Creator

Date Original

1820

Description

This collection contains a deed dated October 13, 1820 between Henry Cassidy and Sylvanus Phillips both of Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sylvanus Phillips (1765-1830) was born around 1765 and became one of the earliest white settlers of Arkansas, living near the mouth of the St. Francis River around 1797. Phillips was a land speculator and territorial representative. In May 1820, newly formed Phillips County, Arkansas was named after him by the Arkansas Territorial Legislature. By 1815, Sylvanus Phillips moved to an area near The Phillips County town of Helena was established by Phillips and another speculator, William Russell. Sylvanus Phillips married Phoebe Dunn September 1, 1808 and had two daughters, Harriet and Helena. Helena Phillips was the namesake of Helena, Arkansas established by her father who named the town after his young daughter. Phillips had another daughter, Caroline by a second marriage. Sylvanus Phillips died October 31, 1830 in Helena, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas Territory

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.051.002

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Sylvanus Phillips land record, SMC.051.002

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Sylvanus Phillips land record, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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