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Is this man George Burton Dyer?

3 January 2012 2 comments

I found a photo of the Oneida Independent Cavalry men at leisure while stationed at Petersburg, Virginia sometime between June 1864 and April 1865 in the Library of Congress.  My ancestor, George Burton Dyer, was a member of this company, so I zoomed in and took a look at the faces, and found a person who does resemble him, but I can’t be sure.

So, is the person on the left the same as the person on the right?

I’m not sure.  When I showed my mom, she said that the guy on the left has an “Irish nose” (hadn’t heard that description before) and the guy on the right has a nose like my dad’s.  I don’t see anything in the nose that makes it obvious one way or the other.

Others who would have been in the Oneida Independent Cavalry at the time:

  • George W Bedell, first sergeant, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James H Biddle, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William R Biddle, sergeant, mustered out December 4, 1864
  • Joseph G Bird, private, mustered out June 2, 1865
  • Joshua N Blenis, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Warren H Boles, private, mustered out June 12, 1865
  • Addison G Bonney, sergeant, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Charles F Bort, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Jacob M Bower, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • John H Brogan, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Timothy Burk, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles Bushyby, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Michael Byrne, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Byrne, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Dwight Chapin, quartermaster-sergeant, mustered out September 3, 1864
  • John G Chapman, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Almond Lucern Clark, non-commissioned second lieutenant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Zeno Clark, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Dennis Clary, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas B Coonan, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Edward H Cummings, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Cornelius Daly, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Francis A Darling, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • George E Davis, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Milton Dennison, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Sanford Deyo, private, expired September 3, 1864
  • Henry P Dezard, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Isaac Dickinson, wagoner, mustered out June 17, 1865
  • George B Dyer, first sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Dygert, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Gilbert Ellis, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Michael Ernenwein, farrier & blacksmith but reduced, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Andrew Farrington, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • James Fleming, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Newton France, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Alvin T Gay, private, mustered out June 12, 1865
  • Elisha Gay, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Michael Gleason, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Sanford Gotham, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Warren A Griswold, private, mustered out May 6, 1965
  • Martin M Haley, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Haley, private, deserted June 12, 1865
  • Chauncey Hill, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Henry J Holme, private, mustered out October 23, 1864
  • Martin Hoolahan, private, died August 10, 1864
  • Phillip Hopple, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Samuel F Hough, private, mustered out June 9, 1865
  • Henry J Howe, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Watkins A Hughes, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James E Jenkins, non-commissioned captain, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Albert B Johnson, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Kennedy, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Warren H Kenyon, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Joseph Knittel, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Henwick Kounen, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Lane, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Burton Lawton, private, mustered out June 2, 1865
  • John Leonard, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles H Loomis, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • John Lucy, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Daniel P Mann, non-commissioned captain, mustered out December 10, 1864
  • Henry Marshal, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Riley Marshall, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles J Martin, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Hiram May, private, “sick” on muster roll of June 13, 1865
  • Charles Miller, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Robert Miller, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William Miller, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Charles H Miner, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Freet Miner, quartermaster-sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Leonard Morse, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Orin W Mowry, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Murfitt, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Nevin, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles H Nicholson, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Nodecker, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Gilbert W Palmer, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William H Parker, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James L Pease, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Warren Penfield, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Henry D Perkins, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Eugene M Perry, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Rensalaer Phillips, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas E Randall, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William F Reed, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Hamilton Rhodes, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Francis G Rice, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James Rice, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Rice, Jr, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Rockford, private, died September 19, 1864
  • Thomas Rowan, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William Schafer, farrier and blacksmith, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Henry A J Sexton, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Alonzo Sherwin, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Abraham Simmons, Jr, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Abraham Simmons, Sr, saddler, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Jacob van R Simmons, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Skulley, private, transferred to VRC December 22, 1864
  • Edgar H Spencer, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Miles D Spencer, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Albert Stevens, Jr, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Franklin Stewart, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Sweeney, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • R Eugene Turner, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Frank Vane, non-commissioned first lieutenant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Louis Vanderwarker, corporal, mustered out October 25, 1864
  • Andrew Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Dony Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Jacob Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • John E Vickerman, private, mustered out October 25, 1864
  • Thomas E Vischer, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • George Walker, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Hiram N Warren, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Delevan B Way, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Millard Way, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Thomas Weilman, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Charles F Welton, private, mustered out May 30, 1865
  • Albert H Wells, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Benjamin Y Wells, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • George H Wells, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Emory J West, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Williams, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William W Williams, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Winton, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William R P Woodruff, private, mustered out June 29, 1865

