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Re: A.C. Philpot of KY dau. Virginia b: 1882 in CA
Posted by: Nancy A. Coleman (ID *****9079) Date: February 04, 2003 at 13:20:19
In Reply to: A.C. Philpot of KY dau. Virginia b: 1882 in CA by D. Tidwell of 919

Alexander Columbus Philpot was born February 21, 1831 in Cumberland County, KY. His parents were Horatio Philpot and Mary Bruce Ellington. Altogether Horatio and Mary had 12 children, of which A. C. was number 4. His family moved to northern MO in the 1840s. Sometime around 1857 or so A. C. packed up and moved to northern CA. He became a gold miner and married a Wintun Indian woman named Mary Crockett, supposedly in Trinity Co., CA in 1859. However, I can find no record of the marriage except the indication in the 1860 census for CA that they were married in 1859. They had 9 known children, of whom the last was Virginia V., born in 1882. I suspect there was also a 10th child, born in 1864, which did not survive. You will find the family, except for Virginia, listed in the 1880 CA census as well, except by then they had moved to Shasta County because of an Indian uprising around 1866. Alexander died September 23, 1909 at a place called Sunny Hill, which is about six miles outside of the present hamlet of Ono, CA. His death certificate says he died in Cottonwood, Shasta Co., but that is not strictly correct. I do not know the date and place of Mary's death; although it was probably in Harrison Gulch, where the family was living when Virginia was born there. The census gives Mary's birth date as 1845, which may or may not be true. Alexander bought the property known as Sunny Hill in the 1890s and is listed as a resident of Ono, CA in the 1898 Shasta Co. register. He is buried at the 'Old Indian' or Philpot Cemetery outside of Ono, along with Virginia and several other members of his family, including my husband's grandmother, A.C.'s daughter, Lydia. This cemetery is also sometimes referred to as the Old Ono Cemetery. Nearly all of the people in this cemetery are related to Alexander. There are two or three that I don't know about. As for Pearl Philpot, Virginia would be her aunt. Alexander's oldest boy, Moses Alexander Philpot, 'the weird one' according to my husband, married three times. The first was to Rose Maynard, daughter of Charles and Mary Maynard, also of Hayfork, Trinity Co, CA. Pearl was the second of their two known children, the first being Liberty Alexander Philpot, born in 1891. It would seem from the records that Alexander Philpot and Charles Maynard traveled to CA together, settled in Trinity Co., and took wives at least 15yrs. younger than they from the local tribe. I have searched diligently, in three counties, and cannot find any records about these marriages and most of the births. I tried to find the birth certificate of Liberty's son, Henry Philpot, because he is also buried in the Philpot cemetery, and received a polite letter from the county clerk apologizing because there were no records, even though they were required by state law. There was much Indian land in Shasta and Trinity Cos., and most of these people lived on it, because of segregation. There still is a lot of Indian land there; although there aren't any reservations around. Hope this helps.

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