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Compilation April 2005 by John Phillips, Kathleen, GA (


I don't yet know anyone descending from Ezekial Phillips/Ezekiel Philips of Jefferson Co. Indiana. He's important, though, to many researchers trying to connect through him to the Phillipses from Dorchester County, Md.

Here are some stray Phillipses of Ezekial's era:
* Thomas H. Phillips was born NC about 1793; lived in or near Rowan Co. NC, later lived in Jennings Co. Ind., in Illinois, and in various Missouri counties. Son John Thomas married Emeline Courtney.
* John Phillips married Elinor "Ellen" Courtney, sister of Emeline, in southern Indiana.
* Philemon Phillips was born NC about 1790; probably lived in Guilford Co. NC; lived in Kentucky., Jennings Co. Ind. and Hendricks Co. Ind.
* Esther Phillips married William Rayburn.
* Margaret Phillips married John Varvel in 1821 in Montgomery Co. Ky..
*William Phillips of Jennings Co. Ind.

The Brannock Phillips who appears in the old Jefferson Co. Ind. censuses left a document that states, among many other things: "Uncle Ezekial ultimately left North Carolina for Kentucky where he lived a few years and died leaving four boys and two girls by his first marriage and two sons of his second marriage. Of his descendants I know but little. They are scattered in Utah, Oregon, Iowa, and mostly in Indiana." (But did he mean Zeke died in Kentucky or not?)
The following material is split into three parts. Part A summarizes what we know or suspect about Ezekiel. Part B is highly speculative. Part C catalogues loose ends.
I'm not concerned with consistent spelling: Ezekiel/Ezekial/Ezekeal, Phillips/Philips, Maudlin/Modlin, Peele/Peelle, etc.



Philomen Phillips of Church Creek, Maryland, is known to have had a son Ezekiel. The boy probably was born in Dorchester County roughly about 1760. (See my booklet, Important Phillips Documents.) An Ezekiel appears on the Dorchester tax list of 1783. He's listed only as "able-bodied." A brother, "John of Philemon," among others, also appears.

Ezekial's nephew, Brannock Phillips, says Ezekial and several brothers moved to North Carolina. That's all we know for sure about the Ezekiel from Dorchester. Was he the Ezekiel of Jefferson Co. Ind.? We don't know for sure.
Peele researchers think this was the fellow who married Elizabeth "Betsy" Maudlin/Modlin, probably sometime in the late 1780s. She'd been born about 1772 in Perquimans County NC to John Maudlin and the former Ann Newby.

This presents somewhat of a logistical problem. We know that the brothers from Dorchester were in Piedmont NC--in Rockingham-Guilford county area. The 1790 census shows John Maudlin in Perquimans Co. in northeastern NC. Why would Ezekial have gone to that part of the state? Perquimans and the more western counties of Guilford and Randolph were Quaker strongholds.

We don't know where Ezekial and Elizabeth were married, but it likely was in or near Guilford County. The Quaker records need to be rechecked.)
An Ezekeal Philips appears on the 1790 census of Guilford County. The listing shows two white males, one over 16 and one under, plus one white female. The NC census index of that year doesn't seem to show any other person who might have been named Ezekial or Zeke. (Philip Hoggatt, one of the people near Ezekiel in the census, appears in records of the Deep River Friends Monthly Meeting in Guilford County. Those records show he was born July 12, 1765 to Joseph and Phebe Hoggatt. He had siblings Stephanus, Joseph, Nathan, Mahlon, Phebe, William and Zimri. The surname apparently was sometimes written "Hockett.")
An Ezekiel Phillips appears on the 1794 tax list of Stokes County, North Carolina. He owned no land and was in Shous' district, meaning a man named Shous probably captained the area militia. Two men named Richard Phillips were listed adjacent to Ezekiel. One was listed as "red" and the other "black," and are so listed in some subsequent lists. Each of the three men had one white poll. The two Richards seem to have no connection with Maryland Phillipses and it's not known if Shous made his list alphabetically or not. Ezekiel doesn't reappear on the 1795 list.

We know, of course, that Ezekial's brothers John and William lived in Rockingham County NC, in the early 1790s. The name Ezekiel isn't on any censuses there, but does appear there on a deed dated October 14, 1795. Through this deed, John Philips sold 50 acres on Hogan's Creek to Benjamin Moore for 25 pounds. The land adjoined that of Moore, Hodge, William Bradberry and William Harris. The witnesses were Ezekial Philips, Nancy Donnaky and Thos. Thompson. Quite a bit is known about some of these people and it seems safe to say that John was Ezekiel's brother and that he sold the land because he was moving to Jessamine County, Kentucky. Also, Thomas Thompson was from Dorchester. So the Ezekiel in Rockingham almost certainly was Philemon's son. (It might fall under the realm of coincidence, but when John T. Phillips bought land in Scott County, Indiana, he bought from Christopher Harris.) The land in Rockingham, incidentally, was near Guilford County.

