THE THIGPEN TRIBE
by Alice Whitley Smith
Hon. Casey Thigpen
In early years, taking a new surname was commonplace, especially amongst the gentry. This could be accomplished by Act of Parliament; warrant under the King's Sign-Manual (writing therein the substituted name), or by ecclesiastical consent.
By 1650 the name Fitzpen had disappeared from English records, descendants adopting other spellings, although they appeared to adhere to the sound. Arms were granted, in addition to Fitzpen, to families of: Thickpenny, Tipping Tippen, Tipper and Tippet, probably more. Some of the well-known Antiquarians stated that in many ancient families there were as many as an hundred different spellings.
David Fitzpen (son of Cicilly Jordan and Robert Fippen) and James Fitzpen-Thippen (grandson of Owen, son of Cicilly and Robert Fippin) brought the Fitzpen-Phippen et al family records to America when they emigrated - David in 1635, to New England, and James in 1653, to North Carolina. There can be little doubt that both had copies of the same records. Those of the New England branch were in later years copied by Joseph Phippen (son of David), who made family connections by arms, while the Fitzpen-Thigpen branch of NC gave names and arms in most instances. The Phippen records were printed in part in 1858 in the New England Historical & Genealogical Register, and later more fully in the Heraldic Journal, Vol. 4, pp1-20. The N.C. Fitzpen-Thigpen records were printed in part in 1961, and in full herein where readable.
The Jam. Thippen inventory 1680/1, by C. Calloway, C. Lery and H. Walker (loose records of Perquimons Co.) copied in 1895 by F. L. Thigpen when he, W. B. Whitley and surveyor, were in Perq. endeavoring to relocate the boundaries of Shannon and the old graveyard. A duplicate of this inventory was made in 1902 by Mary Patience Dupree Osborne, gr-grandaughter of William Thigpen (she also had his family Bible). This inventory listed among a good many other items "Famalie Recorde Booke." This Family Tree was at Penny Hill when it burned in the underground room, and apparently not unduly harmed. The intense heat evidently caused fading out of the ink in the first several generations in the front, and in places throughout the book, the pages became very brittle,cracking and chipping away in places. Where unreadable they are omitted or blanks drawn. To a great extent the New England Phippen and North Carolina Thigpen records verify each other; where one cannot be deciphered the other sometimes supplied the information.
The Thigpen records show that Joseph Phippen, Bartholomew and Wm. Tipping, Henry Tippet and Jonathan Vickery visited with the NC Thigpens and made mention of visits of the Thigpens with them, both these families having ships, the visiting back and forth apparently was not too difficult. Thomas Yeo, brother-in-law of Joseph owned the ship Yeo out of Boston. While in the NC Library, Jan., 1963, by chance I opened a NE book left on the table I was using, turning automatically to the index, I found this family I had given up hope of ever locating. It seemed that fate had a hand in bringing the two families together after all the intervening years.
The 1680/1 inventory, which appeared to have been taken room by room, listed among other things 2 small couches 'covered of tapestry'. They had been at "Penny Hill" but given by James V to his gr. son William, who gave one to each of his grandsons, Fernando Dupree and Wm. B. Whitley, who gave his to his youngest child, Alice. Unhappily for me it was among those irreplaceables lost when our storage house burned. Also listed in that inventory was part of silver service lost at Penny Hill. As noted in family records, this service was given to James, I, on his 21st birthday, along with land adjoining his own in Ireland, by his gr-uncle Rev. George Fitzpen. The inventory listed a good deal of lovely furniture (from descriptions), china, silver, etc. negro slaves and white bond servants. Noted at the top - "Folio appears to have been wet, many items unreadable, part missing. FLT." (Although I searched diligently in 1950, 56, 58, and in 1960, it could no longer be found. AWS)
The Fitzpens were anciently established in and around Cornwall, later moving into Yorkshire, Dorsetshire,Devonshire, Ireland and Scotland. There is an old couplet in Cornwall - "By Tre - Ros - Pol - Lan - Caer and Pen, You may know the most of Cornish men."
THOMAS FITZPENNE, b. ca 1405, d. 1459; m. 1425, Elizabeth St. Albin,
b. ca 1410, d. 1456; (son of Elinor Tipping (dt. of Jonetta and Thomas Tipping, Esq.) and John Fitzpen, als Pen, Sheriff of London 1410, (Baker's Chronicles p. 168) John Penne was a member of Parliament, returned from Weymouth 1413/20/22. The St. Albin ancestors came out of Normandy with the Conqueror. John Henneker, Esq. in his book gives the followers of Duke William - from Chronicum Johannis Brompton - Seynt Aubyn et Seynt Omer.
I. Elinor Fitzpenne, b. 1426; m._____Armitage
II. John Phippeny, b. ca 1428, d. ca 1496; m. Magdalen_____(see later)
III. Robert Phippayne, b. ca 1430; m. Elizabeth Crauford
(1) One sonne
There was a Robert Phippayne living 1509, and as late as 1600 the chief seat of this family was called "Fipany Okeford." (It will be noted from the 1620 pedigree submitted by Rev. George Fitzpen that his father, Robert, spelled the name Fippen.)
IV. Joseph Phippen, b. ca 1432, d. 1502; m. ca 1452, his cousin Alice Belasyse, b. ca 1436, d. 1489, dt. of Jonetta Tipping, (dt. of Thomas Tipping, Esq.) and John Belasyse, b. ca 1410, d. 1440. See later
V. Geoffrey (or Geffrey) Fitzpenne, b. 12 Henry VI, d. 18 Henry VI
VI. Jonetta Fitzpenne, twin to Geffrey, d. 14 Henry VI
VIIElizabeth Fitzpenne, b. ca 1436; m. John Coniers
VIII Albin Fitzpenne, b. May 1442, d. 13 August 1442.
JOHN PHIPPENY, b. ca. 1428, d. ca 1496; m. Magdalen____. He moved into York, and coincident with his coming the name Thickpenny appeared in English records. From surnames of the United Kingdom, Vol. 2, p. 216: Thickpenny (Eng) "A nickname from a frade sign." (A wooden disc with penny impressed in center) In 1901 Bardsley, well known English antiquarian, stated that he could give no satisfactory solution of this surname. (Probably he had seen the Fitzpen-Phippen records and surmised a connection. Or it may have been derived from the Latin spelling.) In Virginia the records go back to 1607, and in eastern NC to the mid 1600's. I have abstracted a good many of these land titles for the government, and have seen first-hand what the scribes and recorders do to family names, even those with simple spellings. It may be when the name Phippeny was pronounced it had the sound of Thickpenny and was so written, and the enterprising 'merchaunt' John, seeing the possibilities in advertising, adopted that spelling and put up a trade sign. Whatever spellings they selected, when living in the area of York the name was written Thickpenny. (As in South Carolina the name Thigpen was written Tipping or some variation thereof)
In York the Thickpennys were listed as "Free Men of York,", and so designated in the recorded records. Several calendars of time were used in the old records, and a good many were written in Latin, - translated into English, and to our time. As this style takes up space only a few are shown, - as examples.
