Clipson Family


William Henry Clipson

William Henry Clipson

Matilda Barker Clipson

Matilda Barker Clipson









3 Jan 1772: John Clipson marries Dorothy Spalding in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. Their probable children: Richard, born 26 Nov 1772; Jane, born 1 Feb 1776; Anne on 19 Sept 1777; John, born 3 Jan 1781 in Market Rasen, and christened on Jan 5; Faith, on 6 Feb. 1783 is born in Miningsby. Unreadable is Thomas, son of John and Dorothy on Sept 26 perhaps, but year is faint but near 1783. It looks as if on 30 Nov 1786 he was buried.

18 Aug 1786: Charlotte Bowring is born in Skegness, on the Lincolnshire coast. Christened on Aug 20. Her parents were John (born 16 Jan 1760) and Lydie. John’s father and mother were William and Elizabeth Bowring. Charlotte’s brother John was born 12 March 1782. Sister Elizabeth born 10 May, 1783. Brother William was christened on Oct. 10, 1790 (Mother is Lydia Lucy) He married Elizabeth Kirkham in Skegness, and they had a son George Kirkham Bowering in 1822.

It appears that Lydia died in the 1790s and John married second wife Catherine who has Sarah Bowring on 15 Nov 1797.

1803: Faith Clipson marries Thomas Brown in 1803 in Belchford.

1805: John Clipson and Charlotte Bowring marry and produce eight children: William: 1806; Sarah, 1808; Rebecca, 1811; Bowring, 1813; Charlotta, 1817; another Sarah, born 1819; John, 1822; Lucy, 1826. The children were all christened in Miningsby. Only William, Rebecca, Lucy, who later marries George Bogg and dies in the first quarter of 1895, and Sarah survive.

The father John was in a Grace and Favour home—given only to people who the church or the local landowner thought worthy of a place.

25 Dec 1808: Stoke Damerel, Devonport. Jane Shaw born, daughter of William, a baker, and Eugenia Elworthy Shaw. Her parents had been married on 28 Feb 1806.

17, June, 1828: Will, a gunner in the Royal Marine Artillery, married Jane Shaw in the parish of Stoke Damerel in Devonport in Plymouth. The Vermilion County Portrait and Biographical Album says they had 8 children, of whom only Catherine (Carrie) and Jane lived.

Plymouth is the site of the Royal William Victualling Yard, which supplied the ships of the British navy. It was also a ship building center.

November, 1830: William and Jane living in the Portsea Naval Base and a son, William John, was born to them.

July, 1832: William and Jane have moved to London, living in Westminster. William Clipson, warrant #7227, joins the Metropolitan Police Force. He is recommended by a Lt. J.A. Moore, of 2? Lounni? Place East, Euston, Lyme, which is in Devon.

From Carrie’s birth in 1835 to Harriett’s birth in 1851, Will Clipson lives at eight addresses at least.

5 Feb 1835: Catherine is born at Charles St. Westminster.

June, 1836: Will resigns from the Metropolitan Police Force 27.

19 Sept 1836: Jane born at Paradise St. Lambeth. When she is christened in November they are living on Carlisle Lane and Will is a gas inspector.

13 Oct 1838: Alexander Clipson is born in Lambeth and baptized at Lambeth St Mary on this day. The record lists the Clipson’s address as Devonshire Street and says his father William is an inspector with the New London Gas Company. Alexander dies prior to Oct 24 when he is buried.

July 1, 1839: Jane Shaw Clipson, William’s wife, dies. They’re living at 23 Devonshire Street in Lambeth.


  1. Nov. 5, 1840: William marries Matilda Ann Barker (age 25) at St. Mary’s Newington, Southwark, England. Karen. John Vickers and Harriet Barker were the witnesses. He lives at 167 Lambeth Walk, she on Clapham Road. Her father is James, a farmer. His is John, a gentleman. Will’s profession is listed as an ironmonger. They have 13 children, according to the Verm. Co. Biography, of which 6 survive.


1840 Robson’s. no mention of Bird in Hand. Globe has been sold to J. Hawkes, 26 Great Dover St.


5 Jan 1841. Billie born at Lambeth Walk. Baptized on April 11. Will is an inspector at the gas works. The address shown is Wandsworth Road.


