Arthur Phillips married Edith Laura Holloway. He was from Swansea. She was from Southampton.

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Arthur Phillips married Edith Laura Holloway on 28th November 1918 at St John’s church in Swansea. The church was just down the road from Arthur’s mother’s house. Nothing curious about two people getting married you might think but my first question after finding their marriage was – did they have any children? One of the enduring tasks I have in researching my now rather large Phillips family was to see if my brother Adam, and now is son William who is two and a half years old, are the last in the line to carry on the Phillips name. Every line so far has died out for various reasons.

Arthur, and his brother Lloyd Phillips, are the last two lines I had to confirm and as you can imagine, researching the Phillips name in Wales has not been an easy task.

So the parish record for their marriage threw up a couple of more questions in addition to the children one.

Arthur Phillips and Edith Holloway marriage record 28.11.1918

Arthur Phillips and Edith Holloway marriage record 28.11.1918

1. Arthur’s profession was shown as “serving in the Canadian forces”. Canada? Long way from Swansea in Wales.

2. Edith’s home address was given as 7 Woodside Road, Portswood Park, Southampton. Southampton? Quite a long way from Swansea in Wales.

I learnt from a relative of Edith that she had been sent to Swansea to work in munitions as part of the war effort . OK, question 2 above solved!

The key to tracing Arthur and Edith lay in their home addresses. I was able to use these addresses to confirm the records I found related to the people I was looking for.

Albert’s home address was 39 Aberdybethi Street, Swansea

Edith’s home address as I have mentioned was 7 Woodside Road, Portswood Park, Southampton.

I found a passenger list that showed Arthur travelling on the Dominion from Liverpool 12th February 1914. He gave his home address as 39 Aberdybethi Street Swansea although he listed his father as his next of kin but his father, William, died in 1911. Curiously he stated he was a farmer. All the records I have found for him show him to have been a painter, a profession he resumed on his final return from Canada.

Arthur Phillips US Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists 1914

Arthur Phillips US Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists 1914

There is a second passenger list for the same journey to Canada. On this one Arthur has declared himself as Canadian and that he had been in Canada previously for a year between 1912-1913. Bit odd to say he was British on one and Canadian on the other – another mystery top solve!

Arthur Phillips Canadian Passenger Lists 1914

Arthur Phillips Canadian Passenger Lists 1914

I next found Arthur and Edith returning from Canada in 1920 when they sailed from New York on the Adriatic 15th February 1920. Their destination is shown as 7 Woodside Road, Southampton – Edith’s family home.

Arthur and Edith UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1920

Arthur and Edith UK Incoming Passenger Lists 1920

As they do not appear to be travelling with any children, curiosity got the better of me and I checked for any births in Southampton after 1920 with the surname Phillips and mother’s maiden name as Holloway. There was one entry and it was in 1920.

Their son, William Harold Phillips, was born in the June quarter of 1920. Edith was clearly heavily pregnant on that final return journey from Canada. What a journey that must have been for her. I am going to make a massive assumption that their son was named after Arthur’s brother, also William Harold Phillips, who sadly died at 7 months old. His burial to was another discovery I made when checking the parish records of Holy Trinity, Ystalyfera. This cemetery is becoming a bit of a major Phillips  family resting place as we now have Mary Jane Phillips in 1874, Ruth Phillips in 1879 and William Harold Phillips in 1904.

Could William H Phillips born in 1920 give me a lead on surviving male heirs in the Phillips family? No. Sadly this was also to be another line that stopped with his death on 18th Dec 1945. He was a second Lieutenant serving with the Royal Engineers number 337673. He very sadly passed away in India not long before he was due to be repatriated to the UK. He was buried in Thailand and never married or had children.

I have learnt that Arthur did not take the news of his son’s death well. He too passed away shortly after on Christmas Eve 1946 although his probate record shows he died on 5th January 1947. I await the delivery of his death certificate and I assume that 5th January was the date his death was actually registered due to the holiday season. Arthur had remained in Southampton on his return from Canada and his final address was 1 Westfield House, Mansbridge Road, Southampton.

Arthur Phillips probate 1947

Arthur Phillips probate 1947

Probate was granted to his two brother-in-laws, Edmund George Musselwhite and George Frank Mansfield who he also worked with as a painter and decorator.

