Phelps, Solomon

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  • Name Phelps, Solomon 
    Born 25 Apr 1781  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  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1830 - 1850  LaFayette, Onandaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    1830 US Census
    Household: Indexed as Solomon Philips
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
    Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1

    1840 US Census
    Household: Indexed as Solomon Philps
    Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
    Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1

    1850 US Census:
    Name: Solomon Phelps
    Age: 69
    Birth Year: abt 1781
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1850: Lafayette, Onondaga, New York
    Gender: Male
    Family Number: 373
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Solomon Phelps 69
    Polly Phelps 60
    Clark Phelps 19
     
    Residence 7 Aug 1859  LaFayette, Onandaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William D. Phelps said in a letter to his brother Clark "Uncle Solomon is about as he was when I wrote last." 
    Person ID I1226  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 12 Apr 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  [6, 7
    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, 8, 9]
    Family ID F75  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Phelps Family Members in the Swanton Vermont Tax Rolls, 1804-1813 (pdf)
    Phelps Family Members in the Swanton Vermont Tax Rolls, 1804-1813 (pdf)
    Includes links to original images of tax rolls on familysearch.org
    Phelps Family Land Transactions in Swanton, Vermont (pdf)
    Phelps Family Land Transactions in Swanton, Vermont (pdf)
    Included are land transactions of Paul Phelps (2nd), his sons Solomon, Jedediah and Paul, Jr. (3rd) and Paul's son-in-law Daniel Walker.

  • 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. [S133] 1830 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Lafayette, Onondaga, New York; Page: 303; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 100; Family History Film: 0017160.

    4. [S134] 1840 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Lafayette, Onondaga, New York; Roll: 317; Page: 241; Image: 487; Family History Library Film: 0017200.

    5. [S93] 1850 US Census, (National Archives and Records Administration), Lafayette, Onondaga, New York; Roll: M432_567; Page: 215A; Image: 437.

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

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

    8. [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.

    9. [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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