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Marriage: Children:
  1. Flora Ellen Phillips: Birth: 27 MAY 1849 in Schoolcraft Twp., Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Death: 15 AUG 1939 in Sumner, Pierce County, Washington

  2. Frank Boughton Phillips: Birth: 17 MAY 1855 in Schoolcraft Twp., Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Death: 23 AUG 1931 in Corvalis, Benton County, Oregon

  3. Fredrick Sylvanis Phillips: Birth: 16 SEP 1859 in Schoolcraft Twp., Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Death: 19 FEB 1937 in Phillips Ranch, Northport, Stevens County, Washington


Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. Fannie Almira Phillips: Birth: 23 DEC 1865 in Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa. Death: 2 MAY 1950 in (near) Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon

  2. Foster P. Phillips: Birth: 20 DEC 1867 in Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa. Death: 29 SEP 1946 in Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon


Notes
a. Continued:   Edgar E. Phillips was born 26 May 1826 (from the family Bible, and confirmed by his gravestone).
  Old family notes claim that he was born at "Ridge Road, Manlius Square" which is in Onondaga Co., New York. However, "Manlius Square" was probably just remembered as where the family had come from. His parents were living in the Town of Parma, Geneese (now Monroe) Co, New York by 1820, and so it seems more likely that Edgar was born there. Not coincidentally, Ridge Road runs east and west through Monroe, Orleans and Niagara counties, and was a major thoroughfare in the early 1800s--this is very likely the "Ridge Road" that was passed down in family notes as where Edgar was born.
  He was the third son of Ezra G. and Tamar (Walker) Phillips. The family may have lived in Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., NY for a short time (as Ezra and Tamar are said to have been married there), and they are said to have owned an inn or rooming house in Utica, Oneida County, New York, at one time. By 1820, the family lived in the Town of Parma, Genesee (now Monroe) County, just west of Rochester. A few years later, they moved west to Lockport, Niagara County.
 When Edgar was nine or ten (in 1835 or early 1836), the family removed to LaGrange Twp., Cass County, Michigan when it was mostly wilderness, the first settlers having arriving in 1830.
 His father died when he was 12 years old. His mother, Tamar, married second the Rev. William Taylor, a Baptist minister and founder of the Cedar Park Seminary at Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Rev. Taylor had no children and treated the Phillips children as his own.
 Edgar married Almira Knapp 12 September 1847 in Cass County, Michigan. They lived in Cass and Kalamazoo counties, and had three children together: Flora (1849), Frank (1855) and Frederick (1859), all born in Schoolcraft. Almira (Knapp) Phillips died 8 Jan 1863 and is buried in Lot 10 of the Schoolcraft Township Cemetery.
 Edgar E. Phillips married second Sylvia Almira Paris, 30 March 1864 in Allegan County, Michigan. Two children were born of the second marriage: Fannie (b. 1865) and Foster (b. 1867), both born in Marshall County, Iowa.
 The family moved to Marshall County, Iowa, about November or December 1865. Edgar's brother, Boughton Phillips preceded them to Iowa by several years.
 According to a Mashall County Probate Index, Edgar died on 14 September 1870. His body was buried with his first wife, Almira Ann (Knapp), in Schoolcraft, Michigan.
 Sylvia and all the Phillips children lived in Lamoille, Marshall County, Iowa, in 1877, and then in Alpena, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), by 1885 through about 1891. She later removed to Cottage Grove, Oregon and then to Mountain Home, Idaho, where she died in 1904. Her body was buried at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Sylvia was a devoted and loving mother to her stepchildren.
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 Allegan County, Michigan, Deed Index:
  Edgar E. Phillips bought land from B. G. Phillips (~1850~1856)
 1/2 ac. In NE1/4 SE1/4, Sec. 1, Twp. 2, R. 15
 S1/2 NE1/4 Sec. 1, Twp. 2, R. 15
 50 ac. in N1/2 NE1/4, Sec. 1, Twp. 2, R. 15
 (Deed Book 18, p. 536)
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  The following records were transcribed from books and papers found in an old trunk (transcript provided by Bev Christensen, Tillamook, Oregon):
 1857: Jan. 12 Edgar gave a note to M.R. Cobb & Co.; Aug. 11 Edgar paid O.R. Hatch $7.90; Dec. Edgar paid Hatch & Mcrary $22. all of Schoolcraft, Michigan.
 1858: Jan. 11 M.N. Duncan & Co. Bank account in full; Jan. 11, Scott & Pursal book account to date; Sept. 16 Fredrick Sylvanus Phillips born.
 1860: April 1 Edgar gave a note to Tamar W. Taylor (his mother) for $118.65 being the amount due for the last three years rent of a farm. Schoolcraft, Michigan.
 1861: Sept. 21 Boughton G. Phillips (his brother) and wife, Maria Annette, sold to Edgar E. Phillips 80 acres in Marshall County, Iowa, for $500; Sept. 21 B.G. and M.A. Phillips (the same) sold to Edgar E. Phillips, of Schoolcraft, MI, three lots in the town of Albion, formerly LaFayette, Marshall County, Iowa, for $200.
 1862: Edgar gave several notes and paid on books of several businesses. Schoolcraft, Michigan.
 1863: Jan. 8 Almira Ann (Knapp) Phillips (Edgar's wife) died (from tombstone record). April 1 Tamar W. Taylor received a note of $198.74 for the last three years rent on a farm in Schoolcraft Twp.
 1865: Jan. 2 Nathan Knapp (perhaps a brother, uncle or cousin of Almira Ann, wife of Edgar), of Winona, Minnesota, sold to Edgar E. Phillips of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 80 acres situated in Buchanan County, Iowa, for $300 (previously, this land was sold for back-taxes of $4.49; on Dec. 7, 1864 it was redeemed by Nathan Knapp of Winona, Minnesota, by paying $7.45. The taxes for 1862 had been delinquent also and Nathan Knapp redeemed the land by paying $6.35 6 Oct. 1863.); Jan. 18 Edgar paid $3.50 as expenses for a dance and sociable; Jan. 19 Edgar paid the eye doctor $25 and $3.50 for shoes for Sylvia (his second wife); March 27 John Bevin commenced to work for $16 a month and an extra $2 for harvest; March Edgar hired several men and traded work with several others; Sept. Edgar E. and Boughton G. (brothers) were in business selling and shipping dried green apples in quantity Nov. or Dec. Edgar, Sylvia and the children moved to Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, and apparently had an auction; Dec. 23 Fannie Phillips was born.
 1866: Jan. 8 Edgar paid taxes of $7.67 on land in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa, value $400; (Nathan Knapp also paid taxes for 1864 for that property on 7 Dec. 1867; he then paid taxes of $2.60, for land value $200 described as 80 acres in Sec 16, Twp 87, Range 9; July 21 Edgar bought an improvement in gate license for use on his farm in Timbercreek Twp., Marshall County, Iowa; Edgar's mother, Tamar, visited three times over the year: the first time for five weeks, the second time two weeks, and the third time three weeks.
 1867: Mar. 21 to May 17 Tamar, his mother stayed with him and she returned Aug. 8 for two weeks; Edgar seemed to be in financial trouble during 1867, giving some notes to pay for other notes: some were for substantial amounts. Dec. 20 Foster P. Phillips was born.
 1868: Mar. 14 Tamar arrived, stayed for 22 weeks and returned to Boughton Aug. 12; Edgar continued to borrow money --from the bank, his brother Boughton, and others; Feb. he sold some wheat for $54.40.
 1869: Edgar's mother Tamar lived with them from 29 Dec. 1868 to March 1869; several entries include a telegraph charge on Jan. 12 for $2.70; March 20 he spent a quarter on garden seeds; May 31 he bought a hat for $2.25; in Aug. Edgar gave B.W. Phillips (his brother, Boyd) $50; Nov. 26 he bought boots for his sons Fred and Frank for 3.50 and $4.00.
 1870: Apr. 9 Edgar spent $3.00 for sundries, $.70 for fare to Lamoille, Marshall County, and $.25 for fruit (the hand-writing was quivery); June 13 he gave a note that was to mature on 17 June 1870.
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 Census Survey:
 1850 US Census (pp. 98-99, images 193-194)
 Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo Co., MI (enumerated 21 Aug. 1850)
 William Taylor, 65, m, b. Mass. [Edgar Phillips' step-father]
 James W. Taylor, 59, m, b. NY Boughton G. Phillips, 22, Farmer, b. NY (next household:)
 Edgar E. Phillips, 24, m, b. NY
 Almira, 20, m [sic], b. C. W. [Canada West] Flora, 1 f, b. Mich. Maria Taylor, 17, f, b. NY 1860 US Census (p. 90)
 Schoolcraft Twp., Kalamazoo, MI
 Edgar Philips, 33, M, Farmer, real estate $6,000, personal property $1,500, b. NY
 Almira A., 30, F, b. Canada Flora E., 11, F, b. MI Frank B., 5, M, b. MI Fred S,, 1, M, b. MI Tamar W. Taylor*, 68, F, b. NY (*Edgar's mother, Tamar (Walker) Phillips)
  I have not been able to find this family in the 1870 US Census, nor Sylvia and the children in the 1880 US Census.


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