Chipman of DE; of Grant Co., KY; of Scott Co., KY; of Guilford Co., NC

The lines proceeding from John Chipman of Pittsylvania Co., VA, aren’t my ancestors.  This research has been compiled pro bono.  The within reconstructed lines of John C. Chipman, James Chipman, and Perry Chipman replace the incorrect lines in A Chipman Genealogy (1970).  I don’t answer requests for information regarding the Chipman families of Grant Co. and Scott Co., KY.  There are descendants of these families working to document their lines.

There were four major branches of the Chipman family in Kentucky, and I’m supplying corrected lines for 3.  The numbers assigned to the individuals listed are the same as those found in A Chipman Genealogy (1970), but aren’t the correct numbers had the author supplied the right data.  I’m retaining the numbers so the lines can be traced forward.

I’ll begin with Draper Chipman of Fleming Co., KY:

41  Draper4 Chipman (Paris3, John2, John1)

The line is sound, but birthdate and death date in A Chipman Genealogy are wrong: should be ca. 1750-1830.  There is also confusion regarding the children of Draper Sr. and Draper Jr.  There are only 4 generations because Draper Chipman Sr. was the son of Paris Chipman I of Sussex Co., DE (d. 1781) by his last wife, believed to be Judith Draper.  Draper Chipman Sr.’s descendants are the only descendants of Paris Chipman I in the male line.

The 3 broken lines, in estimated birth order, are:

274  John C.6 Chipman (James5, John4, James3, John2, John1) b. in VA

[For the real 274, see the 1860 Obion Co., TN Federal census, p. 60; in 1840 he gave his name as “John C. H. Chipman.”]

106 James6 Chipman (James5, John4, James3, John2, John1)

[Death date is wrong.  Descendants of James Chipman of Scott Co., KY will find the material at the end of this post of  great interest, especially Deed 7.  For the real 106, see “Will Of Thomas Chipman Of Kent Co., DE (d. 1789), James Chipman’s Emerson Codicil And Those Tax Lists” page.]

279  Perry6 Chipman (James5, John4, James3, John2, John1) b. in DE

[For the real 279, see 1860 Guilford Co., NC Federal census, p. 9; Perry6 Chipman appears in the 1810 Pendleton Co., KY census p. 109 as 16-26, with one male under 10, one female under 10, and one female 16-26.]

I have a good collection of KY Chipman documents for this period, and none indicate a NC origin for #274 and #279.   Agricultural practice in the colonial and Revolutionary period was primitive, and land cheap, if not free.  Yeoman farmers left VA for DE and PA.  Migration to KY via VA was a common pattern.


For 274, 106, and 279, from John1 to James3 is well documented by White & Coles.  They’ve proved the lines to grandchildren of James3. All of the birthdates given in ACG for 41, 274, 106, and 279 are wrong.

Of  John4 Chipman, White & Coles were unaware of the existence of John Chipman of Pittsylvania Co., VA when they wrote their article.  He was living in Lunenberg Co., VA in 1749, which places his birthdate as ca. 1728, and was constable of Pittsylvania Co. in 1767.  White & Coles hedged their bets about John4 Chipman, but it’s clear to me that John Chipman of Dorchester Co., MD was actually the son of Paris Chipman I of Sussex Co., DE, not of James and Mary (Minor) Chipman.   Both Paris3 and James3 could have sons named John.

The father of  James5 Chipman was John Chipman of Pittsylvania Co., VA (see “John Chipman of Pittsylvania Co., VA” post).  Since the descendants of James5‘s brother John5 are well documented (he was a mill operator in Sussex Co., DE, d. 1828, leaving a will), the generations which need proof are John4 and James5.  The maiden name ofthe wife of John4 of Pittsylvania Co. may have been Clement; the middle name of John C.6 Chipman may have been “Clement,” as there is a Clement Chipman who shows up on DE delinquent tax lists 1813-1815 and is otherwise unidentified.  People sometimes used a middle name (if they had one), if their given name was common, and this man had a probable uncle named John living in the same DE county.

The name of the wife of James5 is unknown.  “Perry” isn’t a nickname for “Paris;” it’s a surname used as a first name, a common practice then and now, indicating his mother may have been a Perry.  Who was James5 Chipman?  The James Chipman in the 1800 Sussex Co., DE census.  White & Coles agree this man is a son of John4 Chipman. In the same county in 1800, there’s a John Chipman born between 1774 and 1784, and he was probably the John C.6 Chipman who settled in Grant Co., KY.   James5 Chipman has a male born between 1774 and 1784 in the household, and I think this is James6 Chipman. He also has two males born between 1784 and 1794, and one of these must be Perry6 Chipman, and there are also three females in the age ranges to be daughters.

James5 Chipman was a merchant (probably itinerant) who obviously had a family.  He would have bought his merchandise wholesale in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. He’s first mentioned in the estate papers of Jonathan Emerson as “J. Chipman” when on March 18, 1788 he sold the estate 2 stacks of oats; 1788 is also the year he first appears on Sussex Co. tax lists.  A 1795 entry gives his full name as “James Chipman.”  Further research on this James Chipman might concentrate on ports and major cities near DE to determine if he had accounts with wholesalers.

