Phillips in Wilkes County, GA

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Nancy Kiser has graciously allowed the Early NC Phillips Families to post this file on the site. It is well known that families of NC did migrate into GA and this could possibly answer some questions of where early Phillips of Early NC went to. Thanks so much Nancy.


REFERENCES TO PHILLIPS IN WILKES CO GA

(Collected by Nancy J. Kiser. Some comments by Nancy are in parentheses)


1772 Zachariah Phillips petitioned Trustee of GA stating he had been in the colony for some time, had wife, 10 children, and prayed for 100 acres in Wrightsborough Township, petition granted. (This is from “The Georgians” by Jeannette Holland Austin. She says that Zachariah had the following children: William, Reuben, Hillery, Joseph, Mark, Ichabod, James and Josiah. Most of these names appear to be wrong, and it appears from the entry below that Zachariah only had 4 sons in 1773. If he followed normal Colonial naming patterns, his first three sons were named William for his father, Joseph for his father-in-law, and Zachariah for himself. DNA testing has now also proven that Jeannette was wrong about the parents of Zachariah. The Quaker town of Wrightsboro was located in the part of Columbia County that became McDuffie County.)


27 Sept 1773 In 1773, a treaty was signed with the Indians whereby they relinquished certain lands in GA for debts they owed British traders. The ceded lands included all of present Wilkes, Elbert, Lincoln, Taliaferro, and Warren Counties and parts of Oglethorpe, Madison and Hart Counties. The traders immediately began selling the ceded lands to pioneers. Sundry allotments of these ceded Indian lands included:

Joel Phillips 200 acres £4 Security Jos. Maddock

John Favor 200 acres £4

Zach. Phillips 500 acres £10 Security Jos. Maddock

Silvanr Walker 200 acres £2 Security Zachr Philips

John Philips 450 acres £9 Security Jos. Maddock

Willm. Philips 200 acres £4 Wm. Downs part gl. Surveys

Since Jos. Maddock served as security for Joel, Zach and John Phillips, it seems possible that these Phillips were all related to each other. Joseph Maddock and Jonathan Sell brought a Quaker colony from Orange County NC to settle Wrightborough in 1768. The Phillips may have migrated to GA from Anson Co NC as a result of the Regulator problems. Herman Husband, a Quaker, was a leader of the Regulator movement.


15 Oct 1773: Joel Phillips from NC with a wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters from __ years to 9 months old. 200 acres at Reedy creek on the north side of Little river. Records of the Court of Land Commissioners appointed by Gov. Wright to issue the “Ceded Lands.” (“Early Records of Georgia – Wilkes County”, Vol 1, pg 11.)


13 Nov 1773 Zacharia Phillips, from NC, with a wife, 4 sons, a daughter, from 20 to 3 years old. 500 acres on Lick creek at a spring where he has built a cabin. Records of the Court of Land Commissioners appointed by Gov. Wright to issue the “Ceded Lands.” (“Early Records of Georgia – Wilkes County”, Vol 1, pg 17. Note that this is considerably different than what Jeannette Austin said in “The Georgians.” On Phillips genforum, I found a statement that Zachariah Phillips prayed for headrights of 400 acres in Washington County for self, wife, 5 children and 2 negroes – no date was given.)


13 Nov 1773: Silvanus Walker from NC, no family. 100 acres on north fork of Little river, including Zacharia Phillips Camp. Records of the Court of Land Commissioners appointed by Gov. Wright to issue the “Ceded Lands.” (“Early Records of Georgia – Wilkes County”, Vol 1, pg 17.)


7 Dec 1773 John Philips from S.C. with a wife, 5 sons and 1 daughter from 20 to 4 years old. 150 acres on north side of Little River south fork Beaver Dam. Records of the Court of Land Commissioners appointed by Governor Wright to issue the “Ceded Lands.” (Early Records of Georgia – Wilkes County,” Vol 1, pg 20. Beaverdam Creek flows into Little River from the north, paralleling Kettle Creek to the east.)


7 Dec 1773 William Phillips from N.C. with a wife, one son and two daughters from 6 years to 2 months old. 200 acres on North Fork of Little River at a place called the Mount. Records of the Court of Land Commissioners appointed by Governor Wright to issue the “Ceded Lands.” (Early Records of Georgia – Wilkes County,” Vol 1, pg 20. I wonder if William’s son was Sylvanus Phillips, who was supposedly born circa 1765, dying at Helena, Arkansas Oct 31, 1830 at the age of 65. He was one of the first settlers of AR.)


13 Jan 1774 William Hammett from S.C. with a wife and one daughter. 200 acres of land on the first branch of Beaverdam creek including his own improvement. . Records of the Court of Land Commissioners appointed by Governor Wright to issue the “Ceded Lands.” (Early Records of Georgia – Wilkes County,” Vol 1, pg 17. I think William Hammett might have been married to a daughter of the John Phillips who moved to Wilkes County from SC.)


12 Oct 1774 Joel Phillips and Zechariah Phillips as citizens of the Town and Township of Wrightsborough and its environs signed a petition disapproving resolutions drawn up in Savannah that were supportive of the Boston Tea Party. (There were no counties in Georgia in 1774. The Quaker community of Wrightsboro was located in the northern part of what is today the county of McDuffie, immediately south of Wilkes County. It appears that Joel and Zachariah Phillips were brothers and possibly Quakers from Anson Co, NC. If they were Quakers, they must have left the faith, because they both fought in the Revolution, despite signing this petition. I think it is more likely that they were not Quakers but were a part of the Regulator movement in NC, which was led by Herman Husband, a Quaker, and that they decided to move to GA with the Quakers to escape retribution in NC.)


1777 Wilkes County was formed from Indian lands.


1777 Joel Phillips Fort, which was probably his fortified homestead on Kettle Creek, was identified in “Georgia Citizens and Soldiers of the American Revolution” by Robert Scott Davis, Jr.


1 July 1777 John Phillips, Dempsey Phillips (son of John?), Wm. Phillips (son of John?), Zachr Phillips, Zachariah Phillips, Wm. Phillips, Wm. Phillips (son of Joel?), Joel Phillips and Ruben Phillips, all of Wilkes County, GA signed a petition complaining about the behavior of General McIntosh who had been appointed Brigadier General in the Army of the United States. According to a Certified List of Georgia Troops drawn up by Phillip Cook, Secretary of the State of GA, in 1901, the following Phillips from Georgia served in the Revolutionary War.


David Philips

Joel Philips (probable brother of Zachariah)

Mark Philips

Reuben Philips

William Philips

Zachariah Philips (probable brother of Joel)

Burrel Philips

Dempsey Philips (brother of Benjamin?)

Hillary Philips (son of John Phillips who died in Richmond County 1777)

Isham Philips (son of Joseph and Casander Phillips?)

Joseph Philips (son of Zachariah?)

Josiah Philips

Wilder Philips


2 Feb 1778 Joel Phillips received a land grant of 200 acres in Wilkes County. (From “A Researcher’s Library of Georgia History, Genealogy and Records Sources” by Robert Scott Davis, Jr.)


15 Sept 1778 List of men serving in Wilkes County Militia under Col. John Dooly included:

                               John Philips Sr.  (This John Philips appears to have died by 1781 – see below.)
                               John Philips Jr.  (Son of John Philips Sr?)
                               Wm. Philips  (Son of John Philips Sr?)
                               Benjamin Philips  (Son of John Philips Sr?)

David Philps (Son of John Phillips Sr? A David Filpse died in Wilkes County in 1782. Alex Autrey was appointed administrator of his estate. William Hammett was an appraiser. A David Felps died in Putnam County in 1816, naming sons Joseph, Arrington, Henry, William, John and daughters Rachel, Emily, Falby, Mary, Amanda and Elizabeth.)


15 Oct 1778 List of men serving in Wilkes County Militia under Col. John Dooly included:

                               Wm. Philips  (Son of John Philips Sr?)
                               John Philips Sr.  (This John Philips appears to have died by 1781 – see below.)
                               Benjamin Philips (Son of John Philips Sr?)


14 Feb 1779 Joel Phillips fought in the Battle of Kettle Creek. Kettle Creek is a tributary of the Little River, where Joel’s land was located. The Battle of Kettle Creek was one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War in Georgia. At that time, the State was almost completely under British control. Col. Boyd with 600 British sympathizers (Loyalists or Tories) crossed the Savannah River into present-day Elbert County enroute to the British army then at Augusta. Patriots Col. Andrew Pickens with 200 S.C. militia and Col. John Dooly and Lt. Colonel Elijah Clark with 140 Georgia militia marched to overtake the Loyalists. On the morning of the 14th, Boyd and his men were camped at a bend in the then flooded Kettle Creek. Their horses were grazing, sentries were posted, and most of the men were slaughtering cattle or searching for food. The Patriots attempted to attack the Loyalist camp by surprise but failed and a desperate battle raged on both sides of the creek for three hours before the Loyalists finally broke and fled. Col. Boyd and 20 of his men were killed and 22 captured. Pickens, Dooly and Clark lost 7 men killed and 14 or 15 wounded. Pickens later wrote that Kettle Creek, "was the severest chastisement the Tories ever received in South Carolina or Georgia." (Georgia Genealogical Magazine, 1981, no. 67, page 41.)


