My Sister Gets All the Good Stuff

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1878 – It was her older sister’s 30th wedding anniversary (actually it was her half-sister), so Phebe gifted Mary Jane with a “Linen Shirt Bosom” which was in keeping with the cotton and linen theme of the celebration.

There were many attendees with about 120 persons assembled to celebrate alongside Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Phelps. But there was ample room for them all including  the Shirland band that played several pieces of music.  The feast was sumptuous with bountiful edibles and tempting viands. The company did not break up until the small hours of the new day.

Given how long the party lasted, Phebe likely did not bring her 3 month old daughter May.  But little did she know, May’s future in-laws Ephraim and Nancy Powell were in attendance and brought towels as a gift.screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-5-57-25-pm
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Hardships Endured

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Abt. 1850 Standing: Edwin, Jane, Alanson, Mary Ann, Minard. Seated: Elva, William J, (Father), Sophia (Mother), James, Matilda. Seated on floor: Louisa.

History of the Steward family, as given by Aunt Ida Steward at the 1924 family reunion at Uncle Minard‘s.

This may be interesting to many of you, who know nothing (or very little) of your grandparents and the hardships endured by them in making a new home in the West.

To begin with, William Steward was born July 25, 1808 of Scotch parents near Rochester, New York.  He early learned the carpenter trade, also millwright, and went into Canada.  While working at his trade he met Sophia Long, who was born January 10, 1810 of Holland Dutch parents.  She went into Canada, when a small girl and her father was a potter by trade.  She used to help him at his work.  She met William Steward and finally they were married when he was twenty one and she nineteen years old.  They lived in Elgin County at Smoak’s Corners on a small farm in a log house.  He still worked at his trade while he lived there.

They had eight children: James, Alanson, Edwin, Matilda, Mary Ann, Elva, William Jr., Jane, William Jr. was drowned when about 18-20 months old.

They finally wanted to go to a new home, so in June 1846 they started for Illinois – in the far West it seemed to them.  They had two covered wagons, in which were household necessities for eating and sleeping.  The cow was tied to the end of the one wagon.  I don’t know whether  they had any chickens or pigs.

James and Ed were the drivers and Alanson was the huntsman and kept them supplied with game of all kinds.  Children, how would you like to be in a lumber wagon with no springs to ease the bumps and to go as slow as horses walk?  No auto to hurry you through; and to sleep in a wagon, not on a spring bed and to go on next day in the same old way?

Well, to continue with the trip, when they reached the Detroit river, they crossed on a ferry; then they were in the United States, and had a long long journey ahead of them.  While crossing Michigan they met with many kind people, often Father and Mother Steward were invited to share the cabin of new settlers and to sleep in a comfortable bed.  After many weeks they reached the town of Chicago and from there they started northwest across the trackless prairie, headed for the village of Rockford.  When they arrived there, they had to ford the river and I presume they had forded many other streams.  By that time, they began to feel that they were nearing their journey’s end; for a brother of Mother Steward’s  had settled on a piece of land afterward owned by Ellsworth Campbell’s father.  Mr. Long’s house was on the bank of a creek, so they could catch fish from their backdoor.  When the travelers arrived, no doubt there was joy unbounded – that they were at their journey’s end, after nearly three months.  How weary they must have become and the little children too?  The youngest was Jane and about two years old.  What a big undertaking for them for the sake of founding a home in the West?  They lived upstairs in Mr. Long’s house, in small quarters.  I have heard Mother Steward tell of how she had no carpets and she used bed quilts on the floors, so it would not be so noisy for the folks downstairs.  After they had been there about three months a daughter was born to them, Louisa Steward Redington, and we are glad that she can be with us today.  Father Steward bought a farm from the government about two miles west of there; built a house with lumber, some of it hauled from Racine, Wisconsin.  Just think of the miles they had to go.

They got settled in good time and one thing worried Mother – there were no trees nor bushes for her to get a whip to punish the children with so she had to use a strap.  They had to haul grain to Chicago.  The trip would take a week or ten days and there were no hard roads then.  Many times they would have to pry their wagons out of the mud.  Such industrious people as they were.  They soon had currant bushes, apple and cherry trees set out and it began to look homelike.