(Entry located slightly above middle of page.  He cannot possibly be Stephen Chipman’s son James, who is my ancestor.)


The “love story” between John C. Chipman and “Nancy Jump” related on pp. 139-140 of A Chipman Genealogy (1970)has no basis in fact.  Since many have never seen A Chipman Genealogy, I’ll quote the story in its entirety:

“John Jump lived in Del. before coming to Deep River, N.C.  He was in the Infantry in the Revolutionary War, enlisting from the State Militia.  He lived in Pendleton (now Grant) Co., Ky.  The following is an excerpt from a letter, dated Dec. 20, 1954, from Mr. Bert Lee Chipman (#925) (Compiler of “The Chipman Family”, 1920) to Mr. Everett Chipman (#1181) of Williamstown, Ky.:

”The family record of John Chipman (#107) was copied from an old family Bible about fifty years ago.  All the children were born in Guilford Co., N.C.  This old Bible was in the possession at that time of the family of Mary Davis Chipman (#272-vi)

‘About 1925, I was in correspondence with a grandson of Mrs. Davis.  The old Bible had been lost but his grandmother had told him the “family romance” in connection with her brother John.

‘He fell in love with Nancy Jump while the Jump family was a neighbor to the Chipman family at Deep River.  When the Jump family moved to Kentucky about 1812, John followed an eventually married Nancy.  Of course, this is “word of mouth” evidence as Mary was only seven years old when her family moved.  But I have found that most old family tales like this and of that period are quite dependable.’ signed Bert Lee Chipman.  The following affidavit is from Mr. Everett Chipman (#1181), late of Williamstown, Ky., dated Oct. 24, 1961:

‘Marriage records for sixth generation Chipmans in Grant county are proved by deeds in the early records of the county.  The marriage record or bond of John and Nancy (Jump) Chipman, should be filed in Scott County, Ky. but they have not yet been located.  The Court House in Georgetown, Ky. burned in 1836.  A search for this information in church records and family Bibles may prove the marriage date.  Dates for the seventh generation of Chipmans, listed herein, were copied from Grant County Marriage records, 1820-1854.'”

However, the body of the biography of John Chipman # 274 states “About 1812, he married Nancy, dau. of John Jump of Pendleton County, Ky., formerly of N.C. and Del.  John and Nancy had been sweethearts when they were children in Delaware.”

I’m tempted to call this the biggest pile of nonsense I’ve ever seen, but I’ve seen worse.  As is evident, there are discrepancies that John Hale Chipman III let pass.

That John C. Chipman died in Grant Co., KY in 1819, and his alleged father, John Chipman, who didn’t mention him in his will, died in Guilford Co., NC in 1834, isn’t proof that the former is the son of the latter.

At present, there’s no proof Nancy (?) Chipman’s maiden name was Jump.  Since the real #274 was born in NC, and Nancy (?) Chipman, if a daughter of John Jump Sr., was born in KY, John and Nancy couldn’t have been childhood sweethearts in DE, NC, or anywhere else.   John C. Chipman and Nancy (?) Chipman would have met in what was then Pendleton Co. KY, because that’s where John Jump lived (he had settled in Bourbon Co. by 1788).  John C. Chipman didn’t follow her from NC.

So–about 1925 (the unreliable) Bert Lee Chipman corresponded with a grandson of “Mary Davis Chipman,” and somehow received (or elicited) a garbled story.

John Jump, alleged father of Nancy (?) Chipman, never resided in NC:  he gives an account of his movements in his Revolutionary War pension affidavit (see below), which settles the question.  Robert Shearer, one of the authors of Jump Genealogy (1985; rev. 1987), thought Nancy (?) Chipman probably was a daughter of John Jump, but rejected the “word of mouth” tale.  I think there’s no real evidence that Nancy (?) Chipman was a daughter of John Jump, Sr.  Why?  See below.

As for the “lost” bible, Quakers kept good records and  I accept the bible records of 107 John5 Chipman as genuine.  This was oral history not recorded in the bible.  Which Mary Chipman was the grandmother in this tale?  And who had the bible?   Was it # 272-vi Mary Davis Chipman, b. 1817, a granddaughter of 107 John5 Chipman, or #107-x, Mary Chipman, b. 1803, his daughter, who married Joseph Davis?  From the context, the “grandmother” must have been #107-x, and John Hale Chipman III was confused.

Anecdotal evidence can be valuable, but in this case it concerns a man who died in 1819, and was relayed (evidently from memory) more than a century later by an informant with no first-hand knowledge of the people involved.  We don’t know exactly what Bert Lee Chipman was told, and in response to what.  It’s not clear with whom he corresponded.

I think there’s an element of truth in this tale:  strict Quaker fathers sometimes quarreled with a defiant child–perhaps about a choice of marriage partner.  This story might really be “My grandmother had a brother named John who left and was not heard from again.”

