1741, Surry County, VA
1801, near Tarboro, Edgecomb County, NC
m. Feb. 1762 Jan Hancock, b. 15 Aug 1741
second: by 1772 Feraby Jones
Hartwell was a brother of Joseph Phillips who was born in 1726 in Virginia and moved to the Tarboro
NC area about 1750. He was apparently the youngest of the sons of John Philips
who was born and died in Surry County VA.
Hancock, daughter of John Hancock married in February, 1762 in Sussex County, Hartwell Philips, son of John Phillips and Martha
Crafford, and grandson of Mary Swann. Hartwell had inherited land in Southampton County and Surry County from his father.
They went to Edgecombe County, North Carolina, where Jane died and Hartwell married Fereby Jones, daughter of James Jones
who died in Halifax in 1778. Jane’s children were Rebecca Philips who married about 1801-05, John Hancock, and
Mary Philips who married Benjamin Clary of Sussex.
Hartwell Philips and his wife had the following issue based
on his will below:
Children with Jane
who married BENJAMIN CLARY of Sussex VA
REBEKAH PHILIPS who
married JOHN HANCOCK between 1801 and 1805
Children with Fereby Jones:
Will of Hartwell Philips
FROM: Estate Records
of Edgecomb Co., NC 1730-1820 by Joseph W. Watson
accounts of sales by Exum Philips, Jr., and Frederick Philips, exrs., Dec 18 and 19, 1801, and jan 15, Feb 20, and Apr 19,
1802. F. Philips was the principle buyer and Olive Philips, Jean Philips, Jane Philips, Elizabeth Philips, Elizabeth Philips,
Jr., Exum Philips, Sr., and Exum Philips, Jr. were buyers, May Ct. 1802. Inventory taken by Fred'rk Philips, Exum Philips,
Jr., and Exum Philips, Sr., exrs., Oct 15, 1801, Nov Ct. 1802. Account of sale
of part of the property by Fred'rk Philips, exr., June 19, 1802, Feb Ct. 1804. Account
current with Fred'rk Philips, exr., Feb. Ct. 1804. Division of money arising from the estate among the lawful representatives,
namely, MARY CLARY, REBEKAH HANCOCK, FREDERICK PHILIPS, JANE PHILIPS, OLIVE WEEKS, AND ELIZABETH PHILIPS, Sept 28, 1805, Nov
Sale of negroes agreeable
to the will, to be divided among the four children of HIS last wife, February
Court 1807. Account
current with Frederick PHILIPS and Exum Philips, exrs. February Court 1807. Account current of the heirs of his wife with
Frederick Philips, exr., August Court 1807.
Looking at records left behind by Hartwell and his father we can begin to clarify how they spelled
their last name, both in VA and NC. I have made every attempt to capture the spelling as it appears in the original
records and where they are not available, I have reported the names as they were spelled by the person who transcribed the
original records. I have also attempted to make the source of any record I show available in a link or at least back
to the source I used.
Southside Virginia Families, Volume 2
By John Bennett Boddie, Published 1956, Pages 350-356
Philips, youngest son of John Philips (2) of Surry. As Hartwell Philips of Surry County, Va., he m. (1) Jane Hancock, daughter
of John Hancock, Sussex County, M. B. dated 2-24-1762. (Col.Surry-p.230). He m.(2) in N.C. Pheraby Jones. The will of James
Jones of Halifax County, N.C., probated Nov. 1778, W. B. w, 86, mentions wife Sarah, sons John, Frederick and Albrittain and
daughters Feraby Philips and Ann Hancock. Soon after his first marriage Hartwell Philips moved to Edgecomb Co. , N.C. On 10-11-1763
he purchased land on the north side of Swift Creek and Tar River. (Edgecombe D.I3. "C", p.82. ) On 5-19-1764 Hartwell Philips
and Jane his wife of Edgecombe County, N.C. sold 230 acres of land in Surry to Anthony Diggs. (Surry D.B. 1760-1769, p.212).
On 3-20-1764 Hartwell Philips sold toJohn Warren 265 acres originally granted to Robert Savidge in 1682 and transferred to
John Philips 2-16-1719, the father of sd. Hartwell and devised to Hartwell by will. Hartwell Philips acquired large holdings
of land in Edgecombe County and died in Oct. 1801. His will was probated in Nov. 1801, Edgecombe W.I3. "D", p.133. The executors
were sons Frederick and two kinsmen Exum Philips and Exum Philips, Jr.
Issue of Hartwell Philips. It is very probable that his daughter Mary was by his first wife.
I. Mary Philips. She m. Benjamin Clary of Sussex County,
Va. who was related to the Hancock family. As Mary Clary of Sussex County, Va. , she deeded her share in her father's estate
in 1815. (Edgecombe,D.B. 15, p. 200).
II. Rebecca Philips m. John Hancock and d. August 1809.
No record of issue.
III. Frederick Philips - of whom later.
IV. Olive Philips, born 1779, died March 15, 1848. She
married a Mr. Weeks of Edgecombe County and died without issue.
V. John Hartwell Philips, died Feb.2, 1804 while a student
at the University of N.C.
VI. Benjamin Philips, died unmarried March, 1800.
VII. Jean Philips, died unmarried March, 1816.
VIII. Elizabeth Philips, m. John Evans. Only issue: Frederick Philips Evans, m. February
13, 1834, Arabella, daughter of Gen. Joseph ARRINGTON and moved south.
