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As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends."

PHILLIPS FAMILY. Jonathan S. Phillips (1),
the immigrant ancestor of Horace Wendell Phillips,
is said to be of English descent. The first record
of him is at Westminster, Massachusetts, where he
' appears to have settled during the revolution. He
was a resident of Westminster in 1780, when he
married there Elizabeth Bemis, daughter of William
and Rezina (Wilder) Bemis, of one of the old
county families. He bought the place on which he
was living at Westminster of Samuel Gerrish, No-
vember 9, 1793. He seems to have been a quiet
citizen, devoting his life strictly to the business of
farming. When his son grew up, they moved to-
gether to Templeton, an adjacent town. The son's
name is given as Jonathan, Jr. and as Jonathan S.
Phillips in different records. The father signed a
mortgage of what was called the son's farm at
Templeton. July 28, 1819, to Peter Peirce, chair
maker. This farm contained only eleven acres.
Jonathan Phillips, Sr., sold his farm at Westminster,
August 16, 1806, to Samuel Whitney. He seems
to have prospered for we find him holding a mort-
gage on the land of Elisha Hall, of Westminster,
in 1802, before his removal. He died at Templeton,
in 1826, at an advanced age. Joel Bartlett was ad-
ministrator of his estate.

The children of Jonathan and Elizabeth Phillips
were : John, born May 5, 1781, married Roxa Ban-
croft, and settled at Gardner ; Betsey, born October
5, 1785. died November 15, 1810; Ezra, born July
14. 178S; Rezina, born April 10, 1791, died unmar-
ried July 31, 1842; Sophia, born September 9, 1795;
Jonathan S., Jr., born July 16, 1798, see forward.

(II) Jonathan S. Phillips, Jr., son of Jonathan
S. Phillips, was born in Westminster, Massachu-
setts, July 16, 1798, and died at Leominster, Massachu-
setts, April, 1848. He lived at Templeton and West-
minster. His farm at Templeton was at the corner
of the road from Winchendon to Templeton and the
county road from Royalston. He was married twice
and had one son by his first wife, whose name was
Sherwin and lived in North Leominster. He mar-
ried (second) Catherine Baldwin and they had
eight children. Milton S., born May 3, 1S22. at
Templeton, see forward; Catherine E., married
James W. Willard, of Leavenworth, Kansas: Jane
G, born November 16, 1834. married Fraser Legate
and had one child, Nellie; Elmira, married Charles
Harris; William S., George, Charles, James.

(III) Milton S. Phillips, son of Jonathan S.,
Jr. and Catherine (Baldwin) Phillips, was born
at Templeton, May 3, 1822, died / at Leominster,
Massachusetts, December 24. 1893. He married
1 first). March 15, 1S49, Catherine Rebecca Holt,
Ian in West Boylston, April 12, 1829, died August
20. 1854, daughter of Jonathan Holt. Their chil-
dren were: Elizabeth D, born December 20, 1849,
died January 26, 1871 ; George M.. March 6. 1S51,
died December 4, 1853: William Clarence, June r,
1853, see forward. Milton S. Phillips married (sec-
ond) Mary A. Rugg, of Leominster, born September
11. 1S37, married, September 7, 1856, and died April
29. 190=;; of this marriage there were ten children:

Nine D., born October 18, 1857; George Elmer,
March 27, 1850; Horace M . July S. i860, died June
j. 1864; Carrie A., August 6, 1862, married John




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F. White, September 27, 1S98, and resides on Blos-
som street, Leominster. Massachusetts; Katie M.,
March 16, 1864. died November 9, 1865 ; Katie L.,
June 25, 1866; Nellie A., November 18, 1869, mar-
ried Herbert E. Baldwin, of Leominster, Massa-
chusetts, August 20, 1891 ; Lizzie M., April 24, 1872,
married Chipman O. Leadbetter, of Leominster,
Massachuestts, September 3, 1896; Alfred L., Feb-
ruary 8, 1878, died June 15, 1879.