5 June 1841. Census shows them at Belmont Place. The census calls them Chipson. Will and Mattie are living with Catherine, Jane, five-month old Billie and Will’s sister, Sarah, aged 21.


1841 William, aged 35, has his portrait and Matilda’s painted in oil, by James Harvey. Another record said it was in 1844.


At this time, Will is listed as a gas inspector, a post the “clippings” claim lasted about 10 or 12 years. He works for the New London Gas Company.


1841 Census shows John, age 60, and Charlotte Clipson, age 60, living with their daughter Rebecca, age 30, in Miningsby West Fen Allotment. His job is listed as “agricultural laborer.”


17 April 1842. John Clipson is born to William and Ann Matilda and baptized at St. George Southwark. He dies shortly thereafter. Will is a publican.


  1. Robson’s directory lists Will for the first time at Bird in Hand, 11 Garden Row, London Road.


10 April 1843. John Clarence born at Bird in Hand, Garden Row, St. Georges, Southwark.


The Era:

October 22, 1843; Issue 265

Under Classified Ads


“TO THE SPORTING MILLION.—SOMETHING NEW, at. W. Clipson’s, the Bird-in-Hand, Garden-Row, London-road, Derby Sweeps for 1844.

25s. 6p. Sweep, three horses each, prizes 70, 35, 25, 12, 10 and 6 Pounds and 16 Pounds to be divided.

13s. Sweep, three horses each, prizes 40, 15, 10, 8, 5 and 33 pound and 8 Pounds to be divided.

6s.6d. Sweep, two horses each prizes 20, 10, 4 and 3 Pounds and 5 Pounds to be divided.

Rules to be had at the Bar. Prizes free from all deductions. Post office orders attended to. To be Drawn when full.”


The Era:

12 May 1844


“To the Sporting Million.—W. Clipson, of the BIRD IN HAND, Garden-row, London-road, London begs to inform the Public generally that his SECOND 25s, 6d, SWEEP will be DRAWN on THURSDAY, May 16th, and the Third 6s, 6d Sweep on Monday, May 20th. Early application for shares is desirable. Secon 25s, 6d, Sweep, three horses each, prizes free from deductions.

First Draw.

First Horse . . . . L70

Second ditto . . . . 12


Second Draw.

First Horse . . . .L35

Second ditto . . 10

Divided L16


Third Draw

First Horse . . . .L25

Second ditto . . 6


Third 6s, 6d, Sweep, two horses each—L20, L4-L10, L3—Divided L5.

Post Office orders attended to.”


Similar ad on Sunday, 19 May 1844; issue 295


1844 Will Clipson is said to be running Bird-in-Hand at 11 Garden Row. There is another William Clipson listed in the book. The other is a bricklayer and a builder at 3 Little George Street, Westminster.


30 July 1844. James born at Walnut Tree Walk, Lambeth


The Era: Sunday, August 11, 1844, Issue 307

Classified ads.


William has left the Bird in Hand for somewhere else because this time the Sporting Million ad for the St. Leger sweepstakes is held at Mr. J.P. Hutchings’s Bird in Hand, Garden row, London Road.


The Era:

But on Sunday, December 8, 1844; Issue 324 it’s a different location and bigger winnings.


“To the sporting million.—W. Clipson of the GLOBE TAVERN, Dover-road, Borough, London, has the following Derby and Oaks Sweeps open for 1845, two horses each and twelve Prizes to each Sweep:



Subs. 1st horse, 2nd. 3rd. “

First and second draw and then winnings of up to L450 with placing bets at 25s, 6 p.

In the Oaks. There are three horses plus “starters”

Prospectuses to be had at the Bar. Post office Orders attended to.


Again many other pubs offer the sweeps too.


21 Oct 1844 George Bogg, son of Jackson Bogg, marries Lucy Clipson, daughter of John Clipson. HorncastleRD.xls.


The Era: January 12, 1845. Issue 329


“To the Sporting Million — W. Clipson of the Globe Tavern, Dover, Road, Borough, London has the following Derby and Oaks Sweeps open for 1845.” Also sweeps for the Chester cup and Newmarket Handicap.

