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The Families of Thomas Wesley Phillips:

Thomas W. Phillips was born in May 1860 in Ozark Township, Lawrence Co., MO. He was the son of Annanias Phillips & Delia Ann Kelley. He was married twice, first to Sarah Jane Moore, and second to Sarah Margaret "Maggie" Murrell.
Sarah Jane was born on May 1, 1864 in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO. She was the daughter of Joseph Moore & Nancy Hulstine.
Maggie was born on March 30, 1868 in Miller, Lawrence Co., MO. She was the daughter of Mitchell Murrell & Sarah Buckner.

Thomas W. Phillips & Sarah Jane MooreThomas Wesley Phillips married Sarah Jane Moore on Oct. 17, 1880 in Phelps, Lawrence Co., MO. Thomas & Sarah Jane's marriage license says they were married at the home of the bride, in Phelps. They had 5 children. The family moved from Lawrence to Taney Co., Missouri sometime between October 1880 and July 8, 1883 when daughter Ollie was born in Forsyth, Taney, Missouri. In late 1884, Thomas W. Phillips was one of the founding members of the Taney County League of Law & Order (also known as The Bald Knobbers.) This group consisted of several lawyers and Civil War veterans. In December 1885 the Taney County Courthouse burned down. Thomas W. Phillips was issued a land patent for a cash sale of land in Taney Co., Missouri on March 10, 1886, and in the Spring of 1886 the Bald Knobbers were disbanded. The family returned to Lawrence County sometime between March 1886 and December 1891. Sarah Jane Moore Phillips died in March 1891. She is buried in Summit Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri. Sarah Jane was 27 years old when she died, and left Thomas with 5 children, ages 2 to 10. Thomas was living in Phelps, Lawrence Co., Missouri in Dec. 1891 when his grandfather's probate papers were filed. He was remarried to Sarah Margaret Murrell in December 1893. See below for more information on that marriage.
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The children of Thomas W. Phillips & Sarah Jane Moore:

Lula Mae Phillips

Lula Mae Phillips was born Sept 04, 1881, in Lawrence or Taney Co., Missouri. Her mother died when she was age 9, and her father remarried when she was age 12. Lula married William M. Wilson in 1896 when she was age 16, and they had 6 children. William & Lula are listed on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of East Half Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., Missouri.Lula is listed in 1900 as having 2 births with 0 surviving children, and in 1910 as having 6 births with 3 surviving children. Lula is listed as living in Miller, (Lawrence Co.) Missouri on her grandmother's probate record in 1919, and the family is on the 1920 census of Turnback Twp., Lawrence Co., Missouri and the 1930 & 1940 censuses of Springfield, Greene Co., MO. In 1930, William's occupation is listed as laborer, odd jobs, and Lula's is listed as housekeeper, private family. In 1940, William is listed as not working that year, and Lula is listed as Seamstress, W.P.A. William died on August 6, 1953 in Springfield, Greene, Missouri. Lula Mae Phillips Wilson died June 26, 1970 in Springfield, Greene, Missouri. William & Lula are buried in Summit Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri. Children of Lula Mae Phillips & William M. Wilson were: Viva Nell (1903), Onus Wesley (1907), Sarah Ruth (1909) and Esther (1912).
