Biography of Gideon Bowdish TRIPP

Gideon Bowdish TRIPP was born in 1812 in Galen, Wayne County, New York, USA. He died on 1869/1871 in the Oklahoma Territory, USA. Gideon Bowdish TRIPP was the son of Zina TRIPP and Ruth BOWDISH of Galen County and Steuben County, New York, USA.

Gideon Bowdish TRIPP removed to Michigan between 1830 and 1839. There, Gideon Bowdish TRIPP married Harriet CARPENTER on 19 Dec 1841 in Eaton County, Michigan, USA. Harriet CARPENTER was born in 1817. She died in Sep 1847. They had the following children: Gertrude A TRIPP was born about 1837 in Michigan, USA. She died on 21 Jun 1915 in Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas, USA. Gertrude married Samuel Goodenough JAMESON, son of Juliette JAMESON on 22 Jan 1865. Samuel was born on 16 Oct 1837 in Vermont, USA and he was a Civil War veteran.

Gideon married 2nd, Louisa DRAKE daughter of Uriah DRAKE and Nancy BARNEY on 23 Nov 1848 in Clinton County, Michigan. At the time of the marriage, Gideon Bowdish TRIPP was 36 and Louisa DRAKE was 17. The marriage ended in divorce, sometime between 1859 and 1867. Louisa DRAKE was born in Nov 1831 in New York, USA. She died between 1900/1910 in Finis, Jack County, Texas, USA. They had the following children:

Ellen Augusta TRIPP was born in Jan 1850 in Michigan, USA. She died on 21 Dec 1873 in Dewitt, Clinton County, Michigan, USA. The cause of death was Dropsy. She was buried in Hurd Cemetery, Dewitt, Clinton County, Michigan, USA. Ellen married John B SEDORE on 10 Oct 1867 in Ingham County, Michigan, USA. John was born about 1843 in NY. He died in 1894 in Clinton County, Michigan, USA. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan, USA.

William Riley TRIPP was born on 23 Sep 1851 in Clinton Co, Michigan. He died on 13 Nov 1929 in Jack County, TEXAS, USA. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Jack County, TEXAS, USA. William married Nettie (Henrietta) Medora AVERY. "Nettie" daughter of James Merritt AVERY and Sarah Emeline CAMPBELL on 16 Aug 1877 in Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan. Nettie was born on 30 Sep 1857 in Bingham Twp, St Johns Post Office, Clinton County, Michigan. She died on 26 Oct 1939 in Jack County, Texas, USA. She was buried in 1939 in Oakwood Cemetery, Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas, USA.

Journal: "In his young days (he) went west to see the new country. In Kansas he had his hat shot off his head on the prairie (this time period would have been later when he traveled to Oklahoma because Kansas is not on the way from New York to Michigan). He kept riding as he thought someone had lost his horse and was trying to get another to make his get away. After marrying Grandma (Louisa Drake), he bought and paid for 40 acres of good farm land (1839) in Clinton County (Michigan). Grandma was dissatisfied. She heard of new land ... of them off and sold out. But the land (purchased 1864) was poor. They separated. She went to her mother. He kept my father (William Riley Tripp) and Aunt Ellen (Tripp). Papa (William Riley Tripp) was 8 years old - Ellen (Tripp) about 10. Later she (Louisa Drake) married Henry Lackey. Then she went and got Papa and Aunt Ellen while grandpa (Gideon Bowdish Tripp) had gone to town. They (William Riley Tripp and Ellen Tripp) stayed awhile then Aunt Ellen went back to her father. She (Ellen) married when about 15 years. She (Ellen) was 22 when she died. For their day they (Ellen) had a nice home with ... and furniture suited for that day. Grandpa (Gideon Bowdish Tripp) was restless hunting new country. He married again and on his way to Texas he took the fever and died. He is buried in Oklahoma but we don't know where.", Journal of Mary Louisa Tripp-Fields; 1950; copyright renewed 2009 by Mark L. Fields.

Note: From marriage records, Gideon married (1) Harriett Carpenter, (2) Louisa Drake, and possibly (3) Unknown although most researchers have Louisa first and Harriett second, incorrectly. See The Tripp Family by Lucinda Ruth Tripp-Avery and bibliography of sources.


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The land purchases referred to in the journal of Mary Louisa Tripp-Fields are substantiated in the land records from Michigan Land Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997. Original data: United States, Bureau of Land Management. Michigan Pre-1908 Homestead & Cash Entry Patent and Cadastral Survey Plat Index. General Land Office Automated Records Project, 1994:

Purchase (1) TRIPP, GIDEON Land Office: Genesee 01, Doc 1663 Oct 1839 Land Description: 1 NENW MICHIGAN-TOLEDO STRIP 40.0000 t:7 N r:10 E s:27 MI

Purchase (2) GIDEON B TRIPP Land Office: IONIA Sequence #: 1 Document Number: 18128 Total Acres: 40 Signature: Yes Canceled Document: No Issue Date: November 01, 1864 Mineral Rights Reserved: No Metes and Bounds: No Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566 Multiple Warantee Names: No Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820 Multiple Patentee Names: No Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries Land Description: