A 1768 case in the Provincial Court of the Province of Maryland was known as Johnson v. Howard. Part of the testimony in the case was introduced in an attempt to prove relationships in a family unrelated to the Phips or Phipps family.
The case began in Anne Arundel County. There, part of the testimony referred to the “old registry” of St. Paul’s Parish. For some reason, perhaps simply to show the span of dates covered by the registry, the first and last entries were specifically referred to.
The first entry in the “old registry” was said to read as follows: “Robert Phip’s of Back Water, and Ellis, his wife, was married by certificate, May 6th, 1696.”