In September 1848, a son Minard came to them to be a pet or a nuisance and his is w/ us to-day.  He and Louisa are in fairly good health considering their ages.  One by one, the rest have passed to the Great Beyond and you the descendants of William and Sophia Steward are here to commemorate those good people and to celebrate their coming into the State of Illinois.

“Long and happily may you all live”

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Coon Creek School in Rockton, Illinois

Dwight Powell and his siblings attended the one-room school house known as Coon Creek School in Rockton, Illinois.  The school remained opened until 1953 according to  Beloit Daily News, This Day In History, June 2, 2003: 50 Years Ago on June 2, 1953:  The one-room brick Coon Creek school near Rockton will be closed for good at the end of the school year this Friday; students living in the area served by the school now will attend Shirland school.

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One of Dwight’s mementos of those years is the school “yearbook” presented here. Click to enlarge.

“Coon Creek Pupils” – Names listed in the Class of 1915: George Anderson, Claude Austin, Lillian Austin, Sewall Austin, Elizabeth Clover, Lore Clover, Esther Dahlen, Madeline Harper, Dwight Powell, Leslie Powell, Marian Powell, George Taylor, Helen Taylor, Ray Thomas, Mildred Shepardson, Norman Shepardson

Class of 1924

Class of 1924

An aerial photo of the site is found in the: This is Winnebago County, Illinois  published in 1956 by Inland Photo Co. Chicago, IL

Aerial view of Coon Creek School published in 1956

Aerial view of Coon Creek School published in 1956

Here is another photo of the school: As published  The William A. Phelps Family book by Larry Krug

Circa 1952 as published in the William Phelps family book

Circa 1952 as published in the William Phelps family book

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Family of Samuel Powell / Chapter V of “The Powell Family” book published 1906

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CHAPTER V SAMUEL POWELL AND FAMILY

Samuel Powell, son of Thomas Powell, was born in Frederick county, Maryland, June 5, 1807; died January 2, 1873. Married Sarah Kern about 1834, who died January 10, 1892. He was a farmer and soon after marriage settled on a farm near Freeburg, Ohio, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was successful in business; owning two fair sized farms at the time of his death, which were acquired by hard and continuous labor. He was a loyal member of the M. E. Church. The society at Freeburg was maintained largely by his support and influence. His was the home of the Itinerant. It was a great pleasure to him, on quarterly meeting occasions, to have a large number of the brethren from the other appointments to go home with him for dinner, twenty or more being thus entertained at one time. He fell into line with the Republican party at its organization and continued a faithful adherent. Of the ten children born to them, all lived and raised families and built up homes of their own. His Widow, who survived him nineteen years, after the loss by fire of the house on the old home farm, moved to Marlboro, Ohio, where she lived until called to her eternal home. The old family Bible, with its records, was burned in the house.

(A) Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Samuel Powell, was born February 13, 1835. Married Lawrence Richter (who was born in Holland) April 19, 1860; died April 19, 1905. Mr. Richter was a blacksmith. They lived for a short time after marriage on her father’s farm and he worked at his trade. When Lincoln called for troops in 1861 he enlisted for three years in Co. K, 43d Regiment O.V. I. He re-enlisted and continued in the service until the close of the war. After his discharge he lived some time in the old neighborhood, then moved to Alliance, where they lived several years. From thence they moved to Sterling, Michigan, and later to a farm near Augress, same State, where he died. The widow continues to live on the old farm. The family are in fellowship with the Methodists and affiliate with the Republican party politically. Eight children were born of this union:

(a) Cora E. Richter—Born January 28, 1861. Married Oliver Fibado September 4, 1878. He is a teamster and they live in Bay City, Michigan. Twelve children were born to this union:

(1) Albert Fibado.—Born October 18, 1879. Married Hilda Yaher April 25, 1905.
(2) James A.—Born February 20, 1881; died May 24, 1891.
(3) Olive D. October 31,1882. Married Walter Schaff May 3, 1905. They live in Detroit, Michigan.
(4) Maggie B. February 26, 1885; died June 7, 1891.
(5) Arthur April 18, 1887; died March 1, 1888.
(6) Ida January 28, 1889; died November 1, 1891.
(7) Dora A. Born December 8, 1890.
(8) Rosa April 20, 1892.
(9) Clarence July 14, 1895.
(10) Florence July 13, 1897.
(11) Infant born January 27, 1900.
(12) Elma January 25, 1902: died in infancy.