In 1796, when the tax list for Shous' district in Stokes County was made, Ezekiel was listed, again with one white poll and no land. This time he was listed adjacent to Mordacai Phillips, a longtime resident of Stokes. The two Richard Phillipses appeared elsewhere on the list.
Ezekiel doesn't reappear on the subsequent lists -- all are extant -- until 1802, when he appears, again landless with one white poll. This time he is in Vest's district. He wasn't listed adjacent to the other three Phillipses on the list: John, Mordacai and Foster. John owned 154 1/2 acres, and, by checking the deeds, it's obvious he was the John who lived on Belew's Creek, the fellow I discussed in my genealogy of Thomas H. Phillips. Foster, like Mordacai, was a longtime Stokes resident. Vest's district, incidentally, wasn't new and existed as early as 1793.

The 1803 tax list shows almost identical information. But Ezekiel doesn't appear on the lists through 1806. The lists from 1807 to 1813 haven't been checked. Ezekiel doesn't appear on the 1814 list or thereafter.

No Ezekiel appears on the 1800 census of Rockingham County, NC or on that county's tax list of 1815. So that 1802 record is the last we have for him in NC. He'd apparently gone to Grayson County, Virginia. Nephew Brannock Phillips said Ezekial's brother James lived on the New River in Virginia, so it's very possible that Ezekial lived there for awhile, too. Grayson is on the NC line, not too far from where William and John Phillips had lived in Rockingham.
Grayson County deeds offer little help, but the tax list of 1810 (from a published edition, see PH Update 917) shows:

Ezekiel Philips 1-0-0
Mason Pitts
James Philips, one white poll, 10 slaves over age 12 and 84 horses
George Philips 1-0-2
Hugh Philips 1-0-1
Richard Philips 1-0-1
Peggy Phillips 1-11-5
Thomas Mace
Isaac Busick
John Busick
and many Ballards

The Busicks likely were from Dorchester via Orange and Rockingham counties in Carolina. But researching Phillipses in Grayson is tough: a Tobias Phillips of Pennsylvania had moved there, spawning a huge family.

We don't know what happened to Ezekial's wife Elizabeth, but Quaker researchers say she likely died by the early 1800s. This brings us to a Quaker named Margaret "Peggy" Peele. She'd been born in Wayne County, NC, March 31, 1783 to Rueben Peele and the former Rhoda Pearson. On October 15, 1808. he had an illegitimate son named James A. Peele. The Mt. Pleasant Monthly Meeting of Grayson Co. Va. disowned her Oct. 28, 1809 for fornication. No one knows who raised James, but Peele researchers say he spent his life in the Surry Co. NC area raising apples and tobacco.
Peggy marred Ezekiel Phillips about 1812. In 2004 researcher Horace Peele said Rueben and Rhoda Peele moved from Surry Co. NC to Clinton Co. Ohio eventually.
Virginia Parmenter, who researched these people in the 1980s, cited Quaker records for Grayson: 18908, Sarah Peel, gct Deep Creek MM, NC.; p 1809--Peggy Peel disowned.

Mrs. Parmenter concluded that Peggy was disowned for marrying Zeke out of unity. Later researchers say she was disowned, if not for fornication, for having a baby out of wedlock. Pam Sims, who descends from the unconnected Philemon, has long maintained that he married Rachael Ballard in Grayson.
Ezekial might or might not have moved to Kentucky, where brothers John and William lived, but we know he moved to Jefferson County, Indiana. The tax list there for 1816 shows only one Phillips: Robert, but in 1818 the following people appear on the Pisgah Church roll:
Ezekial Phillips, John Phillips. Others: G. Campbell, James Lining, Robert Smith, Milton Robertson, Joshua Deputy, Alex B. Wilson, Thomas Ammons, Samuel Hutchison, Patrick Wilson, Thomas Gasaway, John Gudgel, Sam White, Thomas Jackson, R. Whitwood, Lewis Black, W.C. Wilson, Aben. Tebbets, Andrew Wilson, James Blankenship, C. Cordrey, Benj. Ramsey, William Whitedresson, A. Chitwood, Joshua Tull, Joseph Wiley, Geo. Wilson, Contrey, Evan Thomas, Henry Dixon, William D. Wilson and Moses Wilson.

It would appear Ezekiel and Peggy had:
:Polly (Mary?)
John, perhaps in 1818
Reuben in 1819
Lurana in 1822.

