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THE FAMILIES OF THOMAS H. PHILLIPS:

Thomas H. Phillips was born about 1794 in North Carolina. He was the son of unknown parents, possibly one of the families in Rowan or Stokes Co., NC (John Phillips?). Thomas was married twice.
Martha Pitts was born on December 13, 1789 in North Carolina. She was the daughter of Isaac or Samuel Pitts, who were brothers from Stokes Co., NC.
Mary Nichols was born about 1798 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of unknown parents. She was possibly the housekeeper for Thomas & Martha Phillips, although that is not confirmed. My source for Mary's last name is a family chart that came down through the line of their son Amos, and it now is in the possession of Matt Phillips of Alexandria, VA.

Thomas H. Phillips' first marriage:

Thomas H. Phillips & Martha Pitts

Thomas H. Phillips & Martha Pitts were married on Dec. 19, 1816 in Rowan NC and they had at least 7 children. Thomas Phillips is listed on Stokes Co., NC tax lists in 1816 & 1818 as owning 45 acres, and in 1818 there is a household headed by Aaron Phillips nearby that has 115 acres. There is a household headed by Thomas Phillips on the 1820 census of Stokes Co., NC that has numbers that would fit this family, and there are several other Phillips and Pitts families in the same county. In 1820 Thomas is listed as having 115 acres, possibly bought from Aaron Phillips although there is no deed registered. On May 15, 1821, Thomas mortgaged his land as he had to pay $80 by March 1, 1822 to Andrew Lindsay, who was a general store owner in nearby Guilford Co., NC. Apparently Thomas paid the money, but on August 7, 1822 he sold his land to neighbor John Kinnaman for $160. Thomas Phillips doesn't appear on tax lists in Stokes Co., NC in 1823, or any year after that. Thomas moved to Jennings Co., Indiana sometime between 1823 to 1826. Family stories vary - some say that Thomas went alone and lived in a cabin there, and that Martha later joined (or "found") him. Other family stories state that they went together. Thomas & Martha had a son born sometime between 1820 to 1826; this son died before 1829 when he drowned in a stream where he had been fishing or playing. They also had son born in 1826 - he is listed on the 1850 census as being born in IN, and on the 1860 census as being born in NC, but I think he was born in Indiana. In 1829 the family was all living together in Indiana, but the marriage had apparently come to an end. In 1829 Thomas left Martha with a woman named Mary Nichols, and he started a second family. Thomas took two of his children (Easter & Green Berry) with him when he left - family story indicates that he also was going to take his oldest son John Thomas, but that John T. jumped out of the wagon and ran back to his mother. Thomas & Mary moved to Illinois & then settled in Missouri. (see below for notes for Thomas and more information on this second marriage). Martha remained in Indiana with the other children, and she was remarried to John Stagg in 1833. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Jennings Co., IN. At that time Martha was age 50 and John Stagg was age 80. John Stagg died between 1840 to 1850, and Martha is listed on the 1850 census of Spencer, Jennings Co., IN. Martha Pitts Phillips Stagg died on July 02, 1856 in probably Jennings Co., Indiana. I give credit for the majority of information I have on Thomas H. Phillips first marriage and descendants to John Phillips, formerly of Cabin John Maryland, and also to Ken & Lucille Phillips of Raytown, Missouri.
Notes for Martha Pitts Phillips Stagg

The Children of Thomas H. Phillips & Martha Pitts:

