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Descendants of Garrett Sipple

Generation No. 1
1. GARRETT1 SIPPLE was born 1653 in of Accomack Co. VA, and died Bef. November 1723 in Kent Co. DE. He married (1) SARAH ROWLAND. He married (2) MARY CALVERT 16 January 1673/74 in Accomack Co. VA, daughter of CHRISTOPHER CALVERT and ELINOR HUNTER. She was born Abt. August 1656 in Accomack Co. VA, and died Abt. 1698 in Kent Co. DE.

Sawyer means a sawer of wood.

Previous researchers have indicated Garrett Sipple made his way to Kent Co., Delaware by way of Accomack Co., Virginia in 1698 which has been amply documented in prior publications.(1) (2) Information regarding the thirty years he lived in Virginia has been sparse and while conducting research at the Library of Virginia I discovered the recently published Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts by JoAnn Riley McKey. Garrett had numerous entries in the court records and this did not escape JoAnn’s attention in the introduction to Volume 4:

Certain individuals surfaced and resurfaced as they wove their way through these court records, and the fabric of their personalities took shape.

With his transportation to Accomack County paid by Mrs. Ann Toft, Garret Supple was taken by her to the court session that met on 27 May 1667; then he claimed to be 17 years old. The court concurred, stated that he had no indenture, and ordered him to serve his mistress until he reached the age of 24 years. Unable to read or write, Garret may not have understood the proceedings; probably happy just to be alive, he failed to show the court the four-year indenture he carried with him when he arrived in Virginia. The next four years of service gave Garret time enough to realize the value of that document, which by then he had unfortunately lost. In November of 1671, Ambrose White rescued Garret from three more years of service by swearing that "Garrot Suple" had come to Virginia with a four year indenture. White remembered it quite well, he said, for he had traveled on the ship Dove with Supple, who had often shown the indenture and offered "it to sell on board ship for water."
Now, with his torturous passage and four years of servitude behind him, Garret was on his own at the age of 21. Two years later he was in trouble for rioting, drinking and insolent behavior; he was also in love with Mary Calvert. Although she had been given land by her father, Mary was now Florence Parker's servant, and as such was not allowed to marry. Unwilling to let this obstacle stand in the way, Garret and Mary managed a clandestine wedding; whoever performed the ceremony must have been unaware of Mary's servant status. Given what we know, it is doubtful that the newlyweds guarded their secret very carefully. At any rate, the news got out, and at the court held in January 1674/75, Garret was ordered to pay Florence Parker 1500 lbs tobacco or become her servant for a year. Mary, too, was ordered to return to the service of her mistress.
The next month, when Garret's appeal was rejected by the court, he lost his temper, refused to obey the high sheriff and committed an unspecified "misdemeanor" in open court. He immediately received 39 lashes and was ordered to post a bond for his good behavior.
The stripes may have marked his back, but his determination was unscathed. It seems that Garret and his bride found another way. One month later; in March, they sold 200 acres of Mary's land, making their marks on the deed as husband and wife. While the records do not say so, the proceeds must have ensured a future of freedom and love.(3)
On 6 Mar 1672 Ambrose White provided another deposition where he stated Garret Seple arrived in Virginia on 23 Apr 1667 with an indenture given to him in Dublin, Ireland.(4) The abstracts indicate Garrett went by a number of surnames; Sapple, Seple, Sepple, Sipple, Sipel, Suple and Supple. After his arrival in Delaware in 1698 he used the surname Sipple.

There has been speculation as to the origin of Sipple surname; in fact H. M. Sciple wrote in a letter dated 8 Jan 1912 stating he was satisfied Deciple was the original name best known in Alsace-Lorraine between France and Germany.(5) The entries in the court abstracts indicate research under the Supple surname in Ireland would be more appropriate.


(1) William Virden Sipple Jr., Sipple, privately printed 1954, available from Historical Society of Delaware.
(2) Donald Odell Virden, The Sipple Family of Delaware: The Beginning Years, Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 20, Issue 4, Oct 1979.
(3) JoAnn Riley McKey, Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts: 1673-1676, (Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1997), Vol. 4, pp. xiv-xv.
(4) JoAnn Riley McKey, Accomack County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts: 1671-1673, (Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1996), Vol. 3, p. 47.
(5) Letter, H. M. Sciple to Rev. Bowman D. Sipple, 08 Jan 1912, on file at Delaware State Archives.



John Cole sued Garret Supple for "two sterling" or pork of the same value. The sheriff swore that he left a copy of his writ at Supples house, but Supple did not appear. Cole was granted attachment against the estate with the costs of the suit.

Note: Garret Supple admitted owing two pounds sterling (or the value in pork) to John Cole. The debt was to be paid with the costs of the suit.

