William Ernest Lipps

William Ernest Lipps

Male 1824 - 1909  (85 years)

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  • Name William Ernest Lipps 
    Born 7 Jun 1824  Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 13 Jun 1824  Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Oct 1909  Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried I.O.O.F Cemetery, Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I78  Lipps Family
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2009 

    Father Johan Christoph Ludwig Lips,   b. 7 Dec 1795, Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1853, Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Catharina Elisabeth Niemeyer,   b. 27 Sep 1799, Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1827, Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1824  Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Harriet Cringle,   b. Abt 1835, New York,, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1891, , Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 30 May 1850  East Baton Rouge Parish,Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Richard Lipps,   b. Abt 1851, Cuero, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Cuero, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years)
     2. Charles William Lipps,   b. Abt 1853, , Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1909, Eagle Pass, Maverick, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    +3. Aryanna A Lipps,   b. Sep 1855, Hell Gate, DeWitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1936, Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +4. Doretta Elizabeth Lipps,   b. May 1858, Cuero, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1893, Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
    +5. Sallie Abigal Lipps,   b. 17 Aug 1860, Cuero, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1926  (Age 66 years)
    +6. John Oscar Lipps,   b. 28 Jun 1863, Cuero, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1940, Anthony,Dona Ana, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +7. Fred W. Lipps,   b. 15 Jan 1866, , Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1948, ,Kern, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +8. Nancy Catherine Lipps,   b. 9 Feb 1869, Hochheim, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1954, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +9. Mary Harriett Lipps,   b. 22 May 1870, Hochheim, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1955, Floresville, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +10. Nettie Carson Lipps,   b. 6 Oct 1873, Conrete, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1968, Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    +11. Otis Burnett Lipps,   b. 28 Aug 1876, Hochheim, Dewitt, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1966, Crane, Crane, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Family ID F34  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jun 1824 - Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 13 Jun 1824 - Gottsbüren, Hessen Kassel, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Oct 1909 - Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - I.O.O.F Cemetery, Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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    William Ernest Lipps
    William Ernest Lipps
    William Ernest Lipps before his death in 1909.
    William Ernest Lipps before his death in 1909.

    Histories
    The Story of William Ernst Lipps
    The Story of William Ernst Lipps

  • Notes 
    • His godfather was Johan George niemeyer, his grandfather. Why Ernst did not get the name of his godfather is not known. It was quite usual at that time to have several godfthers.
      In the US he used as his first name, Willliam. It is possible, simce the only Wilhelm (The German word for William) was Jurgen Lips great-great-grandfather, Heinrich Wilhelm, that he was his godfather too, and he used his name later.

      Ernst emigrated to the US in 1839.

      He was baptisted on June 13, 1824. Jügen Lips came across a painting of the house where Ernst probably lived when he was with his grandparents Niemeyer. I still remember that house, since my fahter bought it in 1955. It was a very old house, probably from the 17th century. The sealing of the first story was not higher then apporoximately 1.75 meter (I am 1.82 meter tall.) I was not able to stand straight. This was no problem to the people from the centuries before, because they were in general smaller than the people are today. The architecture of these old houses is of the 'Diemeisachsisch' Farm house style. Which is built from a lumber frame, with straw and mud in-between the frames. These houses have a large gate on the front side, large enough to let pass a wagon. On the right side they normally had their stables for cows, pigs and sometimes horses. On the left side they had their living rooms. Straw and hay was stored under the roof. In the 17th and 18the century the roofs were made from straw. Later they used brownstone, which were very heavy.