Betsy PhillipsElizabeth "Betsy" Phillips was born on Nov. 15, 1817 in North Carolina. There is a household headed by Thomas Phillips on the 1820 census of Stokes Co., NC that has a female the right age to be Betsy, age 2. Her parents are no longer listed on Stokes Co., NC tax lists in 1823 or after, and they probably moved to from North Carolina to Indiana in 1823, when Betsy was about age 6. In 1829 when she was about age 12, her father went west, leaving her with her mother in Jennings County, Indiana. In 1833, her mother married John Stagg, and Betsy probably lived with them until she married. Betsy married John M. Arbuckle on Sept. 3, 1835 in Jennings Co., IN and they had 11 children. The family is on the 1850 census of Spencer, Jennings Co., IN. In Jan 1857, Betsy and John Arbuckle moved to a farm near Brownsburg, Hendricks Co., IN. The family is listed on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Brown Twp., Hendricks Co., IN. John died in 1871 and Betsy lived with some of her sons until her death. She is on the 1880 census of Brown, Hendricks Co., IN. Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips Arbuckle died on Feb 14, 1891 in Brownsburg, Hendricks Co., Indiana. Children of John Arbuckle and Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips are Alexander (1836), John Wesley (1838), William Riley (1840), Nancy (1843). Francis Marion (1844), Martha (1846), Melvina (1848), Washington (1852), George Franklin (1853), Emeline Esther (1857) and Matthew (1860).
Notes for Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips Arbuckle
John T. PhillipsJohn Thomas Phillips was born Feb. 05, 1819 in North Carolina. There is a household headed by Thomas Phillips on the 1820 census of Stokes Co., NC that has a male the right age to be John Thomas, age 1. His parents are no longer listed on Stokes Co., NC tax lists in 1823 or after, and they probably moved to from North Carolina to Indiana in 1823, when John T. was about age 4. John's father left his mother about 1829, taking two of his siblings with him - according to family story he also wanted to take John, but John (who was about age 10) jumped off the wagon and ran back to his mother. John worked at a general store in Paris; his poverty was noticed on Christmas 1831 by a farmer named Robert "Robin" Smith. Two days later John became apprenticed to Robin Smith, and went to live with him and his family. The Smith's raised him like a son, and taught him to read and write. John went to visit his father sometime between 1840-1842, but according to family story they were cool to him, and he never went back. John married Emeline Courtney, daughter of Archie Courtney, on Oct 20, 1842 in Jefferson Co., IN. They had 5 children. John & Emeline were fervent Methodists. They probably were not tall, as two of their sons were 5'6". Sometime in the 1840's the family moved to Scott Co., IN. They are in Jennings, Scott Co., IN on the 1850 census, and bought land in Scott County in 1854. John's mother died in 1856 and he bought more land at that time. They are listed on the censuses of Jennings, Scott Co, IN in 1850 &1860, and on the censuses of Johnson, Scott Co, IN in 1870 & 1880. John Thomas Phillips died on November 13, 1881, probably in Scott Co., Indiana. He and Emeline both contracted typhoid while caring for their son Almond & his wife who also had the disease - only Almond survived. Children of John Thomas Phillips & Emeline Courtney are James Harvey (1843), William Riley (1845), John Almond (1848), George Addison (1852) and Mary Easter (1866).
The Family of John Thomas Phillips & Emeline Courtney
Notes for John Thomas Phillips
Easter PhillipsEaster P. Phillips was born in 1820 in NC. Her parents are no longer listed on Stokes Co., NC tax lists in 1823 or after, and they probably moved to from North Carolina to Indiana in 1823, when Easter was about age 3. Her father took her with him when he left her mother about 1929 and went west with his second wife Mary Nichols. I have not found the family on the 1830 census at this time, but they had sons born in Illinois in 1830 & 1832. The family had moved from Illinois to Missouri sometime between 1832 to 1835. Easter married Robert Reed Feaster on December 17, 1835 in Cole Co., MO and they had 10 children. The family is listed on the 1840 census of Greene Co., MO living next door to the household of Thomas H. Phillips. Robert & Easter moved to neighboring Lawrence Co., MO sometime between 1840 to 1850. The family is listed on the 1850 census of Ozark Twp, Lawrence Co., MO. Robert Feaster died in 1856, and his will was probated in Barry Co., MO. (Easter's father Thomas had died in 1854, and his will was also probated in Barry Co., MO.) Easter is listed on the 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Buck Prairie Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Easter Phillips died on December 17, 1897 in northern Barry Co., Missouri. Children of Robert Reed Feaster & Easter Phillips are Sarah (1836), James (1838), Martha Ann (1840), Thomas Jefferson (1842), Levi (1844), John (1846), William Henry (1848), Mary Jane (1851), Malinda (1853) and Isaac "Ike" (1855).
Notes for Easter Phillips Feaster
Unknown Son PhillipsUnknown Son Phillips was born between 1821 to 1825 in North Carolina or Indiana. His parents probably moved from North Carolina to Indiana about 1823. Family story is that this unknown son drowned in a river where he was fishing or playing. Unknown Son Phillips died sometime before 1829 in NC or IN. He was age 8 or younger at the time of his death.
Isaac Phillips

