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 Mary Elizabeth Sophia <I>Paugh</I> Phillips

Mary Elizabeth Sophia Paugh Phillips

Switzerland County, Indiana, USA
Death 19 Jan 1966 (aged 93)
Burial Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 100129517 · View Source
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groom's name: Mark Wilson
groom's birth date: 1867
groom's birthplace: Ill.
groom's age: 21
bride's name: Mary Paugh
bride's birth date: 1872
bride's birthplace: Ind.
bride's age: 16
marriage date: 16 Sep 1888
marriage place: Jefferson, Montgomery, Kansas
groom's father's name: Mark Wilson
groom's mother's name: Anna
bride's father's name: William Paugh
bride's mother's name: Nancy Glaze
groom's race:
groom's marital status: Unknown
groom's previous wife's name:
bride's race:
bride's marital status: Unknown
bride's previous husband's name:
indexing project (batch) number: M54490-8
system origin: Kansas-EASy
source film number: 1404666
reference number: pg 122

1st husband Mark Wilson was killed in a coal mine on Coal Creek. She and Mark had one daughter, Myrtle, who married George Lay and lived in Sycamore Valley for many years. Per grandson, Wayne Bracken of Clemson, SC.

1900 Sycamore, Montgomery, Kansas household 71
William Phillips Mch 1850 50 married 5 yrs Ind
Mary E Sept 1871 28 2 born 2 living Ind
Charles A July 1882 17
George U Nov 1885 14 Ks
Myron C son Feb 1896 4
Clara B dtr Jan 1897 2 KS
Myrtle M Wilson step dtr Sept 1889 10 KS

Article written by Wayne Bracken, grandson
Born 1872 in Switzerland Co, Indiana. Her parents, William Marion Paugh and Nancy Glaze, purchased land in Fawn Creek Twp on the road, later called Tenth Street Road, that ran south from Independence. The site was one and one half miles north of where Deering would later be located.

Life was not easy for William Paugh's family. In Jan, 1875, a letter went back to Indiana saying their family had been sick and were out of money with no feed for livestock other than borrowed hay.

On her 16th birthday, Mary married 21 year old Mark Wilson. Their wedding was in the Paugh home at Jefferson. Mark, called Mack, was the son of Mark and Ann M Wilson, also of Jefferson. One year later, a daughter was born and they named her Myrtle May.

Tragedy struck on Dec 13, 1890. Mack was working in a coal mine on Coal Creek, some four miles toward Independence from their home. He and Joseph Thompson were in a small shaft when a large stone fell and crushed Mack. It took all day to free his body.

Mary worked at the Caldwell House, a renowned Independence hotel at Penn and Laurel. There she met a widower named William Edwin Phillips. He was 15 years her senior and had three teenage sons. They were married in 1894.

Will Phillips came to Kansas from Wisconsin in 1870. He first worked in Independence at a harness shop. He then opened his own shop in Neodesha. He married Matilda Squires and they homesteaded land in Sycamore Valley. Matilda died leaving Will with three sons.

Mary bought a house at 501 West Main in Cherryvale and lived there from 1925 until 1942 when she moved to Independence. She died at age 93.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Elizabeth Sophia Paugh Phillips (16 Sep 1872–19 Jan 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100129517, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by civilwarbuff (contributor 47049540) .