In any event, John C. Chipman of Grant Co., KY was from DE and older than #274.  In the 1880 Grant Co., KY Federal census (Downingsville), p. 69, James Chipman, son of John C. Chipman, stated that both of his parents were born in DE.  And in a “Battle, Perrin & Kniffin” sketch, John Wesley Chipman stated his paternal grandfather (John C. Chipman), who was among the earliest settlers on Eagle Creek, was a native of Virginia.

The real #274 John Chipman lived in Obion Co., TN.  In the 1860 census he gave his age as 71 and birthplace NC, so he was born in 1789 in NC, thus an exact match for #274.  In 1840 he gave his full name as “John C.H. Chipman”, and had been living in TN at least from ca. 1820, where he’s listed on the 1820 Mongomery Co. census.  In 1830 he’s on the Stewart Co. census, and by 1840 he’s in Obion Co.  He left descendants, some of whom moved to AR.

In connection with #274 above, here’s the pension application for his alleged father-in-law, John Jump Sr. (from Jump Genealogy by Robert Shearer, et. al.):

State of Kentucky  Grant County} SS

On this 14th day of October in the year 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the Honorable Justices of the Grant County Court now sitting being a Court of record, John Jump a resident of Grant County and State of Kentucky, aged about eighty-five years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

That he entered the Service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

That he was drafted in the western part of the State of Pennsylvania in a Co. Commanded by Captain Hinkston and served as a guard for the frontiers – it was considered as a Company of Minute Men.  They were under the command of Colonel Pomeroy (or as he pronounces it Pumery) he was under pay during that draft for ten months – received eight dollars per month in Continental money (or as he called it rag) – he got a discharge but has long since lost it – in a short time after the above service, he volunteered under the same officers for twelve months and was again engaged upon the frontier of the same state defending the unprotected frontiers from the ruthless invasions of the British and Tories and their Indian Allies.  during his service he was never in any regular engagement with the enemy but several times was in skirmishes with small parties – he has not been able to state the year at which he entered the service owing to his advanced age and the frailty of his memory but he distinctly recollects that services were rendered before Hannah’s Town was taken by the British, the town was situated on what was then called the Pennsylvania Road to Pittsburg – he received a discharge long since lost.  He further states he has no documentary evidence of his service, neither is he known to any one now living who has a personal knowledge of his service.  He afterwards moved to the State of Kentucky about fifty years ago and settled in what was then Bourbon County and now resides in Grant and has resided there ever since it was a county.  He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to pension or annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any Agency in any State.

Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

John Jump (X)

We, Abraham Jones, Wm Arnold & John Thornhill – residing in the County of Grant hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Jump who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be about eighty-five years of age.

[Note by Robert Shearer:  John Jump was awarded a pension of $40. per annum on the 18th of Dec. 1833.  Since the pension was retroactive to March 1831 his first check was for $120.  He drew the pension until his death in late 1841.  In the U.S. Census of 1840 for Grant Co. Ky. he was listed as a Veteran of the Revolutionary War.

SOURCE of information:  NARA File S31178 Series M805 Roll 485.  Pension file is available through HeritageQuest Online.  My reading differs slightly (but not in substance) from that in Jump Genealogy pp. 31-32 because I consulted the original records.

John Jump died intestate (without a will) before 17 Oct 1841, when Robert and John Jump were appointed adminsitrators of his estate (see below).]

According to Jump Genealogy, p. 30:

“[John Jump, Sr.] did not leave a will.  His estate was administered by sons, John, Jr., and Robert F. Jump….  John, Sr. fathered at least nine, and possibly ten children.  A deposition  by executors [sic] John, Jr. and Robert in 1842, in connection with a claim filed by the heirs of William Jump, stated that John, Sr. left nine children living at the time of his death, and they together with the deceased William Jump were the only heirs of John, Sr.  Only nine children have been identified.  A James Jump, born in 1805, of whom later, may be the tenth child.  In the property distribution, the 87+ acres was divided into nine equal shares.”

This record does prove John Jump, Sr. had ten children, and that nine of them were living when John Jump, Sr. died.

The William Jump mentioned was the son of John Jump, Sr., and had died in 1827/8.  William’s heirs had sued the executors of John Jump, Sr.’s estate.

So–who was Nancy (?) Chipman?  If Nancy (?) Chipman had been the mother of any of John C. Chipman’s children, and had died before John Jump, Sr., those children would have been heir to her share of John Jump, Sr.’s estate.  She would have been listed as “the deceased Nancy Chipman.”  Therefore, if Nancy (?) Chipman was one of John Jump, Sr.’s children, she had to be living when John Jump, Sr. died in 1841.

It appears that John C. Chipman actually had four surviving children: John, b. ca. 1808 (m. 30 Mar 1843 Lavina McKamy in Scott Co., MO; moved to Marion Co., MO); Elizabeth, b. 1 Sep 1813 (m. 9 Sep 1830 James Faulkner); James, b. Dec. 1815 (m. 1st 18 Jul 1833 Polly Kinman); and William, b. 7 Nov 1818 (m. 1 Jul 1841 Merrela Ann Juett).

