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Peter Phillips, farmer of Clinton township, Elkhart Co. Ind., is of sturdy English stock, and the family tree first took root on American soil about the time of the Revolution. Peter Phillips, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a farmer of Loudon county, Va.; was there married and reared a family of children, of whom John, Wilson, and Nancy are the only ones remembered. He moved to Athens county, Ohio, and lived on a farm there until he was quite advanced in years, when he came to Indiana and made his home with his son John until his death, which occurred at the age of eighty-one years. John Phillips, his son, was born in Loudon county, Va., and in early manhood removed to Athens county, Ohio, and was married there to Miss Esther Batchelor, whose father had been a soldier of the War of 1812, and her grandfather an old Revolutionary soldier. The Batchelors were of English descent and old settlers of the State of Maine, and pioneers of Athens county, Ohio. Mrs. Phillips' brothers and sisters that are remembered were: Daniel, William, Ollie, Polly, Nancy, and Abigail. In 1836 Mr. Phillips came to the new county of Elkhart, Ind., and entered land which his son Peter now owns. To him and his wife seven children were given, all of whom attained mature years: Benjamin, William, Sallie, Eliza, Adaline, Levina, and Peter. Mr. Phillips entered eighty acres of land covered with timber; built a log cabin thereon and gradually began to clear up his land, but besides this, had sixty acres in Clinton township. He was always industrious, thrifty and honest, politically was a Jeffersonian Democrat. His death, which occurred at the age of sixty-nine years, August 15, 1872, was universally regretted, for he was one of the county's most progressive citizens and was highly esteemed for his upright character and his sterling integrity. His wife was a member of the Christian Church. Their son Peter, the subject of this sketch, was born on his father's farm in this township, January 25, 1840, and was early inured to the vicissitudes of pioneer life. What education he secured in his youth was obtained in the old log schoolhouse of those days, and this knowledge he has since greatly increased by reading and contact with the business affairs of life. In addition to becoming familiar with the duties of farming, he also learned the carpenter's trade of his father, who followed that calling from an early day and exchanged work with his neighbors. He took for his companion through life, Elizabeth, daughter of Lewis Williams, who was of Irish descent and was one of the first settlers of Kosciusko county, Ind., to which region he removed from Ohio. He reared four children: Elizabeth, John D., William W., andJane. Mr. Williams is now residing in Miami county, Kan., and has attained to the age of seventy-four years. He has married twice, his second wife being Miss Mary Miller, by whom he became the father of four children. He has followed the calling of agriculture throughout his life and is now in good circumstances. He and his wife are earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. After his marriage Peter Phillips remained on the old homestead; bought out the other heirs of the property and by industry and thrift added to the original tract until he now owns 240 acres. In 1881 he erected a substantial brick residence--one of the finest in the township, and his farm buildings are all substantial and kept in good repair. He is what may be termed a thrifty and prudent farmer, and everything about his place indicates that a man of intelligence and sound judgement has control of his affairs. His farm is one of the most valuable in the township, for besides being exceedingly fertile it is well supplied with a number of fine springs of pure cold water, which makes it well adapted to the raising of stock. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Phillips: Alice M., Lewis F., Esther E., Carrie M., Warren W., Orrin E., Nora B., William B.,Clarence C., and Grover C. Mr. Phillips has held the office of township trustee two terms, and politically is a staunch Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and he is a very public-spirited gentleman; has been a member of the school board a number of terms and has also held the position of road supervisor. He is giving his children good advantages for an education, and Carrie M. has graduated from the graded schools of Goshen and has taught school three terms in Clinton township and has met with good success.

(Pictorial and biographical memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana, Tucson, Ariz.: W.C. Cox, 1974, Page #: 149-150, Family History Library (FHL), 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, USA. Microfilm of original published: Chicago: Goodspeed, 1893. 777 p. Source Media Type: Books/Monographs (on Film).)

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