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Ralph Rowley Phelps and his wife Elizabeth (Betsey) Ames
Elizabeth was sister of my maternal gg grandfather William Ames
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The Phelps Family of America and their English Ancestors
Pittsfield, MA
Eagle Publishing Company, 1899

Lieut. Timothy Phelps born 2 Sept 1639 Windsor, Hartford, CT died 1719 married 19 Mar 1661 to Mary Griswold bpt 13 Oct 1644 Windsor, Hartford, CT daughter of Edward Griswold of Killingworth, Middlesex, CT died some years before her husband.

Mr. Phelps resided in Windsor, Hartford, CT on the old homestead, land purchased by his father from the Indians. He was propounded Oct 1663, and made a freeman 2 May 1664. His will, dated 2 May 1717. His son:

Joseph Phelps born 27 Sept 1666 Windsor, Hartford, CT died 30 Aug 1716 married 18 Nov 1686 Sarah Hosford born 27 Sept 1666 Windsor, Hartford, CT same day as her husband, daughter of John and Phillury (Thrall) Hosford. Her father was a man of large family and considerable property, leaving her a his death œ100. She died probably in Hebron.

Mr. Phelps settled in Windsor, where his children were all born. He owned a large amount of land in Hebron, and probably removed there late in life, about 1710. where some of his children were living. His will dated 23 Aug 1716, probated Hartford Probate Records, Vol 9. His son:

Joseph Phelps. born 16 Mar 1692 Windsor, Hartford, CT died 17 Oct 1761 age 69 yrs married 3 Mar 1715 Susannah Eno born 16 May 1699 Windsor, Hartford, CT died 11 Dec 1778 Hebron, Tolland, CT age 88 yrs dau ofJames Jr, and Abigail (Bissell) Eno.

Mr. Phelps settled in Hebron, Hartford, CT. His father was one of the largest real estate owners in Hebron. "May, 1713, upon the petition of Joseph Phelps, of Windsor, requesting some allowance for several things lost by his son Joseph Phelps, a soldier improved in a scout under the command of Lieut. Crocker, in his escape from the Indian enemy: this Assembly grant to the petitioner the sum of thirty shillings to be paid him out of the Colony Treasury."--(Col. Rec., Vol. 5.) His son:

Lieut. Joseph Phelps, born 21 May 1716 Hebron, Tolland, CT died 16 June 1765 Hebron, Tolland, CT age 53 yrs married 1st 14 May, 1734 Naomi Sibley born Simsbury, Hartford, CT died Hebron, Tolland, CT soon after the birth of her only child. Joseph married 2nd on 24 Jan 1741 to Lydia Rowley who died 29 Dec 1757 Hebron, Tolland, CT. He probably married 3rd 11 Aug 1760 to Susannah Morrison.

Mr. Phelps was a farmer. His son:

Joseph Phelps, born 29 Mar 1742/3 Hebron,Tolland, CTdied 17 Jan 1795 Hebron, Tolland, CT married 6 Dec 1764 Jemima Post born 21 Sept 1748 Hebron, Tolland, CT dau of Israel Post. After the death of Mr. Phelps she married for 2nd husband Ashbel Phelps in 1789. By him she had no issue. She died 5 Dec 1805.

Mr. Phelps settled in Hebron, Tolland, CT. Mr. Phelps served in the Revolutionary Army enlisting in Col. Hooker's regiment and Capt. Foot's company and was at Peekskill, NY. His son:

Heman Phelps born 29 May 1773 Hebron, Tolland, CT died 21 Nov 1865 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married 19 Sept 1799 to Philoxena Huntington born 4 July 1779 Hebron, Tolland, CT died 23 June 1829 Preble, Cortland, NY dau of Solomon and Demise (Fuller) Huntington. Heman married 2nd on 30 Sept 1832 to wid Betsey (Brown) Hull who was born12 April 1795 at Cortland county NY and died 21 Oct 1838 Preble, Cortland NY. Heman married 3rd wid Laura Emily Elliot born 20 Sept 1794 and died 19 June 1862. Preble, Cortland, NY.

