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THOSE THAT SERVED

NOTE: See list of unclaimed medals at end.


French Creek Civil War Veterans
(Excerpts from the 1960 Pioneer)
Submitted by Mike Gould

BENTON BURR

Benton Burr was a son of Eldridge Burr, Jr. and his wife Nancy [Jack].  The Burrs lived on the east side of  the Buckhannon-Bulltown Pike, just beyond the Presbyterian Church.  Benton Burr was three years old in 1850.  He was a member of Co. M, Third Regiment West Virginia Cavalry.

WILLIAM BURR

A brother of Benton Burr, William Burr is listed in the census of 1850 as being eight years old.  He was a member of the Upshur Battery First West Virginia Light Artillery.

JONATHAN GOULD

Jonathan Gould was a son of Nathan and Semantha Phillips Gould.  He was born  [1836]   and died  [1916].  He was a corporal in Co. B Tenth West Virginia Infantry and was severely wounded in the hip at Kernstown.

MARSHALL GOULD
Marshall Gould was the son of Nathan Gould by his second wife, Samantha Phillips Burr, the widow of Martin Burr, Sr.  He was born near Alton, July 6, 1830, and died at Gould in 1915.  He entered the Union Army in 1861, enlisting in Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry under Captain S. B. Phillips.

Marshall Gould was twice married.  His first wife was Celestia Perry and their children were :  Bertha ( Brady), Delia (Cutright), Albert L., and Lucy who died when she was five years old.  His second wife was Celia Abbott.

By profession, Mr. Gould was a farmer and millwright.  He operated a grist mill and an old fashioned up-and-down sawmill at the village of Gould.  At first the Adrian Post Office was in the old Brannon house at Gould, but was moved, together with it's name, to it's present location.  Then the Gould Post Office was named for Marshall Gould's mill.  Mr. Gould was a member of the Gould Methodist Church.  He was likeable, generous, and kind.  One of the many generous things he did was to saw and donate the lumber for the U. B. Church at Hinkleville.

Buckhannon, 1960-Nola Gould Aylestock

WATSON GOULD

Watson Gould, youngest son of Nathan and Samantha Phillips Gould, was born March 1844, and died April 24, 1899.  He re-enlisted in Co. E, Sixth West Virginia Cavalry, which means that he had served a three year enlistment, probably in the same company when it was part of the Third Infantry.  After the war Mr. Gould farmed near Alton.  He married Minerva Simons and their children were : Emma (Tenney), Marcellus, Helen (Taylor), Isaac, and Okie.

HUBBARD PERRY

Hubbard Perry was the son of Elias Perry, Jr., and Adelia Phillips.  Both his parents were born in Massachusetts in 1804.  Mr. Perry was born in 1830 and died October 11. 1877, in an accident.  His wife was Harriet Phillips and his children were Emmeline (Talbott), Lucy (Hathaway), Marion, Orr, Edwin E., Delia, Kirke, and Grace (Finley).  He was a farmer and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Perry was a member of Co. E, Fourth Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry, and was with General Sheridan at Cedar Creek.  He re-enlisted in Co. M, Third West Virginia Cavalry on April 4, 1864.

JOHN PERRY

John Perry was a son of Elias Perry, Jr., and Adelia Phillips Perry.  He was seven years old in 1850.  He served in the Upshur Battery First West Virginia Light Artillery.  His wife was Cebra Burr and his children were named Randolph, Edwin, Cora, and Grace.  He moved to Ohio.

WILBER PERRY

Another son of Elias Perry, Jr., and Adelia Phillips Perry was Wilbur Perry.  He is listed as being eleven years old in1850.  He served in Co. B, Tenth West Virginia Infantry.

BEECHER W. PHILLIPS

Beecher W. Phillips was born at French Creek, February 1, 1839, the son of Edwin and Sophronia Young Phillips.  His first wifewas Lucretia Bunten and they had two children: Clyde and Ella (Elmer).  His second wife was Delia Waid.  He was a farmer and miller.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He died in Florida in January 1913 and is burried there.

Sergeant Phillips joined Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry June 27,1861.  He was discharged May 15, 1862.  He then joined Co. B, Fourth West Virginia Cavalry on August 17, 1863.  He re-enlisted in Co. M, Third West Virginia CavalryApril 4, 1864. Beecher W. Phillips was postmaster of French Creek from October 6, 1892 until May 9, 1897.

