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Mathias Philipps Family

Mathias PHILIPPS was born 2 Oct 1841 in Geisfeld, Trier District, Rheinland-Pfalz, Prussia.  He emigrated with his parents on the Ship Albana from Antwerp, Belgium to New York City, arriving 29 July 1846.  The family moved to Meeme township, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin by 1848, possibly living for a short time in Milwaukee, WI.

His parents were Peter PHILIPPS (8 Oct 1804 Geisfeld - 23 Aug 1868 Meeme, WI) and Gertrude KNIPPEL (1 June 1807 Gusenburg, Trier District, Rheinland, Prussia - 18 Oct 1892 Meeme, WI). They are both buried in St. Fidelis Catholic Cemetery, Meeme, WI with no headstones. Peter was the son of Nicholas Philipps and Anna KNOP of Geisfeld.  Peter had at least 3 siblings: Joannes (1809), Michael (1811) and Maria (1812).  On the passenger list of 1846, Peter lists "tailor" as his occupation.

Parents of Peter Philipps: Nikolaus Philipps (14 Mar 1771 Reinsfeld, Rheinland, Prussia - 6 Mar 1837, Geisfeld, Rheinland, Prussia) and Anna Knop (28 Feb 1773, Geisfeld, Rheinland, Prussia).

Parents of Nikolaus Philipps: Michael Philipps (Jan 1740, Reinsfeld, Rheinland, Prussia - 16 Feb 1806, Reinsfeld) and Helena Eyden (abt 1741 - 25 Nov 1773 Reinsfeld).  Michael's parents were: Peter Philipps (1702 Reinsfeld - ) and Eva Weber (abt 1702 Reinsfeld - )

Parents of Gertrude Knippel: Johann Knippel (28 July 1755, Gusenburg, Rheinland-Saarburg, Prussia - 17 Mar 1821, Gusenburg) and Maria Osburg (28 May 1774, Gusenburg, Rheinland-Saarburg, Prussia - 24 May 1841 Gusenburg)

Children of Peter and Gertrude:

  • Nicholas (3 April 1833 Geisfeld - 25 April 1893 Meeme, WI) married abt 1862 Catherine Nigg (22 Nov 1842 Prussia - 4 Feb 1887) They had 12 children.

  • Peter (5 June 1835 Geisfeld - 17 Feb 1917 WI) married 23 Mar 1860 Anna Sophia Gross (20 Aug 1841 Prussia - 18 Aug 1915,  Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI) They had 12 children.

  • Mathias(22 Feb 1838 Geisfeld - 17 Dec 1838 Geisfeld) 

  • Adam (6 Oct 1839 Geisfeld - 4 Feb 1887 WI Meeme,WI) married 10 April 1866 Albertina Helena Schneider (21 Mar 1844 -) They had 14 children

  • Mathias (2 Oct 1841 Geisfeld - 27 Dec 1894, Menominee, MI) married 20 May 1869 Barbara Tils (1 Nov 1852 Richfield, Dodge, WI - 9 Mar 1924, Bloomington, McLean, IL) They had 5 children

  • Andrew (abt 1842 Geisfeld - died before 1846, in Germany)

  • Helena (5 Jan 1845 Geisfeld-)

  • Andres (6 May 1848 Wisconsin - 15 Nov 1900 Meeme, WI) married 28 Jan 1883 Rosalia Elizabetha Shlensky (20 Oct 1860 WI - 30 May 1926 Meeme, WI) They had 10 children.

Nicholas was drafted into the 11th Wisconsin Infantry, Co I on 9/30/1864.  He was 32 and a farmer with brown eyes, brown hair and 5'8" tall.  He's buried in St. Fidelis Catholic Cemetery.

Peter was drafted into the 45th Wisconsin Infantry, Co B and promoted to Sergeant. When enlisting, he was 29, married, a blacksmith with blue eyes, brown hair and 5'5" tall.

From Peter's obituary in the Kaukauna Sun, Feb 22, 1917 

For nineteen years, Mr. Philipps was postmaster at Meeme, and was also secretary of the Meeme Mutual Home Protection Fire Insurance company for seven years.  H was elected to the state assembly from the first district of Manitowoc count in 1882.  In 1890, he retired from what had been his chief avocations, farmer and blacksmith, and removed to Kaukauna and had lived here ever since, a period of twenty-seven years, residing always in the home which he built upon his arrival here.

After coming to Kaukauna Mr. Philipps was appointed post master by Dr. H. B. Tanner, first Republican mayor of the city of Kaukauna, and held this office under succeeding Republican cit administrations.  He served as supervisor from the Third ward of Kaukauna for ten years, being elected several times without opposition.  In 1908, he was elected to the assembly from this district.

Adam was drafted into the 32nd Wisconsin Infantry, Co E and is buried in St. Wendell's Catholic Cemetery, Manitowoc county, WI. 

Mathias was drafted in 1863 but appears to have left town instead.  He is in Marinette, Marinette County, WI in the 1870 census, relocating to Menominee County, MI after 1874 where he died in the woods on 27 Dec 1894. He was buried in Spalding, Menominee, MI.  He married Barbara TILS in Brown county in 1869. Her parents were Jacob and Anna Regina Christina TILS.  Barbara  is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, IL. no tombstone.

The TILS Family:

The TILS family was living in Richfield, Washington county, Wisconsin during the 1860 census.  Christina was previously married to Jacob SILBACH and they had 3 girls: Philipina (1843), Maria (1847) and Elisabetha (1849).  The first two girls were born in the Koblenz area of Rheinland, Prussia.  Elisabetha was  born after they arrived in Wisconsin. 

