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 when the family was enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census; they were living in St. Louis, MO. The family had been in St. Louis since at least 1933, when they were listed in the city directory. Sibyl's name is listed as Sibyl Ellison. She was employed as a maid.

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

Sources: Gould's St. Louis City Directory 1933, p.348; Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; see Sibyl Griffin Lipscomb at Find A Grave; "Marriage Licenses," St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 09/12/1943, p.5F; Missouri Death Certificate state file #0046318, registrar's #11463 (Ancestry).

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Ballard County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Barlow, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Hinkleville, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Outside Kentucky Place Name


Cited in this Entry

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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“Lipscomb, Sibyl L. Griffin Ellison,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed February 7, 2023,

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