Here is a transcribed copy of the will:
Jeremiah Philips Last Will and Testament, Mercer County KY will records 1802-1808, Book 3, page 115:
In the name of God amen I Jeremiah Philips of the County of Mercer and State of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God for the same do make and publish and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following to wit, I give unto my well beloved Wife Mourning Philips during her life or Widowhood my Negroes George, Peter, Jinny, Dafney, Franky, Sam, Tandy & Dick, together with all my household and kitchen furniture and moveable effects also two hundred and thirty acres of land including the plantation whereon I live with all its appertainences to her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during her life or Widowhood, also her choice of two of my horse beasts also six of my cattle which ever she may choose, also my Will and desire is that she may have all my Stock of Sheep and Hogs all the above articles I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife during her life or Widowhood. I also give and bequeath to my well beloved son George Philips one negro woman named Phebe which he has now in his possession also one hundred and fifteen acres of Land it being part of the tract I now live on and where he has made his improvement with all my wearing cloaths and gun by him to be freely possessed forever.Also my Will and desire is that my well beloved son William Philips have one Negro Woman named Dinah which he has now in his possession.Also one hundred and fifteen acres of Land Beginning at the back line and running with Buchannon’s line for enough to include his quantity by cornering with his Brother George.Also I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Polly Philips one molatto Girl named Sharlot also one hundred and fifteen acres of Land which I have before willed to my Wife at my wife’s Death or marriage to her to be freely possessed.Also I give unto my well beloved Daughter Caty Philips one Negro Girl by the name of Judy also one hundred and fifteen acres of Land including the House I live in for her to be freely possessed of after her mother’s death or marriage.Also my Will and desire is that at the time that either of my Daughters gets married or comes of age that they shall have a horse saddle and Bridle with a good feather Bed and furniture with it and the balance of my stock of horses and cattle I have not mentioned before My will and desire is that they be sold and the money arising from them to pay my just Debts and if there should be any over paying them my will and desire is that my Wife shall have the balance for the use of the Children that is to say Caty and Polly and my Will and desire is further that at my wife’s death or marriage that all that I have left her in my Will shall be equally divided between all my children that is to say George Philips, William Philips, Polly Philips and Caty Philips and what Debts is coming to me my will is that my Executors make use of it as they may think proper and I do hereby _____ and appoint my well beloved Wife Mourning Philips also my two sons George Philips and William Philips my trusty Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made In witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five.
Published signed sealed and delivered by the above named Jeremiah Philips to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator Jesse Slaughter, John Jordan, Patrick Jordan
Mercer County KY May County Court 1805
This last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Philips Deceased was exhibited into Court and proved by the oaths of Jesse Slaughter, John Jordan and Patrick Jorday three subscribing Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Attest Tho Allin CC
Jeremiah Phillips moved from Amherst County VA to Mercer Co KY after 1798. He appears on the Amherst County, Virginia tithable lists from 1784 to 1798. His sons George and William are described as such and listed with him in 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793 and 1794.Extrapolating from the tax lists, it appears that his son George was born circa 1774 and William was born circa 1776.Some Phillips researchers say that Jeremiah's son George was named George Mitchell Phillips and that Jeremiah's wife Mourning was born Mourning Mitchell.
Jeremiah and his wife Mourning Phillips appear to have lived in Caroline Co VA before moving to Amherst Co.Here are some citations that I have collected from county records with regard to Jeremiah Phillips:
1774: Mourning Phillips, the wife of Jeremiah Phillips, accused Chillion White, a constable, of rape.He was indicted but a jury refused to convict him.Caroline County Court records.
1785-1798: Jeremiah Phillips appeared on Amherst County tithable lists during this time frame, along with his sons George and William, who lived with him part of the time.According to Lenora Sweeney who wrote a book about Amherst County during the Revolution, Jeremiah Phillips was a Revolutionary War soldier from Amherst County.However, I have found a reference to Jeremiah Phillips and his wife Mourning in Caroline County before 1775 – see above.Also, he first appeared in Amherst County with Joel Phillips, who was a Revolutionary War soldier from Caroline County.
4/10/1788: Deed of Trust from Richard Litrell of Amherst County to Thompson & Teas.Stock, furniture, etc.Witnesses: Jeremiah Phillips and several illegible initials.Amherst County Deed Book F, Page 260.
9/10/1789: Deed of Trust from Jeremiah Phillips of Amherst County to William Lee Harris of same for bond due Patrick Hight on judgment.Four slaves.Witnesses: C. Kinney, P. Reynolds.Amherst County Deed Book F, Page 453.
11/13/1789: Deed from Peterfield Trent, Chesterfield, to Thomas Morrison of Amherst County for £56, 219 acres on Rockfish River patented to John Thompson on 8/1771, and by him mortgaged to Trent and sold by decree.Witnesses:Jeremiah Phillips, Thomas Staples, N. Cabell, Samuel J and William Cabell Jr.Amherst County Deed Book F, Page 428.
12/22/1791: Deed from David Donohoe of Rockbridge County to John Barnett of Amherst County, £22-10 for 94 acres on south branch of Hatt and Raccoon Creeks.Lines: John Dobson, John Rose.Witnesses: John Moran, John Wren, Patrick Hight, Jeremiah Phillips.Amherst County Deed Book G, Page 92.
6/14/1795: Deed of Trust from George Hight of Amherst County to Abraham Smith and John Smith, son of Abraham.Branch of Tye River, Colestony Run; part of tract bought by Hight from William Coffey.Witnesses: Camel Goode, Jesse Wright, Jeremiah Phillips.Amherst County Deed Book G, Page 541.
As far as I know, no descendant of Jeremiah has been DNA tested and I would love to find a descendant for testing.My Phillips family also lived in Amherst Co VA and I would like to find out if Jeremiah was related to them.
Phillips DNA Project