- Samuel Phillips was the oldest child of Reverend George Phillips, the first minister of Watertown. He was born about 1625, probably in Boxtead, Suffolk, England. At the age of five he embarked for New England aboard the Arabella with his family and fellow passengers. The Arabella was one ship of the "Winthrop Fleet" that embarked from Yarmouth, England April 20, 1630 and arrived at Salem in the Massachusetts Bay June 12.
On July 1, 1644 Samuel's father died, leaving him a double portion as his share of the estate. His step-mother died in 1681 and left "to son Samuel all Latin, Greek, and Hebrew books now in the house". Cotton Mather stated, the Watertown Church "testified their Affection to their deceased Pastor, by a Special Care to promote and perfect the Education of his eldest son, whereof all the country, but especially the town of Rowley, have since reaped the benefit".
Samuel entered Harvard College where he graduated with an M.A. in 1650, and the following year in June 1651 he settled on a salary varying from 50 to 90 pounds, according to the expenses of living, as teacher of the church at Rowley, MA. Reverend Ezekiel Rogers was the pastor there until his death in January 1660-1. Soon after Rogers' death his widow accused Phillips of receiving and retaining five pounds which she claimed as her due, but which the Selectmen had ordered to be paid to Samuel in consideration of his carrying on the entire work of the ministry during Rogers' illness. The controversy continued for some time and even went to court after the widow's death in early 1679. In her will, dated July 22, 1679, after stating that she has not received the five pounds, says, "Therefore I would earnestly desire Mr. Sammuell Phillips and Deacon Jewet that they would not ronge me in this particular, least it be a greefe to them at the apearinge of Jesus Christ".
While Samuel was thus annoyed, the church in Barnstable invited him to succeed the Reverend Thomas Walley as their pastor. In reply to Governor Thomas Hinckley's letter on the subject, Samuel wrote: "Yours of the 6th of June  came to hand on the 15th instant, and was read before the church in Rowley the same day, and the result is, that almost the whole church did show their dissent as to parting with their minister, and not one would show any consent to it: so that, at present, the holy providence of God doth seem to fasten me where by his mercy I have had so long continuance. The brethren that have dissented from me, and the major part of the church, as to some late transactions among us (which ere long are to be looked into by a council of our honored General Court's sending), they will yield no consent to any motion of my going from them; and did express themselves, some of them, to be utterly against my removal: and a great part of the town are of the same mind with the church. Some brethren did express themselves somewhat troubled that a letter upon such an account should come from your worship; but they did withal acknowledge that your motion to our church was so piously, wisely, and with good cautions, expressed, that there was no just matter of offence. Moreover, it seems not unworthy noting, that your godly letter, though it prevails not as to the obtaining what your worship and your good people desire (according to God) with reference to my worthless self, yet it has (so far as I can discern) been beneficial to unite our hearts more together, wherein your worship has obtained one gracious end of your writing. There has been and still is love in the body of the church, both brethren and sisters, to their weak earthen vessel; and speeches about parting has drawn it forth ... But that your worship and good people should have any thoughts toward myself (a poor shrub to have made up that breach where so fruitful a tree lately stood) is a matter of wonderment to me, especially when I consider what great ground I have to look upon myself as less than the least of all of God's saints, and also at this time under a cloud of obloquy; yet such was your charity, that you would not admit any alienting impressions upon your spirits, but even at such a time express your abundant love to me. My God and my father's God reward it to you; for you have been a comfort to me, and, as it were, companions with me in my trials. And, indeed, so affecting is your undeserved kindness herein, that the thankful sense of it will (by God's help) abide with me whilst I live. And, did Providence open a door for my leaving the place where I am, I know no other place that my heart is so much endeared to as to yourselves; and the rather that I might have the help and comfort of your worship's society, as well as the rest of God's dear people with you".
Samuel Shepard was ordained pastor of the church at Rowley Nov. 15, 1665, Samuel Phillips continuing to be teacher. Shepard died April 7, 1668, and Edward Payson was ordained teacher Oct. 25, 1682 while Samuel took the office of pastor, which he continued 14 years until his death on April 22, 1696 at the age of about 71.
