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The Philbrick and Philbrook
Family Association Newsletter

October, 2000 Volume #2, Issue #10

Robert Philbrook, Editor
829 Arroyo Vista Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Director: Robert Philbrook

Historian: Michael Philbrook

Internet Communications Coordinator:
Jack Ralph

Webmaster: John Philbrook

© 2000 PPFA. All rights reserved.



Welcome to our new members who joined in September!

William Blair Philbrick
Rohnert Park, California

Edward Horace Fillbrook
North Somerset, United Kingdom

Donald L. Philbrook
New Haven, Indiana

Aaron Wayne Philbrook
Searsport, Maine

Welcome to all our new members!

Philbricks and Philbrooks in the Civil War:

Signature, Captain Alvah Philbrook
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The Civil War Letters of Capt. Alvah Philbrook,
24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (1862-1864)

Due to additional ongoing research and time constraints, this article will continue in next month’s issue, my sincerest apologies.


Historical Documents and Artifacts

Revolutionary War Record of David Philbrook
Revolutionary War Service Record of David Philbrook
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This document concerns David Philbrook’s service during the Revolutionary War. David Philbrook served at Valley Forge and was present during the Continental Army’s victory over British forces under command of General John Burgoyne at Saratoga1.

As an eyewitness to one of the most important victories of the Revolution, David also took part in the seizure of a huge amount of war material from the British. Burgoyne surrendered himself and 5,752 men, 42 brass cannon, 7,000 muskets along with various other military supplies. Among the more dubious "items" surrendered to the Americans were "a great number of slatternly women," or military prostitutes, that were employed to improve British morale and were now bounty of the Colonial forces2.

So who was this David Philbrook? He is apparently the same David Philbrook listed in Chapman’s book on page 63 (see #53-II.-Gen. 6). In the lower portion of the document (not shown in the picture), it is dated March 27, 1818 and David signs his signature attesting to his age of "seventy seven years" at the time. This also corresponds to another page in the pension records where his birth date and location as being "born in Bath" on "April 27th 1740." Vital records from Georgetown (Bath), Maine list a "David, son of William & Mary" born "May 10, 1746."3

No other David Philbrook (or Philbrick) appears in Bath during the early 1740’s vital records nor does any other "David Philbrook" appear in the Bath area during that time that connects to the Philbrook tree. Original town records of Bath were destroyed by fire on February 14, 1838, however notes from physicians and ministers were collected to assemble some of the early vital statistics4.

It is a possibility that the conflicting birth dates may have come from a baptism record where the "0" in 1740 was mistaken for a "6" and May 10 was actually the baptism date of David. To further confuse matters, Chapman lists David’s wife as Hannah Crosby5 instead of Catharine McCausland as stated in David’s pension records. Assuming that this is correct, David’s lineage would be: William5, Jonathan4, William3, Thomas2, Thomas the Emigrant1.

  1. National Archives, Military Pension Records of David Philbrook – Revolutionary War
  2. Benson Bobrick, Angel in the Whirlwind, p. 280
  3. Mary Pelham Hill (Editor), Vital Records of Georgetown Maine, p. 119
  4. Bath Historical Society, 33 Summer St, Bath, ME 04530
  5. Jacob Chapman, Philbrick and Philbrook Families, p. 63


Philbrick-Philbrook Gravestones

Gravestone of Cyrus Phibrook
Cyrus Philbrook gravestone.
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Gravestone of Ann Philbrook, wife of Cyrus
Gravestone of Ann E. Philbrook.
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Cy and Ann Philbrook Marriage Certificate
Marriage Certificate of Cyrus and Ann Philbrook.
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Cyrus Philbrook

Cyrus Philbrook is buried at Maplegrove Cemetery, Alexandria, Licking Co., Ohio. His lineage is found on page 141 of Chapman’s book and is as follows: Joel6, Job5, Jonathan4, William3, Thomas2, Thomas the Emigrant1. He was a mariner and farmer. He married Ann Christina Martin on Dec. 16, 1819 in Licking Co., Ohio. She was born June 21, 1800 in Marietta, Ohio and died on May 27, 1884. She is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign Co., Illinois. They had nine children:

Henry W. (1820-1898), Barnabas (1821-1890), Phineas (1823-1841), Mary Ann (1825-1906), Francis (1827-1831), Americus V. (1829-1862), Christopher C. (1830-1862), Eleanor (1833-1907), David Porter (1835-1865), Helena (1837-1925) and Almira (1839-1929.)

Americus and Christopher were both killed during the Civil War.

Gravestone photographs
and document copy courtesy of
Michael Philbrook, Bucyrus, Ohio,
descendant of Cyrus Philbrook.



