Sarah Ellen Philips (1878-1955)

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Sarah Ellen Philips Overholt Howse
Born: 2 Dec 1878 Akron, Michigan
Died: 12 Oct 1955 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Lloyd D. Philips
Mother: Nancy Ann Vaughn
Siblings: William Augustus Philips
Charles Edward Philips
Sarah Ellen Philips
Lucy B. Philips
Carrie M. Hunn
Roxsina Hunn
Frederick Wesley Hunn
Pearl May Hunn
Harry Hunn
Hazel Maude Hunn
Spouse: John B. Overholt
Married: 15 Apr 1895, Vanderbilt, Michigan
Children: Anna E. Overholt
Spouse: James Milton Howse
Married: 4 Apr 1905 Gaylord, Michigan
Children: Eisey May Howse
Melvin Earl Howse
Myrtle Sina Howse
Charles Adelbert Howse
Sylvia Pauline Howse
Clifford Leroy Howse

Sarah Ellen Philips was born December 2, 1878 in Akron, Tuscola, Michigan.

Her parents are Lloyd D. Philips and Nancy Ann Vaughn.

Her siblings are William Augustus, Charles Edward and Lucy B. Philips.

She also had six half siblings: Carrie M., Roxie, Frederick Wesley, Pearl May, Harry and Hazel Maude Hunn.

Sarah married first John B. Overholt on April 15, 1895 in Vanderbilt, Otsego, Michigan.

They had one daughter Anna E. Overholt born in 1897.

In the 1900 Federal Census she is listed as a widow in Chandler Twp., Charlevoix, Michigan.

Sarah married second James Milton Howse on 4 April 1905 in Gaylord, Otsego, Michigan.

Their children are Eisey May, Melvin Earl, Myrtle Sina, Charles Adelbert, Sylvia Pauline and Clifford Leroy Howse.

Sarah helped raise Raymond Leslie House, one of two sons of James from his first marriage.

She was a well thought of midwife in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She was a member of the Harbor Springs Methodist Church.

Sarah died of cancer the 12th of October 1955 in Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan. She was buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs, Michigan.


Petoskey News-Review, Thursday, 13 October 1955, p. 4:

Rites Saturday for Mrs. Howse

Services for Sarah Ellen Howse, 77, Harbor Springs, who died at Little Traverse Hospital Wednesday after being in poor health for three years, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the Harbor Springs Methodist church.

She was the widow of James M. Howse.

Mrs. Howse was born Dec. 2, 1877 in Sanilac County and was married in 1903 at Wolverine.

They moved to Pellston, then to Harbor Springs 42 years ago.

Surviving are three sons, Melvin of Lansing, Delbert of Overpeck, Ohio, and Clifford of Harbor Springs; two daughters, Mrs. Denton Ward of Harbor Springs and Mrs. Sylvia Reed of Alanson: two stepsons, James Milton and Raymond Howse both of Lansing; four sisters, Mrs. Delbert Woolever and Mrs. Clarence Baker of Batavia N.Y., Mrs. George West of Grand Rapids and Mrs. Jasper Kymer of Battle Creek.

The body is at the Erwin Funeral Parlor where friends may call between 7:30 & 9 p.m.; Friday. Burial is to be in Lakeview Cemetery.



  • Birth: Tuscola County, Michigan, Birth Records, vol 2, page 55, #137
2 December 1878
Sarah Phillips
Father: Loyd (of PA)
Mother: Nancy Phillips (of Ohio)
Birthplace: Akron.
  • 1880 Federal Census Columbia Tp., Tuscola, Michigan
Philips, Loyd D.
, Sarah E., white, female, 1, daughter, single, Michigan
  • Fathers Probate: Tuscola Co., Michigan, File #704, 25 Jul 1881: Phillips, Lloyd D., dec'd
  • Marriage: Otsego County, Michigan, Record of Marriages, vol 1:
Page: 25
Number: 14
License Dated: Apr 15 1895
Groom: John B. Overholt
Age: 29
Race: White
Residence: Vanderbilt
Birth place: Canada
Occupation: Laborer
Father: Brock Overholt
Mother: Mary L. Parker
Times Previously married: one
Bride: Sarah Phillips
Age: 17
Race: White
Residence: Vanderbilt
Birth place: unknown
Occupation: ----
Father: unknown
Mother: unknown
Times Previously married: no
Married: Apr 15 1895
Place: Vanderbilt
By: A Van Auken, Minister
Nelson G. L. Hunn, Vanderbilt
Nancy A. Hunn, Vanderbilt
  • 1900 Federal Census, Chandler Tp., Charlevoix, Michigan
House, James M.
Overhalt, Sarah, servant, white, female, b. Dec 1878, 21, widowed, 1 child, 1 living, MI, PA, MI
Overhalt, Anna E., boarder, white, female, b. Apr 1897, 3, single, MI, Can, MI
  • 2nd Marriage: FHL Film #965766, Otsego County, Michigan, Marriage Record, p. 68, #11:
House, James M., 36, white, of Otsego Co., MI
Overhalt, Sarah/Sarah Phillips, 26, white, of Otsego Co., MI
Born: MI
Father: Don't know
Mother: Nancy Vaughn
One previous marriage
Licensed: 3 Apr 1905
Married: 4 Apr 1905, Gaylord Methodist Episcopal Church
By: Henry B. Marsh, Clergyman, Gaylord, Michigan
Roland Marsh, Gaylord, MI
Jessie I. Marsh, Gaylord, MI
  • 1910 Federal Census, McKinley Tp., Emmet, Michigan
House, James M.
, Sarah L., wife, female, white, 31, married twice, married 6 yrs, 5 children, 7 living, MI, PA, OH
  • 1920 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Little Traverse twp., Emmet, Michigan:
House, James M.
, Sarah, wife, female, white, 41, md, MI, PA, OH
  • Death: Emmet Co., Michigan Death Record, 1 December 1955
Howse, Sarah Ellen
born: Michigan
Father: Lloyd Phillips
Mother: Nancy
Died: 12 October 1955
At: Petoskey, Michigan
Cause: Cancer
Age: 77 years
Occupation: at home
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
HOWSE, Sarah Ellen
Date of Death: 10/12/1955
Liber: 5
Folio: 512
Place of Death: Petoskey, MI
  • Obituary: Petoskey News-Review, Thursday, 13 October 1955, p. 4
Howse, Sarah Ellen,
d. Oct 15, 1955
Sec D
Lot 26