The 1820 census of Jefferson County, Indiana, lists Ezekiel. He and the oldest female were 45 or over. There were two males under 10 in the home and two young females, one under 10 and the other aged 10 to 16. There also was a female aged 26 to 45 in the home, and this must have been Peggy, if her age in later censuses is correct. This means that a grandmother likely was in the home..
A John Phillips, aged 26 to 45, was listed on the same page. Presumably this was the 31-year-old son of John Phillips and the former Sarah Brannock of Montgomery County, Kentucky. Samuel Whitsitt was also listed on the page.
The Ezekiel Phillips of Jefferson Co., Ind., soon died. His will is in Vol. B and on page 102 of the will book:

"In the name of God, Amen. I, Ezekiel Phillips of Jefferson County in State of Indiana Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound a mind and memory. Blessed by almighty God for the same. Do make and ordain this my last Will and testament in manner and form following. First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Peggy Phillips all my estate that I am more or Shall be seized of, to inable her to bring up our children whose names are Polly, John, Raebin, Rhoda and Lurana, who are all young and unable to provide for themselves. Lastly I appoint my wife Peggy Philips sole executor -- this my last will an a testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand an a Seal this seventeenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand a eight hundred an a twenty four. Signed, sealed, published an a delivered by the above named Ezekiel Phillips to be his last will and Testament in presence of all who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses -- In presence of the Testator -- Hosea Sprague, John Philips, Robt. McClenehan.
(signed) Ezekiel Philips
(X, his mark)

Peggy proved the will. Some records say she did this Oct. 16, 1824 (?), apparently accompanied by the three witnesses, and was made executrix. Note that someone must have not known what day it was. The way I read it, the will was proved one day before it was written. In 1986, researcher Bob Haefner found a maroon book, "Wills & Admins"; page 54 says the will was recorded Oct. 25, 1824. The clerk in Jefferson County reported in 1981 that no other probate was available on Ezekiel.
Let's look further at Robert McClanahan, one of the will's witnesses. He's said to have been born in 1789 in the Salisbury district of Rowan County, North Carolina, and to have married Lucy Davis. See the writeup on Brannock Phillips in my William Phillips genealogy for McClanahan's many connections to the Phillipses.
Apparently Ezekial left no land.

In another matter, in October 1826 letters of administration were granted, apparently in Jefferson County, to Brannon (?) Phillips. He was to administer the estate of Nathaniel Hutchison. Robert McClannhan and William Wilson were his sureties. Samuel Harrod and Robert Smith appraised the estate, which included notes on Ebenezer Hutchinson, Robert McClannahan and Levi Wells. (Brannock Phillips' sister Mary married a William Wilson. Thomas H. Phillips' son John T. Phillips was apprenticed to a Robert Smith in 1831. (A younger Robert McClanahan, likely the neighbor of Arch Courtney, married Nancy Walton in 1853.)
William Phillips, Robert McClannahan, John Settle, Newton Whitesett, Brannock Wilson and most everybody else in the area owed money to Thomas Selman, a doctor in Paris, Indiana, who died in late 1826. His will mentions that "the house I have been building in Paris to be finished as soon as possible, the chimney and plastering to be done by Mr. [William] Phillips and Leonard Ferris, or as much of it as the amount they owe me . .."
Margaret Phillips appears on page 156 of the 1830 census of nearby Jennings County: 002 1111101. That would appear to tie in the sons as 10 to 15 years old, but leaves the girls questionable because there were two extras in the household. Margaret was in the 40/50 column. As she was born about 1781 according to a later census, this would appear accurate. The family is listed adjacent to Martha Phillips, estranged wife of Thomas H., who'd headed west.
Brannock Phillips and Hosea Sprague were among buyers of the estate of Benjamin B. Hewes in 1826; the inventory suggests Hewes was a doctor. Phillemon Phillips and J.W. Ballard were among buyers of the estate of Moses Sawyer Nov. 10, 1835.
Note that Ezekiel's death roughly corresponds with Thomas H. Phillips' arrival in Indiana. No land seems to have been involved, though. Thomas H. is said to have lived in a cabin northwest of Commiskey in Jennings County in 1826. Ezekiel lived just south of there but in Jefferson County.
Researcher Virginia Parmenter believed that Reuben's young children went to live with relatives in the Wayne-Henry county area of Indiana. Wayne County, which includes the town of Richmond, is the hub of Indiana's Quaker area, along with Randolph County. (I think I foolishly wrote one time or another that Quaker researchers said the kids went to Wayne Co. to live with their grandparents. Obviously, the Maudlins were NOT the grandparents of these kids. Those grandparents apparently lived in Ohio.)


POLLY PHILLIPS was mentioned in Ezekiel's will. Nothing more is known for certain. Like most women named Polly, her real name probably was Mary. Coincidentally, perhaps, a Mary Phillips married John Dalby on June 8, 1837 in Wayne Co. Ind. Granted, there likely was a Mary or Polly Phillips in every county in America, but you'll soon note a pattern: the names Mary, Rhoda and "Susannah" all appear on the Wayne Co. books. Researcher Horace Peele says Mary married John Bruce about 1877 in Wayne Co. Ind. This is a bit late, but would have been a second marriage.

