John Phillips was born on 14 Mar 1757 in Halifax County, NC. He was the son of Henry and Edith Phillips. John died on 20 November 1839 in Johnston County, NC. He was married (1) in 1824 to Mary Polly Thompson (1792-1870), by whom he had a son, Lewis Patrick Phillips; and then married (2) in 1780 in Wayne County, NC, to Darkis Hamilton, daughter of Guy and Ann Hamilton. John and Darkis Hamilton had two children: Rev Dixon Phillips (1787-1864), who married Edith Oliver; and Hamilton Guy Phillips, who married Evelina Pittman on 29 July 1847 in Johnston County, NC.
John Phillips served during the American Revolution as a private under Captains Fort and Joseph Wood, and Colonels Powell and Philip Alston. He received Pension W 3862.