David Phillips Will

Transcription of David Phillips Will

David Phillips was born about. 1702 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, and died 1797 in Gloucester, Providence County, Rhode Island

Source: Highways and Wills, Volume 2, Gloucester, pps 362-365

The following is an excerpt of the last will and testament of David Phillips of the town of Glocester, County of Providence, State of Rhode Island.  This material was recorded in the legal record titled Highways and Wills, Volume 2, Glocester and covered pages 362-365.  This is an old record book maintained at the Town Hall of Glocester and because of its dates and handwriting, the document was difficult to read.  Roger and Karol Phillips copied this record on August 23, 2007, at the Glocester Town Hall.  We tried to take pictures of the document but were not very successful in getting a picture that could be viewed with any clarity or understanding.  In recording this document we also took the liberty to change letters in the words - f and s - to more readily understand the document.   

"I David Phillips of Glocester, County of Providence, & State of Rhode Island yeoman, do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament.  First I recommend my body to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Descretion of my Executrix & Executor hereafter named & touching my temporal Interest wherewith I have been favored .  That is to say after my just Debts & funeral charges are paid dispose of the same in the following manner & form____.  Imprimis I give & bequeth to Susannah my well beloved Wife the Whole of my personal Estate to her, her heirs and Assigns forever_____.   Also all the Profits & Income of all & every of my Real Estate During her natural Life. --------- 

Item.  I give and bequesth to my Well Beloved Son Seth Phillips the Whole of my Homestead farm to him, his heirs & assigns forever.  With his paying one half the Legacies hereafter named & come into possession and pay at the Decease of his Honored Mother.
Item.  I give & bequesth to my two sons Joseph and Solomon Phillips the Whole of the land that I purchased of Daniel Bartlett to them their heirs & assigns forever their paying half the said Legacies & come in possession & pay as above.
Item.  I give to my son David Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my son Caleb Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my son Anthony Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my son John Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my son Stephen Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my son Aaron Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my son Andrew Phillips twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth Bartlett twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my grandchildren Deborah Steeres heirs twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my daughter Ruth Phettephace twenty five cents
Item.  I give to my daughter Susannah Whipple twenty five cents 
Item.  I give to my granddaughter Esther Young Lebedie Phillips and heirs 25 cents 

Lastly I appoint Susannah my Well Beloved Wife Executrix and my Well Beloved Son Joseph Phillips Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.  And I do hereby disallow Revoke and Disannul all and every other former testaments, Wills, Legacies or Bequests & Executors by me in any ways before named Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament  -- In witness. 

Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this Eighteenth Day of the Eighth Month In the year of our LORD 1796.   

Signed David X (mark) Phillips   

Signed sealed and pronounced by the said David Phillips as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence & in the presence of Each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses. 

Benedict Arnold 
Peter Gast 
William Arnold"

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Title: The genealogical dictionary of Rhode Island : comprising three generations of settlers who came before 1690 (with many families carried to the fourth generation)

Author: by John Osborne Austin (1849-1918).

Reprint. Originally published: Albany, N.Y. : Joel Munsell's Sons, 1887. viii, 440 p. With a new foreword by Albert T. Klyberg, librarian, The Rhode Island Historical Society, and the additions and corrections.

On page 152 was recorded some information on Michael Phillips and his wife Barbara from Newport, RI.  Michael is to have died prior to 1689, and Barbara after 1706.  Michael and Barbara had six children, John, William, James, Richard, Joseph and Alice.   John and William were born in Newport, RI and the remaining children were born in Providence or Smithfield, RI.   

One of Michael's sons, Joseph married Elizabeth Malavery (Maverick?).  Joseph died Sep. 3, 1719 and Elizabeth died after 1719.  Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children, John, Joseph, David, Daniel, Elizabeth, Phebe, and Jeremiah.  I'm pretty confident that David Phillips is the Father of Solomon.

I speculated that Solomon Phillips Mother was Susannah Burgess.  I had picked that name up from several sources but some sources gave the name as Susannah Bumpas.  When we were on our trip in Rhode Island, I had obtained a copy of microfilm data re: the marriage of David Phillips and Susannah.  That record did not look like Burgess but rather Bumpas, but it was very difficult to read and the majority of other sources suggested Burgess.

NOTE: The Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916 on FamilySearch.org list the following marriages on the same date:

Groom's Name: David Philips
Bride's Name: Susanna Bumps
Marriage Date: 19 Apr 1741
Marriage Place: Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02374-6
System Origin: Rhode Island-EASy
Source Film Number: 941851
Reference Number: pg 9

Groom's Name: David Philips
Bride's Name: Susanna Brimp
Marriage Date: 19 Aug 1741
Marriage Place: Glocester Providence, Rhode Island
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I09518-4
System Origin: Rhode Island-EASy
Source Film Number: 2188721
Reference Number: p 9

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Title: Bompasse, Bumpas, Bump, Bumpus & Allied Families 1621-1981

Author: Carle Franklin Bumpus. 

The book chronicles the arrival of Edouad Bompasse, probably of Huguenot lineage, (Edward Bumpas), into the Plymouth Colony on board the ship "Fortune" on Nov. 10, 1621. 

The book also lays out genealogical information on Edward's descendants.  Edward and his wife Hannah had about 12 children.  One son Jacob, had a son Icabod b. Sept. 19, 1685.  Icabod had a daughter Susanna b. abt. 1723, who married David Phillips, on Apr. 19, 1741,

Note: this is the marriage I obtained the microfilm copy on.   Interestingly, Edward Bumpas had another son by the name of John Bumpas who had a daughter Mary Bump, who married an Isaac Benson in Sandwich, Mass. on Mar 17, 1698/9.  Isaac Benson and Mary Bump had a daughter Ruth Benson, b Oct. 7, 1704.  Ruth Benson married David Phillips.  This marriage is recorded in the Providence, RI Town Hall as we determined on our visit.  The interesting part is that David Phillips' wives were cousins.

Genealogical Information - Edouad Bompasse & Hannah