Note: I am not researching this family - this is part of a transcription project for the RIGenWeb list. Beth Hurd, Johnston, RI
History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
NY: The American Historical Society, Inc.
pp. 94 - 95:
"HENRY MANCER SHIPPEE -- The 'Shippee Settlement' in the ancient town of East Greenwich, Kent county, R. I., was the birthplace of several generations of the ancestors of Henry M. Shippee, now retired, of Washington, R. I. Thomas Shippee, great-great-grandfather, was born at the 'Settlement' and built the house there. He was a member of the Rhode Island General Assembly, and was one of the signers of the declaration pledging assistance to the colonies, and appropriating money. Thomas Shippee was a grandson of David Shippee, the earliest known Shippee in Warwick, R.I., he being of record there in 1664, the year of his marriage to Margaret, daughter of Thomas Scranton. In the record he is styled 'of Maidfields', his wife 'late of Warwick, now Providence Island'. He lived in Kingstown, East Greenwich, and Providence, R. I., the date of his death later than 1718. David and Margaret Shippee were the parents of: Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel, David Thomas and Solomon, all except Samuel living in Providence and Smithfield, R. I.
Samuel Shippee, son of the founder, married, December 29, 1702, Ann Leithfield, and lived in East Greenwich, R. I., where he died in 1740, his will being proved September 27, of that year. His widow survived him, their children being Samuel, Stephen, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ann, Mary, Margaret, Sarah and Deliverance.
Thomas Shippee, son of Samuel and Ann (Leithfield) Shippee, was born in East Greenwich, and there lived, the father of the 'Shippee Settlement'. He sat in the Rhode Island General Assembly of 1776, and was a staunch patriot, bearing his full share of the public responsibilities of the day. He married, December 24, 1732, Hannah Matteson, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Shippee) Matteson, their children being recorded in East Greenwich vital statistics. Children: Almy, born April 11, 1734; David, Aug. 26, 1739; Samuel, Aug. 22, 1742; Caleb, of further mention; and Thomas, Jan. 26, 1751.
Caleb Shippee, son of Thomas and Hannah (Matteson) Shippee, was born in East Greenwich, R. I., August 23, 1747. He married, February 12, 1775, Alice Cooper Collins, daughter of Cupper Collins of Coventry, R. I. Their children entered in East Greenwich records are: William, born March 15, 1776; Allen, March 18, 1778; Hannah, Feby. 26, 1782; Loise, July 16, 1784; John, Sept. 21, 1786; and Lodowick Updike, of further mention. These children were born and reared in the 'Shippee Settlement' of East Greenwich, R. I., so many descendants of David Shippee having settled there that section was generally called by the family name.
Lodowick Updike Shippee, son of Caleb and Alice Cooper (Collins) Shippee, was born August 23, 1789. He learned the trade of machinist, being engaged in that business for many years, having a shop in Centerville, and in Compton [sic], R. I. He married Mary E. Spencer, and they were the parents of three sons, all born in the 'Shippee Settlement', East Greenwich, R. I.: Mancer C., of further mention; Wanton, born in 1827; Christopher A., born in 1837, who became one of the substantial citizens of East Greenwich, and from 1871 to 1880 was postmaster of the village; Henry; Isaac; Lodowick U., Jr.; Margaret; and Maria, died in infancy.
Mancer C. Shippee, eldest son of Lodowick Updike and Mary E. (Spencer) Shippee, was born June 1, 1818, and died at the old homestead in the 'Shippee Settlement' (Shippeetown), March 8, 1895. He attended the district school, and early in life began learning the machinist's trade with his father. At the age of nineteen he became a mill worker, learning weaving, and ranking as boss weaver for twenty years, from 1837 to 1857. He continued to be a weaver, and then for a number of years he was superintendent of the Usquepagh Mill of South Kingstown. During the Civil War period he lived at the old homestead in Shippeetown, which was his home until death. He was a member of the Six Principle Baptist Church, and a man of deep piety, especially interested in Sunday school work, and serving for many years as the superintendent of the Sunday school.
