Phelps Family History in America
Descendants of William PHELPS
1. William PHELPS was born about 1593 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He died on Jul 14 1672 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. By Brian Phelps
William Phelps, probably of Crewkerne, arrived aboard the Mary & John in 1630, probably with his second wife and the children from their current and his previous marriage.
The Phelps did sail from Plymouth about 40 miles from Exeter where they joined other families from the southwest counties of England led by the Rev. John White the “great patron of new England migration.” The group selected John Maverick and John Wareham as their ministers. There is an inscription for Wareham in the Palisade Cemetery, Windsor, Connecticut. William Phelps was a member of the original congregation formed in England to establish its own colony and church in New England.
Before sailing they kept a solemn day of fasting, preaching and praying in the New Hospital in Plymouth. The party of 140 set out on March 20, 1630, in the Mary and John of 400 tons, described as Mr. Ludlow’s vessel, with Capt. Squab, and arrived on May 30. A misunderstanding between the passengers and Captl. Squab led to the ship’s company being put off at Natasket (Hull) instead of Charleston. Ten males set out afoot to Charleston Neck and Watertwon, were received, scantily fed and then returned to their group. They found pasturage for their sea-weary animals at Mattapan and named it Dorchester in honor of Rev. White and many of the group from Dorchester. of the man “past middle age and of good estates” were William Phelps, Henry Wolcott and Thomas Ford, and among the young men were Israel Stoughton, George Minot and Nathaniel Duncan. These families have a way of turning up in the Marshall family which is one clue that Elizabeth Phelps had been a Marshall. Their oldest son sailed to Barbgados in the company of other Marshalls soon after his mother’s death. Info found here.
The Phelps stayed at Dorchester where, from the first, William Phelps was a prominent and highly respected citizen. On October 19, 1630, he applied as freeman. On November 9th he was on the jury for the trial of Walter Palmer for the murder of Austin Brotchus — the first trial by jury in New England! He became Constable fo Dorchester on September 27, 1631, and on March 4, 1634, was appointed by the general court to go with a committee to arrange the boundary between Boston and Dorchester. On May 5, 1635, he was a member of the general court for Dorchester. From then on he has many mentions in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Info found here.
During this time the Dutch in New Amsterdam, having explored the Connecticut River to (now) Enfield Falls and wishing to have more settlers along the river to reinforce their settlements, sent an embassage to Plymouth. Soon each questioned the other’s rights to be there and each reinforced their lines. In 1634 plans were made by the English to occupy the valley. In 1635 William Phelps was on a commission appointed to govern Connecticut as a separate colony. He signed the agreement with Mr. Prince of Plymouth for the Windsor lands, 7 miles west of the river, paying the Indians 2 coats, 40 shillings in wampum for a third coat and 15 extra shillings. Later, not being able to prove full payment, he honestly bought it over again (1665) for 4 trucking coats or “whatever will satisfy.”
William Phelps moved with his children to Windsor early in 1636. He had first built on the south side of a rivulet there with his brother George a little closer into the settlement. William’s lot measured six rods wide, but “being drowned very deep in a flood of 1638” he removed to higher ground. When he moved to higher ground he described his new location as “bounded at one point 40 rods from my dwelling house where it is bounded South by a little brook that falls into the river (Farmington).” Samuel Phelps and John Bartlett witnessed the deed there. This was his meadow lot out on the Poquonock Road just before one comes to Stoughton House, the old stone fort.
William continued his responsible place in Windsor. As a member of the general court in 1637 he declared war against the Pequots. He was a magistrate from 1638 to 1642 and from 1658 to 1662 and foreman of the first grand jury in 1643. He was frequently mentioned as on the petit jury and in 1641 was appointed with a Mr. Welles of Hartford on a committee on lying! It is said that he was an excellent, pious upright man in his public and private life and truly a pillar of Church and State. By the time he had grown elderly and had a son of his name, he became known as “Ould Mr. Phelps” and as such the old church record enters his death on July 14, 1672, after a 42-year residence in New England of which 36 were spent in Windsor. He was buried on the 15th day of July. No probate has been found for William Phelps; he had probably distributed his property among his children before his death. Info found here.
To anyone who has an interest in this I have been searching for William Phelps, Sr.(1599 – 1672) original house and land and where he might have been buried on July 15, 1672 in Windsor CT. He died on July 14, 1672 and was buried on the 15th. I also found that he died in the home.
The maps of old Windsor do not show the correct location for some reason. The maps have the homestead father North then what it truly is.
There is a William Phelps, Jr house still standing built around 1670 it shows the address of 124 East Street but yet all town records show it to be 122 East street.
I found some old newspaper clippings from the Hartford Times(no longer a company) dated 1956 and 1960 that shows the house of Hon. D Judge Phelps at 102 East Street. It states that this was once the home of William Phelps and the original homestead.
I drive by this spot everyday but what is there is a Veterans Cemetery only and you can imagine that there once was more houses here. The Newspaper went on to say that this was called the Buckland House (not Phelps) in 1960 and it was the Town Farm. They did not seem to think it was safe so they tore it down to make the Veterans’ Cemetery larger in 1961. What it also said is that there was a small cemetery that was on this property. That small cemetery is gone now.
So now I am going to see if I can find out where they moved that small cemetery. This also means that Williams sons, William Jr, and Samuel were probably there as well and are now gone because I have never seemed to find their plots as well.
I have always said that there was to way many Phelps that have died in Windsor but there is not enough gravestones to show for all of them. I always said that the town has hidden or just destroyed our families plots.
If anyone is interested please let me know as I can share this information with you.
He was married to Marie about 1618. Marie was born about 1596 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. She died in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. William PHELPS and Marie had the following children:
- William PHELPS was born about Sep 9 1618 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He died on Feb 10 1681 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
- Samuel PHELPS was born about Aug 5 1621 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He died on May 15 1669 in Poquonock, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
- PHELPS was born on Jan 8 1623 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England.
