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So does anyone know when and who all moved from Georgia to Alabama? I have the feeling that it was John Phillips and his wife Elizabeth Drewry, and it seems that they moved through Tennessee. Was that the only Phillips family to make the move?
On a side note, I've been trying to do some deed work, but it doesn't seem to help me much in terms of finding out who was the son/daughter of a certain Phillips, am I looking in the wrong place or just not researching far enough back? I really want to get enough supporting evidence to show I'm related to Zach Phillips who fought in the revolution, but I'm new and don't know how to get that far back. I appreciate any/all help!
James, my Phillips are also part of Group 8. I am sure Nancy will respond to your posting shortly. I can tell you about my Amherst County, Virginia, branch of this family. The brother to my 3x great grandfather (David Phillips m. Mary Davis) left Amherst County, Virginia, around 1796-1800 for Georgis. I understand most of the Davis family migrated to Georgia (Wilkes County) about the same time. It looks like from the other Phillips who went to Georgia, that it was the Davis family who were leading the move.
Early in my research of my Phillips family in Virginia, I discovered "everyone" left Virginia around this time and went to Georgia, North Carolina, and other areas. It must have been a time of great transition. My branch of this Phillips family was the only one to stay in the Amherst County, Virginia, area, I believe.
I have a rootsweb database of the Phillips Family in Virginia, Group 8, of the Family Tree DNA Phillips Project if you are interested.
I thought I would just give you the approximate migration date as far as we know about the Virginia branch of the Phillips family.
Usually you need to study more than just deed records when you try to recreate possible families. You need to also look at census records, court records, probate records, marriage records, military records and tax records. Unfortunately, a lot of Georgia records have been destroyed by wars and fires and other calamities. I have found Georgia to be a very difficult state for genealogical research.
Based on DNA, there are two distinctly different branches of our Phillips Family Group 8. One branch is what I call the Virginia branch, and Jen and I both belong to that branch. You belong to what I call the Georgia branch. Both branches feature the use of the first name Zachariah. Based on DNA, you definitely descend from Zachariah Phillips of Wilkes County GA who fought in the Revolution. However, I do not think the SAR accepts DNA evidence, although I am not certain about that.
Your William Phillips who married Sarah Hays appears on the 1850 census in Blount Co AL. He has several children living with him and according to the census, they were all born in AL. The oldest was Charity who was 25 in 1850, so it looks like William and Sarah moved to AL by at least 1825. William and Sarah were both born in GA, so you might be able to find a marriage record for them in GA.
My guess is your John Phillips who married Elizabeth Ann Drewry lived his entire life in Georgia. I don't see any evidence that John ever moved to TN or AL. I suspect his son William married Sarah Hays in Georgia and then later moved to AL, probably after the death of his father, John.
Hello all again!
So looking around Ancestry and I found John Phillips who I believe is the one who married Elizabeth Ann Drewry, but according to the 1830 census he is living by himself in Wilkes County, Georgia. If this is true then it appears that he never left Georgia (as Nancy Kiser suggested) and that William and perhaps a few other family members left for northern Alabama, mainly around Blount/St. Clair county. Can anyone else confirm or deny that John lived and died in Georgia? And/or which of John's kids left for Alabama? Thanks!
Nancy or anyone else, I am still putting together my family history, and then will do the DNA test. From previous info and at least one cousin's dna test, I am descended from group 8. However, I do not have William Phillips' family in Richmond Co, VA, nor the path to Anson County NC, where their names nor my ancestor Joel Phillips was apparently born or at least reared before traveling to Wilkes CO, GA. Does anyone have this info, or can tell me where on the web to find it?