Isaac Tripp
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Isaac Tripp (abt. 1704 - bef. 1778)

Isaac Tripp
Born about in Of North Kingston,Washington, Rhode Islandmap
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Son of and [uncertain]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 19 Jun 1729 in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Islandmap
Husband of — married about 1732 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1739 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvaniamap [uncertain]
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Isaac was a Friend (Quaker)

Isaac Tripp came from Warwick, Rhode Island among the early emigrants to the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania. His birth date is uncertain but we can approximate the time, as he was an old man when killed by the Indians in 1778. Hence he could have been born any time from 1700 to 1710. He was a Quaker in religion. He resided for a time in Pomfret, CT, as shown be deeds recorded in Warwick, RI.

As early as 1768 he and Ezra Dean were appointed a committee to admit the first two hundred settlers under the Connecticut title to lands in Wyoming Valley. After the ineffectual attempt to make a permanent settlement in 1763, Isaac Tripp, with the first forty settlers arrived in the Valley February 8th, 1769.

During the Pennamite Wars Isaac Tripp was a prominent man of the colony. In 1777 he represented Westmoreland in the Connecticut Assembly. The original Isaac Tripp homestead is still existent in Scranton, PA.

Isaac Tripp Sr., was killed by Indians after the Wyoming massacre, December 16th, 1778, while assisting his son-in-law, Jonathan Slocum, to feed stock from a stack in the field on the Slocum farm which is now the city of Wilkes-Barre. Slocum was also killed and a son William wounded.

His granddaughter, Francis Slocum, was captured by the Indians, and began her long captivity and life as the wife of an Indian chief; and when she was discovered by her brothers in 1837, she refused to leave her home with her children, near Peru, Indiana, and return to civilization.

The family record of Isaac trip is uncertain, many of the vital records of Rhode Island having been destroyed by fire. According to family traditions

Isaac married first Sarah Sweet in June, 1729[1], with whom he had a son

  1. William, who was a sailor, and no record of him is preserved.

He married second a Spencer, and had two children:

  1. Job
  2. Ruth.

He married June 1729 third wife, Sarah Dow, [2]

  1. Isaac
  2. Henry Dow

Other sources show variously additional children.

Died 16 Dec 1778 outside "Forty Fort", Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, British and Indian ambush. [3]

Note: Isaac was a Quaker. He did not believe in fighting. The Indians knew him and respected him. On occasion they would place paint marks on him so that other Indians would not bother him. In 1778 the British, numbering about 500 men in the area, made a deal with the Indians to pay ten dollars for each scalp that they delivered to British headquarters. On the evening of July 3, 1778 the Indians attacked the colony with over one thousand braves. The savagery was unbelievable! Fifteen eye witness accounts are forever emblazened into the records of the Continental Congress. Congress had a guilty conscience! The pioneers of the Wyoming Valley had asked for and received permission to receive help in organizing armed defense of their little valley. More than a hundred of the most able bodied men were organized and trained by experienced army personnel to defend the area. Sometime before the massacre, this battalion, was called up to help George Washington and his beleaguerd soldiers in one of the Revolutionary battles. On this fateful night, the little colony was totaly unprepared for what was to happen. Overwhelmed by one thousand Indians, every male between the ages of 14 and up, were hacked up and scalped. All able bodied men were in the battalion with George Washington. Only the very young and the older men were left to defend against the onslaught. Two hundred and twenty six men and boys were slaughtered that terrible night. The Indians were dutifully paid by the British, twenty two hundred and sixty dollars for the 226 scalps. During this massacre, numerous women and children ran out into the surrounding forest and walked,--walked all the way back to Connecticut and Rhode Island. Although many returned later, their lives were forever changed. Grandpa Isaac and his son-in-law Jonathan Slocum survived this attack, mostly because they both were Quakers and were friendly with the Indians. As near as can be determined, some of the people survived in the forts built there. One of the forts was called Forty Fort, which is remembered to this day by a town of that name. Later, on December 16,1778, Grandpa Isaac, Jonathan Slocum, and one of his sons, William, were out away from the fort, feeding hay to their cattle. Evidently several of the Indians had waited in ambush, expecting such an opportunity. With no warning and before the three could get away, the Indians attacked. Grandpa Isaac was dead! Jonathan was dead! Jonathan's son ran as hard as he could and escaped, but not before he received a gunshot wound to his foot. It's the end of an era! Grandpa lay dead at 78 years! Downed by nine spears, yes, nine spears! The British paid twenty dollars for his scalp, twice the going rate!! To his friends!!

Birth: 1700 Warwick Kent County Rhode Island, USA Death: Oct. 26, 1778 Wyoming Luzerne County Pennsylvania, USA

Wives were Sarah DOW, Sarah SWEETS, and Susannah SPENCER.

