Don - Wow! The Bell/Montague site has so much that we don't have in our meager files. The information we have on my great grandfather Lawrence C. Phillips, which includes the Alisons and Bells, was collected by my Aunt Gloria, now deceased. Her daughter, Marilyn, picked up the task just recently. I, on the other hand, have been collecting data on our great grandmother's family, so my database currently includes only some of the Phillips-Alison-Bell information.
I am using the basic Legacy program; Marilyn uses FTM. I am sure that Marilyn and I can work together (when she gets back from vacation in a couple weeks) to put the descendant information together in whatever format you like.
I LOVE having stories and biographical information. You are free to contact me at my email address to figure out how we might exchange information.
Meanwhile, here's a little overview of what I know, for the GenForum, and so you know where this is going:
John Atkins and Jane Shippard Alison had a daughter Jane Atkins (1829-1903).
On 4 Oct 1854 Jane Atkins m. John Phillips (1812-1868). Their children were all born in Kent, although the family home was later at Epsom, Surrey:
Mariquita Jenny Phillips(2 Nov 1855)
John Bevan Phillips (21 Jul 1857)
Lawrence Charles Phillips (1 May 1859)
Arthur Waller Phillips (18 Apr 1862)
Walter Alison Phillips (18 Oct 1864)
Mariquita married Herbert Guy Moberly (b. ca 1853 in St. Petersburg, Russia) He was the son of Charles Moberly (probably the one in the Bell/Montague data who 2nd married Cornelia Wilks?) Mariquita Jenny Moberly was an artist of some note, and she wrote an account of the time after her father died, when the family went to live with Wolfgang von Goethe's daughter-in-law at Goethe's house, now a museum. We have that account with photographs.
The youngest son, Walter Alison, was a writer and married Catherine Sennet. (Marilyn has more details on Walter that I do not have at hand.)
The middle three brothers, Bevan, Lawrence, and Arthur, went on an "excellent adventure," as follows (from a 300-page manuscript Arthur wrote about his life):
Arthur did not like working as a clerk as a youth, so he decided to go to sea. A couple years later he was ship wrecked off Sri Lanka, where he met a relative (I believe it was an Alison) who owned a tea plantation. Arthur worked there a while, but decided tea planting was not terribly interesting, so he returned to England. There he met another relative who encouraged him to try cattle ranching in Sherman, Wyoming, USA. Arthur invested in what he believed was a going cattle concern, but when he got to Sherman in 1885, he discovered there were no livestock and he was part owner of a saloon and general store located at the highest point of the Union Pacific Railroad between Cheyenne and Laramie, and not at all a likely place to run cattle.
Not giving up, Arthur continued to look for ranch land, and eventually ended up with property in Converse County along the North Platte River. He told his brothers about Wyoming, suggesting that they should NOT join him, so of course, Bevan, an architect, and Lawrence, a lawyer, promptly did (in 1887). Arthur married Edith Greenwood of England in 1887 and they had four daughters who moved to Wyoming with him until they all returned to England in 1905.
Bevan eventually returned to architecture, but he stayed on the ranch. When Arthur moved back to England (Bournemouth), he continued to own the ranch and traveled across the Atlantic many times, while Bevan stayed on as business manager. Bevan died at the ranch in 1912 while cranking up the motor car on a very cold morning. He never married.
After finding himself not particularly suited to cattle ranching, Lawrence went back to being a lawyer, and on 25 Jun 1895 he married Sarah Jane (Jenny) Gates of Laramie, Wyoming. They lived in Denver, Colorado, for a few years, and then moved to Douglas, Wyoming in 1900. In 1909 they had moved to Portland, Oregon, where they both remained.
My cousin Marilyn and I are descended from Lawrence and Jenny's oldest daughter, Helen, our grandmother. Most of Helen's descendants, including Marilyn and me, live in Oregon.
Unfortunately, we are uncertain of Arthur's descendants. Aunt Gloria was visited by Peter and Michael Desmond of England in 1990. We think they may be descendants of Arthur, but the records of the visit are vague and we have not found an address for the Desmonds.