Felix Littleton Phipps

Male 1867 - 1918


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Felix Littleton Phipps was born 17 Jul 1867, Clinton County, Kentucky (son of James Washington Phipps and Mary Jane Upchurch); died Oct 1918; was buried Baxter, Iowa..

    Notes:

    Felix was crippled at youth, however he did not let that stop him from achieving.

    The qualities which made Felix one of the prominent and successful men of Kellogg, Jasper County have also brought him the esteem of his fellow townsmen, for his career has been one of well directed energy, strong determination and honorable methods and his career should serve as an incentive and inspiration for others. By his uniform courtesy, amiable disposition and genuine worth he has gained for himself a warm place in the hearts of people of the vicinity.

    Felix attended county schools of Jasper county until 1889 when he entered Westen Normal College at Shenandoah, Iowa, leaving that institution in 1890 having thus received a good education. He worked as a clerk at the Bank in Baxter and kept books for John B. Dresser Lumber Co., He worked for Reeder Bowen Grain Company during the summer and fall. Taught school in the county for 13 terms, during this time he became popular as an educator with both pupils and patrons, he services were in great demand. He was postmaster from 1893 to 1897.

    Felix is a member of the Modern Woodman, and the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Politically, he is a Democrat and has taken considerable interest in the affairs of his party. He was appointed Mayor of Kellogg in August, 1910, and was Serving in that capacity in a manor that reflects credit upon himself and to the satisfaction of all concerned. He did much for the permanent good of the town.

    Felix married Rebecca Young 3 Nov 1897, Rock Creek Twp, Jasper County, Iowa. Rebecca (daughter of Edward Young and Jane Parmley) was born 7 Jul 1860, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Nov 1949, Baxter, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Baxter, Iowa.. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Frederick Phipps
    2. Ester Viola Phipps was born 15 Jul 1901, Rock Creek Twp., Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; died 25 Apr 1980, Grinnell, Iowa; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell Jasper Coutny, Iowa.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  James Washington Phipps was born 21 Jun 1837, Wayne County, Kentucky (son of Eli Phipps and Elizabeth Young); died 25 Oct 1921; was buried Baxter, Iowa..

    Notes:

    James attended school in his native state and after finishing his education he went to work on a farm in Kentucky, then the coal mines, until entering service with the Union Army. He enlisted in the Company I 31st. Kentucky Volunteer Infantry on January 24, 1864 and served with this company until the close of the war, rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant. After the war he returned to his native state and farmed there until May, 1880, when he moved to Rock Creek. Residing there until 1884, when he moved to Independence Township, located near Baxter. On January 9, 1899 he moved to Sheridan county, Missouri, where he died.

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    It was while living in the rock Creek Township that the Grinnell tornado struck and his family suffered many injuries, destruction of property and the death of a son. The following is from the June 21, 1882 issue of the Newton Journal: "The house was a 1 1/2 so try frame 16x24, with a kitchen 16x16. The destruction is total and the larger part of the house is blown into Rock Creek, six rods to the northwest. There were six children besides the parents in the house at the time of the storm. All were more or less injured, the wife seriously and a little boy about 8 years old killed instantly. His outbuildings are all gone and the trees stripped of their limbs and bark. One horse was killed and another so badly injured that is will die. Even the grass seems blown from the ground. "

    James married Mary Jane Upchurch 7 Sep 1865, Albany, Wayne County, Kentucky. Mary was born 1841, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 2 Nov 1884, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mary Jane Upchurch was born 1841, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 2 Nov 1884, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Mary Jane died due to the injuries from the tornado.