(IV) William Clarence Phillips, son of Milton
S. Phillips, was born June 1, 1853, at Leominster,
Massachusetts. He was educated there in the public
schools, and then learned the business of comb
making. He was a manufacturer on his own ac-
count for a time. He has worked in a carriage
shop, conducted a milk route and held various other
positions. He has lived in Webster, Gardner and
Worcester. At present he is the proprietor of the
old Williams' Book Store on Park street, Worce-
ster. Massachusetts, the original second-hand book
store of the city. Mr. Phillips is a very active and
prominent member of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, and he has been through the various
chairs of the Leominster Lodge. He married. No-
vember 26, 1S73. at Leominster, Ella Frances Roper,
born May 28, 1854, died July 19, 1903. She was the
daughter of Percis (Stanley) and Martin Roper
of Sterling. (See Sketch of Marcellus Roper for
Iter ancestry). The children were: I. Horace W.,
see forward. 2. Warren Milton, born April 1, 187S,
married, October 1, 1902, Flora Walcott. born Jan-
uary 29, 1882, daughter of Lillis B. (Paine) and
William Bradford Wolcott, and have two children:
L. Beatrice Yvonne, born July 7, 1903 ; Ella Frances,
"born June 13. 1905. He is employed by the New
England Telephone Company, of Clinton, Massa-
chusetts. Clifton Albert, born February 21, 1880,
married, October 31, 1902, Martha Isabell, born in
Townsend, Massachusetts, January 16, 1873, daugh-
ter of Serena (Adams) and Alexander Franklin
Gilchrest. He resided at Clinton, but removed to
Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he owns a
•grocery store. 4. Bertha Eliza, born April 18, 1884^
unmarried, and resides at home with her father.
5. Adell Minetta, born March 2, 1888, graduate of
class 1905 from Leominster high school, and is now
a student in the Wheaton Seminary, Norton, Massa-
chusetts. 6. Ernest Roland, born August 19, 1891,
died October 15, 1892. 7. Manola Rebecca, born
February 17, 1895, student in the public schools.

(5) Horace Wendell Phillips, son of William
Clarence and Ella Frances (Roper) Phillips, was
"born at Leominster, Massachusetts, November 4.
1874. He attended the public schools at Leominster
and went for two years and a half to the Leomin-
ster high school. While in school he assisted his
father with his milk business. He worked for a
year and a half in the Reed Toy Factory, and used
his savings in a course of study in Bryant & Strat-
ton's Business College of Boston. His first posi-
tion was with the North Packing & Provision Com-
pany as bookkeeper. After three years he became
cashier of the concern, which position he held for
nearly seven years, making about ten years in their
employ. He came to Worcester in December, 1002,
to take the position of bookkeeper for Marcellus
Roper, piano dealer. After a time he became a
salesman. When Mr. Roper moved from 148 Main
street, where he had been located since starting in
■business, Mr. Phillips took a lease of the old loca-
tion and started in business for himself, represent-
ing a number of the standard makes of pianos. He
opened his -store March 15, 1906, and has developed
a promising business already. He is an active,
•earnest and upright business man, and is the young-



est piano dealer in the city. Mr. Phillips is a mem-
ber of Wilder Lodge of Free Masons of Leominster,
of Eureka Royal Arch Chapter of Worcester and
of the Worcester County Commandery, Knights
Templar. He also belongs to the Allston Lodge,
Ancient Order of United Workmen, No. 151. He
is a Republican in politics.

He married, July 7, 1897, Elizabeth Rachel
Cameron, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Pushee)
Cameron. His wife was born February 7, 1873,
in Nova Scotia.

WILLIAM ARTHUR LYTLE. Andrew Lytle,
the first progenitor of this surname in this country
of the Hon. William Arthur Lytle, of Worcester,
was a Scotch-Irish settler in Salem, Washington
county. New York. He came from Ballybay, county
Monaghan, Ireland.

Salem, New York, consists largely of the tract
of 25.000 acres granted August 7, 1764, to James
Turner and others. One half of the land covered
by the grant, however, became the property of
Oliver De Lancey and Peter Du Bois, two govern-
ment officials, whose services presumably aided in
getting the grant. De Lancey and Du Bois sold
their share of the town in 1765 to Rev. Thomas
Clark and his Scotch-Irish congregation who had
emigrated the year before. Mr. Clark, a native
of Scotland, was a follower of Ebenezer Erskine,
and in 1748 had been called to be their minister
by a portion of Mr. Jackson's congregation in Ire-
land, and had seceded from the main body. They
were called "New Lights" on account of their dif-
ferences with the Presbyterian body. At Ballybay
Mr. Clark is said to have labored with great suc-
cess, but amid many trials and persecutions. He
refused to take an oath by kissing the Bible, be-
lieving it to be unscriptural ; and although he
entered the army while a student and fought against
the Pretender, yet he would not take the oath of
abjuration, because it recognized the King as the
head of the church. Taking advantage of these
tilings his enemies had him arrested in 1754. From
the jail at Monaghan, where he was confined, he
preached to as many people as could convene. When
he was tried he was acquitted. In 1763 Mr. Clark
received two invitations to come to America as
pastor. He got leave of absence for a year, but
when he was ready to sail from Newry the greater
part of his congregation, some three hundred per-
sons, were ready to accompany him. They settled
temporarily in Stillwater. Thence a portion of his
flock went to Abbeville district in South Carolina,
but a majority of them, including Andrew Lytle
and his family, settled with Mr. Clark at Salem.
His pastoral relation had never been disturbed ; his
church had simply been transplanted ; and he con-
tinued at Salem as the castor of eight ruling elders
and one hundred and ntty communicants and their
children who had come with them from Ballybay.
Although Andrew Lytle was among the Scotch-
Irish his name probably came to him through an
English ancestor. Little is an English name, and
Lytal and Lytle were originally of the same stock
probably. Edward Little was in the Scotch parlia-
ment in 1526 and William Little in 1593, both of
Edinburgh. The name is more common in Eng-
land and in Ireland, where it was transplanted
a generation or two probably before Andrew
Lytle came to America. In 1890 there were fifty-
nine babies born in Ireland named Little, of
of whom forty-two were in the Northern enmities.
The descendants of Lytle seem to be from Andrew
Lytle chiefly and they scattered through Ohio
and the west. General W. H. Lytle, who was promi-