      !Biography: Letter from Nettie Crundwell: 1883-abt 1971; received 8 July 1970 from Burbank, Ca.
      "...I am the oldest living grandchild (87 in July) and may be able to help you some. The information I have, my mother, Sallie Abigal (Abbie) gave me many years ago. Her father was born in Germany but he never said in what part. He hated his birthplace. His mother died when he was 2 years old and he went to live with a grandmother, I don't know which one. She died when he was 8 years old and he had to go to live with his father and stepmother, who was very mean to him. He had to steal his food to keep from starving. So when he was 15 years old he decided to run away. He stowed away on a sailing vessel bound for New York. When he was discovered it was too late to take him off the ship, so he found favor with the captain who delivered him to a German settlement in New York. You see he couldn't speak a word of English. However, he evidently knew he had an uncle in New york by the name of Charlie Nemeiyer whom he found. At this point he bound himself out and served a four year apprenticeship, learning to make boots and shoes. He had only one given name, Ernst, which he hated so he decided to add William and change the spelling of Ernst to Ernest, giving himself the name William Ernest Lipps. He was a self-man man, self-educated, never went to an American school. He established a ferry boat at Hell Gate near Cuero (never lived in Cuero). Several children were born at Hell Gate. When ready made boots and shoes came on the market, he established a windmill at Concrete, a small community between Cuero and Yoakum, and made four and meal. The other children were born here. After this failed he moved to Hocheim where he built and operated another ferry boat, also built one at Gonzales. Bridges brought this to a close but he built several houses in Gonzales. Then his wife died and this closed his home. No one knew his parents' names. This is what you need."
      Notes from Marva Huges: Ernst sailed alone to the United States as a young boy. "...during the years between 1830 and 1880 many people from Gottsburen and surrounding villages were emigrating to America. A few were already there as soldiers during the Independence War between 1776 and 1783. They, after returning to Gottsburen, must have told about the unlimited possibilities in America, which many families have seen as their only way to escape from the very difficult times during the early years of the 19th century. (Jurgen Lips) At least some descendents (David Lipps, Anthony, New Mexico) have been told that he left Germany in order to escape conscription in the German army. Another (Opal Patterson Reid Wood, Yuma, Arizona) writes: "I've heard Mama tell how he came over on a ship as a stowaway at the age of fifteen or sixteen. The ship was three days out at sea when they found him, half-starved. The Captain said they were too far out to go back, so he would just let him work as a cabinboy for his fare over. When they landed Grandpa got a job selling newspaper on the streets of New York. He couldn't speak a word of English and the other paperboys called him "Butch Billy", which he hated. So he learned the English language in less than six months."
      All who know anything at all of Ernest agree that he landed in New York, and there married mary Harriet Kringle, who was of French descent. (Nettie Crundwell says she was German/Dutch descent). No record has yet been found of his immigration (none may even exist if he was indeed a stowaway), nor of his marriage. He did apparently change the spelling of his given anme to its English form, Erlnest, and may have taken the first name William after coming to this country, since the record of his birth in Gottsbüren lists only the name Ernst. He may have chosen that name because it was the English spelling of Wilhelm, the German name given his younger brother, Wilhelm Heinrich Lips. It is also possible that Wilhelm was the name of a godfather, as it was not unusual at the time to have several godfathers, and it was customary to name for a godfather. in any case, all other known records list him as Weilliam Ernest, Wm. E., or W.E. Lips or Lipps. Family members say he changed the spelling of his last name, and that is borne out in various documents. The name was consistently spelling Lips in Germany in in this country, as well, until around 1900. Even a note was written in 1878 and signed by himself as W.E. Lips. After that time it was spelled Lipps, as it still is by his descendents.