19 Nov 1779 Estate sale for the estate of D. Hinton, dec’d. Buyers included (hole in manuscript) ark Phillips. (Mark Phillips appears on the certified list of Georgia soldiers in the Revolution. Mark and Ann Phillips sold 200 acres on the south side of Golden Grove Creek of Broad River to William Battles in 1791. The Broad River formed the border between Oglethorpe and Elbert County. Mark Phillips appears on Oglethorpe County tax lists in 1798. A Mark Phillips died in Greene Co GA in 1817, naming his wife Nancy and children Henry Phillips, Hardy Phillips, Abi Phillips, Patsy Phillips, Sally Phillips, Jesse Bush Phillips, Melindy Phillips and John Hudgins Phillips. He also named sons-in-law Daniel Jackson (married to daughter Mary Phillips) and Washington Beard (married to daughter Nancy Phillips.)


1781 John Philips, deceased. William Philips, son of deceased, appointed administrator. Wilkes County mixed records. (According to the manuscripts of Lucile Floyd Pierson, there is an old Hammett family bible with one single entry pertaining to a Phillips as follows: John Phillips Sr. died July 30, 1781. This bible was owned by Miss Mary Elizabeth Hammett, Clairmore Oklahoma, now deceased. During her life she provided Xeroxed copies to Mrs. Paul Hammett of La Grange, Georgia who published a book entitled, “A Hammett Family in Georgia History,” which gives many Phillips connections with the Hammetts.1 Note below that William, John and Isaac Phillips all lived in the vicinity of the Hammetts in Wilkes County. Also note that John Phillips Sr, John Jr, William, Benjamin and David Philips all served in the Wilkes Co militia in 1778 under Col. John Dooley. Isaac and William Phillips received bounty land grants of 230 acres in Washington County GA in 1786, indicating that they served in the GA Continental Line. John Sr. appears to have died in 1781, when William Phillips was appointed administrator of his estate. When Isaac Phillips died in Jasper Co in 1812, Jenny Phillips, William Phillips and William Hammett were granted administration of the estate. It is likely that John Phillips Sr. was the father of William, John and Isaac Phillips, and possibly Benjamin and David Phillips. I also think it is likely that William Hammett was married to a daughter of John Phillips.)


1782 The General Assembly at Augusta, Georgia declared Daniel Philips of Wilkes County guilty of treason and his property subject to confiscation, also George Phillips. Daniel Phillips rights of citizenship were restored in 1785. (From Marbury’s Digest of Georgia Laws, page 84.)


1 May 1782 List of men serving in Wilkes County GA Militia under Col. Elijah Clark included:

Dempsey Phillips (According to information on the internet, a Dempsey Phillips was born circa 1754 in Barnwell Co, SC. Barnwell County borders Burke County, GA. However, Barnwell County was not created until 1800. In 1787 a Demsey Phillips acquired 287 ½ acres in Washington Co, GA. There is a Dempsay Phillips on the 1790 census in St. Thomas, Cheraws District SC. Chesterfield, Darlington and Marlboro Counties were formed out of Cheraws District. There is also a Dempsey Phillips on the 1790 census in both Hertford and Gates County, NC. Demrey Philips appears on tax lists in Richmond Co GA in 1795. The putative parents of the Dempsey Phillips supposedly born in Barnwell County, SC were named John and Esther Phillips. Dempsey was supposedly married to Susanna Hiller and their children supposedly included Benjamin, David, Dempsey, Stephen, John, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua and Jane.)


5 Sep 1783 Ordered that Zachariah Phillips be allowed 500 acres on Little River in lieu of an old warrant and including his old survey, also 100 acres near his own fort and mill seat.


10 Nov 1783 Ordered that William Phillips be allowed 750 acres in lieu of three old warrants: Viz: John Phillips Sr dec’d 450 acres and two of his (William’s) own, one of 200 acres and the other of 100 acres. (This indicates that William Phillips, the probable son of John Phillips Sr, must have been born by 1762.)


10 Nov 1783 Ordered that William Hammett have 200 acres of land on Beaverdam creek above the land of John Phillips deceased in lieu of old warrant to include his improvement; also 200 acres on the south side of Kettle creek, land of Robert Hammett deceased, including his improvement, also 100 acres on both sides joining John Phillips dec’d in lieu of old warrant including his own improvement.


11 Nov 1783 Order for Hugh Lawson, Abraham Ravot, and Hepworth Carter, commissioners at Augusta, to confiscate lands of persons guilty of treason. To Micajah Williamson of Wilkes Co, Ga, the highest bidder at public sale, for 3 shillings, 7 pence an acre, total of £30, 16 shillings, 8 pence, 200 acres, late land of Daniel Phillips, on the Ridge between Kettle Creek and Long Creek, branch of same. Witnesses: James Williams, John Gorham, J.P. Recorded 8 Jan 1790 in Wilkes Co Deed Book EE, Page 111. (Kettle Creek is located in present day Wilkes County about 8 miles southwest of Washington. It is a tributary of the Little River. It was the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle on Feb 14, 1779. Long Creek forms the part of the northern boundary of Wilkes County.)


19 Jan 1784 Deed dated 19 Jan 1784 from John Jones to John Wingfield, both of Wilkes Co, for £200. 400 acres on branch of Beverdam Creek adjoining north by Benj. Thompson, south by Phillips, other sides vacant, granted to Jones 2 Jan. 1784. Witnesses: John Wingfield, Jr. Wilkes Co Deed Book A, Page 80.


2 Feb 1784 Col. Elijah Clark granted a certificate of eligibility to William Phillips, Sr. of Amherst County, VA for a land warrant of 200 acres in Washington County, GA. (This appears to be a headrights grant rather than a military service grant, because military grants were for 287 ½ acres or 585 acres. I suspect that this William Phillips was the son of Leonard Phillips of Amherst County, VA. Leonard and William Phillips left Amherst County in 1783. Note that a Leonard Phillips who was born circa 1766 married Fanny Brown in Wilkes Co GA in 1794.)


16 March 1784 Levy Phillips made oath that he had 2 in family and himself for whom he had received no land in this State. (This entry implies that Levi did not migrate to GA until after the Revolution. He does not appear on the certified list of Revolutionary Soldiers from GA nor does he appear on any surviving Wilkes Co militia list. There were two Levi Phillips in Wilkes County in 1785 and two Levi Phillips in Oglethorpe Co in 1800. One of these Levi Phillips died in Carroll Co GA in 1840. He is the putative son of Reuben and Catherine Phillips of Cecil County MD. He was born 25 Sept 1751 in Cecil County and died 14 Jan 1840 in Carroll Co GA. He may have been married to a woman named Jemima. According to the book “Descendants of Reuben Phillips” written by John Wesley Phillips, a descendant of this family of Phillips, Levi had children named Catherine, Levi, Nathan, Sarah, Thomas, Reuben, and Frances. In 1833 he applied for a pension on his revolutionary war service, indicating that he entered the service in Rowan County, N.C. The other Levi Phillips died in Oconee Co S.C. in 1847. He was married to Barbara Hough. In 1820 he applied for a pension on his revolutionary war service stating that he enlisted in the Continental Army at Leesburg, VA in 1777. In his will dated 2 Oct 1846, he mentioned the following children: James Phillips, Samuel Phillips, Levi Phillips, Michael Phillips, Elizabeth Polk, Sarah Kell, Fanny Harrison, Barbary Kelly, Melinda Fuller, Nancy Arrington, Melissa Ferguson, Polly Broom and George W Phillips.)


1 April 1784 Deed from William Phillips to Joel Phillips, both of Wilkes Co, for £75. 100 acres in Wilkes Co on bank of Little River, running north and back down river. Wit: Miles Gibbs, Edwd Young. Recorded 2 March 1795 in Wilkes County Deed Book MM, Pg 441. (The Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes Co and Columbia Co. This might be part of the Indian lands that William Phillips bought in 1773.)


6 Sept 1784 Micajah Williamson, Esq. bound to Joseph Henderson, planter, both of Wilkes Co, for £500. For property of Daniel Phillips, 200 acres adjoining south line where Henderson now lives. Witnesses: John Darden, Israel Miller. Recorded 21 June 1786 in Wilkes Co Deed Book A, Page 66. (Daniel Phillips was a Tory sympathizer whose land was confiscated – see above.)


