My husbands 3rd ggreatfather was Rev. John Fletcher Pipkin.He descends from the first daughter (Mary Susan Caroline Pipkin born May 30, 1839 in Evergreen, Alabama) of John Fletcher and his first wife Caroline Ann Smith Kendall (widow).Rev. Pipkin later moved toBeaumont, Texas where he lived the rest of his live.He was known as the Father of Religion in Beaumont, ministered to everyone no matter what faith they were because he was the only minister in townfor awhile.He did own slaves.Woodson Pipkin was his butler or 'man' and Rev. Pipkin taught Woodson to read and write when it was against the law to teach slaves to read.He wanted Woodson to minister to his own people, and Woodson later was ordained to the ministry.He and another man started the schools for black children in Beaumont.Woodson took the Pipkin name ashis own.I have researched in Beaumont, and found no indication that Woodson was a son of Rev. John Fletcher Pipkin.This information was found in the county history of Beaumont.I have more information on Rev. Pipkin and his family if interested.