From Nicole (Phillips) Morris (Canada)

My main area of research is the Phillips family, my paternal side of the family. For many years all I had on the sister of my ancestors was that she married “J. Gibson of Stonehall”. Nothing else could be found. Imagine my surprise when I recently found her listed on the Brabazon site! My family are descended from Sir Thomas Phillips, a servitor who was originally from Wales but went to Ireland and was involved in the Plantation of Ireland. My great-grandfather went to England in the 1850s and became a master mariner. My grandfather was the first in the family to come to Canada.

The Brabazon family is connected with various branches of my family tree. I hope the following is clear enough to follow. Sir Thomas Phillips and his second wife, Lady Alicia Ussher had issue two children: 1) Anne and 2) Thomas.

1) Anne Phillips married Chidley Coote. One of their sons was Sir Philips Coote, who married Lady Elizabeth Brabazon (daughter of Sir William Brabazon, 3rd Earl of Meath and his wife, Elizabeth Lennard)

2) Thomas Phillips married, and had issue: James. James Phillips, married Margaret Haynes.

They had issue one child, Thomas Phillips. Thomas Phillips married Mary Anne Wade. They had two children: a) Hannah and b) Michael.

a)             Hannah Phillips married James Hamilton of Sheephill (James’ g-g-grandfather John Hamilton married Sarah Brabazon, daughter of Sir Anthony Brabazon and Ursula Malby. John’s oldest brother, Sir James Hamilton (Lord Claneboye) married Ursula Brabazon, daughter of Lord Edward Brabazon (of Ardee).

b)             b) Michael Phillips m. Mabella Tighe. They had issue 8 children, the youngest being: Stearne. Stearne Phillips (1776-1848) married Margaret Tighe. They had issue 12 children.  Matilda Mary Phillips (who married Jeremiah Gibson) was their 6th child; my great-grandfather Arthur Wellesley was their 9th child.

A little background on myself.

I live on the west coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island, with my husband and 15-year-old son. Genealogy has been a hobby of mine for many years. My interest was sparked by an offhand remake made by my grandmother who mentioned an old family tree in the attic. I’ve been unravelling the mystery ever since!

I would be happy to correspond with anyone who thinks there might be a connection with my family. I look forward to hearing from you,

Regards, Nicole (Phillips) Morris