The 1820 Grant Co., KY Federal census lists Mrs. Alice Chipman (who must be Nancy Chipman) having:  one female under 10, one female 10-16, one female 26-45, three males under 10, and one male 10-16.

This places Alice/Nancy’s birthyear as between 1775-1794.  There are six juveniles, two of whom were born between 1804-1810.

Was John C. Chipman married more than once? Who was the mother of his children? According to a letter I received from Robert Shearer,

“The 1820, 1821, 1824, 1825 and 1835 tax lists for Grant Co. list Nancy Chipman with 133 acres. This presumably is the same 133 1/2 acres [on Eagle Creek] deeded to John Chipman on 5 May 1819 (apparently just prior to John’s death).”

I queried Barbara Brown of the Grant Co., KY Historical Society to see if Nancy Chipman appeared on any tax lists after 1835.  She told me Nancy Chipman is in the 1840 tax list as holding 130 acres on Eagle Creek, with two minors, and that is the last entry for her through 1847, the last year the tax lists have been abstracted.

A deed filed in Grant Co. dated 29 Mar 1844, and recorded 19 Aug 1844, between James Fortner [sic] and Elizabeth his wife late Elizabeth Chipman and James C. Chipman (who reserved 5 acres) and Mary his wife, grantors, being two of the children of John C. Chipman deceased, conveyed their two shares which was one-half of the Eagle Creek property to William Chipman of Grant Co., grantee.  The deed proves there were four heirs of John C. Chipman.  Apparently Nancy (?) Chipman was deceased when this deed was executed.  On 22 Jan 1853, James Chipman exchanged the 5 acres on Eagle Creek he’d previously reserved to himself with William Chipman (Recorded 24 Jan 1853).

Taking William Chipman as heir to 1/4, who was the other 1/4?

John Chipman b. ca. 1808 in KY had married Lavina McKamy on 30 Mar 1843 in Scott Co., MO.

There’s a baseline here.  If Nancy (?) Chipman died before John Jump, Sr., then she wasn’t his daughter.  It may be that John Chipman, who married Lavina McKamy, was absent when the 29 Mar 1844 transaction was made, and was the other 1/4.

I don’t have the answer.  Grant Co. court minutes don’t note the death of Nancy (?) Chipman.  The last year she’s on a tax list is 1840.  She’d have only a life interest in the Eagle Creek tract.  She may have been dead by 1841.

The next strategy would be to examine the 1841 tax list and see if John, James, and William Chipman (or any of them) were holding shares of the Eagle Creek tract.  That would indicate that Nancy (?) Chipman was dead.  But even then, it’s not that simple:  when was the 1841 tax list compiled?  The problem is that tax lists from year to year don’t always have people on them that you know were there.  Barbara Brown has narrowed the range of the problem, but more study is required to see if the records can help determine the identity of Nancy (?) Chipman.

I know of no evidence that Nancy (?) Chipman’s children fell heir to any part of the John Jump, Sr. estate.  If she was the mother of James Chipman, then according to him she was born in DE, while a daughter of John Jump, Sr. would have been born in PA or KY.  Whatever the truth, there’s no doubt the “family romance” about John Chipman and “Nancy Jump” is fantasy.


From A Chipman Genealogy page 34:

“38 Stephen4 Chipman (Perez3, John2, John1) was born about 1728 in Sussex, Somerset Co., Md.  (now Kent Co., Del.); d. before 1772.  He married Agnes –.  She m. 2nd. Isaac Moore.


i  Thomas, b. about July 1, 1769

106  ii  James, b. about June 1, 1771

The evidence of the above is established in a petition of Isaac Moore made in the Orphan’s Court, Dover, Del. in the State Archives, dated Dover, Kent Co., Del.  Sct. Mar. 1st 1775.”


From A Chipman Genealogy page 69:

“106  James5 Chipman (Stephen4, Perez3, John2, John1) was born about June 1, 1771; d. Jan. 23, 1833 in Scott Co., Ky.  About 1812, he married Charlotte Crockett Hutchinson widow of James Hutchinson, d. Scott Co., Ky. in 1806.  She was the dau. of Winder and Anise Venable Crockett of Sussex Co., Del.; b. 1780; d. Nov. 13, 1838 in Fayette Co., Ky.  Winder was an officer in the Colonial forces of the Revolutionary War; it was Anise’s third marriage.


  1. Eliza Jane, b. Sept. 12, 1813; d. July 9, 1885 in Lexington Co., Mo.; m. Edward Randolph Pritchard; b. June 1812 in Maryland; d. July 17, 1878 in Lexington.
  2. James Jr., b. 1816

271 iii  Joseph Venable, b. 1817

iv         William Greenbury, b. 1820; m. 1840, Mrs. Emily Henry of Fayette Co., Ky.

v          Elizabeth (Betty), b. 1822; m. July 15, 1839, George A. Mason (four children)”


OF 38 Stephen Chipman, the above account is substantially correct, although according to White & Coles he was probably born in NY, and he was the son of James and Mary (Minor) Chipman, not “Perez” Chipman.