- Deacon Nathaniel PHELPS.
- Richard PHELPS.
He was married to Mary DOVER on Nov 14 1626 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. Mary DOVER died on Aug 30 1689 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. William PHELPS and Mary DOVER had the following children:
- Cornelius PHELPS.
- Mary PHELPS was born in 1628 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. She died young in Crewkerne, Somerset, England.
- Mary PHELPS was born in 1629 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. She died young in Crewkerne, Somerset, England.
- Josheph PHELPS was born in 1628 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He died in 1684 in Simsbury,Hartford Connecticut.
- Sarah PHELPS was born in 1635. She died on Jul 10 1659 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
- Lt. Timothy PHELPS was born on Sep 1 1639 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. He died in 1719 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
- Mary PHELPS was born on Mar 2 1644 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. She died on Feb 13 1725 in Simsbury,Hartford Connecticut.
He was married to Mrs. William. Mrs. William was born about 1610 in England. She died on Nov 27 1675 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.
5. Deacon Nathaniel PHELPS was born about 1625 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He died on May 17 1702 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA.
He was married to Elizabeth COPLEY (daughter of Thomas COPLEY and Elizabeth GRISWOLD) on Sep 17 1650 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA,. Elizabeth COPLEY was born on Feb 14 1629 in England. She died on Dec 6 1712 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Deacon Nathaniel PHELPS and Elizabeth COPLEY had the following children:
- Mary PHELPS was born on Jun 21 1651 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She died on Apr 15 1687 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Ma.
- Nathaniel PHELPS.
- Abigail PHELPS was born on Apr 5 1655 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Aug 16 1756 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- William PHELPS was born on Jun 22 1657 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on Jun 1 1745 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Thomas PHELPS was born on May 20 1661 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Mercy PHELPS was born on May 16 1662 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Jul 15 1662 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
15. Nathaniel PHELPS was born on Jun 2 1653 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He died on Jun 20 1719 in Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, USA.
He was married to Grace MARTIN (daughter of William MARTIN and Lydia MARSH) on Aug 11 1676 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA. Grace MARTIN was born in 1657 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA. She died in 1727 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA. Nathaniel PHELPS and Grace MARTIN had the following children:
- Grace PHELPS was born on Nov 11 1676 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died in 1677 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Nathaniel PHELPS was born on Nov 1 1678 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on May 1 1690 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Samuel PHELPS.
- Lydia PHELPS.
- Grace PHELPS.
- Elizabeth PHELPS.
- Abigail PHELPS.
- Nathaniel PHELPS.
- Sarah PHELPS was born on May 8 1695 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Jan 11 1768 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Capt. Timothy PHELPS.
22. Samuel PHELPS was born on Dec 18 1680 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on Dec 9 1745 in Massachusetts.
He was married to Mary EDWARDS.
23. Lydia PHELPS was born on Jan 17 1683 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Nov 19 1765 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
She was married to Mark WARNER.
24. Grace PHELPS was born on Nov 10 1685 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
She was married to Samuel MARSHALL.
25. Elizabeth PHELPS was born on Feb 19 1688 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
She was married to Jonathan WRIGHT.
26. Abigail PHELPS was born on Nov 3 1690 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Apr 28 1767 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
She was married to John LAUGHTON.
27. Nathaniel PHELPS was born on Feb 13 1692 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on Oct 14 1747 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
He was married to Abigail BURNHAM (daughter of William BURNHAM and Elizabeth LOOMIS) on Jan 1 1716. Abigail BURNHAM was born on Dec 16 1697 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She died on Jun 2 1724 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Nathaniel PHELPS and Abigail BURNHAM had the following children:
- Charles PHELPS was born on Aug 16 1717 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Anne PHELPS was born in 1719 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died in 1719 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Nathaniel PHELPS was born on Dec 13 1721 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Martin PHELPS.
- Anne PHELPS was born on Dec 24 1723 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Nov 18 1791 in Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA.
29. Capt. Timothy PHELPS was born in 1697 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on Dec 3 1787 in Suffield, Connecticut, USA.
He was married to Abigail MERRICK.
33. Martin PHELPS was born on Dec 24 1723 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA. He died on Nov 12 1795 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
Martha PARSONS (daughter of Josiah PARSONS and Sarah SHELDON) was born on May 3 1727 in Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA. She died on Dec 23 1814 in Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA. Martin PHELPS and Martha PARSONS had the following children:
- Spencer PHELPS.
- Martha PHELPS was born on Jun 1 1751 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Nov 26 1785.
- Elizabeth PHELPS was born on Dec 6 1754 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Eliphalet PHELPS was born in 1755 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Martin PHELPS was born in 1756 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on Nov 26 1838.
- Seth or Silas PHELPS was born in 1758 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Mehitable PHELPS was born in 1759 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Daniel PHELPS was born in 1762 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Sarah PHELPS was born in 1764 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.
- Andrew PHELPS was born on Nov 12 1769 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on Sep 17 1834.
35. Spencer PHELPS was born on Feb 20 1753 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.. He died on Jan 24 1829 in Deerfield, Franklin, Mass..
He was married to Theodamy ALLEN (daughter of Rev. Timothy ALLEN and Mary BISHOP) on Mar 19 1781 in Of, Hampshire, Ma. Theodamy ALLEN was born on Nov 25 1755 in , New Providence, Union, New Jersey. She died on Nov 18 1841 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Mass.. 12. THEODAMY4 ALLEN (TIMOTHY3, TIMOTHY2, SAMUEL1)17 was born November 25, 1755 in New Providence, Union, NJ, and died November 18, 1841. She married SPENCER PHELPS September 29, 1788, son of MARTIN PHELPS and MARTHA PARSONS.
