John Meshiach Phipps: A Notoriety-Shunning Patriarch

Here is another record from the seemingly never-ending flow of records which pertain to John Meshack Phipps AKA Shack Phips, twin brother of Eli Shadrack Phipps AKA Shade Phips. The two were sons of Jesse Phips or Phipps. The family migrated by the early 1830s from Ashe County, North Carolina, the home of Jesse’s father Samuel Phips, to Owen County, Indiana. While in Owen County, John was involved in the Long/Phips outlaw gang which was responsible for the murder of Col. Davenport, for whom Davenport, Iowa was named, as discussed in various earlier posts. Jesse died in 1865, leaving an estate in Putnam County, Missouri. Putnam County is situated astride the Iowa state line.

Some parts of this article resemble or duplicate other articles transcribed in earlier posts, but some parts are unique.

From the Sedalia Sentinel, Sedalia, Missouri, 11 July 1905, p. 3:

IS NOT JOHN D’S FATHER
PATRIARCH OF RICH IOWA FARM SAYS HE IS NOT FATHER OF THE MILLIONAIRE.
RESEMBLES PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPH
Old Man Surprised and Wants to Know if the Richest Man in the World is Unable to Find His Father.

Shenandoah, Ia., July 11. – “No, I am not the father of John D. Rockefeller; not by a gol durn sight.”

Thus spoke John M. Phipps, 93 years of age, a prosperous farmer of Freemont [sic; Fremont] county, whose identity is a mystery to Southwestern Iowa and who has suddenly sprung into notoriety as the possible sire of the richest man in the world.

Phipps is a puzzle. For more than a quarter of a century he has lived on a farm two miles east of Farragut and six and one-half from Shenandoah. At present he and his wife are living alone. She is his junior by a few years.

According to tradition in this part of the state Phipps has studiously avoided a discussion of the earlier chapters of his life, and because he had something to conceal the people are wondering.

Unqualified Declaration.

The unqualified declaration of a writer that the father of the Standard Oil magnate has attracted to this village the attention of the state and nation, and although the conservative opinion here is that the story is a hoax, the presumption on the part of many Iowans is that Phipps may be “Old Rocky,” father of the possessor of $500,000,000.

William Avery Rockefeller, father of the Standard Oil king, according to the gazetteers, was born in Washington county, Virginia, in 1812. Phipps declared that he (Phipps) was born in Abington, Russell county, Virginia. in the same year. Except for possible facial resemblances between Phipps and the elder Rockefeller, as he is painted, the analogy between the two then goes no further. To say, however, that Phipps is being “hunted” as the father of Rockefeller, that he is beseiged [sic; besieged] by correspondents and adventureers [sic; adventurers], and that his troubles are real, is no fable. Shenandoah is alive with interest in the case, and Phipps’ neighbors are speculating what effect the notoriety will have on this notoriety-shunning patriarch.

When seen Phipps was leading two horses and three colts to a turnip patch which he was cultivating. In one hand he held a rope and a neck yoke; in the other a bridle strap, a neck yoye [sic; yoke] and a clevis. The old man halted as the correspondent’s carriage wheeled into his premises unannounced.

“What is the matter with this man Rockefeller?” queried Phipps, with a show of genuine solicitude. “Can’t he find his father? Is he sending men out of here at his own expense? And how much do you get out of it if you find him?”

With this volley of questions the field looked tillable, and the old man fell a victim to the more serious phase of the interview.

“There is said to be a period in your life between 1835 and 1855 of which you refuse to talk. How about it?” the old man was asked.

“I do not refuse to tell all I remember,” was the diplomatic reply. “I may not remember all, but 67 years ago I came to this state with my wife. We were among the first twenty-five families to settle in Iowa.”

When his attention was called to the fact that William Avery Rockefeller moved from Oswego, N. Y., to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1853, Phipps asserted:

“Well, my oldest son, Matthew M., was born in Iowa 66 years ago and I did not go to Cleveland.”

Phipps is a remarkable character. He works daily and appears to be in perfect health. It is popularly supposed in this community that Phipps was a “copperhead” during the rebellion, and that he did not get along with either war party. Stories also are current that his ante-bellum career was somewhat checkered and that the old man has reasons for turning down that page of life’s history which is entirely disassociaed [sic; dissociated] from any connection with the Rockefellers.

However, his reputation for a generation stands unimpeached. It seems that Phipps never has been poor. He is now worth $25,000 or $30,000, having given most of his fortune to his children. He is considered a man of keen business instinct and talk of money seems to interest him.

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Phipps Barn, Brunswick, Chariton County, Missouri, 1920

From the Chariton Courier, Keytesville, Chariton County, Missouri, 23 January 1920, p. 5:

Wanted
Horses, Mares and Mules

Will be in the following towns, rain or shine. For the purpose of buying big horses and mares from 4 years old and up, regardless of age. MUST BE FAT. From 700 to 1150 lbs. Don’t bring us any tall leggy stuff as we have no market for that kind. Mules 2 years old and up.

Will be at
Brunswick, Phipps barn Thurs. Jan. 29
Keytesville, Friday, Jan. 30
Salisbury, Henry Hess Feed Yard Saturday Jan. 31

M. Neuberger & Son

Isaac Phipps, Forgery, 1882

From the Sedalia Weekly Bazoo, Sedalia Missouri, 27 June 1882, p. 6:

To the Pen.
Sheriff Fisher, of Vernon county, passed through, yesterday, on his return from Jeff City, where he had been to place three prisoners in the penitentiary. Their names and sentences are as follows: Henry McDaniel, colored, two years; Isaac Phipps, forgery, two years; Charlie Woodward, horse stealing, two years.

Joshua Fips, 1816 Deed, Wayne County, Kentucky

From Wayne County, Kentucky Deed Book B, 24 February 1816, pp. 295-296:

[p. 295:]