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Ollie M. PhillipsOllie M. Phillips was born July 08, 1883 in Forsyth, Taney Co., Missouri according to the birth certificate of her son Ralph Helsel. Her mother died when she was age 7, and her father remarried when she was age 10. At age 16, Ollie married John Elmer "Jack" Dyer on September 21, 1899 in Phelps, Lawrence Co., Missouri. They were married at the home of Ollie's father, Thomas W. Phillips. They had a daughter, Bessie, born March 1901, but they moved soon after that from Missouri to Colorado. Jack & Ollie are listed in the 1902 City Directory for Canon City, Colorado, with Jack's occupation listed as Hostler at W.B.Knox, which was a saloon there. He also worked part-time helping the guards at the Colorado State Penitentiary, which was less than a block from their house in Canon City. In the 1903 City Directory, Jack is listed as living alone in the rooms above W.B.Knox - Ollie had taken Bessie and was living elsewhere. I assume she returned to Missouri, where she got her evangelist license in July 1907. They were possibly divorced by 1910 - on the 1910 census Jack is living in Florence City, Fremont Co., Colorado and he is listed as married, but Ollie is living in Harrison Twp., Boone Co., Arkansas, and she is listed as divorced. Jack and Ollie were divorced by 1916 - Jack remarried in 1916 to Lula LaPlant, and Ollie remarried June 24, 1917 in McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas to Samuel Franklin "Frank" Helsel. Frank was a widower with 4 young sons,. ages 4 months to 8 years old from his first marriage to Mary May Kindred. Ollie also had a daughter from her previous marriage to Jack Dyer; Bessie was age 16. Frank & Ollie had 3 more children. The family is listed on the 1920 census of McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas. They are listed on the 1925 census of Oketo, Marshall, Kansas. They are listed on the 1930 census of Meade Center Twp., Meade Co., Kansas. Ollie M. Phillips Dyer Helsel died on November 16, 1933 in Meade, Kansas. She is buried in the Graceland Cemetery in Meade, Meade Co., Kansas and shares a stone with son Samuel F. Helsel Jr. Frank Sr. died on December 26, 1959 in Lyons, Linn Co., Oregon. He is buried in McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, McPherson Co., Kansas and shares a stone with son George Raymond. Ollie was a licensed evangelist in the Free Methodist church. She suffered from lupus, and was not able to tolerate much sunlight on her skin.
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Clemmie "Bessie" Phillips

Clemmie "Bessie" Phillips was born March 16, 1885 in Forsyth, Taney Co, Missouri. Records place the family in Taney County from birth of Bessie's sister Ollie in July 1883 to a land sale to her father there in March 1886. They had returned to Lawrence County by December 1891, when Bessie's father is listed in probate papers for his grandfather. Bessie's mother died when she was about age 6, and her father remarried when she was about age 8. She is listed as Clemmie, age 15, with her father & stepmother on the 1900 census of Green Twp., Lawrence Co., Missouri. Bessie married Harry Casner on Jan 12, 1904, and they had 3 children. Harry & Bessie are living in Aurora, Lawrence Co., Missouri on the 1910 census & Harry's occupation was bookkeeper, iron works. Bessie died March 20, 1914 in Aurora, Lawrence Co., Missouri. Her niece Irene Duran writes that Clemmie died young of blood poisoning, and that she is buried in a big plot in Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora Mo by herself. The children were living in Cassville, Missouri in March 1919, and are listed with their grandparents, Elijah & Nellie (Gray) Casner on the 1920 census of Joplin, Jasper Co., Missouri. Harry remarried Grace Hathaway about 1920 and moved to Oklahoma & Texas. Harry & Grace are listed on the 1920 & censuses of Muskogee, Muskogee Co, Oklahoma.
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Flora PhillipsFlora Maybelle Phillips was born Feb 07, 1887 in Taney or Lawrence Co., Missouri. Records place the family in Taney County in March 1866 and then in Lawrence County in December 1891. Her daughter Irene says that Flora gave herself the middle name Maybelle because she always wanted a middle name. Flora's mother died when she was age 4, and her father remarried when she was age 6. Flora is listed on the 1900 census in both her father & stepmother's household in Green Twp, and also in her married sister Ollie Dyer's household in East half Mt. Vernon, both in Lawrence Co., Missouri. Flora married Ollie V. Phillips (no relation) on Dec 26, 1906 in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO, and they had 3 children. The family is on the 1910, 1920, 1930 & 1940 censuses of Turnback Twp., Lawrence Co., Missouri. Ollie's occcupation is listed as farmer. Flora Phillips died on June 5, 1960. Ollie V. Phillips died on March 09, 1965.
