Thursday, August 23, 2007

Was Your Ancestor an Indentured Servant? If You are at a Brick Wall, Don’t Overlook the Possibility

Was Your Ancestor an Indentured Servant?

If You are at a Brick Wall, Don’t Overlook the Possibility

By Doug Phelps, 8/23/2007

Many genealogists reach “brick walls” as they research their ancestries back to the mid to late 1700s. We have all assumed this barrier is due only to the loss of so many early records to fire and the ravages of the Civil War. Also some Anglican records simply vanished from some parishes after the Revolution – especially in NC at least. After my initial study of the indentured servant immigration to colonial America, I am convinced many Americans descended from these little studied mostly English immigrants. Clearly, Annapolis and Baltimore were major reception points of many or even most (?) these immigrants. Indentured convicts numbered about 50,000, comprising up to one-forth of all immigrants in that general area. Large numbers of voluntary indentured servants also arrived and were sold similar to the convicts. This may be an untapped source of research.

I will be revising this paper as needed. The following notes and paraphrases taken from a number of books. Most came from Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775. A bibliography of books and sources is below. A list of possible overlooked primary sources from just one chapter of one book is below also. Many of the books are available through interlibrary loan services, however the primary sources are likely in major archives. I was impressed by the very large number of documents of which genealogists are likely unaware.

History of Unfree Labor in Colonial America

Colonial America had three distinct types of unfree laborers: apprentices, indentured servants and slaves. Apprentices were mostly native born Americans. The awful history of slaves is well known.

Much less well known is the important history of the indentured servants. They included those who saw an opportunity for a better life in America by agreeing to an indenture, arrived without cost, and being sold to an owner for times ranging from 3 to perhaps 7 years. Less well known were those who were forced into the indenture. Forced indenture included those who were “spirited” from Europe by trickery and other devious ways – and those who were “pardoned” by the king for a range of crimes for transportation to America. They were also sold to owners. (source: To Serve Well…”, chpt 1)


Most people are aware of the transportation of about 150,000 convicts from the British Isles to Australia after the Revolutionary war. Few are aware and little has been written for the general public of the 50,000 convicts sent to colonial America - mostly to the central Atlantic seaboard states.

“Transportation” began slowly in 1697 when magistrates could exile “rogues and vagabonds”. In 1615 James I began giving “royal pardons” of banishment to felons. In 1718 the Transportation Act initiated a systematic program.

Most convict servants [as opposed to voluntary servants] went to the tobacco colonies – rather than places like Pennsylvania. (source: To Serve Well…”, p 77)

During the 18th century, some 50,000 convicts were transported from the British Isles to Colonial America. They represented as much as one fourth of all British immigrants. Crimes ranged from small offences to murder. Extreme lawlessness and poverty existed in the British Isles during this period and the transportation system provided a way to avoid the cost and problems of a homeland penal system. The “pardoned” became indentured usually for 7 or 14 years and were delivered in wretched conditions by private ships to America where they were sold to owners. They had no rights.

A merchant or captain paid a contractor 3 pounds per convict. In America they were sold for 9 pounds for unskilled and 25 pounds for skilled. For more insight to the history of transportation see the article at the National Archives web site . (source: To Serve Well…”, p 78)

A different analysis of the numbers from To Serve Well.. is: “One half to two thirds of white immigrants from Britain and Europe came as indentured servants” (p.8) It appears the difference in the numbers is due to definitions of a voluntary indentured servant and transported-convict-indentured-servant” Regardless, the overwhelming point is that huge numbers of immigrants in the 18th century were not “free” but were indentured for many years.

Where from and what type of person?


A sample of the 2074 received convicts in four Maryland counties:

Kent Co 1719-1744 402 KC Bonds and Indentures

Queen Ann Co. 1727-1750 249 QA Land Records

Baltimore Co. 1770-1774 574 BC Convict Records

Anne Arundel Co. 1771-1775 849 AA Convict Records

A sample of two ships in 1771 and 1774 shows these labor skills:

Unskilled and low skilled laborers: 61% and 49%

Wealthy and professionals: 2% and 0%

Landed society: 0%

Further details in the book indicates that while the majority were very unskilled and poor, a few were wealthy and professional. A few had funds to later buy out their indenture.

Origins were (approximately) 2% Scottish, 13000 Irish, and 36000 English.

In the mid-1730s there were 6,000 people in Kent Co, Md. Convicts accounted for 271. KC Bonds and Indentures 1732-39, Court Crimainal Proceedings 1732-46

Non- Convicts

Indentured servants – those who voluntarily committed to seven years or so - were of a more skilled, better background. But the conditions for them were usually the same, especially in the later years.


Early on, the voluntary indentured servant was likely to be a person known by the plantation owner or merchant who paid for the voyage to America for years of servitude. Later in the 1700s the types varied greatly depending on the area (urban or plantation) to which they came. Those who voluntarily committed to seven years or so - were of a more skilled, better background. Skills ranged greatly and escaping from bad conditions in Europe and the British Isles was paramount. Regardless, the indenture usually was usually for 7 years and the person effectively was owned by the buyer.

Note: Authors of various books may combine voluntary and forced in a single term “indentured servant . Regardless, the servitude conditions varied little.

What happened to these people?

To Serve Well… argues for a “relative ease in acquiring property” and that they expected a “place in society as independent, self-sustaining” people. This comment was in reference to mostly the 17th century Pennsylvania. (p. 31)

Into the 18th century, the indentured servant concept became much more impersonal. In the early years, families would use the concept to bring in family member or friends in a profitable way. Now they had fewer skills, and included longer terms (3-4 years originally). Owners often used both white indentured servants and slaves – or either as needed. (source: To Serve Well… p.3)

The impersonal nature of the indenture is illustrated with this mid-1700’s Penn Gazette ad:

Lately imported from Bristol, several likely Servants, Men and Women bred to most sorts of Business: also most sorts of Europaen Goods, as, Fine Salt, Glass Bottles…: . (source: To Serve Well… p.75)

The term “runaway” was a specific term used for those who attempted escape from the indenture. Many attempted to return home. Some went to the major cities and some went to the frontiers of VA and the Carolinas. Many owners advertised their losses in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Gazette publications.

Destinations of Maryland and Virginia Runaways

Ship boarding: 67%; Philadelphia & NYC: 10%; Backcountry: 3.5%; VA: 3.5%; Md: 2.4%; Carolinas: 2%; Other: 7%

“More than half a century ago, Abbot E. Smith, in his book Colonists in Bondage: White Servitude and Convict Labor in America, 1607-1776, found that few ex-servants enjoyed much financial success, and his conclusion has been supported by a number of more recent studies. “ Smith, Colonists in Bondage: White Servitude and Convict Labor in America, (Referred to in Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the U.S.) (My conclusion at this point is that he is referring to the convict indentured servants)

From 1732-35 in Kent Co, Md. Of 145 felons, only 5 could clearly be identified to having property later.

A few were able to buy out from the servitude or escaped by marriages.

How could these people acquire land?

In the early times of Maryland [17th century] “about 90% of the former servants [no comment about which kind, but in the 17th century voluntary indenture was much more common] achieved landownership and typically establish themselves as small planters on leased land immediately after they had complete their terms. ..starting at the bottom…to acquire a substantial estate and a responsible position… However many did postpone their claims for various reasons.” (The author is stating the reason it was easier in Md to progress than in Pennsylvania on which his book concentrates.) (source: To Serve Well… p.45)

Virginia, in 1705, passed a law “requiring masters to provide white servants whose indenture time was up with ten bushels of corn, thirty shillings, and a gun… Also, freed servants were to get 50 acres of land.” Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, NY: WW Norton, 1975.

Supporting this statement is a comment from the PBS web site: Black and white women worked side-by-side in the fields. Black and white men who broke their servant contract were equally punished. During their time as servants, they were fed and housed. Afterwards, they would be given what were known as "freedom dues," which usually included a piece of land and supplies, including a gun. Black-skinned or white-skinned, they became free.

However the topic of acquiring land also includes Virginia Headrights . Further explanations are at this site and includes this statement: In 1699, after European immigrants became harder and harder to attract, the colony began to sell "headrights" allowing people to claim 50 acres for 5 shillings. At the start of the 18th Century, Virginia shifted from the headrights system and allowed individuals to purchase 50 acres for 5 shillings, substantially reducing the price of Virginia land.

By the late 1700s the cost of land had apparently escalated. In 1779 James Phelps of Caswell Co, NC (my line) purchased land for 50 shillings per 100 acres, per his deed. At that rate 50 acres would cost 25 shillings. Accounting for 20 shillings per English pound, the equivalent dollar cost in 2003 would be about $250. See Money and Denominations

The daily income for unskilled laborers in England did not much exceed a shilling a day. Source: Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775. That would be about $10 a day in 2003

Is there information on the names of these people?

Start with the book by Peter Wilson Coldham called The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc, 1988) which contains an alphabetical list of men and women transported in this period. An introduction to this book and a list of related Phelps is at the Southern Phelps Research web site and can be viewed here. The list includes nine Phelps from 1695 to 1775.

This multiple volume set is available in some libraries, including my local small town genealogical library.

Web sites of interest Transportation - Colonial America Transportation to America and the West Indies, 1615-1776

Books you may want to read

Smith, Abbot E. Colonists in Bondage: White Servitude and Convict Labor in America, 1607-1776 ($80) (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1946), 297@-300; (Referred to in Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the U.S.)

Russell Menard, "From Servant to Freeholder: Status Mobility and Property Accumulation in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 30 (1973): 37@-64;

Lois Green Carr and Russell R. Menard, "Immigration and Opportunity: The Freedman in Early Colonial Maryland," in Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman, eds.,

Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, NY: WW Norton, 1975

The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979), 73@-95;

Sharon V. Salinger, "To Serve Well and Faithfully": Labor and Indentured Servants in Pennsylvania, 1682@-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 115@-36. (interlibrary loan; very expensive) (Reviewed - CC Library, Interlibary loan

A. Roger Ekirch, Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775 1987 (Reviewed - CC Library, Interlibrary loan)

The following is a very partial list of primary sources of the book Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1757



Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

John Hook Papers

Harry Piper Letter Book

Prentis Papers, Documents, 1743-1858

Colonial Williamsburg Inc., Research Center, Williamsburg

John Hook Papers, Duke University Library, Durham (microfilm)

James Lawson Letterbook, Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh (microfilm)

Russell Papers, Coutts & Co., London (microfilm)

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Aadditional Manuscripts, ?9600, British Library, London (photocopies)

Landing Certificates, 1718- 36, Guildhall Records OFFICE. London (photocopies)

Woolsey & Salmon Letterbook

Maryland Hall of Records, Annapolis

Annapolis Mayor's Court Proceedings

Anne Arundel County Convict Record

Baltimore Countv Convict Record Baltimore Countv Debt Books

Kent County Bonds and Indentures

Kent County Court Criminal Proceedings Kent County Debt Books

Kent County Inventories

Maryland Inventories and Accouts

Maryland Shipping Returns

Maryland Wills

Provincial Court Judgements

Queen Anne's County Land Records

Maryland Historical Society. Baltimore

Thomas Cable Letterbook

Carroll-Maccubbln Papers

Cheston-Galloway Papers

Maryland Shipping Returns

Massachusetts Historical Society.

Boston Matthew Ridlev Collection

VIrginia State Library, Richmond

Fairfax County Order Books (microfilm)

John Hook Letters

King George County Order Books (microfilm)

Lancaster County_ Orders (microtilm)

Northumberland County Order Books (microfilm)

Prince William County Order Books (microfilm)

Richmond County Criminal Trials (microfilm)

Richmond County Order Books (microtilm)

Westmoreland County Orders (microfilm)

William Allason Papers

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thomas Phelps Sr. and Christian Staples of Elbert Co., Ga.

The Phelps Family of Thomas Phelps Jr. and Christian Staples in Elbert, County, Georgia
Possible Descendant Of Thomas Phelps of Albemarle County, Virginia d.1751

The Family of James Phelps(Wreck Island, Va.) and wife Elizabeth of Elbert County, Georgia.

The State of Georgia has heretofore been largely unexplored in regards to Phelps families that the Phelps Family Research Team has previously concentrated on. Until recently we were only knew of the James Phelps and his wife Elizabeth, who moved to Elbert County, Ga. from the Albemarle-Buckingham-Campbell County area of Virginia. This was the James Phelps of Wreck Island, Va, son of William Phelps d. 1749 Albemarle Co., Va. who had sons William and James that were named in his Will. William Phelps d. 1749, was a son of Thomas Phelps d. 1751 Albemarle Co., Va. For first time readers of this family history, the death dates are correct for this Thomas and James are correct as James died prior to his father Thomas, the Will of William Phelps naming him as "my loving father Thomas Phelps". The Wills of Thomas Phelps d.1751 and William Phelps d.1749 follow below, furnished by Tamra Phelps a Phelps descendant in Kentucky. These Wills provide documentary evidence of the kinship of these Phelps men discussed above.



In The name of God, amen. I, Thomas Phelps, of Albemarle County being weak in body but in sound & perfect memory do make this my last wilt & testament in manner and form as followeth.

Item I give my soul to God as gave it & my body to to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian like manner as my Executors shall think fit.

Item, I lend unto my loving wife Elizabeth Phelps during her widowhood all my whole estate real and personal.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving son Thomas Phelps 300 acres of land lying on both sides of Bridle Creek joining his lines, to him and his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving son John Phelps the plantation whereon I now dwel1 and the island I now tend in, and 300 acres of land on both sides of Huny's Creek joining Nicholas line to him and his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Mary Petteson one shilling sterling.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Joyce Patteson and my grandson Peter Patteson betwixt them both one child's part.

1t is my will and desire that all my personal estate shall be equally divided among all my children except my daughter Mary Patteson, and my will and desire is that my estate shall not be appraised enduring my wife's time, and I do appoint and ordain my son Thomas Phelps and my son-in-law Richard Given to be executors of this my last will and I do by these presents revoke all other wills heretofore by me made.

Witnessed by: John Fearn, Theodore C. Webb, Chicely Crisp
Albemarle County Will Book One, page 20.
proved in court, May 14, 1751.
Note that Thomas calls his daughter Mary loving but disinherits her with a shilling, giving her part to her kids. Thomas' son William had died before him in 1749.


Will of William Phelps, 1749 Albemarle County, Va.

In the name of God Amen. I, William Phelps, being weak in body but in sound and perfect memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth.

First I give and bequeath to my loving brother-in-law William Baber 200 hundred acres of land on Nell Moore's Creek of Slate River joining John Sharp's line to him and his heirs forever on condition that he pay to my executors hereinafter named on their order the value of the rights, surveyors and secretary's fees of the same.

I give and bequeath to my loving Father Thomas Phelps and to my loving brother Thomas Phelps Jr., all the rest and residue of my estate of what nature and kind soever in trust neverthless to be equally divided by them between my two sons James Phelps and William Phelps and by their heirs forever and for no other intent or purpose whatever and do ordain and appoint my said Father and Brother to be executors of this my last will and do by these presents revoke all other wills by me heretofore made.
witnessed by: William Cabell, Thomas MacDaniel (spelled Makadanal on will, and signed with his mark X, John Duncan, John Blackle.

proved in "May Court 1749. Albemarle County, VA, will Book One, page 1


William Phelps d.1749, named his Will two sons William Jr. and James. According to long time Phelps researcher J. C. Rodgers, James Phelps Son of William d.1749 is the James Phelps (Wreck Island) with wife Elizabeth, who left Virginia later in life and removed to Elbert Co., Ga. The primary evidence of James and Elizabeth Phelps of Elbert Co., Ga. and their residency in the Albemarle-Buckingham-Campbell County area of Virginia are two Deeds in which they sold property while residing in Elbert Co., Ga, that was located in Campbell Co., Va.

James Is In Georgia and Sells Property in Virginia---info from Doug Phelps and J.C.Rodgers

In 1800 James, while in Elbert Co, GA, sold property in Campbell Co - the Wreck Island Creek area - which researcher and descendant James Rodgers knows very well as part of the family property. The two deeds, one recorded in GA and the other in Campbell Co prove that this James and wife Elizabeth are in Elbert Co, GA and are selling land on Wreck Island Creek in Campbell Co, [1] The two deeds are:

1. Campbell Co, VA Deed Book 5 , pp94-95,1800)
"This Indenture made this twelfth day of March one thousand eight hundred between James Phelps and Elizabeth Phelps his wife of the state of Georgia and county of Elbert of the one part and William Bradley of the state if Virginia and county of Buckingham of the other part….sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia……..tract or parcel of land containing one hundred acres be it the same more or less lying in the county of Campbell and state of Virginia on Wreck Island Creek…….tract formerly possessed by james Shearer, deceased and at present occupied by Alexander Caldwell…... signed by James Phelps and Elizabeth Phelps (she made her mark) in the presence of James Lee (his mark) , John Penn, A. Stinchcomb…....Georgia Elbert County clerks office , registered in Book F, folio 119, the 12th day of March 1800, Middletown Woods, Clerk"…... Samuel Higginbotham attested that Middletown Woods was the clerk of court…....."Certificates thereon indorsed were exhibited in Court of Campbell Co. and ordered to be recorded june 9th, 1800. Ro. Alexander, clerk

2. Elbert Co, GA. Deedbook F p119 , 1800 20 Mar. 1800. James Phelps & Elizabeth his wife of Elbert Co. Ga. To William Bradley of Buckingham Co. VA for one hundred pounds VA. Money, 100 acres in Campbell Co. VA on Wreck Island Creek… formerly possessed by Shearer, at present possessed by Alexander Caldwell, signed James Phelps, Elizabeth (X) Phelps, Wit. James (X) Lee, John Penn, A. Stinchcomb, Regd. 12, Mar. 1800

This 1800 deed that was made from Elbert Ga does not give metes and bounds but mentions joining the land of Isaac Crews. (He bought the land in the 1797 deed) and also mentions Shearer.