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iuiil in the civil war, was of Scotch-Irish origin.
Andrew Lytic died and is buried at Salem. \
stone marks his grave there. The children of An-
drew Lytic were: James, Andrew. William. Han-
nah, Margaret. Mary. All of the foregoing children
married and had children. From the three sons
moi>t of the family of tin - name are descended.

(II) William Lytic' son of Andrew Lytle (i),
was horn probably in Ireland, about 1760. He mar-
ried .Mary 11 anna, whose sister Jane Hanna, mar-
ried Rev. Dr. Proudfoot, of Argyle. They settled
in Hebron, a town adjoining Salem, near the creek,
and William Lytle built the saw mill and later a
house. Salem and Hebron were both a wilderness
when the Lytles first settled there. William Lytle
died in 1808. He was a soldier in the revolution.
Isaac and Robert Lytle were also soldiers in the
same regiment. Colonel John Williams. Children of
William and Mary (or Margaret) (Hanna) Lytic
were: David Hanna. born 1785, died March _>o. 1864;

Nancy, Martha, Mary, Hannah, Jane, Margaret
(twin), Elizabeth (twin). William James, born
170,?, lived on the homestead in Hebron. New York,
with two sisters; sold the homestead and removed
to Saratoga, where he and one sister died ; he was
unmarried and aged forty-five years when he died.

(III) David Hanna Lytic, son of William Lytle
(_>), was born in Hebron, New York, 1785. He
married. November 17, 1814, Hannah Taylor, daugh-
ter of Ma ior Joseph Taylor. She was born in
Hebron, New York, August 13. 1796. died May,
1826, aged thirty years. At the time of their mar-
riage she was living in Hartford, New York, and
they were m:ftried at her father's house there. They
lived in Hebron, New York. Later in life he re-
moved to Illinois, where he died about 1855. Chil-
dren of David Hanna and Hannah (Taylor) Lytle

were: Emily, married Mile-, removed to

Peoria, Illinois, about 1S50, and died about 1880;
had children who settled in Nebraska ; David T.,
married Mary Smith, of Hartford, New York, set-
tled at Port Washington. Wisconsin, has a daughter
living there, Mrs. R. C. Kami: Hannah Amanda,
married George H. Wheedon, resided at South Hart-
ford, New York, had two sons and a daughter,
two of whom settled in Glen Falls, New York;
William Joseph, born January 16, 1826.

( l\ i William Joseph Lytle, son of David Hanna
Lytic (3), was born in Hebron, New York. January
16. 1826. His mother died wdien he was four months
old and he was taken to live with his Taylor grand-
parents when eight months old. After a time he
returned to live with his father. At the age of
fifteen he went to live with his aunt. Mrs. L. T.
Olmstead, of Binghamton, New York, 1 whose hus-
band took him as apprentice He married Julia M.
Jack-on. daughter of Abel Woods and Dorinda A.
(Angell) Jack-son. She was bom January 5. 1833.
He died July, 1853, at Binghamton. New York.
Their only child was William Arthur, born June
21, 185,;.

