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Capt. John Phillips

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Death: November 14, 1760 (90)
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Phillips and Mary Elizabeth Phillips
Husband of Elizabeth Phillips and Bridget Phillips
Father of Thomas Phillips, Sr.; John Phillips, Jr.; Richard Phillips; William Phillips; Experience Phillips and 5 others
Brother of Namesake of Mary Phillips; Caleb Phillips; Joshua Phillips and Nicholas Phillips
Half brother of Mary Humphrey; Elizabeth Phillips; Richard Phillips; Samuel Phillips and Phillips

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About Capt. John Phillips

Capt. John Phillips d. Easton, MA 14 Nov 1760. He was the son of Richard Phillips (d 1695) & Mary Packard.



  • (1) abt. 1690 Elizabeth Drake (dau. of Thomas Drake and Jane Holbrook), d. Easton, MA 24 Jun 1748,
  • (2) Bridget Southworth.


  • 1. John, b. Weymouth, MA 18 Feb 1692, d. Easton, MA 18 Jan 1758. Married Rebecca.
  • 2. Richard, b. Weymouth 25 Nov 1693
  • 3. William, b. abt. 1695
  • 4. Experience, b abt 1699
  • 5. Samuel, b. Taunton, MA 17 May 1702, m. Damaris Smith, d. 13 Mar 1795
  • 6. Joshua
  • 7. Caleb, m. 6 Feb 1731-2 Hannah Packard
  • 8. Jane, b. 1 Jul 1709, d. abt. 1760, m. Richard Ellis, b. 16 Aug 1704
  • 9. Thomas, b. Easton 25 Jan 1712, d. Ashfield, MA 1791,[4] m(1) Stoughton, MA 22 Jan 1735-6 (int. 20 Dec 1735) Katherine Liscome, d. Ashfield 5 Feb 1775, age 58,[4] m(2) Ashfield 10 Jan 1777


From Biographical Sketches of Richard Ellis, the First Settler of Ashfield, Mass., and His Descendants (Google eBook) W. Graham, 1888 - 483 pages.  Page 377

Of all the families of Ashfield, whether in early or later times, the Phillipses were the most numerous. In the settlement of the town in 1745, Thomas Phillips, son of Captain John Phillips, of Easton, Mass., was the second settler, his brother-in-law, Richard Ellis, being the first. Thomas married in or near Easton. He and his wife, Katharine, lived at Deerfield a time previous to settling in Ashfield. He was born in Easton, Jan. 25, 1712. He located in Ashfield at No. 32 on the map (page 328), or possibly his first cabin, as many of the dwellings were then called, was about 80 rods further south, and at or near the Ellis and Phillips fort, No. 30.

Capt. John Phillips, of Easton, father of Thomas, was a soldier in 1690 in an expedition undertaken by the Colonies for the reduction of Quebec, Canada. For this service he became entitled, about 40 years afterwards, to "Rights" of land in what is now Ashfield. Undoubtedly this fact is what led Thomas Phillips and Richard Ellis, a son-in-law of Capt. John Phillips, to seek homes in this then wilderness region.

Of Capt. John Phillips, of Easton, it is said that he was a man of unusual ability and iutegrity of character. He was one of the earliest settlers in Easton in 1694. He removed from Weymouth, Mass., to Easton, with his wife, Elizabeth Drake, daughter of Thomas and sister of Benjamin Drake, residents of Weymouth, who settled in Easton about 1700. Capt. Phillips was a prominent man in the early town history, and was the first town clerk, serving for twelve years. In his bold handwriting is found on the records of Easton the marriage of his daughter, Jean, to Richard Ellis in 1728, and the names and date of birth of seven of their children. The writer is greatly indebted to Rev. Wm. L. Chaffin, of Easton, for these reports, without which he could have made little or no progress in tracing the descendants of Richard Ellis. (Mr. Chaffin has searched the records of Easton thoroughly, and has lately published a volume of over 800 pages of the history of that town).

Capt. John Phillips is noted as the first person in Easton who held a commission as captain. He was a son of Richard and Elizabeth f Packer) Phillips, and grandson of Nicholas Phillips.

Capt. John Phillips' children were John, Jr., William, Experience, Samuel, Joshua, Caleb, Jean (or Jane), Thomas and Richard (see page 15).

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Capt. John Phillips's Timeline

November 14, 1670
Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
February 18, 1692
Age 21
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts
November 25, 1693
Age 23
Easton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
March 8, 1695
Age 24
Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
December 16, 1699
Age 29
Easton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
May 17, 1702
Age 31
Easton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
November 3, 1704
Age 33
Easton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
April 14, 1707
Age 36
Easton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
July 1, 1709
Age 38
Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States