Note the name of A. Stinchcomb, who witnessed both of the Deeds above, as he will help to connect the Phelps families in Virginia and Georgia.

Absalom Stinchcomb married Mary Penn, they had a son --

Levi Stinchcomb married Mary Ridgeway and they had a daughter--

Elizabeth Ann Stinchcomb who married Thomas Phelps Jr., Dec. 24, 1846 in Elbert Co., Ga.--

Thomas Phelps Jr., was a son of Thomas Phelps Sr. and Christian Staples, daughter of--

David Staples Jr. and Francis (Fanny) Mandley of Fluvanna Co. Va. Fluvanna County Marriage Bonds 1777-1801-- 1778 Staples, David--m.--Mandley, Fanny

David Staples Jr. was the son of, David Staples Sr. and Christian Ford of Albemarle Co., Va.

Francis (Fanny) Mandley was the daughter of John Mandley and Tabitha Stone of Fluvanna Co. Va.


The Will of John Mandley

* Will: 2 December 1802, Fluvanna Co., VA, In the name of God Amen I John Mandley of the County of Fluvanna in perfect health and sound memory doth make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth.

It is my will that my wife Tabitha Mandley do enjoy all my Estate both real and personal during her natural life and after her decease I give as followeth.

It is my Will that my Daughter Lucy Mayo have all the Estate I heretofore have given her.

It is also my will that my Daughter Fanny Staples have all the Estate I have given her and no more.

It is also my Will that my Daughter Polly Butler have all the estate I have given her and no more.

It is also my will that at the decease of my present wife Tabitha Mandley that my son Caleb Mandley have all the estate I have already given him and no more.

It is also my Will that my son Ancel Mandley have all the Estate I have given him and no more.

It is also my Will that after the decease of my present wife Tabitha Mandley that my son Micajah Mandley do have three-fourths of all my remaining estate both real and personal.

It is also my will that my daughter Salley Seay at the decease of my present wife Tabitha Mandley shall have the remaining fourth part of my remaining estate both ---- real and personal to them and their heirs forever as witness my hand and seal this Second day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and two.

I also appoint my wife Tabitha Mandley my Executrix and Micajah Mandley my Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Signed: John Mandley (seal)

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us Richard Merrill, John Barham, Salley Mandley (x her mark)

At a Court held for Fluvanna County on Monday the 23rd day of October 1809 This Will was this day produced in court and proved by the oath of Richard Merrill and John Barham two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Micajah Mandley the executor herein named who made thereto as the said directs and entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of two hundred Dollars Cuthbert Champion and William Pasteur his securities conditioned as the Said directs. Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Teste John Timberlake, C. Fl., Testator=John Manley Jr.


Elbert County, Georgia--Wills and Deeds

From Phelps Researcher, Martha Oglesby---All I have is 3 Elbert county Deed books covering the deeds from 1791 to 1835. This is the first Phelps mentioned in these books. Deed Book B 1793 - 1795 page 42 9 Oct 1795 Richard Coulter to William Phelps both of Elbert Co 100 acres on Doves Creek.


Will Book M, Elbert Co., GA

Estate of David Staples, page 377

Returns of Fanny STAPLES, Excx. for 1824 shows receipts of John, Thomas, and Patsy STAPLES, Thomas Phelps, John Stovall, Edward A. DENNA (DENNEY), Robt. DENNA (DENNEY), Jesse Brown, Jacob MOON, and Thomas STAPLES for William Smith, each for $391.00 their distributive shares, and Tabitha MOON for $2.00 as per will.

1822 Will Book M, Elbert Co., GA, p. 94

STAPLES, David, To wife Fanny a slave Charity, household goods etc. to dispose of at her pleasure. The residue to be distributed amongst my children towit; John STAPLES, Christian J. PHELPS, Elizabeth D. STOVALL, Prudence SMITH, Barbara DENNY, Patsy STAPLES, Lucy BROWN, Melita DENNY, the legitimate off spring of my dau. Tabitha MOON, (at majority). To dau. Tabitha MOON $2.00, to Thos. STAPLES, Anna MOON, slaves Gabriel, Hannah, Bridget, Phillis, Jack, Lucinda, Silvy, Benj. and Welborn to be divided amongst above named children. Wife Fanny an son John STAPLES, Excrs. Signed April 30, 1821. Probated Nov. 19, 1822. C. W. Christian, Wm. Branan, Edmond Smithwick, Test.

Elbert County Deed Book P (1813-1816): p. 151 1 Dec. 1815, Presley Christian to George Oglesby, both of Elbert Co., for $100, on Doves Creek waters in sd. co., 69 ¼ acres on & up creek, adj. S.E. & S.W. by William Faulkner, N.E. by John Faulkner, N.W. by Thomas Phelps. (signed) Presley Christian. Wit.: William Grimes, Boyel Ridgway, Robt. B. Christian, J.P. Regd. 12 Jan. 1816. p. 152 Elbert Co., Ga.: 1 Dec. 1815, Presley Christian to George Oglesby, both of sd. co., for $500, on Doves Creek waters in sd. co., 170 acres, adj. Thomas Oglesby, on & down creek, in fee simple. (signed) Presley Christian. Wit.: William grimes, Boyel Ridgway, Robt. B. Christian, J.P. Regd. 12 Jan. 1816 Wm. Woods, clk.

Francis "Fanney" Staples Will as transcribed and notes by Daniel Denney, Olney, MD

Francis "Fanney" Staples appears to have died in Elbert County, Georgia, but her will, written October 17, 1837, is not specific. It wasn’t recorded by the court clerk until 1847, however (Will Book 1835-1860, pages 102 and 103). Two of the three witnesses, Charles Moon and C. W. Christian, I know to be Elbert County men. Both owned property facing the North Fork of the Broad River and were neighbors of my gggg grandfather Edward Denney. David and Fanney Staples owned land a bit to the south on Deep Shoal Creek.

Terms of the will:

Georgia, Elbert County

In the name of Almighty God Amen. I, Fanney Staples, widow and select of David Staples late of the County and state aforesaid deceased being weak in body but of sound and reflecting mind and memory, knowing that it is once appointed for all men to die wishing to dispose of what property that it has pleased God to help me with in my widowhood I do make this my last will and testament in following manner, to wit, I wish to be buried in Christian order at discression of my surviving friends and the expense paid out of my Estate.

I wish all my just debts to be paid out of estate by my Exec.

I give unto my son John F. Staples or his children one equal share

I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Stovall one equal share

I give unto my daughter Barbary Denney one equal share

I give unto my daughter Martha Tucker one equal share

I give unto my daughter Lucy Brown on equal share

I give unto my daughter Melita Denney one hundred dollars

I give unto my daughter Mary Ann Moon one equal share

I give unto my son Thomas Staples one equal share

I give unto Charles W. Christian, Senr., three equal shares in trust, one equal share for the sole use and benefit of my daughter Christian S. Phelps, one other equal share for the use and benefit of my daughter Prudence Smith, and one other equal share for the use and benefit of my daughter Tabitha S. Moon to be used in that manner in which the said C. W. Christian in trust may decide(?) it best to their and each of their interest, and his, the said C. W. Christian, failing or refusing to act in trust for the three last named daughters, then and in that case I authorize any court having competent jurisdiction to appoint other trustee or trustees in his place.

I give unto Charles W. Christian, Senr., one Negro girl named Milly trust for the sole use and benefit of my daughter Tabitha S. Moon.

My will and wish is that the balance of my Negroes, to wit, Charity, Benjamin, and Ansel, have the right of choosing their masters either in or out of my family to go at the valuation of three good men and the proceeds applied as above provided.

I do hereby appoint Charles W. Christian, Senr., and my son Thomas Staples Exec. to this my last will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Seventeenth day of October in the year of out Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-Seven.

Signed sealed and acknowledged in the Presence of

Adam Kelly

Charles G. Moon

C. W. Christian


Fanney X Staples



Georgia Gold Lottery of 1832

This land was known as the "Cherokee Purchase", and extended from the Chattahoochee river to the state of Alabama on the west, to Tenn. and N. C. on the north. Lots of 40 acres were supposed to contain gold, and were known as "gold lots." Land lots contained 160 acres. Revolutionary soldiers, widows of Revolutionary soldiers, citizens, citizens widows and orphans were eligible for participation.

Captain Jesse Nellum’s Dist. 201

DENNEY, Edward A., s.l.w. (soldier of the late war 1812), 1 draw

DENNEY, George Washington (oldest son of David DENNEY), 1 draw

STAPLES, Francis, w.r.s. (wife of Rev. soldier David STAPLES), 1 draw

DENNEY, Robert, s.l.w. (soldier of the late war 1812), 1 draw

DENNEY, David, s.l.w., 1 draw

MOON, James B., 1 draw

MOON, Pleasant, 1 draw

MOON, John B. and Gabrilla (orphans of Pleasant MOON, given in by their mother)

MOON, Sarah, widow, 1 draw

STAPLES, Thomas (youngest son of David STAPLES), 1 draw


The documents listed above show the family relationships of the Phelps, Staples, Stinchcomb, Ridgeway, Penn, Moon, Christian and Oglesby families as allied and intermarried families in Elbert Co, Ga. and the discussed areas of Virginia. This now brings us to the family of Thomas Phelps Sr. and Christian Staples Phelps family in Elbert Co., Ga., who I now feel strongly is connected to James Phelps (Wreck Island, Va) and wife Elizabeth. Thomas Phelps Sr. could be a son of James of Wreck Island or possibly a grandson, as he was born in 1783 per 1860 Elbert Co., Ga. Census 87 years old being born in Virginia.

From longtime Phelps Researcher, J. C. Rogers: I have always thought that the Thomas Phelps in Elbert could have been a son of James. If memory serves, he married a Christian Staples. The Christian and Staples names are "Wreck Island Creek". The Stinchcomb and Oglesby names are local as well in the same area. Patteson is a name with multiple connections to this Phelps line and they were also interwoven in the Oglesby line.

The Family of Thomas Phelps Sr. and wife Christian Staples

1.Sarah Phelps

2.Mary Phelps b. 1809 Farm Hill, Oglethorpe Co., Ga

3.David S. Phelps

4.James P. Phelps b. 1813

5.Thomas Phelps, Jr. b. July 5, 1817, died Feb 2, 1902, married, Elizabeth Ann Stinchcomb Dec. 24, 1846

6.Elizabeth phelpsb. 1819, d. 1879 Meriwether Co., GA

7.John Phelps b. Jan. 23, 1821 Elbert Co. d. March 31, 1881, Elbert Co., Married Susan A. Moon

8. Reuben (Rubin)Phelps abt. 1823 (based on census)

The 1820 Elbert Co., Ga. Census shows a James and Thomas Phelps, no Township listed. In later census records it is refered as Elberton P.O., and Pike District. Below is a Listing of Phelps in the 1850 Census in Elbert, which shows three sons of Thomas Phelps Sr., James, Thomas Jr., and John Phelps, living beside one another based on the consecutive Household #'s. Thomas Phelps Sr is shown living with a Brown family. The E. Brown shown in Household # 293, along with Thomas Phelps Sr., is probably Thomas Sr.'s daughter Elizabeth as her age of 32 coincides closely with her birthdate of 1819. It is very likely for him to be living with one of his children, at the age of 70 years with his wife obviously deceased as she is not shown in Household #293.

1850 Elbert County, Georgia Census

Page Household#
373 147 147 Phelps James 37 M W Farmer GA
373 147 147 Phelps M. 35 F W GA
373 147 147 Phelps E. 14 F W GA
373 147 147 Phelps S. A. 12 F W GA
373 147 147 Phelps J. W. 10 M W GA
373 147 147 Phelps M. 7 F W GA

373 148 148 Phelps Thomas 33 M W Farmer GA
373 148 148 Phelps E. 21 F W GA
373 148 148 Phelps M. A. 4 F W GA
373 148 148 Phelps L. T. 2 F W GA
373 148 148 Phelps J. J. 2/12 M W GA

373 149 149 Phelps John 29 M W Farmer GA
373 149 149 Phelps S. 29 F W GA
373 149 149 Phelps W. T. 5 M W GA
373 149 149 Phelps L. E. 2 F W GA

384 293 293 Brown J. C. 32 M W Farmer GA
384 293 293 Brown E. 32 F W GA
384 293 293 Brown L. 5 F W GA
384 293 293 Brown J. 3 M W GA
384 293 293 Brown W. 2 M W GA
384 293 293 Brown J. 10/12 M W GA
384 293 293 Phelps T. 70 M W Farmer VA


By the 1860 Elbert County Georgia Census, Thomas Phelps is Shown living in the Household of his son, Thomas Phelps Jr.

406 803 Phelps Thomas Jr 44 M W Farmer GA

406 803 Phelps Elizabeth Stinchcomb 32 F W GA

406 803 Phelps Mahulda A. 13 F W GA

406 803 Phelps G. T. 11 M W GA

406 803 Phelps John J. 10 M W GA

406 803 Phelps Reuben H. 9 M W GA

406 803 Phelps Malinda E. 7 F W GA

406 803 Phelps Mary E. 6 F W GA

406 803 Phelps Sarah 2 F W GA

406 803 Phelps Z. 2 F W GA

406 803 Phelps Thomas Sr 87 M W Farmer VA

The age of of Thomas Sr, is in question as he was shown in 1850 as 70 years old and 87 years old in 1860, a 7 year discrepancy, yet we have all seen contradictory ages on Census Records and he is the only Thomas Phelps Sr. in Elbert Co, Ga. during these two decades.


I shall now focus on one son of Thomas Phelps Sr. and Christian Staples, as he leads to living Phelps descendants in Georgia. That son is John Wofford Phelps, that married Susan A. Moon, Jan. 12th, 1843 in Elbert Co., Ga..

The Family of John Wofford Phelps and Susan A. Moon

1) William T. Phelps Sr.--Born 1846-- William T Phelps - Enlisted 4/1/1864, "Present" on roll dated 1/30/1865, No further military record but 1921 Florida pension application states that he was captured 4/6/1865 and put on a boat to Savannah at Newport News in June 1865, Born in Elbert County Ga 1/22/1846, Married Louisa A Seymour in Elbert County 7/21/1867, Moved to Alachua County Fla., 12/24/1912 from Lowndes County Ga, Died 3/17/1924 in Alachua County, Fla.

2) Lockey Ann Elizabeth Phelps --Birth: 23 JUN 1848 , Elbert, Georgia --Death: 20 JUL 1918 , Elbert, Georgia

3) Mary L. Phelps --Birth: 17 OCT 1850 , Elbert, Georgia Death: 14 JUL 1945, Elbert, Georgia--Married Joel R. Seymour, 15-May 1868

4) Susan Mildred Phelps--Birth: 1852, Elbert, Georgia --Married James R. Dickerson, 26-Oct 1873

5) Jepthania F. Phelps --Birth: 1854, Elbert, Georgia-- Death: 20 JUL 1918--Married William S. Seymour, 19-Dec 1873 GA Elbert

6) Bird Ella Phelps --Birth: 1857, Elbert, Georgia --Married William M. Vaughn, 20-Jan 1876 GA Elbert

7) Jefferson Davis Phelps -- Birth: 1859, Elbert, Georgia --Married Jeanette Burden, 9-Nov 1884 GA Elbert

8) John Wofford Phelps Jr, --Birth: 1862, Elbert, Georgia--Married Jessie E. Norris, 16-Oct 1884 GA Elbert

The Family of Jefferson Davis Phelps and Jeanette Burden

1) Maude Phelps--Daughter--Birth 1886

2) Gairdner Phelps--Son--Birth 1887

3) Tommie (Lonnie) Phelps--Son--Birth 1890

4) Lester Phelps--Son--Birth 1891

5) Charles Phelps--Son--Birth 1893

6) Allie Phelps--Daughter--Birth 1894

7) Dozier King Phelps--Son--Birth 1896---Dozier King Phelps, married Jessie Lavonia Moon, has a living Great-Grandson in Elbert Co., Ga., who shall remain anonymous at this time.

