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Granddaughter of William Walker Phillis
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William Walker Phillis was born on 1 September 1884 in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio to John Cyrus Phillis and Julia Ann Thomas Phillis.1 William’s middle name was most likely honoring his mother’s younger brother, Walker Thomas. Julia also had another brother named William.

Both of William’s grandmothers, Jemima Phillis and Jane Thomas, lived nearby in Guernsey County.2

John P. Phillis, Julia Phillis and Wm. Phillis Visit Mrs. Thomas, news article, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, 22 Nov 1883
“John P. Phillis, Julia Phillis and Wm. Phillis Visit Mrs. Thomas,” news article, Cambridge Herald (Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 26 Feb 1885, p. 3, col. 3.
W. W. Phillis reading paper on front porch
W. W. Phillis reading paper on front porch, Independence, Kansas, ca. 1950s; privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull

William grew up with his siblings on the family farm in Pleasant Valley, Guernsey County, Ohio.3

"W. W. Phillis Entertains Friends," news article, Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge, Ohio), 13 Mar 1902, p. 1, col. 4.
“W. W. Phillis Entertains Friends,” news article, Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge, Ohio), 13 Mar 1902, p. 1, col. 4.

In May 1904, William and his brother, Charlie, left Pleasant Valley to venture west; Will went to Kansas to work on a farm and Charlie went to St. Louis for a new career.4

After the family farm sold in Ohio, the rest of the family joined Will and they eventually made their homes in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.5

Willie and Charlie Phillis Head West to Kansas and Missouri, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, 12 May 1904
“Willie and Charlie Phillis Head West to Kansas and Missouri,” Cambridge Jeffersonian (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 12 May 1904, p. 8, col. 3.

The family first moved to a farm near Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas and began making friends in their new community.6 A few years later, the family moved to Dewey, Washington County Oklahoma, which is about 15 miles south of Caney.7

Will and his mother, Julia, traveled together to visit friends in Wichita in 1909. The family also had a Thanksgiving family reunion in 1909, with Will and all his brothers attending at his parents’ home.8

"W. W. Phillis Guests of Friends in Caney," news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 3 Sep 1908, p. 6, col. 3.
“W. W. Phillis Guests of Friends in Caney,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 3 Sep 1908, p. 6, col. 3.
"Mrs. J. C. Phillis and Son, W. W., Visit Near Wichita, Kansas," news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 21 Oct 1909, p. 5, col. 3.
“Mrs. J. C. Phillis and Son, W. W., Visit Near Wichita, Kansas,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 21 Oct 1909, p. 5, col. 3.
"A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return," news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.
“A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.

By 1910, William had moved to Caney and was working at a pump station.9

William Walker Phillis and Maggie Maude Graves marriage

William married Maggie Maude Graves on 12 July 1911.10 The couple moved to Hutchinson, Kansas for about six months and then returned to the Caney area.11 William and Maggie entertained Will’s brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Mabel Phillis, and visited Will’s family in Dewey. 12

"Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Phillis Visit David Hooper Family," news article, Caney (Kansas) Chronicle, 28 Jun 1912, p. 7., col. 2.
“Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Phillis Visit David Hooper Family,” news article, Caney (Kansas) Chronicle, 28 Jun 1912, p. 7, col. 2.
"Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Phillis Visit Relatives in Dewey," William and Maude Phillis news article, The Caney News (Caney, Kansas), 16 Feb 1912, p. 6, col. 4.
“Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Phillis Visit Relatives in Dewey,” William and Maude Phillis news article, The Caney News (Caney, Kansas), 16 Feb 1912, p. 6, col. 4.

