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Solomon Pippin, III, born 1783, Edgecomb County, N. C., married Lovicey and later Jane Rooks in Florida. He died in April 1855, in Washington County, Florida and is buried in Tiller Cemetary near Wausau, Florida.
Solomon Pippin was noted in Robeson County, NC, on 28 January 1807 when he was to witness the will of one Griffin Hill. Solomon III named his first son born in 1804 Griffin Lambert Pippin.
Solomon III married Lavicey in Edgecomb County, NC, in 1802. The two had Griffin Lambert, born circa 1804; Leviza born c. 1805; Noah, Elias and Laurida (Lohardy), born before Ennis. Ennis was born on 10 April 1810. He married Martha Newton on Oct 14, 1836, and when she died within a few short years, he married Hannah Newton, Martha's sister, in Oct 1841. He migrated to Calhoun County, Florida(FL) and helped found the Pippin-Bailey Mill, which was later to become Clarksville, FL. He died on 10 August 1892. Then Nancy, Celia (Sealy), Sally, John, and Cressy were born; Elizabeth was born 19 Sep 1829, and married to William Seaborn Pelt in 1848 in Calhoun County, FL; and William, born 8 Sep 1831, in Florida. In 1831, Solomon owned a plantation in Robeson County, NC. Robeson County is also astraddle of I-95 and borders Georgia. The County Seat of Robeson County is Lumberton, N.C. It was here that tragedy struck the Solomon Pippin family.
In about 1820, Griffen married Leiza and migrated to Early County, Georgia. Elias married Harriet Moody on 3 Oct 1828, in Edgecomb County. Harriet played a major role in the sad episode that led to Solomon taking his family and moving from Robeson County, NC.
Evidence of Harriet (Moody) Pipin (Pippins) taken at the home of Solomon Pipin before John Brown, J. P., and William Townsend, J. P. on June 10, 1831, in an inquiry into how an infant child was found "lying dead." Harriet had discovered that Laurady (Laurida) Pipins was with child "three or four months back." Laurady asked if it would harm a woman with child to kill the child. Noel (Noah) Pipin came to the house to get Elias Pipin to go to the house where Laurady Pipin appeared to be in labor. They gave her "Rose-Merry" (Rosemary- a fragrant shrubby mint) to ease the pain and put a "smoothing iron" to her belly. They had heard Laurady Pippins say that she was not with child but she saw the clothes and "saw her milk" which showed she "had delivered of a child." She had buried it, not knowing whether it was a child or not, concealed it in a "very private place" in the swamp about a half mile from Solomon Pippins' house. This was taken as testimony of Harriet Pippin. Nancy Powell, Bertha Taylor and Griffen Taylor likewise gave the same line of evidence that Laurady had been with child. Lourady was committed to the Robeson County jail charged with the concealing the birth of an infant child alleged to have been born of the body of the said Lourady and a bastard. Lourady, Solomon, Noah and Elias Pippin gave 500 pounds lawful money to bond the appearance of Laurady at court in Robeson County on the 4th day of September 1831. Given under their hand and seal on the 19th day of July 1831. The matter ended in Robeson County on 24 March 1832, when Sheriff A. S. Browne wrote: "Lohardy Pippin, Solomon Pippin, Noah Pippin, and Elias Pippin are not to be found in my county. I am informed they have removed beyond the limit of this state and that Lohardy Pippins has since died." (People in legal trouble in early Robeson County often left the area never to heard from again. In this case it is possible that word was leaked back from another state saying that she had died in order to get the matter dropped. So said the editor of these legal matter which comes from the original hand written documents. The signatures of the Pippins were all by their mark (X) and witnessed on the bond document.)
Solomon moved his family from Robeson County, N. C. to the area of the Georgia-Florida line. He is listed as a land owner in Gadsden County, FL and was a land owner in Early County, Georgia (GA) in the late thirties. On September 28, 1839, Solomon Pippin sold to John Bryan, for the sum of two thousand dollars, five hundred acres in Early County, Georgia. Early County lies in southwest Georgia bordering Alabama on its western side and Seminole County and Miller County to the south. Blakley is the county seat. Solomon's oldest son, Griffin Lambert, had settled in Early County, Georgia with his wife Leiza, in the early twenties. He and Leiza had four children. Malinda born 24 Oct 1921 in Edgecomb Co. NC; Romonthy born in 1922 in Georgia; Griffin Lambert, Jr born 20 Nov 1833 in Lowndes, GA; and Mary born in 1834 in Florida. I believe that Solomon and his family passed through Early County on their way to Florida. On December 21, 1834, Celia Pippin married Johnson King in Early County, GA. In the census of 1840 in Early County, GA, Johnson King is listed with a son 0-5 years, two daughters, 0-5 years and a female (wife) 20-30 years. This led, I believe, to the meeting of Griffin Lambert Pippin and Ramath Gillead King, probably Johnson King's daughter. Griffin and Ramath were married on May 3, 1838. Griffin was 35 and Ramath was 16. Johnson King was in his forties when he married Celia, who was about 16. The girls married young and to older men, didn't they?
