Phelps, John

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  • Name Phelps, John 
    Born 18 Mar 1779  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1804  Stamford, Bennington, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Newspaper item provided by Cathy Kuhl:
    "We hear that on Saturday the 18th inst., Mr. John Phelps, son of Mr. Paul Phelps, formerly of Woodford, set out from that town, leaving the turnpike road between Mr. Perry's and Mr. Diver's, with intention to proceed through the woods on snow shoes to visit his wife and child in Stamford. After traveling longer than he expected it could take him to pass the woods, he found himself bewildered, and kept ranging about to find the road all that night, the next day, the night ensuing, and until late on Monday morning, when he reached Mr. Perry's in a distressed condition, both his feet bearing so dreadfully frozen as to create solemn apprehension of their loss. Mr. Phelps was an active man, a carpenter by trade, is between twenty and thirty years of age, and had a wife and one child dependent on his industry. The feelings of humanity are sensibly [?] excited by the affecting incident."
    Paul was living in Swanton in 1804. 
    Person ID I1225  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 20 May 2018 

    Father Phelps, Paul (2nd),   b. 19 Oct 1748, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1820  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Calkins, Zerviah,   b. 18 Oct 1748, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Prob Aft 1800, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1768  Lebanon First Congregational Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    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. [2, 7, 8]
    Family ID F75  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Land Transactions by Paul Phelps and His Sons Elijah and John in Woodford, Bennington County, Vermont (pdf).
    Land Transactions by Paul Phelps and His Sons Elijah and John in Woodford, Bennington County, Vermont (pdf).
    Document lists 13 land transactions with date of transaction, buyer and seller, brief property description, date recorded, witnesses, and url of an image of the original document.

  • Sources 
    1. [S179] Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1646 - 1906, (database on-line, familysearch.org).

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

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

    4. [S269] Vermont Gazzette, Bennington, Vermont, 28 Feb 1804, p. 3.

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

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

    7. [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.

    8. [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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