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Frank Phillips, Joseph T. Phillips, Charles E. and Jennie (Phillips) Peck, Lansing

In 1870 Gratiot County, Michigan, "Parmer" Phillips is 47, Louisa 40, with Joseph 18, James 15, Hellen 14, Anna 11, Frank 10, Jennie 7, and Frances 2.

In 1880 Gratiot County, Palmer is 56, Louisa 51, Frank 20, and Jennie 18.

Joseph proved a quarter in 23, 3S 43W in 1896.

Frank proved up a quarter in 15, 3S 43W in 1895.

Charles proved up a quarter in 14, 3S 43W in 1895, right next to Frank.

When his father Palmer Robert Phillips 1823-June 17, 1898- died, Frank - of Cedar Lake, Michigan - was the informant. Palmer, per # 127121406, is buried in Fulton, Gratiot County. This memorial says he was born in Michigan - should be New Jersey.

Louisa 1830-1903 is buried in Phillips Cemetery, per # 50361294 - and # 50361171 says Parmer 1822-June 17, 1898 is buried in Phillips Cemetery.

"Mr. Phillips was 19 years old when he came to Michigan, Northville, Wayne County, to learn the trade of shoe making with his brother Peter. He made that his business for nine years. During that time his marriage occured, Dec. 15, 1847, to Lousia M. Bryant, at Livonia, Wayne County. Mrs. Philips was born June 7, 1830 in Weedsport New York, and is the daughter of John and Annie (Hodge) Bryant. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Phillips.

In 1900 Hamilton County, Nebraska, Joseph Phillips born April 1852 in Michigan, father NJ, mother NY, married 19 years to Sophia Dec 1861 Sweden. She's had two children, one living. Palmer R. was born Sept 1889 in Colorado.

Palmer Robert Phillips registered in Doniphan, Nebraska, born Sept 1889 at "Ray" Colorado.

The three are in Hamilton County in 1910 and 1920. In 1930 Sophia is widowed, with Palmer 40 still with her.

Joseph 1852-1920 - # 71088396, Sophia C 1851-1931 - 71088412, and Palmer 1889-1971 - # 71088427 - are all buried in the Giltner Cemetery, Hamilton County.

Also buried in Giltner Cemetery are Charles E. Peck 1857-1931 # 71088301 and Jennie E. 1862-1936 # 71088293.

In 1860 Gratiot County, Michigan, Elijah Peck is the county registar, 39, born in New York, with Sarah 34, also New York. They have Rufus 7, Rosella 5, Frank 4, Chas 3, and Leroy 1, all five born in Michigan.

In 1870 Gratiot County, Elijah is the probate judge, with Rufus L. 17, Rosella S. 15, Frank E. 14, Chas E. 12, and Leroy W. 11.

Elijah - 1820-1908 is buried in Scottville, Mason County Michigan, per # 22026802.

In 1885 Gratiot County "Ithaca - 1885, Oct 4 - The residence of Charles E. Peck, in Upper Ithaca, was destroyed by fire this morning, with most of the contents, including $50 in cash. The house was insured."

One Ancestry tree says Nina Blanche Peck, born Nov 4, 1886 at Wray, Yuma County, Colorado, died Aug 8, 1887. That matches the Nina Peck 1886-1887 that # 51283789 has buried in Lansing Valley, Yuma County.

In 1900 Boulder County, C. E., born July 1857 and Jennett July 1862, both Michigan , are farming, married 14 years. She said she'd had one child, none living.

Charles E. Peck, 28, married Jennie Phillips, 23, at Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan January 24, 1886. Both were born in Gratiot County. Charles E. Peck proved up a quarter in 14, 3S 43W in 1895. In 1910 Weld County, Charles Peck is farming, 53, born in Michigan, married 24 years to Jannie 47 Michigan. She’s had two children, one living. Charlie 9 was born in Colorado. In 1920 Charles, Jennie, and Charley are farming in Lafayette, Colorado- only a few miles from Erie.

In 1930 they're in Hamilton County, Nebraska - Charles E. 72, Jennie L. 68. Charles E. Jr. is 29, married to Myrtle D. 29, born in Nebraska, and they have Frank W. 3 born in Nebraska.