8) Jefferson Davis Phelps Jr.--Son--Birth 1904

9) Dorolla (Dora) Phelps--Daughter


Elbert County Cemeteries---PHELPS

Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Dozier King ??-???-1896 20-Nov-1960 h/o Jessie Lavonia Moon --Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Edward ??-???-1900 ??-???-1922-- Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Gardner ??-???-1887 ??-???-1941 --Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Jeanette Burden ??-???-1867 ??-???-1943 Jeanette Burden, w/o Jefferson Davis Phelps-- Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Jefferson Davis ??-???-1859 ??-???-1929 h/o Jeanette Burden-- Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Jefferson Davis Jr 06-Feb-1904 24-Dec-1983 --Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Jessie Moon ??-???-1896 27-May-1981 Jessie Lavonia Moon, w/o Dozier King Phelps --Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Lonnie W. 19-May-1935 GA PVT 235 INF 82 DIV-died at age 16 --Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Lydia Ramirez 26-Apr-1909 28-Jan-1972-- Deep Creek Baptist

Phelps Tommy ??-???-1907 ??-???-1911 --Deep Creek Baptist

Antioch Baptist

Phelps Susan A. 27-Sep-1821 27-Feb-1908 Susan A. Moon, w/o John Phelps --Antioch Baptist

Phelps John 26-Jan-1821 31-Mar-1881 h/o Susan A. Moon --Antioch Baptist

Rehoboth Baptist

Seymour Holcomb G. 18-Mar-1888 24-Aug-1950 s/o William Thomas and Lonie Phelps Seymour-- Rehoboth Baptist

Butler Holcomb H. 26-Jun-1887 09-Sep-1888 s/o Peter. B. and Elzena Dora Phelps Butler-- Rehoboth Baptist

Seymour Lonie ??-???-1867 ??-???-1931 Lonie Phelps, w/o William Thomas Seymour--Rehoboth Baptist

Seymour William T. 06-Jan-1865 ??-???-1948 William Thomas Seymour, h/o Lonie Phelps -- Rehoboth Baptist

Seymour J. Reese 12-Aug-1847 14-Sep-1923 Joel Reese Seymour, h/o Mary Louisa Phelps-- Rehoboth Baptist

Seymour Mary Phelps 17-Oct-1850 14-Jul-1935 Mary Louisa Phelps, w/o Joel Reese Seymour Rehoboth Baptist

Phelps Silas 12-Sep-1894 02-Jan-1902 Son of J. W. and H. E. Phelps --Rehoboth Baptist

Hillcrest Cemetery

Phelps Jessie Norris ??-???-1861 ??-???-1955 Jessie Norris,w/o John W. Phelps --Hillcrest Cemetery

Phelps John W. ??-???-1861 ??-???-1897 h/o Jessie Norris-- Hillcrest Cemetery

Phelps Robert D. 19-Feb-1896 03-Dec-1896 s/o J. W. & Jessie Phelps --Hillcrest Cemetery

Phelps Stella B. 03-Apr-1894 21-Sep-1894 d/o J. W. and Jessie Phelps --Hillcrest Cemetery

Dewey Rose Baptist

Phelps John W. 05-Sep-1897 28-Feb-1984-- Dewy Rose Baptist

Phelps Wilburn Campbell 09-Apr-1929 10-Apr-1929 Inf s/o John W. Phelps -- Dewy Rose Baptist

Stinchcomb United Methodist Cemetery

Phelps Hulde Yann 13-Jun-1847 07-Nov-1917 Mahulda Yann, w/o William G. Sanders-- Stinchcomb United Methodist Cemetery

Phelps Sallie 29-May-1847 01-Sep-1903 Sarah P. Bond, w/o John J. Phelps--StinchcombUnited Methodist Cemetery

Rousey Mitchell G. 14-Jan-1860 05-Feb-1924 h/o Eliza Phelps--Stinchcomb United Methodist Cemetery

Phelps William D. 13-Sep-1865 26-Apr-1932 s/o Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Stinchcomb Phelps--Stinchcomb United Methodist Cemetery

Phelps Thomas 5-Jul-1817 02-Feb-1902 h/o Elizabeth Ann Stinchcomb--Stinchcomb United Methodist Cemetery

Phelps Elizabeth A. 16-Sep-1828 07-Oct-1900 Elizabeth Ann Stinchcomb, w/o Thomas Phelps--Stinchcomb United Methodist Cemetery

Burden Family Cemetery

Burden Richard Lester 20-Oct-1894 17-Aug-1896 s/o George Usry and Henrietta Phelps Burden--Burden Family Cemetery

Burden George Usry 16-Jun-1876 28-Mar-1946 h/o Henrietta Phelps --Burden Family Cemetery

Burden Henrietta "Etta" 06-Apr-1876 29-Apr-1916 Henrietta Phelps, w/o George Usry Burden


Colvard Lula Phelps 12-Oct-1870 12-Feb-1963 Lula Phelps, w/o Walter Hamilton Colvard

Colvard Walter Hamilton 18-Oct-1864 17-Sep-1943 h/o Lula Phelps


Phelps Marraiges--Elbert Co. Ga. 1806-1850

Hicks. William and Polly Phelps Nov. 23, 1809 p.2

Hicks, Wyatt and Melinda Phelps Feb. 8, 1824 p.486

Moon, Jesse and Mary Phelps Oct. 28, 1823 p.484

Moon, Stephen and Fanny Phelps Jan 20, 1820 p.475

Phelps, Thomas Jr., and Elizabeth Ann Stinchcomb Dec. 24, 1846 p.206


Brown, Jesse and Lucy Staples Jan. 17, 1811 p.137-- I feel very strongly that this is the sister of Christian Staples, who married Thomas Phelps Sr. of Elbert Co, Ga. J.C. Brown, whose household Thomas Phelps Sr., was living in Elbert Co., Georgia Census Records of 1850 in Household # 293. The Census Record clearly shows:

384 293 293 Brown J. C. 32 M W Farmer GA
384 293 293 Brown E. 32 F W GA
384 293 293 Brown L. 5 F W GA
384 293 293 Brown J. 3 M W GA
384 293 293 Brown W. 2 M W GA
384 293 293 Brown J. 10/12 M W GA
384 293 293 Phelps T. 70 M W Farmer VA

Martha Oglesby--Phelps Researcher said: I forgot to tell you that the Brown family that Thomas Phelps was living with in 1850 was a nephew... the son of Christian Staples sister, Lucy, who married a Brown.

The Christian Phelps who Thomas received money for, was a daughter of Fanny Staples would be the wife of Thomas Phelps,Sr.

Based on this Census record, I conclude that the E. Phelps, is in fact Elizabeth Phelps, daughter of Thomas Phelps Sr. and Christian Staples. In the 1860 Elbert County. Ga. Census, Lucy (Staples) Brown, Probably the mother of J. C. Brown and sister of Christian Staples, shown in the Household of
J. C Brown, which gives the full name of J. C Brown and E. Brown. Thomas Phelps Sr. had died before 1870 and is no longer shown in the Household. Notice that it shows Lucy Staples Brown, sister of Christian Staples, being born in Virginia, just as the 1850 Census shows Thomas Phelps Sr, who married Christian Staples, being born in Virginia as well.

50 757 Brown Joshua Clarke 41 M W Farmer GA
50 757 Brown Elizabeth Pendleton Vaughn 41 F W GA
50 757 Brown Lucy Elizabeth 14 F W GA
50 757 Brown J. B. 12 M W GA
50 757 Brown W. A. 10 M W GA
50 757 Brown J. D. 8 M W GA
50 757 Brown L. 6 M W GA
50 757 Brown Lucy 71 F W VA
50 757 Burch J. W. 61 M W Farmer KY
50 757 Guess P. 33 M W Waggoner SC

Phelps Marraiges--Elbert Co. Ga. 1851-1900

BOND, SARAH P.------------------ PHELPS, JOHN J.---------- 18-Nov 1869 GA Elbert

BURDEN, JENETT------------------ PHELPS, J. D. 9-------------Nov 1884 GA Elbert

COLLINS, H. ETTER---------------- PHELPS, JESSE W. --------24-May 1888 GA Elbert

McCURRY, STELLA---------------- PHELPS, W. T. Jr.---------- 26-Dec 1894 GA Elbert

NORRIS, JESSIE E.----------------- PHELPS, JOHN W.--------- 16-Oct 1884 GA Elbert

PHELPS, BURDEL -----------------VAUGHAN, WILLIAM M.-- 20-Jan 1876 GA Elbert

PHELPS, ELIZA-------------------- ROUSEY, MITCHELL G. ---6-Jan 1895 GA Elbert

PHELPS, ELZENA D.-------------- BUTLER, PETER B. ---------21-Nov 1882 GA Elbert

PHELPS, ETTA ---------------------BURDEN, BUDDIE--------- 28-Dec 1893 GA Elbert

PHELPS, IRENE E.----------------- HALL, WILLIAM T.-------- 18-Dec 1889 GA Elbert

PHELPS, JEPTHANA F.------------ SEEMORE, WILLIAM S.--- 19-Dec 1873 GA Elbert

PHELPS, LOCKEY A. E. -----------SEAMORE, CHARLES M.-- 7-Feb 1867 GA Elbert

PHELPS, LONA-------------------- SEYMORE, THOMAS W. --7-Feb 1886 GA Elbert

PHELPS, LULA --------------------COLVARD, WALTER H.----12-Jan 1890 GA Elbert

PHELPS, MAHULDA A. -----------SANDERS, WILLIAM G.-----26-Nov 1868 GA Elbert

PHELPS, MARY ELIZABETH -----BUSBY, JAMES ------------18-Sep 1870 GA Elbert

PHELPS, MARY L. ----------------SEEMORE, JOEL R. 15-----May 1868 GA Elbert

PHELPS, NEELIE ------------------BOND, EDWARD M.------ 12-Nov 1891 GA Elbert

PHELPS, SUSAN M.---------- ----DICKERSON, JAMES R.-- 26-Oct 1873 GA Elbert

PLEDGER, LETTIE A.--------- ----PHELPS, LEVI T. ----------12-Sep 1869 GA Elbert

SEEMORE, LOUISA A. -----------PHELPS, WILLIAM T. -----21-Jul 1867 GA Elbert

McCURRY, STELLA---------------PHELPS, W. T. Jr.-----------26-Dec 1894 GA Elbert


Letter of Dismision
( Georgia, Elbert County )

The Baptist Church of Christ at Doves Creek in conference do certify
that the Undersigned named members are in full fellowship with us and are
heareby dismissed From us regularly constituted into a Church at Antioch in the
above named County According to Baptist usage.

Named as follows: Femails Names

John Booth
Wm. R. Crook Amy Booth
Woodson C. Booth Sarah J. Smith
David M. Sanders Judy Moore
Joel W. Moore Mary S. Johnson
Richard Sanders Nancy Moore
James Johnson Elizabeth E. Moore
Wm. Ruff Elizabeth C. Tucker
Calvin J. Moore Nicy Crook
Georg T. Sanders Jane Head
W. J. Moore Martha S. Brown
????? White Mahielda Sanders
Bennet W. Brown Elizabeth Moore
Thomis Phelps Cicilyian Fitts
Mary A. Ruff
Martha F. Tucker

Don in conference and assigned by order of the same.
January 17th 1846 (?)
James Almand C
P. T. Burges, modeator


Georgia: Elbert County: Sarah Harper Estate Sale, 5 Nov 1802

Elbert County}

Amt. Of Sale, Sarah Harper, dec'd, 5th Nov 1802

Wm. Phelps 1 saw & rest 3.02 ½; pd Jas Jones 1 chern 1.00 4.02 ½
Tho. Napier 1 sett coopers tools 2.50;
N Wm. Phelps 2 chisels & hammer .81 ½ 3.31 ½


Georgia: Elbert County: The History of Goshen District
And The Town of Bowman, Ga.

Some early educators of Gibson-Mercer Academy were: Dr. Montgomery,
Dr. A. W. Keese, Prof. Peter Zellars, Prof. J. P. Cash, J. A. Hunter,
Rev. A. W. Bussey, Prof. J. T. Miller, J. W. Holman, Lawson E. Brown,
Prof. A. B. Greene, Prof. W. C. Underwood, A. H. Redding, L. F. Jordan,
and J. B. Brookshire.

1926 saw this school operated as a public high school for white
students. In 1928 this school house burned, and the people of Bowman
and Goshen District came together and constructed a new brick building
for the grammar and high school. Crayton Phelps and his cousin, Sanford
Moon are shown (1928) in a photo in front of the old two story brick
grammar school building. Crayton’s father had left this area to go
and help build the Panama Canal but returned back to Goshen District.
1929 was the first Class to graduate from the White Bowman High School.


Conclusions based on the evidence contained in this document.

1) The line of Thomas Sr. and Christian Staples in Elbert Co., Ga. based on the source documents, included in this article is proven to present day.

2) The relationship between Thomas Sr. and James Phelps of Albemarle-Buckingham-Campbell, Co., Va. is strong, yet can only be proven by a DNA test from a "living male" Phelps , who I have spoken to recently. The presence of the allied and intermarried families in Elbert Co, Ga., that have Old Albemarle Co, Va. "roots' makes a strong argument that this is certainly possible.

3) The William Phelps who appears in early Elbert Co, Ga. documents, appears to be a close relation of Thomas Phelps Sr. of Elbert Co. Further research is needed on this William Phelps. If he proves to be a brother of Thomas Sr., they both could be sons or grandsons of James Phelps of Albermarle-Buckingham-Campbell Co, Va.

4) I welcome any and all critique, additions, corrections, comments of any kind concerning this article. I encourage all Phelps Researchers to follow up with your own research in regards to this Phelps Family Line and hopefully it will bring others that we have not heretofore known of, to join us in the quest for answers we all seek.

Latham Mark Phelps---February 2007

Thomas Phelps of Rowan Co. NC and Jasper Co, Ga

The Phelps/Felps Family of Rowan County, North Carolina and Jasper County, Georgia.

The Family of Aquilla Phelps and his sons Thomas and James, who left Rowan County, North Carolina to cast their lot in the Georgia and Louisiana Frontier. This Phelps family has it's origins in Baltimore County, Maryland where Aquilla Phelps' father, Avinton Phelps and grandfather, Thomas Phelps, had made their own migration into the wilds of North Carolina in the mid-1700's. I have compiled this data from through various sources available on the internet in an effort to place these widely scattered bits of information in a single document for all Phelps researchers to see and have at their disposal. Hopefully it will encourage further conversation and collaboration among present day Phelps family history afficianados.

I descend from James Phelps and his wife Mary of Caswell County, North Carolina. Recent DNA testing has confirmed a family relationship between my James Phelps of Caswell County, North Carolina and Thomas Phelps d.1751 of Albemarle County, Virginia. The specific relationship has yet to be determined, however as the DNA testing is expanded the answers will be discovered. I would like to encourageand challenge all Phelps researchers to find a living "Male" descendant of your line to gather a DNA test from. If you are a "Male" Phelps it is of utmost importance that you yourself submit your own DNA test, as it is where the future of Genealogy is headed. Many "brick walls" will be laid to rest as DNA will provide the evidence we all seek.

I am in the process of digesting the files on Southern Phelps in Georgia and elsewhere, graciously sent to me by Margaret Swanson, a noted Phelps Researcher who had published the "Phelps Connections Newsletters". Margaret is descended from the New England Phelps Group, yet she collected vast amounts of Phelps information on Southern Phelps and the "frontier states" that their descendants migrated to. Her work deserves an article by itself. Unfortunately I still work "Full Time" and only have limited time to devote to my research. I will try to share her work with everyone at a later date.

Latham Mark Phelps----April 2007

I begin with information provided by Ed Phelps, who in my opinion is the most authorative researcher on the Phelps/Felps family of Rowan County, North Carolina that I have seen. I'm sure there are others, yet Ed Phelps went one step further and shared his information with the world by posting his research for all to see. I would encourge all Phelps researchers to do the same. I have always shared this philosophy since I began my own research in the 70's. The Internet has provided us all with the vehicle to tell our family stories, so that future generations will be able to find their "Roots" as well.


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Felps linked to many families
Author: Jim Drew-WhitakerDate: 7 Oct 2001 5:20 PM GMT

Hi Patsy

The Rowan Co., NC Felps were descendants of Baltimore Co.,
Maryland. There's a Samuel Felps mentioned. Please let me know
more about your ancestors in Russell Co., VA. There some
Whitakers who also migrated there. Thanks. Best regards, Jim

I received the following from Ed Phelps about 2 years ago.
Lots of great information here on several families in Rowan
Co., NC from Maryland & Pennsylvania.

You might be able to read this and get something from it. From
my research I do know the Whitakers in Rowan County NC came
down from Baltimore County Maryland about the same time as the
Felps, and then they all moved to GA in the 1770's the same
time. The Felps then again moved to Warren County KY during
the early 1820's. Our Felps name changed in the family bible
of my ggg grandfather during the later of 1850's for some
unknown reason.


Born in Baltimore County Maryland abt.1711
Died in Rowan County North Carolina abt.1790
Son of Thomas Felps & Mrs. Rosanna Swift

Shown in the St. George's Parish Register in Baltimore County,
Maryland is the marriage record of Avinton Felps and Rachel
McElroy dated April 23, 1730. Rachel was born Aug. 7, 1713 and
was the daughter of John and Francis McElroy.

