APPEARANCES OF ROBERT AND PHEBE PHILLIPS ON THE PUBLIC RECORD:
Born January 1773, Loudoun County, Virginia (ref. Affidavit 28 January 1850).
1790 census: Rowan County, North Carolina, in household of father John Phillips.
1800 census: Surry County, North Carolina (aged 26-44), with wife (aged 26-44),
one son (under 10) and two daughters (under 10).
14 August 1812: Hawkins County, Tennessee, witness to Will of Gabriel Phillips,
his brother. Also a witness is Zadoc Moore, whose daughter married Robert's
son. For a full transcription of the Will of Gabriel Phillips click HERE
c. 1824-1828: Hawkins County, Tennessee, Land Records, Surveyor's Entry (B:88).
Also in the Land Records are Milly Phillips (widow of Gabriel), and Micajah and
Martin Phillips (sons of Robert Phillips). For index to Land Records click HERE
1830 census: Cocke County, Tennessee (aged 50-59), with wife (aged 50-59), one
daughter (aged 20-29), and one son (aged 10-14).
1840 census: Coles County, Illinois (aged 60-69), with wife (aged 60-69).
1850 census: Coles County, Illinois (aged 77, born in Virginia), with wife
Phebe (aged 77, born in Pennsylvania). Neither could read or write.
28 January 1850: Affidavit of Robert Philips, of Coles County, Illinois, in
Revolutionary War pension case of his brother, Gabriel Philips, deceased.
To see the Affidavit click HERE For a full transcription click HERE
CHILDREN OF ROBERT AND PHEBE PHILLIPS
MICAJAH PHILLIPS (1794-1876)
Micajah Phillips. Born 8 March 1794, North Carolina.
Died 30 August 1876, Moultrie County, Illinois.
Sarah A. Phillips. Born 6 February 1813, Kentucky.
Died 12 May 1895, Moultrie County, Illinois.
Marriage Record: Micajah Philips to Polly Smiley,
18 July 1818, Greene County, Tennessee
Second marriage: Sarah Dejournett (Dejarnett) Cropper,
5 May 1845, Coles County, Illinois.
1830 census: Hawkins County, Tennessee
1840 census: Jefferson County, Tennessee
1850, 1860, 1870 census: Moultrie County, Illinois
1880 census: Widow Sarah, Moultrie County, Illinois
Children: Malinda Ann, born 27 May 1819, Bulls Gap, Hawkins, Tennessee
Emeline, born 15 January 1821, Bulls Gap, Hawkins, Tennessee
Calvin, born 20 October 1825, Bulls Gap, Hawkins, Tennessee
Martin K., born 19 February 1827, Bulls Gap, Hawkins, Tennessee
William, died young
Andrew J., born 23 December 1845, Moultrie County, Illinois
Paulina Jane, born 6 March 1849, Coles County, Illinois
Benjamin, born 15 April 1852, Illinois, died 18 July 1860, Illinois
For more on Robert and Micajah Phillips and their descendants click HERE and HERE
MARTIN PHILLIPS (1801-1868)
Martin Phillips. Born 12 July 1801, North Carolina.
Died 6 August 1868, Overton County, Tennessee.
Marriage Record: Martin Phillips to Jane Clepper,
25 January 1848, Hawkins County Tennessee
1830, 1840, 1850 census: Hawkins County, Tennessee.
1860 census: Overton County, Tennessee.
1870, 1880 census: Widow Jane, Overton County, Tennessee.
First Marriage: Probably to Rosannah Moore, daughter of Zadock and Barbary Moore,
Hawkins County, Tennessee. She is named in the will of her father, Zadock or Zadok
Moore, 19 March 1844, as Rosannah Phillips. Martin Phillips is a witness to the
will. Another daughter is named as Winnea Keele, dec'd. The name of Isaac
Phillips (son of Gabriel Phillips and Miliah Keele) is mentioned in the will.
For a full transcription of the Will of Zadock Moore click HERE
To see 1830 and 1840 Hawkins County census records for Zadock Moore with Phillips
and Keele relatives living nearby, click HERE
Children: Daughter, born 1826-1830
Daughter, born 1831-1835
William, born c. 1833, Tennessee.