Charles E. Peck # 71088301 1857-1931 and Jennie E. Peck 1862-1936 are buried in Giltner, Nebraska.

She's probably the daughter of Andrew and Grace Lillian Shaw Grace is probably the daughter of Lemiah Shaw 1828-1910 buried in Giltner # 79393014.

- Andrew is buried in Giltner. # 81526463 says "Son of Isaac and Emaline Nelson. Married Grace Lillian Shaw, 1897. Daughters Nellie, Margaret, Mary, Mrs Myrtle Peck, Mrs Gladys Falkers, Mrs Faye Juett; Sons Earl, Merle. "

This is a brother of Myrtle "Earl Ervin Nelson, the son of Andrew and Grace (Shaw) Nelson, was born at Giltner, Nebraska on November 18, 1916, and passed away at Aurora, Nebraska, on March 11, 1988, at the age of 71 years, 3 months and 23 days. His childhood was spent in the Giltner area, and he later moved to Aurora, where he has since lived. Most of his life he was a laborer. For the past few years, he has resided at the Bethesda Care Center in Aurora. Earl had no known survivors. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters. " In 1940 Lafayette, Colorado Charles, a coal miner, and Myrtle, both 39, have Frank 13.

Charles Edmund Peck - 1900-1968 is buried in Lafayette, Colorado # 85079126, with Myrtle Dell (Nelson) Peck 1900-1973.


On September 1, 1891 in Cedar Lake, Montcalm County, Michigan, Frank Phillips 31, son of P.R. Phillips and Louisa Bryant, married Nettie Nelson, 29, daughter of Wm. S. Nelson and Harriet McHenry.

In 1900 Montcalm County, Michigan, Frank Phillips, born March 1860, married nine years to Nettie Nov 1861, both Michigan. They have Eugene Nov 1896 Colorado and Dick Oct 1898 Michigan.

In 1910 Montcalm County, Frank is 50, Nettie N. 48, Walter J. 14, Richard G. 11, Don R. 9, and Arthur 5.

Dick Gladwin Phillips registered in Prescott, Nevada County, Arkansas, farming with father. Mother was Nettie M. Phillips of Nevada County.

Also in Prescott was Walter Phillips, born April 25, 1896 in "Datta" Colorado, farming with father, in poor health.

These might be related, but sure don't seem to be the same immediate family. This Walter ended up in Alameda County, California, in Denver for 1910 and 1920 census, while the other Walter was in Arizona.

In 1920 Frank and Nettie are farming in Maricopa County, Arizona, with Walter 23 Colorado, Richard 21 Michigan, Don 18 Michigan, and Arthur 15 Michigan.

Frank -1860-1927 is buried in Greenwood Memory, Phoenix # 58876297.

In 1930 Los Angeles County, Donald is 29, a mechanic, and widowed mother Nettie 68 is with her. So are Walter 34 and Arthur 25.

In 1940 Los Angeles Arthur is the head, 35, with Nettie 76, Walter 44, and Don 39. They said they were in Arizona in 1935.

Nettie 1861-1957 is also buried in Phoenix # 58876303.

Richard Phillips is in Tempe, Arizona in 1930, 31, married to Melissa, 21.

Richard Phillips is in Imperial California in 1940, 41, married to Melissa, 20 ?, born in Arizona. He was in Long Beach in 1935.

In 1945 Long Beach, Dick G. (Malesa) is a machinist, living at 1665 Cota Avenue.

Dick G. Phillips, born Oct 6, 1898 in Michigan, died Oct 25, 1983 in Los Angeles County, mother's name Nelson.\ Nettie's sister :Mary Nelson Collins, born January 24, 1864. in Arcada Township, Gratiot County , Michigan; died at Yucaipa, California, February 20, 1956. She was baptized at the age of sixteen, and most of her life was spent at Cedar Lake. Michigan. On March 27, 1902, Mary Nelson was united in marriage with Irven M. Collins, who passed away December 28, 1909. Surviving are 3 sisters, Mrs . Nettie Phillips, Miss Jennie Nelson, and Mrs. E. M. Fishell; two nieces and five nephews.

