Charles Lippitt was born 2 March 1754 in Rhode Island to Christopher Lippitt (1712-1764) and Catharine Holden (1717-1807) and died 17 August 1845 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States of unspecified causes. He married Penelope Low (1758-1839) 12 January 1783 in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island.


The Lippitt family represented in this collection were prominent and wealthy cotton manufacturers and politicians. The Lippitts’ textile interests in Rhode Island were started in 1809 by brothers Christopher (1744-1824) and Charles Lippitt (1754-1845), sons of Christopher (1712-1764) and Catharine (Holden) Lippitt. The younger Christopher was a Revolutionary War officer who engaged in farming after the war. His brother Charles Lippitt was a Providence merchant. In 1809, the brothers, along with Benjamin Aborn, George Jackson, Amasa Mason, and William Mason organized a cotton mill under the name the Lippitt Manufacturing Company. The company grew into a major cotton manufacturer during the 19th century, with several succeeding generations becoming involved in its operations and administration, and inheriting the benefits of its financial legacy.

Marriage and Family

Charles Lippitt married Penelope Low (1758-1839), the daughter of John and Sarah (Wickes) Low, in 1783. They had at least three children.

  1. Julia (1784-1867) married Joseph Sweet.
  2. Sarah Wickes Lippitt (1789-1847) never married.
  3. Warren Lippitt (1786-1850) became a mariner at the age of sixteen,


Offspring of Charles Lippitt and Penelope Low (1758-1839)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Julia Lippitt (1784-1867)
Richard Lippitt (1785-1835)
Warren Lippett (1786-1850) 23 September 1786 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 22 January 1850 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Eliza Seamans (1790-1881)
George Lippitt (1788-1813)
Sarah Wickes Lippitt (1789-1847)
Catherine Holden Lippitt (1791-1850)
Ann Frances Lippitt (1793-1822)
Charles Lippitt (1795-1856)
Penelope Lippitt (1797-1869)
Mary Ann Lippitt (1799-1799)
Cornelia Augusta Lippitt (1801-1869)




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