    Children:
    1. Theodosia Phipps was born Bef 1867.
    2. 1. Felix Littleton Phipps was born 17 Jul 1867, Clinton County, Kentucky; died Oct 1918; was buried Baxter, Iowa..
    3. Elizabeth Winfred Phipps was born 18 Oct 1868, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 21 Jan 1953, Kirk, Colorado.
    4. Martha Frances Phipps was born 28 Dec 1869, Albany, Kentucky; died 2 Jun 1936, Des Moines, Iowa; was buried Baxter, Iowa..
    5. Nancy Emarine Phipps was born 1870.
    6. Anna Phipps was born 11 Feb 1873; died 19 Sep 1966, Yakima, Washington.
    7. John J. Phipps was born 11 Apr 1875, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; died 17 Jun 1882, Grinnell, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    8. Mary Jane Phipps was born 24 Aug 1876, Kentucky; died 18 Jun 1890; was buried Independence Cemetery two miles south of Baxter, Iowa.
    9. Ellen Esther Phipps was born 14 Oct 1883, Grinnell, Iowa; died 17 Apr 1959, Yakima, Washington.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Eli Phipps was born 26 Oct 1813, Wayne County, Kentucky (son of Peter Phipps and Nancy Davenport); died 17 Jun 1882, Grinnell, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Eli Phipps died from injuries received during a Grinnell tornado, in the Rock Creek Township of Jasper County, Iowa. He is buried in the Rock Creek Cemetery. This cyclone was particularly devastating to the Phipps family, as Eli's grandson was killed, his wife crippled, his daughter seriously injured and his daughter in law, Mary Jane Phipps received injuries that resulted in her death a couple of years later. A granddaughter was also involved in this storm.

    Thomas Jefferson's (grand son of Eli and Elizabeth Phipps) gave an account of the storm's memories. William Franklin Phipps, heard a woman screaming, and started riding his horse to her, having to swim his horse through the high water on several occasions. Upon arriving at his destination, he was to learn that the woman was his mother. Even though she had received injuries to the extent that she would be crippled the remainder of her life, she was standing and holding her apron over the face of her husband, who was lying on the ground mortally wounded, in an effort to keep the rain out of his face. he had had a piece of timber driven through his abdomen and died two days later. (taken from Washington Young of Wayne County and descendents.)

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    The Phipps family was destined to face many tragedies. In addition to two members of the family being killed and several others injured by the tornado and their house being destroyed, their son, Peter was ambushed in his own yard on June 3, 1867. -- A son in law, Benjamin Burk was killed during the Civil War. -- Another son died form injuries from an accidental scalding and there has been at least six suicides in the family.

    It appears that the murder of his son may have been a factor in Eli's decision to move his family to Iowa. Family tradition says that the move was made to eliminate the possibility of a feud.

    On April 2, 1870, Eli sold his land in Wayne County Kentucky. The sales price was $1,000, a few days later, he with his family, left the home of his son, James Washington, in Albany, Kentucky for Iowa. The trip, in a covered wagon, took 36 days. They spent their first night in Iowa with Aunt Nan Burk. It is said that during the trip Elizabeth (mother) rode a Dun colored mare that was somewhat "skittish" and that it was with great difficulty that they prevented this mare from jumping out of the ferry boat as they were crossing the Mississippi River. It is said that Eli was a distiller, engaged in the manufacture of whiskey, which was a legal occupation at that time.

    On May 12, 1870 deed recorded on page 552 of book 50 of the Recorder's Office of Jasper County shows him purchasing 38 acres of land.

    He is also listed in the 1870 census of Jasper county.

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    THE GRINNELL CYCLONE OF 1882
    In June of 1882 a series of tornadoes developed in central Iowa. The most destructive of which was the one that hit Grinnell and the surrounding areas. This storm moved into Grinnell at approximately 9:30 P.M. on June 16th., wrecking havoc on the northern portion of the city. The New York Times of June 19, 1882 states, "Terrible loss of life and property in Grinnell, Iowa. Over forty persons known to have been killed and the list is not complete. Damage to other towns in tract of tornado." This storm was approximately 1000-1200 feet in width and was of irresistible force. Nothing in its path escaped destruction or serious injury. Freight trains were blown off the tracts.

