|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1812|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 1879|
Dr. Phillips was the son of Parley and Hannah (Crumb) Phillips.
He studied at Hamilton Literary and Theological Seminary, N.Y; ordained at Plainfield, NY, Sep. 2, 1835. Was among the very first missionaries for Free Will Baptists, going to India in 1835, aged twenty-three, with his colleague, Rev. Eli Noyes, and founded the Free Baptist Mission in Orissa, India. Began work among the Santals, an aboriginal tribe, reduced their language to writing, and also prepared a dictionary and grammar, and translated the gospels and other portions of the Bible.
He married Mary Spaulding Beede in 1835, who died soon after arriving in India; 2) 1839, married Mary Anne Grinditch, Serapore, India, who also died.
3) 1841, mar. Hannah W. (Cummings) who had gone to India at twenty-two years of age, died there in her ninetieth year, having had but two furloughs during the intervening sixty-seven years.
Dr. Jeremiah Phillips was the father of fourteen children, eleven of whom lived to mature age, six of whom and three granddaughters became workers in the same field, while five remaining in America were nearly, or quite all active workers for missions.
On his retirement from the field in 1879, with health completely shattered by privations and strenuous labors during one of India's terrible famines, the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal addressed to him a letter in which he said he could not allow him to retire without expressing his high appreciation of the valuable service he had rendered to India.
His eldest son, a medical doctor, James L. Philips, spent twenty-five years in the same field and was the post of Field Secretary of the India Sunday-School Union, in whose service he remained until he fell at his post, in 1895, at the comparatively early age of fifty-five. Also, a daughter, Dr. Nellie M. Phillips, and Dr. Thomas Wesley Burkholder, Dr.R. Gilbert Platt, sons-in-law, were medical missionaries.
Eleven of Dr. Phillips' family are buried in India, including his last wife, Hannah Cummings Phillips, while Dr. Phillips himself, and those of two missionary daughters and one daughter-in -law, rest in Oak Grove Cemetery (by 1912). One daughter, Mrs. Julia P. Burkholder (widow of Dr. T.W. Burkholder), who in 1912, had already given forty-four yrs of service, sailed from New York, (Dec. 29, 1912)to begin her fifth term in the field.
A fine brick church now stands in Khargpur, India, a memorial to Dr. Phillips, erected in 1906-07 by Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Stone, (Harriet Phillips Stone) of Battle Creek, the latter a daughter of Dr. Phillips, and for twenty-six years a member of the mission. This family did great service for God in helping the poor and down-trodden, and gained for themselves, a great reward.
Parley Phillips (1766 - 1835)
Hannah Phillips (____ - 1835)
Mary Anne Phillips Platt (1842 - 1911)*
Julia Emma Phillips Burkholder (1845 - 1931)*
Nellie Maria Phillips (1852 - 1906)*
Lucy Marilla Phillips Durgin (1854 - 1938)*
Ida Orissa Phillips (1856 - 1889)*
Elizabeth E. Phillips Gardner*
Dorotis Phillips (1806 - 1820)*
Patience Phillips (1808 - 1822)*
Parley Phillips (1810 - 1898)*
Jeremiah Phillips (1812 - 1879)
Hannah Phillips (1814 - 1839)*
Cornelia Ann Phillips (1819 - 1836)*
All India for Christ
This monument is a grateful tribute from the ministry and membership of his native land.
Oak Grove Cemetery
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Find A Grave Memorial# 32457913
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To the Regions Beyond. Rest in peace.|
Added: Dec. 28, 2008