m. ABT 1801
Facts and Events
There is a William Phelps listed as a Private in Company H, 3rd Louisiana Militia Infantry, serving in the Mexican-American War. The record also says to see Richard Davis of that unit for more information. This is very interesting, since I have often wondered how Thomas’ brother William ended up in Louisiana. I will have to pursue this lead to find out more information about this William.
The 1860 Assumption Parish census, enumerated on 9 Aug 1860, shows that William L. Phelps was still living with the family of Jean Baptiste Dugas. His personal worth was $3000.
William’s location in 1850 has been rather elusive. The best option yet is a census record from Pittsburgh, which shows a William “Phillips”, age 25, born in Pennsylvania, among a group of 14 men in a boarding house. All are listed as either mates or deck hands on a riverboat. This raises the very interesting and consistent storyline that William, between 1850 and 1860, plied the Ohio and Mississsippi Rivers on a riverboat, until he eventually landed for good in Louisiana. This is an intriguing development!