Solomon Pippin migrated to Florida with his wife Lavicey and his younger children. Possibly he had been in Gadsden County earlier. A Solomon Pippin was listed in the 1830 census in Gadsden County, and he purchased land in 1827, 1830 and 1832.
In the book History of Walton County, Florida there is irrefutable evidence that Solomon lived there. The Indian War of 1836-37 in Florida, called the Seminole War, was fought in west Florida, with Walton County the great battle ground. I quote from the book page 121: "Just before the commencement of this war there moved a family of Pippins from Georgia into Mossy Bend, and when the war was practically over there came another family by the name of Coopers from the same neighborhood in Georgia, who were friends of the Pippins, and became their neighbors. The mother Pippin, old Aunt Lavicey, and her girls, were very much amused at the old Scotchmen and women talking the Gaelic language, and they amused themselves often in the evenings by trying to imitate them, and they were very loud mouthed. One evening when they were in one of their biggest glees, the Coopers heard them trying to mimic the Scotch, and thought it was the Indians murdering the Pippins, and fled from their homes, told the neighbors as they went that they heard the Indians talking, laughing and rejoicing over their killing them. Homes were all abandoned, women and children all fleeing to the place of safety, men gathering and preparing to fight the Indians anew. Quite a large company of ready men organized and moved to drive the savages from the settlements, when they reached the Pippins home, found them all safe and in good humor, wondering what had become of so many of their neighbors. This was the greatest panic of the war, it gave severe imaginary trouble to the settlers." Lavicey was about fifty-two years of age and the daughters were probably Nancy, Sally, Cressy and Elizabeth and maybe Leviza and Laurida.
In the 1840 census, Solomon and Lavicey are listed with one boy under five years (who may be James King), one boy under 10, William, one girl under 10, Elizabeth, one girl under 15, perhaps Cressy. Lavicey died in 1842 in Walton Co., FL. She was about 58 years of age.
On March 9, 1843, Solomon Pippin married a widow, Jane Rooks born 19 Jul 1812. They were to have six children for a total of 19 children for Solomon Pippin. Children by Jane were Solomon; Hannah C. born 1 April 1845, married Mark Bowen, 16 Mar 1866; Harriet Ellen born September 8, 1846, married Crayton Tiller on October 19, 1865 and died 20 September 1927; Ada born 10 May 1848 and died 24 December 1902; Owen Lambert, born Jan 3, 1850, married Piety Tiller on November 7, 1872, and married Virginia Pierce, widow of Rasmus D. Nelson, on November 9, 1879. He died Jul 26, 1904; Catherine, born October 7 1851.
In the 1850 census of Washington County, where he had moved to in the late forties, Solomon is 65, Jane is 38, William is 17, Sarah Rooks is 15, John J. Rooks is 13, Anna J. Rooks is 12, James King is 9, Hannah is 4, Harriet is 4, Ada is 3 and Owen L. is 8 Mos. Jane had three children by Rooks and all were born in North Carolina. Perhaps Solomon knew Jane and her first husband while the all lived in North Carolina. James King is an interesting question. I believe he is the son of Johnson King and Celia Pippin and Solomon is left to raise the boy due to some tragic event that took his parents or perhaps he was just visiting his grandfather during the time the census was taken. Solomon died April 1855. In the Washington Co. 1860 census Jane, 47 is listed with Anna J. 21, Hannah 15, Harriet 14, Ada 12, Owen L. 10 and Catherine 9. In the Washington Co. 1870 census Jane 57 is listed with Owen L. 22. In Washington Co. in 1880 Jane 68 is listed with Ada 32. Jane died August 4 1896, both her and Solomon are buried in Tiller Cemetery near Wausau, Washington Co., FL.