[in margin:]
Gun &c
Deed
To
[“Fips” crossed out]
Phipps

This Indenture made this twenty fourth day of Febuary [sic; February] in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and sixteen between William Gun and Sally Gun his wife of the County of Wayne and state of Kentucky of the one part and Johua [sic; Joshua] Fips of the said County and State of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of one Hundred Pounds Current money of Kentucky to them in hand paid at and before the ensealing of these presents the Receipt of which is hereby acknowledged they and each of them do hereby acknowledge themselves entirely satisified with, Hath granted Bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and and [sic; word repeated] sell alien enfeoff and confirm unto the said Joshua Fips a certain tract or parcel of Land being in Wayne County one hundred and Seven acres more or less being a part of a tract of land Granted unto William Gun containing two hundred Acres as by patent from the registers Office bearing date the sixteenth day of January one thousand Eight hundred and sixteen as will more fully appear, situate lieing [sic; lying] and being in the County of Wayne and bounded as follows and as surveyed on the 5th February 1816 by James Jones Deputy Surveyor for J. [or I.?] Jones [I.? or S.?] [Th.? or Ph.?] County Beginning at a black Oak [? (looks like “beneng”)] Edward N Calloms N West corner running thence S 80 [W?] 24 poles to a black Black [sic; word repeated] Oak a conditional Corner between William Right [sic; presumably Wright] and Joshua Fips thence N 5° East 15[4?] poles to a spanish Oak on John Bachs [or Backs?] [? (looks like “Cloung”)] line thence North 27° East 62 poles to a poplar and spanish Oak thence E 60 poles to a double White oak thence S 184 poles to a stake thence S 60 [?] 86 poles to the begining [sic; beginning] to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land together with all singular the houses buildings Hereditraments [sic; hereditaments] & appertinances [sic; appurtenances] whatsoever belongin [sic; belonging] or any way appertnaning [sic; appertaining] unto the said Joshua Fips his heirs and assigns forever and further they the said William Gun and Sally his wife doth warant [sic; warrant] and agree with the said Joshua Fips that they have a good right and lawful authority to sell and convey the said land and premises before mentioned sold [or “got”?] by patent [p. 296:] and that they will warrant defend the said land and premises before mentioned sold from the claim of them the said William Gun and Sally his wife and their Heirs for ever in testimony whereof they the said William Gun and Sally his wife hath the day first mentioned signed sealed and delivered the same presents of

[signed:]
William Gun (seal)
Sarah Gun (seal)

Witnesses
Rodes Garth
John Bach [or Back?]

Wayne County Court Clerks Office [afst? or cfst?]
February 24, 1810
This Indenture was this day acknowledged before me by William Gun and Sarah his wife parties thereto to be their act and Deed the feme thereto being examined privately and apart from her husband relinquished her right of Dower therein whereupo [sic; whereupon] the same is admitted to Record.
Test John Chris[man?] clk
Delivered

Jacob Phipps, 1840 Mortgage Deed

From Yancey County, North Carolina Deed Book 1, p. 379:

State of N Carolina
Yancy [sic; Yancey] County
This Indenture Made this 5th day of May 1840, in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred & forty Between Jacob Phipps of the one part & William Anglin of the other part Both of the County & State aforesaid Witnesseth that the sd. Jacob Phipps hath this day Bargained & Sold unto the sd. Wm Anglin one Certain piece or parcel of Land Situated lying & being in the County of Yancy [sic; Yancey] lying on both sides of the Big Branch waters of Cainy river Beginning on a small Dogwood thence runs East one Hundred & ninety Eight poles to a Chestnut oak thence South ninety poles to a poplar on the East side of the Big Branch thence west one Hundred & seventy Eight poles to a stake thence North ninety poles to the Beginning Containing one Hundred acres be the same more or less one Certain sorrel Mare & Colt 4 years old the Condition of the above Bargained Sale is as follows whereas the sd. William Anglin hath heretofore assigned a Certain obligation as the security of the sd. Jacob Phipps for the Maintainance [sic; maintenance] of a suit against J.W. Garland in the superior Court of Law held for the County of Yancy in the State of N. Carolina now therefore if the sd. Jacob Phipps shall & doth well & Truly pay the sd. least in Case the suit should go against him the sd. Jacob Phipps & keeping him the sd. William his security from paying the same or any part thereof then the above Bargained & sale to be void otherwise to remain in full force & virtue at Law in Testimony whereof the sd. Jacob Phipps hath hereunto set his hand & seal this 5th day of May 1840.

[signed:] Jacob his X mark Phipps (seal) [mark looks like a partial “8” or a bit like an “&” sign]

Attest
J. B. Ray Jurat

Registered the 25th day of May 1840
Transcribed from 
Book the 4th page No. 4th

George Phipps, 1804 Lincoln County, Kentucky Survey

A Lincoln County, Kentucky survey record, transcribed below, is dated 1804. The survey per se is followed, in tiny handwriting, by an 1805 comment in which George Phipps, for whom the land was surveyed, transferred his 150 acres to John Farris. Lincoln County is adjacent to Pulaski County, a location discussed at length in the last post. In fact, Pulaski County was created from part of Lincoln County in 1798.

The last post concerned the line from James Phipps or Phips to his son Littleberry, called Berry, and beyond. Members of this line migrated from Surry County, North Carolina into Pulaski County, Kentucky and from there into Lawrence County, Indiana. Members of the line associated with Samuel Phips of Ashe County, North Carolina (his son Isaiah and family) additionally migrated from Ashe County (back then, adjacent to Surry County) into Lawrence County, Indiana by way of Letcher County, Kentucky, several counties to the east of Pulaski County. How the George Phipps of the following survey fits in is not immediately clear.

Another unanswered question is whether the George Phipps who was in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1804, and who gave up his land there in 1805, was the same individual as the George “Fips” who then appears in adjacent Pulaski County in the 1810 census. That census entry is abstracted below. That census shows a George Fips, born about 1765 or earlier, living in Pulaski County, Kentucky. A woman in the same household, presumably his wife, was also born about 1765 or earlier.

From Lincoln County, Kentucky Survey Book IV, 1792-1821, p. 181 (image 318 of 823 in Family Search):

[Delvd. (for “Delivered”)] to Jno Farris [pd. (for “paid”)] 10.6

[inset map showing a 150-acre diagonally oriented rectangular parcel, captioned “By a Scale of 200 for Inch” and with corners lettered A (west corner), B (north corner), C (east corner), and D (south corner)]

January 18th, 1804
Surveyed for George Phipps 150 Acres of land By virtue of a Certificate &c Situate lying & being in Lincoln County Upon the Cany fork waters of Buck Creek and Bounded as followeth (To witt) Beginning at a Hickory and Black oak (at A.) Thence S.38.°E. 159 poles to a Black oak & poplar, (at B.) thence S.45.°W. 159 poles to a Sasyfras & poplar (at C) thence N.38.°W. 159 poles To a Sycamore & poplar, by a Spring Branch (at D) Thence N.45.°E. 159 ps. to the Beginning.

[signed:] John Shanks, D. S [Deputy Surveyor?]

Chain men
Drury Ham
Jacob Waren

Line marker
George Phipps

[signed:] [Jana.?] Forbis, S.[L.?]C.

I do hereby assign over transfer & Relinquish all my Right title Claim & interest of the above platt & Certificate of Survey of 150 acres of Land unto John [E? or T?] [another abbreviation?] Farris his heirs &c. for value Rcd. & do hereby authorise the Register of the Land office to Issue a Patent in his name as given under my hand & Seal this 16th day of Octr. 1805

[signed:] George Phipps (Seal)

[? (looks like “Leate”)]
Wm. Shanks
David & Jno. Shanks

Notes:

Regarding Drury Ham, who was one of the chain carriers, he served in the Revolutionary War, in part in the New River area. He supposedly married a Williams, and a daughter supposedly married a Harris. It would be too tedious here to note all the direct Williams and Harris connections.