      The next known written record of William ernest Lips is dated November 1, 1856, and is a "declaration of intent" to obtain US citizenship. Although his date of birth is mentioned here as 1825, other records support the 1824 date of his birth record in Gottsbüren. According to the handwritten document, filed in DEwitt County, Texas, the date of his immigration was October of 1839. If this correct, he was fifteen years old at the time. It reads: The State of Texas Dewitt County, Personally appeared before me W.A. Blair Clerk of the District Court for said County and State William E. Lips and who after being duly sworn as the Law directs, upon his oath, states that he was born on the 6th of June A.D. 1825 in Gotsburen Germany from whence he emigrated to the State of Texas one of the States of the United States of North Americn in the year A.D. 1839 in the month of October and that since he emigrated he has remained a resident of the United States, and of the state of Texas four years last past; and that it is his boone fine intention to become a citizen of the United States of America--and that he doth absolutely renounce all allegiance & fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State of Sovereiignty & in particular to the Duke of Hesse Cassel Prince of Germany whereof he is now a subject. W.E. Lips
      Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 1st day of November A.D. 1856, WA Blair Clark.
      Since he had resided in Texas "...four years last past;" this would put his coming to Texas around the year 1852. It is believed that he did become a Us citizen, although the naturalization record has not yet been located. The first know US Census record of this family is from DeWitt County in 1860, where he worked as a ferryman. His wife Mary Harriet, was for some reason omitted from this listing, althogh they had four children at the time, and she appears in two later census records. The children were Richar, 10; chas, 7; A.A. 4; and E.D., 2. This is the only indication there was a child by the name of Richard, since no other mention of him has been found. Family sources also tell of another daughter, their firstborn child, who died at two or three years of age. we know from numerous other document and family history that the other children listed here were Charles, Aryanna, and Doretta Elizabeth.
      In the year 1870, the family can still be found in DeWitt county, in or near the town of clinton, the county seat at the time. Wm. E.'s occupation at the time was Shoemakekr. He was listed as being 45 years old and his wife, Mary, 35. His place of birth was listed Hesse Cassel, and hers, New York. Charles, 17; AryAnna, 15; Elizabeth, 12; Sally A., 10; John, 7; Fred, 4; and Nancy (Nannie),1; were the children listed with them. It appears that another adult, a Mr. Jacob Lawrence, a ferryman 33 years old, resided with the family.
      On June 24, 1874, Ernest Lips sent a note, written on a small piece of paper, to the county Clerk of DeWitt county by Martin Broer. It read, on one side, To the County Clerk of Dewitt county. On the other side was written,
      Gonzales June 24, 1874, Mr. Boston, This is Mr. Martin Brewer. Please give him the document he will want. Yours very respectfully, William E. Lips.."
      The note is attached to the marriage license of Martin Broers and Aryanna Lips.
      By 1880, the William E. Lips family, still residing in DeWitt county, includes all the younger children of Ernest, now 55, and Mary, 45. He was working again as a ferryman (on the Guadalupe River). The children still at home were Fred, 14; Nannie, 11; Mollie, 9; Nettie, 7 (all attending school); and Otis, 4. Living at the same residence were their daughter and son-in-law, Sally Abby (20) and Uriah Owen (30), a dentist. counting the daughter who died at an early age and Richard, they had a total of twelve children, seven girls and five boys.
      In 1900, W.E. Lipps (76 according to the census) and the youndest son, Otis (22) lived in Gonzales, where his occupation was listed "beekeeper." They resided on Waters Street with daughter and son-in-laaw Nannie and Williiam W. Johnston and their children Kate and Ernest. In the next house was another daughter, Nettie Patterson, her husband, W.H., and their children Earl and Inez. Ernest Lipps died in the Johnston home on October 26, 1909. His obituary was published in the Gonzales Inquier.
      A letter from Katie W. Ward dated Sept 2, 1964 says that Ernest Lipps, her grandfather lived with she and her mother and father (Nannie Kate and Bill Johnston) from the time she was little girl until she was seventeen. He was feeble for years and Nannie and she nursed him until his death. He was a wonderful person. She loved him dearly. He was a real Christian, studied and read his Bible everyday and really lived a Christian life.

