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Frederick Philips

Frederick Philips is a son of Hartwell Philips


Born 2 May 1772

Died 1 Oct 1837

Married Sally Tartt (1777-1815)   


Both are buried in Philips Family Cemetery.  This family cemetery is associated with their son, Dr. James Jones Philips of Mount Moriah plantation in Battleboro, Edgecombe County, NC.  He was a notable physician and planter in the area.    



                   -Dr. James Jones Philips


                         Born 12 Mar 1798

                         Died 10 Apr 1874

                         Married Harriet Amanda Burt

                                       Born 4 Aug 1817

                                       Died 28 Sep 1890



                                -Judge Frederic Philips

                                     born 14 Jan 1838

                                     died 14 Jan 1905


                               -Josephine Philips Pike

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Southside Virginia Families

By John Bennett Boddie, Pages 350-356


      Frederick Philips, born 5-2-1772, only surviving son of Hartwell Philips. He resided at "Manor Hill", Edgecombe County. He represented Edgecombe in the General Assembly in 1797 and was at times a school teacher and county surveyor. According to Bishop Cheshire's Book, "Non Nulla", Frederick Philips suffered financial reverses and had to sell his last remaining slave to educate his son at the University of Pa. Medical School, thinking this the best way to equip him for a career. Frederick Philips married Sally Tart, died January 23, 1816. Her parentage is unknown but she was seemingly the grandaughter of Jonathan Tart whose will was probated Edgecombe County May, 1789. Frederick Philips Philips died 10-1-1837 at "Mount Moriah", the home of his son, James J. Philips.

     Issue of Frederick Philips and Sally Tart:

               I.            James Jones Philips, born March 12, 1798. (See later)

             II.            Margaret B. Philips, born 1799, died 4-22-1844, m. Michael K. Parker of Edgecombe. They moved to Sumpter County, Ala. No further record.

           III.            Pheraby Philips, born Jan. 4, 1802, died unmarried Nov. 1880

           IV.            Eliza J. Philips, born Jan.21, 1804, died June 9, 1887, m. October 15, 1851 John Parker of Edgecombe County and Mobile, Alabama. No issue.

             V.            Pennina Philips, born 1806, m. (1) Henry Horne (1807-1833) and m. (2) June, 1837, Dr. John A Missis, who advertised in the Tarboro paper as a "Thompsonian Botanical Physician residing at the Falls of Tar River". They later moved to Tennessee.

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History of Edgecombe county, North Carolina
J. Kelly Turner and John L. Bridges, Jr.
Published 1920

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In December, 1827, the trustees of the Tarboro Academy made request for a gentleman to superintend the male department for the ensuing year because of the resignation of Mr. Hamilton. On February 1, 1828, James I. Sanford, a graduate from Hamilton College, New York, took charge. The classical course of studies was preparatory for the University of North Carolina. The academical year was also divided into two sessions, including five months each, a vacation of two months being given at the end of the first session. Tuition for the session was charged according to the course pursued. The rate for Latin and Greek languages, natural and moral philosophy, history, astronomy and mathematics was $15.00, while arithmetic, English, reading, writing, and spelling was $12.00. The charges for instruction in elementary education was only $10.00. Miss Anna Philips, daughter of Reverend John Philips, was said, by an intelligent contemporary, to have had Christian grace and intellectual qualifications and taught school in this academy for several years.

In the meantime under the increased demands for education of a secondary character, more academies were established. In 1820 Mount Prospect was erected by Exum Lewis on his plantation

about seven miles from Tarboro. This was a mixed school of importance. The early teachers were James C. Cary, George Pendleton, both of Virginia, Philip Wiley, an Episcopal minister, Eugene Casey, of Ireland, Alexander Bellamy, of Florida, and Frederick Philips, grandfather of the late Judge Philips.

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In 1828 the Quanky Academy was established by Rice B. Pierce, James Bishop, and John Purnel as trustees. A Mr. Weller was the first teacher, and he taught regular courses of study and introduced the new system known as the Hamiltonian system of the French language. This academy was operated on the basis of subscriptions, and resembled a stock company. Another school was opened near the residences of Dempsey Bryan, William Speight, and others in February, 1830. Joseph J. Bell taught here for several sessions and offered the elementary branches of an English education. A tuition of $8.00 per session of six months was charged. Still another subscription school was started in 1830 by Frederick Philips. This school was scheduled to run five calendar months with a tuition charge of $6.00 and board at $4.00 per month. The first practical course in surveying was taught at this school.