Who was this John Farris to whom George Phipps transferred his 150 acres? He would appear to have likely been the person secondary unconfirmed sources refer to as John Esom Farris. He appears to have lived for a time in Lunenburg County, Virginia (and may have been born there), where John Fips or Phips, clearly related to the James who fathered Littleberry Phips or Phipps, lived before leaving a 1768 estate in Charlotte County, Virginia. According to unconfirmed sources, Farris appears to have also lived in Halifax County, Virginia, the location associated with the Epps relatives of George Reeves, father in law of Samuel Phips of Ashe County, North Carolina.

Secondary sources also connect Farris with Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Brunswick County, Virginia, locations associated with the John Fips line. If accurate, the prevalence of deeds in John Farris’s life, with multiple locations strung across parts of Virginia, suggest that he may have been a part of the same survey/land speculation circles in which the Fips or Phips family appears to have been involved.

From the 1810 census, Pulaski County, Kentucky:

  • George Fips: free white males: 3 under 10, 1 45+ [born about 1765 or earlier], free white females: 13201 1 under 10, 3 10-15, 2 16-25, 1 45+ [born about 1765 or earlier]

See also:

James to Berry to John Witcher Phipps

John Witcher Phipps appears to have been a son of Littleberry (“Berry”) Phipps of Surry County, North Carolina and later Lawrence County, Indiana, by his first marriage, which was said to have been to Jane Witcher. This family clearly appears to be related to Elizabeth (“Betsey”) Fips who married Ephraim Witcher. That couple moved into Surry County, North Carolina. Betsey’s father, according to probate records, was John Fips or Phips who married Tabitha. He lived in Lunenburg County and later Charlotte County, Virginia, where he died about 1768. That couple had documented direct ties to Brunswick County, Virginia.

John Witcher Phipps was born 20 May 1815 according to a tombstone photo and his obituary. He was born about 1814 in Virginia according to the 1850 census and about 1815 in Virginia according to the censuses of 1860, 1870, and 1880. In the 1850 census, he appears on the same page in Lawrence County, Indiana as some of his Roy and Potter relatives, Leonard Roy, Gideon P. Roy, Benj. Potter, and Wm. C. Potter. It appears clear that Littleberry (“Berry”) Phipps was a son of James Phipps, who left an estate in 1827 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, and who is believed to have been a son of the John Fips who married Tabitha.

An 1827 Pulaski County record is transcribed below, which lists heirs of James Phipps, who had died by that time. That record also names his wife as Elizabeth. Could he possibly have been the James “Phips” with a wife named Elizabeth who, in 1787, was of Brunswick County, Virginia in a deed (Volume 14, p. 347)? Earlier posts have discussed an individual or individuals named James Phips or Phipps or Fips who, along with other family members, were sometimes “of” Brunswick County, Virginia but who were dabbling in real estate in the 1770s and 1780s further to the west, in places like Halifax, and Henry (formerly Halifax), and Pittsylvania Counties in Virginia, and in other places as well, including North Carolina. Presumably they were buying and selling land as a result of the inside track of information they would have received as a result of their involvement in a network of surveyors. Could any of that connect to this later James in Pulaski County, Kentucky?

More research is needed in order to clearly sort out the exact relationships among these individuals. A pivotal document, however, is a probate-related deed record from Pulaski County, Kentucky, dated 5 October 1827, which is transcribed below. That record lists the heirs of James Phipps. That transcription appears following transcriptions of other records pertaining to this family.

The following are various specific records pertaining to this line. References to Family Search images are to digitized microfilm which can be accessed online through the Family Search catalog.

From the 1820 census, Potter’s District, Surry County, North Carolina:

Littlebury Fipps, free white males: 2 under 10, 1 16-26 [born about 1794-1804], free white females: 1 under 10, 1 16-26 [born about 1794-1804], number of farmers: 1

From typescript copy of Pulaski County, Kentucky Marriage Record Book 1, p. 144 (image 121 of 380 in Family Search; reformatted; the following refer to bonds, so the actual marriage date was likely different):

  • Joshua Roy to Sarah Hall, 2 April 1823, consent of father William Hall, surety George Woolsey
  • Leonard Roy to Franky Phips, 5 April 1823, surety Littleberry Phips, “surety [who] made oath that he was bro. of bride & their father (name not shown) stated she was of age”

Note regarding the above: “Frankey” or “Franky” was a common period nickname for Frances, at least in the Appalachian region.

Another note regarding the above: Regarding the Woolsey name, this isn’t that common of a name, but it was very clearly and very directly connected with the Phipps family of Brunswick County, Virginia. An 1800 Brunswick County deed, for instance, was witnessed by John Phipps and Abner Woolsey. Earlier, in 1776, another Brunswick County deed was witnessed by Randle Woolsey. This deed involved Joseph Phips and Tabitha Phips, presumably the Tabitha mentioned above, and her son Joseph.

Then in 1845 in Brunswick County, Virginia, several Phipps family members (James N. and wife Mary, Benjamin, Winfield, and others) were summoned as the result of a suit brought by the administrators of the estate of Abner Woolsey. Further, a Mary Phipps of Brunswick County married a Woolsey, as indicated by the will of her father Joseph Phipps, who died about 1809. Unconfirmed claims suggest that Mary Phipps married Abner Woolsey.

By 1823, some Phipps family members had already migrated to Lawrence County, Indiana. We’ve noted numerous Burton connections in lots of posts, and some of the Burtons from Ashe County, North Carolina came to Lawrence County as well, although not necessarily quite that early. You can read about some of them in Goodspeed’s 1884 history of Lawrence County, which includes a lengthy account of the Burton family in that county.

From History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana, Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers, 1884, p. 267, under “Shawswick Township:”

JESSE T. PHIPPS was born in Shawswick Township May 1, 1823, the fourth of nine children of Lewis and Margaret (Rector) Phipps, the father of North Carolina born July 19, 1783, the mother a native of Grayson County, Va., born February 17, 1793. In the winter of 1822 the parents located near Bedford where the father became prominent and well known, and owned at his death November 22, 1858, a farm of 146 acres. The father was a consistent member of the Baptist Church. Our subject’s youth was passed without event, and at the age of twenty-six he married (March 29, 1849,) Nancy M. Dothitt, who bore him six children, of whom four are living: Henry C., Sarah M., Oliver M., Parthena A. Henry is in Kansas; the others are with their parents. Mr. Phipps has followed farming principally through life, though for four years he was a merchant in Daviess County. He owns 156 acres of land, is a Republican, takes an earnest interest in all public enterprises, and is universally respected.

From Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 6, 2 February 1826, pp. 198-199 (image 385 of 615 in Family Search):

[p. 198, in margin:]
Allen & [?]
to
Phipps

[body of text:]
This Indenture made this second day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and twenty six between David Allen and Patsy Allen his Wife of Pulaski County and State of Kentucky of the one part and James Phipps of the other part, in the County and State aforesaid Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred Dollars to me in hand paid by the said James Phipps before the delivering or sealing of these presents hath bargained granted and sold, and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said James Phipps his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land containing thirty five acres be the same more or less lying and being in Pulaski County, on the Waters of Fishing Creek and bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning on a Beech a conditional corner between the said David Allen and James Phipps thence running up the Creek North 53 East 50 poles to a Cedar bush thence North 24 E 44 poles to a Beech and Gum N W E 40 poles to a white Oak and Beech N 75 W 30 poles to a

[p. 199:]

white Oak and Beech S 30 W 37 poles to a white Oak thence S 79 [W?] 38 poles to a Beech and white Oak thence S 30 poles to a white Oak and beech thence S 75 W 8 poles to a white Oak S 30 E 50 poles to the Beginning To have and To hold forever with all and singular its appurtenances and we the said David and Patsy Allen further agree to warrant and defend the said tract of land forever, from all and every person or persons whatsoever, In Witness whereof we have set Our hands and seals the day and date above Written

[signed:]
David his X mark Allen [seal]
Patcy Allen [seal]

Signed Sealed & delivered
In presence of us
Berry Phips
Leonard Roy

[in margin:]
Ex[?]&

[body of text:]
Kentucky Pulaski County Sct
I William Fox clerk of the County Court holden for the County aforesaid, Do hereby Certify that this Indenture of bargain and Sale from David Allen and Patsy his Wife to James Phipps was produced to me in my Office as Clerk of the Court aforesaid on the 3rd day of June A.D. 1826 and Acknowledged by the said David Allen and Patsy his wife to be their Act and Deed, She the said Patsy being by me first privily examined separate and apart from her said husband as required by law, Declared that she freely & voluntarily relinquished her right of Dower to the tract of land in said Indenture mentioned, and the same hath been duly Recorded in my Office

[signed:]
[Attest?] Will Fox

From Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 6, 30 September 1826, pp. 333-334 (images 456-457 of 615 in Family Search):

[p. 333, in margin:]
Phipps
to
Phipps

[body of text:]

This Indenture made and entered into this thirtieth day of Sept. in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty Six betwen [sic; between] James Phipps of the County of Pulaski and State of Kentucky of the One part and Berry Phipps of the County and State afforesaid [sic; aforesaid] of the Other part witnesseth that for and in Concideration [sic; consideration] of the sum of Fifty Dollars to me in hand paid hath this day Granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and Sell unto the said Berry Phipps, his heirs and assigns forever a certain boundary of Land supposed to Contain twenty acres be the same more or less the land lying and being in the County of Pulaski and on [“the waters of” was crossed out, suggesting that the land was directly on the creek] Fishing Creek a Part of the tract of Land that I now live on the North End of said tract of Land and Bounded as follows Beginning at the mouth of a branch 4 poles from the [Codes? or Cades?] corner running thence N 24 E 40 poles to a beech and gum [N?] 10 E 40 poles to a white Oak and Beech N 75 W 30 poles to a white oak and Beech S 30 W 37 poles to a white Oak S 79 W 38 poles to a Beech and white Oak on the Bank of a branch thence down the branch with the myandering [sic; meandering] the branch to the beginning to have and to hold the said Boundary of Land for ever with all and singular its appertinances [sic; appurtenances] to the said Berry Phipps, his heirs and assigns forever and the above Named James Phipps further agrees to warrant every Person or Persons whatsoever of [sic; as written] I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and date above written signed sealed and acknowledged in the Presence of us
John [Whiles?]
David his X mark Allen
[signed:]
James his X mark Phipps [?]

[p. 334, in margin:]
334

Ex’d &

[body of text:]

State of Kentucky Pulaski County Sct
I William Fox clerk of the County Court holden for the county aforesaid Do hereby certify that this Deed from James Phipps to Berry Phipps, was produced to me in my office as clerk aforesaid on the 23d day of March 1827, and proven to be the act and Deed of the said James Phipps by the Oath of John [Whiles?] and David Allen two of the Subscribing witnesses thereto, and the Said Deed Together with the foregowing [sic; foregoing] certificate hath been duly admited [sic; admitted] to Record in my office

[signed:]
Att [for Attest?] Will Fox Clerk

An important document, as already alluded to, is found in Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 6, pp. 406-407. This is a deed record which lists heirs of James Phipps, deceased, on 5 October 1827. The heirs were, most probably, his widow Elizabeth and their sons and daughters.

The document also mentions that the land had been “recently surveyed” by James Phipps. Since the survey is mentioned in a legal document, this would seem to suggest that James Phipps was a surveyor, and not just someone who attempted it in this case as an amateur. Of course, we’ve noted in various past posts an unusually high concentration of surveyors and relationships with surveyors in this line. Furthermore, an 1883 record transcribed below refers to James’s apparent grandson John Witcher Phipps as being reimbursed by Adair County, Missouri for surveying a road.

From Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 6, 5 October 1827, pp. 406-407 (images 493-494 of 615 in Family Search):

[p. 406, in margin:]
406

Phipps
Heirs
&c
To
Phipps

[body of text:]

October the 5th 1827.

This day the Heirs of James Phipps decd. met and by the assistance of Joshua Jones George Carter and Samuel [Allen?] Junior proceded [sic; proceeded] to [? (looks like “ta”)] direction of the Real and personal estate of the said James Phipps Decd. we all Being of Legal age to transact for our selves, proceded [sic; proceeded] Consentably [sic; is there such a word?] to a Direction and the Direction Amounting to forty two Dollars and fifty cents to each Legatee and Elizabeth Phipps Late wife of the said James Phipps Decd. agreeing to take a childs part and we the heirs of the said James Phipps decd. do hereby Acknowledge that we have Received in full ower [sic; our] part of the real and personal estate of the said James Phipps Decd. And Berry Phipps is to have the plantation and Land that the said James Phipps Lately Surveyed as Supposed to be twenty acres and the said Berry Phipps is to pay Benjamin Decker forty two Dollars and fifty cents in twelve months from this date given under our hands As heirs to the said James Phipps decd. the day and date above written

[signed:]
Elizabeth Phipps [2 words, unclear, perhaps “Loving” something, as in loving wife]
Thomas Mash and Patsy Mash
Leonard Roy & frances Roy
Lewes [sic; Lewis] Phipps
Berry Phipps
Thomas Roy & Mary Roy
Elizabeth Phipps

[witnessed by:]
Joshua Jones
David Allen

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Pulaski County
I William Fox Clerk of the County Court holden for the County aforesaid Do hereby Certify that the foregoing Instrument of writing between Elizabeth Phipps Thomas Mash Patsy Mash Leonard Roy Frances Roy Lewes Phipps Berry Phipps Thomas Roy Mary Roy & Elizabeth Phipps Heirs of James Phipps Decd. was this day produced to me in my Office as Clerk of the Court aforesaid & proven to be the [act?]

