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Related to Henry O. Flipper, Westpoint graduate?

Is African-American Taliaferro/Tolliver family related to Henry O. Flipper, first black graduate of Westpoint?

Neighbors and probable relatives of Walker Taliaferro family in Caroline County (1870 census) include Joseph Flippo/Flipper (born about 1820) and wife Harriet. This Flippo family has sons named Joseph and Festus (1870-1910 census).

Parents of Henry O. Flipper (1856-1940), Festus and Isabella, in Thomasville, GA also have sons named Joseph and Festus (1870-1880 census). Henry O. Flipper's father Festus Flipper was born about 1832 in Virginia. Two sons of Festus Flipper, Joseph and Henry, opened accounts at the Freedman's Bank in Atlanta, GA while attending school in Atlanta.

Rev. Walker Taliaferro/Tolliver (1854-1931) named his Virginia-born son Henry. He named two of his Pennsylvania-born children Joseph and Harriet, the names of his neighbors and probable relatives Joseph and Harriet Flippo in Caroline County, VA. Slaveholders in Caroline County, VA included Rev. Albert R. Flippo, Jefferson Flippo, Joseph Flippo, and Littleton Flippo. In 1853, Littleton Flippo of Caroline County, VA had an insurance policy on a slave named "Walker."

The senior Walker Taliaferro/Tolliver and his wife Patsy Williams Taliaferro/Tolliver were formerly held in bondage by Horace Wright and Albert R. Flippo of Caroline County, VA. The maternal grandmother of Rev. Walker Taliaferro/Tolliver, Letty Hart, might be the woman identified in 1866 document as Letty Flippo, whose "last owner" was Albert R. Flippo. In the same 1866 document, Fanny McKenna and Addison Flippo are listed as last owners of Joseph Flippo and his wife Harriet Harrison Flippo.

It seems likely that Walker and/or Patsy Taliaferro are related to Joseph and/or Harriet Flippo in Caroline County, Virginia--who could be relatives of the Flipper family in Georgia.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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