JOHANNES THIKPENY "Merchaunt" of York 1485-1496
I. Elizabeth Thikpenie; m.______Stafford
II. Willelmus Thykpenny (succeeded his father as 'merchaunt' of York); m. Rebekah____
(1) Ricardus Thykpenny, filius (son) Willemi, d. 1538; m._____Dudley
(B)Elizabeth Thikpenie; m._____Barker
III. Ricardus Thykpenie (ship's chandler), d. Sept. 1558; m. Joan
(1) Johannes Thykpane, filia Ricardus - mortua
(2) Richardum Thicpenie; m. 1541, Mary Clare. He was a minister, St. Peter's School, 3/15/1557....a long paragraph in Latin, stating "the hospital is so ruinous the poor priest has to live out.". Among the witnesses: Richardum Thickpoine.
(3) Thomas Thickpenny, d. 1561; m. Margaret Wallis.
(A) Richard Thickpenny, planter in Yorkshire
(B) Johanne Thykpayne, filius (son) Thome Thykpane, Baptizata XXVI die (day) Septembris. (b. 9/26/1550)
(C) Margaret Thycpanye, filiae (dau) Thome Thycpayne, mortua et sepulta XII die (day) Fabuarie (2/12/1557/8)
(D) Amos Thickpenny, d. 1598
IV. Thomas Thickpenny, d. 1543
V. Others - unreadable (without family records as guides the English recorded records could not be used.)
JOSEPH PHIPPEN b. ca. 1432, d. 1502; m. ca 1452, his cousin, Alice Belasyse, b. ca 1436, d. 1489, dt. of Jonetta (dt. Thomas Tipping, Esq) and John Belasyse, b. ca 1410, d. 1440, (son of Robert Belasyse, who m. 1407 Alice Lamplugh, (d/o of William), Robert was son of Alice Hanfard, (d/o of Sir Robert Hanfard) and Sir John Belasyse, descendant of Rouland, who m. Elgiva, dt and heiress of Ralph de Belasyse of Belasyse in the bishopric of Durham. After marriage Rouland styled himself Rouland Belasyse de Belasyse. He was son of Belasius, a Norman knight who came into England with the Conqueror ca. 1066. He was general of the forces sent in 1071 to suppress the Bishop, et al, at Ely, then being held against the Conqueror, and reduced them to obedience.
A number in this family were knighted and bore titles, among them Lord Belasyse, Lord Fauconberg, Viscount Fauconberg, and Earl of Fauconberg. (Collins, Vol. V. pp 349/363)
I. Elizabeth Phippen, b. ca 1553; m. _____Edgecomb
II. John Fitzpen, b. ca 1457, d. 1506; m. Joana Malet, d. ca 1505. See
III. Alice Phippen, b. ca 1460; m. ____Pye
IV Jonetta Phippen, b. ca 1468, d. 20 Aug. 1494; m. 1483 Richard Segrave. (Several in this family were knighted. King Richard II created Lady Margaret de Segrave Duchess of Norfolk in her own right; several held titles Baron de Segrave).
V. Joseph Phippeny, b. ca 1470, d. 1501 - lost at sea.
JOHN FITZPEN, als Phippen, b. ca 1457, d. 1506; m. ca 1478, Joana Malet, d. ca 1505. The ancient Malet family was established in England at the Norman Conquest, and is said on authority of the Court Poet, Guy Amiens, to have been "partum Normannus et Anglus." (One of the arms shown in the Phippen records is very similar to one of the Mallet arms given in Burke's Landed Gentry.)
I, Penelope Fitzpen, b. 1480
II. Joanna Fitzpen, b. ca 1481; m. _____Penrose
III. William Thickpenny, b. 1483; m. Elizabeth Creswel. He was an Alderman of York. See later.
IV. George Thickpenny. A Minister of York
V. Christopher Thickpenny. Minister
(These last two were imprisoned for holding Gospel services in private, and their property confiscated. The Star Chamber then - was compared to the Inquisition. Released in 1536, Christopher died 1537.)
VI Alice Fitzpen, b. ca 1490; m. ______Coniers
VII Henry Fitzpen, als Phippen, b. 1495, d. 1562; m. Alice Pierce of Ireland. (See later)
William Thickpenny, (s/o John, Joseph, Thomas), b. 1483, d. ____; m. Elizabeth Creswel. He was an Alderman of York, (English records) "William Thykpenny, 1533, age 50, in the Star Chamber." He was witness in behalf of his brothers George and Christopher.When the clergy, et al, were pretended against" there was little that could be done to aid them. It took courage and dedication to stand up to the persecutions. The Court of Star Chamber, an ancient court, rehabilitated in the reign of Henry VII, was not abolished until the reign of Charles I. It was largely responsible for the growth of our law on perjury, libel and slander. For a person to say: "I will make a Star Chamber matter of it" was no jest.
I. William Tipping; m. Agnes Burte, (d/o of Thomas Burte)
(1) 2 daughters
(2) John Tipping
(3) Thomas Tipping; m. _____
(A) Bartholomew Tipping; m._______(a) Thomas Tipping
(4) Leonard Tipping
(May be others; may not be in order)
II. Thomas Thickpenny; m. ______Gifford
(1) Elizabeth Thickpenny
(2) Joanna Thickpenny; m. _____Burges
(3) Agnes Thickpenny; m. 1556, John Smith, als Barker. (Eng. Mar. Rec.)
(4) Hughe Thickpenny; m. ______Wrenn. Planter
III Joannah Thickpenny; m.______Poole
HENRY FITZPEN, als Phippen, (son of John, Joseph, Thomas,) b. 1495, d. 1562; m. Alice Pierce of Ireland. He removed from Cornwall to Scotland to Ireland. Merchant, owned the sailing ship "Seawynd". His property in Ireland was lost in one of the uprisings, so he returned to Dorset and established his business.
I William Thickpenny, b. ca 1520, d. m. ______Poole
(1) Katherine Thickpenny
(2) Leonard Thickpenny, b. ca 1544, d. 1590; m. Ellen______. A Christian martyr, he died upholding his belief- deprived of honors and emoluments.. "1590 - Buried, Leonard Thickpenny, Minister of Enfield, Middlesex, brought from Kinges Bench in a 'coffen' with a flap to open, with a writing on it in verse. Laid at Heddenhall Gate (City of London) by night. St. Peter Cornhill, 1-137." In those times the Star Chamber was by many aptly called the "English Inquisition", causing many of the first class citizens and clergy to leave the country. They were thrown into prison on any pretext and property confiscated.
(A) Philip Thickpenny, b. ca 1566; m. Ursula_____. He was on Sir Walter Rawleigh's Muster Roll 5/11/1587. (State Papers, Ireland, Bundle 129, No. 97) (a) Leonard Thickpenny.
Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry, when Cromwell came to Ireland. O'Hart, p. 408 - Leonard Thickpenny, one of Forty nine Officers (1649) In 1649 Cromwell by decree took away the lands of the Catholics and lands of families of the Royalists, including officers in the arme of Charles, I. (The Fitzpens-Phippens-Thickpennys were Royalists all.) In 1653/4, he finally got to Ireland, and enforced his decree there. Those who were dispossessed of their lands were given a warrant to 10 acres on the West Coast of Ireland, if any could be found unclaimed. Many left the country for other places (including James I, who emigrated to NC) Leonard was a member of the 49-ers dispossessed. Between 1660/8 Charles II gave back to the families of his father's 49 officers the lands previously confiscated. There is a record indicating that land was to be returned to Leonard Thickpenny or his heirs.
