Friday, December 27, 2013

The Life of Marcellus Pipkins, Sr. {1884-1972}

Marcellus Pipkins was born on February 17, 1884 to the late William and Ella (Parker) Pipkins in Panola County, Texas. His daughter, Mary Lee, recalls her father mentioning that his mother was part Choctaw Indian and that she died when he was a child.
Research has found that Ella was born in Missouri around 1857 and brought to Caddo Parish, Louisiana in the [early 1860's] along with her mother & step-father, Jane and Thomas Wells. 

Marcellus told his children that his father William was the son of a Slave Owner. Records indicate that William was born around 1857 in Keatchie, De Soto Parish, Louisiana to slaves, John (Dark complexion) and Mary (Mulatto complexion) on the farm of Matilda Collins, widow of Moses Collins who died on October 4, 1855. It was sometimes common for children to have different fathers during slavery if the husband was sold away or through other circumstances. John, Mary, and most of their children remained intact as a family unit throughout slavery because of this I believe that John is the father of William and not a Slave Owner. Y-DNA testing of a direct male descendant (My Uncle R.) reveals his haplogroup is [E-M2 shorthand for E1B1A] which is African. It's likely that William's mother Mary descends from the White Collins family who held her and her family during slavery as her maiden name on several documents is listed as Collins. She is listed as "Mulatto" and sometimes "Griff" in the slave transactions. UPDATE (5/2/2016): Autosomal DNA reveals that Mary is most likely the daughter of Moses Collins as I have several DNA matches to his descendants.

1900 U.S. Census
Locality Justice Precinct 4, Panola County, Texas
ED, Sheet, Line Enumeration District 69, Sheet 11A, Line 09
Enum Date 14 June 1900
House Family Name Birth Date Relationship Occupation Birth Place
Self Fath Moth
176 179 William Pipkins Apr 1853 Head Farmer LA MS MS
Ellen Pipkins Mar 1855 Wife LA TN TN
Arthur Pipkins Nov 1883 Son Farm Laborer TX LA MO
Marcelus Pipkins Feb 1886 Son Farm Laborer TX LA MO
Easter Pipkins Oct 1896 Daughter TX LA LA
Mattie Johnson Feb 1892 Step Daughter LA LA LA
Alonzo Johnson Aug 1894 Step Son LA LA LA

According to Aunt Mary, Marcellus did not have any formal schooling, but he learned to read & write by studying the Bible. She remembers her father as "a Holy Ghost filled man who knew the word". At the time of his death he had been a deacon at Antioch Baptist Church for 45 years, this is accurate according to the church history. He was ordained as a deacon in 1927 under the leadership of Reverend A.R. Richardson.  

A photo of Marcellus Pipkins, Sr. that
I received in 2007 from Pastor Roger

Jackson of Antioch Baptist Church 
in De Berry, TX

On December 4, 1910, he united in Holy Matrimony to Roberta Perkins daughter of Jim Perkins &  Mandy Golden. Oral history states that Marcellus and Roberta briefly lived in Wagoner, Oklahoma and that Marcellus went to rescue his nephew Jim and niece from someone in the area.
After several years of marriage they had three children together Tharnar James PipkinsMarcellus Pipkins, Jr, and John Pipkins who died as an infant or a young boy. The death of  the child drove Roberta into a deep depression, some relatives have claimed she was "crazy". According to Marcellus, she had lost her will to live and just gave up. She passed away in 1930 and her husband would go on to marry Lois Allen on October 28, 1930. Lois was the daughter of Frone and Mattie (Scott) Allen and granddaughter of Bettie (Cook) Scott who was stated to have been a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. My DNA reveals a possible family connection between Roberta Pipkins & Lois Pipkins, which I have yet to determine at this time. [Click here to learn more about Roberta]

Marcellus and Lois had four children together Maggie Lee PipkinsDavid PipkinsHosea Pipkins, and Mary Lee Pipkins. Together they reared six children in Bethany, Louisiana a small community on the Louisiana and Texas state line. Research indicates that Marcellus was a farmer, who worked for G.N. Brummel in Bethany, Louisiana. He also owned property located near Antioch Baptist Church.

Marcellus died on March 3, 1972  at the age of 88 and is buried at the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in De Berry, Texas. He was loved by many, many people...there are several people living today who either knew him personally or heard of him from various friends and family. He was affectionately known as "Paw Paw" by his grandchildren and "Cousin Cellus" by other relatives

Death Certificate of Marcellus Pipkins, Sr.