JOHN PHILLIPS was identified in his father's will. Nothing more is known for sure about him. He perhaps was the fellow born about 1818 in Kentucky who married Eleanor Courtney, April 3, 1838 in Jefferson County. John Gasaway was the minister. (Thomas H. Phillips' son John Thomas Phillips married Eleanor's sister Emeline on October 20, 1842. Could that mean Thomas H.'s cousin or half-brother married Ellen, then Thomas H.'s son married Ellen's sister?)
The 1850 census of Jackson County, Indiana's Redding twp. shows on page 133 (enumerated Sept. 9): John Philipps, 32, Ky. (no middle initial); Ellen, 30, Ky; son Nelson, 11 Ind. and son Atlas, 1. (In searching for Ellen, I checked Graham twp. of Jefferson in 1860, and Jennings and Johnson twps of Scott in those years. I checked all likely Johns in Indiana and Illinois in 1860. There were none in Kansas.)

John Phillips apparently died or somehow departed between 1858 and 1870; Ellen died in 1900 in Reno County, Kan., where she lived with daughter Mary Green.
(We've found the family of John and Eleanor in 1850 and '70. Ellen was in the special census of Kansas in 1895 but died in 1900; apparently before the census.)
Still, Ellen's husband might have been a son of John Phillips of Jefferson County, who was a son of John of Montgomery County, Kentucky--or yet another John..
One of these other Johns could have been Ezekial's son:

One John Phillips married Mary Fields on Sept. 3, 1840. Apparently the marriage is listed in both Jefferson and Jennings counties.
Still another John Phillips married Fanny Walton in Jefferson County in 1847. (see part C.)
There also is a marriage for a John Phillips and Polly Barnes, Oct. 10, 1837. Apparently this is listed in Jefferson and Jennings, too.

REUBEN PHILLIPS was born about 1819 in Indiana, meaning he was about five when his father died. He married Almara (or Almana) Fredenburgh, Aug. 10, 1839 in Decatur County, Indiana. John Bush, an elder, performed the ceremony.

A Jennings County deed (D:182) shows that on Oct. 7, 1835, Lord Viscount Nelson Howlett and wife Lydia Ann sold to William Phillips for $57.50. All lived in Jennings. The 40 acres was the NE quarter of the NE quarter in S11 T8N R9E. I think this location is significant for two reasons. First, the land was north of Zenas, in the extreme northeast of Jennings County. If this was the same William who had been down in Old Paris, he had moved across the county. But Martha Pitts Phillips apparently had made a similar move. And Rueben Phillips, son of Ezekiel, was to buy land just across the line into Decatur County. There is a mortgage noted on the margin of this deed but it is partially illegible. The date, Jan. 6, 1838, is legibile. David and Lucinda Elliott witnessed the deed, which the Howletts acknowledged Oct. 27, 1835. Howlett might have been from North Carolina.

After that, there are more Rueben sightings than Elvis sightings. Peele researchers say the family went to Nacogdoches, Texas, about 1835. Yet a Reuben Philip appears on the 1845 tax list of Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana with personal property and one poll tax. Reuben and his family are also said to have lived in Kentucky about 1848.

Moving on, he's said to have bought land from William W. Wright in Brown County, Illinois, apparently in the 1840s. I can't find my copy of the deed, which is on page 124 of Book F, and the land was part of the northwest quarter of section 32 of township 1 South of Range 4 North.
In 1850 the family was in Brown County, Illinois. The census shows: Reuben Philips, 31, farmer, Ind.; Almara, 26, Ind.; Isaiah, 9, Ind.; Ireena (?), 2, Ky.; Mark, 7/12, Ill.; and Deborah Hairwood, 17, Ky. Deborah attended school and only Almara was illiterate. Reuben's mother was not listed. The census gives the township and range for the family: (But Herbert Simons says elsewhere the family was in LaPorte Co. Ind.) Township 1 South of Range 4W. A Joseph Phillips, 56, from Pennsylvania lived with his family in T1 R3. The family obviously had been in Kentucky.

In 1860, Reuben and his family were in Sullivan County, Missouri. The census shows (household 740) that he was 41 and "Almona" 36. Both were born in Indiana. Their children: Ireena, 12, Ky.; Mark, 11, Ill.; and Levi, 9, Ia (apparently Iowa). Also living with the family was Margaret Phillips, 79, who had been born in North Carolina about 1781. So this gives us a good fix on Ezekial's widow. In household 741 were Isaiah Phillips, 19, Ind., and Hannah Phillips, 22, Ind. The post office was Milan, Missouri

On April 26, 1867, Isaiah, who identified himself as a farmer, and Hannah, who apparently used her maiden name of Bagley, registered the birth of daughter Belinda Jane, who had been born January 22, 1863.