( Y ! William Arthur Lytic, president and treas-
urer of the W V Lytic Co., president of the Worces-
ter Board of Trade, and member of the Governor's
Council "representing the 7th Councillor district"
1905 and [906, serving as councillor with Gover-
nor William 1. Douglas and Governor Curtis Guild,
Jr.. respectivelj He is oneof Worcester's best known
and most progressive business men. He was born
in Binghamton, New York, June 21, 1853, son of
William fo eoh (4) and Julia M. (Jackson) Lytle.
His father died when Mr. Lytle was only four
week- old. -md his mother four year- later married
again, tin-, time. Mr. Levi Edward Brigham, of
Worcester, Massachusetts, and removed to Wor-



cester. Mr. Lytle attended the Worcester public
schools until 1864. when, with his parents, he re-
moved to New Jersey, where he continued his edu-
cation at the South Jersey Academy at Yineland.
He returned in 1S70 to Worcester, where he has
since resided, and where, at the age of seventeen
he began his mercantile life in a shoe store located
at 14 Front street.

The following year Mr. Lytle secured employ-
ment as a salesman in the clothing and custom
tailoring establishment of Davis & Co., at that time
one of the oldest and most reputable clothing houses
in Worcester county. Mr. Lytle rapidly became a
master of the business, and six years later was ad-
mitted to a partnership in the firm under the name
of Davis, Lytle & Co. His partners were J. Edgar
Davis and Frederick Goulding, and their place of
business was in the Flagg block, 286 Main street,
opposite the Bay State House. Nine years later this
firm was dissolved, Mr. Lytle retiring from the
business. Mr. Lytle later became the senior partner
and sole manager of a new firm. W. A. Lytle &
Co.. which established itself August 1. 1886, in the
Walker building at 409 Main street. The new ven-
ture was a success from the start, Mr. Lytle con-
ducting it on sound business principles and with
progressive methods. He believed in making his
place of business attractive, and in 1895, and again
in 1900, he made extensive additions and alterations
with this end in view, adding men's furnishing go ids,
hats and shoes to his clothing and tailoring business.

While all this was going on in Worcester, Mr.
Lytle received a flattering offer in June, 1897. to
assume the position of manager of the great cloth-
ing house of Jerome Kennedy & Co., corner West-
minster and Dorrance streets, Providence, Rhode
Island. For two years Mr. Lytle, besides keep-
ing an eye on his own business in Worcester,
made the round trip from Worcester to Provi-
dence almost daily. He held the position until
the lease expired and the property changed owners,
the business being sold to the J. B. Barnaby
Co. One of the most pleasing incidents in Mr.
Lytle's business career in Providence was a recep-
tion tendered him by hi- Worcester friends at the
formal opening of the business, which followed his
complete reorganization of the same. The recep-
tion was given in the evening, and in a special train
provided for the occasion, nearly a hundred of
Worcester's most prominent citizens, headed by the
mayor, members of the board of aldermen, members
of the common council, city officials, and including
many representative business and professional men
of Worcester, went to Providence to pay their re-
spects to Mr. Lytle and wish him success in his
new field. They w-ere met by the mayor of Pri 11-
dence, and other citizens, and spent a most enjoy-
able evening, being royally entertained by their host.

In 1900 with a view to expanding his business,
he had it incorporated under the style of the W. A.
Lytle Company, continuing in full control of the
same as president and treasurer. In 1905, in order
to meet the demands of continued growth, the W.
A. Lytic Company leased the large store in the
Walker building at the corner of Main and Mechanic
Streets This -tore i- one of the largest and best
of its kind in the state. It i- very tastefully and
expensively fitted tin. and earn- one of the largest
stocks of clothing, furnishings, hats, hoots and slioes
and cloths for men'- custom garment- in central
Massachusetts.

The demand- of Mr. Lytle's private business have
by no means absorbed all of his abounding energy
and rare administrative ability. As a public spirited
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an active part in the political and social life of the
city. Always a Republican, his political career has
followed the fortunes of that party. He was for
three years, 1891-92-07 a member of the board of
aldermen, where he served as chairman of the
finance committee and of the important committees
on tire department and water. He was also a mem-
ber of the committees >n sewers, street lighting, and
claims. He made his influence felt in all these com-
mittees, and the reorganization of the fire depart
ment effected in [892 while he was chairman of the
fire department committee, and the establishment of
a new public lighting department are largely the
result of his ability for organization. The ordinances
which were drafted and adopted at that time are
regarded as models of their kind.