Note: Judgment was granted to John Willis Jr., against Garret Supple for a cow and calf. Ordered that Supple deliver the animals and pay the costs of the suit.


Joseph Newton sued Garret Supple, who did not appear. Instead Mr. Thomas Welburne presented a note from Supple:

"Mr. Welburne, I am sick and weak and am not able to come to court. I desire you will be pleased that I may have a reference till ye next court. For your humble servant, Garret Sepell. September 14th, 1691."

Note: Garret Supple admitted owing 400 lbs tobacco to John Willis Jr., which was to be paid with court costs.

Note: Mr. Tully Robinson sued Henry Allin for 365 lbs tobacco due upon a bill in which Allin was jointly bound with Garret Supple. The sum was to be paid with the costs of the suit.

Note: John Cole (as attorney of John Stockly) sued John Dyer for 400 lbs merchantable pork, but Dyer failed to appear. The sheriff returned Garret Supple as bail for his appearance at the next court.

Note: William Bunting petitioned that he and his wife Rebecca each served for two days as witnesses for Robert Pennewell against Garret Supple. Ordered that Penewell pay them 160 lbs tobacco.

Note: On 3 Feb 1695 George Baynum sold to Garrett Sipple the tract called Lock in now Worcester Co. which Garrett and his wife Mary sold to James Duer.

Birth: ABT 1653 in Europe

Occupation: lawyer

Residence: BETWEEN 1667 AND 1696 Accomack County, Virginia

Note: At the last court a judgment had been granted to Mrs Florence Parker, widow, againest Garret Supple, who now petitioned to appeal. The request was granted with Supple giving security


Garrot Supple refused obedience to the high sheriff and committed a misdemeanor in open court; at the sheriffs petition, it was ordered that Supple immediately receive 39 lashes upon his bare back "well laid on" and that he remain in the sheriffs custody till posting bond for his good behavior and keeping of the peace


Deed: Garret Supple and his wife Mary sold to Thomas Fookes 200 acres, part of 800 acres granted by the governor to Christopher Calvert and assigned to Charles and Mary Calvert; it was on a neck of land by Onancoke Creek bordered by John Jenkinds. Supple has since married Mary Calvert. Signed 17 March 1674/75, Garret (X) Suffill and Mary (squiggle) Suffill. Witnesses: Jno. Stratton and Charles Holden

Note: Mr. Wm. Whittington impleaded Garret Supple (attorney: Mr. White) to this court, but failed to file his petition; a nonsuit with court costs was granted to Supple

Note: The court found no cause of action in the suit of Jno. Savage against Garret Supple for assault and battery; the suit was dismissed

Note: Maj. John Wests suit against Garret Supple was referred to the next court

Note: Garatt Sepell assigned power of attorney to Walter Taylor to acknowledge a judgment of 1037 lbs tobacco due to John West. Signed 17 January 1677/78. Garatt (X) Sepell. Witnesses: Wm. (W) Waite and Tho. (B) Barnet


Because they came without indentures, four servants to Mrs. Anne Toft had their ages judged by the court: Patrick Easton, 13 years; Owin Murphy, 15 years; Garret Supple, 17 years; and John Murfee, 15 years. The servants themselves acknowledged their ages. They were to serve till attaining the age of 24 years. (p. 21b)


Certificate granted to Mrs. Ann Toft for 2000 acres for transporting: Robert Katcher, Andrew Stopp, Abraham, Garret Supple, William Davis, Mary Hues, Sisly Birke, Thomas, Isaac Culler, Andrew Hutton, Jno Groves, Edw: Robinson,

John Tizard, Hugh Bowin", Tho: Edrington, William Wait, John Wells, Jno Hepworth, Butcher, John Salter, Tho: Williams, Eliza. Cutler, Hanah Leech, Robt Loe, Rich Elks, Alice Roberts, Roger Macan, Jno Fletcher, Edw: Banbury,

Humphry Davis, John, Jno Murphey, John Bull, Susan Fletcher, James Price, Joseph Thorne, William Tate, Samuell Ellis, Edw: Boller, Isaac Braily. (p. 119)

Note: Ambrose White swore that Garret Seples indenture was only for four years; ordered that the administrators of Col. Scarburgh pay Seple 200 lbs tobacco, this years taxes, corn, clothes, and court costs. (p.27)


Deposition of Ambrose White aged 36 years, 18 November 1671: White was certain that when Garrot Suple arrived aboard the ship Dove, he had an indenture for four years signed by John Boyse. "Garrett Suple did often show it and proffer it to sell on board ship for water, by which means [I] came to take notice of it." Signed Ambrose White. (p. 33)

Note: On 19 December 1671, judgment was considered before Mr. John Michaell and Mr. John Wise for payment of 4000 lbs tobacco by Andrew Price and Garret Seple to Mr. Ambrose White, due by a bill dated 11 December 1671. (p. 39)