The 1870 census of Sullivan County doesn't list Reuben and his family. It does show, through, that his daughter-in-law Hannah had remarried. The census lists: Nehemiah McDonald, 60, Ky.; Hannah, 34, Ind; Mary S., 5, Mo.; David, 2, Mo.; Margret, 8, Mo.; and Malinda Phillips, 8, Mo.

Researcher Herbert Simons found in 2004 that Almara went insane between 1860 and '80 and was institutionalized. Reuben then married Delilah Bassett. The 1880 census of Albion township in Republic County, Kansas lists (S18, ED278): Reuben Phillips, 62, Ind., farmer; Delilah, 47, Ind.; Mary A., 17, Ind.; George Julian, 13, Ind.; Jessee, 11, Kan.; Albert P., 8, Kansas; Charles, 4, Kansas. Republic County is on the Nebraska border midway across Kansas.

Reuben then took the family to Jackson County, Oregon, which is in the southwest part of the state. The main city is Medford. Herbert Simons found the family there in the 1900 census. Brannock wrote in 1870 that some of Ezekial's descendants went to Oregon, but that was before Reuben got there.

RHODA PHILLIPS was mentioned in Ezekiel's will. She apparently was born in 1820, making her about four when her father died. There apparently is no marriage record for her in the Jefferson County, Ind. area. Coincidentally, perhaps, a Rhoda Phillips married William Cowgill on June 4, 1837 in Wayne Co. Ind. The 1860 census of Wenona, Henry Co. Ind. (Prairie twp.) shows William Cowgill, 44, and Rhoda, 40, and nine children. She'd been born in Indiana, he in Kentucky.

LURANA PHILLIPS was mentioned in Ezekiel's will. Maudlin researchers say she was born May 3, 1822 near Richmond, Indiana, and married John Peele/Peel/etc. Published Wayne Co. Ind. records show a "Susannah Phillips" married a John Peele on March 8, 1855. The date seems late but Maudlin researchers say they were along in years when married. Some say John was from Guilford County, NC; others say Wilkes County, NC. Researchers say John was known as "the Skinflint of Wayne County, Indiana.".Lurana died January 3, 1915 in Wayne County, Indiana.



If the foregoing material is correct, then Ezekial and his first wife had four sons. That's what nephew Brannock said.
Peele researchers believe Elizabeth (Maudlin) Phillips died relatively young and that her parents, John and Ann, lived in Randolph Co. NC (adj Guilford Co.). Later they moved to Indiana, where they lived in Wayne and Henry counties. We can only guess at the children Ezekial and Elizabeth had. Some possibilities are shown below, but these are merely speculative.

William Phillips, b.c. 1789 in NC, married Penelope. He perhaps was the William on page 155 of the 1830 census of Jennings County, Indiana. He was listed adjacent to Margaret Phillips, presumed widow of Ezekiel, and Martha Phillips, estranged wife of Thomas H. Phillips. He perhaps was the William Phillips who, with Leonard Ferris, plastered Dr. Selman's house in Old Paris. William and Penelope are listed on page 245 of the 1850 census of Jefferson County, Indiana.. The census gives NC as places of birth. There are no NC marriage records for a William and Penelope. Scipio: Here's some information about younger Phillipses. The book Threads From the Past says that the following soldier lived in Geneva township of Jennings Co., Ind. in 1890: William Phillips, pvt., Co. C, 37th Regiment, Ind. Volunteers; shell wound in right arm and leg, March 1864 Tuttle Hill in Georgia. The same book quotes a letter of 1887 as mentioning Dr. Phillips and his office. Also, the literary society included Bert Amick, Rosa Amick and Dr. Phillips. He was also involved in a literary society function in 1890, along with Miss Lena Amick, Miss Rose Amick, Bert Amick, Sam Amick and Pink Amick. This book says Dr. Phillips and Dr. Redmond had their office in Scipio around 1900. Later, the book says Dr. Phillips had whiskers, lived on the corner and had a son called Shorty. Scipio in Geneva township.

Philemon Phillips, b.c. 1790 NC, married Rachel Ballard c. 1808, in Guilford Co. NC census 1810; thence to Mtg. co. Ky. and Indiana. See my book on him, and Mike Phillips of Lee's Summit, Mo., also did a book on him.

Thomas H., b.c. 1792 NC. He married Martha Pitts in 1816 in Rowan Co. NC (but in area that became Davidson.) The location of this wedding presents a logistical problem. If Thomas H. was Ezekial's son, did the family return to NC from Grayson, did the family have some business that required travel, or did Thomas H. merely go visiting? See my book on him.

