Person:George Phelps (1)

George Phelps
b.Est 1613
m. Abt 1637
  1. Captain Isaac Phelps1638 - 1725
  2. _____ PhelpsEst 1640 - 1647
  3. Abraham Phelps1642 - 1727/28
  4. _____ PhelpsEst 1644 - 1647
  5. Captain Joseph Phelps1647 - Bef 1695
  • HGeorge PhelpsEst 1613 - 1687
  • WFrances _____Bef 1616 - 1690
m. 30 Nov 1648
  1. Jacob Phelps1650 - 1689
  2. Sergeant John Phelps1651 - Abt 1741/42
  3. Nathaniel Phelps1654 - 1723
Facts and Events
Name[1] George Phelps
Gender Male
Birth[1] Est 1613 Based on estimated date of first marriage.
Emigration[1] 1634
Residence[1] 1634 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Other[1] 6 May 1635 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United StatesAdmitted freeman of Massachusetts Bay.
Residence[1] 1636 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Marriage Abt 1637 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesto Phillury Randall
Marriage 30 Nov 1648 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA(his 2nd wife, her 3rd husband; 3 children)
to Frances _____
Residence[1] Bef 1672 Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Will[1][6] 24 Apr 1683 Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Alt Death[2] 8 May 1686 Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Death[1] 8 May 1687 Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Estate Inventory[1] 4 Jun 1687 £317 10s., of which £284 was real estate.
Probate[1] 6 Jun 1687 Will proved.

From National Genealogical Society Quarterly, quoted at The Origins of George Phelps

Origins of George Phelps

"George Phelps was long believed to be the sixth child of William of Tewkesbury, Eng., b. about 1606; immigrated to New England on the Mary and John, in 1630, with his elder brother William and his younger brother Richard. It has since been concluded that the William Phelps of Massachusetts and Connecticut originated in Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England and that he is not the William Phelps of Tewkesbury records. George Phelps is omitted as an immigrant of the Mary and John. although it is conceded that there may have been a relationship between William Phelps and George Phelps, but that it remains unestablished. No evidence exists that Richard Phelps is related to either William or George, although he is present in the earliest records of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

George Phelps is believed to be the George P__?__ aboard the Recovery of London with Gabriel Cornish as its master, sailing from Weymouth in Dorsetshire to New England March 31, 1634. The ship sailed into Massachusetts Bay in late June of July 1634; and it was very likely one of the fourteen said to have arrived that June. "

Will of George Phelps

APRIL: YE 24TH: 1683: The last Will & Testament of George Phelps of Westfield, in the County of Hamshire, in the Colony of the Massachusetts Company, who being cracy of Body though yet my Memory of understanding by God's Goodness is continued: yet not knowing the tyme of my departure which I wait for, & Desire to commit my Soule to God that gave it & my Body to christian Burial; & Leave this as my Last Will.

Concerning my wife If it shall please God to continue her after me, & concerning my children: And before I come to the disposal of my outward Estate, I desire thanke fully to acknowledge ye great and abundant Goodness of God to me in takeing care of me & providing for me the Comforts of this life, the hopes of a better, in and through the abundant riches of his grace through Jesus Christ: And I desire to Leave this as a word of most solemn & weighty counsel to my deare children, firstly and chiefly above all things that they cleave to God, & to the covenant of his grace with all theire hart, & with all their souls laboring in sincerity to keep his covenant & to walke in his wayes, to observe his statutes & do ym. & to associate ym selves with them that feare God to live in love & peace both one with another & with all men, that so the God of Love & peace may dwell with them & keep them in his feare & crown ym with his blessings especially with spiritual blessings in Cnt Jesus.

Concerning my Dear wife, I exhort my children to be careful & tender of her, Loveing and dutyful towards her in all things, that she want nothing that may be necessary to her comfortable subsistence, to hearken & attend to her Counsel from time to time: and I give unto my wife, all my bedding & house hold stuffe for her use & to be at her free dispose at her decease, and twenty pounds which is due to me from Taham Graunt of Windsor, if she need it not herselfe, to be disposed of by her to such of her relations as she shall judge have most need: And for her maintainence while she lives, I give unto my wife Two pounds fifteen shillings p Annum, to be paid by my Son Joseph Phelps of Windsor, in halfe wheate and the halfe Indian Corn, during her life: Also I give unto my wife six pounds per Annum to be paid by my three Youngest sons, Jacob, John & Nathaniel, each of them forty shilling to be yearly paid during her life: further I give unto my wife the use of my Land at Windsor, which Lyes on the east side of the great River, being Ten Rods in breadth more or less, & a quarter part of yt orchard & if these be expended & the use of yearly income be not sufficient for her comfortable maintenance, then a part of all this Land shall be disposed of as need shall be: But if the Sale of this Land be not needed for my wive's necessary use whilst she lives, then after her decease with what other Lands, now in Common may afal to me at Windsor, I give to my Sons as followeth:

