William Vipond Born Wales
1807 [?]had four sons. William born 1824 Cilycwm Carmarthenshire who went in 1855 to Pennsylvania, also
youngest Brother Richard born 1839 went to USA. Joseph Vipen went to Australia 1860. Thomas Vipond went to Canada abt 1857
I have taken these notes from Census and other records and have made some ASSUMPTONS
that may be incorrect. More local Church records should be consulted for complete accuracy. If anyone is aware of any mistakes
please contact me so that I may correct them.
Family Tree of Thomas Vipond below.
|Thomas Vipond Family Tree
|THomas Vipond Marrage Cert
|Canada 1871 Census
|Canada census 81
Thomas Vipond married Jane Joseph [Widow] 18th April 1853 had daughters, Sarah Vipond born 1853 and Mary
Vipond Born 1855, William Vipond was born “On the Ocean” 1857. Elizabeth Vipond born 1859 Nova Scotia as were
Thomas Vipond born 1860, Isaac R. Vipond born 1862, Lucy Vipond born 1865, Walter S. Vipond born 1867, Ann S. Vipond born
1870, John T. Vipond born 1872, Mary Vipond born 1874, Charles A. Vipond 1878 and Cassie M. Vipond born 1880.
must have died before 1871 and Thomas remarried to Lucy.
This is taken from the Vipond Genealogy Forum. The Elizabeth above must be a possible for Carols Gr-Grandmother.
Char, I have Vipond relatives, a gr-grandmother Elizabeth Vipond b: 1862 in Canada (Nova Scotia). She married David Cutten
Wilson in 1882 and then went to Wilkesbarre, Luzerne, PA. In the 1900 census, she says that her parents were born in Wales,
but that is the only information I have on them. If you have anything that might help me could you please contact me. Thank
You, Carol Brown
Isaac Born 1862 is in the 1901 USA census see below. Name spelt Isac.
|ISAC Vipond 1900 USA census
Isaac Vipond married Elizabeth and had the following children. Claude Vipond,
B 1888, Richard Vipond B 1889, Olie M. Vipond B 1892, Ray Vipond B 1893, Roger Vipond B 1893, Bryan Vipond B 1896.
An Interesting Story. Mining Again!!
London Free Press July 16, 1938 pg 15
Gold Hunting Appealed but Farming PaidSamuel Vipond, of Elma township, gave seven hard years
to California prospecting
Generations of mining behind family yearning
Ancestors had long been engaged in industry in
Northern counties of England
By W. H. Johnston
The late Samuel Vipond, who for more than 40 years was one of the leading farmers on the 10th concession of the Township
of Elma, County of Perth, was born in the mountainous country of Northwestern England, where his forefathers had been connected
with the mining interests for centuries.
In the 14th century the leading member of the family was knighted, and held a promient position, not only in his own shire
but in the councils of the nation. About this time the spelling of the name was Vipont but originally it was DeVitrapont.
The family came from the continent, presumably from Normany or Belgium, to England in the time of the Plantagenats. Finally,
drifting to the north country they became interested in the mines of the Cumberland and Westmoreland district and for at least
500 years continued to be connected with them.
Samuel Vipond's grandfather was obsessed with the thought that there must be a great pocket of gold in one of his coal
mines and spent a fortune and almost a lifetime seeking it. At last, after much disapointment he sold out and the new owners
were made wealthy by the richness of the property.
Mr. Vipond worked in the mines from childhood until he left the old land for Canada. Many are the tales I have heard him
relate of the workings, the dangers and wonderful knowledge of the work horses used, in those old subterranean passages.
On reaching manhood Mr. Vipond left the old life and came to Canada. Here he learned the trade of a stone mason and followed
this occupation for a few years. In 1857, he married Miss Ellen Petrie. The blood of many centuries of miners flowed in his
veins and the experiences of several years' work in the bowels of the earth were his, besides the traditions of his forefathers
to which he had listened from childhood, fired an active brain and he longed for the excitement of the gold fields of California.
He tried to persuade his wife to accompany him and they would go to that distant state but her Scottish instincts advised
against the adventure. She was willing that he should go and she would remain at home in their little home on her brother
John Petrie's farm in Elma and care for their two children.
For many months the subject was debated and discussed from every angle. He desired to be a land owner and at last he promised
that as soon as he made enough money to "buy a little farm" he would come back.
Off to California
In 1864, he left his home and as the railway had not been completed he traveled down the east coast, crossed the Isthmus
of Panama and reached California by way of the Pacific.
It would fill a large volume to write of the many bright prospects that he found and then of the discouraging results of
the essays of the ore later on.
Advenutres with the wild beasts and snakes of the sage and the woodland, the wild cattle of the hills and the wilder men
of that wild and wooly state, gave him more thrills than most men could stand. But in his breast pocket he carried a copy
of the New Testament. A portion was read each morning and evening and with a prayer for help he lived through it all.
During his seventh year he was persuaded to join in a mining enterprise that promised well. In fact, it was almost thrust
upon him by one who knew him as a prospector for years. An English company bought it and Mr. Vipond's share was estimated
at $4,000. At the time he was builing stone work at $7 a day for a firm who wished to keep him indefinitely.
But home was calling and though he had not received anything on the deal he left everything in the hands of his cousin,
Joseph Vipond, and started for home on the railway, arriving in 1871 after an absence of seven years.
After several months of anxious waiting his share of $4,000 arrived. In 1872, he bought the homestead on which his youngest
son, E. S. Vipond, resides and settled down to the commonplace and contented life of a prosperous farmer. Here, the remainder
of their children were born and here the writer spent two happy summers in 1875 and 1876. Mrs. Vipond passed away in her 78th
year in 1915 and he in his 87th year in 1919.
The old adage says it is hard to beat out of the flesh what is bred in the bone and their three youngest sons, one after
another, beginning more than 30 years ago, developed into mining prospectors in Northern Ontario where one of them, Teasdale,
still remains. It was he who discovered the Vipond Mine that for many years occupied a prominent position in the mining market