So do several other pubs


October, 1845. Edwin is born at Newington and dies in 1846.


Susan, christened October, 1846 died 1846


Oct-Dec. 1847 Mathilda is born at Newington and dies in 1850 at St. George’s. The record shows the Clipsons are at Dover Road. She is christened on Dec. 26, 1847.


11 Oct 1847 A newspaper article in the Daily News, London, implies that Will Clipson is in the pub and betting business at the Dover Castle, not the Globe. (Issue 427)


Category: News

Lambeth— Forgery of Racing Sweep-Tickets.

“G. Smith, who described himself as a linendraper’s assistant, was charged with obtaining £6 “from Mr. J. Park by false representations, and selling him a forged ticket for a sweep. Mr. Park deposed that on Tuesday night last the prisoner offered to him for sale, at the Equestrian Tavern, Surrey Theatre, a ticket for Reminiscence in a guinea sweep for the Cesarewitch, which he said he was so fortunate as to draw at Mr. Barr’s, the Windsor Castle, in Long-acre. He first asked for £7 for it, but ultimately agreed to take £6, which witness accepted. He paid the prisoner in the presence of Mr. Harris, the landlord, and requested him to put his name on the book, when he wrote ‘I. Brown’ on his ticket. Mr. Harris corroborated the statement, and said he took the ticket on the following day to the Windsor Castle Tavern in Long-acre, and ascertained from Mr. Barr that it was a forgery, and that no twenty shilling sweep for the Cesarewitch had been at the time drawn at his house. The prisoner, in reply to the charge, said he had purchased the ticket himself at the Founders’ Arms public house in Holland street, Blackfriars road, from a person named Brown, and he had no idea that it was a forgery.

Police constable 101 L produced a number of tickets which he found upon the person of the prisoner, and which were for favourites and similar to the one sold by him to Mr. Park, and said, that when he took him into custody, the prisoner was in that act of disposing of one of them, that for ‘Rob Roy,’ to Mr. Mackintosh, at the Red Lion, Westminster Bridge. Mr. Harris remarked that there could be no doubt that a number of persons were engaged in the fraud, and that the system had been carried on to a very considerable extent. Mr. Clipson, of the Dover Castle,

dover road, who with a number of persons at whose houses sweeps are drawn, was in attendance, said that no less than three tickets of Cossack had been presented to him for the same St. Leger Sweep. And he had no doubt, as stated by Mr. Harris, that frauds to a very considerable extent had been and were continued to be, practiced on the public by means of forged tickets. Mr. Norton remanded the prisoner till Saturday next. Bail refused.


Will’s Globe pub is near Borough High Street, the edge of an area that in the early 1800s had been down and out, known as the “Mint” or “Old Mint”. Because in the 1500s Henry Viii had taken a part of a mansion there to mint coin. Torn down by Elizabeth, but an area of “filth, vice and crime” along with open sewers, crowded conditions. (p. 10)


  1. Kelly’s PO Directory says that the Bird in Hand is owned by William Seaman, Dover Castle is John Hall at 26 Commercial Rd, Lambeth. Globe is run Wm. Clipson 26 Gt. Dover St. Borough.


16 January, 1849 John Johnson, son of John, marries Rebecca Clipson, daugher of John Clipson, in Lincolnshire.


January, 1849 Frederick Clipson christened at St. Mary’s Newington and dies Sept, 1849.


1849, 3 May, 1849. Will’s friend, Henry Jones, 45, leaves Portsmouth and sails for 5 weeks on the Hendrick Hudson, arriving in NYC on June 7, 1849. He writes that he misses Clipson, and also that Clipson has sent him a letter, which he reads after he gets off the boat.


1850, January. A son Richard is born at St. George’s but he dies by September 1850 at same place. Harriet Ann, born Jan. 1851 lives. There is 5 ½ year gap between James and Harriet.

And the next Richard lives, perhaps because Matilda gives birth in Boston, Lincolnshire.


6 Oct 1850. Will’s father John Clipson dies at age 68. He was living in a parish cottage until 1839 when it was sold to Mr. Wingate.


