Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tripp Road, -- Ripley, Somerset, Maine

It occurred to me to ask the question: Why is it called the “Tripp Road”?
Is the answer “because the Tripp family lived on it? If so Where? And When…..
I knew the Tripp Cemetery was located on the Tripp road – or was it?

When I went to take some pictures, I realized it was the John Goodale cemetery.

When I looked at the stones, I realized that there was only one Tripp buried there – Lucy Ann Goodale Tripp, wife of Pascal Tripp.

I guess I needed to dig deeper. The first Tripp I found in the U.S. Census Records was William Tripp.

Rev. William Tripp,
Was a son of William and Keziah (Thompson) Tripp, was born in Sanford, Maine June 17, 1794. His father was a Revolutionary War soldier. He spent his boyhood and early life in his native town and in adjoining towns. He worked on his father’s farm and learned the shoemaker’s trade, at which he worked more or less for years after he entered the ministry. At the age of sixteen he was converted. He was first a Freewill Baptist, and later became a Methodist and at the age of twenty was an exhorter (evangelist). During the War of 1812, he was a soldier, and received a pension for his service. In 1817, he bought a small farm in Bethel, and became a local preacher. Fourteen years later he sold out, and joined the Conference as a traveling Elder. In 1836, he settled in Cambridge, Maine as a local preacher, and in 1839 on a farm in Harmony. During his five-year residence there he served one year in the legislature. In 1844, he bought a farm in Ripley, Maine, where he spent the remainder of his days working and preaching as he had in other places.

The Maine Register of 1856 lists three ministers living in Ripley: William Tripp (Freewill Baptist), Simon E. Ricker and Oakes Kingman.

Rev. William Tripp died in Harmony, February 22, 1875.
He is buried in the West Ripley Cemetery.

He was twice married. By his first wife, Lucy Tebbetts, of Wolfborough, New Hampshire, whom he married January 3, 1814, he had three children. William, the oldest, at one time president of the Maine Senate, became a lawyer and removed to South Dakota. His second wife was Naamah Bartlett. She was the daughter of Enoch and Anna (Hall) Bartlett of Bethel, Maine and was born October 13, 1798. They married September 17, 1822, and had four sons and four daughters. Rev. Tripp’s sons were Enoch B., (who moved to Utah) , Robert, who was a trader in Harmony, Paschal M., who was killed in the Civil War, and Bartlett, who was born in Harmony July 4, 1842. Bartlett graduated from Colby College in 1861. He was Chief Justice of the Territory of Dakota, US minister to Austria, and was a lawyer in South Dakota.
From – The History of Bethel, Maine 1661 – 1900 by Edwin Emery
William Morrell Emery Publisher 1901 by New York Public Library.

William Tripp bn. 17 June 1794 Sanford, ME d. 22 February 1875 Harmony, ME
Buried in West Ripley Cemetery
Married 1. Lucy Tibbetts 1789 – 1822 of Wolfboro, NH

Sarah -- -- 1815 - 1910
William –1818 - 1878
Lucinda – 1820 – 1823

Married 2. Naamah Hall Bartlett on 17 Sept 1822
Naamah bn. 1798 – d. 9 Oct.1874

Enoch 1823 - 1909
Robert 8 June 1825 – 30 September 1890 buried in West Ripley Cemetery

Lucy Ann 1827 – 1910 married Richard Nutter Jr.
Paschal 29 Dec 1829 - 1863
Naamah 1834 - 1834
Susan Allen 1836 - 1910
Bartlett 15 July 1839 - 1911
Julia Francis 1843 – 1903

When I followed the William Tripp family through the census records, I realized that according to their neighbors on each side (Jones and Trafton) they didn’t live on the Tripp road. They lived on what is now Rte. 154 near Todd’s Corner.

U.S. Federal Census 1850 Ripley, Somerset, Maine 
(Remember that clicking on an image will enlarge it)

U. S. Federal Census, 1860 Ripley, Somerset, Maine

In the 1870 Census, only William and Naamah remained in their home near Todd’s Corner.
I went to my maps, to verify the location of the homestead…

In this close-up of the Todd’s corner area, you can see where Rev. Tripp’s home was…it is the third red dot from the left. (between Jones and Trafton!)

So, the William Tripp family didn’t live on the Tripp Road. I scanned the map and Census Records for more Tripps.
In Ripley Village, near Rogers Pond, I found a P.Tripp .

After checking the 1860 US Census records, I determined that this was Paschal and LucyAnn Goodale Tripp.

