Dr. Thomas Phillips was born in New Brunswick on April 4, 1817. He is the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hartt) Phillips Sr. After 1847 he went to Ionia Michigan, a year later he went to White Lake, near Whitehall. Thomas among others explored the lakeshore and interior of what is now Oceana County and finding land that was in every way satisfactory. Early in the summer of 1849 he came with his family to Claybanks. Mr. Phillips built the first sawmill in the county at Stony Creek for Reverend W. Ferry. After settling at Claybanks he divided his time between agriculture and the practice of medicine. Dr. Thomas was married July 13, 1845 to Emeline Bowman by whom he had seven children six sons and one daughter (two sons passed away in infancy) Emeline died in 1874. Eleven days later he married Ann Maria Haggerty, a widow, on May 8, 1874. She died in February of 1897. Three Years before he died, he married Adah Grow. She was a great help to him in his declining years, and he willed her everything he had. Dr. Phillips erected the first frame house in 1849. His first marriage was on that part of the shore on Lake Michigan. The second settlement was by Dr. Phillips and wife, the third to settle were his mother and father from Canada. (Elizabeth (Hartt) and Thomas Phillips) First Physician was Dr. Phillips whose beat lay from Pere Marquette, Ludington to Muskegon by horse back along the beach. No clue where he got his medical training unless he was self taught.
Claybanks, Ocean County
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