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Nonnulla; memories, stories, traditions, more or less authentic
And I remember my grandfather's carpenter, “Uncle Charles,” a very skilful and valuable mechanic, the husband of our old cook, “Aunt Lettice”—Letitia was, I suppose, the proper form of her name. My grandfather bought Uncle Charles from old Mr. Frederick Philips, father of the eminent physician, Dr. James J. Philips. Mr. Frederick Philips was an intelligent, well educated man, a school teacher. But he was an improvident man and had lost most of his estate. Having this one valuable servant left, he sold him to my grandfather to obtain the money with which he might send his son on to Philadelphia to attend lectures in the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Following are some pages from The Tar River Connector, the newsletter published by the Tar River Connections Genealogical Society that covers the area around Rocky Mount NC including Nash County and the Tarboro area where Fredrick Philips lived.

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There remain numerous records of Frederick.  Following are a few deeds from Edgecomb County that bear this name.  Notice in the first one he is listed as the County Surveyor.


1800.  Edge. Co. Db 9, page 457, deed date 28 Mar 1800, recorded May Ct 1800, commissioners divide the lands of John Stallings dec'd between the lawful claimants, viz, Matthew Stallings and William Stallings, pursuant to an order from Feb Ct 1800, commissioners divided a tract containing 159 & 1/4 acres as per the above figure ABCDEFGHL into equal lots, 1 & 2 containing 79 acres, three roods and twenty poles, #1 containing the lower part was drawn by Matthew Stallings and is to pay unto his brother, William Stallings $50 silver, beginning at a stake in Adam I. Haywood's line marked with A" then north 6 east 187 poles to a dead pine Abram Jones corner at "B" then along the black line which divides the plate south 80 west to three white oaks and a dogwood then south 119 poles along Abner Pitman's line to a small pine Haywood's corner at "L" then along Haywood's line to the beginning, lot #2 containing the upper half and the house an equal number of acres but inferior in value, beginning at a dead pine standing in the cleared grounds at the letter "B" then north 88 east 32 poles to a red oak in Abram Jones line then along said line south 84 east 50 poles to a white oak said Jones & Frederick Phillips' corner tree then along a crooked line of marked trees, viz, north 14 west 18 poles then north 44 west 8 poles then north 68 west 24 poles then north 49 west 29 poles then north 23 west 18 poles to a branch near the old foot way then up the said branch north 85 west 26 poles to an oak then along Frederick Phillips other line north 27 poles to a pine standing near Linches Path then along Lynches line south 44 west 24 poles then south 48 west 36 poles to a pine and gum Linches corner marked in the above plan with the letter "G" then along Linches other line south 28 west 48 poles to a maple standing in the old line at "H" then along the old line south 55 poles to the center of three white oaks and a dogwood marked as "I" then along the Black Line which divides the whole tract by a course north 80 east to the beginning, signed Hartwell Philips, Exum Philips, Sr, John Fountain (X), Exum Philips, Jr, Duke Wm. Sumner, Fredk. Philips, County surveyor. NOTE: DEED HAS PLAT.  Abstracted 14 Sep 07, RD copy CTC.

Edge. Co. Db 11, page 456, deed date 20 May 1805, recorded Aug CT 1805, Lott Stallings, Edge. Co to James Fountain, same place, for 37 pds, 1 shilling, a tract of land on the south side of Tar River & on

the head of Walnut Creek containing 74 acres beginning at a pine Benjn Griffin's corner in William Dancy Sr's line then along a line of marked trees north 27 east 192 poles to a pine in Lewis Thomas' line then along said line to Stephen Haywood's line (then along said Haywood's line to a pine and oak said Haywood's and Dancy's line then along said Dancy's line to the first station), signed Lott Stallings (X), wit Frederick Philips, James Bracewell (proved). Abstracted 11-17-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.