Notes for SPENCER PHELPS:
Spencer, Theodama, MA Line, (W15216), sol m. Theodama daughter of Rev Timothy Allen (photo of grave) on 29 Sep 1788, sol d. 24 Jun 1829 at Chesterfield MA, sol’s son Timothy Allen Phelps by his Tehodamy was b. 1 Oct 1789, a Timothy A. Phelps was a JP for Hampshire Co MA on 14 Dec 1838 and sol’s son Timothy A. Phelps aged 49 made aff’dt 20 Dec 1838 at Chesterfield MA, wid appl 5 Dec 1838 at Chesterfield MA aged 83. Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files.
Born: Feb 20, 1753, Hampton, Hampshire, MA
Died: Jan 24, 1829, Chesterfield, Hampshire, MA
Children of THEODAMY ALLEN and SPENCER PHELPS are:
- 33. i. SPENCER5 PHELPS, b. May 24, 1782, Chesterfield, MA; d. September 11, 1865, Mentor, Ohio.
- 34. ii. TIMOTHY ALLEN PHELPS, b. October 09, 1789, Chesterfield, MA; d. July 11, 1860, South Deerfield, MA.
- iii. THEODAMY PHELPS, b. June 01, 1793; d. June 02, 1795.
- iv. THEODAMY PHELPS, b. December 10, 1796; m. RUFUS BUNNELL.
Phelps, Judge Oliver Seymore, The Phelps Family of America, (Eagle Pub. Co. 1899), pp 183, 299, 519,520. Spencer PHELPS and Theodamy ALLEN had the following children:
- Spencer PHELPS.
- Timothy Allen PHELPS.
- Theodamy PHELPS was born on Dec 10 1796 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Mass.. She died on May 4 1866.
45. Spencer PHELPS was born on May 24 1782 in W. Chesterfield, Hampshire, Ma. He died on Sep 11 1865 in Mentor, Lake, Oh. He was buried in Mentor, Lake, Ohio.
33. SPENCER5 PHELPS (THEODAMY4 ALLEN, TIMOTHY3, TIMOTHY2, SAMUEL1)34 was born May 24, 1782 in Chesterfield, MA, and died September 11, 1865 in Mentor, Ohio. He married MARY KENNEIPPE 1804.
Notes for SPENCER PHELPS:
Spencer Phelps married Mary Kenneippe, 1804. She was of Dutch descent and was born near Mt. Tom, Mass., Mr. Phelps settled in Northampton, where he resided up to 1807, when with his family he removed to Leroy, then to Kirtland, Ohio. He served in war of 1812.
According to the Pioneer Hisory of Geauga County, Ohio: In the fall of 1811 a militia company was formed containing all the men subject to military duty in Hambden, Chardon, Claridon, Thompson, and Leroy. Men representing Leroy were: Charles Keneep, Paul Clapp, SPENCER PHELPS, Benjamin Bates, Caleb Bates, Jr. and Joshua Bates.
Charles Keneep was probably related to Spencer’s wife, with a different spelling.
Children of SPENCER PHELPS and MARY KENNEIPPE are:
- i. MAURICE6 PHELPS, b. December 20, 1805, Northampton, MA; m. LAURA CLARK.
- ii. PAULINA PHELPS, b. July 12, 1809, Leroy , Ohio; m. EDWIN REYNOLDS.
- iii. ORIN PHELPS, b. May 17, 1811, Leroy , Ohio; m. ELIZA ANN LYON.
- iv. ELIZA PHELPS, b. February 22, 1813; m. JOHN W. REYNOLDS.
- v. SON PHELPS, b. 1815; d. 1815.
- vi. ALEXANDER PHELPS, b. May 23, 1817, Leroy , Ohio.
More About ALEXANDER PHELPS:
Fact 1: Married Twice
- vii. SPENCER PHELPS, b. October 13, 1818, Leroy , Ohio; d. September 27, 1820.
- viii. MARTIN PHELPS, b. April 23, 1822, Concord, Ohio.
More About MARTIN PHELPS:
Fact 1: Married Twice
- ix. MARY ANN PHELPS, b. September 13, 1824, Concord, Ohio.
More About MARY ANN PHELPS:
Fact 1: Married Twice
Mary KENEIPPE OR KENEIP (daughter of Christian Burchard KENEIPPE and Marabah (Meribah) MILLER) was christened on Dec 20 in , Northampton, Hamps., Ma. She was born on Dec 13 1784 in Northampton, Hamps, Ma. She died on Apr 22 1851 in Kirtland, Lake, Oh. She was buried in Mentor, Lake, Oh.. Spencer PHELPS and Mary KENEIPPE OR KENEIP had the following children:
- Morris Charles (MAURICE) PHELPS.
- Pauline PHELPS was born on Jul 12 1809 in Leroy Township, Lake, Ohio. She died on Jan 31 1887.
- Orin PHELPS was born on May 17 1811 in Leroy Township, Lake, Ohio. He died on Jan 27 1870.
- Eliza PHELPS was born on Feb 22 1813 in Leroy Township, Lake, Ohio. She died on Oct 24 1864.
- Christopher PHELPS was born on Jan 3 1815 in Leroy, Lake, Oh. He died on Jan 8 1815 in Leroy, Lake, Ohio.
- Alexander PHELPS was born on May 23 1817 in Leroy, Lake, Ohio. He died on Aug 9 1891.
- Spencer A. PHELPS was born on Oct 13 1818 in Leroy, Lake, Ohio. He died on Sep 27 1820.
- Martin L. PHELPS was born on Apr 23 1822 in Concord, Lake, Ohio.
- Mary Ann PHELPS was born on Sep 13 1824 in Concord, Lake, Ohio.
