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Re: Henry O. Flipper
In Response To: Re: Henry O. Flipper () wrote:

If I were you I would try to contact the Flipper Family here in the Phoenix Area, they are direct descendants of his. I would also contact the Arizona Living History Foundation in Tempe, Az, they have a member there that portrays Flipper, this person has met with his family here in Arizona and in Alabama, Georgia. And has received his information firsthand. If I were you I would do a little more research before I start making comments on things you may not know about. We all have our own opinions, but we cannot make a good one until we have done our research.......... And it sounds like more research needs to be done.

Reference the message above posted previously:

The Flipper Family members residing in the Phoenix, Arizona area are not direct descendants of Lt. Henry O. Flipper. They are relatives of Henry O and descendants of his brother, Joseph Simeon Flipper. I know personally one of the family members in Phoenix who is a great or great great niece of Henry O. Flipper. The lady's parents also reside in the Phoenix area.

As far as I have been able to find out Henry was never married nor did he have any children.

By the way Henry's brother, Joseph Simeon Flipper, was the Thirty-third Bishop of the A.M.E. Church. He accomplished a lot during the 36 years and five months of episcopal Service, the second longest term of any Bishop, next to Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne.

The following may be of interest:

"When the first Negro-American graduated from West Point (a brother of Bishop J. S. Flipper of Georgia), he found no permanent work in the armed services of his native land, and went to Mexico; but when the second graduate, John H. Alexander, could not find work in the U.S. Army which educated him, the Bishops went to the President of the U. S. and the Department of Military Tactics was organized and there a job was found for Lieutenant Alexander. When the third graduate, Charles Young, appeared, he also got a job at Wilberforce, and while there he organized the Ninth Ohio Battalion of Colored Soldiers, whom he led to make history in the Spanish American War, and to open doors for Negro-Americans in the Army, and became the first Negro-American Brigadier General."

SOURCE: The Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop R. R. Wright, Jr., Ph.D., LL.D - Historiographer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (p 30-31)

As Sharon once said to me, "You cannot believe everything that's published even if it is written by scholars." I do not think Charles Young was ever promoted to Brigadier General. I do not know the accuracy of the other information in the quote except the fact Bishop J. S. Flipper and Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper were brothers.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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