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Flavius Josephus Philips
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1831
Pike County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 27, 1887
Pike County
Illinois, USA

Biography from a book of Pike county, Illinois History:

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS PHILIPS, second son of Andrew and a grandson of Nimrod, the noted early ferryman, was born at the ferry August 21, 1831, less than three months after his grandfather's death. He was educated mostly in the pioneer schools at Griggsville and in the earlier part of his life assisted his father in running the Philips Ferry. He was engaged at the ferry when the Mormons crossed there in one of their great early-day migrations.

On January 13, 1856 Flavius Philips married Miss Elizabeth Ann Jester, a sister of Sarah Jane Jester who had married his brother, James Monroe Philips. Elizabeth was born July 27, 1838, a daughter of Nathan Jester and Elizabeth Hurd. The parents are both buried at Bethel, in Newburg; he died December 19, 1870, in his 75th year, while she survived until February 12, 1877, dying 18 days after her 69th birthday.

Flavius Josephus Philips and Elizabeth Jester had ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The eight who lived included James Richerson, John Cartwright, Ella Elizabeth, George L., Salina Ann, Howard Miller, Mary Alice and Rhea Monroe Phillips. (Note: Although the elder Philipses always spelled the family name with one "l," the descendants generally spell it with two.)

James Richerson Phillips, born January 27, 1857, married Elizabeth H. Ball at Griggsville, October 25, 1888, she a daughter of Theodore K. Ball and Anna Cadwell. The Reverend J. F. Smith performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by T. K. Ball and Anna Elledge. They had two sons, Harvey and Charles Albert Phillips, both of whom are deceased. Harvey, born at Griggsville August 22, 1889, married Miss Lucile Bonnet. He died at Griggsville January 31, 1915, as the result of burns sustained when a can of gasoline exploded in the rendering house of Bartholomew Brothers, in whose employ he was. He is buried in Griggsville cemetery.

Charles Albert Phillips, born at Griggsville October 12, 1892, married Miss Hazel Dunniway and was employed in the garage and shop of his father-in-law. Frank Dunniway, at Griggsville. They had six children, namely: Kathryn Elizabeth, born June 22, 1914, who married Kenneth Butler of Griggsville, June 22, 1937; Wilmetta Elaine, born April 17, 1916, who married Leonard Venicombe of Barry, February 12, 1932, he a son of George Venicombe and Gertrude Hulse; Lois Edna, born September 13, 1918, who married Wayne R. Hooper of Pittsfield, December 15, 1936, he a son of Hermon P. Hooper and Emily Josie Moore; Hazel Esther, born February 12, 1922; Harvey Dean, born November 19, 1924, died February 13, 1926; and Elberta Elnora, born March 18, 1927. The father, Charles Albert Phillips, died at Griggsville, September 8, 1927, and is buried in Griggsville cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Phillips separated and she is again married, being now Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt of Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Phillips resides with his sister, Mrs. Mary Athey, near Route 107, between Pittsfield and Griggsville.

John Cartwright Phillips, born October 3, 1859, resides in Griggsville, in the home of Mrs. May Nettleton. He is unmarried.

Ella Elizabeth Phillips, born February 7, 1861, married James Mack in Jacksonville, Illinois. She died at Griggsville August 14, 1932, aged 71. She is buried at Griggsville. Mr. Mack resides in Springfield, Illinois. They had no children but adopted a boy, Allen Rucker, now employed in a restaurant in Davenport, Iowa.

George L. Phillips, born November 18, 1864, married Emma May Hampton at Griggsville, May 30, 1889. She was a native of Penville, Canada, a daughter of Jonathan Hampton and Mary Calhoun, both Canadian born. They were married by the Reverend J. F. Wohlforth, with Salina Phillips witnessing. They had four children, namely, Leah, Mona, Earl and Helen Louise. Leah married Harry Weems; they reside in California and have two sons and a daughter, Max, Richard and Dorothy. Mona married Harry DePue and they reside in Peoria, Illinois. Earl married Mrs. (St. Peters) Smith in Pittsfield, January 18, 1937, with Judge Lee Capps of the county court officiating. She is a daughter of William St. Peters and Delia Smith, and a native of Promised Land, Oregon. Earl resides with his father on the John Hale farm, southwest of Griggsville. Helen Louise married, first, a McKinney, and on October 8, 1932, at Griggsville, with the Reverend Oscar F. Jones officiating, married Harry L. Hale, a son of John S. Hale and Julia B. Dunham. They reside on the Judge A. Clay Williams (old Henry Brown) place near Maysville Junction. Emma (Hampton) Phillips, born November 11, 1869, died at Griggsville June 16, 1932, aged 62. She is buried in Griggsville cemetery.