(i) Thomas Chipman’s will was recorded 28 Jul 1789 in Kent Co., DE (Book M, folio 201-202); he left everything to his brother James, with instructions that James should pay his three step-brothers Vincent, Andrew, and Isaac Moor 20 pounds each when they came of age.  Thomas Chipman was illiterate; he signed his will with an  “X.”

The birth dates for (i) Thomas Chipman and (106 ii) James Chipman are interpolations.  They weren’t supplied by Scott Co., KY “descendants” to John Hale Chipman III; rather they were supplied by John Hale Chipman III to the “descendants.”  This is one of many times he stitched together unclaimed lines based on nothing more than a name.

FOR (106 ii) James Chipman, let’s begin with the last claim first, the data about James Chipman’s father-in-law Winder Crockett:

Winder Crockett was from Nanticoke Hundred, Sussex Co., DE where he appears on the 1795 tax list.  Nanticoke is adjacent to Broad Creek Hundred on the north.  The 1800 Broad Creek Hundred census lists a James Chipman household with a male in the right age range to be James Chipman of Scott Co., KY.

I queried DAR in Washington, DC about Winder Crockett’s alleged Revolutionary War service, and on 16 Dec 2007 was informed that Winder Crockett isn’t in the DAR Patriot Index, and none of his descendants are members of DAR (A search of the DAR database on 8 Feb 2011 showed that Winder Crockett is still not listed).  I searched online databases for Revolutionary War soldiers, including Maryland and Delaware troops, and couldn’t locate Winder Crockett.  I know of no evidence proving Winder Crockett participated in the Revolutionary War in any capactiy.

The tale of Winder Crockett’s military service was first published in 1928 in Volume 5 Notable Southern Families The Crockett Family and Connecting Lines by Janie Preston Collup French and Zella Armstrong, who quoted a letter from E.I. Crockett of Pueblo, CO:  “Winder Crockett was an officer in the Revolutionary War and was a grandson of the old original Richard Crockett who seemed to have founded the Maryland Clan.”  This is an undocumented story which, when analyzed, is baseless.  James Chipman is not mentioned in the book.  I don’t know how many times Anise (Venable) Crockett was married.

The first records in KY of James Chipman are entries in the 1813 & 1814 Pendleton Co. delinquent tax lists that note he had moved to Scott Co., KY.  He married Charlotte (Crockett) Hutchinson, daughter of Winder Crockett.

Charlotte (Crockett Hutchinson) Chipman made her will on 13 Nov 1838 in Fayette Co., KY.  It does name a James, but he is a slave.  The only person to whom she states an actual relationship is her son Joseph V. Chipman, whom she names as her sole executor (Jos. V. Chipman, b. 1820 KY, is listed in the 1860 Lafayette Co., MO census p. 383). Joseph Venable Chipman must have been the youngest child.

(Fayette Co., KY Will Book O, pp. 101-102; click on image once to enlarge it.)

This begs the question:  were all of the Chipman children really Charlotte’s?   Evidently not—Joseph Venable Chipman seems to have been her only surviving child from either marriage. What is important to understand in reading Charlotte Chipman’s will is that the value of the two slaves she bequeathed to her son Joseph would have exceeded the value of all of the other bequests combined, including the monetary payments.  Thus it appears the 1820 Scott Co., KY census represents the merging of two households, the result of widower James Chipman marrying widow Charlotte (Crockett) Hutchinson, whose “family” consisted of children who were not biologically hers.

In 1870, William Greenbury Chipman’s widow Emily (b. 1814 KY) was living in Kansas City, MO, 2nd Ward with three children:  Benjamin, Lucy, and Annie.  (1870 Federal Census, Jackson Co., MO p. 475.)

Although in that era it’s quite unlikley a man would marry for the first time at age 41, the census data shows that James Chipman of Scott Co., KY wasn’t born in 1771:

The 1820 Scott Co. census, p. 96A shows James Chipman with 2 males 0-10, 7 males 10-16*, 1 male 26-45; 3 females 0-10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 16-26, 1 female 26-45.  In this census, James Chipman is shown as born between 1775 and 1794.  There are 17 individuals in this household.  [*I checked the original census record and verified that there were 7 males 10-16 in the household.]

The 1830 Scott Co. census, p. 166 shows James Chipman with 1 male 0-5, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 40-50; 1 female 5-10, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 40-50. In this census, James Chipman is shown as born between 1780 and 1790.  Thus, the 1830 census is consistent with the 1820 census.  There are 8 individuals in this household.

If James Chipman’s marriage date of ca. 1812 to Charlotte (Crockett) Hutchinson is correct (and there are reasons to believe it’s not), this individual would have been 41 years of age at his first marriage. I have no source for James Chipman’s death date, but it doesn’t seem to be from a bible record (see below).  The birth dates for 4 of his 5 children are estimates, though Eliza Jane’s was obviously furnished by her descendants, and the fate of “James Jr.” is unclear.