Resolve on the Petition of Palmer Gardner, approved January 24, 1792

2 September 2011 Leave a comment

I had some copies made from the Massachusetts Archives from the legislative packet related to the January 24 1792 general court resolve to grant land in Lincoln County to people who had lost land in the surveying of the boundary with New York. On October 1, 1798, Caleb Eddy was ordered by the Supreme Judicial Court to post notice in newspapers about his petition before the petition was to be heard on the June 26, 1799 by the Supreme Judicial Court at Pownalborough (now in Maine). John C William was Caleb Eddy’s attorney, and H W Dwight was the court clerk on October 1, 1798. I had seen these notices in newspapers while searching for Palmer Garnder, and was hoping to find reference of any Dyers, since the Dyers and Gardners supposedly owned adjoining lands…but I did not. Still interesting and valuable, just not something that would knock down a brick wall.

I’m not sure where this Groton is located. Asa Douglas was a Jericho valley pioneer (Jericho being for former land grant of the Hancock area) who lived in Stephentown, NY, and who was a representative of the area in the MA House of Delegates. Douglas’ son Benajah Douglas settled in Ballston Spa, New York. The present village of Groton, NY seems too far away–but Massachusetts had tried to claim as far west as they could, though I had thought that they weren’t that aggressive by 1771. Groton, MA is too far east to be questioned in relation to NY. Groton, CT and Groton, VT are too far away from any NY/MA joint contested border.

[folio 1 verso]

The proprietors petition of the Groton grant

Comtee on Petn of Groton Propr

Mr. [Jones?] B
Mr. Bowdoin
Mr. Parsons

[folio 1 recto]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the House of Representatives, June 10th 1790

On the petition of Palmer Gardner, Noah Eli, Reuben Hewett, Daniel McCarthy, Eleazer Bateman, Thos Eldridge, Jeremiah Mark, John Cops, Asa Douglass, Caleb Eldridge, James Osbourne, David Warren, John Rathburn, Barnett Stilwill and Jonas Shed praying compensation may be made them for lands lost by running the line between this Commonwealth and the State of New York.

Whereas it appears to this Court that Nineteen Hundred and eighty acres of Land belonging to a Grant of Land made to the proprietors of Groton in the Year 1771 have fallen within the State of New York and whereas it appears also that nine hundred and eighty acres of the Grant aforesaid were sold by the proprietors of Groton aforesaid to the above petitioners.

Resolved that the committee on the subject of unappropriated Land in the County of Lincoln be and they hereby are impowered and directed in behalf of this Commonwealth to confirm to aeach ofb the petitioners also caccording to the number of acres each of they Lost.d such a quantity of the unappropriated land in e the four eastern counties in this Commonwealth as the sd f Commissioners shall estimate to be worth g£245 in full [consideration?] of the Land lost [?] [?]

Sent up for concurrence

David Cobb Spkr

In Senate Febr. 19, 1791–
Heard + concurred with amendments as a, c, e, f, + g

Sent down for concurrence Saml Phillips Presidt

a. dele from a to b
c. dele from c to d
e. ins. either of
f. dele “Comissioners” + ins Committee
g. dele £245 + ins Five hundered + forty five pounds (in words)

[folio 2 verso]

Resolve on the Petition of Palmer Gardner and others granting them lands

Approved January 24, 1792

Groton Proprietors

March 1791 Refer’d

concurred

[folio 2 recto]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the House of Representatives

March 9, 1791

On the petition of Palmer Gardner, Noah Eli, Reuben Hewett, Daniel McCarthy, Eleazer Bateman, Thomas Eldridge, Jeremiah Mark, John Cops, Asa Douglass, Caleb Eldridge, James Osbourne, David Warren, John Rathburn, Barnett Stilwill and Jonas Shed praying compensation may be made for them for lands lost by running the Line between this Commonwealth & the State of New York.

