Notes for Tobias C. ("Little Tobe") & Mary Elizabeth (Family)
Most data on the family of Tobias C. Phillips and Mary Elizabeth Quesenberry from Cox-Phillips Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 35, a transcription of entries from their family bible . This bible was handed down to their daughter Ruth Jane Phillips who added later entries, and in 1991 was in the possession of their granddaughter, Nora Lala Agnes Phillips Spence of Indian Valley, Virginia.
Marriage return states "this certifies that the Rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between Tobias Phillips, Jr. of Indian Valley, Va. and Mary E. Quesenberry of Indian Valley on March 9, 1871 at the home of Andrew Quesenberry by Isaac L. Rigney." Although Tobias was referred to as Tobias Jr (he is also so named in the bible record), this is not because his father was named Tobias, but rather to distinguish him from other relatives such as Tobias L. Phillips and Tobias D. Phillips. He was also sometimes known as "Little Tobe". Mary's parents Andrew Quesenberry and Abigail Banks were still residing in Dugspur in Carroll Co. in 1871; I wonder why Mary was referred to as "of Indian Valley"?
1880 census of Floyd Co., Virginia, Indian Valley district, enumerated 4 June, lists on p. 10 as family #83/84:
Phillips, Robert W., 67, farmer; Nancy, 68, wife; Tobias, 29, son; Elizabeth, 28, daughter in law; Lucy O., 8, granddau; Abba G, 6, granddau; Laura E., 5, granddau; Andrew C., 2, grandson; Nancy L., 2, granddau; Rosie A., 3/12, b. Feb, granddau; Druzella (mulatto), 19, servant. All born Va/Va/Va.
1890 census of Floyd Co., Virginia14
, lists in Indian Valley district:
Phillips, Tobias, 38; Mary E., 38; Seina A., 14; Laura E., 13; Andrew C., 12; Nancy A., 11; Robert T., 10; Ruth J., 8; Grover L., 5; Noah P., 5 mo.
1900 census of Indian Valley, Floyd Co., Virginia, enumerated 14 June, lists on p. 9B as family #163/166:
Phillips, Tobias Jr., 48, b. Sep 1851, house carpenter; Mary E., wife, 47, b. July 1852, married 29 years, mother of 13 children, 10 living; Nancy J., dau, 21, b. July 1878; Robert T., son, 18, b. Oct 1881; Ruthy J., dau, 16, b. Sep 1883; Grover L., son, 12, b. Aug 1887; Noah P., son, 10, b. Jan 1890; Clarence E., son, 6, b. Sep 1893.
1910 census of Floyd Co., Virginia, Indian Valley district, enumerated 27 April, lists on p. 7A as family #114:
Phillips, Tobias, 59, miller at grist mill; Mary E., wife, 58, married 38 years, mother of 13 children, 9 living; Noah P., son, 20; Clarence E., son, 16; Isabel Quesenbery, 8. All born Va/Va/Va.