Phelps, Paul (2nd)[1]

Male 1748 - Bef 1820  (71 years)


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  • Name Phelps, Paul  
    Suffix (2nd) 
    Born 19 Oct 1748  Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 23 Oct 1748  Lebanon First Congregational Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Property 26 Nov 1762  Lebanon, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Court of Probate for Windham appointed Nathaniel Holbrook and William Clark to divide the land in Paul Phelps's (1st) estate among the various heirs by using quality and quantity as criteria. Paul (2nd) was assigned 8 acres 136 rods of land in Lebanon from his deceased father's estate bounded as follows: beginning at a stake and stones standing 13 rods and a half northeasterly from the corner next to Samuel Williams land thence running south 60 deg eawst 50 rods to a hard beam [buffer?] in Pigeon Swamp then running north 32 degrees east 25 and 1/2 rods to [?] staddle marked thence north 60 degrees 30 minutes west 59 rods to a stake and stones standing in the line of Samuel Hatch's land thence back to the beginning. Recorded 26 Dec 1763. 
    • There was no will in the probate packet and it is unclear if Paul (1st) was intestate or if the material on ancestry.com is an incomplete record of the case. Phelps and Servin cited a 1772 document, but it is not in the ancestry.com materials. Paul's case took years to complete. Receipts for payments by Silas Phelps to heirs were recorded as late as 1788.
    Residence 1771 - 1781  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simeon, Zerviah, Elijah, John and Solomon Phelps were born in Mansfield. 
    Religion 3 Oct 1784  Second Church of Mansfield. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family of Paul and Zerviah Phelps were baptised, including Anne, Simeon, Zerviah, Elijah, John, Solomon, & Jedediah. Paul (3rd) was baptized 21 May 1786.
    The Second Congregational Church of Mansfield is now the Storrs Congregational Church. According to its website, the current church is located very close to the site of the original building.  
    Residence 1783-1786  Willington, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Town records show that Jedediah and Paul (3rd) Phelps were born in Willington. (But they were baptized in the Second Church of Mansfield.) 
    Residence 1790 - 1795  Windham, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    1790 US Census
    Household:
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 6 [Elijah, John, Solomon, Jedediah, Paul (3rd), ?]
    Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 2 [Paul, Simeon]
    Free White Persons - Females: 2 [prob. Zerviah (wife), Zerviah (dau)]
    Number of Household Members: 10
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    Cathy Kuhl has found two of Paul's business advertisements.
    On 25 Sep 1791 Paul advertised his clothing business in in Windham at the old powder mill. Cathy has placed the mill on the north bank of the Willimantic River, near the intersection of Main and Dunham streets.
    In Dec 1794 Paul announced that he would grind salt (presumably at the old powder mill).
     
    Relocation 19 Aug 1795  Woodford, Bennington, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    A Woodford deed shows that Paul Phelps of Windham, Windham County, Connecticut bought one hundred acres of land in Woodford from Matthew Scott for £60.  
    Residence 1795 - 1802  Woodford, Bennington, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Paul engaged in numerous land transactions in Woodford during this period. (for details see Phelps land transactions in Woodford, Vermont under documents below).

    Paul was appointed to a tax collecting committee in Woodford in 1797

    1800 US Census
    Household members:
    1 male 10-15 [b. 1785-1795 - fits Paul 3rd b. 1786]
    1 male 16-25 [b. 1775-1784 - fits Solomon born 1781 or Jedediah b. 1783]
    1 male 45+ [b.before 1755 -- fits Paul 2nd b. 1748]
    1 female 45+ [fits Zerviah, b. 1748]
     
    Residence 1803 - 1814  Swanton, Franklin, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Paul relocated to Swanton probably in 1803. He appeared on the Grand List (tax roll) for Swanton from 1804 through 1807 and held property until 1814. He was 60 in 1808 and too old to be taxed. His sons Solomon, Jedediah, and Paul, Jr., and his daughter Zerviah, (who at some point apparently married Daniel Walker) also moved to Swanton. His sons Elijah and John remained in Bennington County.  
    Property 2 May 1814  Swanton, Franklin, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    At some point, Paul agreed to a perpetual lease (no termination date) on the south half of Lot 10 (50 acres) in Swanton from Jonathan and Elijah Ferris. In 1814 he assigned this lease and the land to George W. Powers for $500. (The terms of the lease were to probably identical to the lease signed by Paul's son Solomon on 7 Nov 1809.) 
    Died Bef 1820 
    Notes 
    • Cathy Kuhl has pointed out that the winter of 1751-52 was disastrous for 3 year old Paul 2nd and his siblings. They lost both parents, their grandfather, and their uncles Jacob and Jedediah Jr. Their uncle Silas was the only surviving adult male in their close family.
      The dead were:
      Jacob, son of Jedediah d. 22 Dec 1751, age 38.
      Jedediah Sr. d. 13 Feb 1752, age about 63.
      Jerusha, wife of Paul Sr., 17 Mar 1752, age 31.
      Paul Sr., died 13 Apr 1752, age 34.
      Jedediah Jr., d. 1 Oct 1752 age 25.

      The next year Solomon, son of Jedediah Jr., died 7 Apr 1753, age 19 months.
    Person ID I191  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2018 

    Father Phelps, Paul (1st),   b. 25 Apr 1717, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1752, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Mother Dewey, Jerusha,   b. 6 Dec 1720, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1752, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 11 Dec 1740  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F76  Group Sheet

    Family 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  [3, 12
    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. [13, 14, 15]
    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
    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
    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.
    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. [S20] Dewitt and Elma Ottman Family, Viktor Ottman Wilson, (Privately Published, 1988, Printed by the Johnson Company, Rochester, MN 55901), p 17.

    2. [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. 167.

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

    4. [S222] Connecticut Wills and Probate Records, Windham Probate District, case number 3025 opened in 1753.
      Ancestry search results said the probate county was Hartford, but the probate documents themselves said the Probate District was Windham.

    5. [S126] 1790 US Census, (National Archives and Records Administration), Windham, Windham, Connecticut; Series: M637; Roll: 1; Page: 227; Image: 512; Family History Library Film: 0568141.

    6. [S255] Windham Herald, 1 Oct 1791, p. 4.

    7. [S256] Windham Herald, Saturday, 20 Dec 1794.

    8. [S272] Deed, Town of Woodford, Bennington, Vermont, Town Clerk, Recorded 12 Nov 1795. Book 2, p. 12.

    9. [S267] Tablet of the Times, 04 May 1797 Bennington, Vermont, Vol. 1 Issue: 18 Page: 2 .

    10. [S86] 1800 US Census, (http://www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), Woodford, Bennington, Vermont; Series: M32; Roll: 51; Page: 143; Image: 88; Family History Library Film: 218688.

    11. [S164] Deed, Swanton Book 6, p. 87. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSRP-C9L8-2?i=60&cat=90531.

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

    13. [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.

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

    15. [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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