Monday, April 9, 2018

Rippy - Our Irish Ancestry

Today I introduce one of our direct Irish lines - the Rippy family.

Edward Lee Rippy - born in 1678 in Dublin, Ireland is our 7 times great-grandfather. His wife was Miss Nannie Ross also from Dublin. Edward died where he lived in 1732 and was buried at St. Nicholas Without parish cemetery in Dublin.

Edward and Nannie's son was Joseph Rippy born in 1708 in Dublin as well. About the year 1728, Joseph married Miss Ellen Patterson, daughter of Mr. John Patterson and Ms. Agnes Moffet. Ellen was born between 1706 and 1708 in Fingal County, Leinster, Ireland. Joseph passed in March 1774, Ellen in 1777. They were both buried in Dublin.

The couple had at least four children including Edward Ross (b. in June 1729 in Baile Átha Cliath, County Dublin, Ireland), Ellen, Mathew (b. 1740 in County Fingal), and John. Mathew is our 5 times great-grandfather.

As far as I know, Edward and Mathew emigrated to America. The brothers settled in North Carolina.
Mathew started his own family around 1757 when he married Miss Nancy Anne Holliday (born about 1738 in Orange County, Colony of North Carolina, British Colonial America). Nancy Anne's parents were Samuel and Elisabeth Holliday.

Mathew and Nancy got married and lived in Orange County. They had thirteen children.
Our direct ancestor Mathew died at the age of (about) 77 in Hillsboro District, Orange County, North Carolina.

What is the exact connection of the Rippy family and our family line?

Mathew and Nancy's oldest daughter Frances (b. 18 Oct. 1760, Orange County, NC), called by her immediate family "Fanny", is our 3X great-grandmother. About 1785, she married our ancestor William Gant (b. 14 August 1763, Granville County, North Carolina).

William's sister Keziah (b. 1764, Granville, NC) married Fanny's brother Thomas S Rippy (b. 13 Jan. 1764, Alamance, North Carolina).

There are a few more Irish family branches in our family tree and those ancestors cannot wait till they are mentioned on the pages of this blog. I will tell you about them some other time, though.



  1. Thank you for the information. My 4th grandfather is Thomas S RIPPY and my 4th grandmother is Keziah Gant. Their son, Benjamin Robert Rippy, born about 1799, moved to Clay County, Missouri.

    1. You are welcome! In our tree we have Benjamin Robert, he was born on Nov 20, 1800. Which of his children is your direct family line?