Thomas, born c. 1835, Tennessee.
Robert, born c. 1837, Tennessee.
Sentin, born c. 1839, Tennessee.
Elizabeth, born c. 1841, Tennessee.
Eliza, born c. 1843, Tennessee.
Benson, born c. 1848, Tennessee.
Richard B., born c. 1850, Tennessee.
Thomas H., born c. 1851, Tennessee.
Samuel M., born c. 1852, Tennessee.
DELILAH PHILLIPS (1811-1893)
Delilah Waddill. Born 13 May 1811, Tennessee.
Died 29 January 1893, Adair County, Missouri.
John Waddill. Born 13 May 1812, Tennessee.
Died 18 August 1891, Adair County, Missouri.
Marriage Record: John Waddle to Delila Phillips,
10 May 1832, Washington County, Tennessee.
1840, 1850 census: Coles County, Illinois.
1860, 1870, 1880 census: Benton, Adair, Missouri.
Children: Martha E., born c. 1832, Tennessee
Cyntha P., born c. 1833, Tennessee
Hannah M., born c. 1835, Illinois
Jonathan W., born c. 1837, Illinois
Amanda, born c. 1839, Illinois
Jacob, born c. 1840, Illinois
Robert, born c. 1842, Illinois
William, born c. 1843, Illinois
James, born c. 1846, Illinois
Jane, born c. 1849, Illinois
Hepzibah (Heppie), born c. 1852, Illinois
Frances K. (Fanny), born c. 1857, Missouri
BATY (BEATY) PHILLIPS, POSSIBLE NEPHEW OF ROBERT
Some researchers have claimed Baty Phillips as a son of Robert and Phebe Phillips.
DNA evidence places his descendants in the same Family Group as known descendants
of John Phillips of Loudoun County, Virginia and Rowan County, North Carolina.
The circumstantial evidence from the historical record is presented below.
Appearing as household #156 in the 1850 census for Moultrie County, Illinois is
Henderson Philips (26, born in Tennessee) with a wife Matilda (20, born in
Illinois), two children (aged 2 and 8 months, born in Illinois), and a family
member named William M. Phillips (14, born in Tennessee). This is the same year
that Micajah Phillips, and his sons Calvin and Martin K., first appear in the
census for Moultrie County, Illinois, as heads of households #491, #486, and #487,
respectively. Henderson Philips is in the same county, but he is not a neighbor.
Ten years later, in 1860, Henderson Philips appears in the census for Moultrie
County, Illinois, with his wife Matilda and five children. Living next door are
William Gunnels (32), Mary Gunnels (21), and Phebe Philips (62), all born in
Tennessee. This is not Phebe Philips, wife of Robert. She died 30 April 1858
in Coles County, Illinois, and she was not born in Tennessee.
Listed in the 1850 census for Overton County, Tennessee are William Gunnels (21),
in household #44, and Phoebe Philips (53), with two children, Hiram (13) and Mary
(11), in household #212. All were born in Tennessee. Rather obviously, William
Gunnels later married Mary Philips, daughter of Phoebe Philips.
Phebe Bayles (Bayless) married Baty Philips (Beaty Phillips) on 11 February 1818
in Washington County, Tennessee. Beaty Philips (aged 40-49) is listed in the 1840
census for Overton County, Tennessee with a wife (aged 40-49) and eight children,
including a boy aged 15-19 (Henderson) and two girls aged 10-14 (one of whom is
Mary). Baty Phillips (aged 30-39) is listed in the 1830 census for Monroe County,
Tennessee with a wife (aged 30-39) and five children, including a boy aged 5-9 and
two girls under 5, consistent with the 1840 census and with an 1818 marriage date.
Overton County, Tennessee was the home in 1860 of Martin Phillips, son of Robert
and Phebe Phillips, and of his widow Jane in 1870 and 1880 (see above). Moultrie
County, Illinois was the home in 1850, 1860, and 1870 of Micajah Phillips, son of
Robert and Phebe Phillips, and of his widow Sarah Phillips in 1880 (see above).
