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Re: Related to Henry O. Flipper, Westpoint grad

Flippo in Steelton, PA--another possible link between VA Taliaferro/Tolliver & Flippo/Flipper families?

The 1920 federal census includes "Clif Flipo" a VA-born steelworker in Steelton, Dauphin, PA who most likely is Clifton Flippo, a grandson of Joseph and Harriet Flippo, and a son of Festus "Fess" and Eugenie "Gennie" Flippo of Madison, Caroline, VA. In some documents their family name is spelled "Flipper." In 1920 Rev. Walker Taliaferro/Tolliver (1854-1931), also from Madison, Caroline County, VA, was pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. A son-in-law of Rev. Walker Tolliver, Harry Roberts, worked at Bethlehem Steel in Steelton, PA a decade later.

In 1870 Joseph Flippo and Harriet Harrison Flippo lived next door to the Walker Taliaferro family in Madison, Caroline, VA. Before the Civil War, members of both families had been held in bondage in Caroline County by descendants and relatives of Joseph Flippo, a veteran of the American Revolution who at one time owned 5,000 acres on the north side of the Mattapony River in colonial Virginia.

The African-American Joseph Flippo in Virginia may be related to Festus Flipper, a VA-born man who was taken to Georgia by slave trader Ephraim G. Ponder of Thomasville and Atlanta, GA. This Festus Flipper was the father of GA-born Henry O. Flipper, first African-American graduate of Westpoint.


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