Lake Union Herald 20 Mar 1956

On March 27, 1902, Irwin M. Collins was united in marriage to Mary Nelson, daughter of William S. Nelson, who was the founder of the town of Cedar Lake, Michigan, and a prominent lumberman of that town. He was born on July 6, 1837, in Palmyra, Lenawee county, Michigan, and is the son of Judge Francis Nelson, one of the pioneers of Gratiot county, Michigan, where he located as early as 1854, and of which county he held the office of judge of probate for twelve years. William S. Nelson enjoyed the advantages of a good common-school education, and also studied for several terms in the colleges at Hillsdale and Kalamazoo, Michigan. On October 28, 1860, he was married to Harriet McHenry, of St. Louis, Michigan. He purchased a large farm in Arcade, Gratiot County, Michigan, on which he resided for sixteen years. This place was disposed of in 1876, and he then removed to Cedar Lake, Michigan, where a business partnership was formed with James T. Hall."

In 1870 Gratiot County, Wm. Nelson is 32, Harriet 26, with Jennett 8, Mary 6, and Fanny 1.

The Seventh-Day Adventist church of Cedar Lake was organized on July 3, 1879, with the following charter members : Francis Nelson, Anna E. Nelson, Whitman Flail, Samira Nickols. Charlotte Webster, Elvira Webster, Herbert Castle, Eliza Castle, Alary A. Morey. William S. Nelson, Harriet Nelson, Andrew Fierce. Mary Fierce and Myrel Fierce. Elder Francis Nelson was the first minister to serve the church, but they have no resident elder.

Thanks to Margie Conner "The man who built the home with the two-story outhouse was William Nelson. He owned a prosperous logging company and was first to settle in that neck of the woods. There was a small town about a mile up the road from where he settled, most of which is now gone. It was called Shorter Town. William Nelson platted (did the subdivision of land) and registered the town of Cedar Lake. The current town is not a bit like his platting. The Nelson home was NEVER a hotel. All my life I was told that it was a hotel, but in my research I didn't find any evidence for this claim. It has been a number of things, i.e. a barrel factory, a honey house and a general store. William Nelson had a general store in the lower part of his building. He also had his office there. The upper part and possibly the back of the building were his family's personal dwelling. As owner of a logging company, Nelson had many men who worked for him. Most were single and were in and out of the store and his office. To keep his seven daughters (he had no sons) apart from the riff-raff of the society they lived around, Mr. Nelson built the two-story outhouse -- the upper story to be used by his family and the lower level to be used by the general public."

In 1880 Montcalm County, Michigan, Wm. S. is 43, Harriet 36, Emma J. 18, Mary C. 16, Laurie 11, and Myrta 1.

In 1900 - on the same census page as Frank and Nettie Phillips, William S. Nelson July 1837 Michigan and Harriet L. Aug 1845 New York have been married 39 years. They have Mary E. June 1864, Nina Oct 1880, Jennie Dec 1883, and Nellie June 1886, all four born in Michigan.

Jennie Nelson graduated from St. Louis high school in Gratiot County in 1886.

Harriet L. Nelson 1845-1903 is buried in Portland, Oregon # 44867334, with William S. Nelson 1837-1903 # 55859674. Nellie Fishell, born January 20, 1886 in Michigan, died Sept 4, 1988 in Riverside County, California, mother McHenry, father Nelson.


Died in Loma Linda, California, July 16, 1963, Miss Jennie Edith Nelson, 1042 South 3rd Street, Calimesa, California, aged 79 years, native of Montcalm, Michigan, and resident of Calimesa for 8 years. Deceased is survived by 1 sister: Mrs. Nellie N. Fishell, Calimesa, California. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Emmerson Valley Mortuary, Loma Linda chapel. Elder Fredrick Lee and Elder E. H. Emmerson, of the Seventh Day Adventist church, officiating. Interment in Montecito Memorial Park."

Jeannie Phillips 1883-1887 has a concrete marker in Lansing Valley Cemetery # 52183992. "Base vandalized in 2004, marker dates may be incorrect"

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