Nathaniel "Nathan" Levi Pipkin was born December 16, 1830 in Pulaski County, Georgia to Moses Pipkin and Delila Winnie Cobb Pipkin. Pipkin's siblings were Phillip, Lemeyoe, Elizabeth Merer, Asa Williamson, Edna, Samson, Boby Ann, Mathew, Stephen, Winnie, Jane, Nancy, Wiley, and William Moses Pipkin.
Nathan Pipkin married Margaret "Elizabeth" Hart on November 2, 1852 in Dooly County, Georgia. She was born October 15, 1836. Her siblings were Dr. James Hart, John Hart, and Mary Hart. They were orphaned at a young age and raised by her mother's brother who may have been named Smith.
The children of Nathan and Margaret Elizabeth Hart Pipkin were Mary Elizabeth, Samantha, Daniel Moses, Levi Nathaniel, James Harris, and Donna.
Alabama seceded from the union on January 11, 1861 and became a part of the Confederate States of America. The Army of Alabama was mustered into Confederate service. When his state asked for men to form an army, Pipkin enlisted in Covington County, Alabama on August 1862 in Colonel Harry Morrow Regiment, Captain William Amos' Unit, Company I, 15th Alabama Cavalry.
He came to Florida with his family on covered wagons from Hawkinsville, Georgia in 1883. Confederate Veteran John Pollock's acquaintance with the Pipkin family led to his family traveling in the same wagon train as the Pipkins to Polk County. The Pipkins arrived in the Greenwood community. Greenwood community was located near Carter Road and covered about a 3 mile radius with two main dirt roads running through it.
Pipkin built his 180 acre homestead on the southeast of Land Pebble Road, near Bartow Road. He constructed his log and timber home out of the dense Florida pine timber on his property and was completed by early 1884. While the house was under construction, the Pipkins lived with their son, Daniel, who developed his property two miles to the west.
Pipkin died on April 28, 1921. He was laid to rest at Fitzgerald Cemetery, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.
On September 24, 1907 Mrs. C. R. Dickinson, Pipkin's daughter, was accepted in the United Daughters of the Confederacy,(formerly known as) Lakeland Chapter No. 791.
Nathan Pipkin's CSA service was recognized at a Memorial Service and Marker Dedication Ceremony hosted by Annie H. Darracott 791, United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was held on Saturday, June 5, 2004 at Fitzgerald Cemetery, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida. A total of 60 members and guests were present for the ceremony.
Nathan's sons, Levi and Daniel Pipkin, were instrumental in the reconstruction of what became Florida Southern College in Lakeland. It's campus around Safety Harbor suffered a devastating fire. Levi was instrumental in assisting the Florida Southern College to secure a loan of $250,000 to fund a building program at the new Lakeland campus. The L. N. Pipkin Athletic Field was dedicated on March 25, 1954. Also, the L. N. Pipkin Bandshell was named after him.
Margaret Elizabeth Pipkin
1836–1921 (m. 1852)
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