Finding Relatives In Wills

I have the will of a relative John Tipper who passed away in Englewood, New Jersey in 1916. John was the only child (surviving infanthood) of Catherine Unkles Taylor & John Tipper born in Quebec City April 25, 1840.

John and his mother move to Englewood, New Jersey in 1866 where John is a very successful butcher. His mother Catherine U. Tipper died in 1881 in Englewood, later John married Charlotte Harrison about 1885.

John and Charlotte did not have any children but were close with the Taylor family in Englewood who were also John’s cousins. John passed away in Englewood Dec. 6, 1916 and his wife just days later.

John’s will has helped me to track down many relatives of this branch of the family. The will revealed many unknown relatives. Names listed in it are Mrs. J.H. Elliott of Atlanta, Georgia; Mrs. W.G. Argabrite of Lewisburg, Virginia; Mary F. Martin of Englewood; Isabella & Irene Unkles; Willard Cass; Ethel B. & Hazel D. Taylor & Lottie Tipper Taylor all of Englewood.

One find of note, Mrs. W.G. Argabrite was Frances Emily Unkles and first married to James Applewhaite Donnelly. James was born in Barbados and was in the states working for the British Consulate. I am sure there is more to be found about this couple!

Resources used:  The Book OF Englewood,, Find-A-Grave, Ancestry & Family Search.

Page from John Tipper's will

Page from John Tipper’s will

If any of these people are in your family tree let me know, my goal is to find a photograph of John Tipper and his wife Charlotte.

*links to the Find-A-Grave entries

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