Portrait, Elisha Philbrook
Elisha Philbrook
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Elisha Philbrook7 (Jere.6, Job.5, Jonth.4, Wm.3, Thos.2), 1802-1883, teacher, surveyor and genealogist, was the twelfth child of Jeremiah and his wife Sarah, b. in Vinalhaven, Waldo Co., Me., 6 Oct., 1802. His youth was spent on the farm and in the fisheries summers, and in the district school winters. At the age of 18 he entered Buckfield Academy, and at 19 commenced teaching, which became his occupation most of the time for fifty years. During the first few years, when not teaching, he devoted much time to study, giving some attention to the study of Latin, but more to mathematics, natural philosophy, and at length he became greatly interested in phonography and the reform of spelling. In 1833 he visited the West, teaching in Ohio and in Kentucky. After nearly four years, he returned to his native place, and joined his old friends in their fishing voyages, teaching some at other seasons. Early in the winter of 1838-9, having bid farewell to the friends of his youth, he set sail for the South, intending to go via New York, but the vessel was driven to sea by a storm, and he landed at Charleston, S.C. From this place he sailed in a packet to New Orleans, whence he proceeded by steamboat to Vicksburg, Miss. In this vicinity he made his home, teaching for 16 years, sometimes in Arkansas. During his summer vacations he visited the Northwestern States several times, and in 1855 removed to Wisconsin, where his brother William and other relatives had settled. In 1879 he was secretary of the Wisconsin Phonetic Association.

In 1873 he published "A Scheme for a Revised Spelling of the English Language" &c. In 1878 he was a member of the American Metric Bureau. Several times he was tempted to engage in other occupations, but soon turned back to his old business of teaching. From 1877 to 1879 he was a clerk of the District of Knowlton, Wis., where he owned lands. It seems he did not commence his genealogical studies till about 1850. After 15 years of labor in this field, he for a while suspended work in discouragement, but resumed it again a few years before his death.
He collected records for a Genealogy of the Vaughan Family that settled in Providence, R.I., and was preserving materials for a History of Marathon Co., Wis. He d. at Mosinee, Marathon Co., Wis., 1 Nov., 1883, ae. 81. Of the particulars of his last days I have not been informed. C.P.

By the preserving efforts of William S. Philbrook of Boston, as portrait of Elisha Philbrook has been obtained for this volume which will be highly valued, especially by his numerous relatives.

Taken from pages 159 and 160
of Jacob Chapman’s book,
Philbrick and Philbrook Families

Research Flash!!!

According to the Massachusetts Civil War Soldiers and Sailors, 1861-1865, Vol. 8, page 552; a Charles Philbrick, age 17 who’s occupation was telegrapher, was enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 1, 1862 for 2 years. During that time he was listed as being a crewmember on board the USS Housatonic. He was discharged from the Navy on Aug. 15, 1864.

The USS Housatonic was sunk on February 17, 1864 by the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley in Charleston Harbor (South Carolina.) The Housatonic was the first warship in history to be sunk by an enemy submarine in combat. The Hunley disappeared and presumed lost after it sank the Housatonic. 131 years later professional survey diver Harry Pecorelli, a childhood friend of the P.P.F.A. Director Robert Philbrook, would discover the sunken remains of the Hunley as a member of a dive team lead by famous author and shipwreck hunter Clive Cussler. The CSS Hunley was raised from her watery grave in August of 2000 and is in the process of being restored and preserved.

More research is required to positively place Charles on the Housatonic at the time of her sinking.



Benjamin Woodbury Philbrook
Benjamin Philbrook

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Elizabeth Weed Maddocks (Philbrook)
Elizabeth Weed Maddocks (Philbrook)
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About a year ago, the Philbrick & Philbrook Family Association acquired a tin-type photograph of a woman from the 1800’s identified on the back as "B.W. Philbrook, 21 Camden St., Rockland, Maine." She was tentatively identified as Mrs. Benjamin Woodbury Philbrook. Since then, P.P.F.A. member Frank Rose has positively identified the photograph as his 2nd Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Weed Maddocks (Philbrook). He had a photograph of the Philbrook house on 21 Camden that may have been taken in the 1920’s or early 30’s. Frank was gracious enough to contribute copies of these other two photographs to the Association.

BENJAMIN WOODBURY8 PHILBROOK (AMBROSE7, JOSEPH6, WILLIAM5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, THOMAS2 PHILBRICK, THOMAS1) was born March 04, 1821 in Thomaston, Knox Co., Maine, and died May 22, 1900 in Rockland, Knox Co. Maine. He married ELIZABETH W. MADDOX on August 29, 1848 in Belfast, Waldo Co., Maine. She was born October 17, 1829 in Belfast, Waldo Co., Maine, and died February 14, 1889 in Belfast, Waldo Co., Maine.

Buried At: Seaview Cem., Rockland, Maine
Jacob Chapman's Book: 1886, #93-VII.-1.-Gen.#8
Occupation: Joiner

i. INEZ PHILBROOK, b. Abt. 1851, Rockland, Maine.
ii. EGBERT PHILBROOK, b. 1853, Rockland, Maine; d. October 10, 1854.
iii. MABEL PHILBROOK, b. Abt. 1857, Rockland, Maine.
iv. FRANCES H. PHILBROOK, b. Abt. 1859, Rockland, Maine.
v. WILLIE O. PHILBROOK, b. November 1860, Rockland, Maine; d. June 04, 1861.
vi. ALIDA MADDOX PHILBROOK, b. August 15, 1864, Rockland, Knox Co., Maine; d. February 13, 1950, Bath, Sagadahoc Co., Maine; m. LOWELL DAVID CONDEN, October 16, 1894; b. April 18, 1872, Friendship, Maine; d. March 06, 1950, Bangor, Penobscot Co., Maine.


Jacob Chapman,
Philbrick and Philbrook Families,
(Published 1886), pg. 105.

Frank L. Rose (West Bath, ME),
(June 20, 2000).

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