(b) Emma J. Richter.—Born June 21, 1862. Married Fernando Cookson November 3, 1878. He is a carpenter and they live in Seattle, Washington. Seven children born to them:

(1) E. Minnie.~Born March 5, 1880. Married Charles W. Butterworth September 5, 1904. Live in Seattle, Washington. One son, William C., born September 5, 1905.
(2) Evelyn—Born March 27, 1884. Married Marion R. Thornton July 25, 1900. He is street car conductor and lives in Seattle, Washington. Two sons born to them: Albert, born June 18, 1901; and Fernando E, born October 6, 1903.
(3) Fernando—Born October 10, 1882; died April 4, 1883.
(4) Gertrude—Born January 4, 1886; died February 4, 1886.
(5) Leonard—Born July 15, 1889.
(6) Goldie F.—Born August 8, 1891.
(7) Emma J.——Born January 24, 1894.

(c) Sarah L. Richter.——Born October 9, 1866; died April 19, 1869.

(d) Ida M. Richter.—Born April 21, 1868. Married John Morris June 11, 1895. He is a farmer and they live at Dyra, Tennessee; They had four children; three dead and one living: (1) Earl Morris.

(e) Charles W. Richter.—Born September 2, 1870

(f) William M. Richter.—Born August 11, 1872. Married Sophia Burrister July 22, 1902. He is a sailor on the lakes. Their home is at Augress, Mich.

(g) Franklin S. Richter Born July 12, 1875. He married Coreen Martin and they have four children. He is a brakeman on the railroad and lives in Wisconsin.

(h) Benjamin P. Richter.——A twin brother of Franklin. Married Carrie Burrister June 29, 1905. He is a sailor and they live at Augress, Michigan.

(B) William Powell, son of Samuel Powell, was born April 26, 1836; died January 29, 1897. He married Lydia Lower January 28, 1858. He was a farmer and lived near Freeburg, Ohio, for a few years, operating a threshing machine in connection with farm work. He afterward bought a farm near Harrisburg, Stark county. About 1885 he took the contract to build the union school-house in Marlboro; That he might be near his work he moved to the village. Later he bought the property in which he had moved and lived there the remainder of his days. His widow still occupies the same house. He was a man of unusual strength and endurance, and seemed to have a delight in doing a little more than the ordinary. This peculiarity may have been the cause of the paralysis that finally ended his life. From early life he was a Methodist, and was loyal to the interests of the church.

His Wife and children are also members of the same church. He and his sons all staunch Republicans.

Five children were born of this union:

(a) Amanda .T.—Born May 23, 1859. Married H. C. Holibough October 11, 1877. They lived a number of years near Marlboro, Ohio, where Mr. H. was engaged in the fruit and nursery business. Later they moved to New Berlin, Ohio, Where he is engaged in the manufacture of cigars. They are members of the Christian Church and he is a Republican. Two children born to them: (1) Infant; (2) Robert M., born December 18, 1878. Married Wilda M. Snyder October 20, 1901. He is a farmer and lives near New Berlin, Ohio. A daughter, Bula, was born to them May 28, 1902; also an infant.

(b) John C.—-Born February 22, 1861. Married Sarah C. Bixler November 8, 1883. He is a farmer and has lived near Marlboro about all his life. Six children were born to these parents:

(1) Chloe E., born October 16, 1886: died in infancy, (2) Florence, born October 21, 1888; died in infancy (3) Irma L., born March 3, 1890 (4) Infant. (5) Howard W., born April 6, 1897; and (6) Hazel, born April 18, 1904.

(c) David June 30, 1863. Married Minnie Speelman November 25, 1885, who died April 18, 1891. He married Hattie Hively December 8, 1892. He is a farmer and has lived all his life in Marlboro township, Stark county, Ohio. A daughter, (1) Alvira L., born July 1, 1887, and a son, (2) Roy H., born December 8, 1889, are the fruit of first marriage. To the second union two Infants (3) (4) died; and two sons, (5) Raymond, born June 24, 1901, died April 9, 1902; and (6) Kenneth, born August 28, 1904, were given.

