Ruth Phillips1

#1973, (6 February 1779 - 27 December 1842)
Relationship2nd great-grandmother of William David Lewis
Father*Vespasian Phillips2 (1748/49 - b 1822)
Mother*Abilene Belding3 (c 1755 - c 1854)


Rufus Johnson b. 1779, d. 1842
Children 1.Doctor Franklin Johnson+10 (1804 - 1885)
 2.Leander Johnson10 (1806 - 1859)
 3.Demetrius Johnson+3 (1808 - 1886)
 4.Elhanan Winchester Johnson+10 (1812 - 1891)
 5.Hondorus Dow Johnson+10 (1814 - 1881)
No primary source has been found for Ruth's parentage but all secondary evidence supports this.4 
Her married name was Johnson.5 
Birth*6 February 1779She was born on 6 February 1779 at Ashfield, Massachusetts.1 
1790She appeared on the census of 1790 in the household of Vespasian Phillips and Abilene Belding at Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MassachusettsG, [b. 1779]; (unk. m <16; neis. Richard Phillips, Spencer Phillips, Thomas Phillips, Samuel Anabel; Smith, Yeoman, Alden, Gay, Whittemore, Wait.)6
Marriage*4 February 1802She married Rufus Johnson, son of Lieut. Josiah Johnson and Martha Taylor, on 4 February 1802 at Buckland, Hampshire (now Franklin) Co., MassachusettsG.7 
circa May 1802She and Rufus Johnson removed to Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG, circa May 1802.8,9,10 
1810She and Rufus Johnson appeared on the census of 1810 at Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG; (neis. Vespasion Phillips and Samuel Phillips, David Johnson.)11
7 August 1820She and Rufus Johnson appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 at Sempronius, Cayuga Co., New YorkG; (nei. Samuel Phillips.)12
circa 1822She and Rufus Johnson removed to Farmersville, Posey Co., IndianaG, circa 1822, where Ruth's brother Elisha, his wife and many of his wife's family had settled in 1818–1819.9,13,14,10 
1830She and Rufus Johnson appeared on the census of 1830 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG; (also unk. f, age 5-9.)15 
Death*27 December 1842She died on 27 December 1842 at Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG, at age 63.16,17 
Burial*circa 30 December 1842She was buried circa 30 December 1842 at Moore Cemetery, Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG.16,17 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S263] Ruth Phillips Genealogy, online, 3. RUTH9 PHILLIPS (VESPASIAN8, RICHARD7, JOSHUA6, JOSHUA5, RICHARD4, NICHOLAS3, NICHOLAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born February 06, 1779 in Ashfield, Ma., and died December 27, 1842 in Black Township, Indiana. She married RUFUS JOHNSON February 04, 1802 in Buckland Ma., son of JOSIAH JOHNSON and MARTHA TAYLOR. He was born July 01, 1779 in Buckland, Ma., and died December 02, 1843 in Black Township, Indiana.
  2. [S263] Ruth Phillips Genealogy, online, 1. VESPASIAN8 PHILLIPS (RICHARD7, JOSHUA6, JOSHUA5, RICHARD4, NICHOLAS3, NICHOLAS2, NICHOLAS1) was born March 05, 1749 in Dighton, Ma., and died 1848 in Niles Cayuga N.Y.. He married ABILENE BELDING May 07, 1772 in Ashfield, Ma., daughter of EBENEZER BELDING and HANNAH NASH. She was born Abt. 1750 in Dighton, Ma., and died 1854 in Niles Cayuga N.Y..
  3. [S263] Ruth Phillips Genealogy, online
  4. [S520] VWH.
  5. [S1027] The Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Buckland Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1934), online, p. 28, David, s David and Prudence (Colbourn), _____, 1796, citing P.R. 19.
  6. [S268] 1790 U.S. Federal Census, image viewed online or Vespatian (16+); 2 m (16+) [Vespasian and Samuel or Vespasian Jr], 3 m <16 [Elisha and Vespasian Jr or Samuel, ____]; 3 f [Ruth, Abilena and Deliah].
  7. [S1027] The Essex Institute, Vital Records of Buckland, p. 101. Ruth Phillips and Rufus Johnson, son of Joshua and Martha (Taylor), marr. 4 Feb 1802, citing P.R. 39 (family records from genealogy of the Taylor family).
  8. [S1732] New York Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799–1804, index and images, Albany, New York, Cayuga Co., 1802, Sempronius, img. 6/8. Assessment Roll made 8 Jun 1802. Rufus Johnson: real estate Lot 44 (50 acres), value $97; personal estate $0; tax $0.58; New York State Archives, Series B0950 (26 reels), online
  9. [S599] Rev. William W. Johnson, compiler, Johnson Genealogy: Records of the Descendants of John Johnson of Ipswich and Andover, Mass. 1695 - 1892 (North Greenfield, Wisconsin: self-published, 1892), 29, "From Olean Point they sailed down the Alleghany and Ohio rivers on a flat boat to Posey Co., Ind., where they settled in Black township..."
  10. [S261] Rev. William W. Johnson, compiler, Records of the Descendants of David Johnson of Leominster (Milwaukee: Godfrey & Crandall, 1876), p 9. Hereinafter cited as David Johnson of Leominster.
  11. [S238] 1810 U.S. Federal Census. M (26-45) [Rufus], F (26-45) [Ruth]; 3m (<10) [Doctor, Leander, Demetrius].
  12. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. Enumeration date August 7, 1820. Rufus Johnson (26-44); F (26-44) [Ruth]; m (16-18 [Doctor Franklin, 2 m (10-15) [Demetrius, Leander] 2 m (<10) [Elhanan, Hondorus]; Number of Persons Engaged in Agriculture: 4.
  13. [S737] History of Posey County (Goodspeed) (Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1886), p. 410-11. The Johnsons settled on 250 acres at "the Corners" with neighbors Samuel Black, Elisha Ellis, Anson Andrews and Samuel Phillips (prob. bro. of Ruth).
  14. [S46] John C. Leffel, History of Posey County (Leffel) (Chicago IL: Standard Publishing Company, 1913), p. 385, entry for Pitts Johnson. "The founder of the [Johnson] family in Posey county was Rufus Johnson...who brought his family here in 1822." and p. 116 "Farmersville marks one of the oldest settlements on Posey County. The first settlers were Samuel Black, Anson Andrews, Rufus Johnson, Elisha Ellis and Samuel Phillips."
  15. [S116] 1830 U.S. Federal Census. Rufus Johnston (50-59); F (50-59) [Ruth]; 2 m (15-19) [Elhanan (18), Hondorus (16)]; f (5-9) [____].
  16. [S261] Rev. William W. Johnson, David Johnson of Leominster, p. 9, on Rufus Johnson and Ruth Phillips (died Dec. 27, 1842), "Their mortal remains repose in the More graveyard, Black township, Posey Co., Ind."
  17. [S599] Rev. William W. Johnson, Johnson Genealogy, 29, Rufus d. 2 Dec 1843 and Ruth Phillips d. 27 Dec 1842, both "buried in the Moore graveyard," Black Township [but not listed in findagrave].