Aaron Phillips, b. 1793 NC, married Mary Pegg in Stokes Co. NC in 1816. He remained there till 1830s, I think, then moved to Randolph Co. Ind. But then disappeared. Descendants say he had a brother Joseph who married Nancy Pegg about 1827 but I have never seen any evidence. The 1860 census of Jay Co., Ind., shows Aaron, 67, a retired farmer from NC, Mary, 63, NC, and Jemima, 28, NC. They owned no land and their personal property was worth $150. The township was Jefferson and the post office Mt. Pleasant.

Aaron's son William was born 1827, probably in Stokes, and married Sophia Howell in Wayne Co. Indiana. William was in Wayne Co., then Randolph Co. Ind. Aaron had land dealings in Stokes with Thomas Phillips (apparently Thomas H.).

Esther/Hester Phillips was born September 20, 1798 NC. She married William Rayburn in Montgomery Co. Ky. on Jan. 9, 1814. They moved to Decatur Co. Ind., becoming neighbors of Ezekiel's son Reuben. Esther moved to Oregon and died in 1874. She named one of her sons Isaac Newton Elsbury Rayburn. One of Philemon's grandsons was Newton Elsbury Phillips. Both, of course, could have been named for a preacher or bishop.

Herbert Simons of Houston, who descends from Esther, commented in 2005: "I believe that my Hester (Esther) Phillips was a daughter of the John Phillips who is listed in the 1810 census of Montgomery Co., Ky. with one male over 45 and one female over 45; two males 16-26; one male under 10; one female 16-26; one female 10-16 (my Hester) and one female under 10. (This is not the John who married Sarah Brannock.) I believe this John's wife was named Margaret (Peggy). Possible sons were Robert who m. Rebecca Jane Graham; Philoman who m. Rachel Ballard; and John who d. in Montgomery Co. Ky., leaving his mare "Fly" and colt to his sister Hetty and naming his mother (unnamed) and Hetty as executors. I have never been able to tie this John in with the Dorchester, Md., Phillips line . . ." But Herbert thinks this John is probably a son of Philoman Jr. of Dorchester (b. ca. 1740) "or perhaps Philoman Sr.'s brother William. While Robert is not a Dorchester Co. Phillips name I placed him as a possible son of this John because his marriage bond was signed by a John Phillips. . . . Hester had 17 children, including nine sons, but she did not name a son Ezekiel or a daughter Maudlin. She did name a son John and a daughter Margaret."

Comment by John Phillips, the compiler of this material: the biog of Doctor Phillips in the 1908 McLean Co. Ill., history identifies Robert Phillips and Rebecca Graham of Jefferson Co., Ind., as his parents. Further, RW soldier John Phillips of N.C. is identified as Robert's father. Robert and Rebecca were the grandparents of noted author David Graham Phillips ("Treason of the Senate," etc.)



Fauquier County, Virginia
"Virginia Taxpayers 1782-87" by Fothergill shows an Ezekiel Phillips in Fauquier County.

Rowan County, North Carolina
An Ezekial is said to have arrived in Rowan County, NC about 1787. I lack the source of this information. Some researchers think this is the Ezekiel from Fauquier County, Virginia. Also, there was an Ezekial Phelps in Rowan.

Feb. 5, 1787: Jeremiah Malone--no wife signs--lets Ezekiel Phillips (both of Rowan Co.) have 300 acres on a small branch of the Yadkin (desc follows, and mentioned are Jos. Noland and Stephen Green.) Witnessed by John McCarty, lijah Phillips & Edward Grims.
May 12, 1787: deed from Jerry Malone to Ezekiel Philips for 800 acres Feb. 5, 1787 is acknowledged.

Ezekiel Philips--no wife signs--lets Philip Haynes Jr. (both of Rowan Co.) have 152 acres next the land which Thomas Philips deceased to his legatees of Rowan (#5 to Ezekiel). #6 to Samuel now deceased, who conveyed it to his brother, Ezekiel, also adjoining Valentine Hege & lot #4 for $200, witnessed by Britian Js. Heymore & Jacob Hartman & proved by the latter in May 1819. (#5 to Ezekiel, (McCubbins Collection, Rowan Public Library, Book 25, page 176)

Jessamine County, Kentucky
The name Ezekiel appears in Kentucky records in conjunction with William and John, both sons of old Philemon, but those records are unusable because William had a son Ezekiel. Unfortunately, we have no age for him, so we can't tell him apart from his uncle of the same name. (John's son Brannock said this younger Ezekiel died an old bachelor.) The collection of tax lists that passes as Kentucky's 1800 "census" lists Ezekiel in Jessamine as of August 29.

Montgomery County, Kentucky
The name appears on the Montgomery County, Kentucky, tax lists of 1814, 1820-23 and 1825. Again, we can't tell is this is "Uncle Ezekiel" or William's son.