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Loren PhillipsLoren Phillips was born Aug 18, 1889 in Taney or Lawrence Co., Missouri. His WWI draft card, filled out in 1919, states that he was born in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., Missouri, but records place the family in Taney County in March 1866 and then in Lawrence County in December 1891. He is listed at age 10 with his father & stepmother on the 1900 census of Green Township, Lawrence Co., Missouri. Loren married Laura Lela Webb on May 30, 1908 near Miller, Lawrence, Missouri and they had two children. The family is listed on the 1910 census of Richland Twp, Labette Co., Kansas with their son Eldon. They had a daughter Freda in 1912, who died that same year. Loren and Laura divorced sometime between 1912-1919. In 1919, Loren is listed as being in the army on his grandmother's probate papers. On the 1920 census, Loren is listed as being single, living in a boarding house, and working as a Tool Dresser for an Oil Company in McKittrick, Kern Co, California and Laura L. Jones, widowed, is living with son Eldon Phillips in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. Laura is listed as the wife of Bert E. Stiger on the 1922 City Directory of Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. Laura L. Steiger/Stiger is listed as head of household with son Eldon Phillips on the 1925 & 1930 censuses of Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. Loren married Anna Elizabeth Stewart about 1928, and they are listed on the 1930 census Bakersfield, Kern Co., California. At that time Loren's occupation was Driller of Oil Fields. He is listed in 1940 in Kern Co., California in a separate household from Anna, but she is living nearby. He is listed as widowed and she is listed as divorced. His occupation at that time was Derrick Man, Oil Well Drilling. Loren Phillips died Sept 16, 1951 in Bakersfield, California. First wife Laura was listed as Laura Munkirs, widowed on the 1940 census of Compton, Los Angeles, California, and she died on March 16, 1957 in San Joaquin, California. She is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Compton, Los Angeles, California under the name Laura L. Jones. Loren's niece Irene told me that Loren was married twice, but she did not know that he had any children. Children of Loren Phillips & Laura Lela Webb were: Eldon (1909) & Freda (1912).
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Thomas W. Phillips & Sarah Margaret Murrell

Thomas W. Phillips married Sarah Margaret "Maggie" Murrell on Dec 25, 1893 in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO. Thomas & Maggie had 6 children between 1895-1908. An article in Lawrence County Record, Mt. Vernon, MO on Thursday Sept 5, 1912, reported: "Thomas Phillips died at the Asylum at Nevada (MO) Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. The body was shipped to Hoberg over the Iron Mountain rail road where it was met by friends and relatives and conveyed to Summit church where the funeral services were conducted and the remains were laid to rest in the Cemetery near the church. Mr. Phillips recently became of unsound mind and was so judged at a trial before Probate Judge Scott B. Dayton last week. He was taken the next day by the Sheriff to Nevada where he only lived a few days." Thomas Wesley Phillips died on September 2, 1912 in Nevada, MO. He was age 52 when he died, and cause of death was "maniacal exhaustion from Manic Depression insanity." Maggie Phillips filed a paper asking to forego probate due to the small size of the estate - less than $500. Maggie remarried Michael Augustine Busch in 1914 in Miller, Lawrence Co., MO, and they moved to Kansas about 1915. Family story is that Maggie "ran an ad for a husband", and Michael Busch saw the ad and began writing to her. The family is listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Maple Twp., Cowley Co., KS. According to Maggie's obit, they moved to Augusta, Butler Co., KS about 1937. Maggie died on February 25, 1945 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. She is buried in Augusta, Butler Co., KS. Michael Busch died in 1953.