Whereas it appears to this Court that nineteen hundred and eighty acres of land belonging to a Grant of land made to the proprietors of Groton in the Year 1771 have fallen within the State of New York and whereas it also appears from the Representation of the above Petitioners that nine hundred and eighty acres of the grant aforesaid were sold by the said petitioners of Groton aforesaid to the said petitioners–

Therefore Resolved that the Comittee on the subject of unappropriated land in the County of Lincoln be and they are hereby impowered and directed in behalf of this Commonwealth to convey and confirm to the said petitioners such such a quantity of the unappropriated land in either of the four eastern counties in this Commonwealth as the said Committee shall estimate to be worth Two hundred and forty five pounds*

Sent up for concurrence

David Cobb Spkr

*to have & to hold the same to them their several Heirs and assign in proportion to the Several quantities of Land which they have respectively lost as aforesaid provided the Petitioners have actually purchased the right of the said Proprietors of Groton to the said Nine hundred & Eighty acres & now hold the same.

[folio 3 verso]

Report upon Palmer Gardners Petition

concurred

[folio 3 recto]

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the Senate Jany 23d 1792

On the petition of Palmer Gardner, Noah Eli, Reuben Hewett, Daniel McCarthy, Eleazer Bateman, Thomas Eldridge, Jeremiah Mark, John Cops, Asa Douglass, Caleb Eldridge, Jas Osbourn, David Warren, John Rathburn, Barnett Stilwill & Jonas Shed praying compensation may be made them for lands lost on running the line between this Commonwealth & the State of New York. –Whereas it appears to this Court that nineteen hundred & eighty acres of land belonging to a Grant of land made to the proprietors of Groton in the Year 1771 have fallen within the State of New York, & whereas it also appears from the representation of the above Petitioners that nine hundred & eighty acres of the grants aforesaid were sold by the said proprietors of Groton aforesaid to the said petitioners. –Therefore Resolved that the Committee on the subject of unappropriated land in the County of Lincoln be & they are hereby impowered & directed in behalf of this Commonwealth to convey & confirm to the said petitioners such a quantity of the unappropriated land in either of the four Eastern Counties in this Commonwealth as the said Committee shall estimate to be worth two hundred & forty five pounds. –To have and to hold the same to them their several heirs & assins in proportion to the several quantities of land which they have respectively lost as aforesaid provided the said Petitioners have actually purchased the right of the said Proprietors of Groton to the said Nine hundred & eighty acres & now hold the same.

Sent down for concurrence
Saml Phillips Presidt

In the House of Representatives Jany 24 1792
Read & concurred John [Coffin?] [Jones?] [?] [?] [?]
Approv’d
John Hancock

[folio 4 verso]

Report upon Palmer Gardners Petition

concurred

[folio 4 recto]

To the Honourable Court the petition of the subscribers [?] of the proprietors of the Township of Groton Humbly shows that whereas the Said proprietors of Said Township Laid out a certain tract of land Granted to them by the General Court in the Supposed town of Hancock who sold great part thereof to us the subscribers and [yisok?] their pay for the same and by the Running of the line between the Commonwealth of Masachusits and the State of New York great part thereof is cut of from said Masachusits and we understand that the original proprietors [?] the Honourable Court for a compensation to be made to them for all the land cut off from said grant by [said?] [line?] where they have had a full compensation for most of said land from [?] the subscribers which we think is an unreasonable Request of said proprietors to ask a compensation for any more than that which they have not Sold and that your petitioners should have no compensation for all the money they have paid to said proprietors and the Heavy Taxes they have paid to the Masachusits for the lands Belonging to the State of New York. Therefore your petitioners Most humbly pray the Honourable Court to take that matter in to your wise consideration and grant them a compensation for the lands purchased by Said subscribers which [?] off from the Masachusits which the Subscribers have been obliged to [?] of the [?] or loose some at a very high rate a plan of which will be herewith presented Shewing what the said proprietors have sold and what they have not solde that your Honour May be capable of Doing Justice to your petitions and to Said proprietors which is all we Desire and your petitiors as in Duty bound will ever pray.
[signed]
Palmer Gardner
Noah Ely
Elizer Bateman
Reuben Hewit
Daniel Carthy
Caleb Eldredg
Thomas Eldredg
Asa Douglass
Barnet Stilwill
John Rathbon
James Osborn
David Warren
Jonas Shed

Clues to Benjamin Nichols Dyer

22 July 2011 Leave a comment

Part of the problem with tracing Benjamin Nichols Dyer is that him and his family seemed to move around quite a lot.  Not only that, but the borders between states were frequently disputed during his and his parents’ life times.