See Toponyms and Trivia of Northeastern Pennsylvania by Tom Klopfer, 1998 for an in depth sketch of Isaac TRIPP, the Quaker.

He was killed with seven arrows from Native Americans who were in cahoots with the British.

Family links: Children: Job Tripp (1734 - 1792)* Ruth Tripp Slocum (1736 - 1807)*

  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Unknown

Created by: DJ Miles Record added: Mar 26, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 126953568

Name: Isaac Tripp. [4] Born 1700 North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island, Colonial America. [4] Died 16 Dec 1778 Killed by Indians. Wilkes Barre, PA. [4] Could not interpret date in Death Date (16 Dec 1778 Killed by Indians).


  1. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850 by James N. Arnold, Providence, Rhode Island, Narraganset Historical Publishing Company, 1892, Vol 5, North Kingston Marriages, p 48, Link:
  2. Arnold's vital records of Rhode Island
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Source: #S1501322941 Book Title: Descendants of Peleg Tripp, son of John Tripp Ancestry Record 61157 #1744924

See also:

  • Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
  • Hollister, H, History of Lackawanna Valley, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1885, pp 121 and subsequent, also a transcription

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I am now convinced that the DAR record is incorrect in claiming Sarah Dow's birth is 1720 - her son Henry Dow Tripp was b. 1728. I will print all of my documents tonight and examine them once I get the time.
posted by E. Logan
Hi Daivd, the evidence suggests that Isaac's mother is unknown, and that Elizabeth was Job's second marriage of which only Abiel and Deborah Tripp were produced. This is reported by Bock, as well as the fact that Elizabeth wasn't even married to Job until 1714, well after Isaac's birth.
posted by E. Logan
edited by E. Logan
Some of this information is already in the text, but it's worth adding a second source (though given the propagation of secondary sources it's hard to tell how valuable it is)

Another source worth giving a shake is "Descendants of Peleg Tripp, son of John Tripp". Gives his death date in 1778 (killed by Indians) and all 3 marriages.

A birth date for the third wife Sarah Dow is given in Volume 160 of DAR - says she was born 1720.

"Isaac Tripp (1700-78) was a member of the Legislature of Connecticut. He was born in Rhode Island; died in Wilkes-Barre, PA".

posted by E. Logan
Tripp-3106 and Tripp-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, same wife.
posted by Philip Tripp
7th Great Grandfather just finding out, I am very familiar with all areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania outlined in Bio and live close to all.
posted by Ed Trowbridge
Praise to this Wiki Tree, for it is the one place where we may "Get It Right"!.
The descendants of John Tripp & Martha Paine (Payne) have a life story of immense proportions to share; I am willing to share my research with wiki in the hopes we all get it right. My Aunt Caroline Stone wife of Carleton Sherman 1851-1926 lineage to Samuel & Samson Sherman who married the daughters of John & Mary Paine. Many sources are available for researchers, contact me, I will share what I know.
The Tripp genealogy is reinforced by the Tripp settlers that came to Lewis & Jefferson Counties in Northern, New York; they are my family also, and I proudly share them with you.
The Susquehanna Land Company is required reading, the 40 settlers that came to Wyoming & Luzerne Counties were preceeded by Moravian Monks from Moravia (Middle Europe); Moravia was one of the first States in Middle Europe; knowledge of the Moravian Monks and their influence in the colonies before the Revolution is required reading. Go to Tionesta, PA History for more facts.
Susannah Spencer b1708 died after 1775 would be the third wife of Isaac Tripp; the will of her Father William Spencer 1672-1748 names her children Sarah, Ruth mar. Jonathan Slocum, Samuel mar. perhaps Desire Tallman; another son Isaac Tripp Jr. b1743 mar. Martha Wall. Isaac & Susannah Spencer Tripp sold 57 acres of real estate to Benjamin Arnold of Warwick, R.I., Isaac Tripp sold his house April 1765 to his son Isaac Jr; Susannah Spencer Tripp renounced her dower right (ibid 11:80), 3 Jul 1775. Susannah Spencer b1708; William b1672; John b1638; Michael b1611-1653 (left will, Spencer dna group one, wiki Spencer-97 (my 7th Great Grandfather). Isaac Tripp mar. (1) Sarah Dow Mother of Henry Dow Tripp & William Tripp (Sailor, never found), (2) Sarah Sweet mar. 1729-no children recorded.
Tripp-745 and Tripp-10 appear to represent the same person because: Same DOB
posted by Ann (Thompson) Johnson
Tripp-10 and Tripp-745 are not ready to be merged because: Wives LNAB are different need to look into this, although I am sure they are the same person
posted by Ann (Thompson) Johnson

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