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Samuel Clinton Tippit (1879 - 1945)

Samuel Clinton (Sam) Tippit
Born in Courtland, Panola, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 21 Sep 1895 in Vernon Parish Louisianamap
Husband of — married 10 Jan 1909 in Hicks, Vernon Parish Louisianamap
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Died at age 65 in Leesville, Vernon, Louisiana, United Statesmap
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Samuel Clinton Tippit grew to manhood in Vernon Parish, receiving the meagre education of the day. Sam Tippit inherited his mother's character, and a kinder, more gentle man never lived. He was highly respected in the Simpson Community and loved by everyone who knew him. Sam married first, Nancy Peavy, in 1895 (Vernon), LA, and four children were born.

Pioneer life was rough, and Sam lost his beloved wife just three days after the death of his father. Raising children alone in those days was rough, and on the evening of 10 January 1909, Sam Tippit married Eliza Jane Bass at the home of her mother, Emeline Smith Bass, and five children were born. Reverend Wesley Jackson performed the ceremony, and what a ceremony it was. Eliza had been previously married to James Lawrence, and had four children. The older folks in Simpson told of the wagon loaded with children, Sam's three and Eliza's four, waiting for the newlyweds outside the house. For a newly married couple, there was a passel of kids in that wagon.

When Leona Tippit died, Martha went to live with her brother and his family. Martha was a real "card" in those days. She told some wild tales and really tried her brother's patience. One day she got mad at Sam Tippit over a trivial matter, and ran away to Uncle Willie Jackson's place. She soon had Willie on her side. He and his wife encouraged Martha to stay and live with them.

Sam Tippit was always a righteous man who prided himself on being fair and honest. He could not believe that Uncle Willie would fall for Martha's "poppycock," and it made him so mad, he threatened to whip Uncle Willie if he ever set foot on his property again. Everybody in Simpson knew that Sam Tippit could not hurt a fly, much less Willie Jackson, but the word spread and Willie was scared. Even so, Martha finally convinced Willie that he should go with her to Sam's house to get her share of the cattle. He went, but was vert cautiously. Not that he was really afraid, but he decided to wait at the end of the lane while Martha went to talk to Sam. It never hurt to play it safe, just in case. This being the case, Willie had no idea of what transpired between Sam and Martha.

As usual, Sam's gentle nature got the best of him. He was so glad to see Martha, he hugged her. There was no question about the cows, he would even round them up himself. He jumped on his horse, grabbed a stick, and started after the cows. As they came racing down the lane, Uncle Willie looked up. All he saw was Sam Tippit astride a horse, waving a stick and yelling. Willie Jackson literally "took to tall timber." Sam Tippit did not know what got into Uncle Willie. When he was reminded of his so-called threat "to whip Willie," Sam had a good laugh. This was one of his funniest memories, and he told it often to his children around the fireplace. Uncle Willie had raced through the woods as if his britches were on fire.

Sam and Eliza Jane Tippit bought a farm in Simpson and set up housekeeping. Their first home was typically small, as most were back then. It had two large bedrooms, a wide hall, a side room for the boys, a back porch, ans a separate log kitchen where Eliza cooked and the family ate. A wide porch ran the full width of the house. Sam Tippit planted his crops behind the house. And what crops they were! He harvested peaches, pears, and even grapes. He also raised watermelons, cantaloupes, and all kinds of vegetables. His garden was a mater piece. His corn grew so tall that one day Tom got lost in it. When they discovered him gone, Sam and Eliza began to search for him. The louder they yelled, the more frightened the little boy became; and he raced back and forth across the rows of corn trying to get out. Little Tom was almost hysterical when Sam Tippit finally found him, and he never played in the corn again.

Sam and Eliza Jane Tippit were very religious, and it has been said that if the church doors in Simpson were opened, Sam Tippit would have his family there. Back then, the church was often the only social event that people could look forward to. This being the case, everyone always arrived at church in plenty of time to visit and let the children play. Whenever services began, the Tippits would enter the church with the little ones by their side. Sam Tippit would glance around to assure himself that his older children were also present and acting as he thought they should. Once satisfied that his family was on hand, he returned his attention to the services.

One day Sam Tippit performed this ritual, and low and behold his youngest son was not in church. He searched the crowd carefully, but Tom was nowhere to be seen. Without a moments hesitation, Sam slipped down the aisle and outside the church. He searched the grounds and as he made his way to the rear of the church, he heard shouts of glee from children. He walked down to the old creek behind the church where the baptizing was done, and sure enough several boys were swimming, Tom Tippit was right in the middle and having himself "a high old time." Sam grabbed a switch off the nearest tree, and needless to say, he "whalled" the daylights" out of Tom all the way back to the church house. Tom was screaming at the top of his lungs, and Sam was still whipping when they approached the entrance. Without batting an eyelash, the dripping wet Tom Tippit walked down the aisle in front of his father, and they sat down together. The worship service never missed a beat, but it was all the congregation could do to maintain a straight face. For some strange reason, Tom Tippit was never caught missing another church service while he lived at home.

Eliza Tippit died as she lived, believing in her Lord. Her bible is well-marked and well worn as a testimony, and one could almost image what she was thinking by reading her underlined passages. Samuel Tippit lived only three years after the passing of his beloved wife. He entered the hospital in Leesville for surgery, and died following complications. The loss of this fine couple was felt by the entire community.


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


The Leesville Leader, Leesville, Louisiana
Thursday, September 13th, 1945

Last Rites Held For S. C. Tippit
Funeral services for Samuel C. Tippit, 65, of Simpson, who died at the Leesville Hospital, September 6, were held last Friday, from the Church of God in Simpson, at ? p.m. with the Rev. America, officiating. Interment was in the Welcome cemetery, under the direction of the Dennis Funeral Home.

The deceased is survived by, six daughters, Mrs. Essie Parker, Ville Platte, La.; Mrs. Pearl Cooley and Mrs. Lucy Cooley, both of Slagle; Mrs. Isabel Nelson, Leesville, Mrs. Niece Netherland, Simpson and Mrs. Daisy Goins, Anacoco, four sons, Joshua Tippit, Slagle; Morgan Tippit, Bastrop, La.; Tom Tippit, Baton Rouge and Mack Lawrence, Pineville, La.


  1. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 02 December 2018), memorial page for Samuel Clinton Tippit (29 Oct 1879–6 Sep 1945), Find A Grave: Memorial #27718058, citing Welcome Cemetery, Simpson, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by CDee (contributor 46814182) .

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