Isaac Phillips was born on February 15, 1826, in North Carolina or Indiana. I believe it was probably Indiana, as his parents are not listed on Stokes Co., NC tax lists in 1823 or after, and they probably moved from North Carolina to Indiana about that time. Isaac's father left his mother about 1829 when Isaac was about age 3. I have not found her or the children on the 1830 census at this time. His mother remarried John Stagg in 1833. There is a male the right age to be Isaac, age 14, in the household of John Stagg on the 1840 census of Jennings Co., IN. John Stagg died in 1846, and Isaac is listed at age 24 (born Indiana) with his mother on the 1850 census of Spencer, Jennings Co., IN, living next door to his sister Elizabeth Phillips Arbuckle and her family. Isaac married Patience sometime between 1850 to 1860, and they are listed on the 1860 census of Montgomery, Jennings Co., IN. In 1860 Isaac is listed as being age 34, born in North Carolina. I do not find any record of children for this marriage. Patience died or they divorced between 1860-1869, and Isaac was remarried on October 10, 1869 to Barbara Jane Farley in Meigs, Ohio. At the time of their marriage, Isaac was age 43 and Barbara Jane was age 21. On all census records after his marriage, Isaac lists an age that indicates an 1828 birth year, and also lists his birthplace as Ohio - I'm not sure why he lists the wrong birthplace, but I believe he started listing himself as being a few years younger than his actual age because his wife was so much younger. Isaac and Barbara Jane had 8 children. They lived in Kansas briefly; they are on the August 5, 1870 census of LeRoy, Coffey Co., Kansas, and their son James was born in Kansas on October 18, 1870. They returned to Ohio by March 17, 1874 when their daughter Cora Nebraska was born, and census records indicate they stayed in Ohio after that. The family is listed on the 1880 census of Columbia, Meigs, OH, and on the 1900 & 1910 census censuses of Knox, Vinton Co., OH. Isaac Phillips died on December 25, 1914 in Vinton Co., Ohio. Children of Isaac Phillips and Barbara Jane Farley are James Ai (1870), Cora Nebraska (1874), Rhoda (1876), Genevra (1878), John Oliver (1881), Gertrude (1884), Thomas (1888) and Mattie Viola (1891).
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Green Berry PhillipsGreen Berry Phillips was born in 1827 in Indiana. In 1829, when he was about 2 years old, his father left his mother to begin a new family with second wife Mary Nichols, and he took Green Berry & his older sister Easter with him. I have not found the family on the 1830 census at this time, but they had sons born in Illinois in 1830 & 1832. The family had moved from Illinois to Missouri sometime between 1832 to 1835. Green Berry's sister Easter was married in Cole Co., MO in 1835, and there is a male the right age to be Green Berry in the household of Thomas H. Phillips on the the 1840 census of Greene Co., MO, living next door to Easter and her new husband Robert Feaster. Green Berry is listed at age 22 on the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO with his father & stepmother. Green Berry married Sarah Catherine Grantham on Feb. 27, 1851 and they had one daughter. Sarah died about 1852. Green remarried to Clotilla