23 Oct 1784 Lease and release from John Hammett to Jeffery Earley, both of Wilkes Co. 200 acres adjoining northwest by Hammett, north by James Hammett, east by John Thompson, southeast by unknown, west vacant. Witnesses: William Hammett, Jesse Evans, Reuben Bennett. 23 Oct 1785, witness to release: John Phillips. Recorded 15 Oct 1787 in Wilkes Co Deed Book CC, Page 152. (I suspect that this land was located in the part of Wilkes County that became Oglethorpe County in 1793, because Jeffery Early is identified as being “of Oglethorpe County” in 1794. Note below that William, John and Isaac Phillips also lived in the vicinity of the Hammetts. Also note that there was a John Sr. and a John Jr. in the Wilkes Co militia in 1778. John Sr. appears to have died in 1781, when William Phillips was appointed administrator of his estate. It is possible that John Phillips Sr. was the father of William, John and Isaac Phillips.)


9 Dec 1784 Charles Burk, Absalom Biddle, Zach. Phillips, Stephen Heard and Samuel Davis appointed appraisers for the estate of Reban Sherril for David Sherril, administrator. Wilkes County Book B, folio 33.


1785 From a remnant of the earliest Wilkes County Tax List: This is the first tax digest found in the court house and was taken to give a practically complete census of the heads of families of that date, to identify their lands as headrights, and possible bounty grants for Revolutionary service, and to replace in a measure the census of 1790, all of which for Georgia was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812 in Washington DC. There is no complete digest until 1802, only a few pages left in the interim. The remnant for 1792, 1793 and 1794 have been published in “Some Tax Digests of Georgia” by Ruth Blair, State Historian and Archivist.


Capt Autrey’s District, Received by John Autrey, Esqr:

Alex Patrick, 1 poll, 400 acres in Wilkes Co

William Patrick, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes County

Wm. Phillips, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co, 287 ½ acres in Washington Co

Isaac Phillips, 1 poll. William Brown, 1 poll.

Benj. Phillips, 1 poll, 69 acres in Wilkes Co

John Phillips, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co

Paul Patrick, 1 ½ polls, 1 slave, 591 acres in Wilkes Co

Alex Awtry, 1 poll, 300 acres in Wilkes Co

Absolem Awtry, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co, 300 acres in Washington Co


Capt Hagan’s District by Jacob Early:

John Kelley, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co

Sithey Hammett, 1 poll, 450 acres in Wilkes Co

Levi Phillips, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co

Alex Autry, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co, 675 acres in Washington Co

William Walker, 1 ½ polls, 1 slave, 1770 acres in Wilkes Co, 3062 acres in Franklin Co, 575 acres in Washington Co

William Hammett, 5 polls, 8 slaves, John Copeland, 1 poll.


Capt Karr’s District, received by Absolem Bedell, Esqr.

Andrew Armour, 2 ½ polls, 3 slaves, 27 ½ acres in Wilkes Co, 747 ½ acres Washington Co on Oconee River, 862 ½ acres in Washington Co

Joel Philips, 1 ½ polls, 1 slave, 950 acres in Wilkes Co, 287 ½ acres in Washington Co

Joseph White, 1 poll

Levy Phillips, 1 poll, 160 acres in Wilkes Co

Wm Phillips Jr, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co

John Leverett, 1 ½ polls, 1 slave, 200 acres in Wilkes Co, 287 ½ acres in Washington Co

James Patrick, 1 ½ polls, 1 slave, 500 acres in Wilkes Co

James Findley, 1 poll, 575 acres in Washington Co on Oconee, 287 ½ acres in Washington Co

Samuel Findley, 1 poll, 200 acres in Wilkes Co

Robert Leverett, 1 poll, 250 acres in Wilkes Co

David Sherrell, 4 ½ polls, 8 slaves, 300 acres in Wilkes Co

John White, 1 poll, 350 acres in Wilkes Co


Capt Elsberry’s District, received by Michael Elsberry:

Mark Phillips, 1 poll, 700 acres in Wilkes Co, 287 ½ acres in Franklin Co

John Phillips, 1 poll, 250 acres in Wilkes Co, 287 ½ acres in Franklin Co


Capt Alexander’s District, Taken by him:

Sylvanus Walker, 2 polls, 2 slaves, 575 acres in Washington Co on Oconee River

David Felps, 3 ½ polls, 5 slaves, 450 acres in Wilkes Co

Avinton Felps, 1 poll, Jas. Scarlett, 2 polls, 2 slaves


Capt Walker’s District, received by Capt Henry Ware, Esqr:

Col. Elijah Clark, 5 polls, 24 slaves, 500 acres in Wilkes Co on the Savannah River, 750 acres one mile from Savannah River, 5325-2650 acres in Wilkes Co, 2225-4150-2650 and 850 acres in Washington Co on the Oconee River, 1 town lot


22 Feb 1785 An Act was passed to establish courts in Washington and Franklin Counties and Zachary Phillips was appointed Justice of the Peace, among others. (Note that in May of 1785, Zachary Phillips is described as being “of Washington County.”)


22 Feb 1785 Zachariah Phillips, Elijah Clark and others were named in Section IX of the Act of Feb 22, 1785 issued by the General Assembly stating that the named officers were illegally appropriating land transfer vouchers so as to enlarge their own estates.


2 April 1785 Zachariah Wheeler of Wilkes Co yeoman to Joseph White Junior of Anson Co, NC, yeoman, for 5 pds sterling, 287 ½ acres on Rushy Fork of Richland Creek in district number 5 in Washington County and surveyed by warrant number 2232. Wit: John White, William Leverett, Joel Phillips. Recorded 20 Feb 1789 Greene Co Deed Book 1. (This deed was probably executed in Wilkes Co, since Zachariah Wheeler lived in Wilkes Co, and Greene County was not formed until 1786. Note that William Phillips who died in Putnam County in 1816 appointed John White, the son of Joseph White, as an executor of his will. William Phillips’ wife in 1801 was Rhody White, the sister of John White.)


25 April 1785 Deed from William Brady to Lameck Beckworth and Loyd Kelly, all of Wilkes County, for 287 ½ acres adjoining Capt. Phillips’ lower tract and Oconee River if he (Brady) doesn't appear at next court and defend a certain suit brought against him by Colo. Elijah Clarke. Witnesses: J. Cook, Nathl. Coats. Recorded 5 Oct. 1785 in Wilkes Co Deed Book A, Page 41. (The Oconee River flows south through Greene County, forming part of the boundary between Greene and Putnam County. The Capt. Phillips referred to must be Zachariah Phillips, because he lived on the Oconee River.)


28 May 1785 Deed from Zachariah (Zachary) Phillips of Washington Co, GA to Charles Dean of Wilkes Co, GA for £250. 500 acres on Little River. Witnesses: John Smith, John Chessna, James Flennekin, A. Bedell. Recorded 24 April 1786 in Wilkes Co Deed Book AA, Page 77. (This might be the 500 acres of ceded Indian lands that Zachariah bought in 1773 for £10. The Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes and Columbia County. Washington Co was not formed until 1784. Zachariah must have moved from Wilkes Co to Washington Co about the time it was formed. Greene County was carved out of Washington Co in 1786, and this is where Zachariah lived.)


28 May 1785 Deed from Zachariah Phillips of Washington Co, GA to Charles Dean of Wilkes Co, GA for £100. 100 acres on Powder Creek. Witnesses: John Smith, John Chesna, James Flenikin, A. Bedell. Recorded 26 April 1786 Wilkes County Deed Book AA, Page 79.


9 June 1785 Deed from Ignatius Few of Richmond Co, GA to John Oneal, Junr, of same, for 45 shillings. Land in Wilkes Co on Ogechee River adjoining Drury Rogers on northwest, David Felps (sic) on northeast, Fretwell on southwest. Witnesses: Rene Napier, John Roussau. Proved in Richmond County, GA by Napier & Roussau 11 June 1785. Recorded 24 June 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book DD, Page 212. (A David Filpse (sic) died in Wilkes County in 1782. Alex Autrey was appointed administrator and William Hammett was one of the appraisers of his estate. A David Felps appears on tax lists in Hancock Co 1794-1796. Hancock Co was carved from Greene Co in 1793. The Ogeechee River forms the boundary between Warren and Hancock Counties. A David Felps died testate in Putnam County in 1816.)


15 Oct 1785 Deed from Nathan Barnett and Lucey his wife, to Thomas Meriwether, all of Wilkes Co, for £75. 300 acres adjoining east by Richard Webb, southeast by Chandler, northwest by Mark Phillips, all other sides vacant. Witnesses: W. Barnett, Henry Tiler, Benja. Fry. Recorded 20 May 1786 in Wilkes Co Deed Book A, Page 67. (I think Mark Phillips lived in the part of Wilkes County that became Oglethorpe County in 1793.)


25 Nov 1785 Lease and release from William Phillips to Jacob Early and James Buford, all of Wilkes Co, for 5 shillings (release also 5 shillings.) 750 acres adjoining south by William Hammett and Jonathan Ragan, east by unknown, north by Carr, west by William Hammett and vacant. Witnesses: Buckner Harris, William Hammett, Isaac Phillips, Henry Mounger, J.P. Recorded 9 May 1786 in Wilkes Co Deed Book AA, Page 84. (Note that William, Isaac, John Phillips all lived in the same vicinity as the Hammetts. Isaac Phillips, and two William Phillips appear on Greene Co tax lists in 1789. Also note that this is a very sweet insider deal, and the William Phillips who died in Putnam County in 1816 had a son named John Beauford Phillips.)