The fact that Overton County was the home of Beaty Philips in 1840 and of his widow
Phoebe in 1850, and that Moultrie County, Illinois was Phoebe's home in 1860, well
establishes that Baty (Beaty) was related to Robert and Martin and Micajah. But
it does not establish that Baty (Beaty) Phillips was the son of Robert Phillips.
Robert Phillips appears in the 1830 census for Cocke County, Tennessee. Both
he and his wife are aged 50-59, consistent with their known birth dates of 1773.
They have a daughter aged 20-29 (possibly Delilah, born 1811, married 1832), and
a son aged 10-14, whom I am unable to identify. This is almost certainly the
same Robert Phillips. Cocke County is contiguous to Greene County, and is near
to Bulls Gap, where Micajah's children were born. And in the 1840 census,
Martin Philips, son of Robert and Phebe, was living in Cocke County, Tennessee.
More conclusively, Robert Philips appears in the 1800 census for Surry County,
North Carolina. Both he and his wife are aged 26-44, consistent with their known
birth dates of 1773. They have three children, all under 10: a son (Micajah), and
two daughters, whom I am unable to identify. Again, this is almost certainly the
same Robert Phillips. According to family records of his descendants, his son
Micajah was born near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And Robert's brother Jonathan
was living in Surry County in the 1790 and 1800 census. If Robert had only one son
born before 1800, and Micajah was born in 1794, then Baty was not Robert's son.
But if DNA evidence indicates that Baty Philips (Beaty Phillips) belonged to this
family, whose son was he? We have records, probably complete, of the children of
three of Robert's brothers - Ezra, Jonathan, and Gabriel. But we have no records
of the children of Robert's two oldest brothers – Thomas and John. They both
appear in the early records of Tennessee.
Thomas Phillips appears on the 1783 Greene County Tax List HERE and he may have
been one of the Overmountain Men who fought in the Revolutionary War.
John Phillips married Sarah Rose on 20 June 1789 in Greene County, Tennessee. HERE
If Baty (Beaty) was the son of Thomas or John, did he have any brothers and
sisters? Many persons named Philips or Phillips appear in the early marriage
records or in the early census records for eastern Tennessee (the census records
prior to 1830 have been lost). Some of these (Phoebe, George, Pleasant, Charles,
John, Britton, Royal) were the children of Dyer Phillips and Patience Clay of
Lunenburg County, Virginia HERE and probably the grandchildren of John Phillips
and Deborah Britton of Nottingham, Cecil County, Maryland. Two others (Clemons
and Patrick) were of the same generation as Thomas and John. Of the remainder,
eight first appear in the marriage records, and four first appear in the census
records. Perhaps some, or perhaps none, were children of Thomas or John.
William Pratt and Elizabeth Philips, Greene County, 20 June 1801
Charles West and Sarah Phillips, Greene County, 23 April 1803
John McCardell and Lena or Sara Phillips, Washington County, 23 April 1809
Jacob Philips and Elizabeth White, Washington County, 27 January 1824
Harry Scroggs and Syntha Phillips, Washington County, 14 March 1833
William J. Tadlock and Mary Phillips, Washington County, 2 September 1833
Young Bayles and Mary Phillips, Washington County, 5 April 1834
Elijah Barlow and Martha Phillips, Washington County, 6 August 1835
Andrew J. Dockuby and Mary W. Phillips, Washington County, 22 November 1838
Jesse Philips, 1830 census, Greene County, aged 50-59, four children
John Philips, 1830 census, Washington County, aged 40-49, nine children
John Philips, 1830 census, Washington County, aged 30-39, five children
Patsy Phillips, 1830 census, Hawkins County, aged 20-29, one daughter
For more documentation of Phillips ancestry click:
WILL OF JOHN PHILLIPS
JOHN AND DIANNAH PHILLIPS
AFFIDAVIT OF ROBERT PHILLIPS
TRANSCRIPTIONS OF AFFIDAVITS
CHILDREN OF GABRIEL AND MILIAH PHILLIPS
BIOGRAPHY OF EZRA PHILLIPS
CHILDREN OF ROBERT AND PHEBE PHILLIPS
PHILLIPS MARRIAGE RECORDS
PHILLIPS CENSUS RECORDS
LOUDOUN COUNTY TITHABLES