46. Timothy Allen PHELPS was born on Oct 1 1789 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Mass.. He died on Jul 11 1860. 34. TIMOTHY ALLEN5 PHELPS (THEODAMY4 ALLEN, TIMOTHY3, TIMOTHY2, SAMUEL1) was born October 09, 1789 in Chesterfield, MA, and died July 11, 1860 in South Deerfield, MA. He married THANKFUL CLEVELAND September 14, 1818, daughter of NEHEMIAH CLEVELAND and HANNAH PARSONS.
Children of TIMOTHY PHELPS and THANKFUL CLEVELAND are:
- i. FIDELIA6 PHELPS, b. June 27, 1819, Chesterfield, MA; d. October 03, 1840, Middlefield, MA.
- ii. ANNETTE PHELPS, b. June 30, 1821, Chesterfield, MA; d. February 04, 1888; m. TIMOTHY BATES.
- iii. HARRIETT PHELPS, b. December 23, 1822, Chesterfield, MA; m. SIDNEY E. BRIDGEMAN, June 13, 1850.
- 69. iv. CHARLES PHELPS, b. February 19, 1827, Chesterfield, MA.
- v. AUGUSTA PHELPS, b. January 14, 1829, Chesterfield, MA; d. April 28, 1898.
- vi. SPENCER PHELPS, b. March 28, 1832, Chesterfield, MA; d. July 23, 1863, Civil War Baton Rouge, LA.
He was married to THANKFUL CLEVELAND on Sep 14 1818. THANKFUL CLEVELAND was born on Oct 9 1789 in Chesterfield, MA. She died on Jul 11 1860 in South Deerfield, MA.
Morris Charles PHELPS was born on Dec 20 1805 in North Hampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. He died on May 22 1876 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho. He was buried on May 25 1876 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho. MORRIS PHELPS by Irene Budge and Beatrice H. Burgoyne Morris Phelps was born in Northhampton, Massachusetts on December 20, 1805. He was the son of Spencer and Mary Kenneippe Phelps. Morris’ line goes back to William Phelps who immigrated to America in 1630. Morris’ mother was the descendant of a Hessian soldier who was captured at Trenton during the American Revolution. He then joined the colonial army and fought with Washington. Morris attended school in various frontier communities as his family moved west. They settled in Ohio and he had the opportunity to attend school briefly at Mentor, Ohio. His diaries and letters show a better than average vocabulary and he was excellent penman.
(Laura was his first wife. We descend from his second wife Sarah.)
When he was about nineteen years of age, he visited his relatives in Illinois. While there he met and fell in love with Laura Clark. Laura was born in New Fairfield, Connecticut on July 28, 1807. Morris and Laura were married March 26, 1826. They lived in Illinois for five years and their two oldest daughters, Paulina Eliza and Mary Ann were born there. They became interested in the new religion of Mormonism in 1831 and after several weeks of investigation, they were baptized in the Dupage River on August 18, 1831. They left Illinois two months later andjoined the Saints in Missouri. Their daughter, Harriet Wight, was born soon after their arrival. Morris and his family were driven from their homes in Jackson County and moved north into Clay County. He was called on a mission for the church in 1834 and was sent to the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. This left Laura alone with her three daughters. She taught school and practiced obstetrics. Charles C. Rich traveled with Morris as his companion, Morris baptized Laura’s parents who moved to Missouri and help her while Morris was away.
Morris spent the winter of 1835-36 as a carpenter on the Kirtland Temple in Ohio. He was ordained a high priest and attended the dedication of the Temple on April 6, 1836. He then returned to his family in Missouri.
He returned home in time to help his family move again because of persecution.
Morris established a home on a small farm just outside of Far West and it was here that his first son, Joseph Morris was born in 1837. Although there was intense persecution and bitterness, this was a time of happiness for the family. Morris invested in a merchandising business and did quite well. The happiness did not last for long, because new mobs formed and caused a great deal of damage and sorrow. They raided the Phelps home and threatened Morris’ life, but only killed his hogs, Morris said in his diary that:
“I was attacked by the mob … my property was confiscated and I was made
a prisoner. (October 31, 1838.) Was put in jail where I remained until
July 4, 1839, from which made my escape with Parley P. Pratt, by the
assistance of Orson Pratt and my wife, Laura.”
While Morris was incarcerated, Laura and the children went with her parents to Montrose, Iowa. They found an abandoned farmhouse and made a home. Morris and Parley Prat were chained with wrist and ankle irons in
such a manner that they could only sleep on their backs. The story of Laura’s plan to free her husband is amazing and illustrates the great faith courage. She and her brother, John Wesley Clark, rode horseback from Montrose to Columbia, Missouri, a distance of 160 miles. A grandson, Will R. Holmes left the following account:
“Here was her plan to free them: She would secret three horses in some
brush a short distance from the jail. As an excuse to get the jailer to
unlock the prison door, she would suggest to the jailer that he open the
door and pass the coffee pot in to the prisoners through the open door.
… Should the jailer unlock the door, it would be the signal to get
busy, pull the door wide open, grab the jailer, throw him to the floor
and flee for their lives.”
Laura was warned by her brother, John not to tough the prisoners or assist them as that would be an offense. Will Holmes’ history continues:
“The scheme worked but not without difficulties. The second door was
unlocked and King Follet (one of the prisoners) pulled the door open and
ran out, Parley P. Pratt was to follow and grandfather Phelps, being an
athlete and wrestler, was to throw the jailer down and he would follow.
It proved to be an exciting event … it was the fourth of Fourth of July
and hundreds were nearby celebrating.”
The escapees made it to where Orson Pratt and John Clark were waiting with the horses. They split up and made their way to Illinois. Morris was quite ill from exposure and being confined to prison for eight months. Laura was left to the mercy of the mob in Columbia. A young man sneaked her away from the angry mob and then assisted her in returning to Illinois where she found friends.
