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American Colonists in the Philippines

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  • John Jacob Gordon (1873 - 1953)
    John Jacob Gordon arrived in the Philippines in 1898 as part of Admiral George Dewey’s fleet during the Spanish-American War. It was reported that John had Russian Jewish parents, likely either ...
  • Eugene L. Walter (1889 - d.)
    Eugene Walter was a German-born American soldier. A veteran of the Boxer Rebellion in China, Walter arrived in the Philippines with Dewey’s fleet and participated in the Battle of Manila Bay in ...
  • Auther Edmon Kelley (1886 - 1965)
    Auther Kelley was an American soldier who sailed to the Philippines to be part of a war; but fell in love with the country and the people. He is the maternal grandfather of Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino s...
  • George Robert Summers (1881 - 1962)
    George Robert Summers of Grand Chain, Illinois moved to the Philippines to help establish the public school system. He was in Fulton, Missouri when he received his appointment in October 1901 to teach ...
  • John Joseph Murphy (1878 - 1951)
    John Joseph Murphy fought as an American soldier in the Philipine-American War and served as the paymaster to Col. Lyman Kennon. He married an Ilocana lass and settled in Baguio City, Philippines. He b...

This sub-project aims to organize genealogical data on Americans who figured prominently in Philippine government and society during the American colonial presence between 1898 and 1946.

Find similar projects at the master project page, Families of the Philippines.

Image: William Howard Taft, future US President, was the first Secretary General of the American Insular Government in the Philippines. As the indigenous horses could not bear his mass, Taft traveled the countryside mounted on a carabao -- the Southeast Asian water buffalo.

A :: Fred Washington Atkinson

B :: Walter G. M. Buckisch

C :: Joseph W. Crow

F :: George Hendrick Fairchild

G :: John Jacob Gordon :: Arthur Williams Gubisch

H :: Virginia Randolph Harrison

K :: Auther Edmon Kelley

L :: George Tayloe Langhorne

M :: John Joseph Murphy

W :: Eugene Walter

Find more at the master project page, Families of the Philippines.

How to Contribute

  1. Please click the "Join Project" button on the upper right of the project page.
  2. After getting yourself added as a collaborator, select the profile of the prominent Filipino you wish to add.
  3. Navigate to the profile. Under the "More Actions" link, choose "Add to Project" and select sub-project to which your ancestor should be included in.
  4. Include in the "About Me" section a brief biographical sketch, summarizing the person's significant contributions and accomplishments. (Required)
  5. Include a photograph, if one exists.
  6. Mark the profile as "public" and not "private". (Required)