(B)Ellen Thickpenny; m. ______Pyne
(C)Robert Thickpenny; b. ca 1568. Matric. sizar from Trinity, Easter, 1584 - (Alumni Cantabrigienses)
(D) Priscilla Thickpenny; m. 4/15/1597, Wm. Paler, Gent. (Mar.Rec.)
II. Joseph Phippen, b. ca 1522, d. 1543 , lost at sea.
IIIJohn Thickpenny, b. ca 1525, d. 1583, Ireland; m. Anne Holton, d/o Constance Peirce and Robert Holton.) See later
IV. Alice Phippen, m. John Love
V. Joanna Phippen; m.______
VI. Anne Phippen; m. Robert Jourdaine
JOHN THICKPENNY, (s/o Henry, John, Joseph, Thomas), b. ca 1525, d. 1583 Ireland; m. Anne Holton, (dt. of Constance Peirce and Robert Holton). During his lifetime he received a number of fiants (warrants) from Queen Elizabeth to do business in Ireland. Among these - Vittler of the garrisons (in Ireland) ; Impost Collector on imported foods and wines; Commission to import wines himself. She also gave him a great deal of land in Ireland (not in fee simple but usually 21-year leases, including an island.) After his death his widow, Anne, was allowed to keep the land. He owned the sailing vessels Ventura, Roma, Anne, and Ascension. He probably willed the latter to his son Henry, as in his will he paid off debt owed by the master of said ship. These ships probably account for the ease they moved ill of John Thickpenny, Gent. Glassmore, Co. Waterford. Original Will, dated 1581, prob. 1583. (The Public Records of Ireland were burned in 1922, when the Four Courts were destroyed in the Rebellion.)
I. John Phippen, b. ca 1549, d. 1579, unmd. in service of the King.
II.William Phippen, b. ca 1551, d. 11/24/1596, on the way to Portland on the King's service. See later.
III. Henry Thickpenny, b. ca 1553, d. 1601, unmd. d. and buried at sea. He evidently was away on a long voyage as he did not know that his brother, William was deceased and named him as supervisor of his Will, which was not returned to England for probate until 1603/4 Many of the people he named in the will were his kindred, although he did not so designate.
Probate Act Book, f. 84 Bolein - Somerset House, London; Will of Henerie Thickpennie, Lee Essex, dated Feb. 1601, at sea, prob. 1603. Admon. 6/12/1604. "In the name of God, Amen - I Henerie Thickpennie being sicke of bodie but of good and perfect memorie., etc.. Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following: Ffirst - Soule to God, etc. my clothes both wool and linen that I have on the ship with me 'with the parte of the reddie money that we have betwixed us.' -Item: To William Warrener, 10/ (bro-in-law) - Item: To Arthur Mowberry, 10/ (bro-in-law) Item: I give and bequeath unto one of my name dwellings in Lee called William Thickpennie (his brother) 5/ - Item: 20/ to the poor of Lee and William Thickpennie (already deceased) is to see to the disposal of it in whatever town the said William Thickpennie shall then be living. - Item: To Thomas Portmort, 8/ that Robert Kerbie (Master of the Ship Ascension) owes him. - Item: To Michael Martine, 6 shillings.
"William Thickpenny is to be the Supervisor to see to all my legacies being carried out after my debts are paid. /s/ Henrie Thickpennie.
Witnesses: John Nickull - Henrie Brigges - John Jennings.
"October 28, 1603, a writ was issued to Tatia Thickpenny, relict ofWilliam Thickpenny, deceased, supervisor named in the will of said Henry Thickpenny, dec. to administer the goods, debts and credits of Henry according to the tenure of his will, he having named no executor in his will. In the margin - On the 12th June, 1604, a writ was issued to Christopher Thickpenny, brother of deceased, to administer the goods, etc. of the dec. through the offices of Edward Willett notary public; the letters of administration to said Tatia Thickpenny having been revoked."
V. Anne Phippen; m. Thomas Trumbull
VI. Constance Phippen, d. ca 1610; m. William Wariner
VII Robert Fippen, b. ca 1560, d. 1603, on the King's Service; m. Cicilly Jordan, (d/o Thomas Jordan).
VIII Joanna Phippen, d. ca 1613; m. Thomas Poole
IX Alice Phippen, d. 1613; m. Arthur Mowbry
X Christopher Phippen; m. 1st Jone (Joan) Clare.
WILLIAM PHIPPEN, b. ca 1551, d. 11/24/1596 on the way to Portland on the King's Service; m. Jone (or Jane Jordaine; m. 2nd: Latatia (Tatia)_____. His brother Henry, a mariner, evidently away on a long voyage, did not know of his decease, as he named him overseer of his will 1601. His name probably spelled Thickpenny in the York area, in family records spelled Phippen.
I. Robert Phippen; m. 1st: Elizabeth_______; m. 2nd: 1608 (his name spelled Thickpenny) Ann Hallock; m. 3rd: Katherine Mowbry
(1) Thomas Thickpenny; m. 1628, Mary Winters. He was trans- ported to the Barbados 1635. (Hotten) (Eng. Mar. Rec.)
(2) William Thickpenny, b. ca 1598; m. 1620, Jane Farrington. (MB)
(3) Elizabeth Phippen; m. John Paler
(4) Margaret Thickpenny, b. 1610; m. 1624, ______Whitehand. (MB)
(5) Ann Thickpenny, b. ca 1622; m. 1637 Robert Baker (MB)
(6) Katherine Thickpenny, b. ca 1624; m. 1639, William Hurst. (MB)
(7) Rebecca Thickpenny, b. 1624 (twin); m. 1639, Henry Young (MB)
(8) Joan Thiskpenny, b. 1626l m. 1640 John Love (MB)
(9) John Thickpenny, b. 1628. Transported to Virginia 1654 by Ed Welsh, moved to Conn. where he made deposition ca 1660; moved to Philadelphia, records show he was a merchant.
II. John Phippen, b. ca 1573, d. 1600
III.Thomas Phippen, (Twin) b. 1573, d. 1596; m. Elizabeth______
(1) Elizabeth Phippen; m. Richard Peirce. Transported to Virginia on the ship Neptune. Muster of Inhabitants Feb. 4, 1624, living near James City,not far distant from her cousin, Jone Peirce, wife of Capt. William Peirce.
(2) Elinor Phippen; m. ________
(3) William Phippen, d. 7/2/1644 in the Battle of Marston Moor.
(4) George Phippen, d. 7/2/1644 in the Battle of Marston-Moor.
(5) Thomas Phippen. (mentioned in the will of Rev. George Fitzpen)
May not be in proper order
IV Jone (Joan) Phippen, d. ca 1650; m. Capt. William Peirce. See -
V. Jane Phippen, (twin to Jone); m. _____Reynolds. (probably d. before 1611, as her dt. Cecily accompanied the Peirces to Va.)
(1) Cicilly Reynolds, b. 1601. To Virginia with aunt Jone and family on the Blessing 1611 See p.
