Surry County NC records

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Chronological List

1767

“The earlier part of the year was marked by a good deal of missionary work on the part of Richard Utley, English minister of Wachovia. Frequently on Saturday a messenger would arrive from one of the adjacent settlements and would take Utley back to preach for them on the following Sunday. Blackburn’s house on the Town Fork, Christian Frey’s house on the South Fork, Robert Ellroth’s house at the Shallow Ford, Squire Dorchester’s house in the Hollow, Phelpp’s house beyond Muddy Creek, Justice Sporgen’s house on Abbott’s Creek are mentioned more or less often.”

Comments: (Quote from Volume One of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. Joseph Phillips’ homestead was located on the east side of the Yadkin River “beyond” or west of Muddy Creek. To me, this quote indicates that Joseph Phillips was an Englishman who was sympathetic to the Moravians and their religion. The Moravians were German/Czechoslovakians from Pennsylvania who spoke German and practiced a religion similar to the Quakers. They were against war and slavery. The Moravians called themselves the United Brethren. They also tended to spell Phillips as Phelps. Several descendants of Joseph Phillips have been DNA tested and their DNA indicates they belong to Phillips Family DNA Group 29.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

16 January 1768

Joseph Phillips was appointed constable for George Sprinkle. Rowan Co Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Bk III, page 15.

Comments: (Note that Surry County was not carved out of Rowan County until 1770. This could either be Joseph Phillips Sr born circa 1710 or Joseph Phillips Jr. born 9 May 1738. My guess is that it is Joseph Phillips Jr.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

15 January 1770

“This afternoon there was an unpleasant occurrence in our Tavern. A man, Sam Moore, came in and met Joseph Phelps, who is a Constable. Moore was angry, knowing that Phelps had a Warrant against him and wanted to arrest him, and although Phelps told him that he did not have the Warrant with him, Moore cocked his gun and shot at Phelps, the ball passing through his clothing, though it fortunately did not hit him. Brother Jacob Boon had Moore arrested and having heard the case, he ordered him bound and taken to jail at Salisbury by Constable Phelps and three other men.”

Comments: (Quote from Volume One of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. Phelps is an alternative Germanic spelling of Phillips.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

16 February 1770

Case of the King vs. Samuel Moore. Evidences: Joseph Phillips and John Douthet. Rowan County Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Bk III, p 168.

Comments: Note: Surry county was created from Rowan county in 1770. For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

16 February 1770

Jas. Flinn was appointed constable for Joseph Phillips. Rowan County Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Bk III, p 177.

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1771

1771: George Fulp (2 polls), Joseph Philips Jr (2 polls) and Joseph Philips (1 poll) appear on Surry County tax lists.

Comments: (This is probably Joseph Phillips of Orange Co VA age approximately 61 born circa 1710 and his son Joseph Jr. age 33 born 9 May 1738. Who is Joseph Jr’s second poll – possibly his brother William? Joseph Sr. was married to Mary (Bennett?) and Joseph Jr. was married to Philadelphia Snell. George Fulps died in Surry County in 1786 leaving a will which names his wife Mary and his children Valentine, Michael, Peter, Mary Taylor and Catharine Fulps. George Fulp/Fulps/Folp,Volp was closely associated with the Moravians, although it does not appear that he was a Moravian.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

April 1771

“Held service in the home of Joseph Philips, who lives near the Yadkin; after the service baptized the child of George Loesch, who farm was not far away. Philips’ neighbors are nearly all Regulators.”

Comments: (Quote from the diary of Moravian minister Rev. Soelle contained in Volume Two of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. The Regulators of North Carolina were resisting British rule and oppression in the form of heavy taxation and extortion which culminated in the battle of Alamance Creek in May of 1771, where they were defeated by Gov. Tryon. This battle took place near Hillsborough, the present day capital of Orange County, NC. It is said that 1,500 former Regulators left NC by 1772.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

15 June 1771

15 June 1771: Deed from Thomas Baker to Joseph Phillips for 30 pds. 200 acres on Joseph’s Creek, water of Yadkin River adjoining Mill Road. Tract George Forbus, Jr, sold to Michael Baker. Witnesses: William Covard, John Tate and Michael Baker. Surry Co Deed Book A, page 7.