Heirs of William Pipkins

Children with Ella (Parker) Pipkins [married: February 2, 1877, Caddo  Parish, Louisiana]:
  • Henry Pipkins [b. July 16, 1878 - d. November 24,1918, Bexar County, Texas]
    • Spouses: (1st) Florence Rolley and (2nd) Donia Trial
  • Daisy Pipkins  [b. Abt. 1880 - d. After 1903, Caddo Parish, Louisiana]
    • Spouse: Elzie Scroggins
  • Arthur Pipkins [b. November 25,1881 - d. December 13,1921, Caddo Parish, Louisiana]
    • Spouses: (1st) Mattie White and (2nd) Mollie Kelly
  • Marcellus Pipkns [b. February 14, 1884 - d. March 3, 1972, Panola County, Texas]
    • Spouses: (1st) Roberta Perkins and (2nd) Lois Allen
Children with Elizabeth (Perkins) Crutchfield [Non-Marital Liason]:
  • Parilee Pipkins [b. September 11, 1893 - d. March 5, 1963, Dallas County, Texas]
    • Spouses: (1st) Unk. Dean and (2nd) John Jernigan
  • Viola Pipkins [b. February 14, 1899 - d.November 11, 1985, Panola County, Texas]
    • Non-Marital Liaison: Willie Tatum
Children with Ellen (Mack) Johnson-Pipkins [married: September 21, 1899, Panola County, Texas]:
  • Easter Pipkins [b. October 21, 1896 - d. February 15, 1973, Tillman County, Oklahoma]
  • Morris Pipkins, Sr. [b. July 4, 1899 - d. September 8, 1986, Dallas County, Texas]
    • Spouse: Agnes Golden

*Please note that the Johnson children [Mattie & Alonzo] listed in the household of William & Ellen in 1900 and 1910 are not HIS children. They are children of Ellen's from a previous relationship she was said to have had several Johnson children who were not listed in the household.* Unfortunately there are several family tree's on that have erroneously listed the two children previously mentioned as offspring of William Pipkins. My Aunt Mary mentioned that her grandfather William divorced Ellen Johnson as she treated his children [Ella's kids] badly and only made sure that her children were taken care of.*

Terrence A. Garnett
[December 27, 2013]

 Source Citations:

  1. Succession of Moses Collins; DeSoto Parish Clerk of Court; Volume E, p. 474-499
  2. Succession of Matilda Collins; DeSoto Parish Clerk of Court; Volume F, p. 242-249
  3. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Dec 2013), Willaim Pipkins Household, Justice Precinct 4, Panola, Texas, United States; citing sheet , family 179, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241663.
  4. Oral History Interviews [2006, 2007, 2009, 2010] with Aunt Mary, Uncle David, and Uncle Hosea [deceased].
  5. Pipkins, Marcellus: "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Dec 2013), Marcellus Pipkins, 03 Mar 1972; citing certificate number 22556, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2223766.
  6. Pipkins, Wm & Ellen Parker [February 2, 1877]: Caddo Parish Marriages; Clerk of Court, Shreveport, Louisiana.
  7. Pipkin, Bill & Ellin Johnson [ September 21, 1899]: Panola County Marriages; Volume F: Page 559, County Clerk’s Office, Carthage, Texas.
  8. [History of Antioch Baptist Church in De Berry, Texas]

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Luel Carr Passed Away in Terrell, Texas


Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013; 1:15 pm
Funeral Home: C. A. DuBose
Mrs. Carr, one of 14 children, was born March 12, 1921 and departed this life, October 27, 2013. Public viewing is from 2:00 to 6:00 Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at the C. A. DuBose Memorial Chapel. Funeral services are 1:00 Saturday at Union Valley Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the New Oakwood Cemetery. All services are entrusted to the DuBose Funeral Home.

In 2007, my mother and I traveled to Terrell, Texas to meet with an older cousin and other Pipkins relatives. This cousin and I had spoken over the phone for quite sometime as she told me stories and gave me information concerning her grandparents Owens Pipkins, Sr & Littie Rolley Pipkins. At that time she informed me that her Aunt Luel was still living [she was the last living 1st cousin of my great-grandfather Marcellus Pipkins, Sr] and resided in Terrell in a nursing home. Cousin Luel was one of the younger children of Owens and his wife so she did not have the opportunity to meet or know any of her grandparents who were former slaves [John & Mary Pipkins and Beth & Lugendy Rolley]. In early November of this year while doing a google search I came across the obituary of cousin Luel and learned she passed away in October. Though I've visited Terrell, Texas several times over the past few years I never had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Carr.

Information from my research
Owens Pipkins, Sr---Spouses: (1st) Adaline Adams and (2nd) Littie Rolley, daughter of Beth & Lugendy Rolley]
  1. John A. “Johnny” Pipkins (Spouse: Bunnie V. Wynn, daughter of Willie Wynn & Alice “Allie” Golden)
  2. David Pipkins (Spouse: Effie Mae Johnson, daughter of George Johnson and Rosetta Bell)
  3. Clotie Pipkins Adams
  4. Dailey Pipkins (Spouse: Ruby)
  5. Mittie Pipkins Williams (Spouse: Emmitt Williams)
  6. Lenzy Pipkins, Sr. (Spouse: Geneva Sheppard, daughter of Grant Sheppard & Dona Hardy)
  7. Annie Lee Pipkins (Spouse: Tom Davis, son of Levi Davis & Harriet Akins)
  8. Lorraine Pipkins
  9. Cliffer Pipkins (Spouse: Rhoda)
  10. Owens Pipkins, Jr.
  11. Lillie Lee Pipkins Anderson (Spouse: Calvin Anderson)
  12. Luel Pipkins Carr
  13. Litha Ann Pipkins Britton (Mother: Hannah Perkins, daughter of Hiram Perkins & Julia Ann Lynch; Spouse: Zebedee Britton, son of Samuel Britton & Susan Jackson)
  14. Dennis Pipkins (Mother: Hannah Perkins, daughter of Hiram Perkins & Julia Ann Lynch; Spouse: Minnie Lee Davis, daughter Sam Davis & Julie Ann King)

Terrence A. Garnett