31 March 31 Census shows William, age 45, in the borough of Southwark, St. Jude’s Parish, Retired licensed victualler living at 2 Richmond Terrace, which I cannot find in Southwark. Those living in the house and their estimated ages are William, 45; Matilda A., 35; Catherine, 16,; Jane, 14; William, 10; John, 7; James, 6; and a servant, Elizabeth Trusscot, 22, born about 1829 in St. Gerrans, Cornwall, England.


1851 census, Spilsby Registration District. Charlotte Clipson, widower, age 65, is listed as a “visitor” in her daughter Rebecca’s household in the parish of East Keal in Bolingbroke. Rebecca Johnson is 38 years old. Her husband John is 48.

They have a lodger – William Elvidge, a widower, 35, and apparently his son or daughter Paoley Elvidge, or Padby Elvidge, 5.


15 July 1851. Will and Matilda have moved to 23 King’s Street, St. Paul’s Covent Garden, where Harriet Ann is born.

This is not the St. Paul’s we know. Instead it is the church of St. Paul’s on the west side of Covent Garden, designed by Inigo Jones. 1638. It is also called the Actor’s church because it is in the midst of theatres. “In George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the pay that inspired My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle meets Professor Higgins while selling flowers under the portico of St. Paul’s.”


The Racing Times. Issue 72 and 26.

July 6, 1852. Will joins other “undersigned members of Tattersall’s, proprietors of betting offices,” in a letter to the Earl of Derby. It’s called a “Memorial presented to the Earl of Derby, her Majesty’s First Lord of the Treasury.” They “beheld with regret the efforts of misdirected zeal to suppress their establishments, which were founded for giving greater facilities to the owners of racehorses, their friends and the public interested in horse racing, for investing upon such animals as their judgment or information might lead them to speculate.” They say they have been the subjects of “prejudice and ignorance” and that “they are prepared to prove that their transactions have been conducted upon those fair and honourable principles which all true lovers of the great national sport of horse-racing must wish to see in turf matters.”

They say they are willing to be regulated to correct certain abuses such as “the setting up of unprincipled adventurers without honor or capital (and who have scandalized your memorialists by the actions” they ask that Lord Derby “use . . . influence in preventing [the letter writers] from being made the victims of an agitation got up by those who having not taste for horse racing and ignorant of the real state of the case., seek to place a legislative barrier between” then there is a place missing. “Our great and glorious sport, in which we all take such unlimited delight, would at once dwindle into entire insignificance” . . . “How insultingly ridiculous – the only inference that can possibly be drawn from the systematic attacks which are untiringly leveled against the manager of all meeting who cannot clearly discern the advantage of spending the thick end of a hundred pounds upon three individuals whose characters and positions in the south have certainly very properly given them an emince which it is impossible a provincial official can ever attain. But it is absolutely absurd to suppose on that account that they are to be pitchforked upon every race meeting, or that gentlemen cannot be found in each locality capable of discharging efficiently and creditably the several duties connected with the getting up and managing of a respectable meeting, such as Newcastle undoubtedly is.” . . . the writers are “disgusted at the attempts unceasingly made to thrust these official dignitaries upon provincial managements,” 14 signatures, including Will.


The Era: Under Advertisements and Notices

Sunday, July 4, 1852, Issue 719


“Memorial presented to the Earl of Darby by the undersigned members of Tattersall’s, proprietors of Betting offices.

To the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, Her Majesty’s First Lord of the Treasury, &c, &c,’

Your Memorialists, Members of Tattersall’s, have beheld with regret the efforts of misdirected zeal to suppress their establishments, which were founded for giving greater facilities to the owners of Race Horses, their friends, and the Public interested in horse racing, for investing upon such animals as their judgment or information might lead them to speculate.

That your Memorialists aver that the statements promulgated to their detriment are mainly founded upon prejudice and ignorance, as they are prepared to prove that their transactions have been conducted upon those fair and honourable principles which all true lovers of the great national sport of Horse Racing must wish to see in Turf matters.