[p. 407, in margin:]
407

[body of text:]
the Oath of Joshua Jones & David Allen the two Subscribing witness [sic; witnesses] thereto whereupon the Same together with the foregoing Certificate hath been duly admitted to Record in my Office Given under my hand as Clerk aforesaid this 19th day of November A.D. 1827.
[signed:]
[Att? (for Attest?)] Will Fox Clerk

Assuming that the heirs were the widow and offspring of James Phipps, this record suggests that the following were the sons and daughters of James Phipps in 1827 in Pulaski County, Kentucky:

  • Patsy (common period nickname for Martha), married Thomas Mash
  • Frances, married Leonard Roy
  • Lewis
  • Berry
  • Mary, married Thomas Roy
  • Elizabeth

From the 1830 census, Pulaski County, Kentucky:

  • Berry Philps [or Phelps?], free white males: 2 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 40-50 [born about 1780-1790], free white females: 2 under 5, 1 5-10, 1 30-40

From typescript copy of Pulaski County, Kentucky Marriage Record Book 1, p. 134 (image 116 of 380 in Family Search) (reformatted; the following refer to bonds, so the actual marriage date was likely different):

  • Thomas Phipps to Rebecca Weddle, 12 January 1836, consent of father Berry Phipps, surety William Weddle, witnessed by Thomas White
  • John W. Phipps to Anna Barrow, 24 October 1836, sureties Berry Phipps and Joseph Roy

Note regarding the above: The “Weddle” name above may actually have been Waddle. The household of William Waddle was listed next to that of Berry “Philps” or “Phelps,” apparently actually Littleberry Phipps, in the 1830 census in Pulaski County, Kentucky. (The presence of this census record makes one wonder about all the many other “Phelps” or “Philps” listings in records in that county.)

From Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 8, 1 November 1836, pp. 623-624 (images 641-642 of 653 in Family Search):

[p. 623, in margin:]
Phipps
to
Allen

[body of text:]

This Indenture made the first day of November, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, between Berry Phipps of the County of Pulaski and state of Kentucky of the one part, and David Allen of the County and state aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the some [sic; sum] of two hundred Dollars to me in hand paid by the said David Allen the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged haith [sic; hath] granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant, bargain and sell unto the said David Allen his heirs and assigns forever, a certain tract or parcel of Land containing eighty five acres be the same more or less, lying and being in the County of Pulaski and on the waters of Fishing Creek, and bounded as follows: Beginning on a Beach [sic; beech] a conditional corner between the said Phipps and Allen running thence up the Creek North 53 East 50 poles to a Ceder [sic; cedar] Bush, thence North 24 East 44 poles to a Beach [sic; beech] and Gum, North 10 East 40 poles to a White Oak and Beach [sic; beech] thence North 5 East 35 poles to a Beach [sic; beech] at the mouth of a Small Branch, thence North 85 West 150 poles to a White Oak North 45 W 12 poles to two White Oaks, South 25 West 30 poles to a maple and White Oak South 50 E 47 poles to a Chesnut [sic; chestnut], South 33 East 70 poles to three Hickrys [sic; hickories], North

[p. 624:]

75 East 8 poles to a White Oak and Beach [sic; beech] South 30 East 50 poles to the Beginning To Have and To Hold forever with all and singular appurtenances.

And I the said Berry Phipps further agree to warrant and defend the said tract of Land forever from all and every person [the formulaic “or persons” was crossed out] claim or claims whatever to the said David Allen and his heirs forever.

In Witness whereoff [sic; whereof] I have set my hand and seal the day and date above written.

[signed:]
Berry his X mark Phipps (seal)

[in Margin:]
Examined
Dlvd. [for Delivered?]

[body of text:]

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Pulaski County (to wit)
I William Fox clerk of the county court for the county aforesaid do certify that this Deed from Berry Phipps to David Allen was this day produced to me in my office and acknowledged by the said Berry Phipps to be his act and deed. Whereupon, the said Deed together with the foregoing certificate hath been duly admitted to record in my office.

Given under my hand this 1st day of November 1836

[signed:]
Att [for Attest?] Will
Fox clk [for Clerk]

From land patent, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, 5 September 1838:

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
CERTIFICATE
No. 16756
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
WHEREAS John Witcher Phipps, of Lawrence County, Indiana, has deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States, a Certificate of the REGISTER OF THE LAND OFFICE at Vincennes whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said John Witcher Phipps, according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled “An Act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for the South East quarter of the North East quarter of Section thirty six, in Township six North, of Range two west, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Vincennes, Indiana, containing forty acres, according to the official plat of the survey of the said lands, returned to the General Land Office by the SURVEYOR GENERAL, which said tract has been purchased by the said John Witcher Phipps,, NOW KNOE YE, That the United States of America, in consideration of the Premises, and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, HAVE GIVEN AND GRANTED, and by these presents DO GIVE AND GRANT, unto the said John Witcher Phipps, and to his heirs, the said tract above described: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging, unto the said John Witcher Phipps and to his heirs and assigns forever.

In Testimony Whereof, I, Martin Van Buren, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, have caused these Letters to be made PATENT, AND THE SEAL OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE to be hereunto affixed.

GIVEN under my hand at the CITY OF WASHINGTON, the fifth day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and of the INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNTIED STATES the Sixty third

BY THE PRESIDENT: Martin Van Buren
By M Van Buren, Jr, Sec’y. . . .

From History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana, Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers, 1884, pp. 299-300:

ISAIAH PHIPPS is a native of Ashe County, N. C., born July 10, 1839, and came with his parents to this county in 1852, and here was reared and educated. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry,a nd served honorably three years. He was [page break] at Pittsburg Landing, Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Vicksburg and other engagements. He married Mary C. Roby in 1861. This lady was born near Bardstown, Ky., in 1842, and bore her husband two children – Benjamin and Eve. Mr. Phipps was against married in 1867 to Mrs. Mary A. Parks, who was born in Madison County, Ky., in 1841, and whose maiden name was Hart. After coming from the army, Mr. Phipps farmed in Orange County till 1879, then came to Juliet and engaged in merchandising. He is a Republican, is Postmaster and storekeeper, is a Baptist, and owns eighty acres of land, and property in Juliet. His eyes are very weak from exposure while serving his country. His parents were Isaiah and Eve (Kennedy) Phipps, natives of North Carolina, and of English and Scotch descent. They were married in their native State, and reared seven sons and seven daughters. The father was a farmer and an honest man.