Salina Ann Phillips, born July 11, 1871, married Arthur James Brierley of Griggsville, August 25, 1897, with the Reverend W. H. Young officiating, and Maud Ramsay and S. M. Ramsay witnessing. He was a native of Bolton, England, and a son of Joseph Brierley and Martha Davis, both English born. They had four children, namely, Ernest E., Vincent V., Henry H., and one son who died in infancy. Ernest E., formerly of La Grange, Illinois, is now a resident of Congress Park, Illinois. Vincent V. married Ruth Jones of Ashland, Illinois, and they have two sons, La Rue and David Brierley; he is a teller in the Farmers State Bank of Pittsfield. Henry H., unmarried, is a resident of San Diego, California. Mrs. Brierley, the mother, died at Griggsville March 2, 1928; her husband, born January 12, 1872, died November 29, 1932. Both are buried in Griggsville cemetery.

Howard Miller Phillips, born January 19, 1875, married Miss Beulah C. Northup of Griggsville, July 19, 1908, she a daughter of the late Ashley Benton Northup, and his wife, Lillie Jane Rader. The Reverend J. Andereck performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by Arthur and Salina Brierley. They had eleven children, Namely: Stanley Winfred, born January 10, 1909; Rachel Salina, October 16, 1910; James Howard, August 29, 1912; Harold Arthur, September 27, 1914; Kenneth Clifford, December 9, 1916 (died in infancy); Ella Odetta, May 23, 1918; Bernadine, November 4, 1919; Flavius Bentley, March 10, 1921; Edith Elizabeth, April 25, 1923; Wanda Rose, January 28, 1926; Lillian Irene, August 8, 1930.

Winfred Phillips resides in California. Rachel married Harvey Speck and lives in Quincy; she has three children. James married Phoebe E. Watkins of Griggsville, May 23, 1933, she a native of Virden, Illinois, and a daughter of Eugene M. Watkins and Mabel White. The Reverend H. R. Brown of Pittsfield married them, with Frances Linville and John C. George witnessing. They reside in California. Ella married Thomas Stroud of Griggsville October 11, 1935, he a native of Essex, Missouri, a son of William Stroud and Bernice Calwell. The other children are single. The father, Howard Phillips, died at Griggsville, June 1, 1935, aged 60 years, four months and 12 days. He is buried at Griggsville. His widow resides in Griggsville.

Mary Alice Phillips, born February 4, 1877, married Charles Athey in Pittsfield September 4, 1909, with the Reverend F. L. Hanscom of the Pittsfield Congregational church officiating, and W. S. Binns and Mrs. Hanscom witnessing. He was a native of Kane, Greene county, Illinois, and a son of William and Sherman, both at home. The family resides north of Pleasant Grove school house, on the Pittsfield-Griggsville road.

Mrs. Athey, who remembers much of the thrilling history of her family from the narratives of her forebears, recalls that she was born in a log house that stood about a half mile west of the old William Glenn place in Flint. She thinks that all of her brothers and sisters, with the exception of the youngest, Rhea Monroe, were born in a log house.

Rhea Monroe Phillips, born December 11, 1881, married Agnes Bonnet May 12, 1910, she a native of New Salem and a daughter of Julius Bonnet and Sarah O'Donnell. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend J. M. Duff, a pastor of the Griggsville circuit. They have two children: Esther Margene, born May 10, 1915, who married Alvin McCleary and resides with her husband on the same place with her parents, north of Griggsville; and Eleanor Elizabeth, born November 7, 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips reside on the Ben Newman farm, near Doane's bridge, north of Griggsville.

Liddie J. Phillips, one of the children of Flavius who died in infancy, was born in February and died the following March in 1867.

Flavius Josephus Philips died on the Arthur Lightle place near Griggsville, August 26, 1887. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Jester, survived until October 3, 1918, dying at the age of 81 years, two months and six days. Mr. and Mrs. Philips are buried in Griggsville cemetery.

Of Sarah Ann Philips, daughter of Andrew, there is no other record than that of her birth, which appears in the Philips family Bible possessed by Andrew's grandson, John Cartright Philips of Griggsville. Her birth date is recorded as January 5, 1835.
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  Andrew Philips (1801 - 1864)
  Elizabeth Ann Jester Phillips (1838 - 1918)
Griggsville Cemetery
Pike County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Kathy Robinson
Record added: Sep 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97521591


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