In Grant Co., KY on 10 Dec 1827, John Chipman, who was over 14 years of age, minor son of Perry Chipman, chose James Chipman as his guardian; William Evans and Robert Nicholson were James Chipman’s securities.  The only James Chipman in KY old enough to be his guardian was James Chipman of Scott Co.

Perry Chipman had five children:  John, d. 1840 (m. 15 Dec 1836 Mary Edwards; she m. 2nd 3 Dec 1841 Robert Jump); Sally (m. 14 May 1832 Hosea Harris); James (m. 2 Feb 1852 Lusian Macklen; she m. 2nd 8 Nov 1860 Thompson Collins); Joseph (m. 13 Oct 1858 Nancy C. Crosswhite; she m. 2nd 1 Feb 1864 Samuel Scoggin); and Nancy.

In the 1850 Marion Co., MO census, Ann Chipman, b. 1790 DE, was living in the household of her daughter, Sally Harris.

In connection with James Chipman of Scott Co., KY, I have the following records.  The Scott Co. courthouse in Georgetown was destroyed by fire on 9 Aug 1837, with most records lost.  There was also a fire in 1876. Some deeds were brought in to be re-recorded.

The following involve James Chipman:

  1. William Wilson and Nancy his wife and Sally Ingram to James Chipman, all parties of Scott Co., a tract of land on the waters of North Elkhorn containing 40 acres for $200.00.  5 May 1823.  Rec:  5 May 1823.  (Deed Book F, pp. 29-31.)
  2. James Chipman and Charlotte his wife to Austin Bradford, all parties of Scott Co., 40 acres on the waters of North Elkhorn for $500.00.  28 May 1824.  (Deed Book F, pp. 268-269.)
  3. John Mosely to James Chipman, both of Scott Co., 80 acres being the same upon which the father of said Mosely resided at his death, including 30 acres upon which Martha Scofield now resides, for $162.50 silver coin.  28 Aug 1824.  (Deed Book F, pp. 269-270.)
  4. Patsy Mosely to James Chipman, both of Scott Co., her interest in a tract of 80 acres upon which her deceased father lived, for $75.00 silver coin.  29 Nov 1824.  (Deed Book F, pp. 330-331.)
  5. Jacob Shuff and Nancy his wife to James Chipman, all parties of Scott Co., their interest in 80 acres which Jacob Mosely, father of said Nancy, resided on at his death, including 30 acres upon which Martha Scofield now resides, for $75.00.  15 Apr 1825.  (Deed Book F, p. 434.)
  6. James Chipman and Charlotte Chipman his wife to Joseph Coulter, all parties of Scott Co., a tract of land on the waters of the North fork being part of the land on which Martha Scofield resides.  Whereas Jacob Mosely was one of the heirs of Jacob Scofield, and 1/5 part of said land descended to him upon said Scofield’s death, and another 1/5 was purchased from Stephen Scofield, another heir.  Jacob Mosely died and left 12 children, and James Chipman purchased of John, Joseph, Patsey, and Nancy Mosely their interest in said 70 acres, which James Chipman deeds to Joseph Coulter.  25 Jan 1828.  Rec:  25 Jan 1828.  (Deed Book H, pp. 233-234.)
  7. James Chipman and Charlotte his wife to Joseph Coulter, all parties of Scott Co., references same transaction as above.  25 Jan 1828.  Acknowledged in person by James Chipman on 25 Jan 1835, and by Charlotte Chipman on 21 Feb 1835.  (Deed Book K, pp. 247-248.)
  8. Joseph Chipman of Scott Co. to Alfred Hosman of Fayette Co., wagon team and gear, the team consisting of two horses valued at $475.00, as security on a loan of $264.00.  10 Jan 1840.  Rec:  10 Jan 1840.  (Deed Book P, pp. 429-430.)
  9. Joseph Chipman of Scott Co. to Alfred Hosman of Fayette Co., 2 horses and sorrel mare for $50.00, mortgage on a loan of $50.00 to be paid 15 Aug 1840.  3 Feb 1840.  Rec:  4 Mar 1840.  (Deed Book P, pp. 473-474.)
  10. William G. Chipman to John F. Cantrill, trust deed, 6 horses and mares, 1 cow, 10 sheep, house and kitchen furniture, 2 beds and bedding, 1 bureau, pots, tea kettle, etc., for $1.00, as security on a loan of $168.87 for stock and money which Cantrill paid as security for Chipman.  10 Jan 1845.  Rec:  20 Jan 1845.  (Mortgage Book 1, p. 122.)

Court Order Book D, p. 70:  Lawsuit, Neubold Crockett adms. of James Chipman.

I have copies of these deeds.  Deed 7 is an interesting document, for according to A Chipman Genealogy, James Chipman died on 23 Jan 1833, yet here we find him acknowledging a deed on 25 Jan 1835.

