Prairie du Chien, 1870

Prairie du Chien, 1870
Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin 1870.

My second great grandparents, Peter Henry Phillips and his wife Rose Anna Garvey, moved to Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin sometime after their marriage on January 04, 1861 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  Their son George Phillips was born September 09, 1875 in Wisconsin and is listed with his parents on 1880’s US Census in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin.* Their daughter Rose May Phillips was born seven years later, 1887, in Prairie du Chien…

From the Milwaukee Sunday Journal, August 27, 1922 Prairie du Chien, 1870

*1880, Phillips, Peter – Prairie du Chien, Crawford, Wisconsin
Name: Peter Phillips
Age: 30 40
Birth Year: abt 1850 abt 1839
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1880: Prairie Du Chien, Crawford, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Rose Anne Phillips
Father’s Birthplace: Ireland
Mother’s Birthplace: Ireland
Occupation: Brakesman R.R.
Household Members: Name Age
Peter Phillips 30
Rose Anne Phillips 34
George Phillips 4

Prairie du Chien,  about 1975
A postcard view of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin from the east, around 1975. Photo By Roger via

The Great Wagon Road

The Great Wagon Road: From Philadelphia to the South by Parke Rouse Book Description The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the South was first published by McGraw Hill as part of its “Great American Trails” series, edited by A. B. Gutherie, Jr. It was instantly recognized for its insight into the birth of the American South from the early 1700’s until the Civil War. Historian Carl Bridenbaugh wrote that “In the last sixteen years of the colonial era, southbound traffic along the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road was numbered in tens of thousands; it was the most heavily travelled road in all America…” and Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson marked its route on their map of Virginia in 1754 as “the great Wagon Road from the Yadkin River through Virginia to Philadelphia distant 435 miles.”

Over the years the Road led countless Scotch-Irish, Germanic, and English settlers southward from Philadelphia to settle the Appalachian uplands from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Over the Road went the progenitors of John Sevier of Tennessee, John Caldwell Calhoun of South Carolina, Sam Houston of Texas, Cyrus McCormick of Virginia, and other Americans.

Countless cities and towns from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia, owe their beginning to early camp sites along the Road that grew into tavern locations, then into county seats, and then into centers of agriculture and industry. Today such Wagon Road towns as Lancaster, York, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia; Winchester, Newmarket, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington, and Rocky Mount, Virginia; Winston-Salem, Salisbury, and Charlotte, North Carolina; and Newberry and Camden, South Carolina have grown along the onetime settler’s trail.

The Great Wagon Road also tells of Daniel Boone’s pioneering from Big Lick, Virginia-now Roanoke-into the territory of Kentucky. Boone Expedited western settlement by cutting a trail across Cumberland Gap on Virginia’s frontier to lead settlers in Revolutionary years into dangerous Indian country. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.



Maps purchased at, 1998  . . .hca

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