I have kept two 5X7 index cards with my information about my Phillips ancestor and her family and neighbors from the 1850 Watauga and 1860 Ashe Co NC census records. Whenever I find information elsewhere on these people, I add it to the information on the index card.
On my 1860 census index card, I have Nathan Phillip age 24 in a household with two other persons, Elizabeth Phillips age 30, and Larkin Phillips age 2. From some other source, ( I didn't keep track of that) I added that Elizabeth's maiden name was Mikeal and that "Nathan Phillips married Eliz Mikeal". They lived next door to Frederich Michael age 72, Mary Michael age 64, and Sarah Michael age 26.
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On my 1850 Watauga census card, I have added spouses to these households as follows:
to children of William age 44 and Jamima (Yates)age 40 Phillips: Hamilton age 19 married Mary Mikeal.
William Phillips age 27, wife Caroline age 25 (possibly married Adam Mikeal). Among their children: Wm age 2 married Elizabeth Mikeal.
I have no Mikeal or Michael ancestors that I'm aware of. I'm only looking among the genforums of the Phillips' neighbors' surnames to see if anyone knows about the parents of my ancestor Lucinda Phillips. I have, since then, found her parents.