A man named John Wesley Phillips (Wes) has written several books on the descendants of Reuben Phillips of Cecil Co MD.I have one of his books.In chapter 5, Wes writes that Levi Phillips was born on Sept 25, 1751, to Reuben and Catherine Phillips and the birth was recorded in the records of St. Mary Anne Parish in Cecil Co MD.
Wes further writes that Levi Phillips appears on a 1778 tax list in Rowan Co NC and that he filed for 150 acres on a branch of Buffalo Creek in Rowan Co in 1778 next to "Rubin" Phillips.
A 1783 Rowan Co NC tax list shows Levi with 20 horses and 6 cows.In 1786 Levi signed the Revolutionary Warrant of William Phillips.
Wes writes that Nathan Phillips, the son of Levi Phillips, was born in 1788.Wes does not say where Nathan was born, but he must have either been born in NC or GA.
In 1789, Levi purchased 200 acres on Little Troublesome Creek in Wilkes Co (now Oglethorpe Co) GA.
In 1792, Levi received a Bounty Land Grant for 200 acres in Wilkes Co GA.
In 1796, Levi appeared on an Oglethorpe Co GA tax list.
In 1800, there are two Levi Phillips on the census of Oglethorpe Co GA.These two Levi Phillips may or may not have been related and this has led to considerable confusion for genealogists.
Levi, Nathan and Thomas Phillips served in the War of 1812 in Booth's Regiment, 4th company, GA militia.
In 1820, Levi and Nathan Phillips are on the census in Putnam Co GA.
In 1833, Levi Phillips, living in Carroll Co GA, applied for a Rev War pension.He stated in his pension that he was 81 years old and that he entered the service of the USA on Dec 25, 1781, and served a tour of duty of 3 months.He marched from Fifer's Mill in Rowan Co NC through Mecklenburg Co to Hanging Rock where he was discharged in the spring of 1782.He was again drafted for three months and rendezvoused at Fifer's Mill.After that he served 3 more tours.
According to Wes, Levi had the following children:
Catherine b abt 1785 Nathan b in 1788 Levi b in 1788 Sarah Thomas Reuben Frances b abt 1797
Wes does not give a name for Levi's wife in the book that I have and he does not say whether or not Levi had more than one wife.
Now for some DNA information.Wes got his Y-DNA tested and it matches the Y-DNA of our Phillips Family DNA Group 2.Here is a link to the lineage page for Group 2:
As you can see, we do not have a descendant of Levi Phillips, the son of Reuben and Catherine Phillips of Cecil Co MD, in the project. Wes descends from their son Adam.We really need to test the Y-DNA of Levi to know for certain that he belongs to this Group 2.However, the given names Levi, Eli and Nathan are all used in Group 2.
As I mentioned above, there were two Levi Phillips on the 1800 census in Oglethorpe Co GA.This has led to considerable confusion for genealogists.These two Levi Phillips may have been related, but we have now tested three descendants of Levi Phillips and Barbara Ann Hough, and these descendants do not match the Y-DNA of Group 2.Instead, they match the Y-DNA of our Phillips Family DNA Group 74.Here is a link to the lineage page for Group 74:
So my suspicion is the two Levi Phillips on the 1800 census in Oglethorpe Co were not related.One of them was the Levi Phillips who was born in Cecil Co MD in 1751 and one of them was the Levi Phillips born in SC in 1746.
I know this is a lot of information, and it does not answer your question about the wife of Levi Phillips born in 1751, but I know this message board will be "frozen" in the near future and I will no longer be able to post responses to questions, so I wanted to post as much as possible right now.
Sincerely, Nancy Kiser Volunteer administrator Phillips DNA Project www.phillipsdnaproject.com