Person:William Phelps (67)

William Lacy PHELPS
m. ABT 1801
  1. Joseph Hiram PHELPS, [PS]1802-1803 -
  2. Louise PHELPS, [PD]1806 -
  3. Eliza Hier PHELPS1808 - 1885
  4. Maria PHELPS1817 - 1851
  5. William Lacy PHELPS1825 - 1860
  6. Thomas Root PHELPS1827 - 1905
  7. John PHELPS, [TS]1830-1835 -
m. 17 JUL 1856
  1. Thomas Jean Gustave PHELPS1857 - 1896
  2. Elizabeth “Elisa” Eveline PHELPS1858 - 1883
  3. Emma Emerentine PHELPS, (Sister Leon)1860 - 1895
Facts and Events
Name[1] William Lacy PHELPS
Gender Male
Birth[2][3] 15 MAY 1825 Washington Co., Pennsylvania
Marriage 17 JUL 1856 Paincourtville, Assumption Par, Louisianato Clementine DUGAS
Death[2] 18 JUN 1860 Paincourtville, Louisiana
Occupation[4] Storekeeper

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!

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