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Philip L. Berlin, born in Holland, came to the United States as a young man and settled in Pennsylvania. He married Molly Burkhardt whose mother was a Stuart of the First Families of Virginia, they were descendants of the royal family of Scotland and England.

Philip Berlin fought for the confederacy; and then moved with his wife and two daughters by covered wagon from Virginia to Denton County, TX. He worked as a blacksmith there until moving to West Texas in 1889. He settled on land which is now a part of the northwest corner of the County of Dickens and adjoining. He was the first blacksmith of Dickens County and worked for the early settlers of the County. The only other smith was at the Spur Ranch, and he worked exclusively for the ranch which employed him.

Mollie Berlin died in 1897 in her home at Dickens. Philip L. Berlin died at the age of 84 in 1916, having retired some years before and at the time of his death he was living with his daughter, Minnie, wife of B. G. Worswick. The other daughter, Francis married J. Robert Jones, son of Mrs. S.E. Gunn, another early settler of Dickens County.

Minnie Berlin married Phillip Burke at Aspermont in 1891, they had not been married but a short time when her husband was thrown from a horse and killed just before the birth of their son, Robert. Mrs. Burke came to Dickens to live with her parents until the child was born, and soon after the birth of this child, she moved into the Jones Hotel and gave music and voice lessons to the local youths to support herself and her small son. In 1892 she married B.G. Worswick in Dickens, Texas.

Molly Berlin, Philip Berlin and Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Gunn and their son Earnest are all buried in the Worswick family plot in the Dickens Cemetery.

Source: History of Dickens County; Ranches and Rolling Plains, Fred Arrington, ©1971

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