Edward Ross Rippy, I

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Edward Ross Rippy, I

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Death: circa 1800 (67-75)
Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Rippy; Joseph Rippy and Ellen Rippy
Husband of Susannah Rippy
Father of Mary Sarah Elmore; Edward Ross Rippy, II; Nancy Ann Elmore; Rhoda Rippy; Jesse Rippy and 2 others
Half brother of Matthew Rippy; Elijah Rippy and James Rippy

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About Edward Ross Rippy, I

From the Journal of Sallie C. (Rippy) Lutts, b 1837, cited in "Borders, Logan, Rippy, Crawford, Runyan and Connections, compiled by Mona Allison Wamick in 1997. See also http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnsumner/farip.htm:

"[Edward's] father owned and ran a large linen factory [in Dublin, Ireland]. Edward ran away from his father and came to America. Edward's father was very much opposed to his son's coming to America, telling him that if he did come here among barbarians and heathens he should hever inherit a dollar of his estate. However, Edward being of a roaming nature and no doubt having confidence in himself to feel he could make it thru life without his father's assistance, took passage on a ship that was coming to America. He was six months on the water and at one time the ship on which he saled got lost and the whole crew came near perishing.

Edward never wrote a line to his parents in Ireland nor ever received a word of news from them to the day of his death. He said that his father's family was the only family with the name of Rippy that he had ever heard of in Ireland.

Edward first settled in Orange County, North Carolina on the Haw River. He married Susannah Thomas of Stafford, VA, who was born 3 March 1733 in Wales (another source says of Welsh descent). In 1790 the family moved to Rutherford County in that part which is now Cleveland. They lived, died and were buried there."

On page 127 of "Borders" the author states that three other Rippy men came to Virginia from Dublin after Edward: John, Matthew and Thomas. Speculation in the book and on the web is that they were Edward's brothers or cousins.

Several researchers state that the Rippys were originally French, descendants of a Norman knight, Le Sieur La Rippere (Mr. Ripper, in English), who fought in the battle of Hastings in 1066 and was granted estates in Lincolnshire. In 1170, Sir Henry Rippie as a Captain of Horse invaded Ireland with "Strongbow" De Clare. He settled in County Mayo and founded the Rippie (later Rippy) family in Ireland. No other documentation on this has been found yet, and the Rippy/Rippie name in Ireland is so uncommon that it's not likely that the family was in Ireland for centuries.

A second scenario (http://www.mccaskie.org.uk/Rippeys.htm) says that the ancestor of Rippeys in Ireland was a French Huguenot physician named William Ripy who left France for Ireland after the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572. His grandson, William Rippey, was a flax grower whose second wife, Nannie Ross, may be the source of Edward's middle name. No documentation has yet been found that proves that William and Nannie were Edward's ancestors.

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Edward Ross Rippy, I's Timeline

Dublin, Ireland
December 3, 1762
Age 33
Orange County, North Carolina
March 23, 1764
Age 35
Orange, North Carolina, United States
July 22, 1766
Age 37
Orange, North Carolina, United States
May 13, 1768
Age 39
Orange, North Carolina, United States
December 20, 1771
Age 42
Orange, North Carolina, United States
December 25, 1771
Age 42
Orange, North Carolina, United States
February 3, 1773
Age 44
Orange, North Carolina, United States
Age 71
Rutherford, North Carolina, United States