E. Mulinax on July 08, 1855 in Greene Co., MO, and they had 4 children. Green & Clotilla are listed on the 1860 census of Cass Twp., Greene Co., MO. Green Berry was a lawyer by occupation, and he once finished a distant third when he ran for the Missouri state legislature. When the Civil War reached Missouri in 1863, Green Berry was made a captain of Company C, 74th Regiment of the Missouri Militia, and served in it along with his half-brothers Annanias, Ebenezer & Amos. Holcombe's History of Greene County, Missouri (1883) states that Green Berry was "prominent in the defense of Springfield", and has a lengthy account of Green Berry's murder in 1866 by "Regulators", who were vigilantes composed of both Union and Confederate soldiers who looted and killed after the Civil War was over. Green Berry Phillip was murdered on May 23, 1866 in Greene Co,. MO. At the time, Clotilla was pregnant with their last daughter, Mellie. Clotilla Phillips is listed on the 1870 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. Clotilla was remarried to Tom Jones about 1872, and they had 4 more children. Clotilla Mulinax Phillips Jones died on October 27, 1899 in Oklahoma. Children of Green Berry Phillips & Clotilla Mulinax are Amanda (1858), Louise (1861), Thomas Lincoln "Link"(1863) and Melcena (1866).
Notes for Green Berry Phillips
Martha PhillipsMartha Phillips was born on February 12, 1828 in IN or NC. At the time her parents were living in Indiana, but family members have indicated she was born in NC. When Martha was an infant her father left her mother & moved west. I have not found the mother or children on the 1830 census at this time. Her mother was remarried to John Stagg in 1833, and Martha lived with her mother & stepfather until her marriage. There is a female the right age to be Martha, age 12, in the household of John Stagg on the 1840 census of Jennings Co., IN. John Stagg died in July of 1846, and Martha married Alexander Arbuckle on December 31, 1846 in Jennings Co., IN. They had 3 children. The family is listed on 1850, 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Montgomery Twp., Jennings Co., IN.township censuses in 1860-80. Alex' mother, Catherine, 65, lived with the family in 1860. The 1880 census lists Martha's place of birth as North Carolina, her father's as Georgia and her mother's as North Carolina. Considering that her father was born in North Carolina, perhaps Alex or someone besides Martha talked to the census taker. Alex died August 5, 1895. In 1900 Martha lived with son Ellison and his family in Montgomery township. The census taker noted that she's had three children, two of whom were still living, and that she could read and write. She is still living with Ellison on the 1910 census of Marion Twp., Jennings Co., IN. I have not found her at this time on the 1920 census. Martha Phillips Arbuckle died in Crothersville, Jackson Co., IN on December 28, 1926. She was 97 years, 10 months and 16 days old. She was buried beside Alex on December 30 in the Coffee Creek Cemetery just west of Paris Crossing, Jennings Co., IN. Children of Alexander Arbuckle and Martha Phillips are Elizabeth Esther (1847), Sarah (1850) and Ellison (1853).
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Thomas H. Phillips' second marriage:

Thomas H. Phillips & Mary Nichols

Thomas H. Phillips left his first wife Martha about 1829 in Indiana, and he and a woman named Mary Nichols started a new family. I have not found a marriage record for them - I also do not know if there is a divorce record for Thomas H. and his first wife, although she did remarry in 1833 after he was gone. Thomas took two of his children (Easter & Green Berry) with him when he left. Thomas & Mary had sons born in 1830 & 1832 in IL, and then they moved to MO soon after that. Daughter Easter was married in 1835 in Cole Co., MO, and Thomas & Mary had daughters born in MO in 1836 & 1838. Land Patent records show 2 patents granted to Thomas H. Phillips of Cole Co., MO on Jan. 10, 1840, and 2 more patents granted to Thomas H. Phillips of Cooper Co., MO on Nov. 10, 1841. The family is listed on the 1840 & 1850 censuses of Greene Co., MO, and in 1850 they were living in Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. Thomas H. died in 1854 in Barry Co., MO. There were some legal battles after his death between the heirs from the first and second families. Mary is listed as age 62 on the 1860 census Center Township, Greene Co., MO, living with her married daughter Malinda Mason. I have not found Mary on the 1870 census at this time, and she may have died between 1860 to 1870.
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Phillips Records

The Children of Thomas H. Phillips & Mary Nichols:

Annanias PhillipsAnnanias T. Phillips was born in 1830 in IL. His parents moved from Illinois to Missouri sometime between 1832-1835, before he was age 5. His half-sister Easter married Robert Feaster in Cole Co. MO in 1835. There is a male the right age to be Annanias, age 10, in the household of Thomas H. Phillips on the 1840 census of Greene Co., MO. Annanias is listed with his parents at age 20, on the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. Annanias married Delia Ann Kelley on May 15, 1853 in Greene Co., MO and they had 5 children. There are land patents for Annanias in Greene Co., MO for 80 acres in 1854 & 40 acres in 1856. The family is on the 1860 census of Ozark Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Annanias enrolled in the Union Army from July 31, 1862 and served 267 days. He was a 1st Sergeant in Company C., 74th Regiment E. M. M. out of Greene Co., Missouri, and served in the same regiment as his half-brother Green Berry who was Captain, and his brothers Ebenezer and Amos. He is on the 1861-1863 tax rolls for Lawrence County, on the delinquent tax list in 1866, and the family is still listed in Ozark Twp on the 1870 census. Annanias Phillips died on August 18, 1873 in Lawrence Co., MO from fumes in a well he was digging - at the time their children were ages 6 to 19. Delia Ann died in August of 1879 of dysentery. She is listed on the 1880 Mortality Schedule for Buck Prairie Twp, Aurora, Lawrence Co., MO as (no name given) Phillips (female) age 43. On the 1880 census their children Thomas & Pernia are living with their older sister Mary Phillips Hampton & her husband. I have not been able to find their daughters Martha or Millie Jane in 1880, but they are listed as heirs in their grandfather Kelley's probate papers in 1891. Children of Annanias Phillips & Delia Kelley are Martha Adaline (1854), Mary (1856), Thomas Wesley (1860), Millie (1863) and Pernia (1866).
The Family of Annanias Phillips & Delia Kelley
Notes for Annanias Phillips
Notes for Delia Ann Kelley
Ebenezer PhillipsEbenezer Phillips was born in 1832 in IL. His parents moved to MO by 1836 when he was about age 4, and they are listed on the 1840 census of Greene Co., MO. Ebenezer is listed with his parents on the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. Ebenezer married Lucinda Breeden on Feb. 28, 1851, and they had 12 children. The family is on the 1860 census of Ozark Township, Lawrence Co., MO. Ebenezer served in the Union Army during the Civil War in Company C., 74th Regiment E. M. M. out of Greene Co., Missouri. He served in the same regiment as his half-brother Green Berry who was Captain, and his brothers Annanias and Amos. Ebenezer and his family are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Center Twp., Greene Co., MO. Ebenezer Phillips died on February 08, 1896 in Lawrence Co., MO. Lucinda is listed as a head of household on the 1900 census of Ozark Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. She is listed as living with her married daughter Amanda Viola Bean on the 1910 census of Center Twp., Greene Co., MO and also listed as living with her married daughter Dora (Sarah E.) Hash on the 1910 census of Ozark Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Lucinda died on July 11, 1914 in Lawrence Co., MO. Children of Ebenezer Phillips & Lucinda Breeden are William (1853), Francis (1856), Serilda (1858), Thomas (1860), Sarah Eldora (1863), James (1866), Robert (1868), F. E. (1873), Celia (1876), Amanda (1878) and James (1888).
Notes for Ebenezer Phillips
Mary Jane PhillipsMary Jane Phillips was born in 1836 in Cole or Greene Co., MO. Her parents are listed on the 1840 census of Greene Co., MO. She is listed as Mary, age 14, with her parents on the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. Her father died in 1854 when she was about age 18. Mary married William P. Brown on Oct 17, 1858 in Lawrence Co., MO. They were married by G. B. Phillips, who is probably Mary Jane's half-brother, Green Berry. William & Mary Jane had at least 5 children. The family is listed on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Ozark Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. In 1860 they are living next door to the families of Mary Jane's brothers, Annanias & Ebenezer. Based on birth places of their children, the family moved from Missouri to Arkansas sometime between 1873 to 1877. Mary Jane Phillips Brown probably died between 1877 to 1879 in Arkansas. William has the children and is remarried to someone else on the 1880 census of Spadra, Johnson Co., AR. Children of William P. Brown & Mary Jane Phillips are Sarah (1861), William Henry (1867), Lucinda (1866), Ida (1873) and Hester (1877).
Notes for Mary Jane Phillips Brown
Malinda Phillips

