After receiving the headstone photo of J. Harvey Phipps from Steve Shaffer a few months ago, I did a little research to learn more about this man who was a photographer.  He conducted his business in Fenton, Michigan from 1862 until 1897 when he sold his business to his brother, Charles D. Phipps.  During that period, he also married Miss Fannie Rhodes, the daughter of Charles and Betsey Ann (Peters).

My previous blog, "J. Harvey Phipps, in search of his parents ..." discusses some of the difficulties in locating this surname in the records.  Today, I'm including the Phipps-Rhodes wedding photo and blogging about how those individuals in the wedding party are associated with the bride or groom.

The Fenton Historical Society in Genesee County, Michigan has kindly shared the wedding photo, which also appeared in the local paper fifty years later celebrating the couple's golden anniversary.*  Married on 04 May 1872, the photo in handwritten notes identifies the wedding party as follows:  In the upper row - Martha McBride, T. Creque, Rev. C.W. Wallace, Julia Freeman, and Ed Hovey.  Lower row - M. Christie, J.H. Phipps, Fannie (Rhodes) and Addie Bangs.

The following is a brief summary of each:

Joseph Harvey Phipps, the groom, was born in New York on 09 Sep 1837. He was the son of Daniel Phipps of England and his wife, Eliza (Harvey).  Prior to his arrival in Genesee County, he lived in Oakland Co., Michigan.  In 1862 he entered into the business as a photographer in Fenton, and in the 1870 was listed in the household of Benjamin Bangs whose daughter Addie is pictured in the wedding photo.  Phipps died 29 Mar 1930 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Fenton, Genesee Co., Michigan.

Fanny Louise Rhodes, the bride, was born in Corunna, Shiawassee Co., Michigan on 02 Dec 1854 .  Her parents, who were both natives of New York, arrived in Michigan in about 1837.  They first resided in Calhoun County, but by 1860 had made their permanent home in Shiawassee County.  Married at the age of nineteen, Fanny and J. Harvey became the parents of one daughter, Edith Ellen Phipps, who was born in Fenton on 15 Jan 1876.  In 1900 Edith became the wife of Dr. John Bennett Hoskins of Iowa.  According to her obituary, Fanny died on 04 Aug 1931 of pneumonia at her home on Oak Street where she had lived for fifty-nine years.  A life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, Fannie was laid to rest beside her husband in Oakwood Cemetery.

Rev. Charles Winchell Wallace (center top), was the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Fenton at the time he solemnized the marriage between J.H. Phipps and Fanny Rhodes.  He was born 21 Oct 1833 in Licking, Ohio, and was the son of Charles Wallace and Orelan (Winchell).  The family was enumerated in Licking, Ohio in 1850 and also 1860 - the latter then showing C W as a 26 year-old preacher.  In 1870, the Reverend, his wife Susan (Little) and their son Charles were residing in the household of Benjamin Bangs (as was Joseph Phipps).  At this time, Charles was listed as a Clergyman while in 1880, he was listed as a minister residing in Decatur, Van Buren Co., Michigan.  He and Susan then returned to Licking Co., Ohio where he was residing in Newark City, and was again listed as minister in the 1900 census.  According to his headstone, Rev. Wallace died at Newark on 14 may 1907.  He and his family are laid to rest at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark.

Martha McBride - the young woman in the upper left of the photo - was born on the 1st of February, 1852, in Michigan and was the daughter of Robert McBride and Caroline J. (Davids).  They were residents of Caledonia, Shiawassee Co., Michigan.  Martha's older sister Mary was married to James Peters Rhodes in 1868, he being the brother of the bride, Fanny.  Martha, who was a school teacher, died of Consumption at the age of 22 years and 5 months on 01 Jul 1874 - less than two years after the Phipps-Rhodes wedding.

Martin Christie* was born in about 1847 in either Massachusetts or New Hampshire.  In 1870 he and Edwin M. Hovey were listed in the Village of Fenton residing in the hotel kept by Abner and Priscilla Roberts of New York.  He was enumerated as a 23 year-old lumber clerk, and in 1880 was residing in Detroit where he was a boarder in the household of Henry C. Penny, a merchant.  He was listed as "Martin K. Cristy".  According to the Michigan Deaths and Burials 1800-1995, Martin died in Detroit on 28 May 1884.  His death record listed him as age 37, married, born in Massachusetts - parents simply listed as Mr. and Mrs. Christie.