Jacob TILS (19 April 1811, Rheinbach, Rheinland, Prussia - after 1860). His parents were Adolph TILS, a farmer, and Marie Helene FRIESSEM (Joannes Wilhelm FRIESSEM and Marie Margaret KERTZMAN of Flerzheim, Rheinland, Prussia).  His brother, Johann Joseph TILS arrived before him on the Belgian Bark Emma in 1843 and lived in Richfield at the time of the 1850 census.  He moved shortly afterwards to Winona, MN.  Jacob TILS applied for citizenship in 1848 in Milwaukee and filed his final paper in 1857 in Richfield, Washington County, WI.  He died sometime after 1860.  It appears the family moved to Marinette, WI where Philipina married Adolph KUECHENBERG and Barbara married Mathias PHILIPPS.  Philipina and Adolph moved to Theresa, Dodge county, WI by 1875.

Barbara's mother, Anna Regina Christina (unknown) SILBACH, TILS, died March 26th, 1892 in Juneau, Dodge County, WI and is buried in the city cemetery there under the name Christina Dils. 

Philipina SILBACH married Adolph G. KUECHENBERG in 1863.
Maria SILBACH married Peter VOSS in 1865 and moved to Pierson, 
    Montcalm county, Michigan after 1872.
Elisabeth SILBACH married Charles MUELLER/MILLER and moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota after 1880.

Barbara's younger sister, Wilhelmina (1854) disappeared after the 1860 census.

PHILLIPS Family:

 These are the children found listed in the 1880 federal census for Mathias and Barbara PHILIPPS:

  • Andrew (May 1870, Marinette, WI - prob. Miami, FL) married abt 1902 Harriet Hudson (21 Nov 1868, Canada - 21 Nov 1910 Escanaba, Delta, MI) They had 2 children: Catherine J. born abt 1904 MI and John O. (Jack) born abt 1907 MI.  According to the family, Andrew moved to Miami.
  • George (Sept 1872, Marinette, WI. - prob. Miami, FL) married 1918 Mary C. (abt 1880 MI - Miami?)  They moved to Miami before the 1920 census.
  • Frederick William (21 July 1874, Marinette, WI. - 31 Dec 1951, Quinnesec, Dickinson, MI) married 18 Mar 1909 Mary (Mayme) Stanton (8 Dec 1881 De Pere, Brown, WI - 5 Jan 1970 Milwaukee, WI)  They had 4 boys.  Frederick had 4 children with a prior wife.
  • Margaret E. (Aug, 1878, Menominee, MI. - 25 Feb 1925, Miami, Dade, FL) buried in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL no tombstone.  She remained single.  After her mother died, she and Mary went to Miami to live with their brother, George.  When she died, she was shipped by train to Bloomington to be buried next to her mother.
  • Mary J. (21 Feb 1881, Menominee, MI. - prob. Miami, FL)  She moved to Miami, FL after her mother died in 1924 and is listed on the 1930 census, living with George.  The 1920 census lists her as single but also lists a daughter under her name, June, born abt 1904.  This is still a mystery.

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Frederick William Phillips
1874-1951
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Frederick William PHILLIPS worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad for 55 years.  He finished his career as the depot agent in Quinnesec, MI.  He had 4 children with his first wife, Lilly MUSSEN (1883-1907).  They married 21 Oct 1901 and she died in childbirth in 1907 when Lillian was born.  

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Mayme Stanton Phillips and son, Claude
(8 Dec 1881-5 Jan 1970)

He married his second wife, Mary "Mayme" STANTON, on 18 March 1909 in Menominee, WI. and had four boys.  Her parents were Ulick STANTON (1840 Ireland - Spalding, Menominee, MI) and Rose MCNELLIS (1855 Scranton, PA - 1913 Duluth, MN).  Ulick's parents were Michael and Bridge STANTON.  Rose's parents were Dennis and Catherine (CARR) McNellis.  They were married at St Vincent de Paul, Minersville, Schuylkill, PA 4 Dec 1849).  See STANTON and MCNELLIS for more.

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The Phillips Children.  
From left Herbert, Claude, Gladys, George and Fred (Fritz)
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 Children of Mary and Fred:

  •     Gladys Margaret (George) Koch (4 Nov 1902, Wilson, MI - 2 Oct, 1974, Milwaukee, WI.)
  •     Herbert Frederick (23 June 1904, Wilson - 1 Dec 1971, Milwaukee, WI.)
  •     Frederick C (31 Dec 1905, Wilson - 6 Apr 1979 Royal Oaks, MI)
  •     Lillian Joyce (John) Dean (1 Nov 1907, Wilson - 27 May 1994, MD.)
  •     George Stanton (24 Aug 1909, Wilson - Dec, 1954, Quinnesec, MI.)
  •     Claude H (May, Lucille) (1 Apr 1911 - 21 Dec 1963, Kingsford, MI)
  •     Marvin Mathias (Ruth) (14 Aug 1918, Wilson - 20 Feb 1967, Jackson, MI.)
  •     Leonard William (Dorothy), (22 Jan 1920 - 15 Aug 1976, Milwaukee, WI).

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 Fred Phillips and Crew

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Marvin Mathias Phillips
(14 Aug 1918 - 20 Feb 1967)

Please email me if you have any questions or additional information regarding these families.

Links of Interest to Phillips Family History:
Stanton and McNelis Family
McNellis Homepage
O'Doherty Clan Homepage

Manitowoc County Online

Last Updated: December 2007