DAVID PHILLIPS

David Phillips was also a son of Horace and Susan Cutright Phillips.  He married Serena Howes and their children were Helen, Marcellus, Elem, Daniel, Amy, Alonzo, and Jane (Loudin-Howes).  He was a farmer, and a very ffriendly and hospitable man, and honest and upright in all his ddealings.  Mr. Phillips was born March 25, 1847 on Laurel Fork and died February 5, 1921.

David Phillips served in the Tenth West Virginia Regiment of Infantry, Co. B.

--Jane Phillips Howes,
French Creek, 1960

ELIJAH PHILLIPS

Elijah Phillips died at Grafton May 4 1864, while serving in Co. C, Sixth West Virginia Cavalry.  He was born in 1832 at French Creek, a son of Ebenezer and Catherine Loudin Phillips.  His wife was Margaret Bond.

FRANKLIN PHILLIPS

Franklin Phillips was the oldest child of William and Mehitable Gould Phillips.  He was born February 12, 1819, and died November 26, 1899.  He married twice.  His first wife was Fanny Shurtliff and their children were : William O., Emily (Lanham), Evalene (Morgan), Marcellus, Edwin, Maxwell, Brown, and Olive (Brady).  His second wife was Caroline Simons, the widow of Almandus Young, and their children were Jannie (Smallridge), and Cora (Ervin).

Franklin Phillips was a member of Co. E, Sixth West Virginia Cavalry, late Third Infantry.  He was wounded at McDowell.  His story has been told by his nephew, Justin E. Loomis, in The Pioneer for 1926.

GEORGE PHILLIPS

George Phillips was the son of Ebenezer and Catherine Loudin Phillips.  He was born March 7, 1835 at French Creek and died September 30, 1914 at French Creek and is burried in the French Creek Cemetery.  During the Civil War he served in both Co. E, Sixth West Virginia Cavalry and his first enlistment in the Second West Virginia Cavalry.  He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Bull Run, sent to Libby Prison, and exchanged after two months.  He was a member of the French Creek Presbyterian Church and a farmer.  His first wife was Olive Reed.  His second wife was Estella Young.  Their children were Mary Melissa "Mayme" (Wingrove), Lillie Jane, and Libbie Eugenia.
--Lillie J. Phillips
Ashland, Ohio,1960

HERBERT PHILLIPS

Herbert Phillips, (nicknamed Cudge), the fourth son of William and Mehitable Gould Phillips, died in Libby Prison sometime after he was taken prisoner at Franklin on May 25, 1862.  Justin E. Loomis says that he and Major Potts carried Franklin Phillips from the battle field at McDowell to an old jail room at Franklin, Pendleton County.  Two days later the Confederates captured Franklin and sent "Cudge" to Libby Prison.  George Phillips saw him there.  He was never heard from again.

He was in Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry.  He was married to Mary Carter and they had one child, Jerome.

JAMES S. PHILLIPS

On June 8, 1862, James S. Phillips was killed at the Battle of Cross Keys, VA.  In less than a month William and Mehitable Gould Phillips had one son wounded; one captured and taken to prison, never to return; and one son Killed.  James Phillips was in Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry.

LAFAYETTE PHILLIPS

Lafayette Phillips was in Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry, also.  He was a son of William and Mehitable Gould Phillips.  Elizabeth Cogar was Lafayette Phillips' wife.  Their children were Berton, Ed(win ?), (Co)Lum(bus?), Isabelle (Bean), Rebecca, Ulysses G., and Colfax.  He was born at French Creek, September 20, 1824.  He died November 13, 1907.

LOTHROP PHILLIPS

Lothrop Phillips was another son of William and Mehitable Gould Phillips was Lothrop Phillips.  He was born October 19, 1836.  He died ________.  He first enlisted in Co. E, First West Virginia Light Artillery.  After serving his enlistment, he re-enlisted in the First West Virginia Cavalry. Lothrop Phillips first married Charlotte Bean.  They had James, Florence May (Newcome), Cornelia, Retta (Lemons), Ida Belle, William Sherman, Ellen (Ochiltree), and Scott.  His second wife was Susanna Krise (McFallin).

MORTIMER PHILLIPS

Mortimer Phillips was a member of the Twenty-Sixth Illinois Infantry, Mortimer Phillips was also a son of William and Mehitable Gould Phillips.  He was born July 30, 1830, at French Creek, and died February 28, 1885, in Illinois.