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1772

1772: George Fulp, William Phillips (1 poll), Joseph Phillips (1 poll) and Joseph Phillips Jun. (1 poll) appeared on Surry County tax lists.

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15 January 1772

Deed from Joseph Phillips to Laurence Smyth for 70 pds. 150 acres on Joseph’s Creek, branch of the Yadkin River, adjoining Mill Road, part of a tract George Forbis Jr. sold to Michael Baker, now in the possession of Lawrence Smyth. Witnesses: Thomas Adaman and John Reed. Surry County Deed Bk A, pp 15-16.

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1774

Surry County Tax List - Armstrong District - Joseph Phillips & son Richard Phillips & John Loe, Jr., 3 polls

Comments: (Richard Phillips is not mentioned in the bible that belonged to Joseph Phillips, but this might be because he was illegitimate. Richard Phillips must have been born by 1758 to be at least 16 years old in 1774. Richard was known as Black Dick. Note that John Low served as executor of the will of George Fulps in 1786 and Thomas Low, a German, witnessed that will. Note that there is only one Joseph Phillips on the tax list this year. Is it possible that Joseph Phillips Jr. has gone north to guide his brother Bennett to NC?) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

1774

Surry County Tax List - Bynum’s District - William Phillips, 1 poll

Comments: (relative of George Fulps or Abner Phelps?) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

1774

Surry County Tax List - Armstrong’s District - William Phillips, 1 poll

Comments: (son of Joseph and Mary Phillips, b. 12/5/1740, age 34?) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

3 August 1774

Will of James Bohanon. Children: Jeremiah Bohanon now living on Pig River to be bound to Josiah Jones as Ann Boohanon and Isabel Boohanon are now living with said Jones. Wit: John Shaub, Olive Robearts, John Cook. He is indebted to Abraham Creson, Gottlieb Vochel, William Gill, Jo. Philips, John Law, Timothy Williams, Tiri Glin, Old Branon. Rec. Aug Ct 1774. Surry Co Book 1, pg 27a.

Comments: (James Bohanon was an English Surry County constable. He ran a splinter in his foot about 15 July and died from the infection.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

10 August 1774

Deed from Joseph Philips, Jr. to Samuel Smith for £15, 50 acres on Joseph’s Branch of Yadkin River above Laurence Smith’s adjoining George Forbis Granville grant, now in possession of Samuel Smith. Wit: Tyre Glenn, Charles Allen. Surry Co Deed Book A, Pg 95.

Comments: (The Jr. after Joseph’s name probably indicates that his father was still alive in 1774. Forbush Creek is a tributary of the Yadkin River located in the southern part of Surry County that became Yadkin Co in 1851. I suspect Forbush Creek was named for George Forbis.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

November 1774

Inventory of estate of James Bohanon. £14:14:2 in debts paid to old Mr. Brannon, Timothy Williams, John Hayward, Wm Vennable, Thomas Poindexter, Matthias Bills, Joseph Phillips, Joseph Gentry, David Gordon, Tyree Glen, John Lowes, Larrance with inventory totaling £29:14:10, returned by Tyree Glenn, executor. Surry Co Book 1, pg 31.

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30 January 1775

Samuel Smith mortgaged 50 acres bought from Joseph Phillips to Lanier & Williams for their paying Thos. Galleon £8 proclamation money if Smith unable to pay Lanier & Williams £10 by 1 Nov 1775. Wit: Wm. Shepperd, Thos. Galleon, Robert Willis. Rec Aug Ct 1775. Surry Co Book 1, pg 54.

