I'm researching my Flippen family and ran across this posting.My gr. grandmother was Elizabeth Katie Flippen, born Miss abt 1871, and she seems to come from the Laurence and Copiah County areas of Miss., and proximity of her first husband's eldest son as direct neighbors indicates a relationship with John M. Flippen, gunsmith in Copiah County, son of William J. Flippen, grandson of Merritt Flippen and Elizabeth King.
The family story is that Kate Flippen was a Choctaw Indian. That she left the Lawrence/Copiah Miss area with her family and relocated to the new Indian Territory of OK.She then made her way back to Miss. as a young woman by 1893 or so.
I can't find Kate Flippin in the 1880 census anywhere.I can't find William J. Flippin and his second wife, Mary Palmer, anywhere in 1870 onward. He married Mary Palmer in 1869.I'm speculating that maybe my Kate Flippin was a daughter of that 2nd marriage?Just a guess to work with.Elizabeth King, first wife of William, has family history stories that they were part Cherokee per postings on ancestry.com.
I notice that I also can't find Walter Flippin in 1870 or 1880, and find it curious that both these posts are Flippen inquiries that relate to Indians.