25 Nov 1785 Lease and release from William Hammett to Jacob Early and James Buford, for 5 shillings (release also 5 shillings.) 100 acres adjoining north by William Phillips, northeast by John Phillips, all other sides vacant. Witnesses: Buckner Harris, William Phillips, Isaac Phillips, Henry Mounger, J.P. Recorded 9 May 1786 in Wilkes Co Deed Book AA, Page 86. (Perhaps William, John, and Isaac were all sons of John Phillips Sr.)


30 Dec 1785 Zachariah Phillips of Washington Co to John Nesbet of Rowan Co NC for 250 pds sterling money of GA, 300 acres in Wilkes Co on the north fork of Ogeechy River bounded north by Henry Hunt, granted the sd Phillips 15 Dec 1784. Wit: Wm Greer, John Carlisle. Recorded 12 Dec 1789 Greene Co Deed Book 1, Pg 324.


1786 “Be it enacted by the representatives of the freemen of the State of Georgia in the General Assembly and by authority of the same that a line shall run North 45 degrees East, beginning on the Oconee River six miles above the rock-landing until it strikes the Great Ogeechee River, thence up Ogeechee to the head of the main branch, from thence a direct course to the Cherokee corner, from thence to the South branch of Oconee, running into the river at or near Zachariah Phillips, thence down the Oconee to the beginning including a tract of country which shall be called and known by the name of Greene County.” (Zachariah Phillips appears to have lived in the northern part of Greene County near the boundary with Oglethorpe County.)


(torn) 1786 Deed from John Bates to George Tucker, both of Wilkes Co, for £100. 200 acres adjoining Joel Creek. Witnesses: Hugh Jones, Joel Phillips, Wm. Ogletree, John Lindsey, J.P. Recorded 5 Apr 1787 in Wilkes County Deed Book CC, Page 4. (Joel Phillips, who died circa 1792, lived on or near Little River, part of which was and is still in Wilkes County GA.)


3 Jan 1786 Deed from William Mosley, farmer, to Ephraim Pharr, planter, both of Wilkes Co, for £5. 287 ½ acres in Washington Co on Sandy Creek adjoining northwest by Seymore Catchings & Phillips, southwest by Thomas Grier, northeast by John Parks, other sides vacant. Surveyed 25 June 1784, on bounty & fully confirmed to Mosley, granted 24 May 1785. Witnesses: Edward Pharr, Jr, Benjamin Mosley, Jr. Recorded 29 Jan 1791 in Wilkes County Deed Book HH, Page 149. (Sandy Creek ended up in Greene County. Note that this deed is dated 1786, which is the year that Greene County was formed.)


12 Jan 1786 Joshua Harris of Wilkes Co from Joseph Phillips of the county aforesaid for 100 pds sterling, 400 acres in sd county on waters of the Ogeechee bounded southeast by Few, northeast by William Down and Samuel Harris, northeast by Greer, in Wilkes Co, originally granted to Joseph Phillips 8 Nov 1784. Wit: James Furlow, Thomas Harris, George Clough, Wm Patrick JP. Rec 6 July 1789 Greene Co Deed Book 1. Pg 286-287. (This deed indicates that this Joseph Phillips, the probable son of Zachariah Phillips, still lived in Wilkes Co in January of 1786. Joseph must have been born by 1763 to have been at least 21 years old in 1784. Also, he appears to have fought in the Revolution which began in 1775. George Clough and William FitzPatrick who witnessed this deed appear to have been married to sisters of Joseph Phillips.)


3 Feb 1786 Ann Phillips married Benjamin Norris Finley in Greene Co GA. (It appears from subsequent deed records that Ann was probably the sister of Joseph Phillips and the daughter of Zachariah Phillips. This marriage may have technically taken place in Wilkes County instead of Greene County, since Greene County was not carved out of Wilkes County until 1786. A Joseph Phillips appears to have moved to Washington/Greene Co by 1786.)


15 Aug 1786 Deed for 2 acres from Joel Philips of Wilkes Co to the members of the church constituted on Little River near said Philips (torn) care of Silas Mercer, minister of the gospel, all of Wilkes Co, for the regard I bear to that Society…excepting the times of the Baptist appointments, on Little River adj Jones. Wit: Thomas Grant, Henry McCoy, Robt Harper, J.P. Recorded 1 April 1801 in Wilkes Co Deed Book SS, Page 54. (According to the “History of Phillips Mill Baptist Church”, the Phillips Mill Baptist Church was organized in the mill of Joel Phillips in 1785. The church was moved to a new site four miles from the original site, but the millstones from his mill are still at the church. The gravestone of Joel Phillips at Phillips Mill Baptist Church Cemetery is inscribed as follows:

                                                                               Joel Phillips
                                                                               Continental Line
                                                                               Rev. War
                                                                               1792


2 Nov 1786 The heirs of John Stewart late decd of Wilkes Co, viz James Stewart, Robert Stewart, Charles Stewart, Lydia Stewart of the one part to Joseph Phillips of Green Co for 50 pds sterling, 287 ½ acres bounded southwest by the Oconee River, northwest by Zachariah Phillips, granted the said John Stewart 22 Oct 1785. Wit: Rachel Rutherford, Isaiah Tucker, Clabon Webb, Mycager Gustavis, Wm Greer AJ. Rec 5 Dec 1789 in Greene County Deed Book 1, Pg 320-322. (This deed indicates that a Joseph Phillips moved to Greene Co by November of 1786.)


(torn) 1787 Deed from James Cowen & Rachel his wife to Mark Phillips, all of Wilkes Co, for £50. 200 acres adjoining east by Curtis Wilbourn, south by Joseph Jones, west by Sessem Blake, north by Isaac Muckelroy, granted to Cowen 17 March 1786. Witnesses: Hugh Ector, Thomas Glass, Eleoner Ector, Holeman Freeman. Recorded 27 June 1788 in Wilkes Co Deed Book DD, Page 75. (Mark Phillips appears on tax lists in Oglethorpe Co in 1798. Oglethorpe Co was carved from Wilkes Co in 1793.)


10 July 1787 Isaac Phillips of Greene Co to John Cole of Wilkes Co for 500 pds sterling, 230 acres on waters of the Oconey River granted the said John Cole (?) 5 Dec 1785. Wit: Alexr Autrey, David Reay. Rec 17 March 1789 in Greene County Deed Book 1, Pg 228. (The Oconee River flows through Greene Co. Isaac Phillips was granted 230 acres in Washington County in 1786, at the same time as William Phillips (230 acres.) This appears to be a headrights type grant, not a military grant. Isaac Phillips does not appear on the certified list of solders from GA who served in the Revolution. Isaac must have been born by 1764 to be at least 21 years old in 1785. Isaac bought 287 ½ acres from Jacob McLendon in 1789, and the deed was witnessed by William Phillips. Isaac was married to Jean/Jenny. Isaac died in Jasper Co in 1812 and Jenny Phillips, William Phillips and William Hammett were granted administration of the estate. William, John and Isaac Phillips all lived in Wilkes County in the vicinity of the Hammetts.)


21 Aug 1787 Deed from Nathaniel Bullock and Mary his wife to Alexander Gordon, all of Wilkes Co, for £200. 400 acres on Kettle Creek, water of Little River, adjoining northeast by John Conner, James Darrat, southwest by Pollard & Hodges, southeast by Joel Phillips & Jno. Conner, northwest by Pollard and vacant land, granted 2 Sept. 1784. Recorded 23 July 1788 in Wilkes Co Deed Book DD, Page 97.


1 Sept 1787 William Brady of Wilkes Co to Barney Dunn of North Carolina for 200 pds lawful money, 287 ½ acres in Washington Co now Greene adj Capt Zachariah Phillips, John Stewarts’ land, granted to Thomas Shaw 21 Sept 1785. Wit: John Calhoun, John Greene. Abbeville County, SC: John Colhown attested to signatures. Greene Co Deed Book 1, Pg 174-176. (Note that Zachariah’s land was located in the same vicinity as John Stewart’s land, and Joseph Phillips bought land from the heirs of John Stewart in 1786.)


13 Oct 1787 Sarah Phillips married John Stroud in Greene Co. (From deed records it appears that Sarah had a brother named Joseph and sisters who married William FitsPatrick, George Clough, Uzziah Finley, Norris Finley. These sisters appear to have been Celia Ann or Tabitha FitzPatrick, Mary Clough, Milly Finley and Ann Finley.)


22 Oct 1787 Deed from William Pollard and Aylsey his wife to Alexander Gordin, all of Wilkes Co, for £200. 350 acres on Kettle Creek adjoining west by Peter Strozher, southwest by McMurrey, southeast by Joel Phillips, northeast by Daniel Conner, northwest vacant, granted to John Conner 3 Jan. 1785. Witnesses Richmond Terrell, William Pollard, Jno. Lindsay, J.P. Recorded 3 Feb 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book DD, Page 140.


