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Benjamin J. Phillips
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1829
Fauquier County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1916
Parke County
Indiana, USA


Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p 351 - "Benjamin PHILLIPS for over 30 years has been a resident on his farm of 420 acres situated on Sec 5, Wabash Twp, Parke County.
He has made a success of agricultural pursuits and at one time was owner of 650 acres but has disposed of a portion of this, having given his children 230 acres and some money. He has fed livestock and dealt extensively in it all his life, having been quite successful in that line.

Mr. Phillips was born Oct 16, 1829 in Faquier Co VA being a son of William and Harriet Robison Phillips. Jenkins Phillips, of Va., the grandfather of our subject, followed the occupation of an agriculturist in the Old Dominion. His son, William who was born in he same state was a farmer and slave owner. In 1833 he went to Coshocton Co. Ohio, and in 1835 came to Reserve Twp, Indiana where he resided until his death. He purchased and improved about 220 acres where he died March 14, 1882.

William Phillips was born Aug 27, 1797, was a hardshell Baptist and strong Democrat. His wife, who survived him until Nov 6, 1886, was born in Va. Sept. 15, 1804 and was the mother of 10 children, all but two of whom lived to mature years. They are as follows: Albert who died in Iowa; Rachel, Mrs. Henry Milligan who died in the same state; Nancy, wife of William Hawkins of Illinois; Jenkins, a resident of the Hawkeye State (Iowa); Benjamin; William; Alpheus of Illinois; Randolph and two who died in childhood. The mother was for half a century devoted and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Benjamin Phillips came to Indiana with his parents and received only limited common school advantages. At the age of 20 he left home, starting in business for himself and in 1852 settled on 7 acres of land on Sec 2, Wabash Twp that belonged to his wife. This he engaged in cultivating for seven years, about 1860 locating on his present farm, which has been his home continuously until the present time with the exception of two years spent in Montezuma.

He owns 420 acres of valuable and desirable land, which is well kept, and a model farm of this decade. Mr. Phillips has been twice married, his first union being with Jane, daughter of William and Mary BATEMAN MORGAN. Four children blessed their home, 3 living: Nelson G; Samuel B and Warner. The wife and mother, who was born April 29, 1829, was called to her final abode on Jan 21, 1864.

The present wife of our subject was before her marriage Julia, widow of Smith DUNLAP and daughter of John and Barbara NEWMAN, of PA Dutch decent. The father was one of the pioneers of this county and Minister of the united Brethren Church. Of the 4 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Phillips, 3 are living: George of California; Nettie, wife of Charles Mathews of Illinois and Annie. Mrs. Phillips had two children by her first marriage: James H. and David B. Our worthy subject and wife are faithful members of the United Brethren Church. The former is a member of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons and has the respect and friendship of all who know him."

1916 March 2: OBIT - Montezuma Enterprise: Benjamin Phillips, son of William and Harriet Phillips, was born Oct. 16, 1829 in Parke County, Ind. In 1852 he was married to Jane Morgan. From this union there were four sons - Nelson, Samuel, Warner and Morris, all of whom survive except Morris, all living near Montezuma. His first wife died in 1864, and in 1865 he was married to Julia A. Dunlap and from this union there were four children - Nettie, Anna, William and George. Nettie and George survive him. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Montezuma back as early as 1870. He united with the United Brethren church at Leatherwood Chaple in an early day and still retained his membership and was always ready to give the church financial support. He lived on a farm near Leatherwood church and in the same house since 1860 until about five years ago when he moved to Montezuma. He is survived by his wife and children as enumerated, fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren, He died on February 23, 1916, age 86 years, 5 months and 21 days. He was the last of a large family.

Family links: 
  William Phillips (1797 - 1882)
  Harriett Robinson Phillips (1804 - 1886)
  Jane Ann Morgan Phillips (1829 - 1864)
  Julia Ann Newman Phillips (1836 - 1922)*
  Nelson G Phillips (1854 - 1917)*
  Samuel Burns Phillips (1855 - 1940)*
  Warren Phillips (1858 - 1929)*
  Morris H. Phillips (1860 - 1863)*
  William Phillips (1869 - 1869)*
  Nettie P. Phillips Julien (1873 - 1958)*
  Anna Phillips Brockway (1875 - 1909)*
  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)*
  Sarah Phillips (1867 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Arabia Cemetery
Parke County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Ben Drollinger
Originally Created by: Colleen Haney Morgan
Record added: Mar 30, 2009
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Benjamin J. Phillips
Added by: Stacy Ryan
Benjamin J. Phillips
Added by: Stacy Ryan
Benjamin J. Phillips
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