Jefferson County, Indiana John Phillips married Fanny Walton in 1847 in Jefferson Co. The 1860 census shows them living in Lancaster twp. He was 33 and from Virginia. Fanny was apparently 33. Others in the home: Allen, 6, Laura 4, John 3, Ida (?) and Nancy E. Walton, 58. Nancy's birthplace is virtually illegible (as is much else). It could be Canada..

Jennings County, Indiana
Part of Jennings extends into the area of Jefferson County where the Phillipses lived. Margaret Phillips appears on page 156 of the 1830 census of Jennings County: 002 - 1111101. That would appear to tie in the sons as 10 to 15 years old, but leaves the girls questionable because there were two extras in the household. Margaret was in the 40/50 column. As she was born about 1781 according to a later census, this would appear accurate. The family is listed adjacent to Martha Phillips, estranged wife of Thomas H. Phillips, an as-yet-unconnected fellow who'd headed west.

That 1830 census of Jennings also lists an Ezekial H. Phillips in Montgomery twp. He was 20 to 30, the woman of the household was 15 to 20; there were no children. There is no convenient marriage record and they do not reappear in Jennings censuses.

Floyd County, Indiana
An Ezekiel Phillips married Mary Pitts in Floyd County on Sept. 1, 1842. This is just across from Louisville. (Thomas H. Phillips had married Martha Pitts in Rowan Co. NC.)

Robertson County, Tennessee
The 1850 census of Robertson County shows: Ezekiel Philips, 72, Md., and Mary, 72, NC. There was no one else in the home. Obviously, this fellow had been born about 1778. An E.J. Phillips died intestate in Robertson and the court there handled probate in August 1855.
Someone sent a scrap from "Early Tennessee Taypayers" by Sistler; it shows an Ezekiel, Ezekiah or Hezekiah in Grainger County, TN in 1799 and 1804 and in Robertson County in 1812.

Sumner County, Tennessee
An earlier census sent to me, on which the year is illegible, shows a William and Jacob Phillips in Sumner County. The 1820 census of Sumner shows many Phillipses, including Ezekiel 210001 22000 -- he was over 45 -- plus Thomas and Burwell. A Burrell Phillips appears in records of old Stokes County, North Carolina.

Franklin County, Tennessee
The 1820 census of Franklin County lists an Ezekiel 210010 20010, plus 13 slaves. Jack Givens, 2815 Lavarie Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 80917, has more data on this fellow, who died in 1828, leaving a widow Elizabeth.

Darke County, Ohio
The 1820 census of Darke County (on Indiana border) shows an Ezekiel Phillips in Greeneville twp.

Vermilion County, Illinois
An Ezekiel Phillips sold land to Andrew Laton on April 5, 1836 in Vermilion County. On May 3, 1836, Ezekiel bought from Andrew Layton. Then on July 13, 1844, Ezekiel and wife Mary sold land to William McMillan. Ezekiel apparently died not long thereafter because the deed books show numerous transactions by his heirs beginning in 1845. His will, written in 1843 and proved in 1844, mentions children Joseph (deceased), Charles, Isaac, John and Lewis, all of Vermilion County, and Mary McMillan, Peggy Layton and Ruth Buhl. Ezekiel must have been elderly, as he mentioned also Joseph's children: George (an adult), James and Susannah. Ezekiel appears on the 1830 and '40 census indices, and there is still one in Vermilion on the 1850 index. Vermilion, east of Champaign/Urbana, is adjacent to Warren County, Indiana. (Some of the Phillipses from Switzerland County, Ind. moved to Vermilion.)

Coles County, Illinois
The 1870 census of Mattoon township, Coles County, Illinois (This is west of Vermilion Co.)
Ezekiel Philips, 40, farmer, born Indiana, $2,000, $500 (born about 1830)
Nancy 34 IL
Ada 8 IL
Sheridan 6 IL
Mary 2 IL
Paul 1 IL
Eliza 15 IL
(Note to Fredenburg researchers: Donnal Lee Fredenburg lives at 1845 SE Elliott Ave., Portland, Ore. 97214. She's concerned with Isaac Fredenburg, who lived in Switzerland County, Ind. and Jennings County, Ind.)

Perquimans County, North Carolina
John Maudlin was in Edenton District in 1790: 2 5 5 - - 12 (5 white males above 15, 5 below, 5 white females, 0 other free, 0 slaves, 12 total.

1800 Randolph Co. (no twp.) John Maudlin 01201 01201 --
1810 Wilkes Co. NC (no twp.) John Maudlin 00011 00111
Virginia Parmenter said John Maudlin moved from Guilford to Surry Co. in 1806. Later they moved to Wayne Co. IN. John died intestate in Henry Co. IN between 1820 and '30. Ann Newby Maudlin died in the 1840s.


Old histories of the area say the falls at Louisville was fordable with a wagon. (There's a dam there now.)