That whereas your Memorialists are willing to be judged by competent persons, and to adopt such suggestions, or be bound by such regulations aas certain abuses, viz., the setting up of unprincipled adventurers without honour or capital (and who have scandalized your Memorialists by their actions), may call for; they humbly pray your Lordship to use your influence in preventing your Memorialists from being made the victims of an agitation got up by those who, having no taste for Horse-racing, and ignorant of the real state of the case, seek to place a legislative barrier between your Memorialists and the thousands with whom they have for years done business.

And your Memorialists, as in duty bound, will ever pray,


Name, address and member of Tattersalls for how many years.


  1. Snewing, 443, New Oxford Street, 8 years
  2. Clipson, 23, King Street. 10 years
  3. Desbrough 39, Cranbourne St., 30 years”
  4. Mather, 109, Great Rutland St
  5. Maclure 96, Farringdon Rd

Thos. Catterall, 4, St. Martin’s Lane

George Read 62, Snow Hill

John Jefferini, 61, Snow-hill

T.V. Turner, Newgate St

James Downes, 13, Rathbone

Thomas Megson, 9, King William St

Richard Bell, 97 Newgate

Robt. R. Bignell, 226 Piccadilly

Joseph A. Etches, 28 Cranbourn


No advertisements after 1847 with Clipson in it.

And William is not listed at any pub at this point.


Sporting Intelligence

Freeman’s Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland)

Monday, Oct 18, 1852.

(from our correspondent)

Newmarket Cesarewitch-the defaulting betting houses

The victory of Weathergage, on Tuesday last, caused greater havoc among the betting office keepers in London than the performance of the same animal when he won the Goodwood Stakes. Many of the list-keepers appear to have laid against him as if he were dead, and their infatuation continued up to the last moment. Among the most prominent of these “potter” are Mr. Catterall, of Ludgate hill (who it is reported, has “gone” for twenty thousand pounds!) Mr. Clipson of King street, Covent Garden, Mr. Howard of Farringdon street and Long acre, Lyons of Upper St. Martin’s land, Munday of Cannon street and H Edwards of Cranbourne Street. The eye of the public cannot now fail to be opened by the wholesale manner in which they have been plundered. Amongst those who are on the winning side by Weathergage’s victory are Mr. Parr, the owner and trainer of the horse “to the tune,” it is stated, of ten thousand pounds, Messrs Bennett, Adkins, Megson and several others in connection with the stable, who have added largely to these Goodwood balances. Mr. Hall, better known as “City Hall,” also wins a large stake; and Mr. J. Clarke, proprietor of the Royal Blue line of Pimlico omnibuses, likewise throws in for a sum that will render him independent of any rise in hay and corn for some time to come. Nearly all the “gentlemen” and most of the “bookmaker” are losers.

Weathergage has turned out one of the best horses of his year. Wells, the jockey who rode him, had a prior engagement to ride Lady Amyott, but was given up “for a consideration” to Weathergage, upon whom he also won the Goodwood Stakes-two rather important races to be carried away by a 60 (there’s that italic l again) cast-off.”


By December of this year, they are back in Lincolnshire since their son Richard is born in Boston. And by a year later, they are on their way to America. Perhaps this was the problem and why he left. He couldn’t run betting rings anymore.


Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1852. Issue 87 and 41 The Racing Times, London


“The Betting List Levanters (levant: to leave hurriedly or secretly to avoid paying debts. British slang.)


As we last week anticipated, Weathergage has performed a perfect rout upon the fraudulent betting list keepers, and has swept them unmistakably away. The chief rogues who have shut up are J Howard, alias Adkins, of Long-acre and Farringdon-street, Clipson, of King-street, Covent Garden (formerly a licensed victualler in the Dover-road); Catterall, of Ludgate-hill, Peck of Oxford Street; and Harry, alias George Edwardes, alias B. Nicol, alias Robert Chiney, Alias Garner, and no doubt various other aliases. Now, with respect to these men with the aliases, there is no question as to the law. The law holds that any man who adopts an alias for the purpose of defrauding another is guilty of felony, and therefore in these cases we should advise the victims, whenever they meet the persons by whom they have been defrauded, to give them into custody, and carry them before a magistrate. As to the others, as the law does not provide any remedy, we should advise the victims to take the law into their own hands through the instrumentality of a horsewhip. This remedy was applied to a fellow of the name of Langley, in Bow-street, after the last Casarewitch, with the most beneficial effect. The Cambridgeshire will be attended with the same result. There are several mushroom list-keepers to go; and we should not be surprised to see a clean sweep made of St. Martin’s lane and Cranbourne Street.



Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1852, p. 342, issue 88 and 42. The Racing Times

“We understand that Howard, late of Long-acre, is cultivating an enormous beard and moustache, and has taken to spectacles in order that he should not be recognized when he returns from Paris. . .

The substantial list-keepers complain that their business has been very much affected by the criminal conduct of Clipson, Catterall, Howard &c., as confidence has by them been almost paralysed. The good and substantial bookmakers ought to have formed themselves into an association long ago, and then the swindling list-keepers would never have existed. It is not too late now.

Mr. Megson and Le Juif – a Sunday contemporary, more celebrated for its reports of parish and vestry concerns than for its knowledge of sporting matters, very gratuitously stepped out of its way last week to inform its peculiar class of readers that Mr. Megson had, previous to the Cesarewitch, bought the horse Le Juif in order that he should not start for that race. Perhaps the shortest way to put this matter right is to say that the statement was simply false, and the author of it knew it to be so.

“Some person inserted an advertisement in the Morning Advertiser on Wednesday, last purporting to come from Howard, the delinquent, of Long-acre, and appointing Thursday evening for the payment of a portion of his liabilities at the house of Mr. Cross, near the Haymarket. Of course it was a hoax, but it nevertheless attracted a good many to Mr. Cross’s house, and about the first person who presented himself was an individual of the name of Sharp, who represented himself as belonging to the metropolitan sporting press. We certainly never heard of such a person in connection therewith.”


5 Dec 1852 Richard is born in Boston, Lincolnshire where they have fled.


Sunday, Dec. 26, 1852: The Metropolitan Handicap, Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle.

A letter from Mr. Jefferini.


Mr. Editor: Seeing a paragraph in your last week’s paper referring to me, I beg to say a few words in answer. Nothing having been said about Jordon, Catterall, Clipson and several others who have closed their offices and taken away a large amount of the public money, it seems strange that I should be singled out in particular, for my case is very different to the other parties. The conduct of the public towards me (as stated in a former number of your journal) compelled me to the course I adopted, vis, returning the deposits on all winning horses. Now sire, those persons that knew me must be well aware from the position I hold, as a member of Tattersall’s, and having had lists for the last ten years, that if it had been my wish or intention to have levanted, I should not have done so on the Warwick Handicap, but have “gone” on the Cesarewitch or Cambridgeshire, when I could have pocketed some thousands. The party writing to you expresses his indignation at my giving a grad ball. If there was a party of friends at my house I was not aware of it, as I left town the day after the Warwick Handicap was run. I do not know anyone that has invested £210 with me without obtaining a winner; if such is the case, his judgment must be very bad, and the sooner he leaves off hacking horses, the better. Injustice to me you will oblige by inserting the above.—Yours, &c. J. Jefferini.


Charlotte Clipson. Widow of John Clipson. Raithby, late of Miningsby. May 1 1853 72 years. Last mention of a Clipson in Miningby


3 May, 1853 disembarking first from the Siddons.

William Clipson, 47, engineer.

Matilda Ann, 37

Catherine, 18

Jane, 16

William Henry, 12

John, 9

James, 8

Harriett Ann, 1 ½

Richard, infant


William Dickinson, 33, laborer

Emma, 30

Harriett Ann, 5

Elizabeth, 3

George Allen, 18, carpenter, appears amidst the children. There is a George Allen of the right age living in Aledo, Illinois, in Mercer County, in 1860. He is a plasterer. It is as if he is part of the group, but he does not settle in Vermilion County.

William Dickinson, 2

Emma, infant


A descendant, Vivien Coffey, writes that “William Henry’s wife later said that she had her hands full in a strange city with a sick husband and baby, other children including two very pretty young daughters, the two children of William Henry’s first marriage. They went on into Illinois where they bought land near the Danville, Illinois area. This farm did go by the name of the Globe Farm Grand Prairie at Catlin.”

