Henry Nipp and Lucinda Coker

I do not have any first hand personal knowledge of this family, but yet, I appear to be genetically connected to them.  Starting with a completely blank slate as to the entire family, this is what I’ve been able to piece together.  If anyone reading this has any information to help fill in the blanks, or to correct any of the assumptions I’ve made, please email me nippkin@yahoo.com.

I apologize for bouncing back and forth because that’s how I tend to work, but hopefully, you can follow me as I learn about this family.

This begins where I started, with Lucinda Coker Nepp/Nipp Boatwright, an ancestor of the YDNA match to my Plunk line. 

In the 1850 US Federal Census, Marion County, AR, living in the household of Charles Coker (her father):

Lucinda Nepp


Henry Nepp


Jackson Nepp


Charles Nepp



The son, Henry, is listed as blind.  I haven’t been able to find any other record of him.

The Turnbo Manuscripts by Silas Claiborne Turnbo (1844 – 1925) http://thelibrary.org/lochist/turnbo/toc.html


“…Lucinda who married Henry Nipps and after his death she married Tom Boatright…”

In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Sugarloaf, Marion, AR:

Thomas Boatright, age 33, born TN

Lucinda, age 34, born AR

Jackson Nipp, age 14, born AR

Charles E. Nipp, age 11, born AR

William Boatright, age 8, born AR

Joseph C. Boatright, age 6, born AR

James J. Boatright, age 3, born AR

Luticia C. Boatright, age 1, born AR

I have not been able to find a marriage record between Lucinda Coker and Henry Nipp nor Thomas Boatright.

In a letter dated March 11, 1864, Lucinda Boatright is requesting transportation, along with six children, from the Rolla Refugee Camp, Rolla, MO, to join her husband, Thomas, in St. Louis, MO.  You can view this letter, along with a lot more information on the Boatwright/Boatright family at boatwrightgenealogy.com.

On October 24, 1865, Thomas Boatwright married Rebecca Phillips and had other children.  In the 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Township 33, Range 3 East, Iron County, MO, living with Thomas and Rebecca are:

Joseph Boatwright


James Boatwright


Kassia Boatwright


Mary Boatwright


John Boatwright


Wm H Boatwright


Nancy E Boatwright


Notice that Jackson and Charles Nipp are not living with them, but I want to focus, for the moment, on the above James Boatright.  He was born 1857, AR, and on 27 Feb 1875, MO, he married Mahala Anne Johnson.  The following children are attributed to this couple:

Thomas Lee Boatwright (my Plunk descendant matches the YDNA of one of his descendants)

Florence Elizabeth Boatwright

Clorene L. Boatwright

Lawrence J. Boatwright (neither the Plunk YDNA nor Thomas Lee’s descendant matches a descendant of Lawrence.  However, Lawrence’s descendant matches the YDNA of other Boatwright descendants.)

John Morine Boatwright

Walter Cleveland Boatwright

Mahala Ann Boatwright

Carl E. Boatwright

Zella Cornela Boatwright.

The YDNA results of the descendants of the above two Boatwright brothers, compared with the genetree match of my Plunk to Knipp, the FTDNA  match of my Plunk to Thomas Lee Boatwright but not Lawrence J. Boatwright, the grandmother of Thomas Lee Boatwright first being married to a Nipp, and my autosomal match to a person with the Christian Knipp line in his family leads me back looking at the Nipp/Nepp/Knipp families.

Remember, Henry Nipp and Lucinda Coker had three sons.  Their oldest son, Henry, born abt 1845 was blind, according to the census.  I cannot find a record of him after 1850.

Their other two sons were Jackson, born abt 1847 AR and Charles, born abt 1848 AR.

 I believe that Jackson Nipp/Nepp is Andrew Jackson Nipp.  1870 U.S. Federal Census, Little Black, Randolph, AR is the following family:

Andrew J Nips


Sarah Nips


William J Nips


James H Nips




1880 U.S. Federal Census, Warm Springs, Randolph, AR: (my notes in parenthesis)

Andrew Nipps


Sarah E. Nipps (Sarah Hawke)


William J. Nipps


Charles A. Nipps


Eli Nipps


Nancy Ann Nipps


Thomas Nipps


James M. Nipps


Mary Hawkes (mother in law)


(It’s interesting to me that there was a Baptist circuit preacher by the name of Patterson, whose brother married into the Plunk family, who traveled between Randolph County, AR and Ripley County, MO where my great grand-father was raised.)

The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was destroyed by fire, but other researchers say this couple had an additional daughter, Ida Bell Nipps born abt 1885.

I will pick up with the family of Andrew Jackson Nipp and Sarah Hawke in the next installment.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mistamar2u
    May 21, 2013 @ 02:31:45

    I can’t help but notice the James M. Knipps age 2. Do you have this person tracked down?


  2. Carla Wallain Davis
    May 21, 2013 @ 02:41:08

    I think so. Probably not completely.


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