On June 20, 1725 John McElroy was granted a survey for 100
acres that was named "Rachel's Delight" and this tract of land
was located on the head of a small draught being a draught of
the upper groom spring the west side of Deer creek. John had
conveyed 50 of the 100 acres of "Rachel's Delight" to his
daughter at the time she had married.

On Sept. 5, 1732 the father of Rachel, who referred to himself
as a planter in various deeds, had sold the last of his land
"John's Beginning" in Baltimore County, Maryland to John Long
of Cecil County, L50, 200 acres, John (x) Mackelroy. Wit:
Signed Avinton Felps and Stephen Onions.

One must assume now that the McElroy family, Avinton and
Rachel Felps, had began their Southwest movement on the trail
of "The Great Wagon Road" also known as "The Carolina Road".
It does appear that both families left Baltimore County
Maryland during the later part of 1732. The family of John and
Francis McElroy have disappeared into the wilderness from the
years of 1732 until 1742, about 10 years before surfacing in
the North Carolina frontiers. It appears from the following
land deed that Avinton and Rachel Felps, temporarily located
in Orange County Virginia.

Formed from Spotsylvania County in 1734

Aug. 5, 1741 Avinton & Rachel Felps, Yeoman, of Orange County
Virginia to Henry Thomas, planter, of Baltimore County
Maryland, L10 paid by Isaac Webster, 50 acres...west side of
Deer creek, known as "Rachel's Delight" Signed Avinton Felps.
Wit: Isaac Webster and Richard Ruff.
Avinton and Rachel apparently returned to Baltimore County,
Maryland to sign the deed because his acknowledgement was
taken there, as well as Rachel's mark ( R ) on the release of


In Edenton, Chowan County North Carolina, the land office of
the Lord Granville Proprietory had opened in 1745 and
thousands of people in Maryland and Virginia took to the Great
Wagon Road that would lead them to these new frontiers in
North Carolina. By 1753, in the Granville district of North
Carolina, land was selling at the rate of 5 shillings per
hundred acres, regardless of acreage.



Was first created as Archdale Precinct of Bath County in 1705.
The name was changed about 1712. It was named in honor of
William Lord Craven, one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.
The county seat was first called Chattawka, or Chattoocka, and
later in 1723 it was changed to New Bern.

The McElroy families arrive in Craven County
In 1742 William McElroy, planter, bought 150 acres from Edward

In 1743 Archibald McElroy bought 50 acres from Moses Tillman,
Witt; James and Ruth McElroy.

In 1744 John McElroy, planter, bought 198 acres from Henry
Owens Sr. Also in the same year he bought 350 acres, and then
another 150 acres from Thomas Barnett.

In 1745 Archibald McElroy, blacksmith, bought 320 acres from
John Fryer a merchant.

Apr. 6, 1750, Land Grant to William McElroy, 100 acres


Was formed in 1746 from Craven County

Aventon Felps and the McElroy's are living on Crabtree Creek
near the Neuse River in St. Patrick's Parish, Johnston County.
Aventon Felps is listed there on April 12, 1749 as a sworn
chain-carrier for Lord Granville Surveyor, John Wade.

Johnston County Grantor Index Book l - Nov l746 - April l750
From To Page
Cole, George Abbinton Felps 16 (page 16 indicates recorded
early in the book 1746 or early 1747)
Mills, Thomas Abbinton Felps 38
McIllroy, John John Belk 56
McIllroy, Archibald Paul Hartsfield 140
McIllroy, William John Turner 156

Johnston County Grantor Index Book 3 - April 1754 - April 1755
From To Page
Felps, Avinton Alexader Avery 176
McIllroy, William John Belk 12
McIllroy, Archibald Thomas Bevan 56
McIllroy, Archibald Thomas Bevan 57
McIllroy, James William Blake 223
House, William Archibald Mukelroy 374

May 1755, Johnston County, NC Sir: this Comes to Let (sic)
Know that I have sold my Land containing one hundred & fifty
Acres, lying in Johnston County, on the North side of Walnut
Creek joying to the Great Branch on Both sides, to John SMITH
and I Desire your Honner (sic) to give the said John SMITH a
Deed in his own name and in Sodoing (sic) you will ablige your
friend and Humble Servant this 3rd. (sic) day of May 1755.
Signed Silus MONK, Witnessed and Signed, Thomas FELPS &
William BRYAN.


In the fall of 1752 at the land office in Edenton in Chowan
County, Col. Francis Corbin the Commander of the Frontier
Militia and Land Agent for Lord Earl Granville, directed Lt.
Col. George Smith and some Militia Rangers, to escort William
Churton a Surveyor, the Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenburg and
a few other Moravians to the west along the Indian Trading
Path that meandered out of Virginia, crossed the Eno River at
Hillsborough and then on to the Trading Ford at the Yadkin
River in Anson County where William Churton would survey and
lay out the boundries for the 100,000 acres of a Wachovia
Tract of land that Lord Granville agreed to sell to the
Movarian Church in Bethleham, Pennsylvania.


Was formed in 1750 from Bladen County

In 1753, before the Movarians had received their land from
Granville, Avinton Felps received a survey of the Granville
land for 500 acres in Anson County that was surveyed by Major
James Carter, with his sworn chain-carriers, John Smith and
Abiga McCoy.

This tract of land was located on the Yadkin River near the
mouth of Reedy Creek. Later on, this land was found to be
within the surveyed boundries of the 100,000 acres of land
that Lord Granville had sold to the Movarians. Aventon Felps a
blacksmith, and his oldest son Aquilla Felps who was a
sawmiller, settled on Reedy Creek a tributary of the Yadkin
River. I am positive that the main purpose for the Felps
settlement at that time, was to provide skills and services
for the establishing of the new German settlements of,
Bethania, Bethabara and Salem, that was soon to follow.

Feb 12, 1753 Michael Miers sold to Avinton Felps a blacksmith,
both of Anson County, for L25 Virginia money, 357 acres in
Anson on North side of Yadkin river above mouth of Reedy
creek. Signed- Michael (+) Miers, Witt. James Carter, William
Bishop. Proved 20 Sept. 1753.

It appears that by 1753, Avinton Felps still owns property in
Johnston County and 1 platt with 500 acres, 1 platt with 357
acres, located on the North side of the Yadkin River between
Muddy and Reedy Creek. The land bought from Miers was the land
where Aquilla Felps lived, and built a sawmill and a
horse-ford, both of these landmarks were used in many deeds of
locations in the Reedy Creek area. There has been no records
found where Aquilla ever bought or sold land.


Was formed in 1753 from Anson County.

It was named in honor of Matthew Rowan who was a prominent leader before the Revolution
and who for a short time after the death of Governor Gabriel
Johnston was acting governor. The county seat was first called
Rowan Court House. It has been called Salisbury since about

In 1753, Avinton Felps was commissioned as a Ensign in the
Rowan County Militia by Major James Carter.
July 12, 1754, Avinton Felps was appointed as commissioner
(Captain) of the roads from Muddy Creek to the District of
Henry Doland and Capt. John Hanby Esqr.
At periodic intervals, the court appointed prominent men
living at widely seperated points to serve as commissioners
for the roads. It was the responsibility of each of these
commissioners to obtain service for road construction and
maintenance from the able-bodied men living in his particular
district. Fines were levied upon commissioners and individual
settlers for failure to meet this obligation.

Avinton Felps also served on the petit jury for the Court of
Pleas and Quarter Sessions a number of times and stated his
claims against the county for his services. He also served
many times as a Juror for the Salisbury District Superior

The Movarian Records, Vol. #3, contains a map of Rowan County,
made in 1756, showing Avinton Felps living on Reedy Creek in
Wachovia. Aquilla Felps is living nearby on Reedy Creek
showing the location of his horse-ford crossing the creek.


During the peak of the French and Indian War's in 1759 the
Cherokee Indians went on the warpath down the Yadkin River
terrorizing settlements of that part of the frontier. Captain
Aventon Felps was called upon to serve in several expeditions.
"May ye 15th 1759, The Publick of North Carolina to Capt.
Avinton Felps Dr. To Scouts, Sent Out a man Alarm of Indians
being seen on the Frontiers of Rowan County".
(Thomas Felps the son of Avinton is listed as a Private in the
company of scouts under the command of his father Avinton.

Thomas was not listed as a tax poll for 1759 or any other time
until 1768, therefore being that a taxable was a white male
above sixteen years of age, Thomas would have been under 16
years old in 1759 born after the year of 1743 and being that
he is listed on the 1768 tax list, he had to be at least 16
therefore he was born before 1752). The birth of Thomas was-
between 1743 and 1752.

June 11, 1759, To a Scout, Capt. Avinton Felps, Ordered out by
Lt. Col. George Smith to Range the Woods in Order to Discover,
the Enemy if any.

Oct. 19, 1759, This day came Capt. Avinton Felps before us the
Subscribers and made Oath on the Holy Evanangelist Almighty
God that the within account of Thirty two Pounds Eight
Shillings and Eight Pence proclamation money charged against
the Publick of North Carolina according to the best of his
knowledge is just and true as it now stands stated. Sworn
before us, Capt. John Hanby and William Buis. Signed......
Avinton Felpes

April 25, 1759, Avinton was named in his father's Will filed
in Baltimore County Maryland.
1759, Aquilla Felps, List of Taxables in Rowan Co. (born
before 1743)
Oct. 8, 1761, Aquiller and Avinton Felps was on the List of
Taxables in Rowan Co.
A taxable was a white male above sixteen years of age or a
negro or mulatto slave of either sex above twelve years

April 20, 1762, Avinton Felps and David McElwain of Rowan Co.
North Carolina sold 50 acres (1/2 of Jones Venture) to Edward
Morgan of Baltimore Co. Maryland. Avinton and David apparently
returned to Baltimore County, Maryland at that time to sign
the deed because their acknowledgement was taken there,
Signed...... Avinton Felps and David McElwain. (David McElwain
was indentured to Avintons father Thomas on Sept. 1, 1741).
Oct. 21, 1762, John McElroy was wittness to land deed located
on both sides of Reedy Creek.

July 14, 1764, On Motion of John Dunn Ordered that a road be
laid out the Neares & Best way from John Howards Ferry to the
road from Bethabara to Salisbury near Reedy Creek, running up
from said ferry in the fork to Boon's Road & persons following
appointed to lay of said road: John Roberts, Edward Turner,
Nicholas White, Edward Williams, Isaac Holdman, Capt. Avinton
Felps, Mathew Sparks, Will' Sparks, Francis Taylor, Thomas
Jones, James Whitaker.

Wild animals proved a great inconvenience to the frontier
agriculturists. Accordingly bounties were offered to all
persons who killed a wolf or a wild cat or a panther within
ten miles of any settled plantation.
On Oct. 10, 1765, presented to Rowan County as bounty claims
for woolfs, panthers and cats. The list of names included,
Quilla and John Felps.


During 1767, an act was passed requiring every master or
mistress of a plantation, or the overseer in case the owner
did not reside in the county, to kill or cause to be killed
every year seven crows or squirrels for each taxable under his
or her control. Failure to do so was penalized by a fine of
four pence for each crow or squirrel less than the required
number, while those who killed more than were required were
entitled to receive a bounty of four pence for each in excess
of the requisite number.

John Felps married Mary Williams 1766, Samuel Williams,
bondsman. Sometime between 1761 and 1768 Thomas Felps a son of Aventon
and Rachel (McElroy) Felps married Jane Smith a daughter of
Capt Aaron and Francis (Keeling) Smith. Children were:
Avington Felps, John Felps, Thomas Felps, Samuel Felps,
Brittain Felps, William Felps, Keeling Felps, Ezekiel Felps,
Pherabe Felps, Ede Felps, and Jane Felps. The sister of Thomas
Felps who was Laurania Felps married Ezekiel Smith the brother
of Jane Smith. Children were Abington Felps Smith, William C.
Smith, John Carraway Smith, Lovett Smith, Pheriba Smith,
Ezekiel Smith and Thomas Keeling Smith.

1768, Aquala 1 poll, John 1 poll, Avinton 5 polls, and Thomas
Felps 6 polls were on the list of John Ford's district of
taxables, also Peter Whitaker 1 poll, Mark Whitaker 2 polls.
Moses Parrish 2 polls. Poll = taxable persons, no distinction
was made on the 1768 tax list between the negro and white
taxables. (Moses Parrish was indentured to Avintons father
Thomas in 1729).
Aquala Felps (born before 1743)
John Felps (born before 1752)
Thomas Felps (born between 1743 and 1752)
Only Aquilla and Avinton was listed on 1759 and 1761 tax
rolls, they were the only Felps above 16 years old.
William Felps married Elizabeth Jones April 20, 1768, Mark
Whitaker, bondsman.

Nov. 23, 1768 The names of Aquilla and John Felps were
included with 28 other names on the Regulators petition that
was signed by some inhabitants of Rowan and Orange Counties.
April 3, 1769, Avinton Felps a blacksmith & wife Rachel to
Thomas Felps for L120 proclamation, 357 acres on north side of
Yadkin river 1/2 mile above branch of Reedy Creek,
Signed...... Avinton Felps and Rachel (R) Felps. Wit: Adam
Spaugh, Jonas Sparks. Proven, May Court 1769. Records indicate
that this land sold to Thomas was located between Avinton's
and Aquilla's places on the Reedy Creek.

From the will of Thomas Felps- "likewise all my farming
utensil, carpenter, blacksmith and toziners tools". This is a
good indication that Aventon had sold more than just land to
his son Thomas, it appears it was more like LOCK, STOCK &
BARREL. The blacksmith tools noted in the will, probably
belonged to Aventon.


1. I give and bequeath to Jane my dearly beloved wife all my
lands houses and orchards, from a cross fence against Charley
Catons fish pond up to Isaac Whites line.
2. Also I give to my well beloved son Thomas Felps Jr, the
upper part of my land about twenty paces or yards, below a
cross fence that is a little way below my upper fishing
landing (except one half of the fishery) and running from
thence to a little dam thence up the branch, with the water
course, to my back line straight as the cause will direct.
3. Also I give to my well beloved son Samuel Felps, all my
land lying between one above mentioned Thomas Felps Jr. and
the above mentioned Jane Felps land, at the cross fence
against the said Charles Catons fish pond, and likewise one
half of the upper fishing place.
Nov. 4, 1784, Rowan Co State Grant # 723, 50 shillings, 100
acres to Richard Dowell, 272 acres on Yadkin R betw Muddy &
Reedy Crk, adj Thomas Felps' fishing landing & Henry Miller.
1784 State Grant # 981 to Charles Caton, 150 acres in the
forks of the Yadkin River adjoining Aquilla Felps's mill.

Aug. 3, 1782, Avinton Felps to daughter Lucrsa Loyd, widow,
for love, Negro named Philes. Signed....Avinton Felps Wit:
George Reed...Proved Nov. 1782.
Aug. 1787, Avinton Felps sold a negro named Punch to James
Williams, Signed....Avinton Felps


1.) Avinton could read and write, and he always wrote his last
name as "Felps or Felpes" on all original researched
documents. I have found him on many documents as Avengton,
Avington, Abington, etc., Phillips, Phelps, Fealps, etc., that
was written by other people.

This is a true copy of Avinton's signature, signed by him in
1759, the original document is when Avinton made his Oath on
the Holy Evanangelist Almighty God that the within account of
Thirty two Pounds Eight Shillings and Eight Pence proclamation
money charged against the Publick of North Carolina.
It is located at Raleigh's History of Archives.

2.) Shown in the St. George's Parish Register, on the same
page as Rachel McElroy born August 7, 1713, daughter of John &
Francis Mackelroy, is James Whitaker born February 8, 1721 son
of Mark and Elizabeth Whitaker, and Peter Whitaker born May 6,
1716, son of John and Ann Whitaker, who had lived close to
Thomas Felps ( the father of Avinton) in Baltimore County,
3.) The family of Squire Boone (father of Daniel Boone) lived
in the same area as the Felps families in Rowan County.
From the Rowan County Militia List, The Publick of North
Carolina to Capt. Morgan Bryan on April 25th 1759, to a Scout
sent Out in the Alarm of *Daniel Hossey & Others being
Killed... includes the names of John and Danl Boone.

Richard Henderson purchased a large tract of land lying in
Tennessee and Kentucky and employed Daniel Boone to blaze the
way for a colony, which was established at Boonesborough,
Kentucky, just before the Revolution.

Ed Felps/Phelps Posted: 8 Jul 2002 3:35PM GMT


Created in 1746 from Craven County

On April 12, 1749 Aventon Felps is listed as a Sworn Chain-Carrier for Lord Granville Surveyor, John Wade.
Mar. 25, 1749, William McIllroy, 181 acres N side Crabtree Creek, joining the said creek and the bent of the said creek. Wits: James Carter, John Haywood. SCC: Thomas House, John Belk. Surveyor John Wade.
April 25, 1749, William McIllroy, 340 acres on Crabtree Creek, joining Thomas House. Wits: James Carter, John Haywood. SCC: John McIllroy, John Cook. Surveyor John Wade.

