William Phillips - Household 21 - contributed by Gail M. Walxczyk
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William Phillips, son
of John Phillips and Tabitha his wife, was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1735.
William died on 27 November 1815 (Miles & Miles, Wills, p. 426). He married
three times. He first married Tabitha Taylor circa 1759 (Accomack Chancery).
Tabitha was born circa 1742. Tabitha was the daughter of John Taylor, of John and
Bridget his wife. Tabitha died circa 1761 (Accomack Chancery). The Chancery
suit reads in part:
Taby Taylor who intermarried with a certain William
Phillips and died after the death of her Brother the said Abraham Taylor without
He married his second wife circa 176. Her name is unknown. She
was the mother of his children. He married Elizabeth, the widow Picket on 29 September
1800 in Accomack Co., VA (Turman Marriages, p. 227). Whitelaw, p. 847A64
Since William Phillips had an heir John and his brother
John had an heir William, it sometimes is difficult to identify them properly in
the records. 1790 William Phillips gave the 140 acres to his son John.
the 1792 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of William Phillips were
processioned (Walczyk Processions1723-1792, p. 163). The text in part reads:
Line between Ben: Floyd and Thomas Mayson, Present Ben: Floyd & Wm Phillips.
Line between Ben: Floyd and William Phillips, both Present. Line between John Phillips
and Will: Phillips Senr, Present Wm Phillips Senr & Wm Phillips Junr.
4 January 1796 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of William Phillips
were processioned (Walczyk, Processions 1796-1816, p. 5). The text reads in
Lines between John Walker Junr & John Phillips Senr. Lines between
John Walker Junr & William Phillips. Lines between John Phillips Senr & William Phillips.
Lines between George Taylor & William Phillips, same present as before.
12 January 1796 in Accomack Co., VA, the boundaries of the lands of William Phillips
were processioned (6). The text reads in part:
Lines between William
Phillips & John Phillips. Lines between William Phillips & Thomas Mason. Lines between
Brown Bradford's heirs & Thomas Mason.
William made a will on 4 August
1812 in Accomack Co., VA. It was probated 27 November 1815 (Miles & Miles, Wills,
p. 426). An abstract of his will reads:
Phillips, William Sr. 4 August
1812 - 27 November 1815 Sons John Phillips, William Phillips & Levin Phillips Extrs.
To son John Phillips the whole of my land whereon I now live. To daughter Tabby Willett
40 shillings. To daughter Susannah Edwards 40 shillings. To daughter Elizabeth Bradford
40 shillings. To son William Phillip 50 acres that joins the land of Nathaniel Badger.
To grandson Levin Phillips son of Levin Phillips, my Negro man George. Remainder
to my wife Elizabeth, son Levin Phillips & daughter Molly Cobb. After wife's death
or marriage her part to grandson William Phillips, son of Levin. Witt: John S Walker,
Smith Phillips & William Nock. Prob: James Edmunds & Robert Snead securities.
William Phillips had the following children:
1. 22. John Phillips was born in Accomack Co., VA on 24 June 1762.
(Mihalyka, Graven, p. 216). John died on 8 October 1848 (216). 216 He married
Nancy Edmunds on 19 August 1786 in Accomack Co., VA. Nancy was born in Accomack
Co., VA on 29 December 1766 ( 217). Nancy died on 17 June 1791 (217)
"Tabby" Phillips was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1768. Tabby died before 30 October
1837 (Miles & Miles Wills, p. 182). She married twice. She married Thomas
Willett on 17 July 1786 in Accomack Co., VA (Turman, Marriages, p. 324). Thomas
was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1763. Thomas died before 26 January 1795. On
26 January 1795 the estate of Thomas Willett (Nottingham Wills, p. 412). The
text reads: WILLETT, THOMAS - Letters of Administration on his estate were granted
to John Walker, Jr, - John Phillips security - 26 Jan. 1795
She married second
36. Severn East circa 1796 in Accomack Co., VA. Severn was born
in Accomack Co., VA circa 1749. Severn was the son of Southey East and his wife
(Nottingham Wills, p. 428). Severn made a will on 3 July 1809 in Accomack
Co., VA (Miles & Miles Wills, p. 182). It was probated 30 December 1811 (Miles
& Miles Wills, p. 182).
3. Levin Phillips was born in Accomack Co.,
VA circa 1770. He was married circa 1795. Her name is unknown. On 4 August 1812 Levin
was named as heir in the will of his father William (Miles & Miles Wills,
p. 426). On September 1812 Levin Phillips wrote his will (425). It was probated
on 25 July 1814. An abstract of his will reads:
PHILLIPS, LEVIN - 8 September
1812 / 25 July 1814 - William Phillips Extr. & if he refuses, then John S. Walker.
