Egor Ipatievich was taught by "a retired sergeant". The initial reading was predominantly religious books.
Egor Ipatievich worked at the cast-iron factory of I.A. Maltsov as a woodman and a carpenter. Since 1824 he began his annual trips to Saint Petersburg with factory products.
Around 1827, under the influence of the writings of the peasant poet F.N. Slepushkin, Egor Ipatievich began to write poetry. He was published in many popular journals. However, criticism, welcoming the appearance of an educated peasant in literature, expressed regret about Alipanov’s "poorly directed talent."
At the request of A.S. Shishkov, Egor Ipatievich received a manumission and the place of the manager of the cottages of Senator N.S. Mordvinov. In 1838-1842, he was the owner of the printing house, where he mainly reprinted his own compositions. Having lost modest savings at this enterprise, Egor Ipatievich became the official foremaster on the construction of the Nikolaev railway, and later the clerk at the Chervin glass factory of Maltzov.