4 Dec 1787 Deed from William Phillips to Joseph Phillips, both of Greene Co, GA, for £55. 200 acres in Wilkes Co, GA. Witnesses: W.M. Hammett, J.P. Recorded 8 Dec 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book EE, Page 99. (Note above that William, Joseph, John and Isaac Phillips all lived in the vicinity of the Hammetts in Wilkes Co. There is a Joseph Phillips, an Isaac Phillips and two William Phillips on Greene County tax lists in 1789.)


9 Jan 1788 William Hammett & Martha his wife of Wilkes Co to Micajah Williamson of said county for 100 pds sterling, 287 ½ acres in Greene, late Washington Co, adj Mordecai Baldwin, William Duke, on the waters of Shoulderbone Creek, granted to the said William Hammett. Wit: M Wmson Junr, Nathaniel Phillips, Chas Williamson. Rec 28 Feb 1789 in Greene County Deed Book 1, Pg 255. (Nathaniel only had to be 16 years old to witness a deed, so he could have been born as late as 1772. A Nathaniel Phillips appears on Greene Co tax lists in 1797 and on Oglethorpe Co tax lists in 1800. This Nathaniel probably lived in the part of Wilkes Co that became Oglethorpe Co in 1793. According to info on the internet, William Hammett was born 16 Nov 1749 in Stafford County VA and married Martha Warner. Apparently there are Hammett Family Bible Records in the Troup County GA archives.)


11 April 1788 Deed from Alexander Gordon and Susannah his wife to Joel Terrell, all of Wilkes Co, for £200. 350 acres on Kettle Creek adjoining west by Peter Strosker, southwest by Murry, southeast by Joel Phillips, north by Daniel Conner, northwest vacant. Witnesses: David Terrell, John Gordon. Recorded 3 May 1788 in Wilkes Co Deed Book DD, Page 93.


27 May 1788 Deed from William Cunningham to James Craig, both of Wilkes Co, for £10. 200 acres adjoining east by William Phillips, south by General Perkins, James Yarborough, all other sides vacant, granted 14 Nov 1787 to Cunningham. Witnesses: Jno Moore, J.P. Recorded 8 Sept 1789 Wilkes Co Deed Book BB, Page 24.


26 Sept 1788 Deed from Joel Phillips and Elizabeth, his wife, to Alexander Norris, all of Wilkes Co, for £100. Part of a tract granted to Phillips beginning on a branch, down the branch to Little River, up river to bank of river above the old Meeting House spring, line of Phillips grant until above the branch, down the branch, 175 acres. Witnesses: Archibald Simpson, John Nelson, William Nelson. Recorded 13 July 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book FF, Page 57. (Kettle Creek is a tributary of the Little River. The Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes County and Columbia. If this is part of Joel’s original grant of 200 acres of ceded Indian lands in 1773, he appears to have retained 25 acres. He did well, because he only paid £4 for the 200 acres. Joel died shortly after this in 1792.)


10 Jan 1789 Deed for 200 acres from Joseph Phillips and his wife Jean of Green Co, GA to Edward Gresham of Wilkes Co, GA for £50. Witnesses: Andrew McBride, Phebe McBride. Recorded 27 Aug 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book FF, Page 84. (I think this Joseph Phillips was probably the son of Capt. Zachariah Phillips.)


12 Jan 1789 Deed from Hugh Jones to Joel Phillips, both of Wilkes Co, for £5. 4 acres beginning on south bank of Little River, adjoining Joel Phillips. Acknowledged before John Bush, J.P. and Samuel Harper. Recorded 15 July 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book EE, Page 80.


March 1789 Indictment that Micajah Williamson and Zachariah Philips have neglected their duties as road commissioners for the road from Washington, Georgia to Fort Independence on the Ogeechee River. Witness: John Bush. (The Ogeechee River formed the boundary between Hancock and Warren Counties.)


19 Mar 1789 Deed for 300 acres from John Burk and Mary, his wife, to Leonard Phillips, all of Wilkes Co, for £75. Witnesses: Randle Burks, Thomas Wootten, J.P. Recorded 15 July 1790 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GG, Page 70. (See Leonard Phillips married Fanny Brown 22 March 1794 in Wilkes County below.)


28 Mar 1789 Deed from Michael Whatley and Hannah, his wife to Harrison Musgrove, all of Wilkes Co, for £150. 200 acres adjoining north by Wm. Phillips and vacant land, southwest by Ramsey, southeast by Whatley and Phillips, granted Whatley 15 Jan. 1785. Witnesses: Jos. Williams, Jarvis Brook, David Lockhart. Recorded 16 April 1789 in Wilkes Co Deed Book EE, Page 8.


22 April 1789 Deed dated 22 April 1789 from Zachariah Whealer to John Turner, both of Wilkes Co, for £100. 200 acres on bank of Little River, down river to Phillips. Witnesses: Philip Wilhite, Isaiah Phillips, David Ogletree. Recorded 6 May 1791 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GG, Pg 228. (The Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes and Columbia County. Kettle Creek was a tributary of the Little River. Isaiah Phillips was the son of Joel Phillips Sr.)


29 April 1789 Deed from Isaac Muckleroy & Sarah his wife to Mark Phillips, all of Wilkes County, for £40. 200 acres on the south side of Golden Grove Creek of Broad River, adjoining Mark Phillips formerly Cowan, Willis Pope, James Hartsfield, granted to McLeroy 24 Feb 1785. Witnesses: Benjamin Blake, J.P. and Curtice Welborn. Recorded 10 May 1790 in Wilkes Co Deed Book EE, Pg 143. (Mark appears to have lived in the part of Wilkes Co that became Oglethorpe Co in 1793. The Broad River forms the boundary between Oglethorpe and Elbert Counties and part of the northern border of Wilkes County. Note that Mark sold this land in 1791.)


1 June 1789 Deed from Charles Smith & Nancey, his wife, to George Smith, all of Wilkes Co, for £100. 200 acres adjoining Phillips, Puckett, Beaverdam Creek, up creek to Crutchfield, to a branch, up branch, Langham, to point of Stony Ridge, on ridge to beginning. Witness: John Crutchfield. Recorded 27 May 1790 in Wilkes Co Deed Book HH, Pg 16.


2 July 1789 Deed from William Bishop and Jane, his wife, of Green Co, GA, to Joseph Breed of Wilkes Co, GA for £50. 150 acres on Middle Creek, part of 300 acres beginning on dividing line agreed to by Byrd Pruitt and Joseph Breed, adjoining Phillips and Miller. Witnesses: William Rabun, Jane Rabun. Proved in Green Co, GA 28 Dec 1787.


27 Aug 1789 Deed from Henry Jossey and Mary his wife to Lenyard Phillips, all of Wilkes Co, for £50. 200 acres on both sides of Hattons Fork. Witnesses: Benja Blake, J.P. Recorded 14 Aug 1790 in Wilkes County Deed Book BB, Page 52. (See Leonard Phillips married Fanny Brown 22 March 1794 in Wilkes County below.)


31 Aug 1789 Deed from Micajah Williamson, Esq, and Sally, his wife, of Wilkes Co to Joseph Henderson, Senr, for £100. 200 acres, formerly the property of Daniel Phillips, on Ridge between Kettle Creek and Long Creek, adjoining where Joseph Henderson now lives, near Michael Obar, sold to said Williamson by deed dated 11 Nov 1783, by the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates. Witnesses: Richard Bowdree, John Johnson. Recorded 27 Oct 1790 in Wilkes County Deed Book HH, Page 105.


7 Nov 1789 Deed from William Downs Esq to Joseph Moran, planter, both of Wilkes Co, for £100. 360 acres adj northeast and northwest by Zachariah Phillips, all other sides vacant at time of survey, granted to Downs 17 March 1786. Wit: Stephen Hoge, Jonthn Downs, R. Worsham, J.P. Recorded 9 Mar 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 472. (This is probably Zachariah Phillips Jr, the son of Joel Phillips Sr.)


8 Nov 1789 Deed from James Hart to Levi Phillips, both of Wilkes Co, for £70. 200 acres on north branch of Long Creek called Little Troublesome, adjoining north by unknown, east by said Hart, south by Kirkindall, west by Urickman. Part of 850 acres granted to Hart 21 March 1787. Witnesses: Michael More, Geo. Swain, J.P. Recorded 26 Oct 1790 in Wilkes County Deed Book HH, Page 87. (Levi Phillips appears to have lived in the part of Wilkes County that became Oglethorpe Co in 1793. Long Creek is a tributary of the Broad River and it forms part of the boundary between Wilkes and Oglethorpe Counties.)


