State of Georgia
On this 12th day of January 1846 personally appeared before me the
subscribed a Justice of the Inferior Court in and for the county aforesaid, the same being
a court of record, Mrs. Sarah Philips, a resident of the County and State aforesaid, aged
eighty five years past as she declares, who being first duly sworn according to law doth
on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision
made by the act of Congress passed on the 4th day of July 1836. That she is the
widow of John Philips who was a private soldier in the war of the Revolution and served
faithfully in the American cause. That she knows of no person living who could give a
narrative of his services or the names of his officers and that she has no record or
documentary evidence. But according to her best recollection of what she has always
understood and truly believes, the said John Philips resided in Wake County State of North
Carolina and in the year 1778,9 enlisted or volunteered in the services of said State and
served a tour or term of enlistment. That she became intimately acquainted with the said
John Philips about the latter part of
1779 1780, and she thinks in May
1781 the said John Philips again entered the service of the United States as a private in
Col. Thomas Wootens Regt. and was taken from the line and made a Cook for (Col.
Wootens) market. His service then continued Eighteen months. She does not now
recollect any other particulars that would aid in the investigation of her claim. That the
power of Attorney hereunto annexed was given by the said John Philips to Saml H.
Blythe and at the same time a transfer was made of two Land Warrants given by the State of
North Carolina to the said John Philips as she always understood for his services during
the War of the Revolution in the Line of said State. Since the death of the said Philips
the agreement has been cancelled by his admin. with the said Blythe and the power of Atty.
given up. But the Land Warrants referred to she has no knowledge of. And deponent further
states that the said John Philips died on the 26th day of August in the year
One thousand eight hundred and twenty one in the County of Oglethorpe State of Georgia.
And deponent further declares that she was legally married to the said John Phillips on the fourth day of April One thousand seven hundred and eighty one by Burrell Pope, Esq. in the County of Wake State of North Carolina. That her husband died on the day aforesaid leaving her his widow, that she has remained a widow ever since. That she knows of no person living who could testify to her legal intermarriage as aforesaid. That she has no documentary or record evidence of the fact. That the leaf hereto annexed purporting to be a family register is a true record of her childrens ages and is the only family register ever had and owned by herself and husband. And it has been in her possession ever since her husbands death and has gone through no alteration whatever as she can discover. That she is unable to state whose handwriting the entrys were made in. But knows it to be an ---- true record.
Sarah (x) Philips
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year first mentioned before me, a
Justice of the Inferior Court of Oglethorpe County State of Georgia. I further certify
that Mrs. Sarah Philips the declarant, from bodily infirmity, is unable to attend court.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the 12th day of January
One thousand eight hundred and forty six.
William J. Ogilvie, JIC
In presence of
William E. Colquitt
William H. Colquitt
State of Georgia
Be it known that on this 12th day of January 1846 before me William J. Oglivie a Justice of the Inferior Court in and for the county aforesaid personally appeared Mark Philips a resident of said county and State aged fifty seven years past who being first duly sworn saith that he is the reputed son of John and Sarah Philips the foregoing declarant and according to his understanding and belief was born on the 10th day of Feby 1785 as appears from his present family record hereunto annexed which said record was made and in possession of his said parents to his knowledge for many years previous to his said fathers death and has gone through no alterations since his death and that the same bears the names of all his brothers and sisters in the order of their birth, and he has no doubt of its being a genuine true record of their ages, that it appears to him the entrys made thereon are in different handwriting & he is unable to recognize or state whose handwriting either of the entries were made by. That his father the said John Philips died on the 26th day of August 1826 leaving his said mother Sarah Philips, the declarant, his widow, and that she is still his widow, and has remained a widow ever since the period of her husbands death.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year above mentioned before me
William J. Ogilvie
I further certify that Mark Phillips the affiant is a respectable good citizen
of undoubted veracity. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 12th
day of January 1846.