Thomas P. Fullerton, Box 589, Prosser, Wash. 99350, is working on Parker Phillips, born 1800 Virginia, married Sarah DeCamp in Darke County, and had children Nelson, Isabel and Aaron. One of the William Phillipses who looped through Tennessee lived in Sumner or adjacent Robertson counties there, then died in Greene County, Indiana. His wife was Jane Crabtree and his children Susan, Delphia, Thomas, Jane, Joseph and Nancy.)

Miscellaneous info: there are NC records for four William Phillipses and women named Sarah: to Sally Flynt in Stokes Co. in 1812, to Sarah Glen in Surry Co. in 1824, to Salley Reaves in Wake Co. in 1800, and to Sally Walden in Randolph in 1825. Obviously the wedding in Wake is a bit early. The one in Surry is claimed by the Warrick Co. Ind. group. The William is Stokes likely was the son of the John Phillips who deeded personal property to his children in 1805 but who lived in our target area. I can't remember but I think maybe the Randolph fellow is claimed, too.
Note: I've lost Pat Sorensen's address. I should try to contact her again and share this with her.


1860 Jennings Co. Ind., Marion twp.: William Philips, 26, IN; Sarah 27, IN; Marget 4, IN; John 1, IN. This shows that my earlier record is erroneous; I'd had William, 76, and Sarah, 77. They're on page 182 of the 1860 census of Jennings.. The 1850 and '60 censuses give NC as places of birth. This census is very hard to read.

1870 Cumberland Co. IL, Crooked Creek twp., post office: Hazel Dell
Eleanor Phillips, 52, keeping house, KY no land, $300 personal
Atlas, 20, works on farm, IN
Mary, 12, IN
Note: this is Archibald Courtney's daughter "Ellen.," who married John Phillips in 1838.

1910 Putnam Co. IN Marion twp.
Atlas O. Phillips, 52, IN IN IN farmer reads, writes
Annie E. Phillips, 49, IN IN IN, she and Atlas both married 30 years. She had 2 kids, both living.
Robert C. Shepherd, 80, father-in-law, KY VA VA
(But it looks like Annie should have KY place of birth for her father.)
Just one household separates Atlas from:
Henry H. Phillips, 50, IN IN IN, farmer
Lena Phillips, 44, wf, IN VA NC, she and Henry wed 20 years. She had 5 kids, 3 living.
Clay H. Phillips, son, 20 IN IN IN student at state university
Ralph H. Phillips, son, 18, IN IN IN, laborer
Ardith D. Phillips, son, 11 IN IN IN no occ.
Obviously this is Archie Courtney's grandson.

1920 Putnam Co. IN Marion twp. Jan. 8-10, East Fillmore
Atlas O. Philips, 62, IN NC IN, farmer
Annie E. Philips, 58 , VA IN
no others in household

I couldn't find Atlas under either spelling in 1930

1920 Putnam Co. IN Marion twp, Jan 20-21 on Ben Lisby Rd.
Henry H. Philips, 59, O.F. (apparently owns free of mortgage), IN NC IN
Lena Philips, 51 IN IN IN
Ralph H. 26 IN IN IN
Ardeth L., 21 IN IN IN

I couldn't find Nelson Phillips in an other censuses

This leaves minor question: 1850 census says John, the father, was b. KY. Kids say later NC. A bigger question: how do we account for Henry? He would fit nicely into Ellen and John's family except that he doesn't appear in the 1870 census. He doesn't fit well into Reuben's family, either. Brannock's sister Sarah (Phillips) Gibson lived in Putnam Co., and Sarah's widowed mother died there in 1839.

One of the Johns in this county, of course, was the well-documented son of Philemon of Church Creek, Dorchester Co.; Md.
The actual census of 1810 shows John Philips Sr. on 2nd pg 10201 11101
Then about page 10 we find another John 02001 001
Looking at the fellow on page 2, Herbert believes the oldest female was Margaret (Jones) Phillips, daughter of William Jones, who'd moved from Dorchester Co. Md. to NC. Herbert notes that the will of John Jones of Rockingham Co. NC mentions daughter Margaret Jones. It was probated Jan. 19, 1813.
Moving ahead, the 1820 census of Montgomery Co. Ky. lists Peggy Phillips. Household had one male 26/45, one female 26/45 and one female over 45. This Peggy looks like she's living with two of her older children or her recently married child.
A John Philips left a will in Montgomery Co. dated Sept. 14, 1820. He referred to sister Hetty (Esther?) and named her and his mother executors, but didn't give mother's name. He also mentioned Joshua Sanders' son John. The witnesses: George Care, Gabriel Keath and Joseph Fanning.
Herbert believes the second John, the one who left the will mentioning the horse, was a son of the older John and died between 1814 and '18. Herbert believes the widow was the Margaret Phillips who married John Varvel or Varnel on Nov. 22, 1821. We need to find Varvel in census.