Howell Phipps of St Katherine by the Tower (c. 1620 -)

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%.

During the sixteenth century, London experienced a massive immigration of Dutch, Flemish, and even French Protestant refugees fleeing religious persecution in the European Low Countries. These Protestant refugees created a noticeable alien community within London, greatly contributing to the economic innovations and industries that were developing at the time. As a recognized body within London, the refugees were granted the Dutch Church of Austin Friars as a separate place of worship. Prominent alien communities were established in such areas as Westminster, Southwark, Candlewick Street, Lombard Street, Bishopsgate and the liberties of St. Martin.
Interactions and tensions between alien artisans and the London companies became a heated issue, since many of the immigrants moving to England were skilled workers. Native tradesmen felt threatened by the advanced skills and techniques the aliens possessed, and Dutch and Flemish refugees were often blamed for the economic ills of the period, especially during the severe drought and plague that haunted the 1590s. Many guilds and companies petitioned the government for laws against aliens; in some cases, this xenophobia led to outright violence. Despite these prejudices and fears, their craft expertise greatly contributed to England’s expanding economy, introducing to London the production of commodities as such lace, and the economically important New Draperies. Flemish weavers brought the knowledge of how to create these desirable fabrics that allowed England to better compete in international markets.

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 – )
9th great-grandfather
Thomas ‘of Covent Garden’ PHIPPS (1647 – 1686)
son of Howell ‘of St Katherine by the Tower’ PHIPPS
William PHIPPS (1680 – )
son of Thomas ‘of Covent Garden’ PHIPPS
Abraham PHIPPS (1721 – 1766)
son of William PHIPPS
Josiah PHIPPS Esq (1753 – 1811)
son of Abraham PHIPPS
Henry ‘Harry’ PHIPPS (1801 – 1844)
son of Josiah PHIPPS Esq
Harriet PHIPPS (1828 – 1876)
daughter of Henry ‘Harry’ PHIPPS
Frank BEAN (1869 – 1957)
son of Harriet PHIPPS
Thomas Walter Frank BEAN (1903 – 1965)
son of Frank BEAN
William Llewellyn BEAN (1931 – )
son of Thomas Walter Frank BEAN
Christine Angela Deborah BEAN (1957 – )
daughter of William Llewellyn BEAN
Stephen Robert KUTA
I am the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN



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