Paschal M. Tripp, of Ripley Maine married Lucy Ann Goodale, also of Ripley on 27 May 1857. Lucy was born 12 March 1837. They had one son, Clarence Eugene who was born 29 June 1860.
Paschal enlisted in the Union Army on 29 August 1862 at the age of 32. He was in the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Full Corporal in1863 and died on the field in the Battle of Gettysburg on 3 July 1863. He was buried on the field.

In 1870 Lucy and Clarence were living with her parents in Ripley. She was listed as working in a cotton mill, and Clarence at 9 was working on the farm.

Lucy died 3 Jan 1888.

Lucy A. Goodale Tripp & Paschal M. Tripp
Clarence Eugene – b. 29 June 1860

Here was a TRIPP living on the Tripp Road!
C. E. Tripp eventually inherited the Goodale farm. It was located on the Tripp Rd. to the North of the Goodale Cemetery.

This was a large farm. There was frontage on Rogers Pond, and it abutted his uncles’ land to the South. (but that is another story)

C. E. Tripp married Martha Ida Prescott c.1883
Martha bn. 22 Oct 1859. She was a Ripley schoolteacher. She taught in both the West Ripley, and Head-of –the Pond schools.
Clarence was a prosperous dairy farmer. He was a breeder of Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. He was a member of the Maine Dairymen’s Association, Vice President of the Sebasticook Valley Holstein Breeders Association and had a registered herd with the Holstein-Friesian Cattle Association of America.
He served the town of Ripley as Treasurer and Selectman. The Tripp road may have been named after him. It may have been named in honor of a famous Ripley Civil War casualty…..Does anyone know for sure?

In the course of my research for this piece, I found an interesting story written by William Tripp’s son, Enoch. It is taken from: A History of Utah in Four Volumes – Biographical Vol. IV by Orson Ferguson Whitney. Pub. George Q. Cannon & Sons Co 1904

An abbreviated version follows…..


  1. This is so well done! Thanks so much for the research, time, and effort you are putting into getting this information out there. So strange that the name on the road doesn't match the folks that we always thought lived there....and the cemetery isn't even the Tripp cemetery. I guess I just took it for granted.

  2. One again, your articles is very good.thank you!very much.

  3. Just popping in to say nice site.

  4. Hi,

    This is a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at

    May I use some of the information from this post right above if I give a link back to your website?


  5. Daniel:
    Yes you can use the information....what are you going to use it in?

  6. Can you verify the birth date of Bartlett Tripp? In one place it states it is 4 July 1842, then later it is 15 July 1839. I have enjoyed reading about the Tripp family. Thank you for your research.

    1. His passport application say 15 July 1842.

  7. Paschal Tripp was in the 20th Maine and killed at Gettysburg - part of Chamberlain's unit. He was a Corporal.

  8. William and Naamah Tripp are my 3rd great-grandparents through their son Robert Tripp. Robert had a son called Fredrick Walter Tripp, and Fredrick had a son, Guy Tripp. My father was Don Tripp. This is my line. Are there any cousins out there? I am Kathleen Tripp and I belong to the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter- Day Saints. This is a beautiful site and I am so happy to have discovered this info with pics!

  9. Kathleen Tripp, here are some of your cousins and their contact information.

    Richard & Elaine Tash
    Summer Address
    686 Upper Notch Road
    Garland, ME 04939
    Winter Address
    4889 SW 109th Avenue
    Webster, FL 33597

    Elaine Joyce Safford 1951- & Richard Arthur Tash 1943-
    Mildred Evelyn Whiting 1927-1972 & Everett Safford 1919-1988
    Gladys Mabel Hunt 1895-1991 & George Whiting 1897-1965
    Perly Hunt 1877-1901+ & Vidella M. Tripp 1877-1901
    Frederic Walter Tripp 1858-1907 & Viola Elizabeth Cook 1861-1944
    Robert H. Tripp 1825-1890 & Diana Roxanna Emery 1827-1889
    Reverend William Tripp 1794-1875 & Naamah Hall Bartlett 1794-1874
    William Tripp 1749-1828 & Keziah Thompson 1764-1844
    Robert Tripp 1710- & Mary Tripp 1712-
    Sylvanus Tripp 1660-1716 & Margaret Diamond 1674-1741
    John Tripp 1610-1678 & Mary Paine 1605-1687
    John Tripp 1575-1678 & Isabell Moses 1580-1678


Census of Ripley,  Maine c. 1910 From:   " The East Somerset County Register"    Compiled and Published by Chatto & Tu...