Morris went on another mission east in 1839. He took Laura with him and also his youngest child, Joseph. Another son, Jacob Spencer, was born in Indiana. Morris’ writings reveal the next tragic event, which occurred shortly after the end of the mission to the east.
“Rested a few days, got our children together and settled in Macedonia, Illinois, 25 miles east of Nauvoo. Here we lived in peace and quiet for some time. My wife, Laura, acting in the capacity of a midwife, by over exertion and by traveling day and night, took sick 1st of February and died on the 9th of February, 1842 .”
Laura’s death was a great sorrow to Morris, especially with the five small children. Persecution against the Mormons was beginning in Illinois and he worried about protecting them from the mobs. Morris met Sara Thompson, the daughter of David and Leah L. Thompson. Sara was twenty-two years old and a schoolteacher. She was born March 20, 1820 in Pompey, New York and had come to Nauvoo with her widowed mother. Morris and Sara were married March 27, 1842 and they moved into Nauvoo where Morris could work on the temple. Two daughters were born to them while living in Nauvoo, but both died in infancy. Laura’s youngest child, Jacob, was accidentally scaled to death. Morris’ daughters Mary Ann and Paulina married Charles C. Rich and Amasa M. Lyman respectively. Hyrum Smith Phelps, Sara’s third child, was born in Nauvoo on February 26, 1846. This was the bitter cold night that many saints were being driven from their homes and across the Mississippi River.
The Phelps family reached Winter Quarters in the fall of 1846. They remained here for five years and prepared for the journey to the mountains. Morris spent five his time building and repairing wagons and travel equipment. Morris married Martha Barker Holmes on February 26, 1848. Martha was fifty years and the mother of James Holmes, who later married Morris’ daughter, Harriet. They came to Utah together in 1851 and settled in Alpine. Morris and James Holmes owned interest in a sawmill and other properties in Alpine. Morris served as an Alderman and as a counselor in the bishopric while they lived in Alpine. In June, 1864, both men pulled up stakes and followed Charles C. Rich to Bear Lake.
Morris’ first home in Montpelier was a one room log hut with a dirt floor and a dirt roof. The floor was covered with straw and the roof leaked. The door was made of wooden planks with a latch that was operated by a buckskin, which was pulled in at night for a lock. The furniture was homemade and the beds were made of small poles bored into the walls and supported with crossbeams. The mattress was made of straw. The logs were obtained from “Joe’s Gap,” a narrow gorge two miles north of Montpelier, which opened into a pine-covered canyon. It was Morris’s son, Joseph, who found the narrow ravine, and ever since that time it has been called “Joe’s Gap.” The food was cooked on open fireplaces or in Dutch ovens covered with coals. Clothing was all hand made. Every family had its spinning wheel and each community had good weavers. Sarah T. Phelps was one of the most prominent weavers. Most all of the clothing was made from homespun cloth. Men wore buckskin shirts and britches and beaver vests and caps to keep them warm.
The first year, 1864, an early frost damaged the crops. Teams went to Cache Valley for flour, but before they got back it snowed so hard that they were unable to reach the settlements without additional aid. The winter was a long and severe one, the snow was deep and blizzards made travel impossible. Communication between settlements was made on snowshoes. By spring most of the people were eating frozen potatoes or sticky bread made from frozen wheat.
Morris later built a large, two-story home with wooden floor and shingle roof, the first in Montpelier. This became a center for community gatherings. He became postmaster of Montpelier in 1869 and was ordained a patriarch by Brigham Young in 1873. Sarah was the first President of the Relief Society in Montpelier. She also served the community as a midwife and she delivered 580 women without a loss. Morris and Sarah lost one daughter, Martha, in Montpelier, who was nineteen. Their daughters Amanda and Olive grew to maturity. A son, Charles Wilks, died as a child. Morris and Sara had seven children, but raised only three. Morris Phelps died at Montpelier on May 22, 1876. After his death Sarah moved to Mesa, Arizona with her son Hyrum. She died there on January 31, 1896. Martha Barker Holmes Phelps remained in Montpelier after Morris’s death. She lived with her son James Holmes and his family. She died January 9, 1888 at the age of eight-nine. He was married to Sarah THOMPSON on Mar 27 1842.
He was married to Laura CLARK on Apr 12 1825. Laura CLARK was born on Jul 28 1807 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. She died on Feb 2 1841. Laura first heard of the Book of Mormon while Morris was away on business in Tazewell County, and she wrote him and he told Charles C. Rich and others. After joining the Church, they followed the call of the Church and removed to Jackson County, Missouri, in October 1831. They arrived in Independence, Missouri, on March 6, 1831, and on April 7, 1832, their third baby girl was born in Lyman Wight’s tent, so they named the baby Harriet Wight. She was the first Mormon girl born in Independence. Laura and Morris bought their inheritance on Little Prairie and settled down. John Murdock lost his wife after giving birth to twins. The Prophet and his wife took the twins, and Laura and Morris took his boy who was just older than Paulina and a great help to Laura. Morris Charles PHELPS and Laura CLARK had the following children:
- Paulina Eliza PHELPS was born on Mar 20 1827 in Lawrenceville, Lawrence, Illinois, Usa. She died on Oct 11 1912 in Parowan, Iron, Utah, Usa.
- Mary Ann PHELPS was born on Aug 6 1829 in Tazewell County, Illinois. She died in 1912.
- Harriett Wight PHELPS.
- Joseph Morris PHELPS.
- Jacob Spencer PHELPS.
He was married to Mariah Doyle STEVENS.
He was married to Martha BARKER.
