Various posts during the last several months have noted the presence of a John Fips/Phips and wife Tabitha in records in Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties in Virginia, counties situated along the North Carolina line. Additional records regarding his estate were then generated in Pittsylvania County. It appears clear that the family had earlier ties to Brunswick County, Virginia and later ties to Surry, Wilkes, and Ashe Counties, North Carolina.
We can thank the efforts of Wayne Witcher of the Witcher family blog for his efforts in excavating early records of this family. His tireless efforts have paid off again as he has uncovered the same family earlier in Halifax County, Virginia. This is the county where we had earlier noted that a “–hn Phips” (with two letters missing in the original record, presumably John Phips, was listed in the 1782 Halifax County, Virginia tax list. This is also the county in which John Phips of Charlotte County sold land to William Cook in 1767. It’s also the very same county where James Phips had land surveyed for himself in 1753, with that land not granted to him until 30 years later, when the same land was considered part of Henry County. It’s also the county where George Reaves (Reeves) of Wilkes County, North Carolina, father in law of Samuel Phips of the same county, became an Eppes heir.
Speaking of the Eppes or Epps family, Moses Epps of Halifax County, Virginia served in the Revolutionary War under Capt. Joshua Powell, and that Joshua Powell would appear to be the same individual who is mentioned in the newly-found records in Halifax County.
The following are transcriptions from records found by Wayne Witcher. Various associated individuals of other surnames were discussed in previous posts concerning records involving this family in other counties, and it would be too tedious to recount all of that here. Note also that “Phips” or “Fips” etc. is spelled in a variety of ways – but never as “Phipps.” We see Phips, Fipps, Fips, and – last but not least – Phelps, the latter proving once again that it just doesn’t make sense to ignore Phelps, Philps, Fibbs, Phillips, etc. references when it comes to this family.
Plea Book 6, Halifax County, Virginia, p. 48:
February Court 1768 – . . .
On the Motion of John Hamilton a Witness for Joshua Powell in his Suit against Terry it is Ordered that the said Joshua pay him for ten Days Attendance and three times travelling Thirty Miles and five times Travelling forty Miles, According to Law. –
On the Motion of Mary Mackendree a Witness for Champness Terry at the Suit of Powell it is Ordered that the said Champness pay her for Twenty one Days Attendance, According to Law –
On the Motion of John Phips a Witness for Champness Terry at the Suit of Powell it is Ordered that the said Champness pay him for twelve days Attendance and twice travelling Thirty Miles and eight times travelling Eighteen Miles, According to Law –
On the Motion of Moses Terry a Witness for Champness Terry at the Suit of Powell it is Ordered that the said Champness pay him for Twenty Days Attendance According to Law –
Joshua Powell. plaintif
Champness Terry Defendant
This day came the Parties by their Attornies and thereupon came also a Jury, to wit, Abraham Shelton, Thomas Hope, John Brown, Benjamin Dickson, Filmer Wells, John Douglass, Thomas Douglass, William Powell[,] Robert Farguson, William Watkins [unclear, word evidently smudged out and replaced with what looks like “Blaint[?]” or something similar] Black and Joseph Terry who being Elected, [tryed?] and Sworn [?] [for?] [plaintif?] to [?]y [the? or tho?] [joyned?] in this [Cause? or Court?]
Plea Book 6, Halifax County, Virginia, p. 469:
[In margin: “Fipps Admrs. v. Wilson”]
Tabitha Fips Administratrix and Francis Barnes
Adm[s?] For [Ye? or &c?] of John Fips deceased Plaintifs
Harris Wilson Defendant
On a Petition
This day came the Plaintifs by Paul Carrington their Attorney and the said Defendant being duly Summoned and not appearing altho Solemnly called and the Plaintifs Account for [Four?] pounds Eight shillings being duly proved to be just Therefore it is ordered by the Court that the Plaintifs recover against this Defendant their debt[s?] foresaid together with their Costs by them [? (tape repair)] [th]eir Suit in this [or their?] behalf expended –
Paul [Car]rington Assignee of Moses Terry Plt
John Phelps Defendant
On the Motion of John Phips a Wtness for Champness Terry at the Suit of Powell it is Ordered that the said Champness pay him for twelve day’s Attendance and twice travelling Thirty Miles and eight times travelling Eighteen Miles, According to Law
[continued on page 470:]
September Court 1769
This day came as well the Plaintif by Isaac Read his Attorney as The said Defendant in his proper Person and the said Defendant saith that he cannot deny the Action of the sd. Plaintif thereof against him, [? (looks like “norbut”)] that he doth owe to him the sd. Plaintif the Sum of Forty pounds Current Money in manner and form as the said Plaintif above against him hath alledged Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plaintif recover against the said Plaintif [sic; should say defendant] his debt aforesd. by the Defendant in form aforesaid confessed together with his Costs by him about his Suit in this behalf expended and the sd. Defendant in Mercy for But this Judgment (Except as to the Costs) is to be discharged by the payment of Fourteen pounds [three?] shillings and Six pence with Legal Interest thereon from the Twenty fifth day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Sixty eight until the same shall be paid –
Plea Book 6, Halifax County, Virginia, p. 527:
July Court 1770 . . .
Francis Barnes and Tabitha Phips Administrators [?] of John Phips deceased Plaintifs
Champness Terry Defendant
On a Scire Facias
Th[is] day came the Plaintifs by Paul Carrington their Attorney and the said Deft. being duly warned and not appearing (altho Solemnly called) Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plts. have Execution against the sd. Deft. for Six hundred and Six pounds of Tobacco According to a former Order of this Court together with the[ir?] Costs by them in this behalf expended [looks like perhaps “expanded”]