Sadly, Maggie Maude soon became ill and died at the early age of 27 on 23 Mar 1913 in Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas. Maude is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, Kansas.13

William Walker Phillis and Myrtle Ivy Hooper marriage

William married second to Myrtle Ivy Hooper on 11 October 1913 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The couple was married by Theo N. Gayen, Pastor First Baptist Church of Bartlesville.14

Myrtle was the older sister of Mabel Hooper, who had married William’s brother, Fred Ewing Phillis, in 1909.15

W. W. Phillis and Myrtle Hooper Phillis and Mabel Hooper and Fred Phillis.1958
W. W. Phillis and Myrtle Hooper Phillis and Mabel Hooper and Fred Phillis. W. W. and Fred were brothers and Myrtle and Mabel were sisters, making their children double cousins. Nov 1958, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull
W. W. Phillis and Myrtle Hooper Phillis, dated October 1944, Ind
W. W. Phillis and Myrtle Hooper Phillis, dated October 1944, Independence, Kansas; privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

Oddly, both William and Myrtle had lost vision in one eye as children. It is unknown how William lost his sight. Myrtle lost her left eye as a child when struck by a pair scissors dropped by a sibling.16

W. W., as Myrtle referred to him, Myrtle, and daughter, Eleanor Marie, remained in Caney for several years and then moved to Independence, which is about 20 miles north of Caney, by 1920.17

In 1923, when Evelyn Lee was born, the family was residing in the Cotton Valley School District, in Washington County, Oklahoma.18

Myrtle Hooper Phillis and William Phillis, 9 July 1955
Myrtle Hooper Phillis and William Phillis. Back dated: “9 July 1955.” Privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.
W. W. Phillis reading paper on front porch
W. W. Phillis reading paper on front porch, Independence, Kansas, ca. 1950s. Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull

W. W. worked as a Field Services Manager for Cities Services Gas Company, and by 1930, the family moved to Altoona, Kansas.19

By 1935, the family had moved back to Independence, where William and Myrtle would live for the remainder of their lives.

Eleanor married Hanley Baird in 1939, and, in 1940, W. W., Myrtle, Eleanor, Hanley, and Evelyn were all living in the same household in Independence, near the Professional Building.20

By the mid-1940s, W. W. and Myrtle lived at 108 Sycamore in Independence with Evelyn and her husband, Ernest Faulkner, whom she wed in 1943. 21

W. W. and Myrtle moved to Eleanor and Hanley’s house at 1020 W. Maple in Independence when Eleanor and Hanley moved to California.22

Phillis family, at 308 N. 9th St, Independence
Hanley Baird, Eleanor Phillis Baird, Evelyn Phillis, Myrtle Hooper, W. W. Phillis at 308 N. 9th St, Independence

William Walker Phillis died at the age of 77 on 7 February 1962 in Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas and is buried at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kansas.23

William Walker Phillis obituary

William Phillis Dies Wednesday; Rites Saturday
William Walker Phillis, 77, resident of Independence since 1925, died at 6 o’clock Wednesday night at his home, 1020 W. Maple. He had been in failing health for some time. Funeral services are to be at 2 pm Saturday at the Webb Funeral Home. The Rev. Hobart Hilyard, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery at Caney.

Mr. Phillis was born on September 1, 1884, in Cambridge, Ohio a son of John and Julia (Thomas) Phillis. The family moved to Caney in 1905. For 17 years, Mr. Phillis was an employee of the Cities Service Gas Company.

In 1912, he and Myrtle I. Hooper were united in marriage at Bartlesville. They moved to Independence in 1925. Mr. Phillis was employed as a grocery clerk until his retirement.

Surviving with the widow, Myrtle, of the home are two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn P. Faulkner of this city, and Mrs. Eleanor M. Baird, Fairfield, Calif. Four brothers, Charles, Howard, and Clarence Phillis of Chicago and Fred Phillis, Ventura, Calif. also survive. Mr. Phillis was a member of the First Methodist Church.

“William Phillis Dies Wednesday, Rites Saturday,” obituary, Independence Reporter (Independence, Kansas) Reporter, Feb 1962.

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “William Walker Phillis,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Advenutures https://cooladventures.com/genealogy/william-walker-phillis-1884-1962/ : posted 2021).