He was married to Sarah THOMPSON (daughter of David Or John David THOMPSON and Leah LEWIS) on Mar 27 1842. Sarah THOMPSON was born on Mar 20 1820 in Poomphet, Chautauqua, New York. She died on Jan 31 1896 in Mesa, Maricopa County, Az. She was buried in Feb 1896 in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Az. Morris Charles PHELPS and Sarah THOMPSON had the following children:
- Laura Ann PHELPS was born on Feb 16 1843 in Macedonia, Hancock, Il. She died on Jan 21 1844 in Nauvoo, , Illinois.
- Sarah Diantha PHELPS was born on Feb 25 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Il. She died on Feb 28 1845 in Nauvoo, , Illinois.
- Hyrum Smith PHELPS.
- Martha Ann PHELPS was born on Oct 18 1848 in Winter Quarters, Douglas, Ne. She died on Jul 18 1865 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
- Charles Wilkes PHELPS was born about 1852 in Alpine, Utah, Ut. He died about 1856.
- Amanda Angelia PHELPS was born on Apr 27 1854 in Alpine, Utah, Ut. She was buried in Nov 1891 in St Johns, Apache, Arizona. She died on Nov 18 1891 in St Johns, Apache, Az.
- Olive Esphenia PHELPS was born on Nov 24 1856 in Alpine, Utah, Ut. She was christened on Jan 3 1857 in Alpine, Utah, Ut. She died on Apr 16 1932 in Los Angles, Ancl, Ca. She was buried on Apr 22 1932 in Roosevelt, Duchesne, Ut.
- Martha Pidge PHELPS was born about 1858 in <Alpine, Utah, Ut>.
64. Hyrum Smith PHELPS was born on Feb 26 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Il.(photo) He died on Apr 23 1926 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. He was buried on Apr 26 1926 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az.
Hyrum was married to Mary Elizabeth BINGHAM and to her sister Sarah, date unknown (possibly 1873) although by some of the children’s birthday’s it appears he was married at the same time to both women. Our family descends from Mary Elizabeth.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth BINGHAM (daughter of Calvin BINGHAM and Elizabeth Lucretia THORNE) on Sep 8 1873 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut.
Mary Elizabeth BINGHAM was born on Dec 25 1853 in East Weber, Weber, Ut. She died on Nov 14 1933 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. She was buried on Nov 15 1933 in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Az. Hyrum Smith PHELPS and Mary Elizabeth BINGHAM had the following children:
- Mary Laurette PHELPS was born on Aug 17 1874 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Id. She died on Sep 19 1876.
- Lucy Ett PHELPS was born on Jan 9 1876 in Mesa, Mrcp, Az. She died on Jan 6 1905 in Mesa, , Az. She was buried on Jan 7 1905 in Mesa, , Az.
- Barbara Ann PHELPS was born on Aug 26 1877 in Montpelier, Bear-Lake, Id. She died on Jan 31 1957 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. She was buried on Feb 2 1957 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az.
- Gove Edwin PHELPS was born on Dec 2 1878 in Lee’s Ferry, Coconino, Arizona. He died on Jul 23 1941 in Mesa, Mrcp, Az. He was buried on Jul 25 1941 in Mesa, Mrcp, Az.
- Harriet Emeline PHELPS was born on Mar 12 1881 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. She died on Feb 6 1974 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. She was buried on Feb 9 1974 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az.
- Orson Ashael PHELPS.
- Lester Leo PHELPS was born on Sep 2 1883 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. He died on May 15 1885.
- Yuma Letitia PHELPS was born on Apr 11 1885 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. She died on Aug 11 1885.
- Amy Dorthy PHELPS was born on Sep 7 1887 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. She died on Jan 11 1951 in Mesa, , Az. She was buried on Jan 13 1951 in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, , Az.
- Grace Darling PHELPS was born on Jul 10 1889 in Mesa, Maric, Az. She died on Aug 19 1889.
- Esther PHELPS was born on Sep 12 1890 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az.
- Clara PHELPS was born on Oct 1 1893 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az.
- Martha Gertrude PHELPS was born on Jul 28 1895 in Mesa, Mrcp, Az.
- Wilford Woodruff PHELPS was born on Dec 13 1896 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. He died on Jun 22 1979.
75. Orson Ashael PHELPS was born on Jun 24 1882 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. He died on Jul 24 1953 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. He was buried on Jul 27 1953 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. Orson was the sixth child of his parents, Hyrum Smith Phelps and Mary Elizabeth Bingham, and he was welcomed into their home June 24, 1882 in Mesa, Arizona. His sister Hattie was not two years old when Orson was born, and through their childhood they were very close.
His first home was a two-room adobe house located on the property where Temple Courts stand on South Hibbert Street. A few years later his father built a larger adobe house with a shingle roof and wooden floors just north of the old one on the corner of Hibbert and First Avenue. In that house he spent his childhood. The lot was a quarter of the block and was planted to fruit trees and a grape vineyard.
The family cows were pastured at the 80-acre farm on East Main Street, and Orson fell heir to the job of herding the cows into town to be milked in the evening and herding them back in the morning. He, Gove, and sometimes Barbara or Hattie helped with the milking.
He loved to play marbles and became a real winner. He kept winning until he had a tomato can full of marbles, and he thought to take good care of them he would put them in the ground. He found a secret place and buried his can of marbles; however, when he wanted them again, he couldn’t find the place and he never saw his collection again. In his later years he would laugh when he recounted this experience.
As he grew he attended Mesa schools and took his responsibilities in the church. He served as president of the deacon quorum and was a counselor at one time in the same organization. One Sunday morning when he was sitting behind the sacrament table ready to help administer the Sacrament, Sister Griffin said to her neighbor, “Orson Phelps looks as innocent as the day he was born,” and that was true of him.
