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Ottilie Emilie "Delia" Block [Phillips]

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For photos of Delia, go to: P4; P8; P9; P45; P69.

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Born:
Oct. 22, 1861
Family oral history claims she was born in Debenke, "Kreis Wirwitz," Prussia on Oct. 22, 1861. Ottilie Emilie Block's christening record confirms her date of birth. This is found in Lobsens, Prussian, records. Debenke is only a few miles from Lobsens [LDS microfilm #C99919-1]. Her christening date was Oct. 27, 1861.
Parents: Friedrich Wilhelm Block and Rosina "Rosa" Vandrey
Friedrich Wilhelm Block and Rosina "Rosa" Vandrey were listed as her parents in her christening record (see birth notes above). She and her parents are also named in an immigration record (see immigration notes below).
Marriage:
Married George Phillips
She married George Phillips on Mar. 20, 1884 in Montello, Marquette Co., WI. [SOURCE: "Wisconsin Marriages Pre-1907 Records" on ancestry.com - Vol. 1, Pg. 293]. Marriage witnesses were C.E. Peirce and O.M. Hartwell. They were married by Methodist Episcopal Rev. A. Torbet, Deacon, in M.E. Church in Montello, Marquette Co., WI.

Their 50th wedding anniversary celebration announcement in my possession confirms the marriage date. The celebration was scheduled for Mar. 24, 1934, but her husband George died Mar. 21, three days before the celebration, which was one day after their 50th wedding anniversary.

For photos of her husband, go to: P4; P8; P9; P33; P45; P56; P69.

Children:
8 children known
Delia had eight children with her husband George Phillips. For details about their children and their children's families, go to George's website. [George also had another child with his first wife. Delia is his second wife.]
Immigration:
July 28, 1870
A note left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS said: "Delia came to America in a sailing ship with her parents and siblings, and after 12 weeks on the ocean, they landed at Castle Garden, New York, July 28, 1870." Evaline was Delia's daughter-in-law (wife of Fred Phillips.

The following passenger list entry was found in Germans to America, Vol. 24:

  • Friedrich Ploch [surname misspelled on passenger list], age 41
  • Rosine, age 35
  • Wilhelm, age 15
  • August, age 12
  • Wilhelmine, age 10
  • Ottilie, age 8
  • Eduard, age 6
  • Theodor, age 4
  • Auguste, age 2
  • Caroline, age .03 infant
They came on the Marco Polo on July 28, 1870, arriving in New York having departed from Bremen.
Census Record:
1880 Federal Census
Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI
The 1880 Federal Census in Princeton, Green Lake County, WI, shows that Delia was a servant at age 18. She was living with editor and postmaster John C. Thompson in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI, and his family (including his wife Catharine M. Thompson, his daughter Maria C. Thompson, his daughter Catharine E. Thompson and his son John C. Thompson) [SOURCE: www.familysearch.org - LDS record]
Census Record:
1900 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
The 1900 Federal census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows the following:
  • head of household: Geo E Phillips (age 45, born Feb. 1855, married 16 years as of 1900, born in Wisconsin, father born in NY, mother born in Massachusetts, farmer, owned his own home although it had a mortgage on it at the time)
  • wife Delia (age 38, born Oct. 1861, born in Germany, immigrated in 1870, could read and write)
  • son Eddie [NOTE: this would have been from his first marriage and is not Delia's offspring] (age 19, born Oct. 1880, born in Minnesota, both parents born in Wisconsin, occupation: school teacher)
[NOTE: Delia was the mother of Ellis and subsequent children]
  • son Ellis (age 14, born Jan. 1886, attending school)
  • daughter May (age 12, born May 1888, attending school)
  • daughter Vera (age 9, born Nov. 1890, attending school)
  • daughter Angelina (age 1, born May 1899)
  • son Raymond (age 6, born Oct. 1893, attending school)
George Phillips was the census taker for Shields in 1900.
Census Record:
1905 Wisconsin Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
The 1905 Wisconsin Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
  • George E. Phillips (head of household, age 50, born in Wisconsin, parents born in NY and Mass., farmer & surveyor, owns his own home free of a mortgage)
  • Delia A. Phillips (wife, age 44, born in Wis., parents born in Wis. [birthplace information incorrect])
  • Ellis G. Phillips (son, age 19, single, born in Wis., farm laborer)
  • May H. Phillips (daughter, age 17, single, born in Wis.)
  • Vera D. Phillips (daughter, age 15, born in Wis.)
  • Raymond W. Phillips (son, age 12, born in Wis.)
  • Angelina R. Phillips (daughter, age 6, born in Wis.)
  • Fredrick J. Phillips (son, age 1, born in Wis.)
Census Record:
1910 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
The 1910 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows the following:
  • head of household: George Phillips (age 55, married 26 years, farmer, born in Wisconsin, father born in New York state, mother born in Massachusetts)
  • wife Delia (age 45, had eight children with seven living at time of census, born in Germany)
  • son Ellis (age 24, farm laborer, born in Wis.)
  • daughter Vera (age 19, born in Wis.)
  • son Raymond (age 16, farm laborer, born in Wis.)
  • daughter Angie Rose (age 10, born in Wis.)
  • son Fredrick James (age 6)
  • daughter Carrie Naoma (age 3).
Census Record:
1920 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
The 1920 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows the following:
  • head of household: Geo. E. Phillips [NOTE: first name smudged, but the E. is clear] (age 64, born in Wisconsin, father born in New York, mother born in Massachusetts)
  • wife born in Germany (age and name smudged and illegible)
  • son Raymond W. (age 26)
  • son Fred James Phillips (age 15)
  • daughter Angelina R. Phillips (age illegible)
  • daughter Caroline N. Phillips (age 13).
Census Record:
1930 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
The 1930 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows the following:
  • head of household: George E. Phillips (age 75, father born in NY, mother born in Mass.)
  • wife Delia A. (age 68, born in Germany)
  • son Raymond W. (age 36, surveyor, born in Wis.)
  • daugher Carrie N. (age 32, public school teacher, born in Wis.).
Died:
July 9, 1943
Family notes say she died on July 9, 1943. Her tombstone in the Germania Methodist Cemetery, Marquette Co., WI, says she lived from 1861-1943. [SOURCE: Germania Methodist Cemetery transcription posted by L.L. Ketchum at rootsweb.com].

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