Eliza (Bass) Tippit
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Eliza Jane (Bass) Tippit (1874 - 1942)

Eliza Jane Tippit formerly Bass
Born in Vernon, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 8 Jul 1897 in Vernon Parish Louisianamap
Wife of — married 10 Jan 1909 in Hicks, Vernon Parish Louisianamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Simpson, Vernon, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Nov 2009
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Biography

Daughter of Jeremiah Moses Bass and Emeline Smith, was born 2 Dec 1874 (Vernon), LA, and died 7 Mar 1942 in Simpson, LA, of Myocarditis Chronic or Cardiac insuffencia. She married first, James W. Lawrence on 8 Jul 1897 (Vernon), LA and four children were born. James was born 21 Jan 1869, son of F.L. Lawrence (1834-1903), and he died 16 Jan 1907 LA. He is buried in Good Hope Cemetery, Anacoco, LA. After James died, Eliza Jane married second, Samuel Clinton Tippit on 10 Jan 1909 at her mother's home in Hicks (Vernon), LA, and five children were born to this union. Sam Tippit was born 29 Oct 1878 Courtland, MS, son of David Thomas Tippit and Mary Martha Margaret Matilda Leona O'Bryant, and he died 6 Sep 1945 in the Leesville Hospital from complications following surgery. Eliza raised his three children, her four children and their five children.

Eliza Jane Bass was about 5'4" tall of medium-build frame. As a young girl she weighed 140 lbs, but in later life became somewhat heavier. Her complexion was dark, her eyes blue, her hair a beautiful brown which was naturally wavy and hung to her hips when loose. Although Eliza was 68 years old when she died, her hair had never turned grey, and she always wore it in a bun.

Eliza was extremely religious; she originally joined the Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Slagle, LA, with her mother, Emeline, and grandmother, Catherine. After her marriage to Sam Tippit, Eliza was baptized into the Simpson Church of God on 16 Aug 1920. The Tippits remained faithful to this church until their death.

Eliza is remembered as being a most compassionate woman. When she and Sam Tippit married, she had four children and Sam had three. If this was not a burden enough, she also took Sam's two younger brothers into their home when Sam's mother died. Eliza treated all the children equally, and they all grew to love her dearly. Later after Sam's sister died, Eliza took Minnie's three children, Amy, Audrey, and Lydia into their home to live.

Perhaps the greatest act of compassion displayed by Eliza came when her dear friend died. Alice Weeks Bagents died leaving several small children including three-week old twins. Relatives took the twins, but after four months, the baby girl was returned to her father. The remaining children were too young to take on the responsibility of caring for a young baby. One day, for some divine reason, Eliza felt an urge to go check on John Bagents and see how the children were doing. John was in the fields as usual. The smaller children had placed the baby in a box near the fireplace where her little face blistered. They became frightened and moved her to the open door where she then became cold and turned blue. When Eliza arrived on the scene, she treated the baby's face and got her warm. Then she settled down to wait for John to come in from the fields, and she convinced him to let her take the baby to live with the Tippits until she was a little older. Eliza and Sam Tippit kept Carline Bagents for four years, treating her as if she was their own child. When John came to take his daughter, everyone was in tears, but Eliza knew it was time for John to take his daughter, even if she and Sam had to suffer.

Burial

Welcome Cemetery, Simpson, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA [1]

Sources

  1. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 02 December 2018), memorial page for Eliza Jane Bass Tippit (2 Dec 1874–7 Mar 1942), Find A Grave: Memorial # 27718037, citing Welcome Cemetery, Simpson, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by CDee (contributor 46814182) .
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDX2-LKH : accessed 29 December 2015), Eliza J Bass in household of Wm J Bass, 5th and 6th Ward, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 48, sheet 128A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0473; FHL microfilm 1,254,473.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPBX-WJL : accessed 2 December 2018), Liza Tippit in household of Samuel C Tippit, Police Jury Ward 6, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 151, sheet 7B, family 111, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 533; FHL microfilm 1,374,546.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVW4-GVV : accessed 30 August 2017), Lizzie Tippit in household of Samuel Tippit, Police Jury Ward 6, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing ED 101, sheet 8A, line 23, family 11, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 632; FHL microfilm 1,820,632.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMT8-255 : accessed 30 August 2017), Elizah Tippit in household of Samuel C Tippit, Police Jury Ward 6, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 17, sheet 1A, line 15, family 3, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 824; FHL microfilm 2,340,559.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VY5Y-DB9 : accessed 12 December 2017), Liza Jane Tippit in household of Sam Tippit, Police Jury Ward 6, Vernon, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 58-16, sheet 24B, line 59, family 498, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1462.


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