SIMEON PHILLIPS

Simeon Phillips was born at French Creek in 1840, a son of Horace and Susan Cutright Phillips.  He died at Buckhannon, December 9, 1905.  His first wife was Rebecca Loudin and their children were Ord, Henry, U. Kester, Cora, Clark, Arminta (Farnsworth), and Celia (Reese), was the child of his second wife, Nancy Bodkins.  Mr. Phillips was a farmer, a Justice of the Peace, and a leader in the Methodist Church at Laurel Fork.  He named the church Ebenezer.

A private in Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry under Capt. S. B. Phillips, he served until his company was reorganized as a part of the Sixth Cavalry, he re-enlisted, and went to the Western plains to protect the frontier from Indians.
 --Arminta Farnsworth
 Hot Springs, VA., 1960

SPENCER PHILLIPS

Like many of the other soldiers from French Creek, Spencer Phillips served in Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry under Capt. S. B. Phillips, then joined the same company as part of the Sixth Cavalry.  Spencer Phillips enlisted as a drummer.  His company was detailed to assist in hunting John W. Booth.  He was ordered to Wheeling in June of 1865 to be mustered out, but instead went from there to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and from there to Ft. Kearney, Nebraska, for frontier duty.  He was discharged in October 1865.  He was wounded at Beverly.

Spencer Phillips was born July30, 1842, at French Creek, the son of Ebenezer and Catherine Loudin Phillips.  He died at French Creek and is buried in the French Creek Cemetery.  He was a farmer, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.  His wife was Virginia Fidler and they had no children.
--Lillie J. Phillips
Ashland, OH, 1960

SYLVESTER B. PHILLIPS

Captain Sylvester Bunyan Phillips served for three years as Captain of Co. E, Third West Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  Many of his cousins, friends, and his brother were in his company.  At the end of three years when the company was reorganized as Co. E, Sixth Infantry he resigned. Sylvester B. Phillips, a son of Richard and Eliza Perry Phillips, was born March 3, 1830, at French Creek, and died December 12, 1909.  He married Marcia Sumner who bore him four children : Leonard, Clara (Heavner), Nellie (Stuart), and Claude.  His second wife was Lou Rollyson.

WALLACE B. PHILLIPS

Wallace B. Phillips, the last surviving Union soldier living at French Creek who died November 10, 1931, at French Creek.  He was born on Mulberry Ridge, February 3, 1848, the son of Edwin and Sophronia Young Phillips.  His wife's maiden name was Elizabeth Simmons.  Her father was Emanuel Simmons, captured with the Militia at Rock Cave.  Their children were Ellis E., Sidney E., and Nona Elnora.  He had a common school education, was a farmer and a carpenter, and a member of the Methodist Church.

Wallace B. Phillips was a corporal in Co. M, Third West Virginia Cavalry.  He joined April 4, 1864.

WALTER D. PHILLIPS

Walter Phillips was born September 16, 1834, at French Creek, and died December 19, 1905, at Buckhannon.  He was a son of Richard and Eliza Perry Phillips.  He married Hannah V. Shobe and their children were: Parley V., Lelah (Brown), Hazen, and Vergie (Withers).  Parley was the father of Colonel Walter Carper Phillips.  Mr. Phillips was a farmer, cabinet maker, and a merchant.  He was elected sheriff of Upshur County in 1888.  He is listed in the first class book of the French Creek Methodist Church.

Walter Phillips was a member of Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry.  He resigned because of ill health May 15, 1862.  He returned to French Creek, where, after recovering from his illness, he raised a company of State Militia.

WILLIAM O. PHILLIPS

William O. Phillips was the olddest child of Franklin Phillips and Fanny Shurtliff Phillips.  He was born in1846 at French Creek, and died in Demorest, GA..  William O. Phillips was a Presbyterian minister.  He attended Wooster College and graduated from Seminary.  He was pastor of the French Creek Presbyterian Church and various churches in Georgia and Florida.  He married May Phillips and their children were: Hugh, James, Reginald, Frank, Brooks, and Maurice.

William O. Phillips served in the Upshur Battery First West Virginia Light Artillery.