During the fall of 1752 at the Granville land office in Edenton, Colonel Francis Corbin the Commander of the Frontier Militia and Land Agent for Lord Earl Granville, directed Lieutenant Colonel George Smith and some Militia Rangers, to escort William Churton a Surveyor, the Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenburg and a few other Moravians to the west along the Indian Trading Path to the Yadkin River where William Churton would survey and lay out the boundries for the 100,000 acres of a Wachovia Tract of land that Lord Granville agreed to sell to the Movarian Church in Bethleham, Pennsylvania. By 1753 in the Granville district of North Carolina, land was selling at the rate of 5 shillings per hundred acres, regardless of acreage.

In 1753 Avinton Felps received a survey of 500 acres in Anson County from Lord Granville, surveyed by James Carter with his sworn chain-carriers, John Smith and Abiga McCoy.
This tract of land was located on the Yadkin River near the mouth of Reedy Creek. Later, this land was found to be within the surveyed boundries of the 100,000 acres of land that Lord Granville had sold to the Movarians.

Created in 1753 from Anson County

On Feb 12, 1753 Michael Miers sold to Avinton Felps a blacksmith, both of Anson County, for L25 Virginia money, 357 acres in Anson on North side of Yadkin river above mouth of Reedy creek. Signed- Michael (+) Miers, Witt. James Carter, William Bishop.

Long before the actual outbreak of hostilities powerful forces were gradually converging to produce a clash between the aggressive colonials and the crafty Indians. As the settlers pressed farther westward into the domain of the red men, arrogantly grazing their stock over the cherished hunting-grounds of the Cherokees, the savages, who were already well disposed toward the French, began to manifest a deep indignation against the British colonists because of this callous encroachment upon their territory.

Listed in the Colonial Soldiers of the South, during the years 1754 - 1760 Colonel Francis Corbin, Lieutenant Colonel George Smith, Major James Carter and Adjutant John Dunn was in charge of the Rowan County North Carolina Militia. Avinton Felps is listed as Ensign under the command of Captain John Hanby.

The frontier of North Carolina was placed in a very precarious situation. At the beginning of the war the Cherokees and Catawbas were friendly to the frontiersmen, but soon the savages began to molest the whites. There was great uneasiness among the people of Anson and Rowan County because they did not know at what moment the Indians might take up the tomahawk against the settlements.

Early in the year of 1754, one thousand pounds in proclamation money that is, in money which was issued by the provincial government and which was greatly depreciated in value was appropriated to buy arms for the poorer inhabitants of Rowan and Anson.

During the peak of the French and Indian War's in 1759 the Cherokee Indians went on the warpath down the Yadkin River terrorizing settlements of that part of the frontier. During that summer Indian alarms were frequent and Avinton Felps, now promoted to the rank of captain, and with his hardy frontiersmen, was called upon to serve in several expeditions to scour the woods in search of the lurking Indian foe. These armed rangers, who were clad in hunting-shirts and buckskin leggings, was also very skilful in the employment of Indian tactics when fighting.


May ye 15th 1759, The Publick of North Carolina to Captain Avinton Felps Dr. To a Scout Sent Out a man Alarm of Indians being Seen on the Frontiers of Rowan County-----

Avinton Felps 6 Days @ 7/6...................................... 2.5
Willis Ellis Senr. 6 Days @ 5/ ...................................... 1.10
Phillip Howard Ens. 6 Days @ 4/6...................................... 1.7
Israel Cox Sergt. 6 Days @ 4/ ...................................... 1.4

Private Men
Roger Turner 5 Days @ 2/8....................................... 13.4
Joseph Bryan 5 Days @ 2/8....................................... 13.4
George Parks 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Allen Parks 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Gabriel Enochs 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Peter Cross 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Henry Hagy 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.

Mirack Davis 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Phillip Davis 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Thomas Evans 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
James Whitsitt 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Conrod Carn 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Danl Holyfield 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
John Fry 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Leonard Hazzard 6 Days @ 2/8....................................... 16.
Thomas Felps 3 Days @ 2/ ....................................... 8.

Thomas Felps under 16 years old, son of Avinton Felps

June 11, 1759, To a Scout Ordered Out by Col. George Smith to Range the Woods in Order to Discover the Enemy if Any.

Avinton Felps Capt. 6 Days @ 7/6.................................... L 2.5
Phillip Howard Ens. 6 Days @ 4/6...................................... 1.7
Jonathan Hanby Serg. 6 Days @ 4/ ...................................... 1.4
David Smith Serg. 6 Days @ 4/ ...................................... 1.4
Hermon Butler Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Henry Carns Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Martin Marr Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Solomon Ozburn Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Gidion Lewis Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Paul Whistenhunt Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Abraham Goss Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
John Crow Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Jacob Yount Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
Martin Birely Private 6 Days @ 2/8...................................... 16
L14. ---

North Carolina )
Rowan County )
This day came Capt. Avinton Felps before us the Subscribers and made Oath on the Holy Evanangelist Almighty God that the within Acct of Thirty two Pounds Eight Shillings and Eight Pence proclamation Money Charged Against the Publick of North Carolina According to the Best of his Knowledge is Just and true as it Now stands Stated. Sworn Before us this 19th day of October 1759.
John Hanby
William Buis
Avinton Felps


Felps and Alamance

Ed Felps/Phelps (View posts) Posted: 8 Jul 2002 3:41PM GMT
Classification: Query

May 16, 1771

Shortly after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, American patriots began to resent English control of their affairs. Operating in loose-knit groups under a variety of names, these people resisted attempts by Britain to unfairly tax commerce. The Sons of Liberty resisted the Stamp Tax in 1765, throughout the 13 colonies.


WILLIAM FEW Sr., moved from Chester County PA, to St. George's Parish in Baltimore County Maryland and married Mary Wheeler a daughter of Benjamin Wheeler, in 1743. William and Mary (Wheeler) Few, moved to Orange County where Few bought 640 acres on both sides of the Eno river from James Taylor during March in 1758. Few owned a a grist mill on the Eno, and operated a tavern from his home in Hillsborough.

JOSEPH MADDOCK a Quaker, lived a few miles from Hillsborough on Cain Creek and owned a grist mill in Orange County. During the uprising of the regulators, at Maddock's Mill, in 1766 a group of men, apparently enthusiastic over the success of the Sons of Liberty in resisting the Stamp Act, called the people to gather to determine whether the free men of Orange county labor under any abuses of power or not.

WILLIAM CANDLER grew to manhood in the South River Quaker Settlement along the James River in Bedford County Virginia. In 1755, at age nineteen, William joined the Quaker meeting at South River. Several years thereafter, he was elected clerk of the Quaker Meeting. In 1760, William Candler contracted with Joseph Ray at Fort Lewis to carry supplies to soldiers stationed at Dunkard Bottom on the New River. Candler acquired 248 acres on the branches of Fishing Creek next to Joseph Anthony on July 11, 1761. William Candler married Elizabeth Anthony in 1761. Elizabeth was a daughter of Joseph Anthony and Elizabeth Clarke, also members of the Quaker Meeting. William Candler was the administrator of his father's will that was filed early 1766 in Bedford County. Then in late 1766, he asked the Quaker meeting officials at South River to settle his business -- to give him a certificate of good standing for departure. William and Elizabeth Candler moved to Orange County, near the Cane Creek Quaker meeting house. The Fews and the Candlers became intimate friends, and their children intermarried.

Petition October ye 7th 1768
Rowan & Orange Counties
Partial list of Names
Benjamin Few-Orange
James Few-Orange
William Few Sr-Orange
Aquilla Felps-Rowan
John Felps-Rowan
Samuel Jones-Rowan
James Williams Senr-Rowan
Edward Williams-Rowan
James Williams-Rowan
Philip Williams-Rowan

Petition October ye 9th 1769
Anson County
Partial list of Names
Elijah Clarke-Anson
John Clarke-Anson
John Marshall-Anson
David Phelps-Anson

On April 3, 1769, Avinton Felps a blacksmith, and Rachel coveys to their son Thomas Felps, a tract of land containing 357 acres on the north side of Yadkin river 1/2 mile above branch of Reedy Creek. Signed...... Avinton Felps and Rachel (R) Felps.

Under the leadership of Joseph Maddock a group of Quaker colonizers from the Cane Creek meeting house, moved to Georgia in about 1770 to take up a large grant given to them by Georgia Governor Wright in St. Paul's Parish along Wahatchee Creek near the old Quaker settlement of Brandon, but which later became known as Wrightsborough.


The state of irritation into which America had been thrown by the injudicious measures of the British Parliament was not allayed by its subsequent action. Before proceeding with the record of these events, reference may be made to an outbreak which at this time occurred in North Carolina, not directly due to English action, yet arising from the corruption and inefficiency of functionaries of the British government. Abuses in the collection of exorbitant fees by public officers, and in permitting the sheriffs and tax-collectors to delay the payment of public moneys, produced an association of the poorer colonists, who claimed that they were being overtaxed for the support of dishonest officers, and who assumed the title of Regulators. Other events added to their discontent, and they broke out into wild outrages, assembling in 1771 to the number of two thousand, and declaring their purpose to abolish courts of justice, exterminate lawyers and public officers, and overturn the provincial government in favor of some mad scheme of democracy devised by their foolish or knavish leaders. The respectable part of the community rose in opposition to these insurgents, but the battle came anyway, at Alamance, on May 16, 1771.

After the Regulator's had failed at Alamance and the day following the battle, Governor Tryon of North Carolina issued a proclamation offering with a few exceptions to pardon all those who would submit to the government and take an oath of allegiance to the King.
On 17 May 1771, Samuel Jones a Regulator was taken to Wachovia as prisoner and then on May 31, 1771 Jones was exempted from pardon by Gov. Tryon.
Many of the frontiersmen refused Governor Tryon's offer, became discouraged and felt that it was best to go where they would not be so oppressed. In 1771 more than 1500 families left the counties of Rowan, Orange and Anson of the provincial North Carolinia.

William Few Sr., and one of his sons James Few, had associated themselves with the Regulators. On May 16, 1771, three hundred of the Regulators was killed, and left dead on the Alamance Battleground. James Few was one of the leaders of the Regulators and he was captured that day at the Battleground, tried, convicted, and hanged by a royal "drum-head court-martial," for high treason. After leaving the Battleground that day, Governor Tryon and his royal army, rode back to Hillsborough, turned towards the Few Plantation, and rode through the fields destroying all crops that belonged to the Few Plantation.
Shortly after the Battle of Alamance, the Few and the Candler families moved to the Quaker Settlement at Wrightsborough in St. Paul's Parish Georgia. William Few Jr. remained behind to help settle his father's affairs. Such as being compensated by and from the Colonial Province of North Carolina, because of the act of Governor Tryon with his royal army in destroying crops, on his fathers plantation.


Felps and Revolutionary War

Felps and Revolutionary War
Ed Felps/Phelps (View posts) Posted: 8 Jul 2002 3:50PM GMT
Classification: Query

The struggle for American Liberty and Independence...began in North Carolina, at the "Battle of Alamance".... kindled the flame...that eventually....spread with the rapidity of a wild forest fire, until the oppressed of the thirteen colonies were aflame with righteous indignation and unitedly determined to throw off forever the YOKE of British the hands of historians has never received due mention or proper credit...


Shortly after the arrival of Joseph Maddock in Georgia, he petitioned for 200 acres to build a gristmill on the north fork of Briar Creek. The petition was approved but not granted until April 2, 1771.

Dec. 3, 1771, Avinton Felps Granted to self, 150 acres, St. Paul's Parish, Bounded on East by land surveyed for---Wells, South and West by land surveyed for Ebenr. Smith, other side vacant. Signed by Edward Barnard for Avinton Felps. Feb. 5, 1772.

William Candler was appointed as the Deputy County Surveyor by Governor Wright - in Colonial America this was a major political appointment. This appointment marked a man of intelligence, education, woodsmanship, and military ability.William does not appear in the Quaker records of the Wrightsborough meeting. The events of the Revolution overtook the details of normal life for most Quakers and it was against their stated principles, but fought anyway against the British foe. Many Quakers was disowned and removed from amongst the faith, for that reason.

Daniel Marshall had charge of a Baptist Church on the Uwharrie River and was well known through-out the Yadkin River Valley in Anson and Rowan County North Carolina. Shortly after the battle of Alamance, the Rev. Daniel Marshall and his family moved to Wrightsborough. A meeting house was built in the Spring of 1772, and the Rev. Daniel Marshall became the first pastor, ministering from his headquarters at the Great Kiokee.

On Oct. 15, 1773, Greenbury Lee, from South Carolina, was granted 100 acres at head of branch of Brier Creek called Beaver Dam, half a mile above the Indian Trading Path. Greenbury Lee married Elizabeth Few, a daughter of William and Mary (Wheeler) Few.

In 1773, and on the eve that the Revolutionary War broke out, Elijah Clarke, one of the signers on the regulators petition on October 9, 1769 in Anson County North Carolina, moved his family near the Quaker settlement of Wrightsborough Georgia. Elijah Clarke (1733-1799) was born in Edgecombe County, N. C. and married Hannah Arrington (1737-1827).

July 5, 1774, William Felps, 350 acres, St. Paul's Parish, Bounded southwesterly by Benjamin Wells and James Brown, other sides vacant. Granted to William Felps by William Candler. Signed William Felps Sept. 14-1774.

Aug. 24, 1775, Thomas Ford of St. Paul's Parish, to William Felps, planter, of same parish, conveying 150 acres lying on both sides of Brier Creek on the north fork of the Great Kiokee, and to include Felps sawmill seat. Witnesses: Ormond Roe and Greenbury Lee.

In 1776, William Few Jr. joined his family near Wrightsborough in St. Paul's Parish Georgia. About this same time, Few won admittance to the bar, based on earlier informal study, and set up practice in Augusta, and married Catherine Nicholson.

Was created from St. Paul's Parish Feb. 5, 1777

Originally comprising the northern portion of Richmond County, the area initially was settled by Quakers, Baptists, and others who refused to fight in the Revolutionary War. The early years of the American Revolution were quiet in Georgia. In 1778 new orders from London marked out the south as the main theater of war. British warships that had been sailing off the New York Harbor headed to the South Carolina and Georgia coast.

GREENBURY LEE was commissioned as a colonel during the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. His Militia fought in the battle of Brier Creek, Ga 3rd day of March 1779 and was involved in several other expeditions of guerrilla fighting against the British.

WILLIAM CANDLER was commissioned as a major in the Royal militia, he resigned his commission and joined the fight for American Independence when he entered the Revolutionary War but afterward, rose to the rank of colonel and served in the GA militia as second-in-command under Gen. Elijah Clarke. William Candler was in the attack on Augusta, at King's Mountain, and Blackstocks. His distinction as a Major, then later Colonel of the Georgia "Refugees" of the American Revolution has been chronicled by his descendants.

WILLIAM FEW JR. When the War for Independence began, William Few Jr. enthusiastically aligned himself with the Whigs. Although largely self-educated, he proved to be a leader; becoming Lieutenant-Colonel of the Richmond County Militia in 1779; he was elected to the Georgia Provincial Congress of 1776; in 1777 and 1779, served in the Assembly. During this same period, he sat on the State Executive Council, as Surveyor-General and Indian Commissioner.

ELIJAH CLARKE was commissioned as colonel, led American forces against the British in battles at Alligator Creek, Kettle Creek, Musgrove's Mill, Fish Dam, Blackstock's, Long Cane, Beatties Mill and two sieges at Augusta, the last one successful. Colonel Elijah Clarke became a Brigadier General. As soon as Colonel Clarke raised the siege of Augusta, in the summer of 1780, he withdrew to the Little River country, which had been overrun and devastated by the enemy. He there furloughed his men for a short time, in order that they might look after the welfare of their families and get themselves in readiness for another active campain. About the last of September they met at the appointed rendezvous and, "when Clarke was ready to march he found himself at the head of about three hundred men who had in their train four hundred women and children. The condition of the country for two years had been such that the vestiges of cultivation were scarcely to be seen anywhere, and to leave their families behind under such circumstances was to subject them to certain want, if not starvation, in a country under the control of an enemy whose barbarity has been fully described."

Colonel Candler's family was among those refugee's thus driven from their homes by a cruel and merciless enemy. (the women and children of the families; Felps, Fews, Jacksons and Clarks, was included among those refugee's). Colonel Clark therefore resolved to escort these helpless women and children to East Tennessee which was a part of North Carolina, between the French Broad and the Holston Rivers, on Nolachucky where they would be in a land of plenty and out of the reach of a barbarous enemy. With this helpless multitude, and with not more than five days subsistence, Colonel Clark commenced a march of near two hundred miles through a mountainous wilderness to avoid being cut off by the enemy. On the eleventh day they reached Wattauga and Nolachucky Rivers, on the north side of the mountains, in a starved condition. Many of the men and women had received no subsistence for several days, except nuts, and the last two even the children were subsisted on the same kind of food. Many of the tender sex were obliged to travel on foot, and some of them without shoes.

