Robert Bruce Phillips

13 August 1859–21 July 1927 (Age 67)
Harrison, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Robert Bruce

When Robert Bruce Phillips was born on 13 August 1859, in Harrison, West Virginia, United States, his father, Charles W Phillips, was 39 and his mother, Julia Anne Davisson, was 29. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Lela Davisson. He lived in Harrison, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Orange Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States in 1870. He died on 21 July 1927, in Clarksburg, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 67.

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Robert Bruce Phillips
Lela Davisson
Robert Phillips
John Davisson Phillips
Julia Anne Phillips

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World Events (8)


Age 2

No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).
1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 2

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Age 20

Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

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)

  • Robert Phillips in household of Charles W Phillips, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Robert Phillips in household of Charles W Phillips, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Robert B Phillips, "United States Census, 1910"

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