Oliver Wack Lipe was the son of Johan Casper Lipe Jr. b. 21 May 1787 in Palatine, Montgomery Co., NY, d. 19 Mar 1860 in the same, buried at Fort Plain Cemetery, Miden Co., NY, son of Johan Casper Lipe Sr. and Anna Nancy Wagner; and Catharina (Caty) Loucks b. 12 May 1788, d. 28 Sep 1825, daughter of Johann Georg Loucks and Elizabeth Bellinger.
Oliver married in Feb 1839 in Fort Gibson, IT, (1) Catherine (Kate) Gunter (Cherokee) b. May 1811 in Gunter's Landing, AL, d. Sept 02, 1874 in Ft. Gibson, CN, IT [her first husband was James B. Vaught].
They had the following 7 children: Dewitt Clinton b. 1840, d. 1916, buried at Woodlawn Cem., Claremore, OK; Nannie E. b. 1842 d. 1866, buried at Tahlequah Cem., Tahlequah, OK; John Gunter b. 1844 d. 1862 at Bayou Menard (Manard), IT; Jennie Catherine Lipe Backstone b. 1846, d. 1894; Clark Charlesworth Lipe Sr. b. 1847, d. 1901 buried at Woodlawn Cem.; Oliver b. 1851, d. 1854; & Margaret Frances "Fannie" Lipe b. 1857, d. 1869.
Military Service: Lt. and Capt. in the NY State Guards in 1833, 9th Reg., 14th Brigade; Commissary in Stand Watie's Regiment, CSA.
Oliver is listed in Cherokee Nation Records: 1860 Intruders, p. 1181, line 17, born NY; 1869 Cherokee Nation Census: Illinois Dist., with 1 woman, 1 boy, and 1 girl; Biography: 1892, O/Beirne, IT, page 211; Blood: Non Cherokee--Mohawk/Dutch.
He married (2) Mrs. Belle Manuel at Fayetteville, AR, daughter of H. G. Cardwell of TN; they had no children.
The subject of this sketch was born January, 1814, in Montgomery County, New York, the son of John C. Lipe, and grandson of Caspar Lipe, who emigrated to the country in 1710. Oliver, with his parents, settled on the Mohawk River, but he left home in 1835 en route to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He stopped off at Boonville, Mo., however, and after some time found his way to Georgia, where he enlisted in the public works—Georgia Union Railroad Company—and became a contractor. In 1837 he went to Athens, Tennessee, and the following year rode on horseback from that point to the present site of Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation,and was present when the firstconstitutional convention washeld in that nation. Mr. Lipemarried Miss Kate Gunter, a half-breed, in 1839, by whom he had three children—D. W. Lipe, Catherine (Mrs. C. Blackstone) and Clark C. Lipe. For some years Mr. Lipe followed carpentering and farming till 1850, when he embarked in the mercantile business, and continued the same until 1880, being located at Tahlequah until 1866. after which he moved to Fort Gibson, where he now resides. In 1870 Mr. Lipe erected a grist and saw mill, which he ran until 1882. In 1881 he married Mrs. Belle Manuel, at Fayetteville, Arkansas, daughter of H. G. Cardwell, of Tennessee, by whom he has no family. At the age of eighteen years Mr. Lipe received a lieutenant's commission in New York State troops, and that of captain of the Nineteenth Regiment, Fourteenth Brigade, at nineteen years of age. In 1862 he served with the Confederacy as commissary for Stand Watie's command for several years. During the campaign he was present at the battle of Wilson Creek and several scratch fights, among them the engagement near the bayou where John G. Lipe and Col. T. F. Taylor were slain. The first office held by Mr, Lipe in the Cherokee Nation was that of clerk to a court, before the adoption of the constitution. He happened to be riding past when Judge Jesse Bushyhead was trying a man for theft. Being called upon to act as clerk he accepted, and as a result was made an unwilling witness to the administration of fifty lashes on the bare back of the unfortunate culprit. In 1879 he was appointed commissioner for the high schools, which office he held for two years. In earlier days Mr. Lipe was repeatedly requested to fill various appointments, but he feared to accept of them owing to his slight knowledge of the language. His son, D. W. Lipe, is a prominent politician. He has been treasurerand is Senator of the Coowescowee district, and is an extensive stock owner and farmer.
Catherine Gunter Lipe