From the 1840 census, Lawrence County, Indiana:

  • Lewis Phipps, free white males: 1 5-10, 2 10-15, 2 15-20, 1 20-30, 1 50-60 [born about 1780-1790], free white females: 1 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 20-30, 2 40-50 [born about 1790-1800]
  • Thos. Phipps, free white males: 1 under 5, 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820], free white females: 2 under 5, 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820]
  • Berry Phipps, free white males: 1 5-10, 2 15-20, 1 50-60 [born about 1780-1790], free white females: 1 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 15-20

From the 1840 census, Lawrence County, Indiana:

[Preceded by households of, in this order, Benj. Potter, Isaac Tumey [or Turney?], Thos. Roy, Wm. Roy, Lewis Sellers, Leonard Roy:]

  • John W Phipps, free white males: 1 20-30 [born about 1810-1820], free white females: 1 under 5, 1 30-40 [born about 1800-1810]

From Lawrence County Marriage Book 8, p. 365:

STATE OF INDIANA, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SS:

Be it Remembered, That on this 29th day of November 1842, the following Marriage License was issued, to-wit:

THE STATE OF INDIANA:
TO ANY PERSON EMPOWERED BY LAW TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES, GREETING: You are hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, Berry Phipps and Sally Perry, and this shall be your warrant for the same.

Witness my hand and Seal of Office, at Bedford, this 29th day of November, A. D. 1842
[signed] Robert Michell Clerk of the Lawrence Circuit Court.

Be it further Remembered, That on this 1st day of December 1842, the following Certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:

STATE OF INDIANA, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SS:

I certify, that on the 1st day of December, 1842 Berry Phipps and Sally Perry were joined together as Husband and Wife by me.
[signed] Solomon Kittridge

From Lawrence County, Indiana marriage record book, 1836-1844, p. unreadable in digitized microfilm:

STATE OF INDIANA, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SS:
Be it Remembered, That on this 1st day of November 1843, the following Marriage License was issued, to-wit:

THE STATE OF INDIANA:
TO ANY PERSON EMPOWERED BY LAW TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES, GREETING:
You are hereby authorized to join together as Husband and Wife, John W Phipps and Anne McDowell, and this shall be your warrant for the same.

Witness my hand and Seal of Office, at Bedford, this 1st day of November, A. D. 1843
[signed:] Robert Mitchell Clerk of the Lawrence Circuit Court.

Be it Further Remembered, That on this 2nd day of November, 1843, the following Certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:

STATE OF INDIANA, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SS:
I certify, that on the 2nd day of November, 1843, John W Phipps and Anne McDowell were joined together as Husband and Wife by me.
[signed:] G Potter M G

Note regarding the above: “M G” stands, of course, for minister of the gospel. This G. Potter would presumably have been Gideon Potter. He was a son of Martha (Phipps) Potter. You can read Gideon Potter’s autobiography here.

From the 1850 census, Perry Township, Lawrence County, Indiana, 5 November 1850, #1852/1852:

  • John W. Phipps, 36 [born about 1814], male, farmer, born Virginia
  • Ann Phipps, 30 [born about 1820], female, born South Carolina
  • Martha F. Phipps, 12 [born about 1838], female, born Indiana
  • Horace V. Phipps, 10 [born about 1840], male, born Indiana
  • Mary A. Phipps, 5 [born about 1845], female, born Indiana
  • Sarah A. Phipps, 2 [born about 1848], female, born Indiana
  • Susan McDowell, 65 [born about 1785], female, born North Carolina

Note regarding the above: The John W. Phipps household, above, appears on the same page as the households of other close relatives, in this order: Leonard Roy, Gideon P. Roy, Benj. Potter, Wm. C. Potter, [Elizabeth Roberts], and John W. Phipps.

From the 1850 census, Shawswick Township, Lawrence County, Indiana, 21 November 1850:

#1995/1995:

  • Berry Phipps 50 [born about 1800], male farmer, real estate $1,600, born North Carolina, could not read and write
  • Sarah A. Phipps, 37 [born about 1813], female, born Kentucky
  • Francis I. [or J.?] Phipps, 22 [born about 1828], female, born Kentucky
  • Martha A. Phipps, 20 [born about 1830], female, born Kentucky
  • Milford C. Phipps, 17 [born about 1833], male, farmer, born Kentucky
  • Matilda E. Phipps, 6 [born about 1844], female, born Indiana
  • Nancy M. Phipps, 4 [born about 1846], female, born Indiana

1996/1996:

  • Lewis Phipps, 67 [born about 1783], male farmer, real estate $2,300, born Virginia
  • Margaret Phipps, 57 [born about 1793], female, born Virginia, could not read and write
  • Joseph Phipps, 23 [born about 1827], male, farmer, born Indiana
  • Elizabeth Phipps, 20 [born about 1830], female, born Indiana
  • Polly Phipps, 18 [born about 1832], female, born Indiana
  • Julius Phipps, 16 [born about 1834], male, farmer, born Indiana

From Pulaski County, Kentucky Deed Book 14, [blank] October 1851, p. 563 (image 288 of 590 in Family Search):

[p. 563, in margin:]
Barrows [Hs? (for Heirs?)]
By Comr. [for Commissioner?]
[Decd.? or Deed?]
Joseph [S.Reg?]

[body of text:]

