I am very excited to hear from you. For quite some time, I have wanted to learn more about Robert Phipps and his branch of the Phipps family in Chester County. My current theory is that this Robert was the son of Aaron Phipps, who in turn was the son of Joseph Phipps (1700-1772) and named in Joseph's 1771 will. I do not have evidence for this yet, but there appears to be a possible close link between Aaron and Robert in records from 1778 and 1780.
If you would be kind enough to share, I would like to learn more about the following:
1. Do you have documentation on your family line from Robert (1755-1841) down to Louis (1903-1984)? For instance, do you have a copy of Robert's 1841 will? Do you have a record that lists William (1790-1847) as the father of Louis (1829-1906)? I would be most interested in seeing any records (digital copies of original documents or quality transcripts) that could share on your family line.
2. I would like to know if you have any living Phipps male family members from your Phipps line. One of the growing new tools to unlock family connections is the use of DNA testing. The use of the yDNA, which is passed from father to son, is particularly helpful in linking family lines with the same surname (as well as distinguishing them from one another). We have had several Phipps, who trace their line to Joshua Phipps (1745-1835), son of Joseph (1700-1772) from Chester Co, PA, join in the yDNA testing project. It would be great to find other male Phipps descendants with shared roots back in Chester Co, PA. A lot of folks are suspicious about doing a DNA test, just as I was initially. It turns out that the yDNA test is only a very tiny portion of the total DNA make-up and does not threaten one's desire for privacy. Groups like Family Tree DNA are designed to protect one's desire for privacy, while at the same time offering an opportunity for collaborative comparison with other testers with the same surname.
Feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing back from you and exchanging further information with you (especially on #1 above).
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