|Group shot from the beautiful grounds of the Phillips Family Farm|
Henry Ludwig Phillips
While we have no good paper trail for Henry, it is rumored that perhaps Henry worked with a religious group called the Harmonites. Old Economy Village is a historic community once run by the Harmonites, and formed by George Rapp with his adopted son Frederick Rapp. It will be interesting to follow up with further research as we have not been able to track down Henry through any other avenues. The Harmonites were an extremely resourceful, organized and productive group of people. Once you signed the agreement to become part of their group, you agreed to give all worldly possessions to the group. Everyone was equal and each had everything they needed. The only trouble was that upon joining, you also agreed to become celibate, which ultimately led to their demise. If, in fact, Henry did join in with this group in some fashion it may be hard to trace. Along with being equal, they did not place name markers on graves. They were excellent record keepers, but to date, we have not located Henry. The search remains open on all avenues concerning this family member - he may have joined the Civil War efforts or settled down with a wife somewhere. The mystery continues!
For my next post, I will be working with the second child of George & Marie Christine - George Peter Phillips. Most of what we know about George Peter comes from the diligent research of Tom & Carolyn Phillips in Colorado. I'm so grateful to have their information to include!
Till next time...