Mancer C. Shippee married Harriet Rahama Dawley, who died March 5, 1895, three days prior to the death of her husband, their funeral services being held on the same day. Their children were: Sarah, born in 1840, married James Holland, a contractor and builder in East Greenwich; Moses, died in childhood; Mary E., married Charles Tarbox; Aaron, married Mary Eliza Nicholas, of Coventry, R. I.; Amanda, married David Vaughn, and moved to California; Delia B., married Nathaniel G. Carpenter, of East Greenwich, R. I.; Ella R., married Colvin Gardner; Henry Mancer, of further mention; Moses E., a real estate dealer of East Greenwich, married Sarah Aylesworth, of North Kingston [sic], who are the parents of a daughter, Marion E.
Henry Mancer Shippee, son of Mancer C. and Harriet R. (Dawley) Shippee, was born in 1859, at Shady Lea, in South Kingstown, R. I., but a few years later was taken to the homestead at Shippeetown in East Greenwich. He attended the Shippeetown public school and upon arriving at a suitable age learned the the carpenter's trade with the contracting firm of Holland & Shippee. He became an expert workman in wood, and about 1890 began contracting under his own name. He continued in successful business as a contractor, also built several houses for himself which were later sold, although he is still the owner of a great deal of real estate and residence property in Washington, R. I. He retired from business about four years ago and is now residing there, retired from business cares, his time occupied with the management of his own estate. He has no political ambitions, and has persistently refused to accept office although often urged to become a candidate. He is a member of the Six Principle Baptist Church.
Mr. Shippee married Edna Priscilla Johnson, daughter of Philip and Tryphena Howe (Greene) Johnson, and a granddaughter of Philip Johnson and of Benjamin and Abbie Greene. In 1917 Mr. Shippee bought the place in East Greenwich in which he was married forty-one years ago, in 1877. Mrs. Shippee is the owner of the old Johnson homestead farm. Henry M. and Edna P. (Johnson) Shippee are the parents of six children: 1. Henry Elmer, married Anna R. Rathbun, of Washington, R. I. 2. Charles Ernest, married Winnie Carr, of Sterling, Conn. 3. Gertrude May, married James Bigbee, of Washington, R. I., and has a daughter, Gertrude Edna Bigbee, married George E. Greene, and resides in Coventry, R. I., and they are the parents of two children, Marjory Hazel and James Elmer Greene. 4. Jessie Christine, married Henry Amend, of Harris, R. I., and has two sons, George Henry and Raymond Stanley Amend. 5. Gerald Arthur, maried Helen Ada Barns, and they have a daughter, Edith Priscilla Shippee. 6. George Edwin, married Flora Andrews, and they are the parents of two children, Elmer Mancer and Gerald Andrew Shippee."
illustration on facing page:
Henry M. Shippee
from the RI Historical Cemeteries Database Index:
SHIPPEE, CALEB 1746c - 12 JUN 1838 EG005
SHIPPEE, ALICE (COOPER) 1750c - 25 SEP 1829 EG005
SHIPPEE, LODOWICK UPDIKE 1789 - 12 JUL 1843 EG005
SHIPPEE, MARY (SPENCER) 1796 - 26 APR 1873 EG005
SHIPPEE, MANCER C 1818 - 8 MAR 1895 EG038
SHIPPEE, HARRIET (DAWLEY) 1819 - 5 MAR 1895 EG038
SHIPPEE, HENRY M 1857 - 1947 CY050
SHIPPEE, EDNA P 1861 - 1940 CY050
SHIPPEE, HENRY E 1877 - 19 WG030
SHIPPEE, ANNA R (RATHBUN) 1873 - 1936 WG030
SHIPPEE, CHARLES E 1880 - 1949 CY050
SHIPPEE, WINNIE V 1880 - 1957 CY050
BIGBIE, GERTRUDE M 1882 - 1974 CY050
BIGBIE, JAMES 1876 - 1929 CY050
AMEND, HENRY 1882 - 1964 CY050
AMEND, J CHRISTEEN 1888 - 1975 CY050
AMEND, GEORGE H 1906 - 1980 CY050
AMEND, RAYMOND S 1908 - 1971 CY050
SHIPPEE, GEORGE E 1892 - 1967 CY050
SHIPPEE, FLORA L (ANDREWS) 1887 - 1949 CY050
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