Biography of Samuel Phillips
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





SAMUEL PHILLIPS, blacksmith, was born in Salt Rock Township, Marion County, Ohio, June 18, 1834; son of Jacob and Comfort (Martin) Phillips, natives of Massachusetts and Ohio respeclively. His father came to Ohio in an early day, and was a shoemaker by trade. He was married in 1830, and was the father of ten children, six still living; William and Edna (by his first wife), Samuel, David, John and Jacob (by his second wife). He died in Michigan when our subject was but four years of age. His wife departed this life about 1870, aged sixty years. Samuel Phillips attended the very ordinary schools of Michigan, giving up entirely his studies at the age of eighteen, coming to Marseilles and beginning his trade as an apprentice, serving three years with James R. Eaton at 10 cents per day. At the end of three years he had accumulated $16. In 1854, he purchased a half interest in his employer's shop, where he has since pounded the anvil, building up an extensive business. This partnership existed twenty one years, at the expiration of which time Mr. Eaton retired, Mr. Phillips continuing the business at the present time as sole proprietor. His marriage to Miss Mary A. Ellis, daughter of Richard and Mary P. (Stover) Ellis, occurred in October, 1857. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips have reared ten children, seven living; John, Eva (wife of J. L. Hastings), James, Charles, Jennie, Frank and Anna. The deceased are Mary, Harlan and Stover. Mr. Phillips owns his shop and lot; also his house and lot. His wife's mother resides with him, in the seventy fourth year of her age, in feeble health. He was in the "hundred day service," Company G, One Hundred and Forty fourth Ohio National Guards, but sickness debarred him from active duty. He is a member of the G. A. B., of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a stanch Republican. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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