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The Lipps Family of West Virginia and other related families

Updated October 6, 2002

About Our Family Research

The Lipps name comes from Germany. We think somewhere around Lippstadt and/or Baden. They first came to America in the early 1700s through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and seemed to move primarily south through Maryland, Virginia and into West Virginia.

So far, we have only managed to find Henry Lipps and his wife, Rebecca Hardin Lipps. We are hoping to go back further into the family line and find Henry's parents, as well as Rebecca Hardin's parents.

We have a family reunion every year the last weekend of June in Weston, West Virginia, so if you are interested drop on by. We would be glad to share family information.

This project could not be done without the help and contributions from many people in and out of the family. My thanks to all the have contributed.

Many blessings and best wishes,

Vicki L. Goff
First Lipps Family File from Greenbrier County Historical Society in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia


(*From material prepared for Mary B. Smith by her father, and made available to HEH by Miss Mary Ellen Lipps, Lewisburg, WV)


There is a part of Western Germany know as Lippestadt, and one of the old counts was known as Comte Lippe. Carlyle mentions him in his “Frederick the Great”, as having met Frederick in his youth and forming a pleasant acquaintanceship with him, which resulted in Frederick joining the Masons.

In the early part of the 18th century, Henrich Lipps came to [1732] to Pennsylvania. Later, in 1752, Johannes Lipps, Jacob Lipps, Henry Lipps, Casper Leap, Johannes Leep, all came from Rotterdam, Holland to Philadelphia. It is believed that from one of these, Nannie L. Smith’s paternal ancestors descend.
Henry Lipps came from the Shenandoah Valley to Greenbrier about 1790, & settled on the Tuckwiller Farm, west of Lewisburg, now owned [1960] by Frank Wilson and his sister, Mary. He was born in 1756 and died in 1820. It is not known whether he was born in Pennsylvania or Virginia. He is said to be buried in the old graveyard near the Wilson house, his grave marked by a neat brown stone slab. He did not leave a will, but the appraisement bill of his estate shows that he owned, in addition to his farm and household furniture, the following: 1 Negro, 4 horses, 8 cows, 20 hogs, sundry cooper tools, and 14 sheep. His children, as listed by his grandson, John Lipps, were:

1. Jacob Lipps, res. Greenbrier; ancestor of Aquilla Lipps.
2. George Lipps, res. Indiana.
3. Daniel Lipps, d. y.
4. John Lipps, m. Nancy Hedrick
5. Bilsey Lipps, m. ___________ Vance, moved to Maine and d. there.

Of these children, Jacob Lipps res. Near Williamsburg, in Greenbrier County; Aquilla Lipps of Lewisburg; John Lipps of the Brush Community family; and a family which resided in Washington, were his descendants.
John Lipps, son of Henry (4 above), was b-ca 1780. He grew up in Greenbrier, and having inherited the Tuckwiller Farm, sold it and removed his family to a very narrow, but fertile valley, some three miles south of the Tuckwiller Farm, known as the Rich Hollow. Before his removal, ca 1811, he married Nancy Hedrick, “an intelligent, neat, industrious woman, whose father and mother were both Germans. German was the mother tongue of Nancy, and she read her German Bible to the last. John Lipps was a very thrifty man, who had quite a family. He made money rapidly and would have been a man of wealth, if he had not died comparatively a young man, for that section “where so many live beyond 80.” He d-ca 1832, leaving the following children:

1. Elizabeth Lipps, b-2 Jan 1810, m-________ Fleshman.
2. Andrew Lipps, b-31 July 1812, m-Hannah Haymaker.
3. Henry Lipps, b-21 Dec 1815, m-Catherine Horn.
4. Mary H. Lipps, b-23 Aug 1818, m-_________ Carraway.
5. John Lipps, b-31 Dec 1820, m-Mary Jane Anderson.
6. William Lipps, b-23 Jan 1823, d. y. scarle

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