This deed of conveyance made and entered into this [blank] day of October 1851 between Pleasant Fulker [sic; Fulkner later] & Sally Fulkner [sic; Fulker earlier] late Sally Barrow Jesse T. Barrow Aaron Barrow James Haden & Martha Haden late Martha Barrow Charles and [“Ard” written above “and”] Susen [sic; Susan] and Late Susen Barrow David barrow Galen [E? or L?] Hinton and Francis Hinton late Francis Barrow Eli Barrow Levi Barrow Nancy Barrow Aaron Barrow Martha Ann Barrow Eliza Ann Barrow Elizabeth Barrow Sarah Barrow Lucy Barrow Martha Francis Philifs [sic; Phipps] Horace Virgis Phiffs [sic; Phipps] Eli Barrow Theophilus Hopper & Mary Hopper late Mary Barrow Levi Barrow Galen Barrow Henretta [sic; Henrietta?] Barrow Thompson[d?] Barrow & Johson [sic; Johnson?] Barrow Heirs at Law & Legal representatives of Aaron Barrow of the first part by W. W. Haley Commissioner of the Pulaski Circuit Court and Joseph Roy of the Second Part Witnesseth that whereas the said W. W. Haley was appointed Commissioner of the Pulaski Circuit Court in the Suit in chancery [? (looks like “thiew”)] in which Joseph Roy the Party of the second part is complainant and the Party of the first part heirs at law and Legal reprensentatives [sic; representatives] of Aaron Barrow decd. are dependants [sic; dependents] to convey for and in behalf of the party of the first part the lands mentioned in a bond from Aaron Barrow to Joseph Roy [? (perhaps an erasure followed by “Now”)] for and in consideration of the primises [sic; presumably premises] the Said Haley for and in behalf of the party of the firs [sic; first part] hereby conveys to the said Joseph Roy his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the County of Pulaski on wolf creek containing one hundred acres and being the place on which the said Aaron Barrow decd. lived on the 28th [of?] day of March 1840 and being all the land the said Aaron Barrow owned on the 28th day of March 1840 the said Joseph Roy to have and to hold the aforesaid piece or parcel of land to himself his Heirs or assigns forever and the party of the first part binds [sic; bind] themselves their heirs or assigns to warrant the title to the above described piece or parcel of land so [or to?] fer [for “for”?] as any estate has described to them from Aaron Barrow decd. against the claim of themselves their heirs or assigns and against the claim or claims of all and every other person whatsoever In testimony whereof the party of the first part have hereto set their hands & seals by W. W. Haley – commissioner of the Pulaski circuit court the day and year above written

[signed:]
Pleasant Faulkner (Seal)
Sally Faulkner (Seal)
Jesse T. Barrow (Seal)
Aaron Barrow (Seal)
James Hayden (Seal)
Martha Hayden (Seal)
Charles Ard [seal]
Susan Ard [seal]

[p. 564 (signatures continued):]
David Barrow [seal]
Galen E Hinton [seal]
Francis Hinton [seal]
Eli Barrow [seal]
Nancy Barrow [seal]
Aaron Barrow [seal]
Martha Ann Barrow [seal]
Eliza Barrow [seal]
Elizabeth Barrow [seal]
Sarah Barrow [no seal indication]
Lucy Barrow [seal]
Martha Frances Phipps [seal]
Horace Virgis Phipps [seal]
Eli Barrow [seal]
Theophilus Hopper [seal]
Mary Hopper [seal]
Levi Barrow [seal]
Galen Barrow [seal]
Henretta [sic; Henrietta?] Barrow [seal]
Thomson Barrow [seal]
Johnson Barrow [seal]

By W. W. Haley commissioner of the Pulaski circuit court . . .

The above continues with proof and acknowledgements; see also Deed Book 15, 1 October 1851, pp. 54-55 (image 364 of 590).

It would be a remarkable coincidence indeed if John Witcher Phipps ended up in Lawrence County, Indiana and then in Adair County, Missouri with no relationship to the Samuel Phips (died 1854) family of Ashe County, North Carolina. Samuel’s son Jesse moved into Owen County, Indiana from Ashe County, North Carolina, and then into Putnam County, Missouri, adjacent to Adair County. Jesse’s son John testified in the 1840s that he had relatives in Lawrence County, Indiana. Jesse’s brother Isaiah moved to Lawrence County, Indiana. Adair County, Missouri is also adjacent to Sullivan County, where John Witcher Phipps is buried.

Deed abstract from Adair County, Missouri Deed Book D, 22 May 1852, pp. 400-401:

  • Grantor: William P. Bushnell and wife Maria Louisa Bushnell of Adair County
  • Grantee: Charles Monroe Phips of Adair County
  • Date: 22 May 1852
  • Consideration: $150
  • Acreage: 40 acres
  • Land: NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 S34 T63 R15W

Deed abstract from Adair County Deed Book E, [blank] September 1855, p. 377 (with “379” written below it):

  • Grantor: George W. Barnhart and wife Rebecca Ann Barnhart of Adair County
  • Grantee: Tyre P. Phipps of Adair County
  • Date: [blank] September 1855
  • Consideration: [blank]
  • Acreage: 80 acres
  • Land: E 1/2 of NW 1/4 S32 T63 R15

Deed abstract from Adair County Deed Book F, 30 July 1857, p. 669:

  • Grantor: Joseph W. Ford and wife Nancy Ford of Adair County
  • Grantee: John Phipps of Adair County
  • Date: 30 July 1857
  • Consideration: $100
  • Acreage: 80 acres
  • Land: SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 and NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 S8 T63 R17

From the 1860 census, Morrow Township, Adair County, Missouri, 23 June 1860, with post office at Waltersville, p. [66?], #517/430:

  • J W Phipps, 45 [born about 1815], male, white, farmer, real estate $400, personal property $350, born Virginia
  • Ann Phipps, 44 [born about 1816], female, white, born Kentucky
  • Horace Phipps, 18 [born about 1842], male, white, born Indiana, attended school
  • Mary Phipps, 13 [born about 1847], female, white, born Indiana, attended school
  • Sarah Phipps, 11 [born about 1849], female, white, born Indiana, attended school
  • William Phipps, 8 [born about 1852], male, white, born Indiana, attended school
  • Jane Phipps, 6 [born about 1854], female, white, born Illinois
  • [page break – same date]
  • Levi Phipps, 4 [born about 1856], male, white, born Illinois

From the 1860 census, Shawswick Township, Lawrence County, Indiana, with post office at Bedford, 31 July 1860, 956/956:

  • Berry Phipps, 70 [born about 1790], male, farmer, real estate $9,000, personal estate $570, born North Carolina, could not read and write
  • Sally Phipps, 52 [born about 1808], female, born Kentucky
  • Matilda Phipps, 16 [born about 1844], female, born Indiana, attended school
  • Nancy M. Phipps, 15 [born about 1845], female, born Indiana, attended school
  • Sarah [R.?] Phipps, 9 [born about 1851], female, born Indiana, attended school

From the 1870 census, Morrow Township, Adair County, Missouri, 29 July 1870, with post office at Green Earth, p. 15, #119/110:

  • John W Phipps, 55 [born about 1815], male, white, farmer, real estate $800, personal estate $200, born Virginia
  • Ann S Phipps, 53 [born about 1817], female, white, keeping house, born Kentucky
  • Susan J Phipps, 16 [born about 1854], female, white, born Illinois, attended school
  • Levi M Phipps, 14 [born about 1856], male, white, born Illinois, attended school, could not write

From the 1880 census, Morrow Township, Adair County, Missouri, 16 June 1880, p. 31:

Dwelling house #249, family #251:

  • Levi Phipps, white, male, 24 [born about 1856], married, married during census year, farm laborer, born Indiana, his father born Virginia, his mother born Kentucky
  • Emily Phipps, white, female, 18 [born about 1862], wife, married, married during census year, keeping house, born Missouri, parents’ birthplaces blank

Dwelling house #249, family #252:

  • John W Phipps, white, male, 65 [born about 1815], married farmer, rupture, born Virginia, both his parents born North Carolina
  • Ann Phipps, white, female, 63 [born about 1817], wife, married, keeping house, could not read, could not write, born Kentucky, both her parents born South Carolina
  • Sarah A. Phipps, white, female, 29 [born about 1851], daughter, single, at home, born Indiana, her father born Virginia, her mother born Kentucky

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 12 August 1881, p. 2:

County Court.
Proceedings of the August Term. . . .
WEDNESDAY . . .

