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.
1830 census West Bethlehem, Washington Co, PA Indexed under “Stephen Pilps” but in census as “Philps” 1100001-0010001 Male 40-50 (b 1780-1790) - Stephen Male 5-10 (b 1820-1825) - William Male <5 (b 1825-1830) - Thomas Female 40-50 (b 1780-1790) - Lucinda Female 10-15 (b 1815-1820) - Maria
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