Vivien says they brought with them their wine cellar, “thinking to establish a tavern of the sort in England, in this county. They must have also brought the candlestick if Aunt Nora has it in 1975.


Ruth Clipson Anderson wrote that she has a small table that she said was brought from England. It has a swing top that opens out, square with a little hidden compartment underneath. She also said there was that silver cup from the Queen that they brought over too. But Arthur Anderson said that the silver cup has been lost because some of the relatives are “worthless.”


7 August, 1854 Rebecca Clipson Johnson dies and is buried at St. Andrews in Miningsby


3 Aug 1856 The Era, London, Issue 932.

An announcement: “15th of June. Marriage at residence of William Clipson, Grand Prairie, Vermillion County, Illinois by the Rev. Mr. Long of Homer. Mr. William Mellican Moore, merchant, of Georgetown, to Catherine, eldest daughter.’


  1. Jane Clipson Swannell dies in Leavenworth Kansas.


July 6, 1862. Will commits suicide.


1870 Catlin Census

Anna Clipson, 54, lives with

James, 25, farmer

Hattie, 19

Richard, 17, a farm laborer

Albert, 16, a farm laborer.

They live between Richard Puzey and his son and daughter in law and George Church.


1870 Vance Township census

John C. Clipson, 27, wagon maker, with $2,000 of land.

Lizzie, 23

Edwin, 2

John Leanard living with them.


James Clipson married Clarissa Ann Douglas on 21 December, 1876.


1880 Census. Matilda Clipson, age 65, is living with

Richard, 26

Hattie, 28

Albert, 24

James, 9, her grandson, born in Iowa.

Next door is Richard Puzey, age 81. And his son’s family.


1885 Iowa state census, Clarinda, Page County

John C. Clipson, 41, carpenter

Maggie G. Clipson, 32

Edwin Clipson, 16

Clarence, 1


1885 Iowa State Census, Nodaway township, Clarinda, Page County

John C. Clipson, 41, entitled to vote.

W Street and South Promenade street



1888 or 1889 no date on Catlin Clack, in an article by “Hannah Mariah” who is actually Wilse Tilton:

Catlin, Jan. 29: . . .

“The event of the week was a reception given by Mrs. Matilda Clipson in honor of the marriage of Albert, her youngest son—her 34 year old infant. Albert was supposed to be cold, calloused, confirmed and unapproachable, but Miss Ethel Sanford of Hoopeston permitted him to bask in the sunshine of her smiles until a spar of ethereal bliss was kindled in his soul and he became susceptible. They were married on last Thursday at Hoopeston by Rev. Mr. Wamsley.

On Friday was the reception. The married friends were invited to come at one o’clock, the young folks at six. In all about 200 people were in attendance. Many were invited that could not get there on account of bad roads.

A bountiful dinner was served. Among the guests were represented Danville, Hoopeston, Georgetown, Catlin, Westville, Perrysville and Wabash, Ind., Toledo, Ohio, and probably some other points.

The names of a great many of the visitors will appear in the lists of presents. “Dick” the brother, whom we fear will never be a Benedict, was master of ceremonies, and showed the blood of his English ancestors by his whole-souled hospitality and his knowledge of the art of entertaining company. His program, however, was varied a little by the guests, who improvised a proverbial hog trough by placing a rung in the center of the room upon which he was made to dance, his waning strength ever and anon being revived by some “peppermint drops” kindly furnished by a friend and of which Aunt Hannah Parker said, “There is nothing better.”

A card attached to the phial (it must have been whiskey) read as follows:

Dear Friend Dick

If you are lonesome and sick

And want relief quick

Take a “drap” of this mint:

But a permanent cure

If you want to be sure

A good wife secure

Tis a thing you’ll never repent.


Dick Puzey, behind a white apron and sporting a carver, occasionally thrust a smile through the kitchen door.

Will Johns was the largest man, Henry Lloyd the biggest eater, Bro. Reynolds the best talker, Wm Dickinson the eldest, Wm. Jones best looking and the writer, the quietest. The ladies were all good looking and very entertaining.

The Clipson Mansion contains a great many curiosities and keepsakes of English origin, among which is a bronze statue presented to the father by the London Gas Company. He was then its President. [Really?]

