I know of the family of John Bocking PHILO came from England in I believe the 1850s or 1860s (although he is recorded in both the 1851 & 1861 English censuses) and had died in Greenwich Kent in 1864. I have had some success several years ago with George J PHILO who was given the land his father had originally farmed in Morris Town when his father returned to England (this fact was specifically stated in John's will which left 400 pounds of 3% Annuity to son William, his printing busines in Greenwich to his son Frederick T, the will continued that any other estate of John B should then be divided between George, William & Frederick.
I do not know what happened to John's wife Hester who may well have died in America and I similarly have not found in England any record of the life or death of their youngest son Arthur Edward PHILO born in 1850 after the 1851 census.
George J PHILO with his family were recorded in Knox County censuses from the 1860 through to the 1880, but his family have told me of his move to Le Roy Kansas where he died in 1900.
I have a copy of the birth certificate of his brother William PHILO was born in Norfolk on 7 Aug 1837 but this does not tie in very neatly with the William PHILO appearing on the 1870, 1880 & 1900 censuses in Ohio (I have not made a full search for him in 1860). I suspect that he may have initially moved his year of birth to accomodate a young wife as in 1870 he was 30 & Maria 21 and ten years later it was 39 and 29 respectively. By 1900 (and even 1890 if it was there to read) Maria had presumably died and he married (as you suggest) Sarah WRIGHT and he was 59. He was more or less consistent with his age BUT it does not properly match the only English born William to be registered in the period 1837-1845 although we know that birth registration was not 100% at that time. I suspect looking at the date of your original posting that you may already have researched for yourself much of what I have written but I would be happy to swop more information with you. Do the Civil War records / Veteran's Records provide any more data (he seems to have been proud of his war-damaged elbow)?
I hope that you can help me in my world-wide search for PHILOs with a mutual swop of information.
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