      Ernest W. Lipps was buried at I.O.O.F Cemetery, Gonzales, Gonzales, Texas.

      The 1900 census states W.E. Lipps immigrated to the US 1845 and has lived here 45 years and is naturalized.

      GONZALES DAILY INQUIRER Kathleen Springs' transcriptions at Gonzales Archives. This file contains Daily Gonzales Inquirer Jan. 1, 1905-Dec. 31, 1909 Microfilm is in the Gonzales Public Library, however the library does not have sufficient personnel to do look-ups. If you want more information than is contained herein, a researcher may be employed or you may visit the Gonzales Library in person and read the films. A reader/printer is available at the library. Transcribed by Marjorie Lee Burnett, 2002 Lipps. W.E., death; p. 3 Oct. 26; p. 2 Oct. 27, 1909
      Naturalization: Since law went into effect in Sept. 1908 37 applications had been filed in the District Clerk's office; p. 3 Nov. 10, 1908

      GONZALES NEWSPAPERS INDEX, Extracted by Kathleen Springs Transcriptions by Aurale Huff Lips, Wm. E., Ferry, Adv., Gonzales paper 1860/61-- « of front page

      Lipps. W.E., death; p. 3 Oct. 26; p. 2 Oct. 27, 1909


      Received a letter dated July 8, 1970 from Nettie B. Crundwell who lived at 334 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, Calif. 91504.
      Dear Friend,
      Or should I say "cousin", third removed.
      your letter came as a surprise, in which you asked for information about my grandfather's family tree. I am the oldest living grandchild (87 in July) and may be able to help you some. The information I have, my mother, Sallie abigal (Abbie) gave me many years ago. Her father was born in Germany (your date is correct), but he never said in what part. He hated his birthplace. His mother died when he was 2 years old and he went to live with a grandmother, I don't know which one. She died when he was 8 years old and he had to go to live with his father and step mother, who was very mean to him. He had to steal his food to keep from starving. So when he was 15 years old he decided to run away. He stowed away on a sailing vessel bound for New York. when he was discovered it was too late to take him off the ship, so he found favor with the Captain who delivered him to a German settlement in New York. you see he couldn't speak a word of English. However, he evidently knew he had an uncle in New York by the name of Charlie Nemeier who he found. At this point he bound himself out and served four year apprenticeship, learning to make boots and shoes.
      I am very anxious to know whose daughter you are--whether Lottie's son, J.P. or Dorothy's daughter, Nellie May's. It is unusual for a young person to be interested in genealogy. I whish I knew more to tell you and could have asked grandpa all these questions, but I wan't interested at that time.
      To continue about grandfather--he had only one given name--Ernst--which he hated so he decided to add William and change the spelling of Ernst to Ernest, giving himself the name William Ernest Lipps. He was a self-made man, self-educated, never went to an American school. He established ferry boat at Hell Gate, near Cuero (never lived in Cuero). Serveral children were born at Hell Gate. When ready-made boots and shoes came on the market he established a windmill at concrete, a small community between Cuero and Yoakum, and made Flour and meal. The other children were born here. After this failed he moved to Hocheim where he built and operated another ferry boat, also built one at Gonzales. Bridges brought this to a close but he built several houses in Gonzales. Then his wife died and this closed his home.
      No one knew his parents' names. That is what you need. My mother never knew where Mary Catherine Kringle was born or who her parents were. Mother understood that she was Pennsylvania Dutch, which are German. She was left an orphan when a little girl and lived with an older sister in Louisiana until she was 15years old at which time she met and married Ernest Lipps. Their first child was born in a town which is no longer on the map and I have forgotten the name of it. The other ten chidlren were all born in Dewitt County, Texas. Their names follow: William Charlie, Ariana, Elizabeth Doretta, Sallie Abigal (my mother), John Oscar, Fred, Nancy Catherine (Nannie), Mary Harriett (Mollie) Nettie Carson and Otis Burnett.
      Please lelt me hear from you and if you are over this way, stop and see me. My daughter, Hazel, works but I am usually at home.
      Sincerely, Nettie B. Crundwell.

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] Family Records: Lipps Family, Lipps, Jurgen E; compiler, (Unpublished collection of miscellaneous records).

    2. [S28] Lipps, William Ernest : Personal Correspondence 1959, Hartman, Janice compiler, (Miscellaneous unpublished documents).

    3. [S29] Obituaries: Lipps, William Ernest, Gonzales Dailey Inquirer, (Gonzales Dailey Inquirer), 26 Oct 1909.
      Died, Tuesday morning at 9:45 o'clock in the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. W. Johnston, Mr. W. E. Lipps, aged 85 years, four months and nineteen days. The Interment will be made in the I.O.O.F cemetery this afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. L. L. Williams conducting the services.
      The funeral cortege will move from the residence of Sheriff and Mrs. Johnston. The active pallbearers are Messrs. W. H. Kokernot, N. D. Cone, Sanders White, N. P. Reid, F. M. Hampton and R. F. Nixon. Honorary pallbearers--A. W. Harmon, John Steen, Sr., Jim Schwab, John DuBose, Sr., H. C. Davis, G. N. Dilworth, J. W. Nixon, J. P. Randle, W. N. Lawley, R. K. Wyatt, H. K. Wood, J. H. Freeman, W. B. Green, Chas. F. Clark, L. M. Kokernot. Decendent came to this country from Germany, landing in New York about 56 years ago, {This cannot be accurate, since by 1852 he and his family had already arrived in Texas.} and has lived in this county since that time, where he raised a large family of seven daughters and four sons, all of whom survive him with the exception of Charlie Lipps, who died in Eagle Pass, and Mrs. Libbie Broer.
      The nine children surviving him {Notice that only eight children, not nine, are listed.} are Mrs. W. W. Johnston, Mrs. J. A. Crawford of this City, Mrs. J. W. Dismukes, Mrs. W. W. Patterson of Texico, Mr. John Lipps of Anthony, N. M., Mrs. A. J. Martin of Brownwood, Mr. Fred Lipps of Mexico, and Mr. Otis Lipps of Gonzales. The Inquirer extends sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss of their venerable father.
      Copy of Newspaper obituary in the posession of Janice Hartman.

    4. [S497] Family Records: Lipps, William Ernest Marriage, Louisiana Marriages to 1850, (Web Site), www.ancestry.com.
      Louisiana Marriages to 1850 Record about Cringle, Mary
      Spouse 1: Cringle, Mary
      Spouse 2: Elips, William
      Marriage Date: 30 May 1850
      Marriage Location: Louisiana East Baton Rouge Parish