Heman Phelps was a cloth draper, at this time of considerable importance in finishing up the production of domestic spinning wheel and loom. This business he carried on until his factory and stock of goods were destroyed by fire, causing him a great loss. In 1807 he, with his wife and family removed to Preble, NY where he taught school, and also was chosen to and filled serveral town offices. In 1839 he removed to Oneida, Madison, NY and later to Syracuse, Onondaga, NY where he died 21 Nov 1865. His children by first wife. First three born in Herbron, CT ; last five in Preble, NY
Children of Herman and Philoxena:
1. Minerva Phelps born 4 May 1802 Hebron, Tolland, CT died 29 Feb 1836 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married 8 Mar 1824 at Preble, NY(Onondaga Gazette) to Rufus Stanton born 1788 Mayfield, Montogomery, NY died 10 Sept 1874 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY son of Amos and Mercy (Davis) Stanton. Rufus was married three times; 1st married April 1815 to Minerva Belknap; 3rd unknown
Early Marriages and Deaths from Newspapers Published in Central NY 1933
Rufus Stanton a resident of Syracuse for 78 years (Pioneer Association)
Children of Minerva and Rufus: Children from LDS records
1.1 dau Stanton born 1825 died 5 Mar 1825 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
1.2 Helen Matilda Stanton born 23 Nov 1826 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married 9 Jan 1856 to Charles Keene
1.3 Herman Huntington Stanton born 26 July 1828 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married 28 Dec 1855 to Helen Harris Dibble
1.4 Minerva Eliza Stanton born 9 Apr 1834 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married 28 Dec 1855 to Henry Burwell
2. Heman Huntington Phelps born 1 Aug 1804 Hebron, Tolland, CT married 28 Aug 1835 to Mary Jane Britton born 11 Mar 1814 CT died 9 May 1874 Indianapolis, Marion, IN
1850 Federal census Lenox, Madison, NY 5 Aug 1850
Heman H. Phelps age 45 Supt of railroad born CT
Mary J. Phelps age 36 born CT
Sarah Phelps age 17 born NY
Willis Phelps age 14 born NY
Wallace Phelps age 14 born NY
David Phelps age 12 born NY
Mary Phelps age 10 born NY
Florance Phelps age 9 born NY
Walter Phelps age 22 clerk born NY
Francis Thompson age 19 born NY
Mary Leanlin age 19 born IRE
Jonathan Bitton age 56 laborer born NY
Eve Britton age 54 born NY
1870 Federal census Muncie, Delaware, IN 7 July 1870
Phelps, Walter S. age 42 engine builder born NY
Phelps, Adaline M. age 42 keeping house born NY
Phelps, Ida F. age 12 born WI
Phelps, Willis B. age 5 born OH
Phelps, Herman H. age 65 works in machine shop born NY
Morris, Hannah age 42 retired from housekeeping born NY
Children of Herman and Mary: shown 1850 census
2.1 Sarah Phelps
2.2 Willis Burt Phelps born 6 July 1836 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married Hattie Louisa Smith
2.3 Wallace Tallman Phelps born 6 July 1836 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
2.4 David Phelps
2.5 Jane Britton Phelps born 20 May 1839 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
2.6 Mary Louise Phelps born 6 June 1840 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
2.7 Florence Ann Phelps born 16 Feb 1842 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
2.8 James Edwards Phelps born 6 Nov 1846 Oneida, NY died 6 July 1847
3. Matilda Phelps born 12 Aug 1806 Hebron, Tolland, CT married 30 Dec 1830 at Lodi, Seneca, NY to Bradley Carey born ca 1803 son of Abram Carey
1860 Federal census 7th ward Syracuse, Onondaga, NY 12 July 1860
Bradley Carey age 55 master carpenter joiner born NY
Matilda Carey age 53 born NY
Ralph B. Carey age 27 master carpenter joiner born NY
William Shay age 48 carpenter born NY
Elizabeth Shay age 40 born NY
Jane Shay age 18 born NY
Children of Matilda and Bradley from LDS records
3.1 Ralph Bradley Carey born 3 Oct 1832 Syracuse, Onondaaga, NY
3.2 Sarah Minerva Carey born 20 Dec 1833 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY died 8 July 1895 Brooklyn, NY
3.3 Frances Matilda Carey born 1842 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY died 30 Aug 1847
4. Ralph Rowley PHELPS the subject of this line was born 18 July 1809 Preble, Cortland, NY died 13 Mar 1873 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY. Ralph married 24 Mar 1832 Salina, Onondaga, NY (by examination 5 May 1833) to Elizabeth (Betsey) AMES born 5 Mar 1818 Oppenheim, Montgomery, NY died 19 Feb 1901 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY daughter of Josiah Ames and his second wife Mary Wetsel.
Newspaper Obit - PHELPS - in this city, February 19, 1901, Elizabeth, widow of the late Ralph R. Phelps, aged 87, 11 months and 14 days. Funeral services at the home of her son, Charles W. Phelps, No. 202 Green street, Thursday, the 21st inst., at 2.30 p.m.
AND OLDEST MEMBER OF PARK CHURCH DEAD - Mrs. Elizabeth Phelps passes away, aged eighty-eight years. Resided in Syracuse seventy-five Years - the death Records in the City. Mrs. Elizabeth Phelps, aged 88 years, died at 4.27 o'clock yesterday afternoon at her home, No. 202 Green Street, of pneuomnia. The funeral services will be held at the house at 2.30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and the remains will be placed in the receiving vault at Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Elizabeth Phelps, formerly Miss Elizabeth Ames, was born in Oppenheim, Montgomery county, March 5, 1818, and came to this city at the age of 13 years on a packet boat on the Erie Canal. She was the oldest living member of the Park Central Presbyterian church. On March 24, 1833, she was married to Ralph Phelps, whose death occurred March 13, 1873. They were members of the church of which the Park Presbyterian church is the outgrowth. Mrs. Phelps was a member of the women's societies in the churhc and a devout Christian. She has resided in Syracuse for the past seventy-five years. Mrs. Phelps is survived by three son, Dudley A., Charles W. and George B. Phelps. 
1850 Federal census Syracuse ward 4, Onondaga, NY 20 Sept
Ralph R. Phelps age 41 born NY
Elisabeth Phelps age 37 born NY
Dudly A. Phelps age 13 born NY
Chas. W. Phelps age 2 born NY
1860 Federal census De Witt, Onondaaga, NY - 3 Aug
Ralph R. Phelps age 51 farmer born NY
Elisabeth Phelps age 47 born NY
Dudly Phelps age 23 farm laborer born NY
Charles Phelps age 12 born NY
George Phelps age 9 born NY
Margaret Hughes age 40 servant born IRE
Herman Phelps age 87 born NY
Mary Phelps age 70 born NY
1870 Federal census 7th ward Syracuse, Onondaga, NY - 16 July
Phelps, Ralph R. aage 60 carriage maker born NY
Phelps, Elizabeth age 56 keep house born NY
Phelps, Charles, age 21 bookkeeper born NY
Phelps, George age 19 jewelry clerk born NY
Down, Mary age 19 Domestic born Canada
1880 Federal census 7th ward, Dist 218, Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
Eliza Phelps self age 66 born NY keeping house parents born CT
Chas. W. Phelps son age 30 born NY cashier in wholesale grocery
Geo. B. Phelps son age 28 born NY cashier in pork packing house
Hattie Phelps dau in law age 18 born NY parents born CT/NY
Garner Smith female age 40 born NY seamstress
L. Payne female age 30 born NY
Children of Ralph and Elizabeth:
4.1 Dudley Ames Phelps - born 16 Mar 1837 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY died 11 May 1906 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married first 26 Feb 1862 to Delia M. AVERY born 1837 Dewitt, Onondaga, NY died 3 Sept 1865 Dewitt, Onondaga, NY age 28 yrs buried in Avery Cemetery in town of DeWitt, only child of William Avery and Elizabeth Ward. Dudley married second 26 Sept 1870 to Sarah Letitia QUINTARD born Feb 1840 CT dau of Peter De Mille Quintard and Lucy Ford.
Onondaga's centennial; gleanings of a century 1896 by Dwight H. Bruce
Family Sketches page 2b_351
Phelps, Dudley A. , Dewitt, was born in Syracuse in 1837, son of Ralph R. and Elizabeth Phelps, natives of CT. The father came to Syracuse about 1809 and followed the wagonmaking trade until 1850. He then took the contract of building 16 miles of the Great Western Railroad in Canada, opposite Detroit. He followed up railroad contracting for a number of years, building 22 miles near Charleston, S.C., and also part of the Utica & Boonville Road, and finally purchased the homestead at Dewitt. After residing here a few years, he retired to Syracuse and died in 1874. Dudley A. folliws general farming and dairying. In 1863 he married Delia M. Avery, who died in 1867, leaving one son, William R. His second wife was Sarah L. Quintard, by whom he has three children: George E., Lizzie A. and Charles W.
1870 Federal census De Witt, Onondaga, NY 6 June P.O. Clay, NY
Phelps, Dudley A. age 33 farmer born NY
Phelps, Sarah L. age 31 keeping house born CT
1880 Federal census Dist 1, De Witt, Onondaga, NY
Dudley Phelps self age 43 born NY farmer parents born NY
Sarah Phelps wife age 40 keeping house born NY parents CT
George Phelps son age 5 born NY
Elizabeth Phelps dau age 4 born NY
Charles Phelps son age 1 born NY
Julia Lee servant age 35 born NY domestic servant parent sborn IRE
Lucy Quntard mother in law age 80 born CT parent sborn CT
1900 Federal census De Witt, Onondaga, NY - 15 June
Phelps, Dudley A. head born May 1837 age 63 born NY farmer
Phelps, Sarah L. wife born Feb 1840 age 60 mother of 3 living 3 born CT
Phelps, Edwin G. son born July 1875 age 24 born NY driver (fruit wagon)
Phelps, Charles C. son born May 1879 age 21 born NY plumber
1910 Federal census 17th ward Syracuse, Onondaga, NY - 21 Apr
Quintard, Kate head age 84 born CT
Phelps, Sarah sister age 68 wd mother of 3 living 3 born CT