So my quest to find an additional male Phillips line to that of my brother and nephew does continue…… although I am rapidly running out of options!

 

 

 

Mary Jane Phillips 1869 to 1874

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Those of you that already carry out your own family history research will understand when I talk about the times that you leave a tree alone for a while thinking you have found everything you can until one day you take another peek and instantly resolve outstanding “niggles” that you have had for a while. Mary Jane Phillips, my great grand aunt, was one of those niggles.

Mary Jane Phillips b. 1869 or not as I later discovered.

Mary Jane Phillips b. 1869 or not as I later discovered.

I had been sent a batch of lovely family photographs from newly discovered family that live in Colorado, USA. Amongst them there was this photo that was titled “Mary Jane Bendle-Phillips”. I committed the Cardinal sin of genealogy and assumed! I added the photo to Mary Jane Phillips in my tree and for years I couldn’t find out anything more on her save her birth and baptism in Hubberston, Pembrokeshire and her residing with her family in the 1871 census, living at 237 Alltygurig Road, Ystalyfera, Glamorgan.

Mary Jane Phillips birth certificate 21.12.1869

Mary Jane Phillips birth certificate 21.12.1869

The copied page from the parish register showing Mary's baptism (last entry on the page).

The copied page from the parish register showing Mary’s baptism (last entry on the page).

Mary Jane at home, 237 Alltygrug Road, Ystalyfera with her father William, mother Ruth and brothers Thomas and William. What is quite sad is that by the next census in 1881 both Mary's mother Ruth and her brother Thomas will also have died.

Mary Jane at home, 237 Alltygurig Road, Ystalyfera with her father William, mother Ruth and brothers Thomas and William. What is quite sad is that by the next census in 1881 both Mary’s mother Ruth and her brother Thomas will also have died.

That was it. I could find no mention of her in later census returns, no marriage, nothing. But she had to be somewhere didn’t she as I had that photograph? The photo is why I never even considered that she may have died at an early age.

Years later and being a lot wiser I started to reconsider Mary. Prompted by the release on Find My Past of parish records for Glamorgan I took another look. I looked for burials between 1871 and 1881 as I knew she was on the 1871 census but I was not able to find her on the 1881. One entry shone out at me like a lighthouse in fog! There was a Mary Jane Phillips that had been buried at Holy Trinity, Ystalyfera on 6th April 1874. I knew Mary’s mother Ruth had been buried at Holly Trinity in 1879 and as it turns out, the burial records for Holy Trinity later shut the door on a few other niggles that I had with the tree.

Mary Jane Phillips burial record for Holy Trinity, Ystalyfera, Glamorgan

Mary Jane Phillips burial record for Holy Trinity, Ystalyfera, Glamorgan

Only 4 years old, could this be my Mary?

I sent off for the death certificate and when it arrived, there it was. The answer I had been looking for. Yes it was my Mary.

Mary Jane Phillips death certificate 04.04.1874

Mary Jane Phillips death certificate 04.04.1874

At four years old she had died from measles that she seems to have suffered with for three weeks. A further contributory factor in her death was bronchitis.  Her father William at the time of her death was shown as a haulier in  the iron works which I know from visiting the area was located further down the road (and a steep hill) from where they lived. He has signed with his mark showing he was unable to write.

I have visited Holy Trinity church yard, in the search of Ruth, and only the upper layer where the church once stood was accessible. The lower levels and the likely resting place for Ruth, and it seems Mary, was completely overgrown by brambles. Quite sad really.

1940 American Census for Albert Phillips

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Albert Phillips Snr in the 1940 American census (line 42)

Colorado is one of the latest states to have been transcribed and indexed in the 1940 American census.

Here we find Albert Snr, Diana and Albert Jnr living on their peach ranch in Mesa, Colorado on 1st April 1940.

It reveals interesting facts such as during the week 24-30 March 1940 Albert Snr worked a 48hr week and in 1939 he worked a full 52 weeks throughout the year. He received an income from the farm of $850.00 or more for 1939.

The value of the farm given by Albert was $1500.00.

Line 48 shows Harrison Hodgson (below, left), Margaret Hodgson, nee Jenkins, and their daughter Beth Ann Hodgson. Margaret was the sister of Diana Jenkins who married Albert Phillips.

Beth Ann Hodgson

Harrison Hodgson