Negro man Benn to be hired out and the money given to Keziah Cobb & Richard Cobb
& the remainder to Keziah Cobb & Richard Cobb. Witt: John S. Walker, Elizabeth East
& James Rodgers. Probate: John Phillips and John S. Walker securities.
Levin and his wife had the following children: Levin (426) born circa 1797; William
born circa 1800 (426); Richard born circa 1803 (424).
4.  William Phillips was born in Accomack Co., VA on 13 May
1774 (Mihalyka, Graven, p 218). William died on 18 January 1854 (218). His
stone reads: William Phillips son of William Phillips 13 May 1774, 18 January 1854
aged 78 years 8 months 5 days. He married Mary Savage (Belote Bible) circa 1805 in
Accomack Co., VA. Mary was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1787. Mary was the daughter
of George Savage and 76. Nanny Crippen Savage.
5. Elizabeth Phillips
was born in Accomack County circa 1778. On 4 August Elizabeth was named as heir in
the will of her father William (Miles & Miles, Wills, p. 426). She married
a Bradford (426) circa 1798. She died before 15 March 1848 (424). On 15 Mach 1848
Elizabeth was mentioned as deceased in the will of her brother John (424). The text
PHILLIPS, JOHN 15 March 1843 - 30 October 1848 - To my nephew
John Phillips son of William the plantation whereon he now lives containing & the
plantation whereon I now live on Andua Creek containing 179 acres & all my wood land
lying on the N. W. side of the neck road of the lands known as the & purchased by
Hutchinson Kellam & ... but if he leaves no lawful heirs, then to my nephew Levin
Phillips of William. To Levin Phillips son of William, my plantation whereon he now
lives containing 90 acres my land purchased of David Bowman ... near Hickory Hill
... to the land of my brother William Phillips containing 20 acres & ... To my brother
William Phillips the residue of the land I bought of David Bowman & Shields containing
130 acres. to nephews John and Levin Phillips 12 acres of my swamp land called Piney
Swamp on the side adjoining the land of Edmund Nock. to my nephew James Cobb the
residue of my Piney Swamp land containing 68 acres. My slaves George, Scipio, Robert,
William, James, Margaret, Winey, Rachel Lousia, Pheby & Betty & the future increase
of all the females shall be free immediately after by death & each one is to recieve
$25 & them to jointly all my lands Land lying to the eastward of the neck road for
their home forever, which is to be used by them in common. To Richard Phillips, son
of Levin $100. To John Edwards, son of Laban $50. To Jacob Jester $50. Since I have
given my nephew John Phillips such a large part of my real estate, I hereby bind
him & the lands given to him with the maintenance of any of my slaves should they
become disabled ... The residue to my brother William Phillips & the children of
my dec'd sisters Tabitha East, Elizabeth Bradford, Susan Edwards & Mary Cobb, 1/5
part each. My estate shall furnish grave stones for me. My friend William P. Moore
Sr. Extr. Witt: William P. Moore Jr., John t. R. Joynes, Edward O. Finney & O. Logan.
Codicil: 19 November 1846 - the lands given to my brother William Phillips I only
loan him during his life & at his death to his present wife Molly Phillips & at her
death to my nephew Levin Phillips. The residue to my nephew Levin Phillips of William
& to my two nieces Hetty Bradford & Susan Phillips daughter of William, Witt: Thomas
Hall Kellam, John M. Parker & Benjamin D. Wise. Probate: John Arlington & Nathaniel
She had two daughters, Nancy and Hester (Miles &
Miles, Wills, p. 424).
6. Susannah Phillips was born in Accomack Co.,
VA circa 1784. She married Laban Edwards circa 1805. On 15 March 1843 Laban Edwards
is mentioned in the will of John Phillips (Miles & Miles, Wills, p. 424).
Susanna and Laban Edwards had the following children: Susan born circa 1804 (Turman,
Marriages, p. 142); Elizabeth born 1807 (141); John circa 1810 (Miles &
Miles, Wills, p. 424).
7. Mary "Molly" Phillips was born in Accomack
Co., VA circa 1788. She married William Cobb on 15 April 1807 (TurmanMarriages.,
p. 61). William was born circa 1782. Mary was named as heir in the will of her father
William (Miles & Miles, Wills, p. 426). She was mentioned as deceased in the
will of her brother John (424). Mary and William Cobb had the following child: James
(424) born circa 1810.
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