PHIPPS, THOMAS HENRY (1839 - 1919)

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Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 16, 1919)
Thomas H. Phipps
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

DIED: PHIPPS - In Santa Cruz, March 15, Thomas H. Phipps, aged 80 years and 15 days, a native of Maine.

Funeral will be held this Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the undertaking parlors of Wessendorf and Son.

Octogenarian Passes Away

Thomas H. Phipps, a veteran of the Civil war, who has lived a quiet and retired life since he came to Santa Cruz to reside, died last night at his home on Water street.

He was a new Englander, and was born 80 years ago in Maine. Mr. Phipps was descendant of one of the earliest New England families of Sir William Phipps, an early governor of Massachusetts. He enlisted twice during the Civil war, and in the East took much interest in the G.A.R. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity here.

After serving through the Civil war he moved to Minnesota. He made several trips west before finally locating in Santa Cruz in 1906. He was a man of retiring disposition, but one who made close friends.

He leaves a wife, Mrs. Cozomy Phipps, who is now in a local sanitarium, the aged woman having met with an accident several weeks ago, when she fell and broke her hip. He also leaves five daughters, Mrs. Ida P. Hunter, Mrs. Thomas Hartin, Mrs. Fred Huff, Mrs. John Mitchell of Los Angeles, and Mrs. H.G. Day of Minneapolis, and a son Edwin W. Phipps of Minneapolis.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 19, 1919)

Funeral of Thomas H. Phipps

The funeral of Thomas H. Phipps was held yesterday afternoon from Wessendorf & Son's undertaking parlors. Many friends gathered around the flower covered casket in memory of one they had known and respected in his daily walk and life.

It was a Masonic service with the religious rites by Rev. I. B. Bristol of the First Methodist church.

The hymns "The Vacant Chair" and "Rock of Ages" were sung by Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Mellor. At the Odd Fellows cemetery they sang "Nearer My God to Thee."

The pallbearers were E.J. Harran, Lewis Morse, Ralph H. Smith, W. G. Downey and George Cardiff.

Date of Birth: 1839-02-28

Date of Death: 1919-15-03

County: Santa Cruz

Cemetery/City of Burial: Santa Cruz Memorial Park

Plot: O37

Mortuary: W&S

Cause of Death: Hrt/Related

Spouse: (Phipps)_ Cozomy

Occupation: Rancher

Religion: Me

Local Address: Water St 135

Last City: Santa Cruz

Native of: ME

Father Native of: Wm Henry (CA)

Mother Native of: Howe_ Eliza

Enlisted: 1861/09/21

Discharged: 1862/07/14

Military Unit: ME_ 9 Inf_ Co H

Rank: Pvt

Military Notes: R-Addsn_ G 17 ME 1865/4/28


Available records used to obtain information:
Cemetery records
Santa Cruz County death records
Military records
Santa Cruz and Monterey newspapers
Voter Records

CW Reference: SEN 1919/03/16

Creator: Nelson, Robert L.
Source: Old Soldier: the story of the Grand Army of the Republic in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2004.
Date: Undated
Coverage: Santa Cruz (County)
Rights: Reproduced by permission of Robert L. Nelson.
Identifier: OS-0798


Nelson, Robert L. “PHIPPS, THOMAS HENRY (1839 - 1919).” Old Soldier: the story of the Grand Army of the Republic in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2004. SCPL Local History. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.