William J. Ogilvie, JIC
Joseph Phillips the son of John Phillips and Sarah his wife was born 28th
day of June 1782
Elizabeth Phillips the daughter of John Phillips and Sarah his wife was born in the year of our Lord 1785, May 13th
Mark Phillips the son of John Phillips and Sarah his wife was born 10th day of February in the year of our Lord 1788
Delilah Phillips daughter of John Phillips and Sarah his wife was born the 22nd day of November 1790
Richard Phillips son of the above was born the 6th of February 1794
John Phillips son of the above was born the 12th day of May 1797
Sarah Sexon Phillips daughter of the above was born December 25th, 1799
State of No Carolina
Know all men by these presents that we, John Phillips and John Rice, of the State and County aforesaid, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency Abner Nash, Esq. Governor & his successors in office in the sum of five hundred pounds curcy to which payment well & truly to be made we bind ourselves jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & dated 31st day of March 1781 (seventeen hundred and eighty one). The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounden John Phillips hath this day obtained a license to be joined with Sarah Sexton in Holy Matrimony. Now if therefore there be no lawful cause to obstruct the marriage for which the said license was obtained these the above obligation to be void, else to be and remain in full force & virtue signed sealed & delivered.
John (v) Phillips
State of North Carolina
I, Jas. J. Marriott, Clerk of the court of Pleas & Quarter sessions for the
State and County aforesaid do certify that the above is a true and correct copy of the
marriage bond of John Phillips to Sarah Sexton except that the date of the year seventeen
hundred & eighty one is written in the copy & only figures in the original. In
testimony whereof I hereunto affix the seal of said court & subscribe my name at
office this 21st day of January AD 1846.
James J. Marriott, Clk
State of Georgia
Court of Ordinary
In person appeared Chesley Arnold, who being duly sworn says that he is seventy two years of age ~ was born and raised in the State of Virginia and came to the State of Georgia Oglethorpe County in the month of January 1805, and resided in the neighborhood of John Phillips and resided near him until the day of his death and deponent knew the said John Phillips to be a man of truth and veracity and respectability, and from what deponent heard the said Phillips and others say, believes him to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War of 1776. And deponent also states that he was well acquainted with Mrs. Sarah Phillips, wife & widow of said John Phillips, & that said Sarah Phillips was a highly respectable woman, a lady of truth and veracity, and that she died in the month of March 1847, but the day of the month, exactly, deponent cannot state but believes it to have been between the fifteenth & last days of said month of March in the year last aforesaid, leaving six surviving children & only six who were all well known to deponent. And the names of said surviving & only surviving children at the death of the said Sarah Phillips are Elizabeth Nunnally, formerly Elizabeth Phillips, now the wife of John A. Nunnally; Mark Phillips; Delilah Phillips; Richard Phillips; John Phillips; & Sarah Tribble, formerly Sarah Phillips, now the widow & relict of Joel Tribble deceased. And deponent further states that Mark Phillips was duly appointed by the said John Phillips deceased the executor of the last will and testament of said John Phillips deceased & has acted in that capacity ever since the death of said John Phillips & that the deponent was a subscribing witness to said will.
Sworn to & subscribed before me this 1st day of March 1853.
Henry Britain, Ordinary
State of Georgia
I, Henry Britain, Ordinary in and for the County and State aforesaid hereby
certify that the above and foregoing deposition of Chesley Arnold was taken before me
& that said Chesley Arnold is a highly respectable and credible witness & that the
evidence of said Chesley Arnold is satisfactory to this court. And I do further certify
that Mark Phillips is the duly qualified executor as stated in said deposition, and that
the deponent Chesley Arnold is well known to me having for a number of years been
acquainted with him as man of truth and veracity.
Given under my hand and official signature and seal of office at Lexington in the County & State aforesaid this first day of March eighteen hundred and fifty three.
Henry Britain, Ordinary of Oglethorpe County & State of Georgia
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