Phillips Families in the US #germany #usa

Rachel Unkefer

Seeking descendants of Jonas Phillips (1736-1803 Philadelphia). Jonas Phillips was an early Jewish immigrant to the US during the British Colonial Period and the patriarch of a well-known family. I'm seeking information on living descendants for a research project. I'm also interested in other Jewish Phillips families, especially those who came to the US early (pre-1870).

More information about Jonas Phillips:

Thanks in advance for any help.
Rachel Unkefer
Central Virginia, USA


A great-great grandmother, Leah Phillips, was born in England in about 1826, and immigrated to the US in about 1848. She married a Moses Isaacs, who was from Poland. The lived in New York City and had eight daughters. At least four of the daughters died of reproductive cancers.
We have not been able to find any trace of Leah in England, though she should be in the 1840 census. Some documents mention "Fischel," which may have been the original last name or might have been Leah's father's given name.
This Leah Phillips is clearly not a descendant of Jonas Phillips but I am interested in following this discussion to learn of other Phillips she might have been related to.

Alisa Klaus
Santa Cruz, California

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

There are 32 direct descendants (through his children Naphtali, Zalegman, Rachel, and Ester) registered in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Genealogical Research System. The interface for the public can be accessed at You might want to search under the ANCESTORS and DESCENDANTS tabs.

Each DAR application includes birth, death, and some marriage info for every generation between Jonas Phillips and his descendant applicant, so pick the most recent by highest member #. There are supporting documents ranging from vital records, to census, books, bible records, land, etc. A digital copy of the application and supporting documents, that are "existing and unrestricted" can be ordered on the website for $30.
Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
NVC, DAR Jewish Task Force
Director, JewishGen USA Research Division

Sherri Bobish


Have you tried contacting The American Jewish Historical Society?

You can search their on-line catalog here:

A very quick search finds him named in this collection:,contains,jonas%20phillips&offset=0
Phillips family papers, undated, 1752, 1758-1955.

Further searching at AJHS may find more.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching:  RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD (Daliowa and Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA, Tarnobrzeg, Pol.
SAKOLSKY / SOLON / SOLAN (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH (maybe from Odessa)

Mark Michaels

There is a London based (since 1820s) Phillips family one branch of which was Godfrey Phillips (1826 -1910) married to Betsy founder of the eponymous tobacco company who was in Cincinnati. There were notably 4 sibling marriages between 4 of the 14 children of Godfrey Phillips 1828-1887 (not the tobacco one – they were brothers-in-law – Godfrey Tobacco was married to Betsy sister of Godfrey married to Rose)  and Rose nee Harris (1829 – 1906) and 4 of the 10 children of Samuel Isaacs (1830 – 1896) and Marie nee Lipman ?? – 1912). This resulted in numerous incidences of the name Godfrey which when associated with Isaacs nearly always turns out to be a part of this family. Phineas is also a recurring family name. I am the great grandson of one of those 4 sibling marriages.

Mark J Michaels
Montgomery, Wales