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1860 census Jennings, Scott Co., IN page 1071 Household 1181/1147
John T. Phillips, age 41, farmer, b. NC
Emeline, age 35, b. IN
James H., age 17, b. IN
William R., age 15, b. IN
John A., age 13, b. IN
George A., age 8, b. IN

1870 census Johnson, Scott Co., IN Household 504/502
John Redman, age 16, works on farm, b. IN
John T. Philips, age 51, farmer, b. NC
Emaline Redman, age 45, keeping house, b. IN
John Philips, age 22, works on farm, b. IN
George Philips, age 17, works on farm, b. IN
Mary Philips, age 3, b. IN

Married Mary Jane Spear on Oct 10, 1872

1880 United States Census Marion, Jennings, Indiana Page Number 411B
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
George A. PHILLIPS Self M Male W 27 IN Farmer NC KY
Mary J. PHILLIPS Wife M Female W 25 IN Keeping House IN IN
James PHILLIPS Son S Male W 7 IN IN IN
Flora E. PHILLIPS Dau S Female W 4 IN IN IN
Serrada PHILLIPS Dau S Female W 1 IN IN IN
Seralda C. SPEAR SisterL S Female W 19 IN Teaching School IN IN
Marvin DEPUTY Other S Male W 20 IN Farmer IN IN

1900 census Center, Grant Co., IN
915 S. McClure Household #167/186
George A. Phillips, head, Sept 1852, age 47, md 28 yrs, IN/CA/IN, restaurant manager
Mary J., Wife, Aug 1854, age 45, md 28 years, 8 births, 7 surviving, IN/IN/IN
Flora, daughter, Aug 1875, age 24, IN/IN/IN, cashier
Blanche, daughter, Jan 1879, age 21, IN/IN/IN
Mary E., daughter, Nov 1880, age 19, IN/IN/IN
Charles, son, Jan 1885, age 15, IN/IN/IN
Fred, son, July 1889, age 10, IN/IN/IN
Raymond, son, Sept 1893, age 6, IN/IN/IN
Mary Spear, sister-in-law, Aug 1884, age 15, IN/IN/IN

1910 census 3rd Ward Marion, Grant Co., IN
715 W. 6th Street Household #299/314
George A. Phillips, head, age 57, md 38 yrs, IN/NC/IN, travelling salesman, furniture
Mary J., Wife, age 55, md 38 years, 8 births, 6 surviving, IN/IN/NC
Blanche, daughter, age 31, IN/IN/IN. bookkeeper, saddlery
Birdie, daughter, age 29, IN/IN/IN
Raymond, son, age 20, IN/IN/IN
Fred, son, age 16, IN/IN/IN
Mary Spear, sister-in-law, age 26, IN/IN/IN

Wife Mary Jane died in 1919

1920 census Center Twp, Grant Co., IN
George Philips, Roomer, age 27, widowed, IN/IN/IN (Should this be George Phillips, age 67??)
Raymond Philips, Roomer, age 23, single IN/IN/IN
Listed in household of Thomas & Ruth Young, both age 26

"The Phillips Family Tree" by John Phillips, 1986 & Ken & Lucille Phillips, 1994
GEORGE ADDISON PHILLIPS was born Wednesday September 8, 1852 in Scott County, Indiana. On October 10, 1872, he married Mary Jane Spear at the home of James W. Spear, the bride's father. Surrelda (Fitzsimmons) Spear, the bride's mother, had died in 1854. Spear had not been overjoyed by the romance but had accepted the wedding. He owned a log cabin on Quick's Creek between Deputy and Crothersville and let the newlyweds set up housekeeping there. Welly Phillips recorded: "The log cabin my parents first lived in had one room, a dirt floor and a small lean-to kitchen on the back. The cabin was about 15 by 20 feet." The couple lived there two years, Addison working on the Spear farm and Mary teaching school. Later they moved to Landon's Crossing, Azalia and Jonesville. In 1880, when the family was counted in the census of Marion township of Jennings County, two additional people lived in the home: Serilda C. Spear, 19, and Marvin Deputy, 20. Serilda was Mary Jane's half-sister. After going to Columbus, Indiana, in 1883 Addison operated the Commercial Hotel and a restaurant.
Children: James Wendell in 1873, Flora Emeline in 1875, Elizabeth in 1877 (died young), Surrelda Blanche in 1879, Mary Edna (also called Birdie May) in 1880. Charles Thomas in 1885, Frederick Clifford in 1889 and George Raymond in 1893. The family also raised May Spear, Mary's much-younger half-sister. Mary disliked the way May was treated in a foster home in Seymore, Indiana, so Mary "kidnapped" May June 6, 1894. May's full name was Birdie May Spear. The family partially resolved confusion by calling Mary's half-sister "May," and calling Mary's daughter "Birdie." The family moved to Marion, Indiana, in 1896. In the fall of 1902 they moved from 915 South McClure to 715 West Sixth Street.
Addison is remembered as industrious, honest, inventive and argumentative. He designed a token register along the lines of a cash register for his restaurant. If a customer so chose he could buy a token entitling him to a specified number of meals. Each time he ate a meal, he turned in the token. Addison would drop it into his invention and a new token, entitling the customer to one fewer meal, would emerge. On November 26, 1907, the U.S. Patent Office granted him a patent number 872,011, calling the patent a "meal-check system."
Mary became ill with cancer but died of heart trouble November 26, 1919. After Addison took ill, sister Mary asked for a keepsake in his own handwriting. He wrote: "My Dear Sister, I'm too sick to write but I'll always love you." Mary kept the paper in her family Bible.
Addison died August 27, 1927 of cancer in Joplin, Missouri, whereWelly lived. Mary and Addison are buried with daughters Flora and Birdie in the IOOF Cemetery in Marion, Indiana. The cabin in which Addison and Mary set up housekeeping was still standing - just barely - into the 1980s. The state had dammed Quick Creek, causing the cabin to be on an island in what is called Lake Hardy. George Everhart, grandfather of Spear descendant Carol Everhart, lived in the cabin many years. Myron Phillips remembers that George's property adjoined Mort Spear's property. (Although some of the Everharts are Phillips descendants. Carroll is not.) (John, Tom)