EARLY SETTLERS OF ALABAMA.
COL. JAMES EDMONDS SAUNDERS,Born in Virginia 1806, Died 1896.LAWRENCE COUNTY, ALA.WITHNOTES AND GENEALOGIES BY HIS GRANDDAUGHTER ELIZABETH SAUNDERS BLAIR STUBBS, NEWORLEANS, LA.Pages 228, 229 and 230 -
Early Settlers of AlabamaThe Philips Family was descended from Philip Philips, who was born in Wales. He settled first inPennsylvania, then Kentucky, and thence to Davidson county, Tenn., near Nashville, about 1795
.I have information of four of his children —
1. Nancy, the wife of Daniel Gilchrist
2. Her brother Judge Joseph Philips
and his wife, I knew well in Nashville sixty years ago, when I was araw young student of law. I boarded opposite their dwelling, and well remember the kindnessshown me by this family. The judge was a man of varied experience and extensive learning for thatday, and of pleasing manners. I returned to Alabama, and a term of thirty-six years passed away,during which, Judge Philips had departed this life; but his wife survived him.
Their daughter hadmarried Major John W. Childress, of Murfreesboro.
I was prostrate, in 1863, at that place, from awound supposed to be mortal, when Mrs. Philips paid me a visit of sympathy. She brought herwhole family several times afterward,
consisting of her daughter, Mrs. Childress, Major Childress(who was a brother of Mrs. President Polk)
, and their lovely daughter, Miss Bettie, who afterwardmarried John C. Brown, a major general of distinction during the civil war, and afterward, Governorof Tennessee. I understand they have several living children — all daughters. My readers willpardon me for extending the notice of this branch of the Gilchrist family so far, for their kindness tome in the condition, prisoner in the midst of a hostile camp, has made a deep impression on mymemory, and on my heart.My friend, Dr. James Wendel, of Murfreesboro, informs me that
" Major John W. Childress firstmarried the daughter of Elisha Williams, whose wife was a Philips, sister to Judge Joseph Philips
She died leaving six children, four sons and two daughters. The elder one married J. M. Avent, alawyer of Murfreesboro. The other (as you state) married Gen. John C. Brown; both are living.Three of the sons are dead. His second wife is a daughter of Judge Philips; of course, cousin to thefirst.
Major Childress died in October, 1884, leaving six children by the second wife ; three sons and threedaughters. Judge Philips died in 1856 or 1857. His widow at the advanced age of ninety, or more,died in November, 1881. Gen. Robert Purdy and wife I knew in my boyhood days. They died in thisplace, she some years before him.