Georgia and Amanda:
I am still trying to digest the great wealth of information you sent me by previous E-Mails. Note that John Denley has said that there were in fact Lipfords in Mississippi in the counties mentioned. My experience has been that families often moved to where other memebers of the family lived -- it gave them a place to stay and entry into the community while they were adjusting to a new environment. It is entirely possible, if not probable, that Geoirge and Charlotte went to Mississippi, even if they then later moved back east. If Charlotte invented the story of his death, my experience is that there is usually some form of truth underlying the fabrication; i.e., she could perhaps safely state that he died in Mississippi, but only if (1) he was then missing, and (2) that she truly had lived for a time in Mississippi. There would be too much danger of being discovered if she made up the story of Mississippi out of whole cloth.
Does anyone have a record of where he was living on the censuses of 1880 and 1900?; unfortunately the 1890 Census can't help us. And what marital status did both Amanda and Charlotte respectively claim on their censuses?
Dis Goerge die in Tift County? Incidentally, the pension application with the omitted 180 acres came out of, you guessed it, Tift County. And where are Charlotte and Amanda buried. Is there any indication on their obituaries, if they exist, as to their marital status? This is a pretty good mystery.