Two oil paintings show the faces of the father and mother. His is at the age of 35 and hers at the age of 28. Mrs. Clipson seemed to renew her youth for the day and was in excellent spirits.


Partial list of presents: [I’ve edited this]

Mr. Richard Puzey, Sr. a fancy lamp

Mr. and Mrs. EA Church, silver spoons

Silver fruit dish, Messrs. Georg W., CC and EE Moore (Carrie’s family)

Silver Castor and a pair of napkin rings, from Mr. and Mrs. J. Clipson, Clarinda Iowa.

Two handpainted china cups and saucers, Mrs. Carrie and Lottie Moore, Georgetown.

Bedroom set, Mr. R and Miss Hattie Clipson

Bed and bedding and rocking chair, Mother Clipson

Dinner set. Mr. and Mrs. R Puzey

Dish pand and glass dish, M&M Dr. Jones

Walter Fannie Jones, lamp Water set. M&M H. Church

Card receiver, Mr. Ed a. jones

Siler spoons Attie and Mattie Puzey

Majolica tea pot, Mr. Jas. Dickinson

Other Joneses, Dickinson.

Nora Clipson, set of parlor chairs.

More Lloyds,

James Clipson and wife: rocking chair

More Puzeys,

Mr. Ed F. Clipson, Toledo, Ohio, gave a silver and bohemian glass celery holder.


Lucy Bowering Clipson Bogg

Died in the first quarter of 1895 in Raithby.


1895 Iowa state census. John C. Clipson, 57, Clarinda Page county.



1900 Catlin census

Richard Clipson, head, 47

Matilda A., 84

Hattie, 1850

Heins, George, son, adopted, age 16, born Illinois, but unknown parents.


On same page

Albert Clipson, 45

Ethlen, 39

Homer, 10

Lelia, 5

Russel, 8/12

Smith, Myrtle, niece, 15


Matilda Clipson died 2 Feb 1901 at home south of Catlin “Grandma Clipson,” age 85.


13 Jan. 1905, Catherine Clipson Moore dies and is buried in Georgetown Cemetery. Also buried there are her husband, William Moore (1823-1887) son William N. 1859-1880; Juliette J. 1857-1904, son Edwin E. 1867-1916.


24 October 1904 James dies, age 60, and is buried in Oakridge Cemetery. (1)

Wednesday, October 11, 1905 according to obituary in the Danville Commercial News, he died this morning at 2:30am at his home 1 ½ miles west of Catlin. Funeral services held Thursday afternoon at the home with Rev. Wilkin of Indianola, formerly of the Catlin M.E. church, officiated. About one year ago he had a stroke and was confined to his bed and later rallied.



11 Oct. 1905. # 79

James Clipson died, according to a rather undated obituary.died of a “paralytic stroke” 63 years of age. Milton, Tillie, Zella, Fred and Mrs. Oliver Cord survive him. What about Roy?


1910 Census. Okmulgee, Oklahoma

John, 67, salesman in a dry-goods store

Margaret, 57

Genevieve V? born Iowa, 24, salesman in a dry goods store

Sarah Hannah, 69, sister in law, born Indiana


1910 Census

Richard, farmer

Hattie, poultry raiser

Robert Shepherd, Servant, 31



1920 Census

John C. Clipson, 76, living in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, retired

Margaret, 67, born Indiana


29 March, 1924. John Clipson died and is buried in Clarinda, Nodaway, Iowa.


1920 Census

Richard Clipson, 67, naturalized 1876, farmer

Harriet, 69

Raymond Miller, hired man

Two Puzeys and a Jones nearby, including Richard and Elizabeth Puzey, Richard the first’s son and wife.


29 March 1924. John (Jack) dies in Okmulgee, OK.

The land the Clipsons bought on July 2, 1853 from the Onleys was left to Pauline Clipson Carson by her father Albert.


Jan. 29, 1936. Hattie Clipson died at 84. From a “Prominent pioneer Vermilion County family.” After the death of her mother, she lived with Dick on the farm. After he died she lived with Albert, until he died three years ago. Lived with her niece Mrs. Ben Carson, 6 West Winter Ave. She was a member of the Catlin M.E. church, not Fairview.