WILLIAM FELPS died sometime in 1782 or 1783 and he left no last will and testament. It is very possible that he died while fighting for the Revolution, but there is no evidence that he did, at this time. On May 10, 1783, Elizabeth Felps, Moses Marshall (son of Rev. Daniel Marshall) and William Candler of the county of Richmond (planters) are held and firmly bound unto the said county in the full and just sum of five hundred pounds sterling as surety for the estate of William Felps (planter) dec'd.. Elizabeth Felps was appointed Admx. Edmond Cartledge, Daniel Marshall and William Few Sr. was appointed as the apprs. for the estate inventory of William Felps. May 15, 1783, An Inventory of Goods and Chattels of the Estate of William Felps, dec'd both Real and Personal as appraised by us this day. Signed Edmond Cartledge, Daniel Marshall, William Few Sr.

Created on Feb. 25, 1784.

A treaty had been made with the Cherokee at Augusta, May 31, 1783 and was signed by Lyman Hall, the Governor of Georgia, Col. Elijah Clarke and William Few Jr. The state of Georgia had devoted a large part of Washington County, for bounty land, to her soldiers. The land grants were made in lots of 250 acres free from taxation for some years, and if one preferred to pay tax'es, he was to have 287 1/2 acres. Washington County was much exposed in it's early settlement to Indian forays and was settled slowly, in the northern and eastern sections on the Shoulderbone Creek and the Ogeechee River.

DAVID D. FELPS was under the command of Col. Greenbury Lee during the Revolutionary War and on Feb 20, 1784, was issued a certificate of service #209 that would allow said Felps 250 acres of bounty land that was to be set aside in Washington County for Georgia's Revolutionary Soldier's. William Candler, the father in law of David D. Felps, was listed as the person taking up such certificate for said Felps. On July 25, 1784, David D. Felps received his bounty survey, Warrant 1309, lot 473 for 287 1/2 acres of "very good land" in Washington County bounded on all sides by vacant lands.

A partial list showing names of men that was also under the command of Col. Greenbury Lee during the Revolutionary War and was issued a certificate of service.
William Few Sr., issued Feb 25, 1784
Ignatius Few, issued March 11, 1784
William Candler Jr., issued Feb 20, 1784
Henry Candler, issued Feb 20, 1784

Certified Revolutionary Soldier's on Georgia's Roster of the Revolution;
John Felps
David D. Felps
Thomas Felps
John McIllroy
Reubin McIllroy
William McIllroy
Avinton McIllroy
Henry Candler
William Candler Jr.

William Candler was a member of the Legislature in early 1784; was appointed a Judge, and died at his seat in Richmond county, during the fall of 1784. The Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of the Estate of Esq. William Candler, dec'd, was appraised by Rhesa Howard, Bejamin Few and Joseph Ray on the 10th day of Dec. 1784. The amount of the estate appraisement was 2000 pounds sterling that included 27 slaves owned by said Candler. The Inventory of the Estate was recorded December 15, 1784 and did not include...the several thousand acres of land that William Candler owned.

JAMES FELPS, moved with his wife Mary (Sidden) and sons, David D Felps (born 1782), Thomas Felps, Joseph Felps and James Felps Jr. James Sr. settled land in Feliciana Parish, LA Nov. 1803.

JOHN FELPS, married Mary Williams in Rowan County North Carolinia, and was living next to Edward Williams on the Shoulderbone creek and the Ogeechee River in Washington County GA, June 26, 1784.

THOMAS FELPS, Declaration of Pension Claim;
On this twenty eighth day of October 1834, Thomas Felps personally appeared in open court before the Superior Court.
Thomas Felps a resident of the county of Jasper and state of Georgia aged seventy six years (born 1758) who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain this benfit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he enlisted in the army of this United States in the year 1781 and served in the Georgia State Legion Regiments with Captain James Stallings and Col. James Garrison of the Regiment. He continued in the said Legion in active service in the company of Captain Stallings for the term of twelve months at which time his service expired and was legally discharged. Deponent says that he entered as a volunteer in Col. Jacksons Legion and recollects frequently seeing Col. Elijah Clark and Col. William Candler during the time he was in service and he futher states that he received a discharge from Col. Jackson at Augusta and now has it in his possessions. Deponent states that at the time of his enlistment in Col. Jacksons Legion he resided on the Kiokee Creek (1782) in the State of Georgia. Since the Revolution he lived in North and South Carolina, then moved back to Georgia where he has lived upwards of forty years (since 1794) now resides in Jasper County-he hereby relinquished every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the payment and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in the state.

Many thanks to Ed Phelps for his superb research.


Family Tree of Aquilla Phelps

1. AQUILLA3 FELPS (AVENTON2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1735 in Baltimore Co., Md., and died Abt. 1788 in Rowan Co., N.C.

Children of AQUILLA FELPS are:

3. iv. WILLIAM FELPS, b. Abt. 1750, Johnston Co., N.C.; d. Abt. 1783.
4. v. THOMAS PHELPS, b. August 19, 1759, Rowan Co., N.C.; d. July 12, 1835.

Generation No. 2


Children of JAMES FELPS are:


3. WILLIAM4 FELPS (AQUILLA3, AVENTON2, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1750 in Johnston Co., N.C., and died Abt. 1783 in Richmond Co., Ga.. He married ELIZABETH JONES April 20, 1768 in Rowan Co., N.C.


i. DAVID D.5 FELPS, b. Abt. 1769; m. FALBY CANDLER, Abt. 1785, Richmond Co., Ga.
ii. SARAH FELPS, b. Abt. 1771.

4. THOMAS4 PHELPS (AQUILLA3 FELPS, AVENTON2, THOMAS1) was born August 19, 1759 in Rowan Co., N.C.1, and died July 12, 1835 in Jasper Co., Ga.2. He married TEKEL in Rowan Co., N.C..

Children of THOMAS PHELPS and TEKEL are:

i. NANCY5 PHELPS, b. September 09, 1785, Rowan Co., N.C.3; d. Abt. 1808.
ii. AQUILLA PHILIP PHELPS, b. December 12, 1789, Rowan Co., N.C.

The Family of
& wife Sarah
of North Carolina & Georgia

7: 88 April 3, 1769 Aventon Phelps, blacksmith, & wife Rachel to Thomas Phelps, for 120L proc. money, 357 AC N/S Yadkin Riv, 1/2 mi. above branch of Reedy Creek, Wts: Adam Spaugh, Jonas (JS) Sparks May Court, 1769

County Court Minutes, Rowan Co, NC
July 14, 1764, On Motion of John Dunn Ordered that a road be laid out the Nearest & Best
way from John Howards Ferry to the road from Bethabara to Salisbury near Reedy Creek,
running up from said ferry in the fork to Boon's Road & persons following appointed to lay
of said road: John Roberts, Edward Turner, Nicholas White, Edward Williams, Isaac
Holdman, Capt. Avinton Felps, Mathew Sparks, William Sparks, Francis Taylor, Thomas
Jones, James Whitaker.


Pocahontas and Descendants
Generation No. 7

10. BENJAMIN8 BOLING (JOHN7, JOHN6, JANE JANA5 ROLFE, THOMAS SMITH4, MATOAKA POCAHONTAS REBECCA3 POWHATAN, POWHATAN2 WINSINOCOCK, SCENT1 FLOWER) was born June 30, 1734 in Henrico County, Virginia, and died January 20, 1832 in Flat Gap, Russell, Virginia. He married (1) CHARITY LARRIMORE. He married (2) PATTY FELTS PHELPS June 20, 1753 in Albermarle County, Virginia. She was born 1737 in Albemarle County, Virginia, and died March 08, 1767 in Rowan County, North Carolina.


Moved from Virginia to North Carolina before 1760, then on to Tennessee, then to Eastern Kentucky









Inscribed on tombstone, Flat Gap Cemetery, Wise County Virginia


Burial: Bolling Family Cemetery, Wise County, Virginia


Died while giving birth to youngest daughter Elizabeth


13. vii. BENJAMIN JR.9 BOWLING, b. 1754.

viii. BARNETT BOWLING, b. 1755.

ix. JOHN BOWLING, b. 1755.

x. WILLIAM BOWLING, b. 1755.

xi. JAMES BOWLING, b. 1756.

xii. ROBERT BOWLING, b. 1757.

14. xiii. JESSE BOWLING, b. May 22, 1758, Hillsboro, North Carolina; d. March 10, 1841, Quicksand Creek, Breathitt County, Kentucky.


xv. DELANEY BOWLING, b. 1764; d. 1819.



Phelps connections to Pocahontas

Pocahontas and the Bolling Lineage

Generation No. 7

BENJAMIN BOLLING was born June 30, 1734 in Henrico County, Virginia, and died January 10, 1832 in Flat Gap, Wise County, Virginia. He married (1) PATTIE PHELPS June 20, 1753 in Albemarle County, Virginia. She was born 1736 in Albamarle County, Virginia, and died March 08, 1767 in Rowan County, NC. He married (2) CHARITY LARIMORE 1768. She was born 1734, and died in Flat Gap, Wise County, Virginia.

He was the first settler on the Pound. He first came into what is now Wise County about 1789 and claimed all the land that he could see on the Guest River (esserville). The pioneer built a cabin and lived there two to three years. One day a home seeker came by with a rifle and a couple of hound pups, which caught his eye. A trade was soon made and the pioneer, Ben, returned to his home and civilization thinking the lure for adventure was over. Little time had elapsed until the call of the wilderness overcame him. He shouldered his gun, whistled to his dogs, and hit the trail. A few weeks later Benjamin reached Fox Gap in the Black Mountains. He viewed the valley which was to be his home. This was to be later known as Flat Gap ( located in now what is Wise County, Va. ).

Family of Benjamin Bolling ( June 30, 1734-Jan. 20, 1832 ) and Patsy (Molly) Phelps who died March 8, 1767 and then married Charity Larrimore.

Family of Benjamin Bolling ( June 30, 1734-Jan. 20, 1832 ) and Patsy (Molly) Phelps who died March 8, 1767 and then married Charity Larrimore.


1. Benjamin Bolling Jr.
2. John Bolling
3. Jesse Bolling
4. William Bolling
5. Hannah Bolling
6. Delaney Bolling
7. Elizabeth Bolling
8. Jeremiah Bolling
9. Barnett Bolling
10. Justice Bolling
11. Issac Bolling
12. Levi Bolling
13. James Bolling

Genealogy Source: Bollings by Hattie L. Bolling

This is also shown in the graphic charts (see top of page). The "blue" Bollings are so called because they appeared "out of the blue" in 1963, in the book Of Whom I Came, From Whence I Came, by Judge Zelma Wells Price. The source she relied on was a family tree made by John Tarpley Bolling/Bolding in the 19th century. This family tree made both of his parents Pocahontas descendants, and created the "blue" Bollings as a side effect. Hmm! If the "blue" Bollings are not descendants, then who are they?

The Bolling Family Association has undertaken a DNA study to shed light on this and related questions. They coordinated DNA testing of men with the Bolling surname (including spelling variants), who trace their ancestry to various Bolling/Bowling/Bolen/Bouldin immigrants to the US. The test results show that the early Bollings divide into different family groups.

Benjamin married (1) PATTIE "PATSY" PHELPS June 20, 1753 in Albermalre Co., VA, daughter of UNKNOWN PHELPS and UNKNOWN GIBSON. She was born Abt. 1736 in Albemarle Co., VA, and died March 08, 1767 in In childbirth, Rowan Co., NC.

Benjamin then married (2) CHARITY LARIMORE 1768. She was born 1734, and died in Flat Gap, Community, Russell Co., VA (near Esserville, in what is now Wise Co., VA).

While single Benjamin went to live on his father's estate in Albemarle Co., which later became Amherst Co.. About 1760, after he married Mary Patsy Phelps,

Benjamin and wife moved to Rowan Co., NC and later to Randolph Co.. Patsy died in childbirth of Elizabeth in 1767.

In 1791 after Benjamin remarried he and second wife Chariety Larrimoree moved near Esserville, near Flat Gap, VA, later on they moved to Russell Co., VA and then Lee Co., VA.

They then went on to NC because of Indian trouble. Benjamin died in 1832, age 98, and was the first person buried in the Flat Gap Cemetery and Charity is buried beside him. His tombstone is inscribed: "B. Bolling, b. 1734, d. 1832." The tombstone was made by his son Jeremiah. Benjamin is shown on the 1790 Randolph Co., NC census and on the Russell Co., Virgina 1810 tax list and the 1820 census. He was a Baptist Minister who visited some of his brothers in KY.

Phelps Deeds in Rowan County, N.C.

Felps Family Rowan Co NC
Posted by: Virginia Keefer (ID *****6402) Date: April 16, 2005 at 01:12:31
of 22

There is an excellent write up by Attorney, Roy H. Parks, of Lynchburg, TN on the internet.

How above works for you. He has not covered enough back further in NC that I would like to share. I am not related by this family came from Reedy Creek in old Rowan Co NC to Lincoln Co TN about the same time my ancestor; William White did.
I have set of Rowan Co NC Deed Abstract Books by James W. Kluttz.
DB 24, Rowan Co BC, p 822,
William [+] Spry and wife Elizabeth [+] to James Douthey for $50.00, all of Elizabeth [Felps] Spry's land of her father, John Felps, dec'd, and as one of his 8 legatees, she is able to sell. Wit; George Howard, James Spry, James [X] Orrel. Prvd by Spry Aug Court, 1818.

DB 23, Rowan Co NC, page 162 24 Nov 1813
State Grant #3043 at 50sh per 100 acres, to John Felps as assignee of William Moore, Robert and Eben Moore, 76 Acres and 6 chains, on Yadkin River, adj Hugh Cunningham and Thomas Felps, dec'd. Entered 25 Nov 1779

DB 19, p 199, 14 Dec 1804
Abbenton [X] Felps to John Stanly for L20, 40 acres on Yadkin River adj Brittain Felps and Phillip Dowel. May Ct 1805

DB 23, p 898, 7 Nov 1815
Kelin [+] Felps of Lincoln Co TN to Peter Younts for $156.00, 78 1/2 acres of East side of Yadkin River and on Big Branch. Adj. Hugh Cunningham and Jane Felps. Nov Ct 1816

DB 23, page 345 29 Nov 1814
State Grant # 3056 @ 50 sh per 100 acres to Kelin Felps, 78 1/2 acres on Big Branch of Yadkin River, adj Hugh Cunningham, John Kent, Jane Felps. Entered 21 Aug 1809.
[ Kelin appears on 1820 Lincoln Co TN census.]

DB 22, p 898 21 Nov 1807
Thomas/Samuel Felps to Ezekiel Felps for $300.00, all his rights in the estate of Thomas Felps, dec'd, after the death of Jane, the relict [widow], Wit; William Keith, J.D. Murray Jr. Prvd. by Wm. Keith. Nov Ct 1813.

DB 19, p 4, 28 Nov 1804, in Deed Abstract Book by Jo White Linn.
Jonas Leatherman to Samuel Felps for L150, 81 1/2 acres of E side of Reedy Creek, adj. Hugh Cunningham. Ack. Aug Ct 1804. [ Jonas appears on 1820 Lincoln Co TN census]

DB 19, p 679 8 Feb 1805
Charter's Creek, Brittain Felps, Prvd, May Ct 1806

Book by Jo White Linn again;
Page 2, 12 Feb 1753
Aventon Phelps, blacksmith of Anson Co NC, north side of Yadkin River above mouth of Reedy Creek. Prvd. 20 Sept 1753.

Abstract book by James W. Kluttz 1786-1797
DB 11, p 493
3 Feb 1787 Aventon Felps for L50 one Negro boy named Punch. Witn. Samuel Williams. Prvd Aug Ct 1788

DB 12 p 255 13 Nov 1790. Richard Dowell and wife Mary [X] to Phillip Dowell for L200, 272 acres on Yadkin River adj Eguel, Felps Mill Br. Feb Ct 1791

DB 11, p 832 1789. Thomas Phelps and wife Jane [they signed as Felps]- to Abington Phelps for L40, 100 acres on N Side of Reedy Creek adj. Thomas Phelps original survey. Wit. Thomas Phelps, Samuel Phelps. Pvd by Thomas Phelps Feb Ct 1790.

DB 13, p 20, 26 Jan 1792. James Felps to William White[my direct line ancestor]for L50, 52 Acres on N side of Carter's Creek adj the mill dam and Asa Martin. Wit. John Sedden, John Wioyatt [White?], Mary Felps also signed. Prvd by Sedden Nov Ct 1792.

DB 12, 1 Aug 1791 David Woodson of Jacob Bower for L15 , 130 acres on both sides of Hamby's Fork and W side of Abbotts Creek Adj. John Lopp and PETER FELPS, Part of 843 acres granted to this grantor on 15 April 1788. Aug Ct 1791

DB 13, page 13, 3 Sept 1791 David Woodson to Peter Fouts [Faust/Foust] for L100, 374 Acres on Hanby's Fork of Abbotts Creek adj PETER FELPS, Samuel Parks. Nov Ct 1792.

DB 12. p 41. 4 April 1791. Samuel Williams of Iredell Co NC to SARAH FELPS of Rowan Co for L50, 211 acres, on N Fork of Yadkin River adj. Vincent Williams, Edward Williams,Joseph Sedden, George Holebrok-sic and Richard Dewel. Being part of a State Grant to this Grantor on 25 Oct 1786. Wit. Thomas Felps, James Felps, Prvd by Thomas Felps at Aug Ct 1701.

