|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1797|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1882|
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William Phillips, born August 27, 1797, was a Hard-shell Baptist and a strong Democrat. His wife, Harriett Robinson, who survived him until November 6, 1886, was born in Virginia, September 15, 1804, and was the mother of ten children, all but two of whom lived to mature years (this is not correct). They are as follows: Albert, who died in Iowa; Rachel, Mrs. Henry Miller, who died in the same state; Nancy, wife of William Hawkins of Illinois; Jenkins, a resident of the Hawkeye State; Benjamin, William and Randolph residents of Indiana, Alpheus of Illinois, and two who died in childhood. The mother was for half a century a devoted and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
William and Harriett stated their family after marring in Virginia where William was a successful farmer. Records show that he did own slave while living in Virginia and brought that slave to Indiana to help care for his children.
William and his brother Benjamin appear to be the first of the Phillips family to leave Virginia, and go west between the years of 1828 -1832 both settling in Coshocton County Ohio (the remainder of the Phillips family may have moved with William west). William continued on west in 1835 to Parke County, Indiana. During his stay in Ohio, his brother Benjamin died leaving 5 children.
In 1836-37, William's brother Jenkins, sister Rhoda and father Jenkins were in Parke County before continuing on to St. Charles County, Missouri in 1838.
At the time of Williams death, he was buried along with several of his children in the Warner Cemetery. Two of his sons, William and Randolph and their wives are buried just down the road at the Linebarger Cemetery, his son Benjamin is buried at Arabia Hill Cemetery and son Warner is buried at the Old Morgan Cemetery.
A note sent by May (Abbott) Phillips to Blanche (Phillips) Brown recorded by David Randolph Brown is his book on the Phillips Family. Passage is thought to have been written about 1880.
"Jenkins Phillips was a slave owner in Virginia. His son, William, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, August 27, 1798. In 1821 has was married to Miss Harriet Robinson, who was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1804. In 1836 they moved to Parke County, Indiana and settled in Reserve Township, on the farm on which they now live. (They brought a slave with them.) (They also made whiskey and sold it -- with the approval of the Federal Government.) They had a family of nine children of which six are living: Nancy, wife of W. Hawkins, Jenkins, Benjamin, William, Alphus and Randolph. Mr. Phillips has been one of the successful farmers of Parke County. He has secured a good home for each of his children and has plenty left for himself. He has been honest in all his dealings, and is a good old Jackson Democrat."
Harriett Robinson Phillips (1804 - 1886)*
Jenkin Phillips (1827 - 1897)*
Benjamin J. Phillips (1829 - 1916)*
William Phillips (1832 - 1909)*
Alpheus Phillips (1835 - 1903)*
Randolph Phillips (1837 - 1915)*
Warner Phillips (1841 - 1844)*
Meradith Phillips (1844 - 1847)*
Maintained by: Ben Drollinger
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Record added: Oct 15, 2006
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