- Winter 1999 Queries -

(99-1)  FLIPPIN:
Dr. Charles FLIPPIN was born into slavery 10 Apr 1844 in Glasgow, Barren Co., KY to Hugh Brown FLIPPIN and a slave, Veta DENIPPLF.
When he was 20 years old, Charles FLIPPIN joined the 14 USCT Co. A in Chattanooga, TN during Civil War.  A year later he married Mahala K. ANDERSON, a mulatto, in Lurel, Clermont Co., OH and they had a boy and a girl then Mahala died.  Charles took his family to Marion Co., KS where he was listed as a black physician (one of the first in KS).  During 1878-1897 he studied medicine at Bennett Medical in Chicago, IL and was one of the first black graduates from there in IL.  In 1885 he married a white physician, Mary Bell READ, and they organized the Midwest College of Midwifery in Hillsboro, KS. In 1888 they moved to NE.
Charles' son, George A. FLIPPIN, was the captain of Nebraska's football team on 5 Nov 1892 when the University of Missouri chose to forfeit the game rather than play with a black player on the team.  NE won 1-0.
Doctors Charles and George FLIPPIN started the first hospital in Stromsburg, NE.  Later Dr. George built one which is now being used as a "Bed and Breakfast."  They used methods of healing that was unheard of by most of their patients and other physicians.  They were credited with saving more lives of patients with polio than any other doctors.  George died in 1929 and is the only black buried in the Stromsburg Cemetery.
Dr. Charles moved to Grand Island, NE in 1910.  Charles died in 1930 and is buried in Grand Island Cemetery.
I am looking for the history of Charles' father, Hugh Brown FLIPPIN.  I would be happy to share more stories with anyone who would like to know more about Charles, George and their families.
Jo Riedy, P.O. 68, Cairo, NE 68824 -- joriedy@computer-concepts.com
[NOTE by Nova Lemons:  The following information about Hugh Brown FLIPPIN came from pages 50-51 of Vol. 8 of FLIPPING FLIPPINS:
Hugh Brown FLIPPIN, M.D., was born 31 Aug 1814 in Barren Co. (now Monroe Co.), KY to James and Isabella (BROWN) FLIPPIN.  He died in Lafayette, Macon Co., TN and is buried at Old Puncheon Cemetery (no dates).  He married Frances W. MANION on 15 Jan 1844 in Allen Co., KY.  At the age of 31 Hugh was elected as a representative for Smith Co., TN to serve in the House of Representatives of TN Legislature for 2 years beginning 7 Aug 1845.  His residence was given with Lafayette as post office and his occupation as a doctor.  He had one known child, Camilla Jane (1845 - 1920), wife of Dr. Elijah Harrison BRATTON.  The Flippins were on 1850 Macon Co., TN census.]

Looking for information on Robert Browning FLIPPIN (mulatto), son of George FLIPPIN in query #99-1, who was born 1903 in AR and married Katherine PENNER (white).  They had one daughter, Patricia, before their divorce.  Robert's last address was Bakersfield, CA back in the 1970s.  Jo Riedy -- joriedy@computer-concepts.com

James FLIPPIN married Isabella BROWN on 24 Sep 1807 in Barren Co., KY.  Isabella's parents were Wright and Nancy BROWN.  Does anyone have any information on Wright and Nancy?  I am also looking for the parents of Tabitha Ellen YOUNG who married James McAdoo FLIPPIN.  Debbie Coulter -- jcoulter@scrtc.blue.net
[NOTE by Nova: Isabella's death record listed her parents as Hugh and Nancy Brown of Green(e) Co., TN.  She died of dropsy on 29 Aug 1859 in Monroe Co., KY.  James Flippin served in Col. Hugh Brown's regiment during the War of 1812.]

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