Edge. Co. Db 11, page 507, deed date 20 Sep 1805, recorded Nov Ct 1805, William Stallings, Cabarrus Co, NC to Jesse Jones Edge. Co for $459.62, a tract of land between Swift Cr and Tar River beginning at a dead pine standing in the cleared ground at the letter "B" then north 88 east 32 poles to a red oak in Abram Jones' line then along said line south 84 east 50 poles to a white oak said Jones & Fredk Philips' corner tree then along a crooked line of marked trees viz north 14 west 18 poles then north 50 west 23 poles to a branch near the old foot way then up said branch north 85 west 26 poles to an oak then along Frederick Philips' other line north 24 poles to a pine standing near Linch's path then along Linch's line south 41 west (28 or 78_ poles then south 68 west 36 poles to a pine and gum Linche's corner then along Linche's other line south 28 west 48 poles to a maple standing in the old line at "H" then along the old line south 55 poles to the center of three white oaks and a dogwood marked at "I" then along the (black) line which divides the whole tract by a course north 80 east to the beginning, said tract being the whole of my part of land which fell to me by the death of my father, John Stallings, and allotted to me 28 Mar 1800, signed William Stallings (X), wit Exum Lewis, John Williams (proved). Abstracted 12-6-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.


Edge. Co. Db 11, page (542), deed date 14 Feb 1806, recorded Feb Ct 1806, John Evans, county aforesaid to Abraham Evans, his father, same place, for one pepper corn to be annualy paid least to farm, two tracts of land on the north side of Tar River and on each side of Falling Run in one tract on the west side of said run 107 acres formerly belonging to Malechi Murphrey & Abner Pitman, the other tract adjoining containing 353 acres being the tract and plantation sold from Jacob Dickinson to Jacob Battle, signed John Evans, wit Frederick Philips, Jos Jno. Sumner. Abstracted 12-7-06, NCA film C.037.400010, CTC.


Edge. Co. Db 11, page 555, deed date (22) Oct 1805, recorded Feb Ct 1806, Jonas Whitley and Ann Whitely, his wife, Mills Stallings, Thomas Stallings, (Abraham Jones) and Eliza, his wife, Exum Whitley &

Temperance Whitley, his wife, John Linch & Milly Linch, his wife, each of Edge. Co to Peter Robertson, Nash Co, for $600, a tract of land in Edge. Co on the south side of Swift Creek and north side of Beach Run containing 295 acres beginning at a red oak in (James Stallings) line then south 160 poles to a red oak then west 160 poles to a pine in Zachariah Maners line then south 38 poles to a hickory then west 40 poles to a cypress then down the swamp 122 poles to a gum in James Stallings line then along said line to the beginning, which includes 200 acres deeded from John Stallings to Willis Stallings, one other piece joining the above containing 95 acres beginning at Zachariah Manners corner pine standing near the (same) branch then by said Maner's line south 144 poles to a corner in the line of the above tract then by said line west 163 poles to a corner red oak standing on the (S) side of the said road then (north) to an agreed corner pine on the edge of the road then by the road to an agreed corner pine standing on the north side of the road in said Maner's line where it crosses the road then along said line (west) to the beginning, signed Jonas Whitley (X), Ann Whitley (X), Mills Stallings (W) (NOTE: mark looks like W but name appears to be Mills), (Thos Stallings)(Mark), Abraham Jones, Elizabeth Jones (mark), Exum Whitley, Temperance Whitley (X), John Linch, Milly Linch (X), wit Frederick Philips, (A.? Philips).  I do hereby sign over to Peter Robertson his heirs & assigns forever all my right for or to the within tract of land the same being for value recd by me before the delivery hereof, witness my hand & seal Oct 21th day 1805. Delelah Stallings (her mark). Acknowledged in open court and feme coverts privately examined by Richard Harrison, esq. For all freely relinquished there rights in the premises.  NOTE: HARD TO READ. Abstracted 10-24-06, NCA film C.037.400009, CTC.

William Fort, sheriff to (Smith Bryant), property of John Wilson at public auction, 2 Negro girls, Ginny and Phyllis, signed Wm. Fort, wit Frederick Philips. Abstracted 1-05-05, NCA film C.037.40007, CTC.