William Phillips was born circa 1842 in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom to William Phillips (1815-1877) and Elizabeth Forsyth (1817-1895) and died 27 July 1919 Dundee, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom of chronic bronchitis. He married Anne Burns (1836-1898) 24 June 1863 in St Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. He married Margaret McQuillan (1849-1904) 19 June 1899 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom.
|Offspring of William Phillips and Anne Burns (1836-1898)|
|Patrick Phillips (1863-1867)|
|John Phillips (1865-1866)|
|Offspring of William Phillips and Mary Conway (1852-1947)|
|Catherine Conway (1881-1968)||15 November 1881 Dundee, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom||16 March 1968 26 Balbeggie Street, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom||Patrick McGoldrick (1881-1971)|
William Phillips was born circa 1842 in Renfrewshire. At this stage, no christening record has been located. His birthplace was later given as Renfrew, but he may have been born in Erskine, where his parents had married in September 1842, or Paisley, where his brother was born in 1845. His father William was a general dealer and mason, and his mother Elizabeth was formerly a domestic servant. Both had migrated to Scotland from Ireland. His father is believed to be from Ballyfatten, County Antrim, and may originally have had the surname McPhillips.
William first grew up in Paisley, before the family moved to Alloa, Clackmannanshire in about 1847, where they lived in Meiklejohns Vennel. In the mid-1850s, the family relocated to Glasgow, Lanarkshire, where they lived at 136 Saltmarket. As a teenager, William began working as an oil store porter.
At just twenty, William married Anne Burns, seven years his senior, on 24 June 1863. They were married according to the forms of the Roman Catholic Church by John Carlin at the St Alphonsus Chapel in Glasgow. Both William and Anne signed by mark only. William was working as a moulder and living at 13 Grammar School Wynd, Glasgow; whilst Anne was working as a winder and living at 13 Pell Street, Glasgow. As witnesses they selected William's brother Michael Phillips, and Mary Anne Burns, likely a relative of Anne.
Four months after their marriage, William and Anne welcomed their first son, Patrick, who was born on 30 December 1863 in Hutchesontown, Glasgow. He was joined in October 1865 by their second son John. However, this promising start to the young family was cut short when John died in 1866, followed by Patrick in 1867.