- He lived in the southern part of Amherst Co., Virginia.
According to family researcher Nancy Kiser, "The second John Phillips on the 1782 tithable list was John Phillips who supposedly married Sarah Foster in Amherst County in about 1749. This is not viable, of course, because Amherst County did not exist in 1749. George and William Phillips whose names appear on the list next to John are probably his sons. John and Sarah's children included sons William, George, John, Gabriel, and James and daughters Frances Farrar, Nancy/Ann Bean, Elizabeth Garland, Lucy Tate, Sarah Alcock and Mary Savage. According to family legend, which is backed up by evidence in the county records, John and Sarah moved to Kentucky about 1794 with all of their children except William, Frances and Sarah."
As Kiser also notes, however, if his first child was born about 1750, 1749 is a reasonable date for his marriage.
His children's names appear as named in his will, arranged, presumably, first by gender and then by age. Note that one name--John--which isn't in the will. The will records that two of his children, Sarah (Alcock) and Gabriel, pre-deceased him.
Here is his will; it is in Will Book B, pages 1-3, for Mason Co., Kentucky; it is dated 9 Apr. 1798, recorded 24 Dec. 1798. Inventory is given in Will Book B, pages 19-20. Will is as follows:
"In the name of God Amen. I John Phillips of the county of Mason and the State of Kentucky do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. My just debts being first paid, I give and bequeath my estate in manner uniform as follows, First I give to my son William Phillips a track of land lying in Amherst County Virginia which he has possession of. Item, I give to my son George Phillips a track of land lying in the County and State aforesaid of which he also has possession. Item, I give to the Heirs of my son Gabriel Phillips Deceased a negro woman named Dill and person increase to them and their heirs forever. Item, I give to my son James Phillips a negro woman named Ama and her seed also a feather bed and milch cow to him and his heirs forever. Item, I give to my daughter Frances Farrar a negrow girl now in her possession Named Silvey her and her heirs forever. Item, I give to my daughter Ann Bane a negrow boy named Harry to her and her heirs forever. Item, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Garland a negrow Boy named Peter now in her possession to her and her heirs forever. Item, I give to my daughter Mary Savage a negrow guirl named Mariah to her and her heirs forever. Item, I give to my Daughter Lucy Tate a negro boy named Charles now in her possession to her and her heirs forever. Lastly I send to my beloved wife Sarah Phillips two negro women named Jude and Less, they and their future increase with all my stock and household and kitchen furniture and all my farming utensils during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided among all my children that are then living and also that the heirs of Sarah Alcock deceased and the heirs of Gabriel Phillips deceased or such as them as may be a living at my wife's death shall be ??? ??? to the same part that the said Sarah and Gabriel would have had they been a living at the time of my wife's death. And I do constitute and appoint my sons George Phillips and James Phillips executors to this my last will In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of April 1798.
John (X, his mark) Phillips" [1, 3]