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Thomas Shipp, I

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: St. Ann's Parish, Essex, Virginia, United States
Death: February 14, 1746 (56)
Caroline, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Caroline, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Josiah Shipp and Elizabeth Shipp
Husband of Elizabeth Shipp and Sarah Shipp
Father of Richard Shipp, III; Thomas Shipp, II; Sarah Shipp; Joseph Shipp and Sarah Warren
Brother of Richard Shipp; Josiah Shipp, Jr. and Joseph Shipp

Managed by: Stanley Welsh Duke, Jr.
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About Thomas Shipp, I

Thomas is listed as the son of Josiah and Elizabeth.

Thomas Shipp was born 1 about 1692 in St Ann's Parish Essex Co. VA. He died before 14 Feb 1746/1747.

possibly married to a Sarah or Eliz.

Living in Essex Co. VA 1725-33

death 1766 Orange Co VA

Note: This archive (Vol. 5, Tree #1879) has the birth of Thomas as 1715 which is 10 years after the death of his father! Therefore I have used the date of abt 1690 given in WFT Vol. 3, Tree #4832 as the year of hisbirth. - T.E.King

Note: The following is from George H. S. King in "Virginia Ancestry ofPresident Truman", Tyler's Quarterly (in 1940s), vol.29:

Thomas Shipp was born in Saint Anne's Parish, Essex County, circa 1707, the elder of the two sons of Richard and Mary Shipp. The early part of his life was spent on the plantation there on which his father, Richard, and grandfather, Josiah Shipp, had resided. On 18 May 1736 Thomas Shipp, of Saint Anne's Parish, Essex County, planter, sold to Gawin Corbin, of King and Queen County, Gentleman, 150 acres of land, describing it as the same property which was by Thomas Meadow on 2 July 1695 conveyed to Josiah Shipp "who by will dated 11 January 1705/6 gave the said land to Richard Shipp, his eldest son, and the said Richard Shipp by will dated 3 September 1723 gave the before mentioned lands to the said Thomas Shipp, his eldest son, and party to these presents."

On 6 April 1736 Thomas Shipp, of Essex county, purchased of Henry Willis, Esq., of Spotsylvania County, 400 acres in that county and shortly moved there. On 14 February 1739/40 Thomas Shipp witnessed the will of Samuel Long, of St. George's Parish. By deed dated 2 December1740 Thomas Shipp, of Spotsylvania County, sold 184 acres of the above 400 acres purchased from Henry Willis to Richard Shipp, of Caroline County, doubtless his brother. On 7 September 1742 Thomas Shipp and Elizabeth, his wife, of Orange County, sold to William Carr, of Caroline County, 357 acres in Spotsylvania County, part of the above tract purchased from Henry Willis in 1736. On 1 February 1742 Richard Shipp, of Spotsylvania County, sold to William Carr, of Caroline County, the same 194 acres which had been sold to him on 2 December 1740 by Thomas Shipp.

The duration of the residence of Thomas Shipp in Orange County was exceptionally brief, for instead of moving in the direction of most settlers who had reached the recently organized County of Orange, viz: on West, Thomas Shipp returned to Spotsylvania County. This is proven by the records which will follow and the same records will also prove positively that Thomas Shipp did not remain in Orange and die there in1746/7 as some have supposed.

Between 7 September 1742 and 4 August 1743 Thomas Shipp returned to Spotsylvania County from Orange County, as on the last named date he was a party to a very enlightening deed of record in Essex County in which he describes himself as "Thomas Shipp late of Essex County, now of Spotsylvania County, planter," and conveys to John Miller, the younger, of Caroline County for One Hundred Pounds Current Money, 200 acres of land in Essex County. This deed recites this land is the same that was by Thomas Meader, deceased, by his last will dated 29 January 1716/17 devised to his wife, Ann, with reversion to John Meader, and if the said John died without issue, and that Richard Shipp is also dead and the said Thomas Shipp (party to these presents) is his son and heir at law and seized with the reversion of the said 200 acres.

