THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


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   DAVID H. PHIPPS, these thirty years and more an enterprising and well-known citizen of Oneida, an octogenarian whose step is still firm and whose mind is clear, was born in the town of Thompson, Windham County, Conn., October 7, 1807. His father, David Phipps, who was born in the same State, August 3, 1768, son of Jason Phipps, received a good education and became a civil engineer, learning also the trade of joiner. He, however, devoted much of his time to the care of the farm which he owned in the town of Thompson till the year 1821, when he sold his real estate in Connecticut, and with his family, consisting of a wife and seven children, came to New York, the Journey by team to Oppenheim, then Montgomery County, now Fulton, requiring ten days. Here he resided, engaged in farming, until his death, July 29, 1850. He was a Whig, and had served as Justice of the Peace in Connecticut. His mother's maiden name was Chapin. The maiden name of his wife, the mother of his seven children; was Betsey Cloyes. She was born in New Hampshire, November 15, 1775, and died August 4, 1863. Her father served in the War of 1812, and died of wounds received in a severe skirmish with the Indians.
   The subject of this brief biography, having been fourteen years of age when he came to New York, well remembers the incidents of the removal and the varied experiences of the pioneer life that followed. Albany was the market to which country produce was teamed, even from the western part of the State. At fifteen years of age he began to earn his own, living, working out at five dollars per month and board. At twenty-one years of age he received ten dollars per month and board. A short time before his marriage he bought a saw-mill in Oppenheim, and engaged in the lumber business three or four years. Having learned the trade of carpenter, while running the mill he took contracts to frame buildings. After selling the mill, he worked at his trade for a time, then engaged in farming. He lived in Oppenhem till 1840, when he sold what interest he had there, and, coming to Madison County, bought a farm in Nelson, in which town he was the first to engage in the dairy business. Always on the lookout to better his condition, two years later he sold his property in Nelson, and, moving to the town of Eaton, bought twenty acres of land. He worked at farming and at his trade there till 1856, when he became proprietor of a public house, which he kept for the next five years.
   In 1861 Mr. Phipps came to Oneida, and has since continued a resident of this village, in the growth of which he has materially contributed, chiefly by purchasing and improving real estate. In the first place, having formed a partnership with S. H. Farnham, he bought property on Madison Street, which he held as as a storage warehouse for two years, when he sold it to be converted into stores. He has since engaged in other similar enterprises. His business of late has been looking after his private interests; in other words, the care of his property as it is, without entering into any new undertakings.
December 19, 1831, was the date of the marriage of David H. Phipps and Eliza H. Brown. Mr. Phipps was a native of this State, the daughter of Chad and Elizabeth (Healey) Brown. She was born April 22, 1813, and died March 17, 1889. Mr. Phipps was formerly a Whig, and cast his first Presidential vote for John Quincy Adams. He has been a Republican since the formation of that party. He served as Justice of the Peace in Eaton, and has been a member of the Oneida Village Board of Trustees.
   We take pleasure in calling the reader's attention to the fine portrait of this venerable and respected gentleman.

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