Bob Goodwin
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:06am

Vince, Sorry I didn't get back with you on this.
The William Wilcox that was injured in the coal mine accident near Kemmerer, Wyoming was not William T, Phillips. He was actually William Temple Wilcox, born 1 Jan 1881 in Utah, the son of Elisha and Lucinda Wilcox. Died in Eureka, California 26 Nov 1956 He was listed in both the 1900 and in the 1910 census as a mine laborer, or coal miner in Diamondville and North Cumberland, Wyoming.

By 1905, Phillips had long abandoned using the Wilcox name which was the name of his foster/adoptive father. He started going by his real father's surname sometime around 1900 after he had visited with family in Michigan in 1900.

  • re:vince garcia, Fri Jun 14 3:04am
    Newspaper says he was injured on a coal mine mishap near Kemmerer. How would we know which would be right or explain the two different claims?
    • re: — Bob Goodwin, Mon Jun 17 7:06am
      • re:vince garcia, Tue Jun 18 6:53pm
        Ah, thanks. Good info
      • re:Daniel Buck, Mon Jun 17 7:05pm
        Bob, so Wilcox was actually Phillips, rather than the other way around? Is this something new, that you just figured out, or did we discuss it before? Dan
        • WT PhillipsBob Goodwin, Tue Jun 18 6:24am
          Dan, Yes we bandied this around several years ago. It is something I have known for years but have never told in full. The short answer is (the long answer would be much longer and detailed) this:... more
          • Very enlightening Trevor Newland, Tue Jun 18 10:41pm
            Bob, That certainly gives a much fuller picture of Philips than I ever expected to come across. I have to admit that I was pulled in by Pointer’s original book when it came out because I desperately... more
          • Re: WT PhillipsDaniel Buck, Tue Jun 18 6:52am
            Bob, What a tale, Dickensonian in many respects. I wonder, donning my psychiatric hat, if Phillips's childhood, abandoned, shuttled from home to home, had something to do with his later affixing... more
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