Calkins, Zerviah

Female 1748 - 1800  (52 years)


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  • Name Calkins, Zerviah 
    Born 18 Oct 1748  Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Prob Aft 1800  Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The last identifiable record of Zerviah was the birth of her son Paul in 1786. The last plausible records for Zerviah are: (1) a woman of the right age in Paul Phelps' household in the 1800 US Census of Woodford, Bennington, Vermont. And (2) in 1800 Paul was sued for failure to pay a debt. Two writs were served, and in Paul's absence the writs were left with his wife, who was not named. [2]
    Notes 
    • Other genealogies state that Paul Phelps Jr. married Zerviah Calkins, b. 1735, the daughter of John Calkins and Sarah Huntington. If this were true, Zerviah would have been 50 when she bore her last child Paul. Such a late birth is very unlikely, and I have concluded that Zerviah Calkins, b. 1748, the daughter of Solomon Calkins and Zerviah Dewey probably married Paul Phelps the 2nd.
    Person ID I1138  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2018 

    Father Calkins, Solomon,   b. 4 Apr 1724, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1802, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Dewey, Zerviah,   b. 28 Jan 1725/26, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1749, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1744  Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F412  Group Sheet

    Family Phelps, Paul (2nd),   b. 19 Oct 1748, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1820  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1768  Lebanon First Congregational Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    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. [5, 6, 7]
    Children 
     1. Phelps, Anna,   b. 1 Sep 1768, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Phelps, Simeon,   b. 24 Oct 1771, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Phelps, Zerviah,   b. 16 Nov 1773, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Phelps, Elijah D.,   b. 1 Oct 1775, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1867 or later
     5. Phelps, John,   b. 18 Mar 1779, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Phelps, Solomon,   b. 25 Apr 1781, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Phelps, Jedediah,   b. 2 Mar 1783, Willington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Phelps, Paul (3rd),   b. 30 Jan 1786, Willington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1863, Marion, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F75  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Birth Records for Jedediah Phelps and Paul Phelps 3rd from Town of Willington, Connecticut
    Birth Records for Jedediah Phelps and Paul Phelps 3rd from Town of Willington, Connecticut
    Records for Jedediah and Paul are marked with a red line. Original is from familysearch.org

  • Sources 
    1. [S178] The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Lorrain Cook White, Ed., (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore), 974.6 C752 233-10925., Vol 22, p. 39 (Town of Lebanon).

    2. [S272] Deed, Town of Woodford, Bennington, Vermont, Town Clerk, Book 2, pp. 122-3, 3 Nov 1800.

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

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

    5. [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.

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

    7. [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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