Chowan County Phillips Families

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Chowan County was created between 1668 and 1671 as Shaftesbury Precinct and later renamed Chowan Precinct. It gained county status in 1739.[1][2]


During the American Civil War, the Albemarle Artillery was recruited in 1862 from Chowan and Tyrrell men at Edenton by local attorney William Badham, Jr.. After cannon were recast from bronze donated as bells from local courthouses and churches to arm the battery, the unit was renamed the Edenton Bell Battery. They named their cannon: Columbia, St. Paul, Fannie Roulac, and Edenton. Two of the guns, long thought lost, have been returned to Edenton in recent years. The St. Paul and the Edenton now can be seen on display at Edenton's waterfront park.[3] The county was named after the historical Chowanoc American Indian tribe, also called Chowan.[4][5]

Adjacent counties

Phillips Families

At this time there are no Chowan county Phillips families in early NC.


  1. "North Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". North Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. "Chowan County". State Library of North Carolina. January 1, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. "Edenton Bell Battery". Edenton Historical Commission. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  4. "Chowan County Profile". Website. epodunk. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  5. "Chowanoc Indian Tribe". Website. AccessGeneaology. Retrieved 2010-02-19.