Charles Phipps 1801 - 1875

Charles Phipps is an interesting character as each time he is recorded in census documents, his place of birth changes – from Tipton, the West Indies, and Bath … I think that I will accept Tipton as his place of birth and that he lived in that area for most of his life.

Charles marries Jane Chesterton probably before the birth of their eldest child, Jane, in about 1826. They go on to have several more children:

Matilda and Charles b. abt 1831 in Tipton; Alfred b. abt 1833; Augustus b. abt 1835; John b.abt 1838.

The 1841 census records the family residing in Horseley Heath, Tipton, then the 1851 census records them still in Horseley Heath, Tipton, Charles is a painter, and his oldest three sons are Iron Moulders, son John is recorded as an Iron roller.

Daughter, Eliza is born in 1847.

The 1861 census is the one where Charles has apparently decided that he was born in the West Indies!

His occupation is recorded as Iron Casting Painter.

Jane, his wife has decided that her birth place is not Middlesex now, but Cannock in Staffordshire. Son, John is an Iron Moulder and daughter Eliza at 14 years old is still at home.

By the time the census of 1871 is completed, Charles Phipps is recorded living with his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Thomas Robinson, a bedstead factor, in Smethwick.

Charles’ death is recorded in 1875 at Kings Norton.

His wife, Jane, may have also died in 1875, and her death possibly registered at Dudley.

Presumably, she died before Charles did and he moved to his daughter’s address before he died later in the year?