Julia Freeman, the young lady standing in the upper right row, was born in 1847 and was the daughter of Hannah.  In 1870 she was residing in the household of Edward L. Phipps (brother of the groom), who was married to her sister Ellen.  The home was located in Milford, Oakland Co., Michigan where Edward - like his brother J.H. Phipps - was listed as a photographer.

Edwin M. Hovey - upper left - was born in 1839 and was a retired druggist who was married to Mary Reymer (various spellings) in about 1885.   He enlisted as a Corporal with Company C of the 8th Michigan Infantry during the War of the Rebellion and was wounded in May of 1864.  At the time he was mustered out at Washington D.C. in July of 1865, he was a Commissioned Captain.  According to his death certificate, he died at Fruitport Twp., Muskegon Co., Michigan on 28 Apr 1917 at the age of 79 years, 11 months, and 22 days.  His widow, born 25 Nov 1861, was the daughter of William, and died in Fenton, Michigan on 13 Feb 1920.  They were the parents of three sons:  Edward R; John Mortimer; and William L. Hovey.  Edwin and Mary were laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery.

Theodore D. Creque* - was the son of Harry G. and Eliza (Desmond), and was born in Ohio on 07 Aug 1848.  He was married to Lydia A. Graham, the widow of George Voorhees, and she was born in New York on 01 Sep 1848.  Theodore died 02 Jul 1906 in Saginaw, Michigan and Lydia on 27 Sep 1937.  They were laid to rest a Oakridge Cemetery in Marshall, Calhoun Co., Michigan.

Adelaide L. Bangs - bottom right - was the daughter of Benjamin Bangs of Franklin County, Massachusetts and his first wife Laura Lavina (Secor).  The family was enumerated in the 1850 census residing in township of Deerfield, Livingston Co., Michigan where her father was listed as a farmer.  Her mother died not long after on 14 Jun 1852 and on 11 Mar 1854 Benjamin married Eliza Anne (Spalding).  the family then resided in Genesee County where Benjamin died at the age of 89 in 1903.  Addie was married at the age of 24 to Ebenezer W. Rider of New York on 16 Oct 1873 and resided in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan.  According to the census records from 1880-1920, they were the parents of Carlos Bangs Rider and Elizabeth "Bessie" Rider.

My thanks to Cheryl at the Fenton Historical Society and fellow researcher Steve Shaffer, who shared the photo and were so gracious and patient with my many questions and emails.

As always, comments and emails are welcome.

NOTE: *The 1922 news clipping which included the wedding photo identified the man in the upper row as M. Christie, and the man in the lower row as T. Creque (opposite of the original photo).



Linda Thompson said...

J Harvey Phipps and Fanny Rhodes Phipps were my 2nd Great Grandparents. My father, Robert Hoskins Thompson, has two Civil War letters between Harvey and his brother; and also the original supply invoice for the materials to build the Phipps house. There were several hundred glass negatives found in that house back in the 1980's or 1990's. Wonder what stories the photos could tell us? Linda

Bro. and Sis. Wallace said...

Great Photo, Rev Wallace my great grandfather. We have only one photo of him around 1900. He was a "supply minister" for Presbyterian Church. Only allowed to stay for 1 year [so members don't get attached to him?? ] Was in Civil War US Christian Commission just before married. One Census shows him living in a boarding house. Had only 1 son: my G Father Charles Little Wallace
What would it take to get copy of photo?

Bro. and Sis. Wallace said...


Rev Wallace bio from Presbyterian Ministerial Directory

I also have 2 page bio of him by my G Father,
Rev Wallace wrote out his ancestry to Londonderry Ireland

His Father Charles Wallace in charge of / Inspector for building stone arch bridges National Road Wheeling WV to Indiana. Elm Grove Bridge still in use Wheeling US 40

Unknown said...

Awesome website I came across researching some Egan family pictures taken by J. H. Phipps of Fentonville, MI. You have put in a lot of work & what a great honor to your ancestors. Wish I was so tech savy...sigh! Great job and blog.

Unknown said...

Awesome website I came across researching some Egan family pictures taken by J. H. Phipps of Fentonville, MI. You have put in a lot of work & what a great honor to your ancestors. Wish I was so tech savy...sigh! Great job and blog.

Unknown said...

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