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25 August 1775

25 and 26 Aug 1775 Benjamin Cleveland was elected Chairman of the Surry County Committee of Safety on August 25, 1775. The Surry County Committee of Safety adopted the following resolution:

  • Resolved, That we determine by all lawful ways and means to discontinue and suppress such mischievous and baneful papers and all combinations against the common cause of American liberty, and do our utmost endeavors to support the Congress in defending our just rights and liberties.
  • Resolved, That those who now would subject all America and this province to dependency on the Parliament of Great Britain are guilty of a very dangerous innovation, injurious to the Crown and inconsistent with the liberty of the American subjects.
  • Resolved, That by the law of nature and the British constitution no man can be legally taxed or have his property taken from him without his consent, given by himself or his representative.
  • Resolved, That the late acts of the British Parliament for raising a revenue in America by laying taxes on us without our consent and against our protestation, are opposite to our ideas of property, and inconsistent with the spirit of the constitution and does in fact at one stroke deprive the whole continent of all property, and of their most invaluable rights and liberties.
  • Resolved, That this committee highly approve the proceedings of the Continental Congress held in Philadelphia in September last, and that we will endeavor to carry their recommendation into execution.
  • Resolved, That the worthy delegates who represented this province in said Congress deserve our warmest and most grateful thanks for the faithful discharge of their office and that Colonel Armstrong present them in our names and in behalf of this county.
  • Resolved, That the different captains of this country do call their companies together at their usual places to exercise on Saturday the second day of September, in order to choose three in each respective company as committeemen, and those men truly elected shall meet in committee on Wednesday, the 20th day of September next, at the court house in said county.
  • Resolved, That a part of this committee, viz: Charles Lynch, John Armstrong and Matthew Brooks be appointed to wait on the Moravians in order to procure ammunition if any found. Also that Traugott Bagge, Jacob and George Houser, appointed of the Moravian congregation to set as a committee with us at this meeting, to give a more satisfactory answer for their non-attendance and give in the same personally at our next meeting, the 20th of September next.
  • Resolved, that we for ourselves and do recommend it to others, to issue no warrant for debt or execution except such that have been obtained already before this date, and if any debtor is likely to remove himself so that there is just cause to believe the creditor will lose his debt, he shall, or may apply, to the committee of the district the debtor lives in, ad which will take it in hand to secure the debt by taking security or stopping a reasonable part of his affects for the same.
  • Resolved, That Benjamin Cleveland, Jesse Walton and Benjamin Herndon, wait on Mr. Charles Gordon to secure all the ammunition they shall find in his possession.
  • Resolved, Likewise if any person of this committee should find out any ammunition in this country they shall be justified in securing the same for public service by giving security to the possessor thereof.

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24 February 1776

“Capt. Volp visited our English Settlement and took their guns and the little powder they had. Daniel Schmid had to swear that he would do nothing against the liberty of the land; then when he declared himself a Brother and told them that during the recent Commission in Salem Col. Armstrong had received full satisfaction, they returned one of his guns but kept the other, for which the Captain gave him a receipt. George Loesch came back from the troop and went home; probably others will follow him.”

Comments: (From Volume III of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. This Capt. Volp might be Capt. Joseph Phillips, but there was also a family of Volp/Fulp living in Surry County at this time and at least two of them served in the Revolution. Furthermore, Joseph Phillips does not appear to have received his commission as captain until April of 1776. Colonel John Armstrong was in the 2nd North Carolina Brigade of the Surry County Militia and he served under Brigadier General Griffith Rutherford in the Battle of Camden, South Caroline, 16 Aug 1780.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

6 March 1776

"Brother George Hartmann came to me with Mr. Tom Philipps and brought the news that tomorrow Capt. Macay would come to our settlement and suggested that it might be well for the men to meet him at a certain place and come to an understanding with him. With this in view, the men of the Society met in the School House this evening and resolved that tomorrow a Declaration of our position should be sent to the Captain."

Comments: (Quote from Volume III of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. I don’t know who this Tom Philipps is. I have found no Tom Phillips recorded in the early Surry County Tax Lists. Perhaps Tom is a misinterpretation of Jos, the abbreviation for Joseph.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

4 April 1776

“The soldiers and Capt. Joseph Philips left for Salem; they took a horse from here for the service.”

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4 April 1776

Capt. Joseph Philips was here with his Cavalry. He required horses from us, and three were furnished. Otherwise they gave us no trouble.”

