Family: Phelps, Paul (2nd)/Calkins, Zerviah (F75)

m. 18 Feb 1768


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  • Father | Male
    Phelps, Paul (2nd)

    Born  19 Oct 1748  Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  23 Oct 1748  Lebanon First Congregational Church Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Bef 1820   
    Buried     
    Married  18 Feb 1768  [1, 2]  Lebanon First Congregational Church  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Phelps, Paul (1st) | F76 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Dewey, Jerusha | F76 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Calkins, Zerviah

    Born  18 Oct 1748  Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Prob Aft 1800  Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Father  Calkins, Solomon | F412 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Dewey, Zerviah | F412 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    Phelps, Anna

    Born  1 Sep 1768  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     

    Child 2 | Male
    Phelps, Simeon

    Born  24 Oct 1771  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Whitcomb, Submit | F791 
    Married     

    Child 3 | Female
    Phelps, Zerviah

    Born  16 Nov 1773  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Walker, Daniel | F767 
    Married     

    Child 4 | Male
    + Phelps, Elijah D.

    Born  1 Oct 1775  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1867 or later   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Amidon, Eunice | F71 
    Married  23 Sep 1802  Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Newell, Dinah | F449 
    Married  Bef 10 Apr 1851   

    Child 5 | Male
    Phelps, John

    Born  18 Mar 1779  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     

    Child 6 | Male
    Phelps, Solomon

    Born  25 Apr 1781  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     

    Child 7 | Male
    Phelps, Jedediah

    Born  2 Mar 1783  Willington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     

    Child 8 | Male
    Phelps, Paul (3rd)

    Born  30 Jan 1786  Willington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  21 May 1786  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  9 Jun 1863  Marion, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Hall Center Cemetery, Wayne County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Wait, Freelove | F768 
    Married  21 Feb 1809  Bennington, Bennington, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Weatherly DeLong, Mehetible | F769 
    Married     

  • Notes 
    • There are important errors in the description of Paul's family in Phelps Family of America by Oliver Phelps and Andrew Servin. Phelps and Servin incorrectly state that Zerviah died in 1776 and that Paul then married Theodosia Root of Westfield, Massachusetts. Phelps and Servin list Paul's last four children (John, Solomon, Jedediah and Paul 3rd) as Theodosia's children. However, they actually were Zerviah's children as shown by Dimock's transcription of the records of the Town of Mansfield and the Second Church of Mansfeld, and by an image of a page from Willington Town records for the births of Jedediah and Paul 3rd. (Regrettably, Phelps and Servin were aware of the birth records showing Zerviah as the mother, but chose to list the children as Theodosia's without providing any evidence.)
      There were two Theodosia Roots in Westfield at the time, neither of whom could have married Paul in 1776.
      Theodosia(1) was b. 28 Oct 1757 in Westfield, the daughter of Solomon Root and Mary Church Root. Her father bequeathed his "daughter Theodosia Root 30 pounds" in his will written 1 Aug 1786 and proved the same year (ancestry.com erroneously says the will was proved on 1 Aug 1786). The use of her maiden name indicates that she was not yet married. She appears to have married a Solomon Phelps soon after her father's death. In 1804, the widow Theodosia Phelps of Westfield married Ebenezer Williams. The deceased was not Paul, as he was still living in Swanton, Vermont.
      Theodosia(2) was b. 1 Jul 1759, to Martin Root and Eunice Lamb Root. She married Gad Root, a brother of Theodosia(1) on 19 Jun 1779. Theodore, their last child for whom there is a birthdate was b. in 1797. Theodosia (2) d. 23 Aug 1812 and Gad Root died 13 Nov 1824.
      Phelps and Servin state that after Zerviah’s death Paul moved to Westfield and then to Pennsylvania where he died. Paul’s known movements do not fit that scenario. Paul was still living in Windham, Connecticut in December of 1794 when he advertised that he was going to grind salt, and he (“Paul Phelps of Windham, Windham County Connecticut”) bought land in Woodford, Vermont in 1795 where he resided until about 1803 when he moved to Swanton, Vermont. He lived in Swanton until at least 1814. There is no record of him moving to Pennsylvania after this. (All of his sons and his daughter Zerviah lived in New York for many years after 1814, and a man of his age very likely would have stayed near or with one of his children. )
      Finally, Phelps and Servin state that Zerviah Calkins was probably the daughter of John and Sarah Huntington Calkins, but that is unlikely because this Zerviah would have been 50 when Paul 3rd was born, a very late (although not impossible) age to give birth. Zerviah Calkins' parents were probably Solomon Calkins and Zerviah Dewey This Zerviah would have been 37 years old when Paul 3rd was born. [3, 4, 5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S100] Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, Vol. 57, Lebanon First Congregational Church, p. 158.

    2. [S177] Calkins Family in America, Kenneth W. Calkins (Ed.), (Calkins Family Association, 2000), p. 27.

    3. [S253] Phelps Family of America, Oliver S. Phelps and Andrew T. Servin, (Engle Publishing Co., Pittsfield, MA, 1899), 929.2 P537., Vol. 2, p. 1350.

    4. [S254] Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths in Mansfield, Connecticut, Susan W. Dimock, (The Baker and Taylor Company, 1898), 974.64 M28., pp. 140, 437.

    5. [S276] Root Genealogical Records. 1600-1870., James Pierce Root, (R.C. Root, Anthony & Co, New York (1870)), pp. 329, 334, 361.


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