1790 Elbert County was carved out of Wilkes County.


23 Aug 1790 Deed from Samuel Philips of Franklin Co, GA, hatter, to Nathaniel Thompson, wheelwright, of Wilkes Co, GA for £20. 250 acres granted to Phillips by warrant, 200 acres on his own headright and 50 acres on purchase from Zachariah Lamar. On Brier Creek in Wilkes County adjoining west by Isaac Ball, all other sides vacant at time of survey. Surveyed by John Torrance, certified by Samuel Creswell, county surveyor of Wilkes Co, 10 Nov 1784. Witnesses: Wm. Scott, Jno Torrence, J.P. Recorded 17 May 1791 in Wilkes County Deed Book GG, Page 245. (Samuel, John and Joseph Phillips all appear in Franklin County from 1786-1795. According to the book “Information on Some Georgia Pioneers,” Samuel died in 1830 and he had no children.)


14 Sept 1790 Deed from Robert Jackson to Duncan Campbell, both of Wilkes Co, for £100. 666 acres on a fork of Long Creek called Favour’s Creek, adjoining east by John Favour, north by Phillips, southwest by Sword, all other sides unknown. Witnesses: D. Creswell, J.P. and Howell Jarrett. Recorded 18 Feb 1791 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GG, Page 177. (Long Creek formed the boundary between Wilkes and Oglethorpe Counties. Oglethorpe was carved out of Wilkes in 1793.)


12 Dec 1790 Samuel Billingsly and Martha, his wife, to Charles Philips, all of Wilkes Co, for £80. 350 acres vacant on all sides when surveyed, on south side of Beverdam Creek of Little River. Wit: Archibald Simpson, Thos Norris. Recorded 12 July 1792 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 116.


16 Dec 1790 Deed from William Foster and his wife, Phebe, to Thomas Norris and Archabald Simpson, all of Wilkes County, for £100. 200 acres granted to Foster 12 Jan 1788. Witnesses: John Nelson, Charles Phillips. Recorded 2 Apr 1792 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GG, Page 447.


31 Dec 1790 Deed from George Lea and Lucy, his wife, to John Lindsay, all of Wilkes Co, for 150. 200 acres on Little River near Phillips Mill, adj southeast by Saml Whatley, southwest by Isaac Williams and Jones, north by Simpson. Granted to Lea 12 Oct 1785. Wit: Isaac Stuert, Benj. Hubot, James M. Lindsay. Recorded 9 March 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 466.


4 Jan 1791 Deed from Joseph Phillips, William FitsPatrick, George Clough, Uzziah Finley, Norris Finley and John Stroud, all of Green Co, to Andrew McBride of Wilkes Co, for £150. 200 acres in Wilkes Co. Witness: Davis Grisham, J.P. Recorded 28 June 1792 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Page 52. (This deed appears to be signed by Joseph Phillips and his brothers-in-law. Joint deeds like this are normally for lands that have been inherited. I believe that Joseph and his sisters may have inherited this land through their mother, Mary White Phillips, the first wife of Zachariah Phillips. Sarah Phillips married John Stroud 13 October 1787 in Greene County, GA. Benjamin Norris Finley married Ann Phillips 3 Feb 1786 in Greene County. Uziah Finley supposedly married Milly Phillips circa 1787. George Clough supposedly married Mary Phillips circa 1790. William FitzPatrick supposedly married Celia Ann Phillips, although other records indicate his wife was named Tabitha.)


18 Jan 1791 Deed from Zachariah Phillips of Greene Co to Jeffery Early of Wilkes Co for £50. 200 acres on Little River granted to Phillips 1 March 1784. Wit: Wm. G. Gilbert, J.P., R. DeJurnett, Jas Sansom. Recorded 21 March 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 511. (Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes County and Columbia County.)


17 Feb 1791 Deed from James Jackson and Alice, his wife, to Lewis Sewall, all of Wilkes Co, for £115. 230 acres adj. northeast by North Fork of Little River, southeast by land surveyed for Samuel Gilbert and now in possession of afsd Sewall, southwest by land surveyed for Phillips, northwest by land surveyed for Whatley, northeast by Haines. Wit: Nathan Swanson, John Jackson. Recorded 14 Jan 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 526.


10 Mar 1791 Inventory of estate of Joshua Johnston was signed by Harris Coleman, John Faver and James Spratlen. Wilkes County Book DD, Page 38. (Note that Lucy Phillips, the putative granddaughter of Joel Phillips, married James Spratling Phillips.)


9 July 1791 Deed from John Diamond and Elisabeth, his wife, to William Fletcher, all of Wilkes Co, for £100. 287 ½ acres of land in Green Co, formerly in Washington Co, on Sandy Creek, adjoined formerly by William Philips on southeast, but now by John Williams. All other sides vacant. Granted 1 June 1789 to Joseph Boggs. Witnesses: Charles Cargile, Nimrd Underwood. Recorded 4 June 1792 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GG, Page 494.


20 July 1791 John Lindsey was impleaded in the Court of Common Please at Ninety Six, S.C. by Joseph Colhown. Judgment went against him at Nov Term 1785 for 210 and costs of suit. Robert Anderson Esq was impleaded as special bail or other security for said Lindsay and judgment was obtained agst him in court of Common Pleas at Nov Term 1789 for £236, 18 shilling and 4 pence, with costs of suit by said Joseph Colhoun. John Lindsay complains that judgment obtained agst him is unjust and that Robert Anderson was very unjustly impleaded as his security. Lindsay for better security of payment of 236/18/4 with costs, to Robert Anderson, provided redress cannot be obtained in equity, 285 acres, the plantation where John Lindsay now lives in Wilkes Co, Ga on Little River near Phillips Bridge and Mills on Little River, it being contained in 3 different surveys and grants, 2 of which were originally granted to Hugh Jones and 1 to John Lang, including all land which is claimed by John Lindsay joining the plantation where he now lives. If John Lindsay pays above amounts within 6 months with interest, then this to be void. Test: G. Taylor, W. Moore. Wilkes Co, GA: Grant Taylor saw John Lindsay sign and deliver the deed of mortgage and saw William Moore witness. Recorded 25 Aug 1794 in Wilkes Co Deed Book MM, Pg 201. (The Little River forms the boundary between Wilkes Co and Columbia Co.)


25 July 1791 Deed from Mark Phillips and Ann, his wife, to William Battles, all of Wilkes Co, for £60. 200 acres on south side of Golden Grove Creek of Broad River adjoining said Phillips formerly Coins, Willis Pope, James Hartsfield. Granted to Mackleroy 24 Feb 1785. Witnesses: Jno Moore, J.P. Recorded 29 May 1792 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Page 23. (The Broad River formed the border between Oglethorpe and Elbert County. Mark Phillips appears on Oglethorpe County tax lists in 1798.)


20 Nov 1791 Deed from John Favor and Anne, his wife, to William Faver, all of Wilkes Co, for £30. 90 acres on Long Creek adj John Faver, Wilborn, Burks, part of 100 acres granted to said John Faver 21 Feb 1785. Wit: Theophilus Faver, Francis Short, Mary Short. Recorded 15 Nov 1796 in Wilkes County Deed Book OO, Pg 470. (John Favor bought 200 acres of ceded Indian lands in 1773. He appears to have moved to GA from NC. These Favors are no doubt descendants of John Favor who died in Essex Co Va in 1723, naming the following children: two Johns, Winnifret and Theophilus.)


12 Dec 1791 Bill of Sale for a negro wench named Bett, about 21 years old, and a child named Rose, 3 years old. From Isaiah Phillips to Joel Phillips, Senr, for £75. Proved by William Ramey who saw Isaiah Phillips, son of Joel Phillips, sign bill of sale. Recorded 16 Apr 1792 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GG, Page 456. (This deed proves that Joel Phillips had a son named Isaiah, who appears to have died young without issue.)


10 Feb 1792 Petition of foreclosure by Gov. Edward Telfair against Micajah Williamson for money owed Gov. Lyman Hall for land on the ridge between Kettle Creek and Long Creek, formerly belonging to Daniel Phillips. Also includes a petition of foreclosure from Micajah Williamson against William Kelly against Francis Willis.


12 June 1792 Deed from Isaac Hardy and Casandrew, his wife, to John Lee, all of Wilkes Co, for £100. 148 acres adj southeast by Joel Phillips, northeast by Gordan, north by Elders, west by Evans. Wit: Presley Ramsey, Alexr. Norris. Recorded 11 March 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 477.


18 July 1792 Deed from Benajah Smith, Collector of Taxes of Wilkes Co, to William Hay of Wilkes Co, taken as property of Henry Sumerland and sold for taxes for 1791. Advertised by law, sold 7 July 1792 at public sale. William Hay was the highest bidder at £5. 100 acres on Long Creek between lines of William Hay, Matthew Stones mill tract, Jonathan Kirkandal, Levi Phillips and Michael Moore. Wit: Jno M Carter, G. Hay. Recorded 14 July 1794 in Wilkes County Deed Book MM, Pg 151.