(2) Christopher Reynolds, b. ca 1603; m. Elizabeth (Rivers ?) Trans-ported to Virginia 1624. His Will, Isle of Wight Co. Va. 5/1/1654, names wife, Elizabeth; sons: Christopher (m. Ann Coleman); Richard; John; daus.: Abbesha; Elizabeth (m. Richard Jordan) and Jane. Will of John Reynolds, unm. names bro. and sisters. Will of Richard Reynolds, 1712, named wife Elizabeth; sons: Richard, Sharpe and Christopher.
CHRISTOPHER PHIPPEN, b. ca 1573; m. Jone Clare; m. 2nd Martha______
I Robert Phippen
II Henry Tippet
III. Joseph Phippen, killed in Battle of Marston Moor 1644
IV Martha Thickpenny, b. ca 1601; m. 1616 Edward Ellis
(1) William Ellis
V. William Thickpenny, b. ca 1603; m. 1st 1625 Susan Wilkins, d. 1626; m. 2nd Thomasine________
(1) Susan Thickpenny, b. 1626; m. Richard Richardson
(A) Susan Richardson; (B) Richard Richardson Jr.
(2) Thomasine Thickpenny; m. George Underwood
Administration in the Prerogative Court - Somerset House, London: Susan Thickpenny als Wilkins, Yelling, Hunts. Admon. to husband, William Thickpenny during the minority of Susan Thickpenny jr. dau of deceased, 21 March 1626/7 Will of William Thickpenny, Sandy, Beds. f. 113-Pell, dated Dec. 19, 1656, prob. 1658/9. "In the name of God Amen - I William Thickpenny of Sandey doe make this my last will beseeching God to receive my Soule. -Item: To the child my wife is about to have, 7 acres and one rood of arable land in the 3 fields of Blunham, and 3-1/2 acres of meadow ground in Blunham West meadow if the child lives, but if it dies then the land above mentioned is to be equally divided among my three brothers, Thomas, Robert and Henry. - Item: To my brother John Thickpenny one-half acre of arable land in Blunham "Homefield" next to John's land 'butting upon last meade.' -Item: To my wife and her mother, whichever lives longer, all the lands, goods and chattels, whichever were her mother's and were hers before I married her, with all appurtenances etc. - Item: To Thomas, my brother, 3 acres of land in Blunham middle field for this crop. - Item: To my brother John Thickpenny, 3 half acres of tilth in Blunham field for the money. I owe him for this crop. To my wife 3 half acres of misteline growing in Blunham field. - Item: To my wife an acre of wheat in Sandy low field. - Item: To my wife, all movable goods and chattels of every kind, and she to pay all my debts and bury me and to be sole Executrix. To Thomas, my brother, my best suit of clothes and boots, and boot hose tops and my black hat. - Item: To William Ellis of Sandy, all my old clothes and my black coat and a pair of old boots and shoes. - Item: To William Ellis, 20/ in money. - Item: To Susan Richardson, dau of Richard Richardson, my God-dau, 5/ to be paid when she comes "to age", but if she dies then it is to go to Richard Richardson the younger. - Item: To Elizabeth Palmer, wife of John Palmer the elder, 10/. - Item: To Richard Richardson the younger, 3/ when he comes "to age". - Item: To Thomasine Underwood my colt. - Item: To Susan Richardson wife of Richard Richardson, 40/, to be paid within 12 months of my death." /s/ William Thickpenny
Witnesses: Elizabeth Palmer - George Underwood - William Ellis
Proved, London, Feb. 1558, by Thomasine Thickpenny, relict of deceased and sole Extrx, to whom was granted admon.
VI. Thomas Thickpenny, b. ca 1607, d. 1676 in the Barbados; m. 1634 Mildred Hisson. (MB) He was transported to the Barbados 1635, age 28. His son John Tippen returned to England from Barbados on the "Constant Warwick" on March 1, 1678 - (Hotten)
VII Elizabeth Thickpenny; m. John Palmer
(1) John Palmer jr.
VIII John Thickpenny, b. ca 1610; m. 1635 Joan Benton (MB)
(1) Jane Thickpenny, b. ca 1637; m. 1652 Robert Boston (MB)
(2) Thomas Thickpenny, b.ca 1640; m. Mary Marshall (MB)
(3) John Thickpenny, jr. b. ca 1646; m. Elizabeth Lane (MB)
(4) Richard Thickpenny, b. ca 1648; m. Elizabeth Clare (MB)
(5) Alice Thickpenny b. ca 1653; m. 1668, William Baxter (MB)
JONE (JOAN) PHIPPEN, d. ca 1650, Virginia; m. Captain William Peirce, d. ca 1656, Mulberry Island Plantation.
Captain Peirce came to Virginia in 1610 on the ill-fated "Sea Venture" with Capt. Thomas Gates. Jone, his wife, and children: William, Jone, Jr., and Thomas came in 1611 on the "Blessing. She also brought with her a young niece, Cicilly Reynolds, age 10 (according to Virginia records), probably to help care for the younger children. (Cicilly's mother was twin sister of Jone, and had probably died at the time of the voyage to VA.)(MB)
Capt. Pierce had a home in James Cittye and a plantation on Mulberrie Island. In the muster of inhabitants James Cittye 1624 (after the Indian Massacre), The Muster of Capt. William Pierce:
Capt. William Pierce - came in the"Sea Venture"
Mrs. Jone Pierce, his wife - came in the "Blessing"
Thomas Smith, age 17, in the Abigail; Henry Bradford age 35, in the Abigail; Ester Ederife (a maid servant) in the Jonathan; Angelo, (a Negro woman)
The rest of the servants, provisions, armes, munitions, etc. att Mulberry Island. (Hotten) The Muster of Capt. William Peirce's Servants at Mulberrie Island 25 January, 1624: Richard Atkins, 24, came in the London Marchant; Abigail, his wife came in the Abigail; William Baker, 20, came in the Abigail; Hugh Wing, 30, and Robert Lathom, 20, came in the George, 1620; Richard Aldon, 19,and Thomas Wood, 35, in the George, 1620; Roger Ruce came in the Charles; Alexander Gill, 20, in the Bony Bess; Samuel Morris, 20, in the Abigail; Thomas Rose, 35, in the Jonathan; Robert Hedges, aged 40 yeres; John Virgo and Susan his wife, came in the Treasurer; John Gattes came in the George, 1620; William Richardson in the Edwine; Richard Fine in the Neptune; John Nowell in the Margaret & John; Richard Downes in the Jonathan; John Cranich, in the Marygold; Percival Wood, in the George, and Ann Wood his wife on same shipp; William Raymont came in the Neptune; William Bullock came in the Jonathan.
In the case of bond-servants: For payment of passage and keep, they agreed to work loyally and well for 4 years, at the end of which time they were provided with provisions and land to get a start . In this way a great many of our first citizens of today got their start in America.
In addition to the lands named above, Capt. Peirce owned large holdings in various sections of Virginia. On June 22, 1625, received grant of 2,000 acres for transporting into Virginia 50 persons. May 1623 Gov. Wyatt appointed him Capt. of the Guard and Gov. of the City.