I don’t know too much about his parents.  George Dyre and Ann Nichols were married in West Greenwich, RI on 25 Dec 1760.  There exist birth records for 10 children in Rhode Island.  However, according to the Gardner history and genealogy By Lillian May Stickney Gardner, the family had moved to Hancock, MA, next to Ann Nichols’ sister, Hannah Nichols Gardner.

Ann is listed in as having died in 1780 during the birth of her 11th child.  This is listed in Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Rutland County, Vermont (1899) and Genealogical and family history of the state of Vermont by Hiram Carleton (1903).  Carleton’s information is lifted word for word from Biographical Sketches.

I’m not entirely convinced this is true.  George Dyer did marry an Amy (she is listed as “Consort of George Dyer, Esq., in 75th y” on her gravestone in Claredon Flats), but I have seen in many peoples’ notes where they confuse his marriage to Amy ___ with Waite/Waity Gardner.  A Waite/Waity Gardner married a George Dyer in Hancock, MA on 7 Apr 1797.  This was most likely George Dyer, Jr.  Benjamin Nichols Dyer was living in Stephentown, NY (only a short distance form Hancock) in the 1790 and 1800 censuses.

In 1792, Palmer Gardner of Hancock, MA lost land in the survey of the border between Massachusetts and New York.  He and others were granted land in what is now Maine as equivalent land.

The elusive Benjamin Nichols Dyer

18 February 2011 2 comments

I am trying to look into the Dyer family who lived in what was Stephentown, but I don’t believe any of them lived within the current Stephentown limits.  I’ve done pretty much all the research I can do remotely, and I’m not sure what sort of records exist for early Stephentown/Petersburg/Rensselaer County.  Ideally, I would like to see some land or court records, wills, births, any documents, really.  I’m looking for proof of the relationship between who I believe are son, father, and grandfather.

I’m looking for information regarding George Dyer (if he ever resided in Stephentown) and any sons who lived in Stephentown (Benjamin Nichols Dyer and any others).  I’m looking for the name of Benjamin Nichols Dyer’ wife (and any other information about her), and for proof that Benjamin Nichols Dyer was the father of Benjamin Wood Dyer and Burton Hammond Dyer.  There was a lot of moving around, so I want to outline all of it so hopefully it helps with where to start.

George Dyer married Anne Nichols on 25 Dec 1760 in West Greenwich, RI.  They had at least 7 sons and 3 daughters in RI.  One of the sons was named Benjamin Nichols Dyer, who was born 3 Sept 1762, according to FHL film 925978 (record has “Benjamin Nichols Dyre” as name, so middle name is confirmed).  Another son was George (jr), born 4 Mar 1769.  After 1790, after the death of his wife, George Dyer Sr left RI and settled in Rutland County, VT.  George was still in West Greenwich with 2 females at 1790 US Census.

In regards to North Petersburg, this might be him: (http://history.rays-place.com/ny/ren-petersburgh-ny.htm)

David Russell of Salem built the old grist mill which originally was conducted by Nathan Hakes, and which was abandoned about 1825. Among the first tavern-keepers of the village were men named Lewis and Dyer.

There was a Benj N Dyer was living in Stephentown in 1790, near Nathan Hakes.
There was a Benjn N Dyer was living in Stephentown in 1800 census
There was a Benjamin Dyer living in Windham, Windham, CT in 1810 census
There was a Benjn Dyer living in Onondaga, NY in 1810 census

In 1798, a Benjamin N Dyer was a member of the military from Rensselaer County:

A Benjamin Dyer is buried in the Old Congregational Cemetery in Pittsford, VT.  His gravestone inscription says he died July 11, 1819, in his 57th year, which would match up to the RI birth record.
There are also Benjamin Dyers from the time period buried in Wiswell Cemetery, West Townshend, Windham, VT (no data on inscription) and a Capt Benjamin Dyer who died 19 Jan 1856 a 77y, buried in the Shaftsbury Center cemetery, near Baptist church, Shaftsbury, Bennington, VT.