Note: The administrators of Col. Scarburgh sued Garret Seple (whose attorney was Mr. Tankard). Since Scarburghs administrators failed to file their petition, the suit was dismissed, with them paying court cost. (p. 54)


Deposition of Ambrose White aged about 37 years: To his "certain knowledge" Garret Seple had been given in Dublin, Ireland, an indenture to serve Capt. Pitts for four years after his arrival in Virginia, which was on 23 April 1667. Signed 6 March 1671/72, Ambrose White. (p. 67)

Deposition of Vincent Oliver aged about 30 years: Vincent swore that Garret Seple had a 4-year indenture to serve Capt. Pitts; Seple arrived 23 April 1667. Signed 6 March 1671/72, Vincent Oliver. (p. 68)


Garrett Sapple (attorney: Mr. Jno. Tankard), by "rioting and drinking insolently behaved himself in the presence of the court." Ordered that he be fined 100 lbs tobacco and that the sheriff keep him in custody till he posted a bond for his good behavior and paid all court charges. (p. 79)


John Tankard was granted a judgment for 1000 lbs tobacco and court costs againest Roger Mikeel as bail for Garrett Sepple. It was to be paid after the next court if Mikeell or Sepple did not appear to show cause to the

contrary (p. 131)

Note: Garrett Supple petitioned to be released from his bond for good behavior. Proclamation was made three times with no objections, so he was discharged from the bond and paid court charges. (p. 146)

Note: The suit of Mrs. Florence Parker, executrix of Maj. Geo. Parker, deceased, againest Garrett Sepple (attorney: Mr. Jno. Tankard) was referred to the next court at Sepples request. (p. 199)


Garret Supple (attorney: Mr. John Tankard) clandestinely married Mary Colvert, servant to Mrs. Florence Parker. Ordered that Supple pay Mrs. Parker 1500 lbs tobacco or serve one whole year; Mary was to return to the service of

her mistress. (p. 220)

Note: John Cole sued Garret Supple for 359 lbs tobacco, but Supple failed to appear. If he did not appear at the next court, the judgment was to pass against the sheriff

Note: Mr. Garrt. Supple was member of grand jury sworn for the following year


Garret Supple claimed he owed Richd. Marriner 600 lbs tobacco and that Joseph Browne owed Supple 800 lbs tobacco. Browne promised to pay Supple 200 lbs tobacco; it appeared to the court by the depositions of Jno. Bagwell and Xopher. Colvert that Marriner accepted the conditions, so it was ordered that Marriner pay the 200 lbs tobacco and court costs.

Deposition of John Bagwell aged about 42 years: At the last February court, Garret Supple and Joseph Browne came and asked if Bagwell would pay Supple in corn, which he would not. Bagwell, however, would pay 200 lbs tobacco.

Richard Marriner later came to Bagwells house and said he recommended that Brownes arrest for the 800 lb debt be delayed. Signed and sworn in open court 16 May 1681, by John Bagwell.

Deposition of Christopher Calverd, Sr., aged about 81 years; Garrat Sipel admitted owing Richard Marriner 600 lbs tobacco and asked him if he would accept the 800 lbs that Joseph Browne owed Garrat, saying "If you will not, I will arrest him." Marriner said not to-he would accept it. When Garrat said he thought he would lose 200 lbs, Marriner said not to worry, "I will stop it in my hands." Signed and sworn in open court 18 May 1681, by Chris. (X)

Colverd 44

Residence: BEF 1667 Dublin, Ireland

Residence: 1698 Murderkill Creek, Kent County, Delaware


Garrett was the first Sipple to settle in Delaware and came there from Accomack County, Virginia. Between 1675 and 1677 he and Mary sold a total of 300 acres in Accomack Co. along the south branch, east of the town of Scarburgh (now Onancock), to Thomas Fowkes. In 1680 they sold 100 acres to Robert Hutson. On 28 May 1698, identified as a lawyer, Garrett bought 100 acres called 'Combbrick' on Murderkill Creek, Kent Co., PA (now DE), from John and Sarah Townsend., Garrett appeared on lists of Accomack Co. titheables from 1676 through 1680, in 1688, and from 1690 through 1695. On 20 Feb 1677 a judgment was entered in Accomack Co. against Garrett for 350 pounds of tobacco when he failed to appear. On 17 Sep 1691 he was named in another court case there.


John Cole sued Nicholas Millechop, declaring that on 8 June 1681, he had paid 800 lbs. Tobacco for half a lot at Onancok Town from Millechop, who had purchased it from Woodman Stockley. Formerly belonging to Garret Supple, the lot had two houses on it. Millechop engaged himself to give "good insurance" within a year or forfeit 1200 lbs. tobacco-the same amount that Stockley was to pay Millechop for the same insurance. An undated discharge presented by Millechop was judged to be not valid; he was ordered to pay the sum and the costs of the suit.


