Who is Fred O. Phillips biological father?

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I'm looking for the biological father of Fred Oscar Phillips born Jan 10, 1917 in Watsontown Pennsylvania.
asked in Genealogy Help by Ben Phillips G2G Crew (340 points)

A case of teen age love that had a happy ending 


 in the 1930 United States Federal Census

VIEW1930 United States Federal Census

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    Name: Laurence R Levan
    Birth Year: abt 1903
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Home in 1930: Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA
    Map of Home: View Map
    Street address: East Eighth Street
    Ward of City: Second
    House Number: 197
    Dwelling Number: 350
    Family Number: 361
    Home Owned or Rented: Rented
    Home Value: 18
    Radio Set: Yes
    Lives on Farm: No
    Age at First Marriage: 24
    Attended School: No
    Able to Read and Write: Yes
    Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
    Able to Speak English: Yes
    Occupation: Laborer
    Industry: Brick yard
    Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
    Employment: Yes
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Laurence R Levan 27
    Miriam Levan 33
    Fred Levan 13
    Neighbors: View others on page

    Source Citation

    Year: 1930; Census Place: Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2091; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 0082; FHL microfilm: 2341825


    1 Answer

    +4 votes

    In his application for Social Security, he said his parents were Lawrence Levan and Miriam Phillips.(U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007  [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.) This doesn't look right, as Lawrence was born in about 1903 and would have been 14 when Fred was born, and Miriam and Lawrence were not married until about 1927. Both Lawrence and Miriam were shown as being single on the 1920 US Census.

    Ben, If you are a direct descendant of Fred, I would suggest a Y-DNA test.  That just might put you on the track for the correct father.

    answered by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (306k points)
    edited by Vic Watt

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