Mattie Phillips had a brother Alfred. Their mother died when they were very young. I doubt if either had any memory of their mother.
I would like to learn more about both Mattie and Alfred, and also Ella Wallace who was raised by Ulysses. Ella later married to Owen and lived in Caro across the street from Emma Smith Smith, Minnie's sister.
My connection to this family is through Mattie Phillips Hartman's mother Minnie Smith Phillips. Minnie's father was Ulysses Smith (buried Oak Hill, Pontiac) who was a brother to Henry Smith.
Henry and Rachel Smith lived in St Clair County before moving to Caro, where they are both buried.
I can tell you lots about the Smith line if you are interested.
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