    This storm swept through the Rock Creek Township of Jasper County, killing six persons, injuring many and destroying much property. Following are excerpts for the Newton Journal of June 21, 1882 that pertain to the Phipps Family.

    East of McKittrick's about 1/2 mile was the residence of Eli Phipps. The house was 1 1/2 story frame 16x28 of a new part and the old building 16z10 with a kitchen attached. It was located in a draw and surrounded by a lot of large cottonwood trees. Now there is scarcely an evidence of a building and the trees are broken and denuded of their bark. At the time the storm struck there was three men, two women and a child in the building. There was two old men, brothers, the latter visiting from Kentucky (Eli and William). The storm there seemed to be the union of two currents of wind. One from the south west and the other from the north west. Mr. Eli Phipps was found four rods northwest of his house in a hedge fence. his face was bruised, a big hole three inches wide and four inches deep in the small of his back, a cut in the right side and his chest badly bruised. He was a large man, and it is supposed the wounds were occasion by thing thrown about by the wind. He lived in great pain until 7 1/2 O'clock Monday Morning. His age was about 55 years. (He was actually 68 years of age.) Mr. Wm. Phipps was blown about 15 rods northwest and caught in a barbed wire fence and was bruised and wounded in all parts of the body. it is thought he will recover. John Phipps was blown about 8 rods a little east of north and into a hedge fence. He is able to be about but is bruised more or less all over. Mrs. Eli Phipps is injured about the hip and her body is also much bruised. Miss Sarah Phipps is seriously injured and is thought will die. A babe was blown from her arms, clear across the yard, where it was found after the storm apparently unhurt.

    A quarter of a mile west of Eli Phipps lived Jas. W. Phipps. The house was a 1 1/2 story frame 16x24, with a kitchen 16x16. The destruction is total and the larger part of the house is blown into Rock Creek, six rods to the Northwest. There were six children besides the parents in the house at the time of the storm. All were more or less injured, the wife seriously and the little boy of 8 years old killed instantly. His outbuildings are all gone, and the trees stripped of their limbs and bark. One horse was killed and another so badly injured that it will die. Even the grass seems blown from the ground.

    About 40 rods northeast of Eli Phipps' lived Welford Milford Young. His house was moved about ten feet form the foundation about half the rood if gone. His corn crib granaries and other out buildings are all destroyed and the heavy timber by which the property is surrounded is broken and twisted in all shapes. At this house lay the bodies of Eli Phipps and the child James Phipps ready for burial and the oldest Daughter of Eli Phipps thought to be dying from mortification from a wound in the leg.


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    July 12, 1882 issue of the Newton paper contains the following:

    Eli Phipps, an aged man, killed. Family of four left, badly crippled and everything gone; no help, condition deplorable Loss $900.

    James Phipps, buildings all destroyed and all implements and two horses, which left a family of eight, five of them girls all wounded. Nothing left but one lame horse and perhaps one cow. Mr. Phipps and family are all improving. Loss valued $2,500

    William Phipps, visiting brother that was killed, lost off of his clothing, $50. Later in this article is the following "The visitor, Phipps has got his clothing, etc., at Grinnell; saved money to go home.

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    The following description of the storm is copied form page 165 of Volume No. 1 of the history of Poweshiek Co., which was written by Professor. L. F. Parker and published by the S. J. Clarke

    The storm area was extensive, being not less than a hundred miles in width possibly, at times, much wider - and passed through the state at a speed of from forty five to sixty miles and hour. This separate cyclones had their origin. The inception of the most damaging of the Grinnell cyclones was a point not far from the town of Kellogg, Jasper County, at about half past eight o'clock in the evening. Kellogg lies about ten miles from Grinnell in a direct line, a