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The children of Thomas W. Phillips & Sarah Margaret Murrell:

Docia PhillipsDocia Odessa Phillips was born Jan 19, 1895 in MO. She is listed with her parents at age 5 the 1900 census, and age 15 on the 1910 census, both in Green Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Docia married John Owings about 1910 and they had at least 3 children - at the time of their marriage John was age 21 and Docia was age 15. John & Docia Owings are on the 1910 census of Green Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. In September 1912 Docia's father was declared of unsound mind and he died, and in November 1914 her mother remarried Michael Busch. John & Docia moved from Missouri to Kansas sometime between 1917 to 1920, possibly following her stepfather & mother who had moved to Kansas about 1915. John & Docia are listed on the 1920 census of Walnut Twp., Butler Co., KS, and on the 1930 census of Augusta, Butler Co., KS. On both censuses John's occupation is listed as Machinist. In February 1945 Docia is listed as Mrs. John Owings, 2140 Park Place, in her mother's obit in a Wichita, KS newspaper. John Owings died on June 21, 1948, and he is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, Butler, Kansas. At some time between 1948 to 1976 Docia was remarried to Mr. Howe. She is listed as Docia Howe on the Social Security Death Index. Docia Odessa Phillips Owings Howe died on March 31, 1976 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. She is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, Butler, Kansas under the name Docia Owings.
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Hattie Ruth PhillipsHattie Ruth Phillips was born February 12, 1900 in Miller, Lawrence Co., MO. She is listed with her parents at age 3 months on the 1900 census, and age 10 on the 1910 census, both in Green Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Her father was declared of unsound mind and died in September 1912, and her mother remarried Michael Busch in November 1914. Hattie married Emmett Monroe Abbett about 1914; at the time of her marriage, Emmett was age 28 and Hattie was age 14. They had one son named Milton. The family is listed on the 1920 census of Spring Twp., Butler Co., KS. At some time between 1920 to 1930 the family moved from Kansas to New Mexico, and they are listed on the 1930 census of Precinct #4, Chavez Co., NM. The family returned to Kansas by Feb. 1945, and Hattie is listed in her mother's obit that year as Mrs. E. M. Abbett, 523 South Sheridan, probably in Wichita, KS which is where the obit was published. Emmett Abbet died in August 1950, and Hattie married George J. Huenergardt in 1952. George was a widower whose wife had died in 1941, and he had 5 grown children from his first marriage. In June 1953 Hattie is listed in her stepfather Michael Busch's obit as Mrs.Hattie Huenergardt of Wichita, KS. George died on April 29, 1955 in Wichita, and Hattie is listed as "Huenergardt Ruth H (wid Geo)" in the 1958 Wichita City Directory. At that time Hattie was working in a nursing home and living at 1301 S Fern. Hattie was a nurse (LPN).Some time between 1958 to 1975 Hattie was married again to David D. King. David died on June 06, 1969 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS and Hattie did not remarry again. She is listed in her brother William's obit in October 1975 as Hattie King of Fall River, KS. Hattie Ruth Phillips Abbett Huenergardt King died May 26, 1979 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS, and is buried at Lakeside Cemetery. Her name is listed on all census records as Hattie, her obituary lists her name as Ruth King, and also lists her address as 702 Florence in Wichita, KS. In her obit, the only surviving child mentioned is a daughter named Lois Abbot - I think this is actually her daughter-in-law Lois Marie Adamson Abbett, widow of Hattie's son Milton who had died in 1978.
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Erma PhillipsErma May Phillips was born September 22, 1901 in Miller, Lawrence Co., MO. She is listed with her parents at age 8 on the 1910 census of Green Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Her father was declared of unsound mind and died in September 1912, and her mother remarried Michael Busch in November 1914. The family moved from Missouri to Kansas about 1915. Erma married Goodwin sometime before 1920, but he died or they separated soon after because Erma is listed without a husband in the household of her stepfather & mother on the 1920 census of Maple Twp, Cowley Co., KS - she is listed at that time as Irma Goodwin, age 18, (marriage status unreadable, possibly was an M changed to a Wd.). Erma married second Frank Rhea Pearce about 1924, and they had 6 children. Based on birthplaces listed for their children on census records, they were in Texas in about 1925 & 1927, but the family is listed on the 1930 census of Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. In her mother's obit in Feb.1945 Erma is listed as Mrs. Frank Pearce, rural route No. 6, Wichita (KS). Mrs. Erma Pierce of Fort Worth, Texas was listed as a surviving sibling of both her brother William in October 1975, and of her sister Ruth in May 1979. Erma May Phillips Goodwin Pearce died on July 28, 1996 in Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX.
