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Adam Philhower, son of William Philhower & Catherine Apgar, (b. 1791 – d. 1858) had two wives: Charity Philhower and Mary Cool. One source has Charity’s death as Oct. 22, 1843. But she does not appear with Adam in the 1840 census. Unfortunately, the 1840 census did not have children’s names. He appears with 2 adults (20-30) and the 3 young children (5-10, 0-5, 0-5). A brother nearby, Peter, seems to have extra children. Another source has Adam’s marriage to Mary as about 1837. Deat’s book on Hunterdon County marriages 1795 – 1875 does not record that marriage, but does have Adam & Charity’s as March 27,1817.
The children by Adam are: Isaac (b. 1818), William (b. 1820), Catherine (b. 1821), Elizabeth (b. 1826) , Ellen (b. 1827), Harmon (b. 1831), Emeline (b. 1834), Nathan (b. 1838), Ralph H. (b. 1840) & Effy (b. 1842) & Mary’s acknowledged children; Eliza Amanda (b. 1844) & Priscilla (b. 1847). Actually, Isaac and William were 20-30 in 1840. Harmon & Emeline would be 5-10, while Nathan & Ralph would be 0-5. These ranges have been known to stretch. On the other hand, Mary does not appear with Adam in 1840 either.