Luke Phillips, You Vex Me!

On the Phillips side I have tracked me, my dad, Hick, Frank, Oscar, and Luke.  Oh, Luke Phillips. Claiming to be born in 1808 in New York to people who were born in Connecticut, I find no evidence for his existence prior to 1850, when he shows up on the Federal Census AND when he bothers to marry Patience, the mother of his nine children.

By 1880, he’s taken up with Jane, a woman from England.

I can find no evidence of Luke before 1850. Not in Michigan. Not anywhere. I wonder if “Luke” is his real name. I wonder why he waited until all his kids were born before getting married (1860s).  And I wonder if he wasn’t who he said he was, who was he?