Benjamin Nichols Dyer is rumored to have married his wife in Hancock, Berkshire, MA before their first child was born in 1790.

A George Dyer (probably George Jr) married a Wait Gardner in Hancock, Berkshire, MA on 7 Apr 1796.  Waity Dyer died in 1843 in Rutland, VT.  In 1810 census, both George Sr & Jr lived in Rutland.  In 1817, George Sr died in Clarendon, Rutland, VT.  On 20 Jul 1843, George Jr died in Rutland, VT.  George Jr had a son Alanson, b 1800.  Alanson is listed in an 1861 Vermont Supreme Court case as the father of a Benjamin N Dyer.

Benjamin Nichols Dyer’s sons I believe include Benjamin Wood Dyer and Burton Hammond Dyer.  I believe Benjamin Wood to be born in Petersburg on 1 Sep 1797, but I’m not sure if Burton Hammond Dyer was born in New York or Vermont.  Benjamin Wood and Burton Hammond Dyer moved to Madison County, NY.

I looked in the publication “Records of Stephentown Baptist Church, 1795-1816” but it did not have any Dyers.  On April 9, 1820, the Wampsville Presbyterian Church society was formed, and Burton and Benjamin Dyer were supporters at that time.

Benjamin Wood Dyer married Mahala Barnard maybe in 1833.  She was the daughter of Pardon & Mahala/Polly/Dolly (Cadwell) Barnard, who resided in Madison County, NY from 1807-1840.  Benjamin Wood died 17 Feb 1888 and buried in Lenox, Madison, NY.  Benjamin Wood has a son, Benjamin Nicholas Dyer (born about 1836).  Benjamin Nicholas Dyer has a son Benjamin N Dyer (b about 1877)

Burton Hammond Dyer married Rebecca Walker Johnson of Sangerfield, NY on 15 May 1835.  He lived in Oneida at that time.  He died 23 Apr 1892 in Oneida.

To Do List: 15 Feb 2011

15 February 2011 1 comment
  • Almira Larkin White seemed to rely heavily on Lyman Willard Densmore’s Hand-book of Hartwell genealogy, 1636-1887.  Double check on differences.
  • Input data from Neff books:
    • Smith, Hilda Neff. From the Alps to the Appalachians. Arlington, VA: R.W. Beatty Ltd, 1967. Call number CS71 .N383 1967
    • Neff, William Alfred.  The Neff-Näf Family: A history of the descendants of Henry Neff, Manor Township, Lancaster County, PA, Who immigrated from his native Switzerland to the Colony of Pennsylvania settling at Penn’s Conestoga Manor, Chester [Lancaster] County.  Princton Junction, NJ: Neff & Associates, 1991. Call number CS71 .N383 1991.
    • Bell, Raymond Martin and Brendan R. Wehrung.  Ensimger of Alsace and Pennsylvania.  Washington, PA: 1994.  Have entered direct ancestors. Call number CS71 .E6 1994
    • Wesner, Doris.  Alsatian Connections, Volume 1: Family genealogies of Alsatian emigrants to America from the villages of Butten, Dehlingen, Diemeringen, Ratzwiller, and Waldhambach. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1995.  Call number E184 .A4 W47 1995.
  • Input data from White (& Densmore) publications (Rebecca W Johnson and Burton H Dyer being closest relatives mentioned)
  • Download & add rev war pension files for William Porter (b. about 1750, d. 10 Feb 1843)
  • finish entering data and citing from The Dana family in America.
    1/14: finished page 341
    Need to do: Francis DANA (1737 – 1813) and ancestors
    Finish Samuel DANA’s (1799 – 1888) descendents
  • Enter data from the article “Captain Edward Johnson, of Woburn, Mass., and some of his descendants” by Hon. Edward Francis Johnson (The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 59)
  • To research: a Dyer who is buried in Stephentown, NY:
  • Upload PDF of index for Stephentown Baptist Church records

Overall goals:

  • Fill out all data that I have for generations 3-5

To work on later:

  • Expanding/making sense of Phillippi line
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