Phelps, Edwin nephew age 35 born NY laborer
Child of Dudley Ames Phelps and first wife Delia M. Avery:
4.1.1 William Ralph Phelps - born 16 Aug 1865 at Dewitt, Onondaga, NY married to Mary Isabelle Whitbread died 25 Dec 1941 Syracuse, NY
See bottom of page for more information on Whitbread family.
William R. Phelps mother died when he was an infant and he was raised by his maternal grandfather William Avery. William Avery was educated in the district schools and the Syracuse public schools. William R. Phelps was heir to his grandfather William Avery's estate. (the Groton Avery Calan Vol 2) page 866 "William Avery's will dated 31 Aug 1888, in which he calls his grandson, William R. Phelps, his sole heir."
Onondaga's centennial; by DwightH. Bruce 1896
Phelps, William R., Dewitt, was born in Dewitt in 1865, son of Dudley R. and Adelia M. (Avery) Phelps. The mother died while William was an infant, and the father still resides in the town. William R. was raised by his grandfather, William Avery, and educated in the district schools and the Syracuse public schools. His grandfather came to the town of Dewitt at an early date, where he ran a packet for many years and was otherwise extensively engaged in boating interests. He was superintendent of the canal for several years, and died where William R. now lives on March 15, 1889, aged 47 years. Mr. Phelps was married in 1884 to Mary I. Whitbread, he has 154 acres of well improved land and follows general farming and dairying.
Syracuse Herald Journal 1941 Dec 26th
Obit: Phelps - In this city, Dec 25, 1941. Mrs. Mary Whitbread Phelps. Survived by her husband William R. Phelps; one son, Ralph A. Phelps; one grandson, William A. Phelps; two sisters, Mrs. David A. Gould of Syracuse and Mrs. W. Wayland Frames of Baltimore. Funeral from the home of her son, 160 East Matson Avenue, Monday afternoon at 2 O'clock, the Rev. Dean E. Richardson of Erwin Methodist Church officiating. Burail in Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by David F. Kearney.
1880 Federal census De Witt, Onondaga, NY
William Avery self age 65 born NY farmer parents born NY
Elizabeth Avery wife age 65 born NY keeping house born NY parents born RI and CT
William Phelps grandson age 14 born NY at school parents born NY
George Avery age 26 born NY farm laborer parents born NY
Frederick Potter age 25 born NY farm laborer parents born IRE
James Bell age 19 born NY farm laborer parents born ENG
Chisten Mingers age 24 born NY domestic servant parents born Hannover
1900 Federal census 17th ward Syracuse, Onondaga, NY - 8 June
Phelps, William R. head born Aug 1865 age 34 married 12 yrs born NY
Phelps, Mary I. wife born May 1863 age 37 mother of 1 living 1 born NY parents ENG/IRE
Phelps, Ralph son born Aug 1890 age 9 born NY
1910 Federal census 17th ward Syracuse, Onondaga, NY - 17 April
Phelps, William head age 44 born NY forman storage co. parents born NY
Phelps, Mary wife age 46 mother of 1 living 1 born NY parents ENG/IRE
Phelps, Ralph son age 19 born NY laborer piano co.
1920 Federal census Syracuse, Onondaga, NY - 10 Jan
Philps, William head age 54 born NY ship clerk in wire house
Philps, Mary wife age 56 born NY parents Eng/IRE
Philps, Ralph son age 28 born NY fireman for city
1930 Federal census 17th ward Syracuse, Onondaga, NY - 19 April
Phelps, William R. head age 64 born NY
Phelps, Mary W. wife age 65 born NY parents ENG/IRE
children by second wife Sarah L. Quintard:
4.1.2 - George Edwin Phelps born ca 1875
4.1.3 - Elizabeth (Lizzie) A. Phelps born ca 1876
4.1.4 - Charles C. Phelps born ca 1879
4.2 - Eleanor Delphine Phelps - born17 Sept 1838 NY died 5 Nov 1838 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
4.3 - Emily Minerva Phelps - born 8 Mar 1840 NY died 5 Aug 1847 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
4.4 - Charles W. Phelps - born 29 Dec 1848 died 14 Nov 1934 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
4.5 - George Barney Phelps - born 16 Nov 1850 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY married 22 Oct 1879 Hattie C. Fox
4.6 - Eleanor Delphine Phelps - born 17 Mar 1853 Syracuse, Onondaga, NY
5 - Demis Emeline Phelps born 26 Feb 1811 Preble, NY died 8 Aug 1851 Syracuse, NY married 31 Oct 1835 at Syracuse, NY to Jared Bliss Huntington born 2 May 1809 East Haddam, CT died 10 Feb 1851 Syracuse, NY
6 - Jared Fuller Phelps born 13 Aug 1814 Preble, NY married 7 Sept 1842 Owego, NY Emily Catherine Huntington born 9 Aug 1823 Owego, NY died 5 Nov 1887 Cazenovia, NY. Jared was a dentist
7 - Dudley Post Phelps born 8 Oct 1817 Preble, Cortland, NY married 3 Sept 1845 (Skaneateles Columbian paper) Lucy Blythe Putnam
8 - Theodore Tracy Phelps born 28 Sept 1822 Preble, Cortland, NY died 20 Nov 1822
Heman had by 2nd wife
9 - Walter Joseph Phelps born 8 Nov 1834 Preble, Cortland, NY married Ada Hoyt