In that year, as Lt. Gov. of James Cittye he led an expedition against the Chickahominies, in retaliation for the 1622 Massacre, falling on them on July 23rd, with no small slaughter. Shortly thereafter, George Sandys, Treasurer of Virginia, wrote to England that Capt. William Peirce "Gov. of Jamestown" was inferior to none in experience, ability and capacity, recommending him for appointment to the Council, which appointment was made 1631, at which time he was living in Surry County. (It was Capt. Peirce who transported to Virginia the renowned Capt. John Rolfe, soon to become his son-in-law)
In 1629/30 he was in England, and while there prepared a "Relation of the Present State of the Colony of Virginia", by Capt. William Peirce, and Ancient Planter of 20 years standing. His wife, Mrs. Jone Pearse accompanied him and was known in England as an honest, industrious woman, who after passing 20 years in Virginia, on her return to England reported that "she had a garden at Jamestown containing 3 or 4 acres,where in one year she had gathered an hundred bu of excellent figs, and that of her own provisions she could keep a better home in Virginia than in London - for 3 or 4 hundred pounds a year, although she had gone there with very little."
They returned to Virginia, and while in the Council, Dec. 20th he signed an Amity Agreement between that body and Gov. Harvey. He was displeased with Harvey's governing of the colony and was one of the Councillors who arrested and disposed him in 1635, leading the Musketeers who surrounded his house. Capt. Peirce went on an expedition to the Northern Neck, called "Chicoan" in 1645. Surry County, Va. recordss, 21 Jan. 1655, Book 1, p. 116: Capt. William Peirce, his son, Thomas and grandson William Peirce were living on Mulberry Island, Warwick Co., VA.
I. William Peirce, b. in Eng. came to Va. on ship "Blessing" 1611 with his mother, Jone, sister Jone, bro. Thomas and cousin Cicilly Reynolds. No further record on him."
II, Jone Peirce, b. ca 1605, Eng. came on the Blessing" with her mother, 1611; m. ca 1620 (as his 3rd wife) the celebrated Capt. John Rolfe, who d. ca 1624. His 2nd wife was the Indian Princess, Pocahontas, daughter of the great Chief, Powhatan. Some say he failed to keep his pact with the whites after the marriage of his daughter and Capt. Rolfe.
(1) Elizabeth Rolfe, b. 1621; m._______
Capt. Rolfe made his will in 1621 shortly after daughter Elizabeth was born. It was probated in London 1630, (copy in Va.) by his father-in-law, Capt. William Peirce. However,, Capt. Rolfe was dec. before 1625, as the Surry Co. Va muster of 1625 shows Capt. Roger Smith residing at his plantation on James Island, with wife - Mrs. Jone Smith, who came on the "Blessing". Living with them was Elizabeth Rolfe, age 4, b. in Va. Capt. Smith was Commander of infantry under Sir Francis Vere in the Low Countries in 1592. In 1621 he was a member of thCapt. Rolfe had sonVa., Esq. dated 10 Mar, 1621, prob. 21 Mar, 1630, in London by Capt. William Peirce (it is a long one), names wife: Jone, son Thomas, dau. Elizabeth Rolfe; father-in-law Mr. Wm. Pyers (Peirce) to have charge of the two small children of very tender age.
III. Thomas Peirce; m._______ (1) William
ROBERT PHIPPEN, b. ca 1560, d. 1603, on the King's Service; m. 18 Sept. 1580 in the village of Melcomb Regis, Cicilly, the daughter of Thomas Jordan.
I. Robert Fitzpen, als Phippen, Jr. b. 1582, d. 1610, in the King's Service; m. Elizabeth Giffard.
(1) Elizabeth Fitzpen, als Phippen; m. ______Boscowen
(2) Elinor Phippen; m. Francis George
(3) Albin (or Abel) Phippen, d. 8/2/1636; m. Jane Francis
(A) Elizabeth Phippen
(4) Roger Phippen, of "Pennycomquicke", m. Ann Francis
(A) Ann Phippen; m. _______ (B) Dau
(C) Francis Tippen, transported to Va. (mentioned by Thigpens)
(D)David Phippen; m. Anne Roberts.........Will of Anne Roberts of Woolwich Commission issued 1/20/1672, to Anne (Roberts) Phippen, wife of David Phippen, now in ship called the "Revenge", sole Extx to adm according to the tenor and effect of the will during the absence and for the benefit of the sd David Phippen........June 1673; Vicessimo primo die emt. Com. Annae Phippeny, relict Davidie Phippeny nup de Nave Le Revenge in service dni nri Regis defi hentis etc. Admon. 1673. (It will be noted the English Phippen becomes Phippeny in Latin. David was evidently dead in 1673 as Ann was called his relict.)
II. Owen Fitzpen, als Phippen, b. 1582, d. 17 March 1636, Lamorran ; m. 7/3/1603 Anne Coigniers. "The family of Coigniers was denominated from their ancient place of residence in the Duchy of Normandy; and one of them having attended the Norman Duke in his victorious expeditions into Eng. was rewarded by the Conqueror with grants and divers lands in Yorkshire, whereupon he settled in this kingdom and became the common ancestor of the several branches of the families of Coigniers, Coniers, Conyers, etc. The Bishop of Durham (who d. 1095) gave to Roger de Coigniers theConstable-ship of the city of Durham. His descendant, Roger de Coigniers was Lord of Howton Coignier and of Sokebourne, by the gift of Ranulph de Durham, who d. 1128.Roger de Coniers, 3rd of the name was possessed of Howton Coigniers in com. Ebor and of Sokebourne to the Co. of Durham 24 Hen. II, said to be one of the Barons of that Bishopric. (Collins, Vol.III, pp. 407/8)
(1) John Fitzpen, als Phippen, b. 1604, d. 2 July, 1644. With Sir Thomas Belasyse, he followed the fortunes of William Cavendish, Marquis of New - castle, during the siege of York, which held out 3 months against 3 great armies, and in the bloody battle of Marston-Moore the King's army was shattered. John and several of his kinsmen lost their lives in this battle. He m. 1st: Sara Seagrave, who d. 1627; m. 2nd Elizabeth______, d. 1652.
(A) Elinor Phippen, b. 1625; m. , d. 1646
(B) James Phippen, b. 1627; m. 1652, Elyn_____To America
(C) Elizabeth Phippen, b. 1629; m. _______
(2) Ann Phippen
(3) Roger Phippen, d. 8/2/1636
FROM TRURO CATHEDRAL GUIDE BOOK, p.18
"St. Mary's Church, now called St. Mary's aisle, containing features of much architectural interest. Built on the site of an older church in the early part of the 16th century, it was cleverly incorporated by the architect in the building, the rest of the church was pulled down to make way for the Cathedral. On a pillar at the entrance is a statue of St. Nicholas and in the Baptistry under the tower is a figure of "Pity" of the same period. These two 15th and 16th century sculptures came from Brittany and are carved in a dark slate coloured stone called Sersanton, almost identical with the Cornish Catacluse. Similar figures were to be seen in our Cornish churches before they were destroyed in the troubles of the 16th and 17th centuries. Beneath the windows are several interesting tombstones, the most notable being that of Owen Phippen, with the following inscription:
"To the pious and well deserved memory of Owen Fitz-pen als Phippen, who traveled over many parts of the world, and on the 24th March 1620, was taken by the Turks and made captive in Angier. He projected sundry plots for his libertie and on ye 17 June 1627, with ten other Christian captives - Dutch and French, (persuaded by his counsel and courage), he began a cruel fight with 65 Turks in their own ship, which lasted 3 howrs, in which 5 of his company were slaine, yet God made him Captaine. So he brought the ship to Cartagene, being 400 tons and 22 ordce. The King sent for him to Madrid to see him, he was proferred a Captaine's place and the King's favor if he would turne papist, wch he refused. He sold all for 6,000 /, returned into England, and died at Lamorran 17 March 1636. Melcomb Dorset was his place of birth. Age 54, and here lies earth in earth."
