Biography and History

John Lott Phillips, a clergyman of the Church of England, was a relative of William and Mary Lott Phillips of Maidenhead, New Jersey. He entered the freshman class of the College of New Jersey in 1770 and graduated in 1774. While at the College, he was a member of the Cliosophic Society. After graduation, Phillips lived at Wake County, North Carolina, on a 573 acre farm gifted to him from a relative in Princeton, Mrs. Pheve Warner. However, when his Loyalist tendencies were discovered, he had to abandon his property and escape to the where he tried to board a ship to England. He was found in Savannah, Georgia, and imprisoned for three months before he was released and deported to England. In 1776 he was ordained priest and then deacon in the Church of England at Fulham Palace, and a Chaplain under the command of Banastre Tarleton of the British Regiment of Light Dragoons.

Source: From the finding aid for C1290