DB 13, p 755. 12 June 1794. Jane Felps amd John Felps, exrs of Thomas Felps Sr. dec'd, to Charles Caton Sr for L30, 29 1/4 acres of both sides of Yakdin River adj. Thomas Felps, dec'd, Zachariah Harris, and ACQUILLA FELPS HORSE FORD BRANCH. Wit;.Joshua Caton, Edward Cox. Prvd. by Caton at Aug Ct 1794.


Thomas Phelps, Revolutionary War Pension Papers-- See Images of Original Copies at Southern Phelps Site


Miscellaneous Phelps Postings

Re: James FELPS, Sr./Mary of Rowan Co., NC; LA 1700's
Posted by: Sandra Ellenburg Date: August 22, 1998 at 17:19:35
In Reply to: James FELPS, Sr./Mary of Rowan Co., NC; LA 1700's by Bettiann White Lloyd of 4083

Ihave a James Phelps, Sr. The only info I have is his children were - James,Jr. Thomas and David. His father's name was Aquilla b.- 1730's and James,Sr.was a Revolutionary War Soldier, then went to Louisana.
If you think this is him, let me know,

Re: Aquilla Phelps of Jasper Co.Ga.
Posted by: Ed Phelps Date: December 17, 1999 at 11:54:41
In Reply to: Aquilla Phelps of Jasper Co.Ga. by Dale Johnson of 4083

There were several Aquilla Phelps/Felps living in Jasper Co. Ga. They both descend from the Aventon Felps families of Rowan Co. NC and both were born there. One is the son of William and Elizabeth Felps, Aquilla Felps (1773 GA-June 1853 GA) and the other was a son of Thomas and Teckel Felps, Aquilla Felps (1789 NC - 1871 GA) married 1 Dec. 1807 Jane (Jenny) Hinson.

Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson
Posted by: Virginia P. Edwards Date: November 12, 2001 at 18:13:20
In Reply to: Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson by Mary of 4083

Thomas Phelps, born Rowan County North Carolina, died Jasper County Georgia, was the son of Aquilla Phelps, son of Aventon Phelps, of Rowan County.

Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson
Posted by: Virginia P. Edwards Date: October 30, 2001 at 20:29:57
In Reply to: Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson by Charles Bennett Lindwall of 4083

Yes, the information you have is correct. Thomas Phelps, born in Rowan County North Carolina, died in Jasper County Georgia was the father of both Nancy and Aquilla. The only name I have for Thomas's wife if Tekel. That is how he referred to her in his will and and the name she used in her application for a pension based on Thomas' Revolutionary War service. E-mail me at and I will be happy to share what information I have. I have a copy of Thomas' will as well as a copy of the will of Joshua Brantley.

Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson
Posted by: Charles Bennett Lindwall Date: October 30, 2001 at 15:14:25
In Reply to: Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson by Virginia P. Edwards of 4083

It's my understanding from other researchers that my gggg grandmother Nancy Phelps was the sister of Aquilla. She was married in 1804 in Clarke County GA to Joshua Brantley. She was born in 1785 somewhere in NC. These researchers suggest that their father was named Thomas Phelps and that the mothers last name was tekel (probably Teakle or Tickel). There are two Thomas Phelps in the 1790 Caswell 1790 census and a John Tickel and a Peter Tickel.

From the information that you have, is this possible?


Re: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson
Posted by: Virginia P. Edwards Date: July 13, 2001 at 17:52:24
In Reply to: Aquilla Phelps 1789-1853 m. a Hanson by Ginger Perry of 4083

Aquilla Phelps 1789-1871 married Jenny Henson/Hanson in Clarke County Georgia in 1807. They were my GGGgrandparents. Their daughters were Sarah, Nicey, Elizabeth, Martha, Nancy and Mary Ann. I don't recall seeing the name you mention in any of my research. If I can give you any information, I will be pleased to do so.

Re: Eliza R. Phelps -m- in Floyd Co Ga
Posted by: Dale Vaughn Date: May 17, 2001 at 16:29:35
In Reply to: Eliza R. Phelps -m- in Floyd Co Ga by Marilyn Houser of 4083

Eliza Rebecca Phelps father was Thomas H. Phelps. Her mother was Sarah Thomason.
Thomas' parents were Aquilla Phelps and Jenny Hanson.

North Carolina Phelps
Posted by: Jerry Phelps (ID *****7066) Date: May 05, 2004 at 11:26:33
of 4083

I am just starting to research my Felps/Phelps family. I have seen on this forum and on other forums an Ed Phelps who seemed to have a tremendous amount of information on the Felps/Phelps. All of his postings I saw were a few years old. I tried his email address that was given but it was no good any more. Ever seen anything posted by Ed Phelps? Is he related to your line?

What I believe to be my line has many Aventon/Avinton/Avington/Abington's etc.

What I believe to be my line (I have a long way to go to document):

Thomas Felps I (Quakers) Limerick Ireland
Thomas Felps II b. 1644 m. Jane Renyolls
Thomas Felps III b. 1664 d. MD m. Rosanne Swift in 1710
son Avinton Felps b. Baltimore Ct. d. Rowan CT NC
son William Phelps b. Rowan Ct NC m. Elizabeth Jones
son Aquilla Phelps b.1768 Rowan m. Nancy Nolan d. GA
son William Felps b. 1799 GA d. GA
son William Hearn Phelps b. 1822 d. 1911
son Benjamine Aquilla b. 1850 m. Laura Poindexter
son Wilburn Phelps b. 1880's TN d. 1961 TN

All of the Avintons I've seen so far seem to tie in somewhere but, like I said, I am new at this.

I would appreciate any information I can get on these to help me correct and complete this line.

Jerry Phelps


Descendants of William W. Milam

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM W.1 MILAM was born Abt. 1813 in S.C.1, and died Abt. 1910 in Alabama2. He married ELIZABETH PHELPS October 20, 1833 in Jasper Co., Ga.3, daughter of AQUILLA PHELPS and JANE HANSON.


2. i. SARAH JANE2 MILAM, b. May 31, 1837, Floyd Co., Ga.; d. October 28, 1916.
3. ii. GEORGE WASHINGTON MILAM, b. July 19, 1839, Floyd Co., Ga.
iii. JEREMIAH JEFFERSON MILAM, b. January 25, 1841, Floyd Co., Ga.
iv. MARY ANN MILAM, b. September 28, 1843, Floyd Co., Ga.
v. AQUILLA PHILIP MILAM, b. April 22, 1845, Floyd Co., Ga.
vi. WILLIAM W. MILAM, b. January 17, 1847, Floyd Co., Ga.
4. vii. MARTHA ADELINE MILAM, b. January 07, 1849, Floyd Co., Ga.
viii. THOMAS GLADNA MILAM, b. March 06, 1851, Floyd Co., Ga.
ix. ELIZA NEVADA MILAM, b. December 22, 1852, Floyd Co., Ga.
5. x. JESSE LUCIUS MILAM, b. January 14, 1856, Floyd Co., Ga.
6. xi. JAMES CLAUDE MILAM, b. May 22, 1858, Floyd Co., Ga.


Phelps-Georgia Census Records

Jasper county, GA, 1820 Federal Census - INDEX File

This Census was transcribed by Nancy Mann and
proofread by (Not Proofread yet) for the USGenWeb Archives Census Project

Census_Year 1820
Microfilm #M33-6
State GA
County Jasper
District None listed
Enumerator Joel Baley


174 69 Phelps Aquila pg0170.txt
212 732 Phelps Aquila pg0194.txt
182 221 Phelps Hillery pg0170.txt

Year: 1820 State: Georgia County: Jasper Page No: 3
Reel no: M33-6 Division: Montecello Township
Sheet No: 174 & 175 Enumerated by: Joel Baley
Transcribed by Nancy Mann (1999) and Evan Crow for USGenWeb,

| Free White | | Slaves | |
| Male | Female | | Male | Female |
| 0 10 16 16 26 45 | 0 10 16 26 45 | | 0 10 26 45 | 0 10 26 45 |
LINE | Firstname Lastname | 10 16 18 26 45 . | 10 16 26 45 . | Fo | Ag Co Ma | 14 26 45 . | 14 26 45 . |
Page No: 3

10 | Aquila Phelps | 3 . . 2 . 2 | . 1 . . . | . | 9 . 2 | . . . . | . . . . |
20 | Hillary Phelps | . . . 1 . 1 | . 1 1 . . | . | 2 . . | . 1 . . | 1 . . . |

Page 22
7 | Aquilla Phelps | 1 . . 1 . 2 | 3 2 . 1 . | . | 6 . . | 4 1 . 2 | 1 2 . . |

Jasper COUNTY GA Census 1840

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Suzanne Forte

1840 Census
Jasper Co., Georgia

Census completed Oct 30, 1840

White: 4921
Black: 6155
Free Black: 35

This census was transcribed by Suzanne Forte ( the original hand-written census.

There was one person listed over 100 years old - David Walens, on Page 67 in household of Wiley

NOTE: There were 35 free blacks listed in the 1840 Jasper County Census. These are listed by
the head of household under Remarks column.

60A&B Shaw's 365th GMD Phelps, Aquella . . . . 1 . . 1

60A&B Shaw's 365th GMD Phelps, Elizabeth . 1 . . . . . . .

Jasper Co Ga 1850 census

23 188 188 Phelps Aquilla 78 M W Farmer 15,000 Ga
24 188 188 Phelps Mildred 54 F W SC
25 188 188 Bull Mildred A 23 F W Ga
26 188 188 Smith Elizabeth 17 F W Ga
27 188 188 Sanders Brown 28 M W Farmer Ga

28 189 189 Phelps Elizabeth ? 52 F W Ga
REMARKS: middle initial written over

29 189 189 Phelps Aquilla 24 M W Mechanic Ga X

JASPER COUNTY GA Census - Slave Schedule 1850

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by

PHELPS, Aquilla 15 Black Males 1 to 84 21 Black Females 1 to 60

PHELPS, Elizabeth 2 Black Females 10 mo. & 60


Georgia Land Lotteries

1821 Land Lottery GA - P - Q

Phelps Aquilla Jasper Pollards 10/9 Dooly
Phelps Aquilla Jasper Pollards 199/1 Henry

Phelps James C. McInto Dist 22 119/11 Henry
Phelps James C. Pulaski Lesters 212/3 Henry
Phelps William Clark Fosters 152/8 Henry
Phelps William Jones Pitts 2/14 Monroe

1827 GEORGIA LAND LOTTERY, Jasper County Residents, by date of drawing

Source: "Reprint of Official Register of Land Lottery of Georgia
1827," Compiled and Published by Miss Martha Lou Houston, Columbus, Georgia,
printed by Walton-Forbes Company, Columbus, Georgia 1928.

Section 1 is Lee County
Section 2 is Muscogee County

Section District, Lot No. Name County, Captains District

10th Day's Drawing - 17th March

2 9 162 Phelps, David orphans Jasper County, Sparks

19th Day's Drawing - March 28

1 26 82 Phelps, Thos. R.S. Jasper County Farleys

37th Day's Drawings - April 18

2 16 124 Phelps, William W. Jasper County Sparks

1 9 213 Phelps, John A. illegit Jasper County Sparks

40th Day's Drawing - April 21

2 23 131 Phelps's, Washington ors. Jasper County Dardens---Descendant of John Phelps d.1801, Bedford Co., Va.

43rd Day's Drawings - April 25

2 3 25 Phelps, Augustin J. Jasper County Sparks


JASPER COUNTY, GA - MILITARY INDIAN WARS Capt Davis Lane's Company of the 38th Georgia Militia

Phelps, Jesse


Jasper County GaArchives Deed.....Several Surnames - Several Surnames September 16 1816+

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Walter Ward September 5, 2003, 9:28 am

Written: September 16 1816+

Jasper County, Georgia Deed Abstracts, 1816-1832, partial.

Sources: Microfilm of the actual Jasper County, Georgia, Deed books. Book A,
LDS Microfilm # 158497; Book B1, LDS Microfilm # 158498; Book B2, LDS
Microfilm # 158499.

NOTE: Unless stated otherwise, all grantors and grantees were from the area
now called Jasper County, Georgia. Before 1807 this same area was a part of
Baldwin County and from 1807 until 1812 it was called Randolph County. In 1812
the name was changed to Jasper County. The names listed here are spelled the
same as the actual record to the best of my ability to read the record. Words
that could not be identified are placed in parenthesis with my best guess
followed with a question mark. WHW

Book B2, page 420, dated Apr. 30, 1830. WILLIAM PEACOCK sold to JOHN NEWBY for
$200. Description: 101 1/4 acres, District 17, Lot number not recollected, but
and others and known by the half lot whereon JOHN PEACOCK, Senr, died. Signed:
plus an affidavit dated June 5, 1830 by MARTIN COCHRAN witnessed by J.
MCCLENDON, J.P. Recorded Mar. 15, 1832 by WILLIAM B. STOKES, Clk.


Phelps Marraiges

Jasper CO. GA Marriage Book - 1808-1820

Submitted by Scott E. Warren
Transcribed by Bill Lynch

Groom Bride Date

Johnston, William Phelps, Luvania 12/04/1816

Phelps, Daniel W. Horley, Susannah 03/25/1817

Phelps, Washington Lang, Bersheba 04/21/1816--Descendant of John Phelps d.1801, Bedford Co., Va.

Phelps, William Johnson, Ann 07/09/1816

Jasper Co. GA Marriage Book, 1821-1835-1841

Compiled by Bill Lynch

Groom Bride Date Page

Brown, Robert Phelps, Nancy 09/08/1831 138

Jackson, Green B. Phelps, Barbara 03/02/1823 43

McDannel, Jacob Phelps, Martha 11/18/1829 142

Milum, William Phelps, Elizabeth 10/20/1830 160

Phelps, Thomas Thomason, Sarh 11/21/1833 160

Phelps, William Parker, Judy 11/18/1827 95

Smith, John B. Phelps, Sarah 08/22/1830 126

Smith, William W. Phelps, Mary 09/01/1825 74

Jasper Co. GA Marriage records, O and P

Phelps, William to Anne Johnson 07/09/1817

Martha Odom - 12/22/97

Researching Aquilla PHELPS (b. 12 Dec 1789 in Rowan County, NC - d. About 1871 in Floyd County, GA) who married Jane HENSON (b. Unknown - d. Unknown) in Clarke County, GA on 1 Dec 1807. Aquilla's father was Thomas PHELPS (b. 19 Aug 1759 in Rowan County, NC - d. 12 Jul 1835 in Jasper County, GA) who married a TEAKLE (not sure if this was her first or last name). Aquilla lived in Jasper County, GA for most of his life; however, most of his children had migrated to Floyd County by the 1850s. If anyone has information on this family, please contact me.

Subject: Phelps of Georgia came to Missouri
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 19:06:29 EST

This is old information from a couple of years ago and would love to hear
from Nora or Margaret again - lost contact with them and this is what they sent
me when I was researching my Albert Phelps b. Georgia abt 1812. Also have
this info on a James Phelps:
possible brother of Albert on same family page with Eliza Phelps age 65.
Household: 1880

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation
Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
James PHELPS Self M Male W 56 GA Farmer VA GA
Darkiss PHELPS Wife M Female W 53 TN Keeps House TN TN
Mollin M. PHELPS Son S Male W 26 MO Laborer GA TN
Mary E. PHELPS Dau S Female W 18 MO GA TN
James F. PHELPS Son S Male W 12 MO Laborer GA TN
Source Information:
Census Place Crawford, Osage, Missouri
Family History Library Film 1254707
NA Film Number T9-0707
Page Number 420A
I do have a line of Phelps that moved from SC to GA between 1810-14. They settled in Pulaski Co. GA. Would Albert Phelps lived near there. You didn't say where. Wish we could get a WebSite of Southern Phelps. We really need to pull these southern Phelps together. I have some material on mine: William and Sophia Lee Phelps at home. When I get home, I will look for Albert.

We do have an Arthur Phelps (my line) but no Albert that I remember.(?). I will be home on the 10th of Dec. William was b. c. 1773 but don't know where but believe in NC or SC. Sophia Lee was b. c. 1776-77 SC. I believe there were about 5 different Phelps in SC on or before the 1790 Census but all moved to GA or other parts West. Moses and his son James Phelps from Edgefield, SC and Aquilla Phelps along with my William were all in SC before moving through GA to other states. Talk
later. Nora

There are several groups of Phelps in Georgia in the early 19th century. No one has "adopted" the state as a project to work on identifying relationships ifany between the families. A Thomas Phelps born 19 Aug. 1759 in Rowan Co.,North Carolina; died 12 July 1835 in Jasper Co., GA. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War. At the time he enlisted he was living on Great Kiokee Creek, which runs into the Savannah River almost across from Edgefield Co., S.C. In 1784 he married a woman named Teckel (1767- died Floyd Co., GA ca. 1855).Thomas and Tekel had two children, a daughter Nancy b. 9 Sept 1785, died before 1851 (affadavit of brother, Aquilla, on pension application). and a son, Aquilla, b. 12 Dec 1789; died 1871, Floyd Co., GA . Tekel received a widow's pension W3551. Aquilla lived in Floyd Co., had several children, Sarah,Thomas, Nancy, Jesse, Pickney, Elizabeth, Polly and Jane. Some of them or Aquilla's grandchildren moved to Tennessee and on to Texas after "THE WAR". There was second Aquilla who lived in GA at the same time. Relationship if any unknown at present.

