Stephen Phelps, Jr.
b.3 Sep 1782 Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
d.13 Oct 1848 Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
m. ABT JAN 1777
Facts and Events
By 1810, Stephen and his family had moved to Brownsville, PA. They remained there probably until about 1813-1815, at which point they moved across the river to East Bethlehem, PA. They seem to have remained in Washington Co until after 1840, with Stephen alternating between West and East Bethlehem.
Daughter Maria married into the Beatty family of Washington Co..
It appears that Stephen was a tavern owner in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly contains an article identifying Stephen Phelps and David Powell as owners of the Wilson Tavern, in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania. This is a small town a few miles up the National Road from Beallsville. David Powell appears in the Washington County census records from 1820 to 1850, and in the last years of his life was in West Pike Run Twp, near the location of the tavern. Records on the history of West Pike Run Twp, taken from the Washington County genealogy web site, show that David Powell died in 1854, and based on his age at the time, was born in 1768. This places him a little older than Stephen Phelps, Jr., but basically of a similar age group to Stephen, Jr.
The 1820 census image shows Stephen to have been engaged in “Manufacture” for a living, rather than “Agriculture” or “Commerce.” Perhaps by 1820, he had not acquired the aforementioned tavern, which would have been a “Commerce”-related business.
Thursday, April, 1955
The Washington Observer, page 20
National Pike -- Road Of History, Romance
By Earle R. Forrest
Wilson Tavern. In a large brick house still standing on the south side of the pike, Scenery Hill, opposite Huffman's garage, John Wilson kept a tavern at an early date. He was succeeded by Stephen Phelps, and after him came David Powell, the last proprietor. Searight says that its career was not as long as some of the other old taverns, but it enjoyed a large patronage and was a lively place. It has been a private residence since the pike days, and is now owned by Howard Wonsettler.
Beck Ringland Tavern. James Beck of the old road and bridge building firm of the pike known as Kinkead, Beck & Evans, kept a tavern in the two-story brick house near the post office and a hardware store on the south side of the pike in the old days. Searight says that after one year Beck turned the business over to George Ringland, who remained until David Railly took charge about 1840. After Railly's death James Noble, another Pike Boy and stage driver, married his widow. Noble did not remain long for he returned to his favorite occupation of driving a stage coach, which furnished more excitement than keeping a tavern. He was succeeded in turn by John Taylor, Henry Taylor, Jesse Core, and William Robinson, another stage driver turned tavern keeper. During his career as a stage driver, Robinson had hauled many statesmen over the old road. This tavern was primarily a stage house, but it did a general business. After Robinson retired his old stand became a private residence.
At the west end of the village the pike crosses over a hill with an elevation of 1486 feet above sea level, the highest point on the national pike between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River. On the summit is the old cemetery in which Colonel Dix was buried 105 years ago.
Needmore. A short distance west of Scenery Hill are a few houses known yeas ago as Needmore. I asked Jess Miller why it was given that name, and his answer was to the point. He guessed it was because it "needed more houses." A post office called Needmore was located here at one time.
Miller Tavern. Just beyond Needmore, and 1.2 miles west of Scenery Hill, is a large brick house on the south side of the road that was Charley Miller's Tavern for many years during the flourishing era of the pike. Built at an early date it was first kept by Henry Taylor. He was succeeded by Miller, under whose management it became very popular and enjoyed a large trade.
Searight says that Charley Miller had that rare quality of being able to adapt himself to the whims of his customers, no matter who they were, and his table was unsurpassed. He kept a bar, for no tavern was complete in those days without one, and he was noted for his fine peach brandy. His whisky must have been popular, for he was accustomed to say, when recommending it to his guests: "I know it is a hundred years old. I helped make it."
Back in those long ago years parties of young people drove from Washington to Charley Millers', where they knew a good meal awaited them. Then they danced until after midnight. When Miller died the old tavern passed with him. David Ullery purchased the property and converted it into a private residence.
With the revival of travel on the old road in later years Charles E. Antrim purchased the property, restored the house and converted it into the Eastern Pines Tourist Home. Mrs. Antrim told me that the present porch along the entire front was not there originally. The old log barn of tavern days was razed years ago, but the foundation can still be traced. The grounds around the house have been beautifully landscaped by the Antrims.
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1840 (maybe) East Bethlehem, Washington Co, PA, shown as “Stephen Philips” 0111001-00001 Male 40-50: Stephen?? is this just a sloppy column error Male 15-20: William Male 10-15: Thomas Male 5-10: ????? not sure about this one Female 30-40: Eliza (Phelps) LeBrun, widowed