Seen this refernencing a Major Phillips in Annapolis Royal. Perhaps a connection.
The first Masonic Lodge in Canada was established by Major Erasmus James Phillips in 1738 in Annapolis Royal. It is speculated that the first meeting of the lodge was held in this building. The building has been used as a public house and hotel from as early as 1747, when Rebecca Whitechurch, wife of Matross James Whitechurch was licensed by the Council "to retail strong Drink." In 1791-2, Sinclair's "large room below stairs" was rented for purposes of holding the Supreme and Inferior courts. In the late 1700s and early 1800s the Inn was often used for court ordered property auctions. The building is a National Historic Site, and is also designated as a Provincial and Municipal Heritage Property.
Also an excerpt taken from this webpage shows the above Erasmus James Phillips, as well as an Alice Phillips
"II. Ann Dyson, married Lieut.-Colonel Erasmus James Phillips,7 49th Regiment, of the distinguished military and civil service, Member of Council, Judge Advocate General, Member of the Provincial Parliament. He was nephew of Colonel Richard Philipps, Governor for a long time (see "History of Annapolis"). They had a daughter, Ann, who married Captain William 8 Fenwick, of the Royal Artillery, to whom in turn was born, at Halifax, a son, William, afterwards Captain and Colonel William Fenwick, of the Royal Engineers, who was baptized in St. Paul’s Church, Halifax, 4th February 1767, before mentioned as the uncle of General Williams, which he became (prospectively) by marriage at Annapolis Royal, 20th December 1794, with Maria, daughter of Lieutenant Thomas Walker. In the draft letter from her to the Duke of Kent, cited above, she says that her husband was then, 1796, enjoying a share of the annuity to which reference has been made above, which
7 1st July 1778, Administration on the estate of Alice Dyson, widow, was granted to Joseph Winniett and Alice Phillips, next of kin."
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