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Edmund Phillips, a pioneer of 1844, settled in York Township two miles north of his present home and engaged in farming and about 1855 removed to his present farm. During his forty-five years residence in Northern Illinois, he has become closely identified with the interests of the Prairie State, and takes a just pride in its wealth and prosperity. He had journeyed to this section from warren county NY where he was born, June 27, 1823, and where he lived until the date first mentioned, continuing under the parental roof until after the death of his father.

In making his journey to the West, Mr. Phillips proceeded by boat and canal from Amsterdam to Buffalo, thence by the Lakes to Chicago, and from there overland with team to this county; the latter part of the journey occupying six days. He was accompanied by Stephen C.Olney and Ebenezer Balcom with their families, and they all located in the same neighborhood. Soon after his arrival Mr. Phillips purchased eighty acres of land of a Mr. St. Ores, and later another claim adjoining, of the same gentleman, and of the same amount. There was then only a board shanty upon the place, and ten acres had been broken. The land lay on section 10.

After making some improvements, in the way of plowing and fencing, Mr. Phillips sold this property and purchased that where he now lives. This had upont it a log house, a barn, and some fencing, and eighty acres had been broken. Our subject labored early and late in laying the foundations of a future home, for a period of eleven years before he was married. On the 22d of May, 1855 he was joined in wedlock to Miss Sarah J. Smith. This lady was a native of his own county in New York State. She came to this county with her parents in 1854. Immediately after their marriage mr. and Mrs. Phillips began housekeeping at the farm which they have since occupied, and where all their children have been born, namely; Florence, now wife of Francis C. Melugin, M.D. of Thomson; Jeanette at home; Edward is in Dakota.

The farm ofMr. Phillips comprises 158 acres of thoroughly improved land with a commodious frame residence, a good barn, corn cribs, sheds and all the other appliances necessary for successful agriculture. He makes it a point to avail himself of modern machinery and the most improved methods; has a goodly assortment of live stock, plenty of running water, and twenty-two acres of good timber. While by no means and active politician he keeps himself well posted upon public affairs, and supports the principles of the Republican party. His children have been well educated, attending first the common schools of Thomson, and Miss Jennie was graduated from the Mt. carroll Seminary. Previously to this she had attended college at Fulton. She possesses fine musical talent, and made this a specialty at Mt. carroll. The parents of our subject were Simeon and Lucinda (Cook) Phillips, both of whom were natives of Newfane, Vt., where they were reared and married. Soon afterward they removed to Warren County, N.Y. where were born and reared their children, and where they sepnt the remainder of their lives; the mother departing hence in 1835, and the father in April 1843. Their eldest son, Howard died when about 60 years old, and Dean still lives in Warren county NY; Harriet was first married to Hiram Burt, who died, and she then became the wife of Reuben Kinney; Franklin and Hiram are deceased; Ransom is a resident of Essex county NY; Eliza died when 5 years old; our subject was next to the youngest; Denzil died aged 3 years.

The parents of Mrs. Phillips wer Sardius and Polly (Woodard) Smith. The paternal grandfather, Thamer Cook, married Miss Sarah Smith. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. Phillips wer Noah and betsy (Spencer) Woodard, and all these were natives of Massachusetts.

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