Samuel was married in the autumn after his ordination as teacher at Rowley. "Att the request of Mr. Phillipps, of Rowley, who hath been published accordinge to law, Mr. Wm Hubbard, of Ipswich, in the absence of a magistrate, is [by the General Court, at its session Oct. 14, 1651] hereby empowered to marry him". His wife was Sarah Appleton, who died July 15, 1714, aged 86, having outlived him more than 18 years. Her funeral sermon was preached by her grandson Reverend Samuel Phillips of South Andover, in which he says, "She was an early seeker of God, and spent much of her time daily in reading the word and in prayer ... She took care of her children's souls ... She was always humble and penitent, and as she lived, so she died, depending on Christ for righteousness and salvation".
The remains of Samuel and Sarah repose in the ancient burying ground at Rowley.
REF:  The History of Newbury - Joshua Coffin, 1845 (pgs.80,104-109)
 Harvard Graduates - John Sibley, 1873 (Class of 1650, pg.221)
 Genealogy of Reverend George Phillips - A.M. Phillips, 1885
 Rowley Vital Records (Phillips births voila 1 pgs.161-162;
marriages pgs.370-371; deaths pg.505)
 Records of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, 1911
This above information was downloaded from the web site of Michael Roman (pw2.netcom.com/~mj_roman/index.htm)
On June 3, 1692, the Rev. Edward Payson and the Rev. Samuel Phillips testified for Goody Elizabeth How in front of the Grand Jury when she was brought to trial on charges of witchcraft in Salem Village. She was evnetually convicted and executed on July 19, 1692.
At the Rowley cemetery, a marble monument placed there by a descendant reads: Beneath this stone are buried the remains of Samuel Phillips, the second pastor of the Church in Rowley, He was born in Boxford, England, A. D. 1625, Came to America, with his father, George Phillips, first minister of Watertown, Mass., in 1630; was graduated at Harvard College, in 1650, and was settled in the Christian ministry, in this place, in June, 1651, where he served God and his generation faithfully for 45 years, and died April 22, 1696. Near this spot are buried the remains of his wife, Sarah, daughter of Samuel Appleton, of Ipswich; she died 15, July, 1714 aged 86 years. From them have descended, among others, George Phillips, minister of Brook Haven, L. I., New York; who died 1739, aged 75 years. Samuel Phillips, minister at Andover, Mass. died June 5, 1771, aged 81 years. Samuel Phillips, one of the founders of Phillips Academy, Andover, died August 21, 1790, aged 76 years. John Phillips, founder of Phillips Academy, Exeter, N. H., died April, 1795, aged 76 years. (Location: No. 311, 4 Row, East (Marble) North front)
Savage says: SAMUEL, Rowley, s. of the first George, b. in Eng. 1625, at Boxted in Essex, if Prince II. 45, seem better authority, as usual, than Mather, who calls it Boxford, H. C. 1651, ord. June 1652, collea. with Ezekiel Rogers, m. Oct. foll. Sarah, d. of Samuel Appleton of Ipswich, had Samuel, b. Mar. 1654, d. young; Sarah, 7 Feb. or 14 Mar. 1656, wh. m. Stephen Mighill; Samuel, again, 13 or 23 Mar. 1658; George, 23 Nov. 1659; Elizabeth 16 Nov. 1661; Ezekiel, Feb. 1663; all three d. soon; George, again, 3 June 1664, H. C. 1686, bef. ment.; Elizabeth 2 Aug. 1665, wh. m. 7 Nov. 1683, Rev. Edward Payson, and d. 1724; Dorcas, 1667; Mary, Feb. 1668; and John, 23 Oct. 1670. The last three also d. soon. He d. 22 Apr. 1696, and his wid. d. 15 July 1713, aged 85.
Essex County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, 1638-1840
File #: 21714
Name: Rev. Samuel Philips; Phillips
File Date: 18 May 1696
Type: testate [1, 7, 8, 9, 10]