The below land in Surry County VA was willed to son HARTWELL by
John Phillips about 1758 and then sold by Hartwell who had moved to the Tarboro area of Edgecomb County NC about 1750.
Notice the spelling of Phillips in these records with two "L"s while most records of this family later in Edgecomb NC spell
the name with one "L" as shown below.
Surry County Virginia
Deeds,1684-1733, 1694 - 1709
pg. 264 5 Mar 1702
Charles Savage, planter, and wife Elizabeth Savage to JOHN PHILLIPS for 6000 pounds tobacco... 220 acres more
or less bounded by Samuel Thompson, Nicholas Sessoms [Sessums]… branch
bet sd Savage and Joseph Richardson
Wit. William Drew and John Simmons
Rec. 2 Mar 1702
Elizabeth (X) Savidge
Note: This should read
270 acres- not 220. Either transcribed wrong or a typo by transcriber. Per Debra Anderson, the microfilm copy of the
original deed reads 270 acres.
This also agrees with the
1704 Quit Rents list for Surry Co. which showed John Phillips with 270 acres. Click on this link to see the reference.
26 Aug. 1766 Surry Co. Deed Book 8 1760-69
and wife Jane Phillips of Edgecomb Co. in North Carolina to Anthony Digge of Surry County for 30 pounds current money-270
acres bounded by a former corner of Samuel Thompson and Nicholas Sessoms and a branch formerly between Charles Savage and
As noted above, when Hartwell Philips moved to Edgecomb County NC near Tarboro he spelled his last name with
one "L" as shown in this Federal Census record from 1790.
John Philips' Will
John Philips 1758 will states:
“I give to my Son HARTWELL my Plantation in Southampton County containing Three
hundred and Twenty Acres”
The land grant below
was issued in 1746 to John Philips in the Isle of Wight. Note that his last name
was spelled with one “L” in the original hand written record.
the location of the land in this grant is adjoining the John Branch grant below and thus located on the south side of
Link to original hand written
28 August 1746.
microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
of Wight County.
320 acres on the South side of the main Blackwater. Beg.g &c. in Etheldred
Taylor’s line and adjoining John Branch.
Office Patents No. 25, 1745-1747, p. 210 (Reel 23).
to original hand written land grant
5 September 1723.
Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 100 acres on the south side of the Lightwood Swamp.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 11, 1719-1724, p. 259 (Reel 10).
John Philips 1758 will further
states: "I give to my son Hartwell the Plantation where I now dwell."
I believe John Philips was living on the 265 acres he purchased
from Lovelace Savidge (Savage) in 1719 as follows and he lived on the main swamp of Lawnes Creek.
The John Bennett Boddie
book, Southside Virginia Families, states: “On 2-19-1719 he (John Philips, with one “L”) purchased 265 acres on the main Swamp of Lawnes Creek from Lovelace Savidge. (Surry
The Boddie reference agrees
with the following deed in 1719 in which Lovelace Savidge, the son of Robert Savage, sold 265 acres to John Philips,
spelled with two "L"s .
Surry County Virginia
Deeds,1684-1733 and other court papers, 1715 - 1730
pg. 255 16 Feb 1719
Loveless Savidge Planter of Surry CO
[Indenture also signed by wife, Sarah Savidge], to JOHN PHILLIPSs... 265 acres
near a parcel surveyed for Charles Savidge and bounded by Mr. Samuel Thompson ,
This Land being formerly granted to Robert Savidge on 20 Apr 1682 and being given
by will of sd Robert Savage to sd Loveless Savidge.
Wit. Robert Ruffin and William Drew
Rec. 17 Feb 1719
The original hand written version of
this land Land Patent can be seen by clicking on this link. A Tif viewer add-on for your browser is required.
Publication 20 April
Available on microfilm.
Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
location not given.
Description: 265 acres near a parcel of Land Surveyed for
Source: Land Office Patents No. 7, 1679-1689 (v.1 & 2 p.1-719), p. 137 (Reel 7).
Philips 1758 will further states: “I give to my Son HARTWELL the land on
Bold Robin Branch in the county of Surry.
land appears to be adjacent the above home of John Philips on the main swamp of Lawnes Creek.
In 1702 Charles Savage sold 270 acres to John Philips.
While the information below states is was for 220 acres, Debra Anderson viewed the microfilm of the original hand written
deed and it states 270 acres. This agrees with the Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704 by Annie
Laurie Wright Smith which shows 270 acres for a John Phillips, with two "LL"s, in Surry
Surry County Virginia
Deeds,1684-1733, 1694 - 1709
pg. 264 5 Mar 1702
Charles Savage, planter, and wife Elizabeth Savage to JOHN PHILLIPS for 6000 pounds tobacco... 220 acres(270 acres on the original document) more or less bounded by Samuel
Thompson, Nicholas Sessoms [Sessums]… branch bet sd Savage and Joseph Richardson
Wit. William Drew
and John Simmons Charles Savidge
Rec. 2 Mar 1702 Elizabeth
It's likely this land
was part of a 570 acre Grant that Charles Savage obtained in 1682 a part of which is copied below.
The original hand
written version of this land Land Patent can be seen by clicking on this link. A Tif viewer add-on for your browser is required.
20 April 1682.
on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
Description: 570 acres on the Blackwater branches, in the lower parish. Beginning and
extending a corner tree betwuxt Major Marriotts land now in the possession of Samuel Thompson and Nicholas Sessums.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 7, 1679-1689
(v.1 & 2 p.1-719), p. 136 (Reel 7).