the research you have done

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