Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Special Birthday

175 years ago today my Great Great Grandfather Solomon Phillips was born. November 8, 1836, Solomon came into the world. I don't know too much about him except that he was a farmer and, at the age of 55, was ordained into the Primitive Baptist Church. He lived to be 72 years old.

Solomon and his wife, Cynthia, had eleven children, and one of them, Emily Angeline, was my Great Grandmother. I love her name. She had 82 years on this Earth, good ones I hope.

I found a copy of GGGFather's will this weekend and thought I'd share a little of it with you. So, with the greatest respect, here are some of his words:

"In the name of God. Amen." Seems like it would have ended this way...but it began this way.

"I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My Soul, I trust, shall turn to rest with God who gave it, as I hope for Salvation through the merits and atonements of the blessed Lord and Savior , Jesus Christ."

"It is my wish and desire that all of my just debts be paid by my execuor hereafter named, as soon after my death as the same my be practically done."

"After the payment of my debts, as above provided for, I give my wife, Cynthia Jane, all of my property of every description, for and during her natural life, to be used by her as she sees proper, except that she has no authority to sell my lands." :)

"I give, bequeath and devise to my son, Cater Norris, after the death of my beloved wife, the North half of my land, and at his death, to his children, and if he has no children, then to his nearest relatives."

"I give, bequeath and devise to my son, Bartley Ellis, the South half of my land. etc.

"I give, bequeath, and devise unto my two daughters, Laura and Rena, two feather beds-one each." :)

"After the death of my beloved wife, and after the items above mentioned have been given to those named, I give, bequeath and devise to all of my children all of my estate---share and share alike."

The children named in this will were the youngest four so it is assumed that the other seven children had already been given their portions upon their marriages. Isn't it interesting to eavesdrop on the life and times four generations ago. I love the verbage and the loving sentiment that I feel when I read this.

I will share some other writings I found but today belongs to my Great Great Grandfather Solomon.

Happy Birthday and God Bless!

PS: Photo from http://cindysantiquequilts.com/images/IG471-9.jpg


  1. What a wonderful post, many thanks for sharing this piece of precious family history with us.

  2. This is a lovely post and what a treasure to have that information from generations ago.

  3. What a neat glimpse into your history. It would be fun to know more about my past too.
    THanks for stopping by last night

  4. What a loving way to remember your great-great-great grandfather's birth. I wish I could do the same but my family--mom and dad, grandparents simply didn't talk about the past and I neglected to ask the questions that would bring forth their remembrances. That is my misfortune.

    This posting delighted me for I could almost see your grandfather writing those words.

    Finally, thank you for commenting on my "Help!" posting and encouraging me to write from my heart.
    I trust that with that kind of writing will come contentment.


  5. Oh I loved reading this. It is so funny to look back and see how men thought about their property.
    A glimpse back in your history. You are so very lucky to have this. B

  6. HI. I enjoyed this post. I have been doing some ancestry research, and it's always interesting to read documents from the past. My birthday is the day after your GGGFather's. Great post. New follower.


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