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  1. Guernsey County, Ohio, Probate court, Record of Births, p. 16, no. 51, William W. Phillis. Also, “John P. Phillis, Julia Phillis and Wm. Phillis Visit Mrs. Thomas,” news article, Cambridge Herald (Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 26 Feb 1885, p. 3, col. 3.

  2. 1880 U.S. census, Cambridge Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 64, p. 58 (penned), sheet 40 (stamped), dwelling 541, Jemima Phillis household. Also,
    1870 U.S. census, Center Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, p. 7, sheet 40 (stamped), dwelling 54, Jane Thomas household. Also,
    “John P. Phillis, Julia Phillis and Wm. Phillis Visit Mrs. Thomas,” news article, Cambridge Herald (Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 26 Feb 1885, p. 3, col. 3.

  3. 1900 U.S. census, Cambridge Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 3, sheet 27-A, dwelling 223, family 223, John P. Philis.
    Will Philis, son, age 15, single; born Sept 1884, Ohio; attended school: 6 months.
    Also, “W. W. Phillis Entertains Friends,” news article, Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge, Ohio), 13 Mar 1902, p. 1, col. 4.

  4. “Willie and Charlie Phillis Head West to Kansas and Missouri,” news article, Cambridge Jeffersonian (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 12 May 1904, p. 8, col. 3.

  5. “J. C. Phillis of Cambridge Township Sells Farm to Mr. Anderson,” news article, Cambridge Jeffersonian (Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 9 Mar 1905, p. 4, col. 5. Also,
    “Farewell Dinner Held for Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillis,” news articleCambridge Jeffersonian, (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 23 Feb 1905, p. 1, col. 6. Also,
    “Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Phillis and Family Begin Move to Kansas” news articleCambridge Jeffersonian (Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio), 9 Mar 1905, p. 1, col. 3.

  6. 1905 Kansas state census, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, p. 5, dwelling 43, family 43, J. C. Phillis; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, 1905 Kansas Territory Census, roll: ks1905_104.
    W. W. Phillis, age 20.
    Also, “W. W. Phillis Visits Friends in Caney,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 5, col. 2.

  7. 1910 U.S. census, Dewey Township, Washington County, Oklahoma, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 255, sheet 19B, dwelling 389, John C. Phillis household.

  8. “W. W. Phillis Guests of Friends in Caney,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 3 Sep 1908, p. 6, col. 3. Also,
    “Mrs. J. C. Phillis and Son, W. W., Visit Near Wichita, Kansas,” news article, The Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 21 Oct 1909, p. 5, col. 3. Also,
    “A Family Reunion, Chas. S. and J. B. Phillis Return,” news articleThe Dewey World (Dewey, Oklahoma), 2 Dec 1909, p. 8, col. 1.

  9. 1910 U.S. census, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, ward 2, enumeration district (ED) 154, sheet 18-B, dwelling 384, family 494, W. T. Lynn household, Wm Phillis, boarder

  10. “Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935”, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, William W. Phillis-Maggie Maude Graves, 13 Jul 1911. Also,
    “Phillis-Graves Marriage License,” news article, Evening Star (Independence, Kansas), 13 Jul 1911, p. 2, col. 2.
    “Phillis-Graves Marriage License,” news article, Independence (Kansas) Daily Reporter, 13 Jul 1911, p. 5, col. 3.
    “W. W. Phillis in Independence,” news article, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 14 Jul 1911, p. 8, col. 1.
    “Graves-Phillis,” marriage announcement, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 14 Jul 1911, p. 1, col. 2.
    “William W. Phillis and Maude M. Graves Wed,” marriage announcement, The Dewey Sentinel (Dewey, Oklahoma), 28 Jul 1911, p. 8, col. 3.

  11. “Maggie Maude Graves Phillis,” obituary, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 04 Apr 1913, p. 8, col. 1.

  12. “Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Phillis Visit Relatives in Dewey,” William and Maude Phillis news article, The Caney News (Caney, Kansas), 16 Feb 1912, p. 6, col. 4. Also,
    “Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Phillis Visit David Hooper Family,” news articleCaney (Kansas) Chronicle, 28 Jun 1912, p. 7, col. 2.

