This is the same family that my dad and his parents knew. He also knew Dave Sipes, who was a Blacksmith,I believe. I think it was George Sipes who lived just down the road from my great-grandparents in Mountain Springs back in the 1800's.
I don't know how much information you have on various William's and George's. However, I know very little concerning the Sipes family other than those two names seemed to prevalent among the men.
I have never been able to figure out what the marital circumstances were with a great aunt of my dad's. Her name was Mariah Tabitha? Fields. But my grandpa used to call her "Aunt Tate". I cannot find any record of children for her, but from Martin County records it appears she first married a George Sipes, who was much older than her. Then, in the 1880 census of Lawrence County she was listed as being the wife of William Sipes, and the marriage records says, "Junior". In the census he is listed as age 25, and she was 47, which would be correct. I am not sure of the township, but very likely Indian Creek, not far from Silverville.
This all seems so bazaar; however, I did find out from a distant cousin who found a letter from a deceased family member that said that "Aunt Tate" was a cripple. I remember finding a record of the Martin County poorhouse that says she died there on August 25, 1915. I don't know when William, Jr., died, but her first husband George died of gastritis and he was buried at Wards Chapel. He was born around 1820. However, there were two George's living in that area during the same time period, and I am wondering if the two men have been mixed up in regards as to which one was her husband, George Sipes.
Do you know anything about the scoop on all of this? Do you know any oldsters in your family who might have heard about it? Some of these facts and dates may not be accurate; I just would like to know the truth.
Thanks in advance,
Penny Fields Gardner
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