The Phillips, Weber, Kirk, & Staggs families of the Pacific Northwest

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  • ID: I00082
  • Name: Reuben PHILLIPS , Deacon 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 MAR 1788 in Rutland, Worcester, MA 3
  • Death: 20 AUG 1861 in Keene, Cheshire, NH 4
  • Note:
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    Copied from "Names and Service 1861-1865" of the Nelson, NH Picnic Association August 18,1915
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    Reuben Phillips, who was elected deacon of the Nelson Church in 1829, had six sons, viz: Joseph S., Rufus, Washington, Simeon W., Minot R., and Judson. Washington was the father of Rev. Elsworth W. Phillips, who now lives in the town. To this family the war brought tragedy in many and peculiar forms. It was "a house divided against itself." Brother fought brother.

    In 1861, all except Washington and Minot were living in Missouri, where some of them had married and all were active, prosperous men.

    Joseph S. was at Tuscombia, where the secession sentiment was so strong that he had to flee for his life. Enlisting in the Thirty-Third Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Company E, he became a Corporal, was wounded in the battle of Helena, AK, 4 July 1863, and died as the result of such wound 17 Sep 1863. His eldest son, Clayton, a lad in his teens, also enlisted on the Union side and died in the service. (***note that Clayton's death during the war is incorrect**)

    Simeon enlisted in a Missouri regiment on the rebel side, was taken prisoner and confined for a time at Fortress Monroe.

    Rufus and Judson, living at Falkners Hill in Laclede County, were also influenced by their environment, and became Southern sympathizers. Rufus organized and became Captain of a company of Guerillas, and Judson was his first Sergeant. The former received a severe cut on the head at Springfield, MO, in an engagement with Fremont's forces, and later was taken prisoner and confined, until the close of the war, in the Federal Prison at Alton, IL. Judson was shot through the head by a United States Cavalryman at Lincreek, MO.

    When Deacon Reuben, who was an ardent patriot, heard that three of his sons were with the enemy, he was driven nearly frantic, and the fact probably cost him his life. He dropped dead in the Keene Post Office where he had just mailed a letter bearing on the subject to his youngest son, Judson.

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    The New Hampshire Sentinel, 22 Aug 1861 issue stated that Deacon Reuben Phillips of Roxbury dropped dead at the Keene, NH Post Office while posting a letter to a son in Missouri (probably Judson). A correction on 5 Sep 1861 gave his town as Nelson-not Roxbury and his age as 73 not 70.

    Read notes under Joseph, his son.




    Father: Gideon PHILLIPS , twin b: 7 NOV 1763 in Hubbardston, Worcester, MA
    Mother: Chloe SHATTUCK b: 16 AUG 1765 in Framingham, Middlesex, MA

    Marriage 1 Rebecca FOSTER b: 16 AUG 1798 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    • Married: 10 MAR 1814 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH 1
    Children
    1. Has No Children Chloe Shattuck PHILLIPS b: 3 JUL 1814 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    2. Has No Children Arvilla PHILLIPS b: 13 FEB 1816 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    3. Has No Children Eliza Ann PHILLIPS b: 25 MAY 1818 in Nelson, Cheshire, NH
    4. Has Children Joseph Shattuck PHILLIPS b: 11 MAR 1820 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    5. Has No Children Rufus PHILLIPS b: 7 MAR 1822 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    6. Has No Children Chloe S. PHILLIPS b: 19 JAN 1824 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    7. Has No Children Washington Augustus PHILLIPS b: 7 FEB 1826 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    8. Has No Children Simeon Webster PHILLIPS b: 31 MAR 1829 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    9. Has Children Minot Reuben PHILLIPS b: 9 FEB 1831 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    10. Has No Children Adoniram Judson PHILLIPS b: 15 SEP 1832 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    11. Has No Children Lestina PHILLIPS b: 21 SEP 1834 in Nelson, Cheshire, NH
    12. Has No Children Mary Sophia PHILLIPS b: 15 MAY 1836 in Nelson, Cheshire, NH
    13. Has No Children Alonzo Rawson PHILLIPS b: 2 APR 1840 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH
    14. Has No Children Caroline Elizabeth PHILLIPS b: 20 SEP 1842 in Roxbury, Cheshire, NH

    Sources:
    1. Title: Marriage Certificate Copy
    2. Title: New Hampshire Sentinel Copy
    3. Title: Phillips Family Bible, printed 1831, owned by Miss Beverly K Marston of Keene, NH
      Note: Not sure who it belonged to but it is probably Reuben and Rebecca's since it has both their parents and their children in it-all in the same handwriting. After Lestina's birth (their child), the hand writing changes for two more children, probably their grandchildren-not of Joseph since the names do not match his children.
    4. Title: Death Certificate Copy
      Text: Gives Rutland, MA as place of birth, farmer as occupation, "heart disease" as cause of death, age at death: 73yrs 5 mos blank days, widower (preceded by Rebecca), Gideon Phillips & Chloe as parents

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