(d) Charles January 1, 1869. Married Elizabeth Brown October 4,1888. He is also a farmer and lives near Marlboro, Ohio.. Four sons bless this home: (1) Walter W., born February 9, 1889; (2) Clyde R, born October 31, 1890; (3) Ralph H., born September 4, 1894; and Russell L., born October 30, 1898..

(e) Phebe September 18, 1875. Married Delbert Hazen September 27, 1893. He is a farmer and lives near Marlboro, Ohio. The family are Methodists. Four children were born to them: (1) Walter M., born October 30, 1895; (2) Infant, born October 7, 1896; (3) Mabel. born August 24, 1897; and (4) Mildred, born October 2, 1900.

(C) David, son of Samuel Powell, was born November 25, 1837. Married Catharine Knoll March 7, 1861, who died January 28, 1898. He married Sarah A. Gibbens April 2, 1903. After his marriage he farmed and ran a threshing machine in the home neighborhood. In 1865 he moved to Marshall county, Indiana, near Bourbon, where he bought eighty acres of timber land and, as he says, “cut a hole in it and built a plank house. He then proceeded to clear the timber, deriving considerable income from sale of lumber. In 1869 he sold out and bought a cleared farm near by. In 1870 he bought an interest in a threshing machine, which he helped run, along with his farming, for twelve years. In 1882 he exchanged his farm near Bourbon for one of 200 acres near Plymouth, the county seat of same county, where he lived until 1901, when he returned to Bourbon township and farmed four years. The second marriage took place in the mean time. In March, 1905, he rented the farm and located in Bourbon, where he lives a retired life, enjoying the fruit of his labor, being in comfortable circumstances. With his happy, cheerful disposition, he should live many more years to help those around him by his neighborly kindness. He has always been “a red-hot” Republican. Two sons and a daughter were born of his first marriage:

(a) Charles July 21, 1863. Married Ida I Dill June 1; 1893, who was a successful teacher in the public schools. Began teaching at the early age of fifteen and taught thirty-four terms previous to marriage. Mr. P. has been employed at farming and operating threshing machines and a saw-mill ever since he was twenty years old. He is now giving more attention to the lumber business. He belongs to K. O. T. M. and I. O. O. F. orders, holding important official relations to both. He has succeeded in business and is in good financial standing, having quite considerable real and personal property. He lives near Bourbon, Indiana. Two sons were born to them: (1) Infant, born May 31, 1894; and (2) Lorie C., born December 6, 1898.

(b) Sarah L.—Born May 21, 1865; died February 15, 1872.

(c) William F.—Born October 14. 1872. Married Luella Moore April 15, 1900. Engaged in farming and threshing and is prospering. Live near Bourbon, Indiana. A daughter, (1) Vera, was born to them June 5, 1903.

(D) Ephraim, son of Samuel Powell, was born February 15, 1839. Married Nancy Geary of Homeworth, Ohio, August 5, 1862. He enlisted August 16, 1862, in Co. I, 115th Regiment O. V. I. His company was on detached duty most of the time, participating only in the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and some minor engagements along Stone River. Was mustered out July 5, 1865. A few days after reaching home he went to Winnebago county, Illinois, Where his wife had preceded him, and bought a farm of eighty acres near Rockton. They lived on this farm three years, then sold it and bought one of 160 acres near by, which he still owns. Two years later he moved to Chicago and was in business there five years. Then returned to the farm, where he now lives a retired life, his youngest son having assumed the management of the farm; He began a religious life at an early age and united with the church of his father’s, in which he has held an official relation much of the time, being class leader at this writing. Mrs. P. was also a Methodist before her marriage. As a result of their Christian living they are made to rejoice in seeing their children accept Christ and come into the church fold. They are fully awake on the temperance question, and so vote Prohibition. Three sons and a daughter live to comfort their parents.

