Richard PHILLIPS

HAIRSTON.org ID#7195, b. about 1730
Marriage*Richard PHILLIPS married Eleanor (surname unknown)
Birth*Richard PHILLIPS was born about 1730. 
County Name*1744 - Albemarle County from Goochland. 
Survey*On October 27,1749, Richard Phillips has 400 acres on both sides of Possom Creek of the Fluvanna river in Albemarle County. Capt. Charles Lynch is an adjacent land owner. FSL 8152047-500.1
County Name1753 - Bedford County from Albemarle. 
SurveyOn November 2, 1754, Richard Phillips has 59 acres surveyed on both sides of Possom Creek in Albemarle County, Virginia. This is land next to his own land. On the same day, Richard Phillips has 172 acres on the North Branch of Possom Creek surveyed. This land is adjacent his own land and that of Charles Caffery. FSL 8151807.1
Court Record*On 26 November 1754, Bedford County November Court, Richard Phillips petitions to have a road clear from Bedford Courthouse into Blackwater Road. Samuel Hairston, Gent. is appointed surveyor for this road. Bedford Court Order Book 1a, page 37. FSL 8141117-25.2
Grant* On 10 September 1755, Richard Phillips obtained a grant for 400 acres on both sides of Possum Creek, a branch of the Fluvanna river in Albemarle County, Virginia. On the same day, Robert Hairston obtained a patent for 300 acres . page 583. FSL 8140675-585.3
NOTE*On 10 September 1755, Samuel Hairston and John Caffery obtain land on Beaver Creek in Albemarle County. On 16 August 1756, Charles Caffery obtains 400 acres on Beaver and Possum Creeks. Richard Phillips acquires 231 acres on Possom Creek in 1764.4 
Deed*On 22 November 1756, Richard Phillips purchases from Thomas Cooper 50 acres on both sides of Possum Creek begining at Cooper's corner on North side of creek for 5 pounds. This property was later sold on November 23, 1778. - Bedford County Deed Book 1, Page 99. FSL 8190021-63.5 
Military*1758 Bedford County, Virginia, - A Richard Phillips is in the Bedford County Militia during the French & Indian War. Also listed from Bedford are Samuel Hairston, Robert Hairston and Andrew Hairston.6,7 
NOTEWilliam Ferrall obtains a patent for 485 acres adjacent to Richard Phillips and Charles Caffry on Beaver Creek in Bedford County on 15 August 1764. Patent Book 36, page 615.8 
Patent/Warrant* Richard Phillips obtains a Patent for 172 acres on the branches of Possom Creek in Bedford County on 15 Aug 1764. This land is adjacent his own land and that of Charles Caffery. Patent Book 36, page 650. FSL 8570223-114. (Note: another adjacent land owner is William Ferrall.)8
Patent/Warrant On 16 August 1764, Richard Phillips obtains a grant for 59 acres on Possom Creek in Bedford County. - Virginia Land Patents V-36, page 649. FSL 8570223-113. 
Court RecordSamuel HAIRSTON; Samuel Hairston, Robert Hairston, Hugh Hairston and Richard Phillips witness a deed from Thomas Morris to Robert Harper in Bedford County on 28 February 1769.9 
Deed*On 23 November 1778 in Bedford County, Richard Phillips and his wife Eleanor sell 195 acres of land on Possum Creek to William Williamson. Bothe Richard and his wife Eleanor signs the deed. Bedford County Deed Book 6 page 164. FSL 7842541-415.
Deed*On 25 January 1779 in Bedford County, Richard Phillips sells 172 acres of land on Possum Creek to Peter Williamson. However, his wife Eleanor is not mentioned in this deed and she does not sign the deed. Bedford County Deed Book 6 page 167. FSL 7842541-416.
SurveyOn May 19, 1780, Richard Phillips has 185 acres adjoining the south side of the Rivanna river in Albemarle County. This land is adjacent Thomas Carr, Martin Hawkins and James Burnet. - Albemarle Surveyors Plat Book 1, page 130. FSL 8152047-417.10
PropertyOn 1 May 1781, Richard Phillips receives a grant for 185 acres in Albemarle County on the South side of the Rivanna river adjoining lands of Thomas Carr, Martin Hawkins and Joseph Burnett. - Virginia Grant Book C, page. 511.10
Tax RollsRichard Phillips was listed on the 1783 Albemarle County tax rolls - 1 free male and 5 head of cattle. - FSL 7846292-44. 
Tax RollsRichard Phillips was listed on the 1784 Albemarle County tax rolls - 1 free male, 6 head of cattle and 1 mare, colt or mule. This is the last time Richard Phillips appears in Albemarle tax rolls. - FSL 7846292-59. 
DeedOn October 13, 1785, Richard Phillips sold about 100 acres in Albemarle County to James Epperson. Albemarle Deed Book 9, pages 148. FSL 7893701-470.
SurveyAn 1801 survey for Joseph Goodman refers to old records as follows, " This is a plat of 15 1/2 acres of land lying in Albemarle on the south side of the North river being part of Richard Phillips's tract of land sold for the payment of taxes by the Sheriff of Albemarle to Charles Goodman who asigned his title to Joseph Goodman for whom it is now surveyed March 13th, 1801 Wm. Woods". FSL 8151807-160.1
NOTE*GENEALOGY NOTES & THOUGHTS: In trying to determine the parents of Samuel and Jane Phillips, listed in Samuel Hairston's 1782 will, I found a Richard Phillips that lived close to the Hairstons in Albemarle County, Virginia. Richard Phillips, Samuel Hairston, Robert Hairston and Hugh Hairston were witnesses to a deed in Bedford County on February 28, 1769. Richard Phillip's wife was named Eleanor and she signed a November 23, 1778 deed with her husband. However, two months later she did not sign a January 26, 1779 deed, only Richard Phillips signed it.

Samuel and Jane Phillips, Samuel Hairston's nephew and niece, moved to Franklin County, Georgia sometime between 1777 and 1784.

Is it possible that Eleanor, the wife of Richard Phillips, was a sister of the brothers Andrew, Samuel and Robert Hairston? Samuel Hairston did not list a sister in his 1782 will, he only mentioned his Niece Jane Phillips and Nephew Samuel Phillips. This leads me to believe that his sister, the mother of Jane and Samuel, had died before his 1782 will. Eleanor Phillips did not sign the 1779 deed and may have already died. Sometimes wives signed a seperate document cocerning dower that was not recorded by the court clerk.

This is possible, but it is NOT PROOF.

There is another Richard Phillips that purchased land from John Alford 13 Oct 1806 (FSL 8140711-295) and William Teas on 14 January 1808 (FSL 8140711-401), but I do not think this is the same Richard Phillips, as he would have been very old. 

Family

Eleanor (surname unknown)

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

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Last Edited10 Sep 2023