From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Lipscomb, Sibyl L. Griffin Ellison

(born: April 16, 1919  -  died: December 2, 1964) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

February 11, 1943


Sibyl Griffin was born in Barlow, KY, the daughter of Mattie Carruthers and Alex Griffin. Sibyl and her mother were living with Sibyl's maternal grandparents in Hinkleville, KY when they were enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Census. Years later, Sibyl's mother was married to Dee Ellison and living in St. Louis, MO when the family was enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census. The family had been in St. Louis since at least 1933 when they were listed in the city directory. Sibyl, whose name is listed as Sibyl Ellison, was employed as a maid.

In February 1943, Sibyl Ellison enlisted in the Army in St. Louis, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. In September of that year she married George Ezell Lipscomb there. After her military service, she returned to St. Louis. Sibyl L. Griffin Ellison Lipscomb died in St. Louis in 1964 and is buried in Washington Park Cemetery in Berkeley, MO.

Sources: Gould's St. Louis City Directory 1933, p. 348; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; Sibyl Griffin Lipscomb at Find A Grave; "Marriage Licenses," St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 9/12/1943, p. 5F; and Missouri Death Certificate state file #0046318, registrar's #11463 (Ancestry).

Kentucky County & Region

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Outside Kentucky Place Name

Item Relations

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NKAA Source: Gould's St. Louis Directory (serial)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: St. Louis globe-Democrat (newspapers)
NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)

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