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 John Campbel Phillips

John Campbel Phillips

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 10 Feb 1937 (aged 84)
Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 03 006 7
Memorial ID 127131 · View Source
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John Campbel Phillips was born at Portobellow Barracks in Dublin, Ireland, on 4/7/1852, to Robert and Sophia Campbel Phillips.

His father Robert was a sergeant in the Queen's Royal Artillery and was stationed in Ireland at the time of John's birth.

John's father may have been too strict and a harsh disciplinarian as two boys, John and Ed, ran away from home at an early age.

John went to sea when he was somewhere between twelve and sixteen. On a trip to New Orleans, John became ill and missed his ship and was nursed back to health.

John stayed in America and worked his way to Omaha, Nebraska where he served as a barman. While there, he met a man who knew an Edward Edmond Phillips in Pioche, Nevada. John went to Pioche and it turned out to be his brother Edward.

Eventually, John Phillips moved to Utah. While living in Mill Creek, Utah, John met and courted Elizabeth Hewitson.

They were married 4/12/1875 which was her 23rd birthday. Elizabeth's father was one of the witnesses.

They had 9 children: John Edward, 3/23/1876; Arthur Alexander 12/23/1877; twins Mary Elizabeth and Charles Henry , 3/13/1880 ; Sidney, 1882; Leila, 1884; Robert Wendell, 1885; Vincent Lee, 7/4/1888 and Clarance, 6/6/1892. Mary and Leila died in infancy. Robert and Clarance died around the age of 7.

The family lived in Park City, Utah, from 1892 through at least 1898. John worked in the mines as a carpenter, smelter man and a miner. He worked for a while at the Horn Silver Mine in Frisco, Utah. Many years, though, were spent in the mines at Park City, Utah. Here he was a pump man and also did machine work in the mines.

John and Elizabeth, over various years, owned little grocery stores in Woodland and Salt Breeze, Utah, and one in Los Angeles, California.

While living on his little farm in Monrovia, California, John planted some cotton from seeds. These were seeds that he had for about 60 years and had gotten in New Orleans. It was probably the first cotton grown in California.

Elizabeth died first in Monrovia, California on 7/20/1936. Seven months later on 2/10/1937, John C. Phillips died.

Elizabeth and John were both buried at the Murray City Cemetery near Salt Lake.


John C Phillips
1852 - 1937




  • Maintained by: Carol Tilton
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127131
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Campbel Phillips (7 Apr 1852–10 Feb 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127131, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carol Tilton (contributor 46535335) .