In 1900 Mr. Lytle was the Republican candidate
for mayor. The nomination coming to him by the
indorsements of every ward caucas in the city with
one exception. In the campaign which followed, in
some respects the most remarkable ever known, he
was less successful : It came directly after a bitterly
contested congressional campaign in which the Re-
publican candidate was defeated by a narrow margin,
and the local Republican party was full of warring
factions, and badly disorganized. On the first count
Mr. Lytle was apparently elected by a plurality of
forty-one votes in a total of over 16,000. Then an
error in the tabulation was discovered in one oi the
wards, which apparently gave the election to Phillip
J. O'Connell, his Democratic opponent. Finally a
recount, followed by an appeal by the Democratic
candidate to the supreme court, decided that the
vote was a tie between the two candidates, each
being credited with S.061 vites. A sound election
followed. February 22. 1901, in which, although Mr.
Lytle vote increased nearly 1000, he was defeated.
The Socialists did not nominate a candidate at the
special election, and their votes went to the Demo-
cratic candidate for mayor.

Mr. Lytle's most important public office is that
which he now holds, as member of the executive
council from the seventh district, which comprises
the whole of Worcester county. The nomination
was tendered to him unanimously by acclamation in
the Republican councillor convention, both in 1904
and 1905, and at the polls the opposition to him
was merely nominal. ' Mr. Lytle's taste and capacity
for public affairs find opportunity for exercise in
the work of the executive council, which decides
many important matters of state expenditures, ad-
vises with the governor upon all applications for
pardon, and passes upon all appointments to office
made by the Governor. The good opinion which his
associates in the council entertain for Mr. Lytle was
illustrated in the summer of 1905 when, in his first
year, they selected him as their representative to
go to Portland. Oregon, with the state delegation.
made up chiefly of members of the two branches of
the legislature, to as-ist at the dedication of the
Massachusetts building at the Lewis and Clark Cen-
tennial Exposition. The party was provided with
a special car, and made brief stops at Denver, Colo-
rado Springs, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco,
on the way out. and visiting Yellowstone Park.
Seattle and St. Paul, where stops were made on the
return. They were received with special honors by
the fair management and the citizens of Portland.
and were recipients of courtesies at the hands of the
officials of several states through which they passed.
Mr. Lytle's active participation in politics has been
by no means confined to campaigns in which he was
a candidate. For fifteen years he has been a mem-
ber of the Worcester County Republican committee,
and he has served on many other committees or-



ganized to advaii c the intere 1 oi Republicai
didati 5.

Mr. Lytle is at the present line' pre idenl of the
Worcester hoard of trade, and has done much to
advance the bti-mcss interests of the city. An illus-
tration "I" his public sjiirit is afforded in the active
part he took in 1004. a-, a member of the Worcester
Merchants' Association, to abolish the use of trading
stamps. He never used stamps in his own m
nes,, and believing that their use was prejudicial
to the interests of merchant and customer alike, he
led the crusade against them. His address before
the Merchants' Association had much to do with
abolishing the use of trading stamps in thi- city.
He spoke soon after, by invitation, on the same
subject before the New Hampshire Stan- Board of
Trade at a banquet which was attended by the
governor and many other distinguished guests. And
still later be repeated his address before tlte Mer-
chants' Association of Bridgeport. Connecticut, the
headquarters of the trading stamp business. Mr.
Lytle is a logical and forceful speaker, and in both
places his address was received with much favor.
Mr. Lytle has for five years been president of the
Worcester Merchant Tailors' Association, and had
the honor to represent the association at the National
Convention held at Atlantic City in February. 1904.
lie is aLo vice-president of the National Merchant
'bailors' Association.

Mr. Lytle is well known in Masonic circles. He
is a life member of Athelston Lodge, of Eureka
Chapter, Hiram Council, and Worcester County
Commandery of Knight Templars, and a member
of Worcester Lodge of Perfection, Goddard Coun-
cil and Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix.
He took great interest in the movement for
the erection of a Masonic Temple in Wor-
cester, and was for three years president of
the Worcester Masonic Charity and Educational
Association which had the matter in charge. He
is also a member of Worcester Lodge, No. 56,
I. O. O. F., and of Quinsigamond Tribe, No. 7, I. O.
K M He has been for years a member of Worces-
ter Agricultural Society, and with full knowledge
of his capacity and enthusiasm for work, his as-
sociates made him a member of the commitb 1
had charge of laying out and building the trotting
track at the Greendale Fair Grounds. Mr. Lytle
for nine years served as a trustee of the First Uni-
versalis! parish.

Mr. Lytle has little time for recreation, but such
as he has he spends in a light wagon or sleigh be-
hind a g 1 horse. He is a great lover of horses

and has always kept good ones in his stables. In
the winter lie delights in the excitement to lie found
with a good stepper on the snow path. He has been
a familiar figure on the Boulevard for twenty-fiv&
years. He is also an ardent automobilist Mr.
Lytle has been a member of the Commonwealth
Club for twenty-five years, a member of the Eco-
nomic Club, and of the Worcester Automobile Club
since their organization. He is also a member of



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