"George Fitzpen als Phippen, Ipsius frater, et hujus Ecclesiae Rector, Hoc Monumentum Posuit." (This monument erected by George Fitz-pen als Phppen, his brother and Rector of this church..)
Sara Segrave, dau of Eleanor (dau of Robert Chillam, Alderman of Dublin) and James Segrave, of Rothgar. His father gave him the dissolved monastery of St. John without Newgate, Dublin, and the lands appertaining thereto, which he had acquired from Queen Elizabeth. James, son of Walter Segrave and Eleanor (d/o of Bartholomew Ball of Spidesto Castle), mayor of Dublin 1577, who supplied his kinsman Viscount Baltingass with money, powder and calivers for his rebellion of 1580, and was imprisoned in Dublin Castle in consequence, but escaped execution. Later he was again confined in the Castle and his estates confiscated for refusing to attend protestant worship, but escaped with a fine of 100/, and later regained his property. He held treasonable correspondence with Rome and his house at Cabrah, with its concealed rooms and hiding places, was a notorious place of refuge for Priests, Jesuits and Friars. (The Fitzpens-Phippens-Thickpennys were all Church of England.)
This ancient family descends from Thomas de Segrave, described in the Domesday Book, 1080, (Burke)
III. David Fitzpen als Phippen; m. Sarah Burges. To America. (See p. )
IV. Rev. George Fitzpen, als Phippen; m. 1st: Joan Pye; m. 2nd 3/16/1634 Joan Penrose; m. 3rd: 6/20/1648, Mary Penrose. (Helston Parish Reg.) No children. MA degree Oxford; Rector St. Mary's 1624/36, and of Lamorran. Master of the grammar school in Truro. Polwhele says of this longstanding institution -"It may well be classed with the first seminaries of England, and its masters and scholars have frequently been formidable rivals to those of the Royal foundation in genius, taste and learning." He was persecuted, hounded and thrown in jail, where he was heavily plundered of his possessions. (His will gives some idea of the trials and tribulations the clergy was forced to undergo.)
Will of Rev. George Fitzpen als Phippen, dated 20 July 1650, proved in London 1 March 1651, by Mary Phippen, relict and executrix: "Whereas, John Catcher, pretending against me, an Oxford degree (void in itself), during the time of mine imprisonment for mine adhering to the Parliament, plundered me in coin and goods of all kinds, according to a schedule hereunto annexed, of the value of 710/-7 shillings, for recovery whereof against him and his agents I leave to mine Extrx. hereafter named,-Item: To his sisters which had no portion, viz: Mr. Wm. White for dec. wife Constance; to Margaret, Elleanor, Jane, Mary and Honor I give and bequeath freely all my lands in Peransand, (by me dearly paid for) which were their father's and all this I do for them, (God be my witness) not out of any check of conscience that I ever wronged that family, for I did supply and support them many years with mine own estate; so as they have spoken against me without a cause for my love - they are my adversaries, but I give myself unto prayer, the good God give them repentance and forgive them. 50/ to Mrs. Margaret Catcher, widow; I forgive unto Henry Pye of Stephent, gent. all money which he oweth unto me (about 100/)
"I forgive unto Mr. Henry Edmonds and Thomas Drake all the cost in law for suit begun in the consistory of Exon and finished with sentence for me in the Arches. - I forgive unto the executor of one Hercules Ashe- the money which he owed me - To Mrs. Mary Woolcott, sheep To certain servants, etc. To Joanne Phippen, widow, sheep, - To Eleanor Phippen, now Eleanor George, and Francis George her husband - To my honored friend Hugh Boscowen I give my cabinet Press, and unto his honorable lady my clock, and I humbly pray his assistance to my wife, his near kinswoman, and to my heirs. - To Ann Grosse, the dau. of my bro-in-law, Edward Grosse of Truro, land in Kenwyne St. Somerset, in the tenure of John Rankin and John Danell. - To my kinsman and brother's son, Roger Phippen of Pennycomquicke, I give that silver bowl which was Mr. Upcott's, if it be not redeemed with 50 shillings before my death, and I give unto him my land in Enoder, now in the tenure of Mary Thomas. (Note: He had already given James I, a silver service and land in Ireland. AWS):
"Item, for my brother David Phippen in New England I give and bequeath to his eldest son the lesser Trewoone; unto his 2nd son that Trevossa whereon Nicholas Clemowe liveth; unto his 3rd son, the other Trevossa called Penthericks, etc. To David's dau or daus 20/. - To my sister Cicely Reynolds my biggest silver spoons; my ring with death's head unto her husband. - To Edmond Braine 10/, and to each of his brotherWm. Priske holdeth of me from year to year. (and other property). Item - My prayer is that God would provide some able and faithful Minister to succeed me in Lamorran....Certain legacies to my wife, Mary, she to be extrx.
"Hugh Boscowen, Esq., John Penrose, Esq. and Edward Grosse, Gent. overseers, and to each 40 shillings. References to jointure promised to wife in marraige (30/ per year). Truly her virtuous and respectful deportment towards me deserves well at my hands.
"To the poor of Weymouth in Dorset 5/ - of Melcombe 10/ - of Camborne, 3/ - of Enoder - 40 shillings. I pray my brother John Penrose to distribute of my moneys 20/ more unto the poor of twenty parishes when he shall think fit, 20 shillings to each. I give to every one of his children 20 shillings apiece. /s/ George Fitzpen als Phippen Witnesses: Hugh Boscowen - John Penrose - Thomas Harvey
Margaret Pye Catcher and Joan Pye, first wife of Rev. George, were sisters.
It was Margaret's children that caused him so much trouble.
V. Cicilly Fitzpen, baptized at Melcomb 3/10/1593 (parish reg.); m. _____Reynolds.
Cicilly Reynolds, (d/o of Jane, William, John, Henry, John, Joseph, Thomas)
b. 1601, England, d. in Virginia; m. ______Bayley; m. 2nd: her mother's cousin, Samuel Jordan of "Jordan's Journey", young widower with three small sons in England. (Thomas, Samuel & Robert0; m. 3rd Capt. William Farrar of the Virginia Council. m 4th: Peter Montague, b. 1603, d. 1659, widower, with two dts.: Dorothy and Sarah, who m. James Bagnall; m. 5th: Thomas Parker, as she was 58 at this time, there were no children of the 5th m.
I. Temperance Bayley, b. 1623/4 (?) 1617 (Muster of 1624/25 7 yrs. old)
II Margaret Jordan - (See muster above, p. 384 Va. Hist. Mag.)
