Rev. George1 Phillips, the first settled minister at Watertown, came to New England in ship Arbella, with his friends Gov. Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltonstall. He was grad. of Gaius Coll., Cambridge, A.B. 1613, A.M. 1617; landed at Salem, Mass., June 12, 1630; wife Elizabeth [Sergent] Phillips d. soon after arrival, and was buried in Salem by the side of Lady Arbella Johnson. Mr. Phillips was minister at Watertown fourteen years; d. at Watertown, July 1, 1644. “A godly man, specially gifted and very peaceful in his place.” (Winthrop.)
Samuel2 Phillips, b. at Boxstead, England, 1625; grad. Harv. Coll. 1650; m. at Ipswich, Mass., Oct. 15, 1651, Sarah Appleton,
dau. of Samuel Appleton, who was in Ipswich 1634; one of the first town officers; deputy 1637; m. in England Sarah Everard.
Mr. Phillips was minister at Rowley, Mass.; preached the Artillery Election Sermon 1675, Election Sermon 1678; d. April 22 1696; wid. Sarah d. July 15, 1713. He was considered one of the first men in the New England colonies. (See Gage’s History of Rowley.)
Samuel3 Phillips, b. at Rowley, March 23, 1657-8; m. at Gloucester, Mass., May 22, 1687-8, Mary Emerson,
dau. of Rev. John and Ruth [Symonds] Emerson of Gloucester. Ruth Symonds was dau. of Samuel Symonds of Ipswich, Mass., deputy and assistant 1638, later deputy governor.
Mr. Phillips was a goldsmith [banker] at Salem; wife Mary d. Oct. 4, 17’03; m. second, 1704, wid. Sarah Mayfield. He d. at Salem, Oct. 13, 179.2.
Samuel4 Phillips, b. at Salem, Feb. 17, 1690; grad. Harv. Coll. 1708; m. at Haverhill, Mass., Jan. 17, 1711-12, Hannah White, b. at Haverhill, 1691,
dau. of John White, Esq., by wife Lydia Gilman, dau. of Hon. John Gilman of Exeter, N.H. John White was dea. in the Haverhill church, capt. of town company. He was the grandson of William’ White, who was one of the first settlers at Haverhill, and was one of the grantees of the Indian deed, dated Nov. 15, 1642, which instrument was, it is said, both written and signed by him. “The Haverhill town records show that he held a very respectable social position.” He d. Sept. 28, 1690. The grandson, John, was brought up in his family.
Rev. Samuel Phillips was minister of the “Old South Church” at Andover, Mass., for sixty years;
He was an excellent man, so economical, it is said, as to blow out the candle when he began his evening prayer, and yet punctilious in distributing among the poor one-tenth of his income, of which he kept account.
d. at Andover, June 5, 1771; wid. Sarah d. at Andover, Jan. 7, 1773.
Lydia5 Phillips, b. at Andover, June 10, 1717; m. at Andover, May 18, 1742, Dr. Parker Clarke of Andover and Newbury. Lydia [Phillips] Clarke d. at Andover, Nov. 4, 1749, age 32.
Elizabeth6 Clarke, b. at Andover, Aug. 18, 1746; m. June 2, 1771, Simon5 Davis; d. at Boston, Mass., March 11, 1816, in the home of her son, William Davis.
I am indebted to Wendell Phillips for the line of my Phillips ancestors, and to Bond’s Watertown for facts relating to their lives.