He graduated from eighth grade. He was a great hand to make up adjectives to suit his needs. One day when it was raining, he had seen a man in a wagon going out past their place to get wood on the desert. About sundown, he saw the same man coming back with an empty wagon and it disgusted Orson. He said to Hattie, “Look at that inforben fool coming home without any wood.” Another time he was trying to teach a calf to drink from a bucket and the calf stepped on his foot. Orson rebuked he calf saying, “Well, you’ve waltzed on my foot, now why don’t you take a two step!”
By the time he was large enough to help with other ranch chores, he had to haul hay, irrigate both grain and alfalfa, and at harvest he helped with binding and pitching the grain bundles. He learned all the things a farmer has to know. The only pay he got was his support. Once in awhile his father could spare him a dollar for a dance ticket or perhaps a nickel to buy an orange. Dollar were hard to come by in those days.
He was a very sensitive person, tender hearted, generous and helpful. He couldn’t see his father left to run the ranch by himself when the older boys had grown and gone, so Orson remained and helped him, feeling it wrong to leave the work for his aging father to do by himself.
On Sept. 13, 1905, Orson and Rebecca Allen were married in the Salt Lake Tempe, making the trip with Tom Watkins and Julia Allen and Henry Watkins and Caroline Rogers, with Hattie and Jim Miller as chaperones. The three couples were married by Brother John R. Winder. They remained in northern Utah for a month, visiting relatives, then returned to Mesa to make their home. Each of their fathers had given them a cow, and Orson owned a horse and buggy which he had used while courting Rebecca, plus a sow and nine little pigs. To show his appreciation to Orson for his faithful years of service on the ranch, his father helped them in a number of ways to get their home started. He also gave them $200 to finance their trip to Salt Lake.
They soon had a cozy little home composed of a couple of tents built on the northwest corner of Grandpa’s ranch. The rooms, boarded up half way, had lumber floors, and they were joined together with a breezeway. Rebecca’s father had given them some stock in the Coop Store which was sold for $25 with which they purchased a linoleum rug for the kitchen and some other household furnishings. Her folks gave them an old rug and abed. Gove gave them a stove as a wedding present, and they received other gifts at a wedding reception, so they felt well off.
When the winter rains came, it leaked through the top of the tents, but it failed to dampen their spirits. They would open the old umbrella and place it over their heads to turn the drips of rain, and their feet didn’t matter. Their two-tent home meant as much to them as greater ones have to others. After six months they moved their tents to a twenty-acre tract which was located on Home Lane. It was at this place their first baby, Oma, was born Aug. 11, 1906.
Later they built a frame house to replace the tents. Grandpa Phelps helped to build it, for Orson still helped his father during the haying season. Their first son, Lewis. was born in the frame house in 1909. While he was yet a baby, they filed on a homestead south of Chandler where they moved one of the tent rooms. They lived there off and on until they had proved upon it and got the deeds of ownership. In 1911 Genevieve was born in the frame house on Horne lane. Water was not available for the Chandler 160 acres, so they had moved back to Mesa, sold the ten acres and cows and rented what was known as the Solomon ranch on east Broadway. It was there in 1914 that Leon was born. Their next move was to rent Aunt Adelaide Allen Peterson’s place on Fourth Avenue [corner of Hobson and Broadway] where they stayed one year. Then taking the cows they had acquired in the past two years, they moved onto the Dudley Lewis ranch two miles further east on Broadway. This they rented with the privilege of buying the sixty acres. It was there they paid cash for their first car, a Chevrolet, and in 1917 Elizabeth was born.
The payments Orson made on the Lewis ranch were misused, and in the summer of 1919 they decided to sell out for what they could get. They were talked into putting their money into a large acreage of cotton ready to pick while the price was one dollar per pound, but the price suddenly dropped and they lost everything. It was during this trial in 1919 that Orson Jr. was born. Tom Watkins made it possible for Orson to buy some property on Baseline Road where they started over again, but the price of produce raised on the ranch failed to match the payments and they were forced to make another change. Elijah Allen helped them to make a trade of the ranch for a ten-acre place on South Mesa Drive. Soon after locating there, Orson began to haul gravel and sand for a living. First he hauled with a team and wagon, then he traded for a dump truck and continued to haul for more than twenty years. It was on Mesa Drive that he build their home that stood well into the 1980s.
For 40 years Orson and Rebecca sang in the choir for he loved to sing and had a good high tenor voice. All of their family were musically talented and music was a big part of their home.
In his later years, Orson filled a mission to the Lamanites in San Tan. He was called to serve a second mission but did not live long enough to do so. He helped the poor and the needy; in fact, he helped the widows so much that the family kidded him about being the widow’s man. When he died July 24, 1953 he was mourned by friends and family.
He was married to Rebecca Hannah ALLEN (daughter of Charles Hopkins ALLEN and Elizabeth Adelaide HOOPES). Rebecca Hannah ALLEN was born on Jul 6 1883 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. She died on Apr 7 1971 in Mesa, Maricopa, Az. Rebecca and Orson took care of and helped greatly baby and Frances after Leon left them for Selma G. Orson Ashael PHELPS and Rebecca Hannah ALLEN had the following children:
- Oma PHELPS was born on Aug 11 1906 in Chandler, Arizona.
- LEWIS ASHEL PHELPS.
- Genevieve PHELPS was born in 1911 in Arizona.
- LEON HYRUM PHELPS.
- Elizabeth PHELPS was born in 1917 in Arizona.
- Orson Allen Jr PHELPS was born in 1919 in Arizona.
97. LEWIS ASHEL PHELPS was born on Feb 13 1909 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. He died on Jun 27 2001.
He was married to MURIEL BRIMHALL (daughter of GEORGE H BRIMHALL and ROSETTA PALMER) on Mar 25 1937 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. MURIEL BRIMHALL was born on Aug 16 1917 in Taylor, , , Arizona. She was born on Aug 16 1917 in Taylor, , , Arizona. She died on Oct 26 1999. She died on Oct 26 1999.
