m. 28 MAY 1735
- Stephen Phelps, Sr.1744 - AFT 1820
Facts and Events
||Stephen Phelps, Sr.
||26 Oct 1744
||Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
||13 Jan 1745
||Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United StatesChurch of Christ
||25 MAY 1771
||Pittsfield, Berkshire Co, Massachusettsto Elizabeth Goodrich,
||25 MAY 1771
||, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts,to Elizabeth Goodrich,
||16 Nov 1772
||Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
||ABT JAN 1777
||Westfield, Hampden Co, Massachusettsto Ruth Root,
||Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United StatesFirst Church of Christ
||Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusettsto Ruth UNKNOWN
||29 APR 1788
||, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts,to Widow Ruth Goodrich
The association of Stephen Phelps of Pittsfield with my known GGG Grandfather, Stephen, is an educated guess. It is based on a large collection of circumstantial evidence that fits the known information about the younger Stephen. However, the records for Pittsfield are sufficiently and obviously incomplete to leave in doubt the final determination of the connection. Phelps and Servin clearly missed his second marriage, and erred in setting the ages at death for one or more children.
This, plus the possible wartime association of the elder Stephen PHELPS with Thomas TORRANCE, Jr. in the Montreal Campaign, makes an interesting case for the connection. The relocation of Stephen Sr. and his brother Israel to New York may allow for a connection to the Torrance family in Vermont, under the right assumptions. Finally, the names that show up in P&S for Stephen, Edward, and Lucinda, and their relocation to Brownsville, PA, add to the circumstantial case for this connection. I am not certain that I will ever find hard evidence for this relationship, but will continue to carry it in the tree as one likely option.
Finding Ruth PHELPS in Pittstown, NY in 1810 opens up the connection between Stephen and Pittstown. A book on Washington County land grants lists a Nathaniel PHELPS as a grantee in the Cambridge Patent of 1761, which included large tracts in Pittstown. We know that Stephen’s father, Nathaniel, migrated to Pittsfield ca 1760, at the time of its creation. It is highly likely that he would have been part of a general land allotment in that region, to include the area west of the current NY state line. The name of Pittstown also suggests a connection to the founders of Pittsfield, as the two towns were named for the same English lord.
If this was the case, then Stephen may have inherited some of this land, and moved his family there between 1800 and 1810. He was certainly moving in that general direction over the years (Freehold, to Bethlehem, to Pittstown). This placement also establishes a strong possible link with the Torrance family across the Vermont state line.
Pittsfield vital records also show a death of a Phelps child in 1782, but no indication of the parents is given, nor is there a name or sex indicated.,
- ↑ Source (14), p. 1361.
- ↑ Source (356).
- ↑ Source (152).
- Source (14).
- Source (339).
- ↑ Phelps, Oliver Seymour, and Andrew T. Servin. The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors: With Copies of Wills, Deeds, Letters, and Other Interesting Papers, Coats of Arms and Valuable Records. (Pittsfield, Mass.: Eagle Publishing Company, 1899), vol. 2, p. 1324.
- ↑ Cooke, Rollin H., copier. Pittsfield, Massachusetts church and other records from manuscripts. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961), pg. 278, citing Flyleaf 1772 "The Number of Families and Persons in the Town" First Church of Christ.
- ↑ Cooke, Rollin H., copier. Pittsfield, Massachusetts church and other records from manuscripts. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961), pg. 376 citing "records of First Chrch, Pittsfield. 1786 Census".
- ↑ Appears to be listed in 1820 census
- ↑ # ID: I3820
# Name: Stephen PHELPS
# Sex: M
# Birth: 26 OCT 1744 1
# Baptism: 13 JAN 1744/45 Westfield Church of Christ 2
Father: Nathaniel III PHELPS b: 5 NOV 1710 in Westfield, Hampden, MA
Mother: Sarah BUSH
1. Title: Westfield Vital Records Fiche
2. Title: Westfield Church of Christ Book of Baptisms
- ↑ #52 Stephen Phelps 2 persons
- ↑ Phelps, Stephen.List of men who engaged in Col. James Easton's regt., marched from Pittsfield to Canada Aug. 4,
1775, under command of Capt. Eli Root, and were dismissed Dec. 30, 1775; service, 22 weeks 2 days.
Source: Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution (17 Vols.) Volume 12, page 295
; Ancestry Web Site
- ↑ Stephen Phelps: 1 house 2 married persons 1 family