WIRT PHILLIPS

Wirt Phillips was born February 1, 1842, at the ancestral home on the waters of French Creek, VA.  He was the youngest of six sons in a family of ten.  He was the son of Richard Phillips and Eliza Perry Phillips who as children migrated from New England with a number of other families between 1815 and 1818.  His schooling was in the common schools of the day and in private study at home.  After the close of the war he returned with his oldest brother, Capt. S. B. Phillips, and John Phillips with whom he joined the army.  Following the war Mary Elizabeth Swauger, born in Murrysville, Indiana Co., PA came to West Virginia to teach.  She attended Elders Ridge Academy, Armstrong Co., PA with high scholastic rating.  She passed the West Virginia, Upshur Co. examination for teachers under the signature of J. Loomis Gould, County Superintendent, June 8, 1868.  During the following year she met Wirt Phillips and they were married.  Here they lived on the land on which Richard and Eliza had built a home on French Creek. Elizabeth died August 29, 1895, and Wirt died November 19, 1914.  Both are buried in the French Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

 Never a Memorial Day passed as long as Wirt Phillips lived and could officiate that he did not march with his comrades up the winding hill to decorate the graves of comrades, and the Cross which he himself had designed and hand lettered " To the Unknown Dead".  He officiated as secretary of the Board of Education of Mead District continously from the close of the Civil War until a few years before his death.

  He was present at the surrender at Appomatox Court House and witnessed the handclasp of Generals Lee and Grant.

LEONARD REXROAD

Leonard Rexroad was the husband of Sally Ann Phillips, daughter of Ebenezer and Catherine Loudin Phillips.  He is listed in the census of Lewis County, VA for 1850 as being fourteen years old, and a son of John and Ferellender Rexroad.  Their daughter, Catherine, married Joseph Beery.

Leonard was a member of Co. E, Third West Virginia Infantry and of the Fifth and Sixth Regiments Cavalry.  His brother-in-law, Spencer Phillips, states in his biography, that Leonard Rexroad died at sea following his release from prison.  At least one Upshur County Veteran states that he was sent by sea from Baltimore to a hospital at New York City, so possibly Mr. Rexroad was being sent to this hospital to recover from his imprisonment.

MARANDA H. REXROAD

Miranda H. Rexrod was  private in Co. A, Tenth West Virginia Infantry, Maranda H. Rexroad, served in the Union Army for three years.  He married Electa Phillips whose story is told in The Pioneer for 1925.  Thier children were: Ira, William M., and Parley O.  Mr. Rexroad was a farmer and a blacksmith.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Maranda H. Rexroad was born October 30, 1831, and died March 6, 1915, at French Creek.  His parents were Michael and Sarah Barnet Rexroad.

ALBERT WINGROVE

Albert Wingrove was a son of Marshall and Frances Weese (Phillips) Wingrove.  He was born in1847 and died in  ______ .  He was a member of Co. M, Third West Virginia Cavalry.

Descendants of David Phillips who served in the Civil War - submitted by Eric Conard

Franklin Phillips, 1819-99, son of William Phillips Co E, 6th WV

David Phillips, 1820-1904, son of William Phillips Co B, 10th WV

Lafayette "Rob" Phillips, 1824-1907, son of William Phillips Co E, 6th WV

Mortimer Phillips, 1830-85, son of William Phillips Co H, 26th IL

Herbert Earl Phillips, 1834-62, son of William Phillips Co E, 6th WV

Lothrop Rude Phillips, 1836-1921, son of William Phillips Upshur Batt; 1st WV Lt. Art.

Goodwin Gray Phillips, 1840-1861, son of William Phillips Company Unknown

James Selden Phillips, 1843-62 son of William Phillips, Co E, 6th WV

William Oliver Phillips, 1845- (?), son of Franklin Phillips Upshur Batt; 1st WV Lt. Art

Columbus Phillips, 1832-1903, son of Richard Phillips Company Unknown

John Porter Phillips, 1827-91, son of Richard Phillips Co B, 10th WV

Sylvester Bunyan Phillips, 1830-1909,  son of Richard Phillips Co E, 6th WV

Walter D. Phillips, 1834-1905,  son of Richard Phillips Co E, 6th WV

Wirt Phillips, 1842-1914,  son of Richard Phillips Co K, 10th WV

Elijah Phillips, 1832-64, son of Ebenezer Co E, 6th WV

George W. Phillips, 1835-1914, son of Ebenezer Co E, 6th WV

Spencer Phillips, 1842- (?), son of Ebenezer Co E, 6th WV

Simeon Phillips, 1841-1905, son of Horace Augustus Co E, 6th WV

David Phillips, 1847-1921, son of Horace Augustus Co B, 10th WV

Burton Phillips, 1843-93,son of Horace Augustus Co E, 1st WV

Descendants of Elijah Phillips of French Creek who served in the Civil War - submitted by Eric Conard

Beecher W. Phillips, 1839-1913 Co E, Co M, 3rd WV and Co B, 4th WV

Wallace B. Phillips, 1848-1931Co M, 3rd WV

William Burr, 1841-1924 Upshur Batt, 1st WV Lt. Art.

