Bio: Phillips, William Riley
Contact: Lani Bartelt

Surnames: Phillips, White, Courter, Davenport, Burke, Benson, Peterson

----Sources: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 10/25/1906

William Riley Phillips

William Riley Phillips was born on 23 Sep 1849, to William and Fannie (White) Phillips.

During the Civil War he served in either Co B or Co F of the 48th Wis. Inf., with the rank of PVT. On 7 July 1872 he married Mary Elizabeth Courter, daughter of James & Marie (Davenport) Courter.

William Riley Phillips died 15 Apr 1905. Mary Elizabeth (Courter) Phillips died on 10 May 1923

There is a Bevery Phillips listed as being born 20 Feb 1913, died same day who perhaps was their daughter.

Lani note/Jan 2006 on looking on this website: I found the following:

William Phillips, Union Infantry 49th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

I also found this information and am not sure if the Bessie below and the Elizabeth above are the same but since William Riley Phillips died in 1905 it is possible.


Courter, Bessie M. (Marriage - 23 OCT 1906)

Married, on Oct. 23, 1906, Howard H. Peterson and Miss Bessie M. Courter at the bride's home in the town of Reseburg, Clark County, Wis., George Burke, J. P., officiating. 

I did a Google search for Howard H Peterson and came up with a Howard Peterson, as of 1944 from Benson, Swift Co., Mn. who was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Minnesota in 1944. Further research turned up no death record so don't know if this is same Howard H Peterson or not but when I Google searched him for Clark Co, Wis. nothing came up.



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