99. LEON HYRUM PHELPS was born on Jun 10 1914 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. He died on Oct 6 1990. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, Spokane County, Washington. Leon graduated from Gila Community College in Payson Arizona.
He was divorced from Frances May KNIGHT. Frances May KNIGHT (daughter of Franklin Joseph KNIGHT and Buelah Mae PILKINTON) was born on Dec 17 1918 in Rocky Mount, Montgomery Alabama. She died on Jul 26 2008 in Salt Lake City Utah. Soon after the death of her mother and the remarriage of her father, the family moved across the county to Arizona. At 16 she left home to live and work at Helen Millet Dana’s maternity home in Mesa Arizona.
“Helen Millet Dana 1885-1961 This nurse operated a maternity home at her residence and also traveled with a physician by horse and buggy to help deliver babies. She officiated at or assisted in the delivery of more than 12,500 babies in the Mesa area. She also took in unwed mothers and found good adoptive homes for their babies.”
Taken from Mesa Cemetery Walking Tour Guide
Frances also worked at Safeway Grocery in Arizona as an adult and in Utah Frances was a Lunch Supervisor for the Granite schools. She also in charge of nurses/companions for Elder Stapley’s wife. She was also known for her quilting and candy making.
LEON HYRUM PHELPS and Frances May KNIGHT had the following children:
- Living Female MILLER (PHELPS).
He was married to SELMA GEIGER on Dec 15 1944 in Lordsbury, New Mexico. SELMA GEIGER was born on May 17 1911 in Selma, Dallas, Alabama. She died on Sep 24 1986. (Transcribed from Georgia Pioneers, Vol 11, No.2, p109 – May 1974)
Docttone Benjamin Geiger – b 14Nov1877; d 19Jul1957; m 24Mar1895 to Mary Ann Knight
Mary Ann Knight – b 15Oct1873; d 12Sep1942
Maggie Martha Lee Geiger – b 16Feb1896; m 29Mar1914 to Wm. A. Tolbert
Mamie Cansada Geiger – b 12Feb1898; d 21Sep1930; m 27Apr1923 to Jacob C. Johnson. She died in Greensboro, NC but is buried in Ashboro, NC.
Henry Bernard Geiger – b 24Aug1901; m 26Dec1926 to Maggie Lee Dixon
Bessie Lillian Geiger – b 13Nov1903; m1 Edward F. McNamara(Div) /m2 25Apr1937 to James Bryant Hearn
Wilford Hebrew Geiger – b 19Jan1905; m 15Nov1929 to Lois Reames
James Adley Geiger – b 19Sep1908; m 10Nov1920 to Mattye Clayton
Selma May Geiger – b 17May1911; m1 LeLand Webb (Div) /m2 15Dec1944 to Leon Phelps
Docttone Benjamin Geiger, Jr – b 11Jun1915; m1 Ruby Adams(Div) /m2 Eunice Roy(Div) /m3 10Mar1940 to Thelma Pritchett
Parents of Docttone Benjamin Geiger were:
John Henry Geiger – b 30Jan1830; d Jan 1913
Sarah Ann Hutto – b Apr 1831; d Aug 1931
Parents of Mary Ann Knight were:
Hiram Cranten Knight – b 5Mar1839; d 18May1918
Sarah Ann Ott – b 5Mar1843; d 26Jun1926
This Bible was in a 1915 fire, where some pages and the backs were burned off. Family Record pages were salvaged and copied by Bessie Lillian (Geiger) Hearn and contributed to the Georgia Pioneers. Mrs. Hearn will correspond with interested parties who provide SASE to 2946 14th Ave, Columbus, GA 31904. LEON HYRUM PHELPS and SELMA GEIGER had the following children:
Henry (Rudolph) MILLER (MULLER) Jr was born on Jun 20 1900 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He died on Nov 3 1997 in Salt Lake City Utah. He was buried in Wasatch Lawns Cemetery. Henry worked for Salt Lake Cabinet and Restaurant Supply Company until he was 70 and then retired. After that he kept the financial books for a grocery store called GS Market in Salt Lake City Utah until he was 82. Henry enjoyed working in the Boy Scouts program, conducting music including at Great Saltaire and in the church. He served in the military in Arizona.
He was married to Dorothy DALLAS. Dorothy DALLAS was born on Feb 9 1911 in Salt Lake City Utah. She died on Feb 26 1990 in Salt Lake City Utah. They were divorced.
He was married to Frances May KNIGHT (daughter of Franklin Joseph KNIGHT and Buelah Mae PILKINTON) on May 25 1944. Frances May KNIGHT was born on Dec 17 1918 in Rocky Mount, Montgomery Alabama. She died on Jul 26 2008 in Salt Lake City Utah
Henry (Rudolph) MILLER (MULLER) Jr and Frances May KNIGHT had the following children:
- Living Female MILLER (PHELPS).
+16 ii. Richard Kent MILLER.
- Living Male MILLER.
44. Living Female MILLER (PHELPS) was born on Sep 2 1941 in Arizona.
She was married to Larry Lee LARSON (son of Clarence William LARSON and Signa Vera PEARSON) on Sep 2 1961 in Ely Nevada. Larry Lee LARSON was born on Sep 21 1939 in Ottumwa Iowa. He died on Sep 27 2004 in Ottumwa Iowa.
The grand kids all called Larry “Papa”
Larry died of a heart attack while on vacation in Ottumwa, Iowa.
He died in his sister Lois’s home in the middle of the night.
It was his second, possible third heart attack.
The day before Larry and Lois had gone to the cemetery where their Mom Signa was buried.
Living Female MILLER (PHELPS) and Larry Lee LARSON had the following children:
- Living Male
- Living Female
- Living Male
- Living Female
- Living Female