    Eli married Elizabeth Young 12 Dec 1834, Wayne County, Kentucky. Elizabeth (daughter of Washington Young and Sarah Adkins) was born 20 Sep 1817, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 6 Feb 1896, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Elizabeth Young was born 20 Sep 1817, Wayne County, Kentucky (daughter of Washington Young and Sarah Adkins); died 6 Feb 1896, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    Children:
    1. Nancy Ann Phipps was born 20 Nov 1834, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 14 Oct 1926, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    2. 2. James Washington Phipps was born 21 Jun 1837, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 25 Oct 1921; was buried Baxter, Iowa..
    3. Emarine Phipps was born 8 Feb 1840, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 16 Jun 1913, Wayne County, Kentucky; was buried Elk Spring Cemetery, Monticello, Kentucky.
    4. Edward B Phipps was born 7 May 1842, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 27 Feb 1922, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    5. Matilda Jane Phipps was born 29 Jan 1844, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 28 Jan 1903, Jasper County, Iowa.
    6. William Franklin Phipps was born 30 May 1846, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 6 Jun 1917, Rock Creek Twp., Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    7. Peter H. Phipps was born 26 Mar 1848, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 3 Jun 1867, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    8. Sarah Ann Phipps was born 26 Jan 1850, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 19 Oct 1913, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    9. John G Phipps was born 15 Jan 1853, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 20 Sep 1930; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    10. Melita Catherine Phipps was born 17 Jan 1855, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 30 Nov 1936, Grinnell, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    11. Nimrod Phipps was born 15 Oct 1857, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 8 Apr 1934, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    12. Thomas R Phipps was born 14 Oct 1860, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 24 Oct 1931, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Peter Phipps was born 1790, Virginia.

    Notes:

    Peter was in Wayne county, Kentucky as early as 1820. he resided in the Mt. Pisgah - Parmleysville are, which is located in the southeastern corner of the county. His will dated July 1, 1873 and probated Feb 24, 1874 is recorded in Will book A on page 210 in the county Court Clerk's Office in Monticello, Kentucky.

    His will left everything to his wife, nancy during her lifetime. After her death the estate was to divide equally between his children except Eli, who had had his part heretofore. This will be attested by James Phipps, G. A. Bell and John Foust.

    Sep. 10, 1850 census taken shows the residence of his house hold to be
    Peter Phipps, age 59, farmer, born in Kentucky
    Nancy Phipps, age 57, housewife born in Virginia
    Emma Phipps, age 38
    William Phipps, age 21
    Polley Phipps, age 24
    Andrew Phipps, age 19

    July 6, 1860 census shows
    Peter Phipps, age 70, born in Virginia
    Nancy Phipps, age 68, born in Virginia
    Mary Phipps, age 21, born in Kentucky
    William R. Bell, age 12, born in Kentucky

    Peter married Nancy Davenport 29 Sep 1812, Wayne County, Kentucky. Nancy was born 1793. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Nancy Davenport was born 1793.
    Children:
    1. Malinda Phipps Phipps was born 1812, near Mt. Pisgah, Kentucky.
    2. 4. Eli Phipps was born 26 Oct 1813, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 17 Jun 1882, Grinnell, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    3. James Phipps was born 1817.
    4. Elizabeth Phipps was born 1818, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Bef 1880.
    5. Talitha Phipps was born 1825.
    6. Mary Phipps was born 1826.
    7. William R. Phipps was born 25 Feb 1829, Fentress County, Tennesse; died 16 Dec 1918; was buried Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Parmleysville, Kentucky.
    8. Andrew H. Phipps was born 28 May 1831, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 1 Jan 1900, Sumner County, Kansas.

  3. 10.  Washington Young was born 1790, Virginia; died Aft 12 Sep 1850, Wayne County, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    Washington Young was a prominent early settler and was the progenitor of a rather large and successful family. It is not presently known when Washington came to Wayne County, nor who his parents were; it is known that he was in the county at the time the census was taken in 1820. It should be pointed out here in the beginning that there were two Washington Youngs in the Little South Fork Country, and to further confuse the matter, they married three daughters of Benjamin and Catherin Troxell Adkins. Washington Young, who lived at the head of Langham Fork, was the older. He first married Sarah Adkins and after her death, he married Margaret Pemberton. This Washington Young, was some 16 years older than the Washington Young who married Emily (Milly) Adkins. We know definitely that Washington Young died prior to February 28, 1853, as this is the date that Margaret (Pemberton) Young was appointed guardian for Granville M., Serina, Rebecca and Sarah E. Young, infant heirs of Washington Young. On the same date John Burris was appointed guardian for Minrod and Polly Ann Young.