Of James Chipman of Scott Co., KY little can be said with certainty:  He was in Pendleton Co., KY as early as 1813, and married Charlotte (Crockett) Hutchinson, a widow, by whom he had one child, Joseph Venable Chipman.  He died intestate in Scott Co. after 25 Jan 1835.  It appears the family fell on hard times after the death of Charlotte Chipman.  And that’s about it.

In my opinion, the “death date” of 23 Jan 1833 in A Chipman Genealogy is merely a misreading of the date James Chipman personally acknowledged Deed 7.  After the Scott Co. courthouse fire, the deed was produced to be re-recorded, probably by the Grantee.


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James Chipman

Charlotte Chipman

Scott County sct January 25th 1835

The foregoing deed of conveyance from James Chipman to Joseph Coulter was this day in my office acknowledged by the said James Chipman to be his act and deed for the purposes therein set forth mentioned whereof the same is duly Recorded.

Scott County sct February 21st 1835

The foregoing deed from Charlotte Chipman to Joseph … was this day in my office acknowledged by the said Charlotte Chipman to be her actual deed for the purposes therein set forth by virtue whereof the same is duly Recorded.

Att Rec B Ford Clk

(All that may be said with certainty of James Chipman of Scott Co., KY is that he appeared in Pendleton Co., KY ca. 1812, moved to Scott Co., married Charlotte (Crockett) Hutchinson, a widow, and had by her one child:  Joseph Venable Chipman.  His other children were by another, unidentified wife.  Charlotte’s father Winder Crockett wasn’t a Revolutionary War officer.  The birth date of this James Chipman is unknown, but apparently in the early1780s, and his death date is unknown.  It seems dead men do tell tales and can still sign their lives away.)


An excellent website for Grant Co., KY genealogical research is:

It has online abstracts of many early Grant Co. records.


White & Coles in their excellent “Mayflower Descendant” article gave good account of James3, but only carried the line to the names of his grandchildren.

What to do?  As an exercise, I decided to take the text of A Chipman Genealogy, and render it verbatim, except to note in the italicized material the necessary corrections.  The numbers shown, e.g., 39, 107, 108, and so forth, are not what would have been assigned had John Hale Chipman III supplied correct data.  I left them intact because that’s how they’re referenced in A Chipman Genealogy.  White & Coles give a lengthy bio for 39 Paris (Perez); I won’t argue about the name except to say it was Parisit’s just that with a southern drawl it sounds like Perez.

This is a rewrite of pp. 34-35, & 69-70, amended with corrected information from White & Coles.


39 Paris (Perez)4 Chipman (James3, John2, John1) was born probably about 1727 in Stonington, CT; d. Mar. 13, 1801 in Guilford Co., No. Car.  From 1749 to the close of the Revolutionary War, he made his home in Camden, Del.  He enlisted in Capt. John Carter’s Company North District, Hundred of Broad Kiln, Del., seeing action in the French-Indian War (see Muster Roll dated Apr, 25, 1757 in Delaware Archives, Vol. 1, p. 14).  Paris Chipman moved to Guilford Co., NC before the Revolutionary War. During the Revolution, several bloody battles were fought in Western North Carolina. Paris and his neighbors, many of whom were Quakers or Nicholites, spent many hours caring for the wounded.  For such public service, Paris Chipman has been recognized by patriotic organizations. His will is recorded on p. 71 of the Book of Wills #A, filed in the Clerk’s Court, Guilford Co., Greensboro, No. Car. dated “May Court, 1801”.  Pariswas a “fuller” or clothier by trade.

  1. 1st Mary Inkley, dau. of Elnathan Inkley; one child:

a dau., d. inf

  1. 2nd Oct. 3, 1751, Margaret Manlove, b. 1728; d. Feb. 23, 1803, dau. of William Manlove; children:
  2. Eunice, b. June 20, 1752; d. inf.
  3. Hannah (Harriet), b. Nov. 11, 1753; m. 1772, William Horney of Caroline, Md.

iii.        Mary, b. June 27, 1756; d. Jan. 1, 1837

  1. Deborah, b. Dec. 31, 1758; d. 1782

107 v  John, b. Mar. 24, 1761

108 vi Paris, b. Sept. 11, 1763

107 John5 Chipman (Paris4, James3, John2, John1) was born Mar. 24, 1761 in Kent Co., Del.; d. Apr. 19, 1834.  About 1784, he moved to Deep River, N.C.  He was a successful farmer, accumulating considerable wealth besides being prominent in town affairs.  Record of his will is found in Court Records, Guilford Co., N.C. in “Wills, Book B. pp. 516-518”.  About 1784, he married Mary (Molly) b. May 23, 1766; d. July 21, 1834, dau. of Obadiah and Rebecca (Johnson) Harris.  Her name is listed on the Rolls of the Deep River Friends Church (Quaker).


