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John "Shack" Meshach PHIPPS

John "Shack" Meshach PHIPPS[1]

Male 1812 - 1916  (104 years)

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  • Name John "Shack" Meshach PHIPPS 
    Born 14 Feb 1812  Abingdon, Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Dec 1916  At His Son Alberts Home, Farragut, Fremont County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Fremont County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Congregational Church
    Person ID I15568  Lucius
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2003 

    Father Jesse PHIPPS,   b. 1788, Rock Creek, Wilkes (Now Ashe) County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, Putham County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Jennie SPURLIN,   b. 1788, VA? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1848, Monroe County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 1809  Ashe, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5520  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dorothy COX 
    Family ID F5609  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Stewart LONG,   b. 12 Mar 1821, Ashe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1905, Farragut, Fisher Twp., Fremont County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1842  Owen Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maggie PHIPPS,   b. 22 Jun 1850,   d. 9 Jul 1895  (Age 45 years)
     2. Hiram J. PHIPPS,   b. 8 Feb 1852,   d. 21 Jan 1906  (Age 53 years)
     3. Laura PHIPPS,   b. 30 Apr 1854,   d. 30 Aug 1889  (Age 35 years)
     4. Melvina "Mallie" PHIPPS,   b. 18 Feb 1860,   d. 6 Oct 1926  (Age 66 years)
     5. Albert Stamper PHIPPS,   b. 2 Feb 1864,   d. Jun 1956, Farragut, Fremont County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     6. Birge PHIPPS
     7. Bye PHIPPS
     8. Matthew M. PHIPPS,   d. Aft 1916
     9. Mary PHIPPS,   d. Aft 1916
    Family ID F5611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Research):John was once rumored to be the father of John R ockefeller based on a book on the Standard Oil Company by I da Tarbell. In the book, The Banditti of the Prairies by Ed ward Bonny, there is a chapter on Shack Phipps and his asso ciations with outlaws as a younger man. He became involve d with the Long gang through his wife Mary Long. This gan g was responsible for the murder of Colonel Davenport the f ounder of Davenport, IA. Her cousins Aaron and John Long we re hung for his murder.

      Although disputed Eli and John were listed as the oldest se t of twins by Guinness Book of World Records.

      "John M. Phipps split rails to earn $200.00 with which he b ought his freedom from his father, at the age of 18, so tha t he could be his own boss and accumulate whatever propert y he could earn." "He married and moved to Missouri where t hey lived for years, and knew Jesse James and his band an d often recalled incidents of those days a century ago." "S ettled in Fremont County, (IA) coming here from Independanc e, Missouri. In late 1876 Mr. Phipps met Mr. Kaster (a Morm on with farming interests in Fremont County) and they discu ssed a trade of the Phipps land held in Missouri for the la nd owned by Mr. Kaster in Fremont County. Ther Deal was mad e and the abstract recorded." "He joined the Shenandoah (IA ) Elks Lodge at the age of 100, and was accredited with bei ng the oldest Elk in the organization."

      "John had a gold handled cane and would walk down the railr oad track to Shenandoah when he was 100.

  • Sources 
    1. [S28] Pam Crain Gedcom File, Pam Crain, (March 7, 2003), cra_mey_gedcom.ged.