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Sunday, September 21, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #36 Philip Chisum Lived in Erath County, Texas.

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Philip Louis Chisum was the youngest child of James C. Chisum and Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston.  He was born in Falls County, Texas; however, there is some confusion about his birth date. According to his  WWI draft registration card, he was born on December 16, 1892.  His WWII draft registration gives him a birth date of December 15, 1881 and his headstone at the Morgan Mill Cemetery has a birth date of December 15, 1882.

It is not known what happened to Philip's father, but by late 1883, his family moved from Falls County to the Bethel Community in Erath County, Texas. In 1884, Philip's mother married John A. Thompson. John A. Thompson died in 1899 and in 1900 and 1910, Philip was found living with his mother and half-siblings in Erath County.

Philip Louis Chisum
Photograph from the collection of Nadine Waugh. 

On January 17, 1917, Philip married Nancy Jane "Janie" Keller Kolb, widow of Thomas J. Kolb and mother of children Orzo and Ola Frances Kolb. Philip and Janie spent their remaining years in the Morgan Mill area of Erath County. The 1940 census indicated that they owned land and Philip continued to farm.  Philip was described on his WWII draft registration as being tall and of medium build with brown hair and brown eyes.

Janie died on January 30, 1949 and Philip died on January 4, 1962. They are buried in the Morgan Mill Cemetery.


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Sources Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Death Certificates, 1903–1982. iArchives, Orem, Utah. Texas, Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2014. <>.

"Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Sep 2014), P. L Chisum and Janie Kolb, 07 Jan 1917; citing Erath, Texas, , reference It 1 pg 351; FHL microfilm 1428411.

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Sep 2014), Texas > Erath > Justice Precinct 6, Morgan Mill > 72-16 Justice Precinct 6, Morgan Mill > image 12 of 33; citing NARA digital publication of T627.

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Sep 2014), Phily Louis Chisum, 1917-1918.

"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Sep 2014), 004142597 > image 213 of 3625. Citing NARA microfilm publications M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090 and M2097, Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1631; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1241631.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 1375563.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Erath, Texas; Roll: T625_1801; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 193.

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