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Dr Philip Moses Russell
Birth: Jul., 1747, England
Death: Aug. 11, 1830
Pennsylvania, USA

Philip was a Jewish Revolutionary soldier who enlisted in 1775 and served as a Surgeon's Mate and Surgeon. During the Valley Forge campaign, he was temporarily attached to the 2nd Virginia Regiment, where he received a commendation from George Washington for his care of the sick during the winters of 1777 and 1778. He contracted the prevalent "camp fever", which so affected his sight and hearing that he was obliged to resign in 1780. Before that in 1779, he and a group of 6 other Jews volunteered as guides to lead the American forces through the woods and swamps in a surprise attempt to recapture British-held Savannah, GA. He was placed on the pension roll in 1818 for service as Surgeon's Mate in the Virginia Continental line. He married ESTHER MORDECAI, daughter of Mordecai Moses Mordecai and Zipporah de Lyon on 01 Nov 1780. HIS OBITUARY published in Paulson's American Daily Advertiser, pg 3, on 13 Aug 1830: Departed this life Tuesday evening at a quarter past eleven o'clock at his residence in the Northern Liberties, Philip M. Russell, esq. At the advanced age of ninety years, a man who served his country with fidelity and honor as an officer during the whole of the Revolutionary War, and discharged since then all the duties of a private citizen with an exemplary exactness. Charitable without ostentation, disinterested in his friendships and pious without bigotry, he has left to a large posterity, consisting of ten children and 30 grandchildren an example which should ever be their pride and endeavour to follow. Well may it be applied to him ---- "An honest man's the noblest work of God." (bio by: Ruby Mordecai) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Esther Mordecai Russell (1762 - 1846)*
 
 Children:
  Zipporah Russell Mordecai (1781 - 1845)*
  Judith Russell Nathans (1785 - 1868)*
  Isaac Russell (1787 - 1845)*
  Henry M. Russell (1797 - 1840)*
  Sarah M. Russell Nathans (1805 - 1840)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mikveh Israel Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ruby Mordecai
Record added: May 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19255302
Dr Philip Moses Russell
Added by: Bill McKern
 
Dr Philip Moses Russell
Added by: Ruby Mordecai
 
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