Brittain, Phillip & Sophia Melinda (Lewis)

Shirley (Brittain) Cawyer, P.O. Box 164, Stephenville, TX 76401
Phillip Brittain, son of James and Delilah (Stringfield) Brittain, was born 15 July 1787 in what was then Burke Co, NC. (Tombstone recording by Sadie Patton.) No record has been found of his first marriage. He married in Buncombe Co. 2 May 1823 to Miss Sophia Melinda Lewis, b. 9 Sept. 1802; d. 16 Feb. 1887. She was a daughter of Henry Grady Lewis and Mourning Mills. Phillip Brittain was called “General” but he was appointed Captain in the War of 1812. Sophia M. Brittain submitted her Bible record when she applied for a land patent in 1853. This record lists the children with the birthdates. Another old Bible was located in Greenville, SC, that lists the death dates. Also, see The Lewis Genealogy in America, pub. 1893 by William Terrell Lewis of Winston Co, Miss.

1. Phillip Stanhope Brittain, b. 21 Nov. 1824, Buncombe Co; d. 31 Dec. 1895; bur. Oakdale Cem, Henderson Co; m. at age 64 to Addie Livingston, age 24, on 1 Nov. 1887. No issue.
2. Eliza Mourning Brittain, b. 21 May 1826, Buncombe Co; d. 7 Apr 1877, in Arkansas or Idaho; m. 10 Dec. 1857 to Dr. James G. (or Joseph) Blackstock as his second wife.
3. Attilla Delilah Brittain, b. 28 Feb. 1828, Buncombe Co; d. 27 July 1889; bur. Henderson Co; m. 10 Dec 1857 to William B. Henry.
4. James H. Brittain, b. 15 May 1829, Buncombe Co; d. 28 June 1848.
5. Benjamin C. Brittain, b. 11 Oct. 1831, Buncombe Co; d. 25 July 1893. Not married.
6. Sophia D. Brittain, b. 20 Feb. 1834; d. 17 Sept. 1835.
7. William Gaston Brittain, b. 4 Sept. 1835; d. 3 July 1900, Spartanburg, SC. He was called “Judge” as he had served as a member of the House of Representatives. He married Permelia McDowell, b. Nov. 1842 in SC, dau of John Y. and Mary McDowell of Spartanburg, SC. Served in the Civil War, enlisting from Polk Co, NC.
8. Laura L. Brittain, b. 3 March 1837; d. 22 May 1921; bur. Boyleston Cemetery, Henderson Co, NC. She married William Henry Cairnes (1845-1901).
9. Annie Eugenia Brittain, b. 7 Sept. 1838, Henderson Co; d. 6 July 1891, Henderson Co; m. Norris Allison on 28 Sept. 1865. No issue.
10. Rebecca Tippaconoe “Tip” Brittain, b. 29 Apr. 1840, Henderson Co, NC; d. 20 Sept. 1919 at Mills River. She did not marry until she was 47 years old – to Mr. Solomon Franklin Young, age 50 years, Henderson Co, NC, 23 July 1887.

— ALOB, July 1984, Vol. V, #7, p. 84-62
ALOB, September 1984, Vo. V, #9, p. 84-85

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