To my son Isaac a Third Part & to my son Joseph a Third part, & the remaining third part I give to my sons Jacob, John and Nathaniel: Also I give to my son Jacob four acres of the Northerly end of my home lot here in Westfield, with the house, barns & orchard upon it, only reserving one end of the house for my wife whilst she lives: And seeing he hath all my buildings here, he shall help his brothers John & Nathaniel, if ye build in Westfield, each of them a month work with his own hands, & his Team six days: And a third part of the fruit of the orchard to John if he live here, & a third part to Nathaniel for seven yeeres after the date here of. They maintaining each of ym a third part of the fence of the orchard: Also I give to my son Jacob a third part of my Meadow Lands in Westfield, the whole being in estimation four score acres: further I give to my son John all my land on the East side of the Highway at my house with the Low Land by the River, for a home lot, one third part of my meadow Land in Westfield, the whole being in estimation 80 acres.

I give my son Nathaniel the remainder of my House Lot, being about seven acres & one third part of my Meadow in Westfield, the whole being in estimation four score acres.

I give to my son Isaac, the best coats of my wearing apparel & My Mare, the colt I give to his son Isaac my grandchild: the rest of my wearing apparel, I give to my Sons Jacob, John and Nathaniel. That this is my last will & testament if I doe not otherwise order before my Decease. I testify by subscribing my hand; And doe desire Ensign Lumes & my Son Isaac Phelps be over seers, & take care that my Last will be pformed to the true Intent & meaning thereof: And I doe order my three youngest

Sons to se al my Just debts paid. And if anything appeare dubious, or any difficulty arise in or by the Interpreting, or understanding of my will or anything relating thereunto, I order it may be referred to the hearing & determination of or Reverend Pastor Mr. Taylor and Ensign Lumes, whom I impower to determine the same as they shall.

Jude right: That this is my Last will & Testament I testify by subscribing my hand the day & year before mentioned.

the Mark X of George Phelps

Subscribed in the presence of: Edward Taylor, Samuel Loomes, Isaac Phelps.

Mr. Edward Taylor & Samuel Loomes did Personally appeare before John Pyncheon Esq., the Judge of the prerogative Corte for the tyme of George Phelps deceased his signing the writing on the three sides this Instrument, & that he did sign it as his last Will and Testament, and that he was of sound memory & mind to the best of their discerning, and Isaac, Jacob & John & Nathaniel Phelps, four of said deceased sons, are approved & legally confirmed to be Administers to the Estate of ye said father & to see to the true performance of this their said father's last will and testament according to the true Intents year of:

As attests John Holyoke, Clerke of Said Corte.

June 15th, 1687, this is here recorded in these records for Will from the original last will and Testament of the above said George Phelps of Westfield late deceased.

P. John Holyoke, Clerke for said Records

A copy of the Inventory of the Estate of George Phelps of Westfield, in Hampsire, deceased presented to the Judge of the Prerogative Corte for Hamshire, in his ma ties Territory & Dominion of New England.

An Inventory taken of the Estate of George Phelps of Westfield, who departed this life May 8, 1687.

  1. The Homestead was prized at....38p. 0s. od.
  2. Lands in the field 80 acres in est.....206p.
  3. Land at Windsor.....40p.
  4. Bedding & Household Stuff at.....18p.
  5. Wearing Apparel.....8p. 16s.
  6. Bookes, Tooles, Iron, Saddle, Bridle, Jersey Cloath & other small things at....6p.14s.

This estate was taken and prized by us.....317p. 10s. Samuel Loomes Jno. Sacket June 4th & June 6th 1687

Will excerpted From "The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors", two volumes. By Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Eagle Publishing Company of Pittsfield, Mass., 1899)

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 George Phelps, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (Boston, Massachusetts: NEHGS, 1999-2011)

    Migration: 1634 (based on admission to frccmanship on 6 May 1635 [MBCR 1:371]). (George Phelps may have been the "George P_____" who sailed to New England on the Recovery in 1634 [NGSQ 71:171-72, 77:249-55].) …
    Church Membership: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 6 May 1635 implied by freemanship. '(George Phe)lps' and 'Georgje] Phelps wife' were among those who had been members of the church in Dorchester and made the move to Windsor with the Rev. John Warham [Grant 9-10].
    Freeman: 6 May 1635 (second in a sequence of two Dorchester men) [MBCR 1:371]. …
    Death: Westfield 8 May 1687 [Pynchon VR 35]."

  2. Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. Birth and Death Records from Westfield City Hall. (Westfield, Massachusetts, 1937)

    "Phelps, … George, d. May 8, 1686"

  3.   George Phelps, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)

    GEORGE, Dorchester, freem. 6 May 1635, rem. with Warham to Windsor, by first w. said to be nam. Phillury, d. of Philip Randall, wh. d. 29 Apr. 1648, had Isaac, b. 20 Aug. 1638; Abraham, 22 Jan. 1643; and Joseph, 24 June 1647, wh. d. soon, as did Abraham in the same yr.; ano. Joseph, whether by first or sec. w. is unkn. He m. 2, or as ano. acco. is, 30 Nov. 1648, Frances, wh. had been wid. Clark, and then was wid. of Thomas Dewey, and had Jacob, 7 Feb. 1650; John, 15 Feb. 1652; and Nathaniel, 7 Dec. 1653; rem. to Westfield, there had more ch. and d. 8 May 1687, but Stiles in Hist. 743, says 9 July 1678. Six s. were then liv. no d. is nam. His wid. d. 27 Sept. 1690.