  13. Maggie Maude Grave Phillis’ illness: “Mrs. W. W. Phillis Ill,” Maude Graves Phillis news article, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 7 Jun 1912, p. 4, col. 2.
    Death: “Maude Phillis Dies,” death notice, Coffeyville Weekly Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas), 28 Mar 1913, p. 6, col. 1.
    Funeral: “Maude Graves Phillis,” funeral notice, Cherryvale Republican (Cherryvale, Kansas), 26 Mar 1913, p 1, col. 3.
    Obituary: “Maggie Maude Graves Phillis,” obituary, The Caney Chronicle (Caney, Kansas), 04 Apr 1913, p. 8, col. 1.
    Burial: Headstone reads: Maude M. Wife of / W. W. Phillis / Mar. 26, 1884 / Mar. 23, 1913
    Find A Gravememorial 18151978, Maude M. Graves Phillis (184–1913), Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas; headstone photo by Sfpw, memorial managed by Christine Hindle (contributor 46886810).

  14. Washington County, Oklahoma, Marriage Records, p. 278, Phillis–Hooper, 11 Oct 1913.

  15. “Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935,” Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, Fred E. Phillis–Mabel Hooper, 19 May 1909.

  16. William Phillis noted as having one eye on draft registration card. United States World War I Draft Registration Card, William Walker Phillis, serial no. 2145, Local Draft Board no. 1, Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas.
    Myrtle Hooper Phillis had vision in only one eye, personal knowledge of the author. Cause of blindness was was told to her by her grandmother, Myrtle Ivy Hooper Phillis.

  17. 1915 Kansas state census, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, p. 14, dwelling 312, W. W. Phillis; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, 1915 Kansas Territory Census, roll: ks1915_155.
    1920 U.S. census, Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 195, sheet 5-B, dwelling 126, W. W. Phillis household.

  18. Oklahoma State Board of Health, birth certificate 301, Jefferson Township, Washington County, Evelyn Lee Phillis, 25 Sept 1923; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull.

  19. 1930 U.S. census, Cedar Township, Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 103-1, sheet 1-B, dwelling 24, family 20, William W. Phillis household.

  20. Marriage Records of Montgomery County, Kansas, no. H 13421, Baird-Phillis, 1939; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull. Also, 1940 U.S. census, Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 63-29, sheet 5-B, household 121, William Phillis household. Note: Census states residence was 308 N. 9th, however, they lived at 313 N. 9th [photos have house number visible; house has been torn down].

  21. Marriage Records of Montgomery County, Kansas, Marriage License no. J 49229 with return, Faulkner-Phillis, 1943; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull. Also, 1950 Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas City Census, population schedule 2, line 1, William W. Phillis household; State Board of Agriculture, population schedule and statistical rolls, Kansas State Historical Society, Archives Division, Topeka, Kansas, Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, Cities (1919-1961), reel no. 31984_254726. Also,
    1950 Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas City Census, population schedule 2, line 2, Ernest Faulkner household, 4 in family; State Board of Agriculture, population schedule and statistical rolls, Kansas State Historical Society, Archives Division, Topeka, Kansas, Population Schedules and Statistical Rolls, Cities (1919-1961), reel no. 31984_254726.

  22. 1961 Kansas state census, Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas, population schedule, line 10, William Phillis; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, Schedules and Statistical Rolls: Counties (1953-1979), reel no. 43877_343846.

  23. Kansas State Board of Health, Montgomery County, certificate of death, no. 62 002735 (1962),
    William Walker Phillis, 7 Feb 1962; Faulkner-Hull Family Papers, privately held by Kimberli Faulkner Hull. Also, “William Phillis Dies Wednesday, Rites Saturday,” obituary, Independence Reporter (Independence, Kansas) Reporter, Feb 1962. Also,
    Find A Gravememorial 18151978, William Walker Phillis (1884–1962), Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas; memorial managed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

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