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(3) John Philips, Jr.

John Philips, Jr. is a son of John Philips who was born about 1698 in Surry Co. VA

Born:        About 1719, Surry County VA
Died:        Oct 1784, Edgecombe County NC
Buried:     Edgecombe County NC
Married:   Sarah (last name unknown)

I located the  below will of John Philips Jr. in Edgecombe County NC Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 on  John Philips Jr. named his executors as Etheldred Philips, the son of his brother Joseph, and Exum Philips, the son of Etheldred Philips.  This pretty well establishes that he is the John Philips listed as the son of John Philips Sr. in the Southside Virginia Families book.

I located the  below probate record of John Philips Jr. in Edgecombe County NC Wills and Probate Records 1665-1998 on

This record states that John Philips' wife Sarah departed this life sometime in the month of August 1811 unmarried and at the time of her death there was no son of the said John Philips then living nor the spouse of any save only the wife of the plaintiff Nathaniel Pennenter and the other plaintiffs who are the legal heirs and representatives of Henry Philips, one of the sons of John Philips.  It goes on to say that Henry Philips conveyed property without any title to the lands (during the lifetime of Sarah Philips and before his right to the land could accrue) to Frederick Philips.  Frederick Philips, Benjamin Hart Sr., Britton Jones, and Whitmel Bell all were named as defendants.  The sale was exhibited for probate and was not being disputed.  The suit eventually was settled in favor of the heirs of the son Henry Philips.

These documents contain several tidbits of information:
  • John Philips died sometime in the month of October 1784.
  • His will was dated 30 May 1781 and left everything to his wife Sarah.
  • If his wife marries or dies the land is to be sold and the money divided between his two sons or their heirs.
  • John Philips' land was located on the north side of Swift Creek, contained five hundred and twenty acres, and adjoined the land of William Savage, Alexander Cotten, Whitmel Bell and others.
  • The plaintiffs are the children and a spouse of Henry Philips, were Bryan Nathaniel and Patsy Parmenter, William Philips, Eaton Philips and John Philips.

John Philips Probate