In the 19th century, Bernhard, Berry, Gaston,
Lee, Lippencott, and Milner were among the families
who lived in Morristown. Their homes remain
standing, but photographs from those days are rare.
Recently, some rare pictures of a noted Morristown
family were discovered and the Morristown Historic
Preservation Association is pleased to share them
In October 2006, Margaret Smith, the
great-great-granddaughter of Charity Gaston
Lippincott (July 27, 1803 – September 28, 1888) and
Major John Lippincott (Sept. 3, 1801 – Sept. 3,
1886) traveled to Belmont County bearing a quilt her
great-great-grandmother made while she lived in
Morristown. Mrs. Smith donated this treasured family
heirloom to the Mansion Museum at Barnesville and
brought with it photos of the Lippencotts and the
Morristown home in which they lived. That home is
known as the Ephraim Gaston House.
During her visit, Mrs. Smith shared documents noting
that Major John Lippincott was elected and
commissioned to the office of Belmont County Sheriff
on October 20, 1836. He and Charity, had a son, John
Woodrow Lippincott, who married Clara Gardner. Clara
was born in Morristown on February 28, 1838 to
George and Margaret Gardner. She died in 1929.
Clara Gardner’s early life was spent in Morristown
and then a number of years in Quaker City. In 1888
the family moved to Barnesville where they made
their home on North Lincoln Avenue. John Woodrow
Lippincott died in 1907. Clara is buried in
Greenmount Cemetery at Quaker City where it is
assumed that her husband is also interred.
Much of the family history Mrs. Smith shared came
through research her father did. In donating the
quilt and photos to the museum, Margaret said, “I
cannot quite believe that my interest in all of this
history has been prompted by a ‘precious’ quilt. I
have to think that my ancestors would be happy that
the treasure is finding its way back to Belmont
MHPA extends its thanks to Margaret Smith for this
contribution to the Morristown history files.