(a) Parker S. – Born September 27, 1866. Married Adella Collins March 26, 1890. In addition to the public school he attended select school in Rockford two years, then for a short time attended the business college at same place. When of age he entered the office of a machine shop at Rockford as book-keeper, and holds his place still, at a good salary. A son, (1) Harold, born in 1892, and a. daughter, (2) Daisy born in 1895, bring sunshine to this home.

(b) Hattie E. – Born February 7, 1871. Married Mathew Graham April 10, 1891, who died in July of same year. She married Samuel Pollock February 1893. He is a minister of the M. E. Church and at this writing is completing his college work at Evanston, Illinois, where they reside. He is also serving a charge a few miles from the city.

Of the first marriage a son, (1) Mathew was born some months after his father’s death. He lived with his grandparents until thirteen years old, then went to his mother at Evanston and is in school. Two little girls are the fruit of the second marriage: (2) Mary E., born in 1899, and (3) Ruth A., born in 1901.

(c) Dwight E.—Born July 20,1878. Married Mary (sic; May) Pollock October 17, 1901. He attended business college at Rockford two years, then two years at agricultural college at Madison, Wisconsin. He then bought a farm adjoining his father where he now lives. He is chorister in the M. E. Church and also a steward. A son, (1) Alden, born in 1903, gladdens the home.

(d) Fred W. – Born May 29, 1880. Married Myrta Young December 26, 1901. He also attended business college at Rockford and is now farming the home place. He is a member of the M. E. Church and a Prohibitionist. Two children came to them: (1) one dying in infancy, and (2) Leland Parker, born in 1904.

(E) Lovina, daughter of Samuel Powell, born July 5, 1841; died October 28, 1899. She was mar- ried to Henry Paulin September 19, 1861. He enlisted in 1862 in Co. I, 115th Regiment 0. V. 1., and took part with that company as noted in sketch of Ephraim Powell, with Whom he soldiered. The family moved west soon after his discharge, living in Iowa. and Kansas. He was a farmer and now lives in Washta, Iowa. We have failed to secure a sketch of this family, for which we are sorry, and must be content with a simple record. There were born to this union six children:

(a) William June 28, 1862. Married Hester Logan November 25, 1884, who died October 28, 1901. He is a carpenter and lives at Crookston, Minnesota. Six children were born to them: (1) Charles, born December 3. 1885; a farmer and lives at Crookston. (2) Edgar, born February 22, 1887. He is a farmer and lives at Crookston also. (3) Vernroy, born August 1. 1888.

Pollocks & Lippitts in Winnebago County 1892

Click title for Google-digitized edition of PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF WINNEBAGO and BOONE COUNTIES, ILLINOIS published in 1892 (see page 632).

WILLIAM H. POLLOCK. This gentleman
of whom we write, whose pleasant home is
to be found in Shirland Township, is descended
on both sides from heroic and high-minded
people. He was born in St. Lawrence
County, N. Y., September 25, 1844, and his father,
Samuel Pollock, who was born in Ireland in 1801,
and who was of Scotch descent, came to the
United States when sixteen years of age, and after
reaching mature years was married to Miss Betsey
A. Sackett, a native of New York State. Mr. Pollock
was a farmer all his life but also followed the
trade of a mason. His wife died at the age of
forty-eight years and he followed her to the grave
when about seventy-two years of age.

The subject of this sketch was the first son and
fifth child of eight children born to his parents.
He was the first one of this family to make his
way Westward, and he came to Winnebago County,
Shirland Township, April 12, 1866. For the first
five years he worked on the farm and in the lumber
regions, and in December, 1870, he was wedded to
Mrs. Phoebe Strail, nee Lippitt, afterwards locating on
the farm where his wife was reared. She is the
daughter of Dr. John W. and Almira (Yarrington) Lippitt,
the father a native of Rhode Island and of English descent,
and the mother a native of New York, and of Scotch
parentage. The Lippitts are of the English nobility.
Mrs. Pollock’s parental grandfather was Loudon Lippitt,
who came from England and settled in Rhode Island
at a very early date. He had two sons and a daughter:
John Wesley, Daniel, who was a school teacher and
later a farmer of Pennsylvania, and Nancy, who
passed away.

