When Ira Phillips was born on 27 March 1861, in Hartland, Huron, Ohio, United States, his father, Richard R. Phillips, was 28 and his mother, Emily Dolbee, was 23. He married Nina Lunette Ney about 1886, in Huron, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Oberlin, Lorain, Ohio, United States in 1910 and Canton, Stark, Ohio, United States in 1920. He died on 24 June 1924, in Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States, at the age of 63.
English, Dutch, North German, and Jewish (western Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name Philip . In North America, this surname has also absorbed cognates from other languages (see Philips ).