Ralph Rowley Phelps line goes back to Lieut. Timothy Phelps 1639-1719 of Windsor, CT and Mary Griswold daugther of Edward Griswold of Killingworth, CT. Ralph settled in Syracuse around 1828. He was a carriage maker.

Ralph Rowley Phelps wife Elizabeth, aunt Anna Lenthal Ames married Daniel Griswold, descendant of Edward Griswold. Anna was sister of Elizabeth's father Josiah Ames.

Elizabeth (Betsey) AMES the wife of Ralph is listed as daugther of Josiah Ames in Josiah's will dated 21 Aug 1841 at Randolph, Cattaraugus, NY.

Elizabeth's obituary from Ralph H. NYE a descent of Elizabeth's sister Hannah AMES SWACKHAMMER.

Helen Failing married 2 June 1861 Joseph Whitbread and they had:
Mary Isabelle Whitbread
Jennie Louise Whitbread
Nettie Elizabeth Whitbread
1880 Federal census DeWitt, Onondaga, NY
Whitbread, Joseph age 60 farmer born ENG
Whitbread, Hellen age 43 wife keeping house born IRE
Whitbread, Mary age 17 dau school teacher born NY
Whitbread, Jennie age 15 dau at school born NY
Whitbread, Nettie age 9 dau at school born NY
Moore, George age 21 servant farm laborer born NY parents born Germany
1900 Federal census DeWitt, Onondaga, NY - 25 June 1900
Whitebread, Helen head born Mar 1837 age 63 wd mother of 3 living 3 born IRE parents born IRE to USA 1850 farmer
Whitebread, Jennie L. dau born Dec 1864 age 35 born NY father born ENG mother IRE teacher (College)
Gould, Nettie E. dau born Sept 1870 age 29 married 5 yrs mother of 1 living 1 born NY
Gould, David A. s-in-law born July 1871 age 28 born NY parents born NY salesman
Gould, Helen M. g-dau born Apr 1899 age 1 born NY
William Ralph Phelps married Mary Isabelle Whitbread dau of Joseph Whitbread
Nettie Whitbread student boards at 121 Gazelle, Syracuse, NY 1889-90
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