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Willie R. PhillipsWilliam Ray "Willie R." Phillips was born on September 4, 1903 in Miller, Lawrence Co., MO. He is listed with his parents at age 6 on the 1910 census of Green Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. His father was declared of unsound mind and died in September 1912, and his mother remarried Michael Busch in November 1914. The family moved from Missouri to Kansas about 1915. William is listed with his mother and stepfather at age 16 on the 1920 census of Maple Twp., Cowley Co., KS. William is listed on his mother's obituary in Feb. 1945 as W. R. Phillips, living on 728 Garland ( I assume in Wichita, KS, which is where she died). William married Inez Hadley Edwards on September 12, 1928; Inez had 2 daughters from her first marriage to David Edwards. The family is listed on the 1930 census of Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. William remarried Jennie Walling sometime between 1931 to 1975 - Walling is Jennie's married name, and she had one son from her previous marriage. In William's obit he is listed as having 2 surviving sons and 1 daughter in addition to his stepdaughters and stepson, but I don't know which children belong to which of his marriages. William R. Phillips died October 7, 1975 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS.
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Alta Fern PhillipsAlta Fern Phillips was born on December 21, 1905 in Miller, Lawrence Co., MO. She is listed with her parents at age 4 on the 1910 census of Green Twp., Lawrence Co., MO. Her father was declared of unsound mind and died in September 1912, and her mother remarried Michael Busch in November 1914. The family moved from Missouri to Kansas about 1915. Alta is listed at age 14 with her stepfather & mother on the 1920 census of Maple Twp., Cowley Co., KS. According to her obit, Alta moved from Missouri to Kansas about 1925.According to letters from her sister Stella's daughter, Alta Fern was married to George Leach about 1924, and had at least one son named George Francis Leach who was born in 1925 in Texas. She was also married to T. E. Moore, who is listed in her 1937 obit as being assistant manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Wichita, KS. I have not been able to find her on the 1930 census at this time, but first husband George Leach is living in Eldorado, Butler, Kansas with a new wife named Loree and 5 year old son George F. Leach. Loree is age 17 and indicates that her first marriage was at age 17, so the son George is child from his first marriage to Alta. Alta Fern Phillips Leach Moore died in Aug 1937 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. She is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, Butler, Kansas. Her obit said that she had lived in Wichita 12 years and was the wife of a well-known Wichita businessman. Her obit does not mention any children.
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Stella PhillipsStella Marie Phillips was born Jan 19 1908 in Miller, Lawrence Co., Missouri. She is listed with her parents at age 2 on the 1910 census of Green Twp., Lawrence Co., Missouri. Her father was declared of unsound mind and died in September 1912, and her mother remarried Michael Busch in November 1914. The family moved from Missouri to Kansas about 1915. Stella is listed at age 12 with her stepfather & mother on the 1920 census of Maple Twp., Cowley Co., Kansas. Stella married William "Bill" Flower in about 1923, and they had two children. William & Stella are listed on the 1930 census of Udall, Cowley Co., Kansas. Stella was a homemaker, and she worked at Boeing during World War II. In her mother's obit in Feb.1945 Stella is listed as Mrs. Bill Flower, Winfield (Kansas). Stella worked with her husband Bill at Flowers Service Station until retiring in 1963. Mrs. Stella Flower of Winfield was listed as a surviving sibling of her brother William in October 1975, and of her sister Ruth in May 1979. Bill Flower died on January 29, 1980. Stella was married second to Joseph Zanardi on Oct 11, 1980. Joseph Zanardi died on February 18, 1991. Stella Phillips Flower Zanardi died on January 4, 2000 in Winfield, Cowley, Kansas.
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