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Mary B. Kippen

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Mary B. Kippen

Birth
Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death
20 Jan 1918 (aged 68)
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial
Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA GPS-Latitude: 41.143167, Longitude: -73.2498183
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Mary B. Kippen was one of the most well-known and active women of Fairfield, Connecticut, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She was one of 16 women who founded the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter DAR in Fairfield in 1894. She served as the chapter’s first corresponding secretary and the chapter’s second regent from 1902-1908. She was born in Fairfield in 1849, the daughter of Jane A. Nichols and George Kippen, Jr. and the great great granddaughter of Sarah Huntington and Elisha Brewster of Preston, New London County, Connecticut. Elisha Brewster marched in relief of the Lexington Alarm in April 1775. He was a private in the 6th Company, 8th Regiment under Col. Huntington and participated in the Battle of Long Island. He was also a Sgt. under Capts. Webb and Talmadge and later served with Col. Elisha Sheldon’s Light Dragoons, First Troop.

She was also a great great granddaughter of Benjamin Wheeler of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, who enlisted in the 8th Regiment under Capt. Abraham Waterhouse. He enlisted again as Cpl. under Capt. Nathan Stoddard, Col. Chandler, and marched on Peekskill, later fought at Flatbush, Harlem Heights, Monmouth, and Germantown, and wintered at Valley Forge 1777-1778.

Miss Kippen attended Castleton Academy and Female Seminary (now Castleton University) in Rutland County, Vermont. She spent her life as a leader, ardently working to improve her community and honor its history. An article in The Bridgeport Telegram in December 1923 about the Christmas tree on the Fairfield Town Green planted in her honor, called Miss Kippen a “woman who was most active in the town. Her activities were not confined to the church, to the civic life, or to social life of the town but she was active in everything.”

Besides her work in the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, she was treasurer and chair of the Ways and Means Committee of the Fairfield Red Cross Auxiliary No. 29, which during the Spanish-American War rendered assistance to convalescent soldiers from the camp at Montauk Point and also made clothing for Cuban refugee children. She was vice president of the Village Improvement Society of Fairfield, responsible for improvements, such as lights in the downtown area. She was a member of the Fairfield chapter of the National Consumers League, a founding member of the Fairfield Garden Club, and treasurer of the Fairfield branch of the American Girls’ Aid society, which packed supplies for the relief of war victims in Europe in 1915. She was treasurer of Audubon Society of the State of Connecticut in Fairfield for 17 years.

Miss Kippen died in 1918 and is buried in her family’s plot in Fairfield East Cemetery. The tree dedicated in her honor continues to be lighted every December at a public event on the Town Green.
Mary B. Kippen was one of the most well-known and active women of Fairfield, Connecticut, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She was one of 16 women who founded the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter DAR in Fairfield in 1894. She served as the chapter’s first corresponding secretary and the chapter’s second regent from 1902-1908. She was born in Fairfield in 1849, the daughter of Jane A. Nichols and George Kippen, Jr. and the great great granddaughter of Sarah Huntington and Elisha Brewster of Preston, New London County, Connecticut. Elisha Brewster marched in relief of the Lexington Alarm in April 1775. He was a private in the 6th Company, 8th Regiment under Col. Huntington and participated in the Battle of Long Island. He was also a Sgt. under Capts. Webb and Talmadge and later served with Col. Elisha Sheldon’s Light Dragoons, First Troop.

She was also a great great granddaughter of Benjamin Wheeler of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, who enlisted in the 8th Regiment under Capt. Abraham Waterhouse. He enlisted again as Cpl. under Capt. Nathan Stoddard, Col. Chandler, and marched on Peekskill, later fought at Flatbush, Harlem Heights, Monmouth, and Germantown, and wintered at Valley Forge 1777-1778.

Miss Kippen attended Castleton Academy and Female Seminary (now Castleton University) in Rutland County, Vermont. She spent her life as a leader, ardently working to improve her community and honor its history. An article in The Bridgeport Telegram in December 1923 about the Christmas tree on the Fairfield Town Green planted in her honor, called Miss Kippen a “woman who was most active in the town. Her activities were not confined to the church, to the civic life, or to social life of the town but she was active in everything.”

Besides her work in the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, she was treasurer and chair of the Ways and Means Committee of the Fairfield Red Cross Auxiliary No. 29, which during the Spanish-American War rendered assistance to convalescent soldiers from the camp at Montauk Point and also made clothing for Cuban refugee children. She was vice president of the Village Improvement Society of Fairfield, responsible for improvements, such as lights in the downtown area. She was a member of the Fairfield chapter of the National Consumers League, a founding member of the Fairfield Garden Club, and treasurer of the Fairfield branch of the American Girls’ Aid society, which packed supplies for the relief of war victims in Europe in 1915. She was treasurer of Audubon Society of the State of Connecticut in Fairfield for 17 years.

Miss Kippen died in 1918 and is buried in her family’s plot in Fairfield East Cemetery. The tree dedicated in her honor continues to be lighted every December at a public event on the Town Green.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83092408/mary_b-kippen: accessed ), memorial page for Mary B. Kippen (5 Aug 1849–20 Jan 1918), Find a Grave Memorial ID 83092408, citing Fairfield East Cemetery, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by MJS (contributor 47795852).