Somewhere between Virginia, through Robeson County, North Carolina, and Washington County, Florida, the French Huguenot blood was mixed with the native American blood of the Indian. Enough that a son and a grandson of Solomon Pippin were listed as Indian debtors at a trading post in Washington County, Florida in about 1870.# An interesting study of the Indian heritage from the Pippin line of our family is the following writing that lends some evidence to the fact that there is a high probability that it does exist. Caroline Pelt married Harrison Sewell in Calhoun County, Florida. She is the grand daughter of Elizabeth Pippin and William Seaborn Pelt. A descendant of Caroline's says that her Indian heritage comes from her maternal side of the family. She writes: "John and Christianna Pelt had a son named Seaborn Pelt. He married Elizabeth Pippin and these are Caroline Pelt's grandparents. The Pippin family is definitely believed to have been Indian. Seaborn and Betty moved around a lot, since every ten years they were on the census of a different county. i. e. 1850 in Gadsden County, 1860 in Jackson County, 1870 in Calhoun County and 1880 in Walton County. Seaborn died in 1889, but Betty is said to have moved to Pensacola and to have died there in 1910. While living in Calhoun County, Seaborn Pelt must have been a Justice of the Peace because this name appears on marriage records from the 1860's. During the Civil War, Seaborn is reputed to have taken care of orphans and widows. Seaborn and Betty had a son named Mason Pelt. Mason married Mary Peacock in Calhoun County. These are Caroline's parents. They always lived in Calhoun County. Mason had land and did some farming for a living. Tobacco had to be grown in a patch separated from the garden plants, by Mason's request. A habit which seemed curious to other men, he was working with, was that Mason would always sit off by himself, with his back turned, when eating lunch. I have read, in Grant Foreman's writings that Choctaw men ate apart from others in this way. Caroline was the only daughter and she had four brothers. When they worked away from home it was in the turpentine business. Caroline married Harrison Sewell and the Sewell's are said to have been Indian, or part-Indian, also." "Harrison and Caroline always lived in Calhoun County. Harrison farmed and worked for a lumber company as a watch person, and for logging companies a bit. Caroline had a peach orchard and an apricot tree. With 5 girls and 5 boys and 4 or 5 cousins sometimes living with them, the fruits were all consumed or canned. Caroline was knowledgeable in the use of wild plants and herbs for home cures of various ailments. She also knew very well how to care for her fruit trees. Most of Harrison and Caroline's descendants still live in Florida and most still live in Jackson and Calhoun Counties." This was written by Janice Maddox. Elizabeth Pippin is the sister of Griffin Lambert Pippin.
My great-great-grandfather is Griffin Lambert Pippin. He was born in 1804 in Edgecomb County, N. C. Ramath Gillead King was born in 1822 in Georgia, probably a twin to a brother, Micajah. In I Kings, Chapter 22, verse 3, Jehosaphat and the King of Israel was to go up to Ramoth Gilead to do battle. In verse 8, they asked who could tell them about the Lord. The prophet who could do so was named Macaiah. I believe that Johnson King went to the bible to name his twins in 1822 from I Kings, Chapter 22. Additional speculation on the habit of Johnson to name from the Bible is the boy that lived with Solomon during the Census of 1840, James King, a la King James Bible. Also Griffin and Ramath were to name their second son Henry Johnson and he was called by Johnson, while the first son was named Soloman after Griffin's father.
Ramith and Griffin were married on May 3, 1838 in Early County Georgia. A true handwritten copy of their Marriage Certificate reads as follows:
GEORGIA, Early County
To any Minister of the Gospel, Judge, or Justice of the Peace. You are hereby authorized to join Griffin Pippin and Ramath Gillead King in the Holy State of Matrimony according to the constitution and laws of this state and for so doing this shall be Sufficient License. Given under my hand and seal this first day of May, 1838.
I do certify that Griffin Pippin and Ramath Gillead King were duly joined in matrimony by me on this 3rd day of May 1838.
William M Clay, JP
They were living in Walton County Florida during the census of 1840. On February 24, 1840 there was born to Griffin and Ramith a daughter, Ann Eliza Pippin. In the 1840 census, Griffin Pippin was listed as age 30-40, a son 5-10, one daughter under 5, 2 females 15-20 and a female 40-50. The son is probably Griffin Lambert, Jr and the young girl is probably Eliza, the two females are probably Malinda and Ramath and the older female is not known. Griffin and Ramith were to have nine more children. They are: Solomon born 1842, Henry Johnson born 1845, Peter K. born 1847, Elias born 1850, In the 1850 census for Walton County, Griffin 47 is listed with Ramath 28, Eliza 12, Solomon 9, Henry (Johnson) 7, and Elias 7 months. William born 1854, John C. B. born 1858, Daniel born 1860, Dicy Ann born 1863, Love Anna born 1865. The last three children were born in Washington County Florida.