Phelps, Paul (3rd)

Male 1786 - 1863  (77 years)


Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Phelps, Paul 
    • Paul 3rd was known as Paul, Jr. until about 1820; by that time his father was apparently dead.
    Suffix (3rd) 
    Born 30 Jan 1786  Willington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Christened 21 May 1786  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Land 1810 - 1811  Swanton, Franklin, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    19 Apr 1810
    Swanton Deed Book 9, pp. 84-85
    Paul Phelps Jr., of Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont leased from Jonathan Ferris of Swanton and Elijah Ferris of the city and state of New York the west half of Lot number 31 in Swanton containing 50 acres for $6.25 annual rent payment. The terms of this lease appear to be the same as the 1809 lease to Solomon Phelps.

    28 Apr 1810
    Swanton Deed Book 9, p. 85
    Paul Phelps Jr. Transferred the lease to Solomon Phelps with the following statement apparently append to the lease “Know all who this may concern that I Paul Phelps Jun, do deliver the within lease with all the privileges thereunto and belonging to Solomon Phelps to his proper use and benefit.”
    Witnesses: Jed Phelps, Jacob Durkee[?]
    The preceding two transactions were recorded together 31 May 1825

    1 Jul 1811
    Paul Phelps, Jr. of Swanton sold the west half of lot number 31 in Swanton containing 50 acres of land for $200 to Oliver Potter and David C. Davis and assigned the lease on the land from Jonathan Ferris and Elijah Ferris to Potter and Davis.
    Witnesses: Wm. Drayton and D. M. Camp.
    Recorded: 31 May 1825 
    • One of Paul Jr’s transactions appears to be missing as he first assumed the lease, then almost immediatley transferred it to Solomon and then sold the lease to Potter and Davis about a year later.
    Residence 1820 - 1830  Dryden, Tompkins, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    1820 US Census for Paul Phelps
    Free white males under 10 2
    Free white males 26 thru 44 1 [Paul]
    Free white females under 10 2
    Free white females 10 thru 16
    Free white females 26 thru 44 [Freelove]

    1830 US Census for Paul Phelps
    Free white males - 5 thru 9: 1
    Free white males - 10 thru 14: 1
    Free white males - 15 thru 19: 1
    Free white males - 40 thru 49: 1 [Paul]
    Free white females - Under 5: 1
    Free white females - 5 thru 9: 1
    Free white females - 10 thru 14: 1
    Free white females - 15 thru 19: 1
    Free white females - 40 thru 49: 1 [Freelove] 
    • Paul does not appear to be indexed for the 1820 US Census on ancestry.com and was found by searching manually.
    Residence 1840 - 1863  Marion, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    1840 US Census for Paul Phelps
    Free white males - 15 thru 19: 1
    Free white males - 50 thru 59: 1
    Free white females - 30 thru 39: 1
    Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1

    1850 US Census
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Wm W Howard 38
    Lucy A Howard 32 [dau Paul]
    Henry N Howard 13
    Paul Phelps 65 [Abt right age for Paul]
    Mary Phelps 48
    Russel S Howard 37

    1860 US Census
    Paul Phelps 75
    Hettie Phelps 74 [Mehetible]
    Lucinda J Delory [Delong] 33 [prob. dau of Mehitable]  
    Died 9 Jun 1863  Marion, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Birth date calculated from information on gravestone matches that on birth record thereby confirming that this Paul is the son of Paul and Zerviah.
    Buried Hall Center Cemetery, Wayne County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Paul was a farmer and peddler. [8, 9, 11]
    Person ID I1228  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 29 Oct 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  [12, 13
    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; she would have been 37 years old when Paul was born. [3, 14, 15]
    Family ID F75  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Wait, Freelove,   b. 5 Oct 1785,   d. Bef 1840  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1809  Bennington, Bennington, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • Paul Phelps of Swanton, Vermont married Freelove Wait of Bennington.
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F768  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Weatherly DeLong, Mehetible,   b. 16 Sep 1783, Menauhant, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1864, Macedon Center, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F769  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
    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

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

    2. [S178] The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Lorrain Cook White, Ed., (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore), 974.6 C752 233-10925., Vol 51, p. 176.

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

    4. [S266] Land records, 1790-1890, Swanton, Vermont Town Clerk, https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/90531?availability=Family%20History%20Library.

    5. [S132] 1820 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, n.d., (ancestry.com), Dryden, Tompkins, New York; Page: 29; NARA Roll: M33_76; Image: 66.

    6. [S133] 1830 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Dryden, Tompkins, New York; Series: M19; Roll: 109; Page: 460; Family History Library Film: 0017169.

    7. [S134] 1840 US Census, National Archives and Records Administration, (ancestry.com), Marion, Wayne, New York, United States Page: 187.

    8. [S93] 1850 US Census, (National Archives and Records Administration), Marion, Wayne, New York; Roll: M432_612; Page: 227B; Image: 458.

    9. [S69] 1860 US Census, Marion, Wayne, New York; Roll: M653_876; Page: 502; Family History Library Film: 803876.

    10. [S202] findagrave.com, Memorial # 21333656.

    11. [S260] Genealogical and Family History of Central New York, William Richard Cutter, (Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York (1912)), Vol. 1, p. 145.

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

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

    14. [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.

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

    16. [S194] Vermont Vital Records, Marriage Record, Town of Bennington.


Home Page |  What's New |  Most Wanted |  Surnames |  Photos |  Histories |  Documents |  Cemeteries |  Places |  Dates |  Reports |  Sources