John Wesley Lippitt was thoroughly educated for
the medical profession and was an eminent practitioner
in his native State. He came to Illinois at a very
early date, probably about 1836, and obtained
one-fourth section of Government land where his
daughter now lives. He came first from New York
prospecting in 1835, and traded his team and outfit
for a claim in Rockton Township, after which he
returned on foot to New York, and the following
year returned with an ox-team bringing his family,
consisting of his wife and four children, back with
him. On arriving here, he found his claim covered
by a Government claim, known as Indian Float.
He then purchased another claim of one hundred
and sixty acres of one claim and moved into a new
log house erected by himself. Three years later, his
wife died, leaving him with the four children
above mentioned: Maria, a resident of Beloit;
Jane, Mrs. W. A. Phelps, of Rockton Township;
Ann, Mrs. C. B. Ayer, of Beloit, and Francis, who
died at Rockton when twenty-seven years of age.
The father was again married, in 1843, to
Mrs. Almira Warren, nee Yarrington, who was
a native of Chautauqua County, N. Y., but who
came to this State about 1840. She bore him
one daughter and four sons: Phoebe A., born in
February, 1844, now Mrs. William Pollock;
Loudon, the second son, enlisted in the army when
but eighteen, where he served one year in
Company A, One Hundred and Forty-seventh
Illinois Volunteers, coming home on account
of failing health, and died at the age of twenty;
John and Albert Wesley, both drowned, and Ira,
who died when two years of age. Albert Wesley
and John were promising boys and were drowned
in Sugar River in 1856. The body of the former
was not found by the family, although anxiously
searched for, but about thirty-five years later,
Mrs. Pollock learned that Deacon Patten Atwood
had taken the body from the Rock River at Roscoe,
many miles below, and buried it there. Dr. Lippitt
died in Shirland Township, where his daughter
now lives, in 1863, when sixty-nine years of age.
His wife followed him to the grave one year later,
when fifty-eight years of age.

To Mr. and Mrs. Pollock were born eight children,
one of whom died in infancy, and they now have four
daughters and three sons: Cora at home, a graduate
of the Beloit High School when nineteen years of age,
and now conducting a class in instrumental music;
Samuel E., a student in the Beloit Preparatory
Department; Wilbur H., attending the district school;
Alice L., attending the home school; Mary Agnes,
also in the home school, as are Clara M. and
Truman A., the two youngest of this bright and
interesting family, Mrs. Pollock has one child,
Hattie Strail, from her first marriage. This daughter
is now Mrs. Samuel Bennett, her husband being
a photographer in Wisconsin. Mr. Pollock has
been Commissioner of Highways for nine years
and has been School Director for some time.
The past spring he was elected Supervisor of the
township. He and wife are worthy members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he has
ever been a liberal contributor, and in which
he has served ethically for some time. Mr.
and Mrs. Pollock have one hundred and sixty-five
acres free from all encumbrances, and they are
keeping twenty cows, selling the milk to the creamery
in Shirland. They are wide-awake and enterprising
and have been successful.

Phebe Almira Lippitt

There is a very detailed book written by Larry Krug in 1961 that has history of the descendants of Phelps and Lippitts.  Click the title of the book to see the entire book that has been Google-digitized:

Link to The William A. Phelps Family book by Larry Krug

Pollock Phebe bio page 1
Pollock Phebe bio page 2
Pollock Phebe bio page 3

On page 3 it mentions that her daughter Hattie’s husband Sam Bennett is a young photographer.  I found it interesting that these two photos of her were taken by “Bennett” photography in Wisconsin.

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The Lippitts move west in 1836 / New York to Rockton, IL

There is a very detailed book written by Larry Krug in 1961 that has history of the descendants of Phelps and Lippitts.  Click the title of the book to see the entire book that has been Google-digitized:

Link to The William A. Phelps Family book by Larry Krug

A story of afflication and hardship / pride and admiration.

Note that this biography lists two wives that were both named Almira:  Almira Jocelyn who bore him four children and Almira Warren who bore him one daughter (Phebe Almira whom I am descended from) and four sons.

Lippitt John Wesley bio page 1
Lippitt John Wesley bio page 2
Lippitt John Wesley bio page 3

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