ALFRED PHILLIPS, who owns and operates ninety acres of land on section 12, Peach Orchard Township, has the honor of being a native of Illinois. He was born January 15, 1857, near Caledonia, Putnam County, and is a worthy representative of one of the pioneer families of that county. His parents were George and Jane (Lights) Phillips. His father was born in England and when thirteen years of age came to the United States. His mother was born in Chester County, Pa. They came to Illinois in 1837, locating near Magnolia, Putnam County, where Mr. Phillips built a flouring-mill on the bank of Sandy Creek. He also built a sawmill on Clear Creek. Until 1863, he made his home in that county and then removed to La Salle County, where he purchased a farm, upon which he made his home one year. The year 1864 witnessed his arrival in Ford County. He purchased all of section 12, Peach Orchard Township, and in the fall of the same year bought one hundred and sixty acres more on section 16. Upon his farm, he made his home until his death in 1869. In 1866, he served his township as Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Odd Fellows' fraternity. Mrs. Phillips died in 1865.

The family numbered seven children: Catherine, wife of John Thackary, a farmer residing in Peach Orchard Township; Jane, wife of George H. Warner, of Normal, Ill.; Mary, deceased, wife of William Baxter; George, who is living in Melvin, Ill.; Alfred, of this sketch; Susan, wife of Frank Thompson, a retired farmer residing in Melvin, and Abraham L., an attorney at law of Gibson City.

We now take up the personal history of our subject, who in his youth attended the district schools and acquired a practical English education. He began life for himself in 1875, when eighteen years of age. He engaged in farming for himself for two years, after which he worked as a farm hand by the month. Throughout his entire life, he followed agricultural pursuits and has been very successful in his business dealings. After his marriage, he removed to the farm on which he has since resided, and in connection with its cultivation carries on stock-raising. His landed possessions are quite extensive. He owns ninety-eight and one-half acres in his home farm, eighty acres on section 8, Peach Orchard Township, a like amount in Dix Township and one hundred and twenty acres in Wall Township.

September 29, 1879. Mr. Phillips married Miss Sarah, daughter of John and Lizzie Brooks, and they began their domestic life upon the farm which is still their home. Their union has been blessed with one daughter, Edna, who was born January 23, 1884. The parents are highly respected people of this community and have many warm friends. In his political affiliations, Mr. Phillips is a Republican.

Extracted 14 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, page 202.

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