J. W. Phipps, and others, petition for a road. Commissioners report approved, and rout [sic; route] as specified declared a public highway. . . .

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 25 May 1883, p. 4:

FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Of the [sic] Adair County, Missouri, for Year Ending April 30th 1883. . . .
ROAD AND BRIDGE FUND. . . .

J W PHIPPS – surveying road – 1.00

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 25 September 1885, p. 2:

Boys in Blue.
(Continued from 8th [sic: 4th] page.) [Page 4 begins “A lit of those who registered at the Union Veteran Soldiers’ Reunion held at Kirksville, Mo., Sept. 14th to 18th, 1885, giving present post office address of each. Missouri post offices are not followed by name of State – all others are.”]

[Name – Co. – Regt. – State – Serv. – P.O.]

Phipps, H V – A – 7 – Ill – Cav – Jasmine

Will of John W. Phipps, Adair County, Missouri Will Book 2, 26 January 1887, pp. 307-308:

[p. 307:]

Will of John W. Phipps Deceased.

I, John W. Phipps of the County of Adair in the State of Missouri, of lawful age, being of Sound mind, do make, publish and declare this my last will and Testament, as follows, To wit:

1st I give and bequeath to my Son H. V. [or U.?] Phipps, & my son W. B. Phipps & my son Levi M. Phipps one Dollar Each; and my grand son Luther Morse and my grand daughters Jennie P Morse & Anna O Morse & Ivie Morse one Dollar Each;

2d I give devise and bequeath to my Son in law J. W. Vanlandingham and my daughter Sarah A. Vanlandingham all my real and personal property that I may die possessed of, and all my personal property I now have is to be delivered to his care and charge at this writing and the Executor hereof, for his own use & benefit,

3d in consideration of the 2d clause in this will and the property conveyed thereby, my Son in law J W Vanlandingham and my daughter Sarah A. Vanlandingham is to take care of me and my beloved wife Ann S. Phipp [sic] during our natural lives, and to provide for us both suitable and comfortable homes; and to furnish us both with clothing and provisions such as they have for their own family and make us both as members of their family and at the death of each to give us both a decent burial.

4th I request that my son in law J. W. Vanlandingham is to keep during her natural life, or as long as I may live, a certain mare, of a [dun?] color named Bird; also a certain cow known as Rony and claimed by my wife Ann S Phipps or as long as my wife may live unless by her consent otherwise in Writing, and I further request that my Son-in-law J. W. Vanlandingham and his wife Sarah A. Vanlandingham make their homes on my home place as long as I may keep the same or as we may deem best.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subsc[ribed] [p. 308:] my name this 26th day of January 1887

John W. Phipps

The foregoing instruement [sic; instrument] was at the date thereof signed and declared by the said John W. Phipps to be his last will and Testament in presence of us, who at his request and in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

Michael W. Jones
Daniel D. Novinger
E. M. [or W.?] Campbell

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 16 September 1887, p. 3:

Obituary.

PHIPPS – J. W. Phipps was born May 22d 1815, died Sept 11th, 1887. He was a sufferer for many years, his disease, cancer, which resulted in death. He spoke of his future home and desired to be absent from the body and be present with Christ. Funeral sermon by the writer from Col, 3 c 4th v.
J. CONNER.

Transcription of tombstone, from photo in Find A Grave reported as being in plot 527, Greencastle Cemetery, Sullivan County, Missouri:

JOHN W. PHIPPS.
BORN May 20, 1815
DIED Sept. 6, 1887
[plus sentimental line unreadable in photo]

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 1 August 1890, p. 2:

Notice of Final Settlement.

STATE OF MISSOURI,
COUNTY OF ADAIR
SS.

Final settlement of the estate of J. W. Phipps deceased. Notice is hereby given all creditors and others interested in the estate of J. W. Phipps deceased, that I, J. W. Vanlaningham administrator, with will annexed of said estate, intend to make final settlement thereof at the next term of the Probate court of Adair county to be held in Kirksville, on the 10th day of Feburary [sic; February] 1890. Dated this Jan. 7th, 1899 [sic; obvious error for 1890].
J. W. VANLANINGHAM,
Administrator with will annexed.

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 1 August 1890, p. 2:

Beyond the River. . . .

Mr. Levi Phipps wears a pleasant smile. A new baby is supposed to be the cause. . . .

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 1 May 1891, p. 2:

Beyond the River. . . .

Mr. Jonas Shott recently sold an eighty acre tract of land known as the Allen Lutz place, to Mr. Levi Phipps. Consideration $500.

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 25 August 1893, p. 2:

Beyond the River. . . .

Thos Vanlaningham, Sen., is building a new barn. . . .

Thos. Vanlaningham, Jr., has bought the Phipps place and has moved onto it. . . . .

From the Weekly Graphic, Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, 14 February 1896, p. 3:

Personals. . . .

H. V. Phipps [Horace V. Phipps?] and Jacob Bachman, of Stahl, were in the city Tuesday. . . .

Abstract from Missouri death certificate:

  • Name: Horace V. [or U.?] Phipps
  • Born: 17 March 1841 Indiana
  • Parents: John [N?] Phipps, born Kentucky/Anna Barr, born unknown
  • Status: male, white, married
  • Occupation: retired farmer
  • Died: 12:30 am, 17 October 1914 Penn Township, Sullivan County, Missouri, carcinoma of stomach
  • Informant: E.W. Phipps, Green Castle, Missouri
  • Buried: 18 October 1914 Greencastle

Abstract from Missouri death certificate:

  • Name: Elmore Walker Phipps
  • Born: 4 July 1873 Illinois
  • Parents: Horace Phipps/Nancy Ann McDowell
  • Status: male, white, married
  • Spouse: Cora May Phipps
  • Occupation: Farmer, general farming
  • Military service: None
  • Late residence: RFD [Rural Free Delivery] #4, Novinger, rural Morrow Township, Adair County, Missouri
  • Died: 3 am, 15 September 1950, at home in Shibleys Point, rural Morrow Township, Adair County, Missouri, where had lived 15 years, age 77, chronic valvular heart disease
  • Informant: Clyde Phipps, Green Castle, Missouri
  • Buried: 18 September 1950 Green Castle Cemetery, Green Castle, Missouri

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