I have been researching my Jesse RIPPY roots since May of 1975. Jesse Eldridge RIPPY b. 13 Feb 1927 Simpson Co, KY m. 18 Feb 1946 at the Franklin Simpson Co KY Courthouse Miss Bertha Irene "Cricket" ROALIN. Of this union 4 children were born: Janie RIPPY, Eddie Dean RIPPY, Patricia Ann RIPPY and Jesse RIPPY, Jr.
Now the 4 of them were born in Simpson Co, Franklin KY and therefore we called them Clodhoppers and of course Mom and me were born in Macon Co, TN and Trousdale Co, TN (PARH) and so they called us Ridgerunners! What a fun place to grow up, going back and forth across the KY-TN line to visit Mom's ROALINS and Daddy's RIPPYS! I always call those Tennessee hills "my beloved hills" and when visiting tell friends that I am going back to the place of my birth!
So far as I have found out to date this is how it started: Matthew Jesse RIPPEY came from Dublin Ireland in the 1700s. He seems to have been born around 1735 and he married Nancy Ann HOLIDAY around 1759 and they built a plantation house by the Haw River, in Orange Co, NC where they resided until his death in 1817/1818. I don't know much about her. Matthew's will is posted on the internet and he seems to have had these children:
Fanny RIPPEY b. 8 Oct 1760 Orange Co, NC d. 18 July 1844 Orange Co NC m. William GANT and buried in Providence Christian Church, Graham, NC.
John RIPPEY b. 31 May 1762 Orange Co NC d. 1839
Thomas Stephen RIPPEY b. 13 Mar 1764 Orange Co, NC d. 27 Mar 1844 Orange Co, NC
Edward RIPPEY b. 13 Mar 17 64 Orange Co NC d. 1828 Sumner Co TN
Susannah RIPPEY b. 17 Oct 1766 Orange Co NC d.
Matthew RIPPEY b. 24 Jan 1768 Orange Co NC d.
James RIPPEY b. 21 Jan 1770 Orange Co NC d. Aug 01 1860 Sumner Co TN
Jane RIPPEY b. 25 Nov 1771 Orange Co NC d. before 1817
Joseph RIPPEY b. 31 Oct 1772 Orange Co NC d. 9 May 1851 Alamance Co NC
Virginia Garrett RIPPEY b. 1774 Orange Co NC d. 1817
Sally RIPPEY b. about 1775 d.
Jesse RIPPEY b. 24 Jan 1779 Orange Co NC d. 1858 Sumner Co TN
Frances Fanny RIPPEY m. William GANTT
John RIPPEY married Sarah _____ (1); m. (2) Nancy PILE 30 Nov 1821 Orange Co NC She was born 1775
Thomas S RIPPEY m. 1794 Keziah GANTT d. 1849 d/o John GANTT and Ann _____.
Edward RIPPEY m. 17 Nov 1790 Orange Co NC Nancy McCRACKEN d/o John McCRACKEN
James RIPPEY m. 6 Mar 1792 Orange Co NC Sarah DUNN b. 1773 Orange Co NC d. before 1850 Sumner Co TN
Joseph RIPPEY m. 22 Sep 1798 Orange Co NC Hesther HASTINGS b. 1781 d/o John and Nancy HOLLOWAY HASTINGS
Sally RIPPEY m. 4 Feb 1798 Isham GANTT s/o John and Ann GANTT m. (2) James GANTT brother to Isham
Susannah RIPPEY m. GANTT
Jesse RIPPEY m. 8 Sep 1798 Orange Co NC M Elizabeth MOODY m. (2) 1804 Eleanor GROVE; m. (3) Mary Ann BLACK 1829 Sumner Co TN