    The Washington Young old home place was a large one story log house, and was constructed of oak logs, some of which were 18 inches wide. The dobbing between the logs has the date of 1790 cut into it. On the west end of the house is a large rock chimney, constructed of linestone rock, which is native to the area. In front of the house is a large spring, lined with cedar logs and growing an abundance of water cress. It has been said that Washington owned more than 5000 acres in Wayne County




    1848 - Page 326 Deed Cooper to Young
    This indenture made and entered into this the 28th day of February 1848 by and between Harmon Cooper of the County of Wayne and State of Kentucky of the one part and Washington Young of the County of Wayne and State aforesaid of the other part. Witnessed that the said Harmon Cooper for and in consideration of the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to him in hand paid the receipt of which is Herby acknowledged have granted, bargained, sold, and conveyed unto the said Washington Young and his heirs forever a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the said County of Wayne on the Little South Fork of Cumberland River containing one hundred and fifty acres bounded as followeth, namely, Beginning at 2 hickory on Steel's line. thence running up the river with the meanders thereof S.83 W.40 poles S.67 W.26 poles S.25 W.20 poles S.10 E.88 poles S.80 W.46 poles S.62 W.36 poles to a stake on the bank of the creek on Baker's line, thence with said line S.50 E.14 poles to 2 white oaks N.80 E.86 poles to a white oak, N.45 E.87 poles to a white oak S.14 E.15 poles to a stake, S.70 E.50 poles to a stake S.25 E.90 poles binding on James Vaughan's line to his corner sugar tree on the South side of the river N.50 E.6 poles to a stake on the bank of the river, thence up the meanders of said river N.25 W.20 poles W.23, E.55 poles N.30 W.70 poles N.40 E.60 poles leaping the river to a stake, thence N.8 W.40 poles to a white oak and sugar tree N.72 W.120 poles leaping the river twice to a hickory and red oak S.52 W.62 poles to a walnut S.50 E.60 poles leaping the river to the Beginning. It being the same tract of land which said Harmon Cooper holds from Aladin Parmly.
    To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances unto the said Washington Young his heirs and assigns and the said Harmon Cooper for himself, his heirs, and assigns do covenant and agree to and with the said Washington Young that he will warrant and forever defend the aforesaid tract or parcel of land.




    After Washington's death, starting with Nimrod's trip in 1859, the children began migrating to Jasper County, Iowa settling in the Rock Creek, Buena Vista and Washington Townships. All the children went to Iowa with the exception of Telitha and Catharine; however, Cyrena, Elizabeth and Evelyn Alice later returned to Kentucky, living there the remainder of their lives.

    Washington married Sarah Adkins 15 Apr 1813, Wayne County, Kentucky. Sarah (daughter of Benjamin Adkins, Sr and Catherine Stigall) was born 1795, Pulaski County, Kentucky; died 10 May 1884, Wayne County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Sarah Adkins was born 1795, Pulaski County, Kentucky (daughter of Benjamin Adkins, Sr and Catherine Stigall); died 10 May 1884, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    Children:
    1. Catherine Young was born Abt 1814, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 10 May 1884, Mount Pisgah, Wayne County, Kentucky; was buried Hurt Cemetery at Mt. Pisgah, Kentucky (unmarked grve).
    2. Malita Telitha Young was born Abt 1817, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Aft Jan 1883, Wayne County, Kentucky (?).
    3. 5. Elizabeth Young was born 20 Sep 1817, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 6 Feb 1896, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    4. Edward Young was born 21 Mar 1822, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 16 Apr 1908, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.