6 Oct 1792 Deed from Charles Smith and Nancy, his wife, of Wilkes Co to Daniel Sturges, Senr. of Columbia Co, GA for £150. 300 acres on Beaverdam in Wilkes Co, including a part of sundry tracts contiguous to each other, adj northwest and northeast by Henry Hurley and Chaffin, northeast and southeast by Crockett, Phillips and Langham. Wit: Josiah Cole, J.P. Recorded 27 Feb 1793 in Wilkes County Deed Book II, Pg 451.


16 Oct 1792 Deed from Willis Pope and Mary, his wife, to Joseph Jones, all of Wilkes Co, for £2. 200 acres on branches of Golden Grove Creek adj John Phillips, Joseph Jones, granted to said Pope 9 April 1792. Acknowledged before Sm. Gardner, J.P. Recorded 30 Oct 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 232. (This land must be in the part of Wilkes Co that became Oglethorpe Co in 1793. Golden Grove Creek was a tributary of the Broad River, which forms the boundary between Oglethorpe and Elbert Counties. A John Phillips appeared on the Oglethorpe Co tax list in 1798.)


29 Oct 1792 Inventory of estate of Joel Philips signed by Spencer Branham, John Ogletree, John Leavrit, Sr, David Ogletree and John Fluker. Included statement of John Lindsay regarding sale of land in 1797 by William and Elizabeth Phillips, administrators of estate of Joel Phillips, to Elijah Clark. Wilkes County Book EE, Page 25. (This indicates that Joel probably had a son named William and that Elizabeth was probably Joel’s widow.)


6 Nov 1792 William Phillips served on a Wilkes County jury.


Circa 1793 Oglethorpe County was carved out of Wilkes County.


31 Jan 1793 John Lindsay and Clarisy, his wife, to Abraham Vanmetre, both of Wilkes Co, for £150. 200 acres on Little River near Phillips Mill adj southeast by Samuel Whatley, southwest by Isaac Williams, northwest by Jones, north by Simson, granted to George Lea 12 Oct 1785. Wit: James M. Lindsay. Recorded 26 March 1793 in Wilkes Co Deed Book II, Pg 542.


25 Feb 1793 Levi Phillips and Barbary, his wife, to Abraham Durham, all of Wilkes Co, for £10. 200 acres on Buffalow Creek adj Rutledge, Robert Boyd. Wit: Jno. Lumpkin, J.P. Recorded 27 May 1794 in Wilkes Co Deed Book MM, Pg 90. (There were two Levi Phillips on the 1800 Oglethorpe Co tax list. According to sources on the internet, one of these Levi Phillips was married to Barbara Hough circa 1794 in Polk’s Mill, which is now in Madison Co. Their daughter Betsey married Ezekial Polk 14 July 1804 in Oglethorpe Co. This Levi died in Oconee Co, SC, circa 1847.)


7 April 1793 Received of Hawkins Bullock, 2448 weight net tobacco, being full payment for eight negroes. Signed by John Lindsey. Test: Theodr Brightwell, Zacchius Phillips. Recorded 2 June 1794 in Wilkes Co Deed Book LL, Pg 171.


7 April 1793 Received of Hawkins Bullock, 5 shillings, being full payment for a stock of horses, cattle and household furniture. Signed by John Lindsey. Test: Theodr Brightwell, Zacchius Phillips. Recorded 2 June 1794 in Wilkes Co Deed Book LL, Pg 171.


13 July 1793 Deed from Jonathan Ragan to Benjamin Phillips, both of Wilkes Co, for £10. 50 acres on Beverdam Creek adj north by McKea, west by Crockett, east by Sturgess. Wit: Jesse Mercer, Jacob Early, J.P. Recorded 17 Feb 1795 in Wilkes Co Deed Book MM, Pg 385.


29 July 1793 Levi Phillips to James Kenny, both of Wilkes Co, for £83, 2 shillings. 166 acres on Little Troublesom of Long Creek, being the lower part of a tract of 850 acres granted to James Hart. Wit: Jonathan Kuykendal, James Kuydendal. Recorded 24 Feb 1795 in Wilkes Co Deed Book MM, Pg 422.


20 Nov 1793 Deed from Jesse and Sucky Wall formerly of Wilkes Co to Thomas Norris of Wilkes Co for £150. 200 acres in Wilkes Co on Little River near Phillips Old Mill adj north by Hugh Jones and George Lea, east by Whatley, south by Jesse Talbert, west by Thornton. Granted to George Lee 10 Jan 1787. Wit: John Ramey, Alexr Norris. Recorded 25 Nov 1795 in Wilkes Co Deed Book NN, Pg 158.


10 Jan 1794 Inventory of Daniel Jackson, dec’d. Harris Coleman, Leonard Phillips, Edward E. Echols, appraisers. From remnant of Book of Inventories, 1793-1794.


22 March 1794 License Bond for Leonard Phillips to marry Fanny Brown. Signed Leonard Phillips. (Putative issue: Rebecca b. ca. 1795, Susanna b. ca. 1799. They also probably had several sons. Rebecca married James Taylor and Susanna married Sanders Moncrief 17 Jan 1817 Wilkes Co GA. Both moved to Sumner Co TN. 1824 is the last time Leonard appears on the Wilkes Co tax lists. Leonard is shown on the 1850 census for Sumner Co TN as an 84 year old man born in VA living in the home of his daughter, Rebecca Taylor. This means he was born circa 1766 and was 28 years old when he married Fanny. Leonard might have been the son of Leonard Phillips, who left Amherst Co, VA in 1783, and the grandson of Leonard and Johanna David Phillips of Amherst County, VA.)


12 May 1794 Deed from Armstead Taylor to Elisha Brooks, both of Wilkes Co, for £50. 100 acres on Long Creek where said Taylor now lives adj Bridges. Wit: Henry Wells, Aaron Phillips. Recorded 14 July 1794 in Wilkes Co Deed Book MM, Pg 157. (Aaron Phillips appears on an Oglethorpe Co tax list in 1800.)


29 July 1794 Jeffery Early of Oglethorpe Co is bound to Silas Mercer of Wilkes Co for £500. The condition of the obligation is that Early makes good title to 300 acres on head of fishing Creek of Oconee River, land surveyed for said Silas Mercer in 1784 on a Wilkes Co warrant and granted to him, but has since been surveyed for said Early by a warrant from Greene Co. To Silas Mercer in case Early’s title should be esteemed best in law and upon Silas Mercer making satisfaction for surveying it a 2nd time, then above obligation to be void. Test: Henry Mounger, J.P. Recorded 25 Aug 1794 in Wilkes Co Deed Book MM, Pg 199. (The Oconee River flows through what used to be Oglethorpe County into Greene County.)


19 Sept 1794 Josiah Tattnall, Nicholas Long and Phillip Clayton, Commissioners appointed to carry into effect an act to amend an act under which property reverting to shall be disposed of passed 20 Dec 1793. To Abram Jones, Esq of Augusta, Richmond Co Ga. By virtue of an Act passed 4 May 1782 for inflicting penalties on and confiscating estates of persons declared guilty of treason. The Commissioners did sell to Micajah Williamson 200 acres on the ridge in Wilkes Co between Kettle Creek and Long Creek, so as property of Daniel Phillips, a person named in the act and confiscated. Micajah Williamson gave mortgage to the governor for the land. At Superior Court this property was foreclosed. Land was exposed at public sale in Augusta GA after being advertised for time required. Abram Jones Esq was the highest bidder for £40 in public securities and 2 ½ per cent per centum. Daniel Phillips at the time of passing of the act of confiscation and banishment, 19 April 1775 had in the premises. Wit: Saml Jack, J.P., Geo R Clayton. Recorded 3 Nov 1791 in Wilkes Co Deed Book PP, Page 191.


1 Jan 1795 Deed from George Smith and Frances his wife of Wilkes Co to Benjamin Powell of Warren Co GA for £45. 100 acres adj said Smith’s Spring Branch, Puckett, John Crutchfield, to and up said branch to Langham, to point of Stoney Ridge, on middle of Stoney ridge to head of and down branch, adj said George Smith. Wit: Daniel Phillips, Benjamin Phillips. Recorded 5 Aug 1797 in Wilkes Co Deed Book PP, Page 137.


7 Jan 1795 Piety Phillips, John Ogletree, Joel Phillips and Jesse Brantly are bound to David Turrell, Register of Probates, for £200. The condition of the obligation is that Piety Phillips and John Ogletree, administrators of the estate of William Phillips, late of this county, decd, do make a true inventory, make all accountings, deliver Letter of Administration, then this obligation to be void. Recorded 17 Feb 1798 in Wilkes Co Deed Book QQ, Pg 85. (The William Phillips who was married to Piety was the probable son of Joel Phillips. William and Piety appear to have had a daughter named Polly who was underage in 1795. She married Joseph Hackney in 1808, indicating she was about three to five years old in 1795. Piety Phillips supposedly married second John Ogletree in Wilkes Co in 1795, although I have not found a record of that marriage. Joel Phillips Sr died in 1792, so the Joel Phillips mentioned here must be his son who was married to Charity Brantley.)