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16 April 1776

Joseph Phillips appointed captain from Surry County. (According to "The Heritage of Yadkin Co., NC", p. 539, Joseph was born in May 1738 and was a Captain during the Revolutionary War. He married a girl named Sarah on March 4, 1762 in Yadkin Co. However, according to the family bible, Joseph married a girl named Philadelphia, not Sarah, on March 4, 1762. I believe this story may have gotten Joseph Phillips, the son of Joseph and Mary Phillips born May 9, 1738 confused with Joseph Phillips, the son of Bennett and Elizabeth Phillips born June 26, 1757 or Joseph Phillips, the son of Joseph and Sarah Phillips of Edgecombe County, NC, born 31 Oct 1763. All three Joseph Phillips fought in the Revolution. I am not sure which Joseph Phillips became a Captain in 1776, but I think it is more likely the Joseph Phillips who was 38 years old rather than the Joseph Phillips who was only 19 years old or the Joseph Phillips who was only 13 years old. The average age of captains during the War of 1812 was 37. It is said that a Joseph Phillips fought in the Regulator’s Battle of Alamance in 1771, but in fact there is no existing list of participants in this battle. The only Joseph Phillips old enough to participate in this battle which was fought in Orange County, NC, was the Joseph Phillips born in 1738. A Joseph Phillips was commissioned in April of 1776 at Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina as a Captain of the Fourth Regiment of the North Carolina Militia. He served under Col. Thomas Polk. He served in the war against the Cherokee Indians in 1776. A Joseph Phillips served as Recruiting officer at the old courthouse at Richmond, Surry Co., NC, in 1777. A Colonel Joseph Phillips fought in battles at Monmouth (1778, New Jersey) and Brandywine (1777, New Jersey). A Capt. Joseph Phillips fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain expedition (1780 near the North and South Carolina border) under Major Joseph Winston, first commanded by Col. Benjamin Cleveland, thence under Col. Campbell of VA. Note that there were at least two different Joseph Phillips from NC who fought in the Revolution.)

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26 May 1776

“Col. Armstrong, Joseph Williams, Joseph Philips and others were in the tavern for a conference with Williams, who was leaving for the Council of Safety. Scarcely had Mr. Williams started when an Express arrived from Transylvania, bringing letters signed by Mssrs. Cameron and Stuart. The letters had evidently been written to friends and as they revealed what was being planned, they were sent to this Congress. The plan was this: the white people who were loyal to the King were to take their wives and children to Florida, where they should have land; then the men should go into the war. He wrote that he already had 2000 soldiers, nearly 1000 Indians and that four or five hundred whites were in the Cherokee Nation.”

Comments: (Quote from Volume III of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

22 June 1776

“There was a most unpleasant occurrence, the like of which probably never happened before in a Congregation Town. In the morning four fellows, apparently deserters, came into our tavern and store and soon showed their godless and murderous intentions… We sent two of the Brethren to Col. Armstrong to tell him what had happened; they found Capt. Schmidt and his Company in Bethania, and he came at once and took charge of the prisoners.”

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23 June 1776

“Capt. Heinrich Schmidt and his men left this morning, taking the four prisoners, who were on horseback, bound hand and foot, and were to be put in the Richmond jail. The Brethren Bagge and Bonn made out a statement of the damage the prisoners had done, and gave it to Capt. Schmidt to take to Col. Armstrong, with our request that he take our considerable loss into consideration… Toward evening there arrived Col. Armstrong, Mr. Joseph Williams, Capt. Joseph Philips and Capt. Schmidt, who brought back the four prisoners, under guard.”

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October 1776

“From the first until almost the middle of October many of the Militia, who had been against the Cherokees with Gen. Rutherford, passed on their way home. One detachment of Militia from this and other Counties, under Col. Joseph Williams, was sent to assist the Militia who were moving from Virginia, under Col. Christie, against other Cherokees. Before marching they got various things from the Brethren, on public account, six hundred flints among the rest. They did not return until November… The rest of the year was fairly quiet, except that on the 25th and 26th the paymaster came to Salem, and here paid off the troops then in service. This made a great gathering, and caused much fatigue. Capt. Philips and twelve men of his Company marched through Salem on Dec 10th, toward Wilmington, it was said.”

Comments: (Quote from Volume III of Records of the Moravians of North Carolina.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

10 November 1776

Will of Bennett Phillips, planter, very sick. Children, all under age, not named except son Joseph. Exrs: son Joseph Phillips, brothers Joseph Phillips, William Phillips. Wit: James Glen, Andrew Philips, William Robinson, Robert Tate. Recorded August Court 1777. Surry Co Book 1, pg 82.