Malinda Phillips was born December 1837 in Cole or Greene Co., MO. There is a female the right age to be Malinda, age 2, in the household of Thomas H. Phillips on the 1840 census of Greene Co., MO. She is listed with her parents as Malinda, age 12, on the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. Her father died in 1854 when she was about age 16. Malinda married Nathaniel Mason on March 04, 1859 in Lawrence Co., Missouri and they had 4 children. The family is listed on the 1860 census of Center Twp., and the 1870 census of Cass Twp., both in Greene Co., MO. (In 1860 Malinda's mother & brother Amos are also living with them.) In 1880 the family is living in North Springfield, Greene Co., MO. Malinda divorced Nathaniel Mason on July 24, 1880 in Greene Co., Missouri. Malinda remarried J. P. F. Jennings on December 8, 1880 in Greene Co., Missouri. Mr. Jennings died in December 1890. Malinda Jennings is listed as head of household on the 1900 census of N. Campbell Twp. Springfield, Greene Co., MO with son Valentine Mason. At that time she is listed as being widowed & having 4 births with 4 surviving children. Malinda Phillips Mason Jennings in February 1907, probably in Greene Co., MO. She was buried February 15, 1907 in the Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri. Children of Nathaniel Mason & Malinda Phillips are James Buchanon (1860), Jemison (1862), Marion Sebastian (1865) and Valentine (1869).
Notes for Malinda Phillips Mason Jennings

Amos T. PhillipsAmos Thomas Phillips was born on March 26, 1844 in Greene Co., MO. He is listed with his parents at age 6 on the 1850 census of Boone Twp., Greene Co., MO. His father died in 1854 when he was about age 10, and he and his mother are living with his married sister Malinda Phillips Mason & her family on the 1860 census of Center Twp., Greene Co., MO. Amos served in the Union Army during the Civil War in Company C., 74th Regiment E. M. M. out of Greene Co., Missouri. He served in the same regiment as his half-brother Green Berry who was Captain, and his brothers Annanias and Ebenezer. Amos married Susan C. Coble on March 18, 1863 in Greene Co., MO and they had 7 children. The family is listed on the 1870 census of Ozark Twp, Lawrence Co., MO - Amos' name is mistakenly listed as Annias T. Phillips (his brother Annanias, also listed as Annias T., is living in the same town.) The family is on the 1880, 1900, 1910 & 1920 censuses of Cass Township, Greene Co., MO. Amos Thomas Phillips died on Feb. 8 1926 in Polk Co., MO. The death certificate lists cause of death as influenza. Susan Phillips was the informant; she put "don't know" for the names of Amos' parents. Susan's address at that time is listed as Flemington, MO. Amos is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery. Children of Amos Thomas Phillips & Susan Coble are Dollie (1865), Daniel Thomas (1871), John (1876), Columbus (1877), Bamma (1879), Eben (1881) and Charles (1883).
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