William Fyappes of Lichfield, Staffordshire, 1571

We’ve seen some interesting variant spellings of “Phipps” in early records. One of the most creative is William “Fyappes” in a 1571 will or administration document from Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. The same name appears as “Phyppes” in the estate inventory.

The name appears in an index volume which indexes the volume of Wills and Administrations which covers 1562-1624, from Lichfield. The actual record appears on p. 155 of that original volume. This is indexed in Phillimore, Calendars of Wills & Administrations in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, 1516 to 1652, London: British Record Society, 1892, p. 207.

Lichfield, by the way, is about 41 miles southwest of Nottingham. Berkshire heraldic visitation sources appear to indicate that the father of Francis Phipps of Reading, Berkshire, who we’ve referred to on numerous occasions and who was born about 1610, was a George Phipps of the Nottingham area. George’s father was supposed to have been a Robert Phipps of Nottingham.

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