Comments: (Note: Loose estate papers at NC archives. Bennett, Joseph and William Phillips were the sons of Joseph and Mary Phillips from Orange Co, VA. Bennett Phillips was only 42 years old when he died. His brother Joseph was 38 and his brother William was 36. Bennett’s son Joseph was born June 26, 1757 so he was 19 in 1776. Andrew Phillips was probably also the son of Bennett, because Joseph Phillips identified him as his brother in his Will which was probated in Williamson County, TN in 1833. Andrew Phillips appears on the Surry County NC tax list in 1784, but disappears after that. He appears to have died in Pickens Co, AL in 1833. Several descendants of Bennett Phillips of Surry Co NC have been DNA tested and their DNA indicates they belong to Phillips Family DNA Group 29.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

17 November 1776

Inventory of estate of Bennet Phillips returned by Joseph and William Phillips. Recorded November Court 1777. Surry County Book 1, pg 88.

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10 December 1776

“Capt. Philipps and about twelve of his Company came to the tavern. They are on their way to Wilmington and it is said that five Battalions are to be raised in the Salisbury District for the English fleet has sailed from New York, perhaps for the south, or perhaps to land below Philadelphia.”

Comments: (Quote from Volume III of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. This probably refers to Wilmington, the capital of New Hanover County, North Carolina.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

November 1777

Richard Phillips enlisted as a Regular soldier at Surry Co, NC before Capt. Joseph Phillips.

Comments: (A Richard Phillips appears on the 1774 Surry Co tax list as the son of Joseph Phillips. Richard must have been born by 1758 to be at least 16 years old in 1774 and he is not mentioned in the bible of Joseph Phillips, Sr, which indicates he was either illegitimate or perhaps a son by a second marriage.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

18 December 1777

“Many persons were here on journeys. Capt. Joseph Philips returned from the Assembly and had much news to tell, for instance that the Land Office is to be opened. The vacant land of Lord Granville and other Proprietors is to be sold, but each man may hold land which he has been using, provided he pays for it, and provided that he is a friend of the State. Loyalist land, on the other hand, is to be considered as State property.”

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February 1778

Robert Lanier, Charles NcAnnally, Samuel Mosby, Jos. Phillips and Charles Gordon are bound to Gov. Richard Caswell for £2000 as Robert Lanier has been appointed surveyor for Surry Co. Wit: Jo. Williams. Surry County Book 1, Pg 96.

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24 February 1778

Joseph Phillips enters for Richard Phillips in the Continental Service, fifty acres in Surry County, the fishing Island, joining the said Richard Phillips improvement that formerly belong to Joseph Gentry. Land entry #32.

Comments: (In his will dated 19 March 1807 and proved in 1816, Richard Phillips bequeathed this fifty acres to Foster Phillips, whom he termed “my brother’s son.” A descendant of Foster Phillips has been DNA tested and his DNA matches that of Phillips Family DNA Group 29. Fishing Island is located today in the Yadkin River at Pilot Mountain State Park. The park is on the boundary between Surry and Yadkin Counties and is about 4 miles west of the intersection of Surry, Stokes, and Forsyth Counties.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

28 May 1778

Land entry #114 by John Lynch, 200 acres on branches of Stewarts Creek adjoining his own deeded land and including both the improvements he purchased of William Phillips.

Comments: (There were two William Phillips on the Surry County tax list in 1774, but only one in 1784. This may indicate that one of the William Phillips sold out and moved away. Stewart’s Creek is located in the northwestern part of Surry County on the border with VA. A William Phillips died in Surry County in 1825 – see below.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

24 July 1778

George Philips enters three hundred acres in Surry County lying on the North fork of Hunting Creek, joining the Claim of William Sparks senr. including my improvement. Land entry #310.

