JOHN J. PHILLIPS, Deputy Sheriff of Clay County, Louisville, was born in Davie County, N. C., August 31, 1831, and is a son of James Phillips, of Oskaloosa Township, this county, and also a native of North Carolina. Our subject has spent most of his life on the farm, and received a common school education. He came to Marion County, Ill., in 1859, and to Clay County in 1861, not locating here permanently, however, until 1865; and from 1873 to 1876 he again resided in Marion County. He also owns a farm there of 200 acres. He also owns a farm of eighty-five acres in Clay County, situated in Oskaloosa Township. He was married, March 1, 1863, to Nancy Bouseman, a daughter of Andrew J. Houseman, deceased. They have four children-Benjamin, Amanda, Charley and James. Mr. Phillips was appointed Deputy Sheriff in 1878, which position he still holds. He is also Constable. He is a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 154.