Benton Burr, 1843-1891 Upshur Batt, 1st WV Lt. Art.

Marshall Gould, 1830-1915 Co E, 6th WV

Watson Gould, 1844-1899 Co E, 6th WV

Jonathan Gould, 1834-1916 Company Unknown

Joseph Gould, 1833-1913 Company Unknown

Hubbard Perry, 1829-77 Co E, 4th WV

John Perry, 1843- (?), Company Unknown

Wilbur D. Perry, 1839- (?),  Upshur Batt, 1st WV Lt. Art.

Edwin Perry, 1836-94, Co B, 10th WV

Almandus Young, 1827-64 Company Unknown

Israel Brown Young, c1846-c1864, Upshur Batt., 1st WV Lt. Art.

Stillman Young, 1843-1926, Upshur Batt., 1st WV Lt. Art

Augustus Alonzo Young,  1820-(?) Company Unknown

Earle Elijah Young, 1822-(?) Compnany Unknown

Edward/Edwin Young, 1833-64 died at Andersonville

Daniel Webster Young, 1836-(?) Company Unknown

Ansel Phillips of Bone Gap., IL & Lyman Phillips of ?  may have had sons in the War
 

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LIST OF UNCLAIMED UNION CIVIL WAR MEDALS AT THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE ARCHIVES

In order to claim an ancestor's medal, a claimant must submit his or her line of descent from the veteran along with documentation to support this line of descent. To establish line of descent, claimants must include copies of primary sources, including birth, death, marriage, will, deed, military, census, Bible records, etc. Old letters, diaries, marriage announcements, or obituaries may also prove helpful in verifying a descendant's claim. Please note that a family chart submitted without further documentation is not sufficient.

How to Apply for a Civil War Medal at the West Virginia State Archives

Many heirs of West Virginia Union veterans of the Civil War may be eligible to claim medals struck to honor their ancestors years ago. Over 4,000 of the original 26,000 medals authorized by the 1866 West Virginia Legislature remain unclaimed. The other 21,000 medals were claimed by the veterans themselves, their immediate families, or their descendants. The unclaimed medals are stored in the small cardboard boxes in which they arrived from A. Demarest of New York in 1867. Each soldier's name and unit of service is written on the outside of the box in longhand. The medals were struck in three different classes:

· Class I: For officers and soldiers in the volunteer army who were honorably discharged;
· Class II: For officers and soldiers who were killed in battle;
· Class III: For officers and soldiers who died of wounds or diseases contracted in the service.

Each medal is bronze-covered copper and bears the name and regiment of the honored veteran in the milled edge.
In order to claim an ancestor's medal, a claimant must submit his or her line of descent from the veteran along with documentation to support this line of descent. To establish line of descent, claimants must include copies of primary sources, including birth, death, marriage, will, deed, military, census, Bible records, etc. Old letters, diaries, marriage announcements, or obituaries may also prove helpful in verifying a descendant's claim. Please note that a family chart submitted without further documentation is not sufficient.

The claimant who establishes the most direct relationship to the veteran will be awarded the ancestor's medal six months from the date the documented claim is received by the Division of Culture and History. The purpose of the six-month waiting period is to allow for sufficient verification of the descendant's claim and to give other descendants the opportunity to place claims to the veteran's medal. In the case of equal claims, the person whose claim was received by the division first will be awarded the medal.

To submit a claim, please submit form with appropriate documentation to:

Archives and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard E.
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
 
 

Phillips, Charles S.; D; 4th Reg Cav Vols
Phillips, Lewis; A; 1st Reg Inf Vols
Phillips, Louis; D; 1st Reg Cav Vols
Phillips, Marshall; Cpl.; I; 6th Reg Inf Vols
Phillips, Randolph; D; 17th Reg Inf Vols
Phillips, Randolph; D; 6th Reg Cav Vols
Phillips, Samuel; Cpl.; A; 8th Reg Inf Vols
Phillips, Stephen; K; 8th Reg Inf Vols
Phillips, Thomas; F; 7th Reg Inf Vols
Phillips, Thomas B.; L; 2nd Reg Cav Vols
Phillips, Thomas S.; C; 7th Reg Inf Vols




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