Comments: (Today N. Hunting Creek is located in the southwest corner of Yadkin County. I don't think this George Phillips is the same person as George Fulps, because George Fulps lived and died in the Belew's Creek area which was located on the extreme eastern side of Surry County. Hunting Creek was located on the extreme western side of Surry County. This George Phillips might have been related to Abner Phillips b 1737 in Hunterdon Co NJ. Abner supposedly had a son name George. However, this George was probably born by 1757 and probably earlier in order to enter and improve land by 1778, so it may not be the same George. Descendants of Abner Phillips have been DNA tested and their DNA matches that of Phillips Family DNA Group 20.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

19 October 1778

Mark Phillips enters five hundred acres of Land in Surry County on both sides of Shallow ford road adjoining Robert Lanier’s deeded land, Philip Colcleazier’s & John Hoist’s claim including Stults old Improvement & the Improvement that John Thomason now lives on for quantity.

Comments: (Shallowford Road was located in what is today the southern part of Yadkin and Forsyth Counties.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

22 January 1779

Maj. Philips came through on his way to Halifax; a letter was sent by him to our two Brethren.

Comments: (Quote from Volume III of Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. If this is Capt. Joseph Phillips, it appears that he has been promoted. Note that from this point forward, the Moravians sometimes refer to Joseph Phillips as a Captain and sometimes as a Major and sometimes as a Colonel.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

10 August 1779

John Hudspeth, William Meredith, Joseph Williams, Joseph Philips, John Blalock, Giles Hudspeth, David and William Hudspeth, John Williams and Robert Lanier are bound to Gov Richard Caswell for £5,000 NC money as John Hudspeth is appointed sheriff of Surry Co. Wit: Cha. McAnally. Surry Co Book 1, Pg 133a.

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February 1780

Joseph Phillips, William Shepperd, William Dobson, John Armstrong are bound to Gov Richd Caswell for £300,000 as Joseph Phillips is appointed Commissioner to Surry Co Court. Wit: Jo. Williams. Surry Co Book 1, Pg 136.

Comments: (Is this Joseph Phillips Sr, age about 70, his son Joseph Phillips age 42, or his grandson Joseph Phillips age 23? My guess is Joseph Phillips age 42. I believe Joseph Phillips Sr died between 1774 and 1782.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

3 April 1780

NC grant to George Philips 300 ac N side N Fork Hunting Ck, agreed line with John Allin

Comments: (See entry dated 24 July 1778. North Hunting Creek was located in the southwestern corner of Surry County, the part of Surry County that became Yadkin County in 1851.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

6 May 1780

Mr. Doughted and his wife came this afternoon, asking for Certificates for their three unmarried sons who have recently been received into the Society at Hope. They were given written authority to ask the Justice, Capt. Phelps, to permit them to take the Affirmation, and when that has been done they will received the Certificates.

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19 May 1780

The Brethren Marshall and Bagge received a summons from the Commissioners appointed for this County to confiscate the land of those who are under English rule, and so on. The three Commissioners are Prox {Brooks}, Major Phelps and {blank} and the Brethren must appear before them in Bethania.

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7 November 1780

Ten men from Major Phelps' light-horse came to the Tavern expecting the rest of their command to come tomorrow.

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8 November 1780

The other light-horsemen did not appear so the ten men returned to Bethabara. While they were here they had to be entertained at county expense which probably means a loss for the congregation Diaconie.

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1781

Joseph Phillips sold 640 acres located just east of the Yadkin River and the Little Yadkin River to William Shepperd.

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3 February 1781

Today the Minute Men were here from Dan River and remained over night.

Comments: (Quote from Volume IV of the Records of the Moravians in NC. The Dan River is located in Stokes County.) For additional information including transcription credit, please Click Here to view the complete record.

4 February 1781

The company of militia remained here as their Captain did not arrive and they were advised by others not to go to the Shallow Ford. Food had to be furnished them today as yesterday. Johann Samuel returned with our team from Dan River where he had been dismissed by Colonel Joseph Philips according to promise.

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5 February 1781

Colonel Armstrong was here as were also the militia and some of our neighbors and wagons which have been pressed. It appears that the militia do not know where to go.

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18 March 1781

Colonel Philips and Major Armstrong and three men came for information about the army. Yesterday the Major sent us a letter containing a friendly warning not to send help to the British hospital but he approved when he heard that we had sent nothing except rags for the use of the wounded.

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