Jacob Thomas Phillips (1843-Feb. 1913) was born in South Carolina and his wife, Amelia (Millie) Scruggs Phillips (1842-Mar. 1913) was also born in South Carolina. They died within a month of each other and are buried in Mars Hill Cemetery, south of Crockett, Ark. in Clay County.
They were married in Blount Co., Ala. On April 7, 1861, and Jacob enlisted in the Confederate Army in Alabama with the 26th and 50th Infantry at the age of 18. He fought in the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6 and 7, 1862; in the struggle of Corinth, Miss., and in Helena, Ark. After the war the couple settled in Johnson County, Tenn. in 1866.
In December, 1867 they left Tennessee and traveled by flatboat on the following rivers to New Madrid, Mo.: Elk River, Tennessee River, Cumberland River, Ohio River to Cairo, Illinois, Mississippi River to Point Pleasant, now known as New Madrid, Mo. They traveled the Pole Road to Dunklin Co., Mo. and crossed the St. Francis River at Brown’s Ferry and arrived near Crockett, Arkansas March 5, 1868.
Jacob Thomas Phillips was licensed to preach in Jonesboro, Ark. in 1872 by the Methodist Conference M. E. South. He was a blacksmith on the 1880 Census, and then he went into the Mercantile business at Boydsville. A few years later he opened a general store at Marmaduke, Ark. which was operated by T. D. Phillips, his son, for several years. Jacob remained in business in Boydsville until his death March 3, 1913.
Jacob Thomas and Millie had nine children with six still living in 1930. The children were Nancy Mary Jane, Sarah Ann B., James Monroe, Amelia Millie Ellen, Thomas Daniel, John Wesley, Aaa Bell Sisley, William Joe, and Nathaniel Phillip.
Nancy Mary Jane Phillips (1862-1930), daughter of Jacob and Millie, was born in Blount Co., Ala. and is buried in Mars Hill Cemetery as Mary Hutchison. She was first married to William Henry Hall about 1882 and had Elbert Hall, Maude Mae Hall-Burton, and Joseph Marion Hall. Her second marriage was to Wilson Riley Pendergrass in 1984, and they had George Preston and Beulah Pendergrass. Mary’s third marriage in 1903 was to James Madison Hutchison, and they had Julia, Thaddis, and Grace Hutchison Johns. James had a son, William Hutchison, by a first marriage.
James Monroe Phillips (1866-1942), son of Jacob and Millie, was born at Crockett, Ark. and is buried at Mars Hill, and he was pastor at Rock Springs. HE was married in March, 1885 to Mary Jane Watson and they had twelve children. (1) Elbert Phillips (1885-1938) who married Vona Pinkston. (2) Nellie Jean (1886-1971) married an Ogles. (3) Iva Phillips (1889-1971) married a Wells, a Jenkins, a Markum, H. H. Ward, and John Henry McCracken. (4) Thomas (Tom) T. Phillips (1890-1969) married Mollie Millikin in 1913 and they had Louis Lee, Estell Morrow, and Junior Marion Phillips. (5) Lewis J. Phillips (1892- ). (6) Millie Francis (1894-1983) married Mearl M. Parrish and had seven children. (7) Daniel Edward Phillips (1895-1964) married Augie Pearl Birchett and had Edward, Norman, Buel, Bill, and Evadean Phillips. (8) James Walter Phillips (1897-1973). (9) Odis Ervin Phillips (1905-1969) married Georgia Bradberry and Jewell Greene Cooper. (10) Odle Mae Phillips (1907- ) married Argus Oliver. (11) Ira Lee Phillips died at about age one. (12) Lessie Lorene (1911-2001) married Alonzo A. Toombs and they are buried at Cummins Chapel.
Amelia (Millie) Ellen Phillips (1869-1942) married Andrew Harrison Parrish and they are buried at Mars Hill.
Thomas Daniel Phillips (1872-1897) married Dora King and died in Tulsa, Oka.
John Wesley Phillips (1874-1908) married Nannie Louise Gribble and had John William, Dewey Lawrence, Joseph Kermitt, Tom, and Wayne. Nannie later married a Bradberry.
Ada Bell Sisley Phillips (1876-1894) married George M. Watson and had Eunice Pardew Dinning, Clyde, Nellie Mamie, Arlie, and Ruth Parish. Ada’s second marriage was to Theodore Lawrence. Ada and George are buried in Hardin’s Cemetery.
William Joe Phillips (1878-1949) was a mayor of Rector and had Phillips Photography Studio. HE married Minnie L. Mobley in Dec., 1921, and they had one child.
Nathaniel Phillips ( -Nov. 1882). His marker only had one date in Mars Hill Cemetery.