1795-1802 Various signed notes, receipts and accounts of money paid to or received from the estate of William Phillips, John Ogletree, admr. Among them: Whitmill Phillips and Joel Phillips. John Ogletree was also appointed guardian of Polly H. Phillips. (Polly was apparently the daughter of William and Piety Phillips. Whitmell and Joel Phillips were the probable brothers of William Phillips and the sons of Joel Phillips who died in 1792.)


7 March 1803 Will of John W. Burnes dated 21 Dec 1801. All estate to wife Susannah for life. To sons James W. and Samuel T. Burnes, daughters Nancy and Julia M. Burnes, slaves, etc. Wife Susannah and sons James W. and Samuel T. appointed Excrs. Witnessed by Benj, John and Mary Phillips.


13 June 1803 Leonard Phillips received two draws in the 1803 Land Lottery. He had to be a 21 years old white male who had lived in GA for at least one year with a wife and one or more children to receive two draws. If this is the Leonard Phillips who married Fanny Brown in 1794, he probably had as many as five children and was about 35 years old.


26 Jan 1795 Deed from George Smith and Frances, his wife, of Warren Co GA to Samuel Rice of Wilkes Co GA for £30. 100 acres in Wilkes Co on Beaverdam Creek, part of 300 acres granted to Samuel Hoof, adj on middle of a Stoney ridge, a corner in Charles Smith’s grant, Charles Phillips, Peter Pucket, Powells Spring Branch, up said branch, Powell, Sturges, along middle of Stoney ridge and Sturges. Wit: J. Butler, Edward Butler, J.P. Recorded 18 Nov 1796 in Wilkes Co Deed Book OO, Page 119.


6 June 1795 Inventory of estate of Peter B. Terrell. List of notes and open accounts included the name Charles Philips. (A Charles Phillips appears on a tax list in Richmond County in 1795.)


16 Dec 1796 Contract of Peter Strozier to build a milldam for Elijah Clark on Little River across from Philip’s Old Mill. On reverse side is a receipt of payment by General Elijah Clark, 28 October 1799. (The Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes and Columbia County. Kettle Creek was a tributary of the Little River.)


26 Dec 1796 Deed from William Pollard and Alcey, his wife, to John Lee, all of Wilkes Co, for £30. 74 aces adj Branham, Pollard, Arnold, on Kettle Creek waters, part of 250 acres granted to Samuel Duncan, sold by Duncan to Pollard. Test: Dabney Gholston, Charles Phillips. Recorded 7 Jan 1797 in Wilkes Co Deed Book OO, Page 171.


7 Jan 1797 Deed from William Pollard and Alsey his wife to Nathaniel Bullock and James Dorough, all of Wilkes Co, for £170. 118 acres on south side of Kettle Creek adj Dabney Gholson, Dorough, Hurley, Bullock. Wit: Dabney Gholson, Daniel Phillips. Recorded 22 Nov 1797 in Wilkes Co Deed Book QQ, Page 1.


17 Oct 1797 Deed from John Wheat to Leonard Phillips for £25. 100 acres in Wilkes Co adj Johnson, being part of 300 acres originally run for said Wheat. Wit: A. Burroughs, J.P. No recording date.


22 Dec 1798 Deed from Enoch James to Jesse Phillips, both of Wilkes Co, for $1000. 50 acres on Newford Creek adj Kinchelow, said James, crossing a small branch, James old line. Wit: Richard Heard, A. Bailey, J.P. Recorded 1 Aug 1800 in Wilkes Co Deed Book RR, Pg 437. (This probably is not Jesse, the son of Thomas and Milly Davis Phillips, because this Jesse must have been born by 1777, and Thomas and Milly did not get married until 1791.)


25 May 1799 Writ to partition 300 acres on Favor’s Fork of Long Creek. Harris Coleman, Edward Echols, Nathan Echols, John Favors, Leonard Philips, Holey Shaw, Wm. Favors Senr, James Prately Senr, Isaac Eason, John Brown and John Ronton are to divide the land among the children of William Wheat dec’d. The children are Thomas Wheat, John Wheat, David Terrell in right of Hezekiah Wheat, Saul Wheat, Nancy Sullivan and Job Wheat. (Long Creek forms the boundary between Wilkes and Oglethorpe County. This is probably the Leonard Phillips who married Fanny Brown in Wilkes Co in 1794.)


28 Oct 1799 Contract of Peter Strozier to build a milldam for Elijah Clark on Little River across from Philips’s Old Mill. (The Little River formed the boundary between Wilkes and Columbia County. Kettle Creek was a tributary of the Little River.)


21 Nov 1799 Deed from William Ellison of Greene Co GA to William Evans of Wilkes Co GA for £60. 119 acres in Wilkes Co on Stephens Creek adj south by land formerly of Samuel Huff, west by Stawder, north by land formerly Charles Burks, east by Woodall. Part of tract granted to said Ellison . Wit: Jonathan Phillips, Francis Hough. Recorded 5 May 1800 in Wilkes Co Deed Book RR, Page 377. (Jonathan Phillips appears on a tax list in Greene Co in 1797. He married Betsey Howell in Greene Co 24 January 1800.)


21 Nov 1799 Deed from Samuel Hough of Green Co GA to William Evans of Wilkes Co GA for £100. 300 acres in Wilkes Co adj east by Wilson, vacant on all other sides, on Stephens Creek. Granted to said Hough 31 March 1786. Wit: Jonathan Phillips, Wm Ellison, Francis Hough. Recorded 6 May 1800 in Wilkes Co Deed Book RR, Page 439.


28 Nov 1799 Wm. Philips served on a special jury.


10 July 1800 Deed from Burkett Dean of Jackson Co GA to John Towns of Wilkes Co Ga for $1000. 200 acres on Little River in Wilkes Co, the lower end of a tract granted to Zachariah Phillips 10 Nov 1783. Wit: John Wingfield, Sanford Ramy, Absolem Ramey J.P. Recorded 1 Aug 1800 in Wilkes Co Deed Book RR, Page 434.


28 July 1800 Deed from Leonard Phillips of Wilkes Co GA to Booker Sutton of Lincoln Co Ga for $230. 70 acres in Wilkes Co on Huttons fork of Long Creek. Wit: Wm Johnson, Harris Coleman, J.P. Recorded 12 Jan 1801 in Wilkes Co Deed Book RR, Page 540.


27 Feb 1801 Road Maintenance, Capt Morrows District. Court ordered that the following persons be appointed overseer of the road from the forks of the road at beaver dam at ___ Smiths to the fork at Phillips Bridge. Bernard Moon, John Nelson, S___ Moon, Widdow S____, Wm Ch_____, John Chafer, Abraham Nelson, Wm Hays, Daniel Phillips, Zackariah Philips, Elijah Philips. Wilkes County Inferior Court Minutes.


25 May 1803 Inventory of the estate of John W. Burns dec’d signed by Benjamin Phillips, Robert Toombs, John Graham and Geo. Smith. Wilkes County Book PP, folio 314.


7 June 1803 Inventory of estate of Jesse Heard. Names mentioned in inventory included Benjamin Phillips. Wilkes County Book II, Page 319.


26 Feb 1809 Joseph Hackney married Polly Phillips. Marriage ceremony was performed, signed John Leed, Justice of the Peace, 26 February 1809. (Polly was supposedly the daughter of William and Piety Phillips and the granddaughter of Joel and Elizabeth Phillips of Anson County, NC.)


21 Mar 1817 Jno. Faver, Jr. is mentioned as being a Justice of the Peace.


5 May 1817 Return of the estate of Solomon Patton. Account paid from the estate mentions David Phillips and William Phillips. Wilkes County Book 2, folios 77-78.


July 1817 John Faver Jr. and Reuben Faver served on several grand juries.


4 April 1820 Receipt for money paid to William Simpson for building a bridge across Little River at Phillips old mill.


16 Aug 1820 Inventory of estate of Isaac Callaway. Names mentioned in inventory included Yearby Philips and Willis Faver. Wilkes County Book PP, folios 332-335.


16 Aug 1820 James Render, Isaiah T. Irwin, John Favor, Henry Terrell and Peter B. Terrell to appraise the estate of Isaac Callaway. Wilkes County Book PP, folios 332-335.


Circa 1820 John Favor and Matthew Favor, administrators of estate of John Favor, allowed to sell 297 acres of land on Dry Fork of Long Creek.


17 Nov 1821 Return for the estate of Josiah Ellington Jr., dec’d. mentions John Phillips among others. Wilkes County Book PP, folio 598.


26 Dec 1821 Deed from William Davis and his wife Joice of Wilkes Co to William Davis Sr. 155 acres on Long Creek originally granted to John Willis, adjoining Thos. Barber, Philip Orr, Jonathan Davis, William Davis, Sr. and Stephen Johns. Witnesses: Isaac N. Davis, William Hudspitt, Jp, and Stephen Phillips. Recorded 16 Feb 1822 in Wilkes Co Deed Book GGG. Folio 186.


20 Oct 1838 Property of Jonathan Phillips to be sold to pay William M. Tileston and Company.

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