During the War Between the States the Caroline County Will and Deed Books were removed to Richmond for safe keeping while the Order Books were left in the Clerk's Office being considered of lesser importance, The former were destroyed when Richmond was burned in 1865, while the latter are yet intact at Bowling Green. The remaining Order Books have been scrutinized in considerable detail, but they are very tantalizing and itis almost impossible to obtain positive proof from them.

We do gain, however, from the Order Books that Thomas Shipp decided to remove neared to the place of his nativity and on 11 May 1744 he purchased land from Edward Davis and on August 1744 the court ordered a deed recorded to him from John and Ann Wilson, Hackley and Sarah Warren, and Margaret Ship, co-grantors. These brief notations in the Order Book fail to mention the number of acres conveyed, On 27 May 1748 Thomas Shipp increased his land holdings in Caroline by purchase from William Collins. Shortly thereafter a negro boy named George belonging to Thomas Shipp was adjudged to be twelve years old by the Caroline Court. The fact that both Richard Shipp and his son, Thomas Shipp, owned slaves in the first half of the eighteenth century is ample evidence that they were men of means, In the November Term of Caroline Court 1751 the names of Thomas Shipp, Sr., and Thomas Shipp, Jr., are mentioned in connection with road work to be done in the county.

By 1749 Thomas Shipp is styled Thomas Shipp, Senr., on the ledger of Captain Edward Dixon, merchant at Port Royal, Caroline County, Va. Under the account of Thomas Shipp, Senr, for 1750 there appear items bought by Thomas Shipp, Jr., and Richard Shipp, unquestionably his sons

The last will and Testament of Thomas Shipp, of Essex, Spotsylvania, Orange and Caroline Counties is lost with the Caroline records. The Order Book evinces it was proved in Caroline Court in September, 1752:

"The last will and Testament of Thomas Shipp, dede'd. was proved by the oath of Simon Edwards one of the witnesses and continued for furher proof."

"The last will and Testament of Thomas Shipp, dece'd. was further proven by Thomas Shipp the executor therein named who made oath thereto according to Law and the said Executor performing what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form of Law who with John Bradley and Joel Holburt his securitys acknowledged a bond for the same.

"The last will and Testament of Thomas Shipp Senr. was further proven by the oath of William Smith and ordered to be recorded."

It has been stated above that Thomas Shipp was born circa 1707 and that in June 1727 he choose his guardian, being then in the eyes of the Colonial Law an orphan, viz: one whose father was dead, The stature provided that orphans over fourteen years of age were privileged to choose their guardian, while those under fourteen had their guardian appointed by the court. It is thus seen from these court orders thatThomas Shipp was over fourteen years of age and Richard most likely under fourteen.

That Thomas Shipp had a guardian in 1727 was but a matter of form as this gentleman though but twenty years of age was already a parent himself. He married at eighteen Elizabeth (surname unknown) and their eldest child, Richard Shipp was born circa 1725/6. This is positively proved by a very enlightening deed of record in Essex County wherein three generations are recited and references made to earlier records.

Early marriage in Colonial Virginia was customary and the fact thatThomas Shipp was a father at eighteen was not unusual. A parallel case can be cited in James Daniel, whose birth is recorded in 1707 in the Christ Church Parish Register, and marriage in 1725 (when eighteen) also recorded in the same Register These are precisely the same years this writer has approximated for Thomas Shipp in the absence of the Saint Anne's Parish Register.

Due to the loss of the will of Thomas Shipp, Senior, the number of his children is not known, however, it is certain that he left issue at least two sons, viz: Richard Shipp and Thomas Shipp, Jr. From the younger son President Harry S. Truman descends, and an account of his family and some of his descendants appeared in the preceding issue of this magazine. However, as the families of these two brothers were near neighbors and closely associated in Caroline County, some account will follow of Richard Shipp, the elder brother of Thomas Shipp, styled Junior in the records.

 	  	  	  	Thomas married Sarah.
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St. Ann's Parish, Essex, Virginia, United States
Age 36
Age 37
Essex, Virginia
Age 39
Essex, Virginia
Age 42
Henry, VA, USA
Age 54
Culpepper, Essex, Virginia
February 14, 1746
Age 56
Caroline, Virginia, United States
Age 56
Caroline, Virginia