III. Marjorie Jordan - The Jordans of Jordans Journey survived the Indian Massacre of 1622, and were shown among the living in the muster. Samuel died shortly after this; and his widow, Cicilly, was ardently wooed by Greville Pooly. She rejected his advances on the grounds that she was with child, but thereafter married. Thereupon Rev. Pooly brought what has been called by Alexander Brown, "the first breach of promise suit in America." The astute third husband being a lawyer, succeeded in quashing the proceedings and Parson Pooly went on his way.
IVCapt. William Farrar, Jr. m. Had children
V. Lt. Col. John Farrar, num. of Henrico Co., Va.
VI. Seven children. Will of Peter Montague, Lancaster Co., Va. proven 1659, names wife and children. He was a Burgess of Lancaster Co.
DAVID FITZPEN als PHIPPEN, (son of Robert, John, Henry, John, Joseph, Thomas,) d. 1650, Mass; m. Sarah Burges. Came to New England in 1635 and was among the 30 persons who began the settlement of Hingham, Mass. 9/18/1635 sundry lots of land were granted him. His will, 31 (8) 1650, accepted and app. at Ct. Boston. - Unto wife, Sarah, house I dwell in and my Shopp with the shore; also what tools are mine; house and lot for Benjamin; another for Gamaliel and another for son George. To Thomas Yeo, my sonne in lawe, the plott of ground between Goodman Batts and myselfe; also to my sonne in lawe George Vickers, a cowe. Sonne Joseph Phippenie joint Ex. with wife.
( May not be in order):
I. Joseph Phippen; m. 1st; Dorcas Wood, d. ca 1641; m. 2nd Dorothy______ About 1644 he removed to Boston, then to Falmouth (now Portland, Maine, where he resided until 1665 then removed to Salem, Mass. Rev. Robert Jordan, the Episcopal Minister who was so conspicuous in the early days of Falmouth and the first settler of Casco Bay, was his kinsman and one of his first conveyances was to Joseph Phippen, who with his sons carried on farming and fishing at Purpooduck and House Island. May not be in order:
(A) Joseph Phippen, Jr.; m. 1st Mary Sanford; m. 2nd Seaborn Gooding; m. 3rd Damaris Searl. Had children
(B) David Phippen; m. Anne (Cromwell) Ager; widow (dau of Thomas son of Giles Cromwell of Newbury.) He owned an extensive tract running 6 miles inland on NE Presumscot River; mill and other holdings at Casco. He was treacherously killed in the Indian War when accompanying a flag of truce outside the Fort at Falmouth. His family then moved to Salem.
(C) Mary; (D) Sarah; (E) Samuel Phippen
(F) Bartholomew Tipping; m. _____Deane. He was a merchant in Taunton 1689/91. King Philip's War, termed a very efficient officer. Had com. from Mass. Oct. 1676 to command the forces in re-establishing the settlement at Scarborough in 1677. In the Battle of Black Point he killed the famous Indian Chief - Mugg. In 1680 was Rep.
(G) William Tipping; m. Ann____. His will, Quenn Ann's Co. Md. dated 4/24/1714, prob. 10/29/1714, names wife, Ann - (dau m. William Austin, and had son William; dau. m. James Williams; dau Mary Tippin. He had son Thomas, wife Lidea, who d. in Delaware 1758, leaving will; and son James who removed to New England.)
May be others
II. Benjamin Phippen; m. Wilmot Youer; had 3 sons and 2 daus; all settled in New England. His son Henry spelled the name Tippett.
III Gamaliel Phippen; m. Sarah Purchase, and had 1 son and 4 daus.
IV Sarah Phippen; m. 1st Thomas Yeo; 2nd Nathan Goold
V. Rebecca Phippen; m. George Vickery, an early settler at Marblehead, moved to Hull ca 1650, d. 1679. Had son, Rev. Jonathan Vickery who was Exr. of father's est. 7/29/1679. Jonathan m. Elizabeth____; was Minister of church at Monomy (now Chatham) 1679, drowned there 1701; est. settled 1702. Had son Deacon Jonathan Vickery, b. 1683, d. 1741, Truro, Mass; wife Mary. George was in Capt. Johnson's Co. King Philip's War, 1725 seven townships were granted to officers and soldiers living and their heirs, who were in war of 1675. One of these townships was Bedford, and among the grantees was Israel Vickery for his father. (Several children).
VI. George Phippen; m. Elizabeth_____. Returned to England.
George D. Phippen, a descendant of Joseph, m. 4/13/1840, Margaret Barton, (d/o of Mary Webb and John Barton) and had: (1)George B. Jr.; (2)Samuel W. d. (3) Arthur H. and Charles E. Phippen. Descendants live in and around Salem, Mass.
(By the Editor New England Hist. & Gen. Register, who found the Phippen records while trying to locate descendants of Rev. Robert Jordan.) v. 13, 49.
By the kindness of Geo. D. Phippen, Esq. of Salem, who knew the Jordan pedigree, I was able to follow through. He has in his possession a tabular pedigree of his fmily connections in England, prepared at a very early date by Joseph Phippen or Fitzpen, eldest son of David Phippen, the emigrant, and probably accompanied his father to this country in 1635. He was living in Falmouth as early as 1650, and to him Rev. Robert Jordan made one of his earliest conveyances of land.
"This document was copied in 1768, upward of a century after its first preparation, and recopied in 1808, the latter being the earliest now in existence. It has upon it the arms of Peirce, Holton, Jordaine, Fitzpen, and Fitzpen impaling Pye and Burgess impaling Pye, (and others); these arms are arranged around an emblazoned caption, the text of which had become illegible before the 1808 copy was taken, as also the contents of the numerous bordered enclosures, which follow the arms and which formerly contained several pedigrees and connections, enough of which, however, still remains to more than prove this assertion and which is remarkably corroborated by the Herald's Visitation of Cornwall, 1620, now preserved among the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum. These enclosures, where the margins are not oobliterated, are occasionally connected in pairs by two intervening hearts, implying marriage as fully as could be done by written language....
"That Robert Fitzpen m. Cicely Jordain. The Herald's Visitation 1620 explains this Robert was of Weymouth, in Dorsetshire and his wife was dau of Thomas Jordan of Dorsetshire. The Parish records of Melcomb Regis, adjoining town to Weymouth, record their marriage 18 Sept. 1580, and also states that Robert Jordan was buried there 10/12/1589. It, therefore, appears more than probable that Joseph Phippen, who was somewhat conspicuous in the early days of Falmouth (now Portland) was induced to leave Mass. proper and settle there from advantages held out by the Rev. Robert Jordan, undoubtedly his relative.
"We would also say that the record of the Phippen Family prepared by Mr. Phippen, is the most beautifully executed MS we have ever seen. We trust he will soon have it printed with engravings of the above and other arms and illustrations with which it is emblazoned, for his copy must remain unique, as only a labor of love could prompt the taste and care so visible on every page of his volume." (Vol. 13, 1859. Several other Vols.)
"Rev. George Fitzpen, Rector of St. Mary's Church at Truto, son of Robert and Cecillie, dau of Thomas Jordan. Owen, b. Melcombe 1582; m. 7/3/1603, Annie Coinie. (Thigpen records say Ann Coiniers)...David Phippen (from whom writer of these notes descended. "Geo. D. Phippen", came to NE and was among the 30 persons who began the settlement of Hingham, Mass 9/18/1635....Rev. Geo. Phippen was persecuted for his Puritanic tendencies and his adherence to Parliament, being driven from his charge of 26 years duration over St. Mary's Church at Truro and that of Lamorran, a village a few miles distant.
