I always find my London ancestors interesting, for their diversity, their cultural differences and varying wealth. Many of them shared the same city at the same time and experienced the same historical events. My London ancestors range from; – Quakers, Huguenots, Presbyterian’s, Catholics, Mariners, Mercer’s, Mayors, Tradesman, Merchants, Soldiers, Aristocracy, Royalty, Paupers, Criminals, Foreigners and more.
Howell Phipps of St Katherine by the Tower is no different, he was Dutch Flemish and born circa 1620, possibly arriving in London to flee religious persecution in Flanders. He is a key figure in my ancestry as his Flemish roots would certainly account for some of my West European DNA of which is a very high 74%.
Howell Phipps was my 9th great-grandfather and possibly a Weaver by trade. It was an occupation upheld by many London Phipps and Flemish immigrants including the descendants of Howell.
Howell is recorded as having issue;
Thomas Phipps baptized on 11 July 1647 in the Collegiate Church of St Katherine by the Tower, London, England. It is through Thomas (my 8th great-grandfather), that we see a mention of the families Flemish roots in the parish records, recorded in the burial notes for one of his children.
10 Mar 1686-7 Thomas Phipps a child, in Flemish y. – Burial – Middlesex: St. Katherine by the Tower – Parish Registers
Below is my pedigree.
Howell ‘of St Katherine by the Tower’ PHIPPS (1620 – )
son of Howell ‘of St Katherine by the Tower’ PHIPPS
son of Thomas ‘of Covent Garden’ PHIPPS
son of William PHIPPS
son of Abraham PHIPPS
son of Josiah PHIPPS Esq
daughter of Henry ‘Harry’ PHIPPS
son of Harriet PHIPPS
son of Frank BEAN
son of Thomas Walter Frank BEAN
daughter of William Llewellyn BEAN
I am the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN