Biography of R. Phillips Hopestill
Yates County, NY Biographies





Hopestill, R. Phillips, was born in Tioga County, Pa., August 1, 1835, the eldest son and child of Samuel and Sarah (Beecher) Phillips. Samuel was a dentist. After his elementary education was acquired he made a study of dental surgery under his father's instruction. Later he attended the lectures of the Baltimore Dental College. In 1857 he commenced professional work at Winchester, Va., and there he was at the outbreak of the war in 1861. His professional interests being such that he could not leave at the time, he voluntarily enlisted as private, but was promoted to the lieutenancy of Co. K, of the loth Virginia cavalry, and served until July 2, 1863, when he was captured at Gettysburg by the Union troops, and thereafter held at Johnson's Island in Lake Erie. After his release Lieutenant Phillips resumed the profession of dentistry successively at a southern city, in Tioga County, Pa., at Bath, N. Y., and finally at Penn Yang, in 1887, where he has since remained, occupying commodious and elegantly equipped offices. Associated with him in business is his son-in-law, Robert S. Wrean, under the firm name of H. R. Phillips & Wrean. Dr. Phillips is genial and companionable. He is something of a sportsman, fishing, hunting and yachting being his chief recreations. His yacht, The Thistle, is one of the staunchest and fleetest on Lake Keuka. The wife of Dr. Phillips is Pamelia Ann Rednor, of Potter County, Pa. They have five children.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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