Nicholas Millechop claimed Woodman Stockley had sold him half a lot on Onancok Town which had been taken up by Garret Supple. Stockley had obliged himself in the sum of 1200 lbs tobacco to make assurance of the sale. Since he had failed in doing so, Millechop requested an order for the penalty to be paid. The court gave Stockley liberty till the second court after this to meet his obligation or pay the penalty.

Note: The suit of Mr. Wm. Anderson against Garrit Supple was referred to the next court.

Note: Mr. William Anderson sued Garret Supple, who failed to appear. If he did not appear at the next court, the sheriff would have to abide the award of the court.

Note: Samuel Taylor was granted a judgement of 1592 lbs tobacco against Garret Supple, who was to pay the debt and court costs.

Title: [Unsorted: Official Papers, Box 14, bundle 1], Location: Berkshire Record Office, Film: Virginia Colonial Records Project microfilm 554

Abbrev: [Unsorted: Official Papers, Box 14, bundle 1]


[Bundle contains briefs and notes of Sir Walter Walker and [Sir] William Trumbull relating to cases heard in ecclesiatical courts and Admiralty Court]: 1668; Copy of depositions in case Richard York v. William Rawlins

concerning the loss of the ship The Dove of London on a return voyage from Virginia, including deposition by William Spencer, aged 47, of Northampton County, Virginia.


Name: Library of Virginia

Title: Sipple, Subject: Sipple Family

Abbrev: Sipple

Author: William Virden Sipple, Jr.

Publication: p.p. by William Virden Sipple, Jr., 25 Dec 1954


Name: Historical Society of Delaware
Kent Co., DE, Families. 2 vols. Wade. No date, but apparently written after 1918. No index but alphabetically arranged. FHL 482102

Volume 2:

Garret Sipple m. Mary Calvert, d/o Christopher; she was 25 in AUG 1681; they moved from Accomac, VA, to Kent Co., DE; son Waitman, b. MAY 1673, m Lydia (obit. in PA Gazette, MAY 1772); Waitman d. 7 MAY 1772, age 5 days less than 99 years.


Occupation: Sawyer

Christopher did not want his daughter marrying an indentured servant (Garrett), so they eloped. She had some land that she and her brother had received from their father, and she and Garrett sold 200 acres of it, which is how they got their financial start.
1 Mar 1680: Several women were asked to view the body of the dead child born to Mary the daughter of Sarah Carter; it was taken from the ground in the garden where "it was very shallow put in. Then we caused Sarah the wife of Paul Carter and mother of the said Mary to touch, handle and stroke the child in which time we saw no alteration in the body of the child. Afterwards we called for Paul Carter to touch the child and immediately [while] he was stroking the child the black and settled places about the body of the child grew fresh and red so that the blood was ready to come through the skin of the child. We also observed the countenance of the said Paul Carter to alter into very much paleness. The child also appearing to us to be very much neglected in several respects as to the preservation of such an infant, and we do conclude if the child had any violence, it was by the throat which was very black and continued so, though other places which were black altered to red and fresh colered." Signed 1 March 1679/80, by Mary (M) Wats, Elizabeth (*) Cutler, Jone (O) Taylor, Mary Hill, Margret (m) Jenkins, Matilda West, Mary Mikell, Mary (m) Anderson, Amev Parker, Mary (X) Sipple, Elenor (s) Calvert, Ann (AF) Fenn, and Wm. Custis, Coroner. 599

18 Aug 1681: Deposition of Mary Seple aged about 25 years: When Mary was in labor about last 7 September, "Margaret Pickering was at [my] labor very well in health to [my] thinking." The next Sunday Margaret visited Mary’s house "very well in health." Later Mary washed Margaret’s linen "some several times [and] did never see no more by her than might be seen by any other woman not being with child at that time." Signed and sworn in open court by Mary (X) Seple.


2. i. JOHN 'THE ELDER'2 SIPPLE, b. Abt. 1682, Accomack Co. VA; d. Bef. 16 December 1752, Kent Co. DE.

3. ii. CHRISTOPHER SIPPLE, b. Abt. 1680, Accomack Co. VA; d. Bef. 24 February 1752, Murderkill Creek Hundred, Kent Co. DE.

4. iii. WAITMAN SIPPLE, SR., b. 12 May 1673, Accomack Co. VA; d. 7 May 1772, Kent Co. DE.

iv. GARRETT SIPPLE, JR., b. Bef. 1682, Accomack Co. VA.

On 17 JUN 1682 Garrett was deeded a cow by his grandfather Christopher Calvert. Witnesses were George Porter and Will Stevens.

Generation No. 2

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