272   i     James, b. Feb. 2, 1785

273   ii    Jesse, b. May 23, 1786

iii    Deborah, b. Nov. 3, 1787; d. Sept. 18, 1872 in  DeKalb Co., MO; m. Jan. 25, 1807, Moses Welborn (Wilborn)

274   iv  John, b. Oct. 22, 1789; resided in Obion Co., TN; descendants

v  Sarah, b. June 12, 1791; m. Sept. 4, 1809, Jonathan Wheeler

vi  Margaret, b. June 24, 1793; m. Apr. 27, 1813, Jacob Charles

275  vii  Obadiah H., b. Aug. 7, 1795

276 viii  Stephen Manlove, b. Feb. 25, 1798

277   ix  Rachel, b. Oct. 1800; m. Feb. 19, 1825 Barnett Idol (Her natural son, by an unknown father, christened Thomas Chalkly Chipman, q.v.)

x  Mary, b. Apr. 4, 1803; m. Apr. 19, 1822, Joseph Davis

xi  Anne (Ann), b. Aug. 7, 1805; m. Anderson Nicholson

108 Paris5 Chipman (Paris4, James3, John2, John1) was born Sept. 11, 1763 in Kent Co., Del.; d. Mar. 13, 1803.  About 1785, he moved to Deep River N.C. where he was a successful farmer.  On June 27, 1790, he married Elizabeth, dau. of Hezekiah and Martha (Elmore?) Saunders, of Virginia.


278     i  Hezekiah, b. Apr. 10, 1791

ii  Paris, a bachelor, never left NC; b. Jan. 23, 1793, liv. 1860

280  iii  Joel, twin of Paris, b. Jan. 23, 1793

iv  Mary March, b. Sept. 1795; m. Mordecai Mendenhall

v  Hannah, b. Sept. 4, 1797; m. Stephen Carter

vi  Martha, b. Jan. 16, 1800; d. Jan. 12, 1869, interred in Friends Cemetary, Bangor, Ia.; m. Dec. 20, 1821, Wm. E. Carter, b. 1791; d. June 2, 1866

vii  Elizabeth, b. Feb. 13, 1803; m. 1829, Temple Stuart


This deed abstract concerns Paris Chipman of Kent Co., DE (who later moved to Guilford Co., NC), and the Walker and Craige families.  I don’t recall where I obtained it, but the Paris Chipman in the deed was the son of James and Mary (Minor) Chipman.

9 Dec 1762.  William Walker of New Castle County and Jane Murray of the City of Philadelphia widow of William Murray merchant to Paris Chipman of Kent County.  George Craige yeoman deceased of Kent County owned part of a tract called Rhode’s Forest in Murderkill Hundred of Kent County adjoining land of John Caton bounded in part by Tidbury Branch, containing 108 acres, plus another parcel, originally purchased by Craige from Andrew Cadwill on 26 Aug 1726 and 20 Mar 1734.  George Craige died intestate leaving two daughters, Mary Craige and Jane Murray, then Jane Craige, who inherited a portion of said lands along with Isabella Craige, their mother, who also held lands once owned by James Train and the widow Caton containing 100 acres which was sold to Isabella Craige by James W. Hixon 16 May 1746, which Isabella Craige conveyed to Jane Craige in her will.  After George Craige’s death, Mary Craige married William Walker by whom she had several children, and afterwards died, whereby William Walker is now a tenant on the land.  William Walker and Jane Murray for 180 pounds convey to said Paris Chipman the three parcels of land and all property thereto.  Jane Murray appoints John Caton her attorney in Kent County.

Wit:  Thomas Parke, Jno. Murray

Signed:  William Walker, Jane Murray

Filed 9 Feb 1763

Rec:  24 oct 1763

(Kent Co., DE Book Q, p. 143)

Barbara Petty, descendant of Mary Chipman (dau. of James Chipman and Mary Minor) and her husband John Shields, sent me a copy of the following letter:

October 1st 1849

Mr. William Dunning

Dear Sir I have lernt that you keep the registers and my Grand Father Paris Chipman came from that State but what County I have not been able as yet to ascertain it may be your County; I much desire that you would search your records and if you find any of the name of Chipman pleas give me all the particulars that you can find he emigrated to this County before the revolution you can refer back some five years before that time the said Paris Chipman came from one of the New England states to Delaware and we much desire to ascertain if his Father came to Del with him

Dear Sir these favours I begg of you as it is a matter much Desired pleas let me hear from you as soon as possible with … respect your

Humble Ser-Joel Chipman

N.B. direct your letter to Deep River Po

Guilford County N.C.

[Joel Chipman 1793-1886 was the grandson of Paris Chipman, son of James and Mary (Minor) Chipman.  This James Chipman is the common ancestor of the Chipmans of Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and had descendants that remained in Delaware for some years (e.g., desc. of his son Benjamin Chipman, and desc. of John Chipman Jr., a grandson and proprietor of a Sussex Co. mill); a brief notice of this family is given in A Chipman Genealogy, 1970, p. 19, while an in-depth treatment is in White & Coles’ Who Were The Chipmans Of Delaware And Maryland, Mayflower Descendant, in two parts, Vol. 52, 2003.

Joel Chipman didn’t know who was his great-grandfather Chipman.]

~ by Jeffrey Thomas Chipman on December 1, 2014.