Jane Amanda Phillips

1836–31 January 1901 (Age 65)
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Jane Amanda

When Jane Amanda Phillips was born in 1836, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, her father, William Phillips, was 35 and her mother, Lydia Whitaker, was 32. She married Thomas Guy Shepard on 3 July 1856, in Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Otoe, Nebraska Territory, United States in 1860 and California, United States in 1870. She died on 31 January 1901, in Portland, Washington, Oregon, United States, at the age of 65.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Guy Shepard
Jane Amanda Phillips
Marriage: 3 July 1856
William Guy Shepard
Emma Susanne Shepard
Owen Tyler Shepard
Watson Shepard

Spouse and Children

3 July 1856
Polk, Iowa, United States



    Emma Susanne Shepard


    Owen Tyler Shepard



Parents and Siblings

    William Phillips





    Nancy Phillips


    John Phillips


    Cyrena Phillips


    Moses Boliver Phillips


    Margaret P. Phillips


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 0

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 12

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 20

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, North German, and Jewish (western Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name Philip . In North America this name has also absorbed cognate names from other European languages, for example Italian Filippi , Polish Filipowicz .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Jane Sheppard, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Jane A Sheppard in household of Thomas G Sheppard, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jennie Phillips in entry for William Guy Shepard, "California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000"

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