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Phelps, William Sr.

Phelps, William Sr.[1]

Male Abt 1593 - 1672  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name Phelps, William 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1593  Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 20 Mar 1630  Exeter, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    to Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, aboard the Mary & John 
    Freeman 18 May 1631  Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Requested 19 October, 1630
    Elected 5 May 1635  Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    a representative to the General Court 
    Settled 1636  Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Listed 1640  Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Will 22 Apr 1660  Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Phelps, William of Windsor - settlement deed (1660);
      [Entered on the Windsor, Connecticut Register, July 26th, 1672.]

      Transcription from www.phelpsfamilyhistory.com

      These presents testify, that I, William Phelps, of Windsor, on Connecticut, in consideration of a marriage concluded between my son Timothy, on the one part, and Mary, the daughter of Edward Griswold, on the other part; have given and granted, and by these presents do give and grant unto my son, that he, the said Timothy, shall jointly enjoin and possess, together with me, all my houseing, lands and accommodations, as also all my estate, both real and personal, both within door and without, with all the property emoluments, products, and income of the same, during my material life: And my said son is to inhabit and dwell in my house, with me and my wife, in joint way; and that it shall continue during my material life; and if my wife shall survive me, she have and enjoy in a joint way with my son the estate for her maintenance as before expressed. But if my wife chooses to settle in any place and to leave the house, then my son shall pay yearly to my wife, the sum of ten pounds during her material life, and in case I myself in my life time, or my wife after my decease, in her lifetime while she abides, to inhabit with my said son Timothy, she see cause or desire it, I do reserve power both for myself and for her, after my decease to dispose a barrel or two of cider and some apples yearly, without any harm to the premises, and likewise I do reserve like liberty for myself and my wife, to dispose of my wearing apparel, and whom we shall meet to enjoy them after our decease. Also I do give full power of bequeathing the great brass pan at her decease; and my son Timothy is to carry the improvements of the whole Estate, and to order and dispose of the stock, so far as the necessity of our subsistence shall require, and after my decease and the decease of my wife, my said son Timothy shall have and enjoy all my whole Estate fore mentioned to him and his heirs forever; always provided that in case my said son Timothy shall die and leave no natural heirs begotten by him, that shall either not attain the age of twenty one years or marry, then the one-half of my lands excepting the orchard and pasture down to the bridge, that goeth into the meadow; also the tipper pasture by the house that shall belong to the house, shall return to William, the son of my son Samuel. Also my son Timothy is to pay out of the Estate: Imprimis to discharge my daughter Mary, with that which is paid, the sum of thirty-four pounds, which is the full portion I allow her. To my son William twenty shillings, to Samuel ten pounds, to Nathaniel fifteen pounds, to Joseph five pounds--these legacies to my sons to be discharged within two years of my decease.
      In consideration of the premises we both have hereunto set our hands this 22nd day of April Anno Dom. 1660.

      Witness to the signatures:
      Daniel Clark, William Phelps,
      James Alford, Timothy Phelps.
      Entered on the Windsor, Conn., Register, July 26th, 1672. MATHEW GRANT, Register.
    Died 14 Jul 1672  Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Probate 26 Jul 1672  Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
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    _UID 9066F31A19E04F859853E4189FC0E75552D9 
    Person ID I9918  Tree_1
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2020 

    Family 1 [--?--] Phelps, Mary,   b. Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1636, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married SAY 1617/8  Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Phelps, William Jr.,   b. CA 1618, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1681/2, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
     2. Phelps, Samuel,   b. 1621,   d. 16 May 1669  (Age 48 years)
     3. Phelps, Deacon Nathaniel,   b. CA 1624, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1702, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F3504  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Dover, Anne,   b. Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1689, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Nov 1626  Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Children 
     1. Phelps, Cornelius,   b. SAY 1627, Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Phelps, Joseph,   b. 1628, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1684, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     3. Phelps, Mary,   b. 1628, Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. CA 1629, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Phelps, Sarah,   b. SAY 1632, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1659, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
     5. Phelps, Lieut. Timothy,   b. 1 Aug 1639, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1719  (Age 80 years)
     6. Phelps, Mary,   b. 2 Mar 1644, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1725/6  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F3501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1593 - Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - SAY 1617/8 - Somersetshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Nov 1626 - Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - to Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, aboard the Mary & John - 20 Mar 1630 - Exeter, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFreeman - 18 May 1631 - Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected - a representative to the General Court - 5 May 1635 - Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSettled - 1636 - Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsListed - 1640 - Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 22 Apr 1660 - Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jul 1672 - Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 26 Jul 1672 - Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • See article by Myrtle Steven Hyde in The American Genealogist, Vol. 58 (Oct. 1982), that corrects earlier assumptions that this William was from the line in Tewkesbury.

      William Phelps moved with his children to Windsor early in 1636. He had first built on the south side of a rivulet there with his brother George a little closer into the settlement. William's lot measured six rods wide, but "being drowned very deep in a flood of 1638" he removed to higher ground. When he moved to higher ground he described his new location as "bounded at one point 40 rods from my dwelling house where it is bounded South by a little brook that falls into the river (Farmington)." Samuel Phelps and John Bartlett witnessed the deed there. This was his meadow lot out on the Poquonock Road just before one comes to Stoughton House, the old stone fort.

      William continued his responsible place in Windsor. As a member of the general court in 1637 he declared war against the Pequots. He was a magistrate from 1638 to 1642 and from 1658 to 1662 and foreman of the first grand jury in 1643. He was frequently mentioned as on the petit jury and in 1641 was appointed with a Mr. Welles of Hartford on a committee on lying! It is said that he was an excellent, pious upright man in his public and private life and truly a pillar of Church and State. By the time he had grown elderly and had a son of his name, he became known as "Ould Mr. Phelps" and as such the old church record enters his death on July 14, 1672, after a 42-year residence in New England of which 36 were spent in Windsor. He was buried on the 15th day of July.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2182] Phelps Family of Windsor, Connecticut, 10 March 2018; Phelps Family of Windsor, Connecticut.

    2. [S656] Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, downloaded; 19 March 2020; Vol 1-3, pg. 1444: William Phelps, Sr.

    3. [S2192] Phelps, Anne Dover (-1689) - FindAGrave #124681404, Anne Dover Phelps; 1689; 124681404.

    4. [S2501] Windsor, Connecticut, Early Records - NEHGR, First Settlers, Vol. 5 (1851), pg. 365.

    5. [S2191] Phelps Family History (website), downloaded; 13 March 2020; transcriptions of Phelps wills.

    6. [S1105] England Marriages, 1538-1973 (FS), viewed; 18 March 2020; Marriage of Anne Dover & Wm Phelps; https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKCY-1M1.