"Anthony Pye of St. Stephen; m. Constance Pound; Wm. Catcher; m. Margaret Pye, and were parents of John Catcher, who "pretended" against Rev. Geo. Phippen, notwithstanding he had been guardian over his youth. Henry Burgess; m. Jane Pye; Thomas Burgess; m. Elizabeth Pye. A son Anthony Pye; m. Elizabeth, dau of Robert Tretheway.
"Gilbert's History of Cornwall says: "The Pyes with the Spreys, during the interregnum of Cornwall turned decimators and sequestrators upon the lands and revenues of the royal laity and clergy of Cornwall to that degree of hurt and damage that occasioned the making of that short litany: "From the Pyes and Spreys, Good Lord Deliver us."
"Joseph Phippen, with a forethought not common with pioneers, prepared a genealogical Chart of his own and collateral families left in the old country, emblazoned with coat-armor, etc. ((t is believed he copied the chart brought over by his father, David, adding to same.) This chart suffered the loss of some of its tablets during the disturbances of the Rev. the remnants of which were printed in the 4th Vol. of the heraldic Journal."
(As it takes up space, only pertinent facts - not repeated - are given as taken from the Heraldic Journal, pp.1-20, Vol. 4, 1868)
"In the inventory of the effects of David Phippen (descendant of Joseph), who d. 2/15/1782, age 67, is the item "One large frame containing the genealogy of the Phippen family." This was a copy of the original (and was elegantly drawn) in 1768, by James Ford a Scotchman at the time a school-teacher at Salem. This copy suffered an accident during the Revolution whereby the circular caption and other important tablets were defaced or rendered illegible. The extant copy, being the 3rd in order, was drawn frm the defaced one many years afterward, in 1808, by John Symonds of Salem, with additional tablets to later times. What became of the defaced copy or of the original, all efforts thus far have failed to discover. From the Symonds copy which is drawn upon a sheet 4ft. by 20 in. enclosed in a frame composed of 3 plates of glass, the foregoing engraving is made, exclusive of some of the recent additions. (All arms shown in Phippen records are reproduced)
"Through successful research of H.G. Somerby, Esq. among English Archives, can be presented copy of Fitzpen Arms and Pedigree, as furnished and certified before the Clarenceux King of Arms at the Herald's Visitation of Cornwall 1620, by Rev. Geo. Phippen of Truro in said county. The original visitation, with sign-manual attached, may be seen among the Harleian Manuscripts, Book No. 1162, British Museum, London.
"The old record in its complete state undoubtedly represented William Peirce of Melcomb, as ancestor of Constance Peirce, who m. 1st Robert Holton, 2nd Thos. Buckler. She lived to the great age of 131 years. Alice Peirce of the same family m. Henry Fitzpen, of St. Mary Overy, in Devonshire, who must have been born about the time of the discovery of America.
"The 2nd and 3rd tablets of the record state that: 'Robert Holton, Gent. d. at Boloigne, leaving issue: Ann, George and Alexander. Robert Holton; m. Constance Peirce.
"Jordaine of Dorsetshire. Hutchins in his History of Dorset says: The Jordans were an ancient family in Dorsetshire and occur very early in Coker-Frome, at Frome-Whitfield where they had interests ca 1400. Their arms (shown) are quartered with Trenchard -- and Mohun. (Sir Hugh Luttrell entereEdward Plantagenet, Duke of York, one of the heirs of Lord Mohun of Dunster.) Upon the painted glass windows of the ancient Manor house of Wolveton, (now in ruins) but for the time when it was built, considered one of the grandest in England. These windows are its noblest remaining ornament, and contain an almost complete pedigree of the family. Wolveton Manor lies about 8 miles from Weymouth. John Jordaine, its ancient owner, was escheator of the county 5 Henry IV, and his name also appears on list of gents. 12th Henry VI. He bought this place of John Mohun and Alice his dau., heirs to Henry Trenchard of Hampshire. John, son of this John of Wolveton; m. Christie, one of the heiresses of John Chantmarle, by whom the manors of East Stoke, Beltwale and Stoke Hyde, near Blandford, accrued to the Jordans. This John, granted John Wells, Clerk, land in Weymouth and other places. Robt. Fitzpen, or Fippen, son of John, gr-son of Henry; m. Cicillie Jordan, dau of Thos. 18 Sep. 1580, and had dau. Cicillie who was baptized 3/10/1593. This Thomas Jordan was son of Robert Jordan, merchant of Melcomb, brother of Henry and gr-son of Robert Jordaine who m. ____Coker of Blandford.
"John Coker, who d. 1635, wrote a list or survey of Dorset. Other members of the family mentioned by Hutchins are: John Jordan, who held land in Weymouth 1440; John Jurdeyne, member of Parliament 1553; Richard Jordan, Mayor of Melcomb 1596; William, who in 1575 made the gift of a musket to the grand fleet then fitting out from England. William of West Truro published in 1611 a work on the Creation and the Deluge, also in 1611 he wrote a manuscript of Interludes in the Cornish language. Ahill in Weymouth is called after this family - "Jordan's Hill. Lower, in Hist. of Surnames, says the name is known to have been borrowed from the famous river of that name in Palestine."
"The principal charge upon the Fitzpen arms - the three escallop shells, imply their antiquity, as they were without doubt conferred or assumed at the time of the crusades, (or, if later) in commmemoration of a part taken by some leading spirit in those strange wars for the rescue of the Holy Land from the avowed enemies of the Cross. The name Phippen is patronymic and is a corruption of Fitz-pen, or Fils-pen (Fitz or Fils from the Latin Filius meaning son), being a Norman prefix to an old British name. Camden says Pen, in British, signifies the head or to of anything. Polwhele says those families of Cornwall who held lands before he Conquest have been distinguished by the appellations Tre-Pol and Pen, and he bears witness that Tre and Pol (if not Pen) there existed in his day families who have preserved from all antiquity and still remain, unalienated, the very estates whence they derived their names.
"The name Pen or Penne is of frequent occurrence in early English records such as the Hundred Patent, Fine Rolls, etc. extending back from the Crusades, even to the time of the Conquest, and is found in the Roll of 'Battle Abbey.'" The first tablet on right reads - John Pen, Sh(eriff) of London, 1410, which fact is corroborated by Baker's Chronicles, p. 168. John Penne was member of Parliament returned from Weymouth 1413/20/22.
"All other parts of the old record have been remarkably corroborated by the public Archives, and we infer that John Pen was not placed at the head of the list without authority.
"The early New England Phippens signed the name Fitzpen als Phippen, some of the documents still extant. In the early records of this country we meet frequent cases where it is recorded Phippeny, but it was always a perversion and not so written by the family as their signatures abundantly show."
(These records do not show Bartholomew, William and Henry as belonging to this family; the Thigpen records say Bartholomew and William Tipping were sons of Joseph and Dorothy; and that Henry Tippet was son of Benjamin. Perhaps because the names were not spelled Phippen the authors did not consider them or follow them up. AWS)
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