Smith M. Pipkin & Millie Horn Pipkin Family

Submitted by William Carey - goose450@cox.net

I am related to the Pipkin/Horn family by adoption. My mother, Frances Lola Bell [Pipkin] Carey, b. 1918 Clovis, NM - d. 2000 in Fullerton, CA, was the first daughter of Smith M. Pipkin and Millie Horn Pipkin.

Smith and Millie Horn Pipkin had another daughter, Ruby Dell [Pipkin] Armstrong and a son, James who died in infancy.

Ruby Dell [Pipkin] Armstrong, b. 1927 Amarillo Tx., m. 1950?, d. 2000, one son Jim Armstrong b. 1955.

Frances Lola Bell [Pipkin] Carey had two children: me, by adoption b. 4 Jan 1946 in LA, CA; my sister Christine Suzanne Carey Adams, b. 12 Aug 1952 in LA, CA, one son, Morgan.

My grandfather, Smith M. Pipkin, was named for his uncle Smith M. Pipkin who was killed on the 2nd day of the battle of Shiloh in 1862. He was in the Union army and acted as "company commander, Lt. grade" during the battle. He was buried on the battle field where he fell. I have a "Carey Family Tree" on Ancestry.com.

Following is a photo of the house Millie and Smith Pipkin lived in around 1946 to 1950, not sure of the end date. It is located at the corner of Culver Blvd. and Montreal St. in Playa Del Rey, California. On the bottom floor was a package store and a dry cleaners, the main entrance was off Montreal St.

At the top of the stairs to the right was the living area and to the left was the kitchen where grandma would cook all her great food. Straight ahead was the big meeting/dance hall with bandstand. I got to dance with all the ladies, of course I was only 1-2 years old. When I was put to bed the band would hold the music level down as not to wake me.

Grandma had a black and white Boston bull dog named Butch. According to stories Butch and I would share Bologna from the kitchen, I don't know who got the most.

I recently went by all the old places near this home, or the ones I could find. To my knowloage this is the oldest place still standing.

I also have a cook book that Millie wrote in 1963-1964 for the church ladies it has all her best recipes. Anyone interested in a copy send name, mailing address to me and I'll get one to you or go to the Horn Family Tree on ancestry.com where you can download a copy.

Smith and Millie Horn Pipkin Home



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