Dexter Shippey is the son of Elijah and Jenetta Shippey. In 1968 I found the broken-off tombstones for Elijah and Jeanetta at the Shippey family cemetery in Cherokee County, South Carolina.I later learned from other people who lived in the vicinity that their graves might have been covered when Goucher Baptist Church, not far away, built a new sanctuary.Apparently, someone carried the tombstones to the Shippey cemetery.
Elijah's tombstone states that he died August 1, 1857, aged 50 years, 10 months, and 15 days.Jennetta's tombstone indicates that she died August 11, 1867, in the 52nd year of her age. I copied the inscriptions and also took photographs of them.
Elijah was the son of Samuel Shippey (b. 1763?, d. July 6, 1836), who is buried in the family cemetery.His wife was Sarah (b. 1763?, d. March 26, 1851).Samuel fought in the American Revolution.Evidence for his involvement is found in A. S. Salley, Jr., ed.*Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution*.Book X--Part II.Columbia, S.C.:The Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1925, pp. 106 and 120.One of the two Samuels listed by Salley may be the son of the Samuel mentioned above.This younger Samuel died in 1816.
According to my records, Dexter and Margaret Elizabeth Littlejohn Shippey had the following children:Thomas Littlejohn, b. Dec. 25, 1865; Susan, b. 1869; Etta; Clarence Bobo; William Wofford, died young, never married; James Richard, b. 1878, d. 1932; Mary; John Landrum, b. Sept. 26, 1873; Polly; and "Cluff."Dexter Shippey fought in the Civil War and was wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg.He was promoted to the rank of sergeant.He and his wife, as indicated in the original message, are buried in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
John Landrum married Florence Lucinda Wright. Their children were Walker Wright, b. Jan 30, 1900, d. May 9, 1965; Viola; Nelly Estelle; Margaret Elizabeth; and Sarah Catherine.Mrs. Agnes Long Shippey, the widow of Walker Wright Shippey gave me some of this information in either 1968 or 1969 when I visited her. I also learned from her that her husband was born in Greenville, South Carolina.His father died at age thirty-seven while Wright was still a child. He and his sister Margaret lived for a time at an orphanage in Columbia, South Carolina.At the time of his death, Wright was the vice-president of Sleight and Hellmuth, Inc., manufacturers of printing and lithographing ink.He is buried in Arlington Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. The obituary for Walker Wright Shippey is in the May 10, 1965 *Atlanta Journal*.