  4.   Researching George P on the Ship Recovery
    Phelps Family History.

    Proposes that George Phelps is the George P on the Recovery passenger list because he is the only George P who left records in New England who cannot be eliminated and who fits a pattern that could reasonably be attributed to a Recovery passenger -- his first record was in Dorchester in 1635, and he later settled Windsor along with many other Recovery passengers.

  5.   Volume 77, Number 4, in National Genealogical Society Quarterly
    249-255, December 1989.
  6. 1. George Phelps, in 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)

Recovery (1634)
Also called the "Recovery of London" and sometimes listed as a 1633 ship, as the list of passengers was erroneously dated 31 March 1633 instead of 1634. Many of its passengers briefly settled in Dorchester and were among the first settlers to Windsor, Connecticut in 1635.
Sailed: 17 Apr 1634 from Weymouth, England under Gabriel Cornish
Arrived: Summer 1634 at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony

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Joseph Androes - Thomas Biscomb - William Bowne - Mary Coggen - Robert Dible - Anthony Eames - John Elderman - Robert Elwell - Jonathan Gillet - John Hardy - Sarah Hill - Ezechia Hore - Thomas Long - Thomas Newberry - Daniel Norchat - Elizabeth Parkman - David Phippen - John Pinney - George P___ - John Pope - Thomas Shawe - Thomas Swift - Stephen Terrey - Thomas Wakeley - John Woolcocke - John Wotts

Resources: Primary Sources: William Whiteway of Dorchester His Diary 1618 to 1635 (Dorchester, Dorsetshire, 1991)
Other information: Winthrop Society List - Nat'l Gen Soc. Qtrly. 71:171, 77:249-55 (passenger list) - Discussion on Phelps website

Founders of Windsor, CT
Windsor was the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Local indians granted Plymouth settlers land at the confluence of the Farmington River and the west side of the Connecticut River, and Plymouth settlers (including Jonathan Brewster, son of William) built a trading post in 1633. But the bulk of the settlement came in 1635, when 60 or more people led by Reverend Warham arrived, having trekked overland from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Most had arrived in the New World five years earlier on the ship "Mary and John" from Plymouth, England. The settlement was first called Dorchester, and was renamed Windsor in 1637.

See: Stiles History of Ancient Windsor - Thistlewaite's Dorset Pilgrims - Wikipedia entry

Loomis homestead, oldest in CT.
Settlers at Windsor by the end of 1640, per the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor: Abbot - Alford - S. Allen - M. Allyn - Barber - Bartlett - M. (Barrett) (Huntington) Stoughton - Bascomb - Bassett - Benett - Birge - Bissell - Branker - Brewster - Buckland - Buell - Carter - Chappel - D. Clarke - J. Clarke - Cooke - Cooper - Denslow - Dewey - Dibble - Dumbleton - Drake - Dyer - Eels - Eggleston - Filley - Ford - Foulkes - Fyler - Gaylord - Francis Gibbs - William Gilbert - Jere. Gillett - Jon. Gillett - N. Gillett - Grant - Gridley - E. Griswold - M. Griswold - Gunn - Hannum - Hawkes - Hawkins - Hayden - Haynes - Hill - Hillier - Holcombe - Holmes - Holt - Hosford - Hoskins - Hoyte - Hubbard - Huit - Hulbert - Hull - Hurd - Hydes - Loomis - Ludlow - Lush - Marshfield - A. Marshall - T. Marshall - Mason - M. (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins - M. Merwin - Mills - Moore - Newberry - Newell - Oldage - Orton - Osborn - Palmer - Parsons - Parkman - Pattison - Phelps - Phelps - Phillips - Pinney - Pomeroy - Pond - Porter - Preston - Rainend - Randall - Rawlins - Reeves - J. Rockwell - W. Rockwell - B. Rossiter - St. Nicholas - Saltonstall - Samos - M. Sension (St. John) – R. Sension - Sexton - Staires - Starke - F. StilesH. Stiles - J. StilesT. Stiles - Stoughton - Stuckey - Talcott - E. Taylor - J. Taylor - Terry - Thornton - Thrall - Tilley - Tilton - Try - F. (Clark) (Dewey) (Phelps) - Vore - Warham - Weller - Whitehead - A. Williams - J. Williams - R. Williams - Wilton - Winchell - Witchfield - Wolcott - Young
Current Location: Hartford County, Connecticut   Parent Towns: Dorchester, Massachusetts   Daughter Towns: Windsor Locks; South Windsor; East Windsor; Ellington; Bloomfield