In the U.S. "National Genealogical Society Quarterly", vol. 69 (pp. 115-117), mention is made of the estate of John Phillips, of somewhere in Pennsylvania colony, who made a will at Philadelpia on 13 April 1727 which was certified there on 21 December 1762. I wonder if anyone has any knowledge of what became of the estate and/or any of the eventual legatees?
In the will, John Phillips names his wife Hannah (née Shurmer), his sister Bridget Gudderidge [also spelt Guttridge, Gutteridge, Goodridge in the English village whence Phillips emigrated to America],the children of his brother-in-law Benjamin Shurmer [the article says Shurman, but I believe this is a transcription error], and his own relation, John Holyday, of Duck Creek [a place in Pennsylvania colony one imagines].
I would be interested to learn anything of these families and their ancestors and descendants, any in those cases where the will does make explicit the exact relationship, the precise pieces in this kinship puzzle.
John Phillips looks to be an ancestral uncle of mine. I had no idea that anyone ever left England for North America on any line of my ancestry at such an early date, which is rather exciting, even though this emigrant kinsman is a collateral one.
Many thanks in advance for any help, and best wishes for 2002.