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Re: John Fripp of Bristol UK and South Carolina
Posted by: Dave Bean (ID *****7876) Date: June 21, 2002 at 11:02:13
In Reply to: Re: John Fripp of Bristol UK and South Carolina by Norma Armstrong of 33

Thanks Norma

I have built quite a large tree showing the descendants of John Fripp and published it on my Website at It also shows his English cousins although I do not have a definite link yet.

I believe the William you mentioned is William Fripp b.1788, St. Helena Island, SC. He married the wealthy widow, Sarah Harriet Prentiss (nee Reynolds) in 1820. She had previously married Jeffrey Otis Prentiss 24 Mar 1811.
William was one of area's wealthiest nineteenth century planters. He was the son of Captain John Fripp and Martha Scott. A family sketch of William can be found in a booklet "Some Historic Families of South Carolina" by his great-grandson, Frampton Ellis of Atlanta. I have written to his descendants of the same name but so far have not heard from them. The book says: "He was a polished scholar, an extensive traveler, and a thoroughly Christian gentleman. He was generous and open-hearted, a large part of his income being set aside for the poor of his county. In fact, so well known were his benevolences and purity of life that he was known all over the state as 'Good Billy Fripp.'"

In 1836 he is said to have visited a cousin "Edward B. Fripp" in Bristol, England, who was said to have been Mayor of Bristol at that time. Records show that Edward, a soap & candle manufaturer, was never Mayor but his 1st cousin William Fripp Jr. was Mayor in 1836. On his return to America he wrote to Edward with details of the South Carolina Fripp branches. The letter was returned after Edward's death, with a miniature picture of William painted in London and is said to be featured in the above booklet by Frampton E. Ellis.

At the time of his death, Fripp is reported to have owned more than 3,000 acres of land on St. Helena Island, encompassing nine plantations and 313 Negro slaves.

A copy of his will was also in the possession of Frampton Erroll Ellis. The will was not dated but mentions his wife and children as follows:
To William Fripp and Sarah Harriet Reynolds were born the following children:
1, William Washington Fripp
2, Juliana Matilda Fripp
3, Dr. Clarence Augustus Fripp
4, Alviro A. Fripp
5, Phoebe Caroline Fripp
6, Joseph Eddings Fripp

During the War of Secession the Fripp family gave ample evidence of it's volor and it's patriotism. Five of them gave up their lives for the lost cause, four of them being killed in battle and one dying from exposure. A tablet in the St. Helena Episcopal Church commemorates the lives of those brave soldiers who wore the Gray. Besides the names of the 33 St. Helena soldiers who met death in the ranks of the confederacy, the tablet bears this inscription:
"The triumphs of might are transient; they pass and they are forgotten. The sufferings of right are graven deepest on the chronicles of nations."

William owned a large house in Beaufort called "Tidewater". A picture of it can be found here

The Fripp family is documented as having owned the property at the time of the Direct Tax auction of 1862. Subsequent to the war, a Tax Claim was filed by his wife Sarah H. Fripp and daughter Juliana Prioleau. The house was acquired in 1936 by W. Brantley Harvey, Sr., a prominent Beaufort attorney who served in the South Carolina Senate. It remained in the Harvey family until 1997.

I would be interested in hearing from any of John's descendants or from any of his UK cousins.

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