Phebe Lippitt & William “Henry” Pollock Page

Phoebe Lippitt Pollock

News & Artifacts

1856: Two of Phebe’s younger brothers drown in river

1865: Phebe marries Henry Strail

1868: Phebe is expecting first child; Henry Strail dies

1869: Hattie Strail is born

December 1870: Phebe and Henry Pollock are married

January 1878: Her sister’s anniversary party

October 1878: Henry served on the Grand Jury

June 1879: Henry purchased new equipment

February 1881: Cow Raising Success

December 1884: She made the front page news and it wasn’t fatal as she lived another 18 years.  1884, December 5th Rockton Herald: Mrs H. W. Pollock is quite sick and considered somewhat dangerous by the physician, so we are informed.

1886: Phebe’s Temperance Speech

circa 1889-1894: Portrait of their children

circa 1892: Signs her daughter’s report card

February 1894: Unexpected death of 25 year old daughter Hattie

October 1894: Henry’s Death Certificate

circa 1900: Portrait of her and the children

March 1900: Daughter Clara is wed

Large Pollock Family Gathering

September 1901: Phebe’s Will from September 1901

October 1901: Family Double Wedding

January 1902:

  • Phebe’s death is announced in the Rockton Herald
  • As reported in the Rockford Republic on Jan. 8, 1902: MRS. PHEBE POLLOCK DEAD–Mrs. Phebe Pollock, an old and well known resident of Shirland, died last Sunday at the age of 65* years. Seven children survive her. They are: Rev. Samuel Pollock, Wilbur Pollock, living on the old homestead, Truman Pollock, a student at Beloit College, Miss Cora Pollock a teacher in the south, Mrs. Dwight Powell and Mrs. Louis Wilmot, both of Shirland. The funeral was held today.
  • *death certificate states she was 57 years and 11 months
  • Death Certificate

February 1902: Phebe’s Estate Probate Announcement in the Rockton Herald 

October 1902: Truman, a very exemplary young man, dies at age 20 as announced in the Rockton Herald

Other Bio & Background Information

3-page biography from the Phelps descendants book According to this biography, W. H. was a farmer and mason by trade.  He was active as a commission of highways and as a school director.  Phoebe was known as an excellent writer.  They were members of the Shirland Episcopal Church.

Pollocks and Lippitts in Winnebago County

Family lore provided by granddaughter Phoebe Wilmot Gysin: She (Phebe) liked to read, but the children were so noisy.  There was a big tree some distance from the house where she would go and sit and no one was allowed near to disturb her.

Key Statistics

Phebe Born:  February 28, 1844 / Died: January 5, 1902 and is buried in the Shirland Cemetery

William Henry  Born: Sept. 25, 1844 in St. Lawrence Co. NY / Died: October 2, 1894 and is buried in the Shirland Cemetery

Married: December 7, 1870 in Shirland, IL

Phebe’s Spouse:  Henry Strail (1st marriage) – he died in 1868 while Phebe was pregnant with Hattie / William Henry Pollock (2nd marriage)

Children:  Hattie Strail (daughter from 1st marriage) / Cora, Samuel, Wilbur, Alice, May, Clara, Truman(died in 1903 at age 16), Charles died as a small child

William Henry’s Parents: Samuel & Betsey A. (Sackett) Pollock (they are supposedly buried in Canton, NY)

Phebe’s Parents:  John Wesley Lippitt /Almira Yarrington Warren

Phebe’s Known Siblings: John, Lowdon (or Lowden), Albert Wesley, and Ira (died at 2-years old);  Half-siblings from father: Maria Louise, Ann Phidelia, Mary Jane, Francis


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