No Albert among descendants identified by Betty Cason of Rome, GA, a
ggg-granddaughter of Thomas.

There were also New England Phelps who lived the vicinity of Columbus, GA,
others in Pulaski Co.

Margaret Swanson
These are emails from Phelps Family mailing list.
File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Larry Childs January 11, 2006, 7:50 pm

Cemetery: Bull
Name: Mildred Bull
Photo can be seen at:
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Mildred Gibson Willis Bull

Additional Comments:
Wm H. Bull married Mildred Gibson 22 Jul 1818 Wilkes Co.,
GA. This was her second marriage. Her first was to George
Willis before 1807. George Willis died 5 Nov 1816 Wilkes
Co., GA. After Wm H Bull died, she married 1848 Jasper Co.,
GA to Aquilla Phelps.

(Information from: Barbara Waldrop )

Mildred Gibson Willis Bull Phelps was an ancestor of most of
the many people of Monroe County who are Willis
descendants. She was a daughter of John Gibson who died in
1827 in Wilkes County Georgia and his wife Mildred (Millie)
Holladay Gibson.

Her first husband was George Willis who died 1816 in Wilkes
County Georgia. He was a son of James Willis of Virginia who
died 1813 in Wilkes County and his first wife Ann/Nancy.

They had sons:

Owen J willis,
George A Willis,
John G Willis

Mildred Gibson Willis married 2nd William H Bull (he is
buried in the Carlton-Bull Cemetery Mildred married
William H Bull 1818 in Wilkes County and they had several
children who lived to adulthood.

Mildred Gibson Willis Bull married 3rd Acquilla Phelps

Matilda Gibson (Mildred's sister) married 1st David Allison
who was guardian of Mildred's three Willis sons. Matilda,
who was Mildred's sister, married 3 more times. Matilda was
married last to James Lamar

Children in the cemetery are said to be a child of Mildred
and William Bull and a Bryant child. I don't know who the
Bryant child could be. One of Mildred's sons, John Gibson
Willis b 10 Jun 1810 Wilkes County, GA had a daughter by his
second wife who married a Bryant. Could this Bryant child be
Mildred's Great Grandchild? [I have Mary Lena Willis m.
Hiram J. Bryant in Butts Co., GA but no date. Mary Lena was
b. 1874]

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1827 GEORGIA LAND LOTTERY, Jasper County Residents, sorted by last name

Source: "Reprint of Official Register of Land Lottery of Georgia
1827," Compiled and Published by Miss Martha Lou Houston, Columbus, Georgia,
printed by Walton-Forbes Company, Columbus, Georgia 1928.


2 3 25 Phelps, Augustin J. Jasper County Sparks Muscogee County
2 9 162 Phelps, David orphans Jasper County Sparks Muscogee County

1 9 213 Phelps, John A. illegit Jasper County Sparks Lee County
1 26 82 Phelps, Thos. R.S. Jasper County Farleys Lee County---Thomas Phelps of Rowan Co. N.C.
2 16 124 Phelps, William W. Jasper County Sparks Muscogee County
2 23 131 Phelps's, Washington orphs. Jasper County Dardens Muscogee County--Descendant of John Phelps d.1801, Bedford Co., Va.

1827 Land Lottery Registration List Jasper County, GA










PHELPS, WASHINGTON, 1, ORPHANS OF----Descendant of John Phelps d.1801, Bedford Co., Va. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phelps Plantation, Jasper Co., Ga.

W. E. SANDERS, merchant and mayor of Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia, son of Brown and Elizabeth A. (Smith) Sanders, was born in Jasper County, Georgia, October 13, 1851. The family came from England to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War. Mr. Sanders’ great-grandfather, Ephraim Sanders, a soldier in the Patriot Army, was killed in the battle of Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, September 8, 1781. The latter part of the last century, his grandfather, a planter, migrated from South Carolina to Georgia and settled in Jones County, where he raised a large family, whose members scattered and made homes elsewhere. Here Mr. Sanders’ father was born in 1808 and grew to manhood. He then moved over into Jasper County, where he married in 1850. His mother’s family was of Georgia birth, and she was raised by her grandfather, Aquilla Phelps, one of the older of the first settlers. After their marriage his parents moved to Jones County, where they lived seven years, and then returned to Jasper County to the old Phelps Plantation, where they are living now, his father engaged in his lifetime business of farming. They had four children born to them: W.E., the subject of this sketch; Mary A., died at thirteen; Frances M., died when eighteen months old; Florence, died when seventeen years of age. Mr. Sanders was reared in Jasper County, and educated in the county schools and the Monticello high school, and took a course in the Macon Business College. In 1871 he clerked in Monticello, Georgia, and beginning with 1872, he clerked for L. Greenwood & Brothers, Forsyth, for several years – clerking in the fall and winter – making a crop in the summer in Jasper County. In 1877 he engaged with Solomon & Mount, remained with them until 1881, when he went into business with E.R. Roberts, under the firm name of Roberts & Sanders. The firm continued until 1883, when they were burnt out. Mr. Sanders then bought his partner’s interest, and has since conducted the business with phenomenal success on his own account. He carried a fine assorted general supply stock. He was elected mayor of Forsyth in 1890, re-elected since in 1892, 1893 and 1894, and is mayor now. He is captain of the Quitman Guards (Company K, Second Regiment Infantry, Georgia Volunteers). This is a “crack” company, and he has been a member of it twenty years. He is also a member of the Military Advisory Board of the State of Georgia. Mr. Sanders was married Dec. 13, 1876, in Forsyth, Georgia, to Miss Ada O., daughter of W.B. and Mattie A. Chambers, who now live in Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia. To them seven children have been born: Florence; W.B., died in 1890; May; Charlie; an infant, died unnamed; W.E., Jr., deceased. Mr. Sanders is a Democrat. He is very popular, ranks high for energy and business capability, and commercial integrity. His accomplished success gives assurance of a brilliant business future.

Phelps-- Legal name changes in Georgia



1839 Vol. 1 -- Page: 166

Sequential Number: 153

Full Title: AN ACT to alter and change the names of certain persons therein named, and to legitimatize the same, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That the name of Elizabeth Robinson, be, and the same is hereby changed to that of Eliza Elizabeth Blount; the name of Elizabeth Ann Harrell, shall be, and the same is hereby altered and changed to that of Elizabeth Ann Johnson; the name of Anna Atline Davis, be, and the same is hereby
Page: 167

changed to that of Priscilla Atline Graham; the names of Elizabeth Chiles, Aquilla Chiles, Thomas W. Chiles, and Lucinda Chiles of Jasper county, shall be, and the same is hereby changed to that of Elizabeth Phelps, Aquilla Phelps, Thomas W. Phelps and Lucinda Phelps; the name of William James of Richmond county, shall be, and the same is hereby changed to that of William Little; the name of Henry Hines of Stewart county, shall be, and the same is hereby changed to that of Henry Brewer; the names of Henry T. F. Stokes, William A. A. Stokes, and Rebecca E. E. Stokes, of Taliaferro county, be changed to that of Henry T. F. Towns, William A. A. Towns and Rebecca E. E. Towns, the children of Thomas T. Towns of Taliaferro county; and the name of Emily Green of Newton county, be changed to that of Emily Kinney; that the name of James Morrison of Burke county, be changed to that of James Grubbs; and that the names of Harry G. Hunter, Harriet Hunter, Sophrina Hunter and Louisa Hunter, be changed to that of Harry G. Murphy, Harriet Murphy Sophrina Murphy and Louisa Murphy, and as such they shall be called and known in all courts of Law and Equity; and are hereby declared to be fully and completely legitimatized, and entitled to all the rights and legal privileges that they would have been, had they been born in lawful wedlock


The Family of James Phelps/Felps and wife Mary, Son of Aquilla Phelps Of Rowan County,North Carolina. James Phelps and his family came from Rowan County,N.C. to Elbert County, Georgia and then on to East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.

JAMES FELPS, moved with his wife Mary (Sidden) and sons, David D Felps (born 1782), Thomas Felps, Joseph Felps and James Felps Jr. James Sr. settled land in Feliciana Parish, LA Nov. 1803.

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Mary Pedigree

Birth: About 1763 , , North Carolina
Death: Before 27 OCT 1834

1. David D. Felps Pedigree

Birth: 25 FEB 1782 Ebert, , , Georgia
Death: 30 OCT 1837

2. Elizabeth Felps Pedigree

Birth: About 1784 Ebert, , , Georgia

3. Henrietta Felps Pedigree

Birth: 1785 Ebert, , , Georgia

4. James Felps Pedigree

Birth: 1790 Ebert, , , Georgia
Death: Before 12 OCT 1852

5. Thomas Felps Pedigree

Birth: 1789 Ebert, , , Georgia
Death: About 1828

6. Joseph Felps Pedigree

Birth: 10 DEC 1796 Ebert, , , Georgia
Death: 17 APR 1839

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


By H. Skipwith 1892 Hopkins Printing Office,
20 & 22 Commercial Place, New Orleans


I am so habituated, Mr. Editor, to chronological arrangement that I think I would not begin writing a history of Rome before making close and critical search for vestiges of the wall, to build which, Romulus cut down the reeds of Tiber, nearly three thousand years ago. My present search is limited to the inquiry "Who made the earliest blazings of civilizations in the fifth ward of East Feliciana?" Tradition carries us then back, in answer to this question, to the closing years of the last century; when the three Yarborough brothers from Georgia, and Joseph Felps, from the same State, in company with his brothers, James, Thomas and David; and as part of the same immigration movement, those sturdy old front- iersmen, Isaac Taylor from Pennsylvania, and Robert Nettles and Thomas Albritton from South Carolina, who commenced to make their hatchet clearings, to lay off fence rows and to build log cabins with puncheon floors in the heart of the primeval forests and cane brakes, the dark green curtains of the water-courses, which irrigated and fertilized the lovely valleys of the Fifth Ward, in the year 1798. And two years later came into the same community another colony from Elbert County, Georgia, which included several well rememb- ered pioneers, who figured conspicuously in shaping our civlization, namely: Charles Ingraham, James Higginbotham, Matthew Edwards, Natt Cobb and William Blount. Mr. Ingraham, who cleared the place now owned by Mr. I.T.Felps, was a worker in wood, possessing a large and active mechanical genius, and to him the settlers were indebted for the first grist and saw mill, and he was likewise the owner of several slave mechanics, workers both in iron and wood, and Ingraham's mill and blacksmith shop were leading land marks for many years, of which there are still some vestiges. His old Elbert County neighbor and friend, James Higginbotham, who likewise was a slave owner, was the Master of the first lodge of Masons organized in East Feliciana. He lived and died on his first clearing, but his son, John B., on his father's death, moved eastward into the Sixth Ward, near Nat Cobb and William Blount and the Briants, who had migrated from the banks fo the Comite river, in the Fifth, to the valley of the Amite, in the Sixth. Throughout his long and active life, John B. Higginbotham was a strong pillar of the Methodist Church, an earnest and devout class leader. It is one of the traditions of the Elbert County colony, along the Comite, that young Charles Ingraham was the first Anglo American to die, and that his father put him away in a solid lightwood coffin, which was made air tight by ingenious devices without corroding nails. As the Felps and Yarborough brothers certainly came into the wilds earlier than the Elbert County colony, those earliest leaders of the column of civilization have had so much influence in shaping the societies which they founded that each may claim a short biographical paragraph. James Felps founded the ancestral seat, seven miles east of Clinton, on the Greensburg road, in the Eighth Ward. His brothers, Thomas and David Felps, founded their family seats two miles south of him, on the banks of Bluff Creek, in the Sixth Ward. The fourth brother, Joseph, whose descendants still cling in large numbers around the "clearing" which their ancestor made in 1798, a little south of the present site of Clinton, chose his home in the Fifth Ward. The three Yarborough brothers, who came from Georgia with the Felps, founded their homes along the banks of Pretty Creek, in clannish proximity, in the Fifth Ward. Lewis Yarborough made his hatchet clearing and built his log cabin (which I have seen standing in good repair, in 1825) just between the present store of Mr. R. Carow and the new residence of Henry Hartner. His descendants, not long ago, under the advice of Judge J.B. Smith, contemplated bringing suit for all the land on which the town of Clinton now stands.

By H. Skipwith 1892 Hopkins Printing Office,
20 & 22 Commercial Place, New Orleans

Notwithstanding, Mr. Editor, that this sixth sub-division of East Feliciana has been sneeringly nick-named "the Dark Corner", I find on closer scrutiny that is annals are as full of stirring incidents, its settlement as early, its progress as fast and its social development as healthy and steady as in any of the other wards, and a glance at its admirable distribution of forest and stream, of meadows and valleys and picturesque building sites, on the crown of its lofty ranges of forest clad hills, will convince the home seekers that I am sketching one of the choicest haunts of civilized man; a land conspicuously adapted to the uses of agricultural and pastoral endeavor. The bold and turbulent Amite, with its wealth of broad and fertile bottoms, and its miles of dense primeval forests, is the ward's eastern border, Sandy Creek, a smaller stream of living waters, presenting on a smaller scale the same features as are found along the Amite, is the western boundary of the ward. The same general features likewise attach to the courses of its two diagonal feeders, namely Hunter's Branch, which rises a little north of the centre and flows south-west into Sandy Creek, and Bluff Creek which also rises north of the centre and discharges south-east into the Amite river. It is almost needless to add that the flocks and herds of the Sixth Ward never suffer for water, and the meadows bordering all these streams in large broad bodies of fertile land hold out a promise of rich remuneration to agricultural and pastoral endeavor. It goes, too, almost without saying, that the bold headlands hemm- ing in these streams abound in picturesque sites, calling eloquently to roaming pilgrims to stop and build and beautify a home. It has already been asserted in these sketches that there were two tidal waves, which floated into these wilds; two streams of immigrat- ing humanity; some by single spies, some by families, and some by whole neighborhoods. The first wave was set in motion by the treaty with Spain in 1795, which defined the 31st parallel of north latitude as the boundary between Spain's provinces of Florida and the United States, and also guaranteed to American citizens, for three years, the right of deposit. On this first wave came into the Sixth Ward, to battle with the bears, panthers and wolves for possession and a peaceful home, John Morgan and Morgan Morgan, who having emigrated from Virginia to the wilds of Kentucky with their relative Daniel Boone, soon after the revolutionary war, turned their migratory longing southward in 1796, and in company with the Vardells and Thackers, founded their homes in the Sixth in the broad and fertile Amite valley. Impelled by the same wave, though not quite so early, but before the close of the century, came the Chaneys from South Carolina, the Phelps from Georgia, and John Hobgood from Virginia. These early comers founded seats along the valleys of Bluff Creek, except Capt. James Hobgood, whose early life was so eventful and full of interesting incidents, as to suggest a separate biographical paragraph. James Hobgood was a Virginia lad during the Revolution, with strong longings to go and fight for Washington and freedom, but being too young was denied enlistment. After the war closed, the restless, aspiring lad commenced his migrations southward, through the Carolinas, stopping in South Carolina long enough to fascinate a blue-eyed daughter of the Barfields, who came with him to found a home on the plantation in the Sixth Ward, now owned and cultivated by Mr. Porter Rowley. The ancestor of the Hobgoods was not only one of the earliest comers, but was for many years the most conspicous figure of the early society of the Sixth Ward, especially at "House Raisings" and "Log Rollings" and all other occasions at which physical strength always won the crown of admiration. He was a long armed, heavily muscled athlete, and as a jumper, wrestler and fighter had no equal. His son, Mr. W.B. Hobgood, relates with pardonable pride the feats of prowess of his gigantic ancestor, but he had one weakness, for which Billy, after the lapse of over half a century, has not been able to fully forgive him. When the oats were ready for the harvest the long armed old giant would shoulder his scythe and buckle on his can- teen full of whiskey, and his son Billy ws summoned to carry a fresh pail of water, and when the day's work was done the canteen was always empty, but Billy had been rigidly confined to the con- tents of the pail of water, and to this day Billy protests that he was the victim of a most unfair distribution of the fluids. Within a year or two of those already mentioned came from Georgia, the Cobbs, Higginbothams, Carrolls and Blonnts, and the Barfields from South Carolina, who founded their seats along the Amite river. While these eastern colonists were developing their scattered communities, settlements were being made on the western border, along the valley of Sandy Creek, by the Hatchers, Storys, McMurrays and Gideon White. A little later, say about six years, the earliest of that large column of immigration which was set in motion by Mr. Jefferson's proclamation of 1803, announcing the purchase of Louisiana, came B.M.G. Brown, senior, who brought his wife, his little ones, and his slaves, and his chattels, in 1804, from Darlington District, South Carolina, to found a new home on the banks of Hunter's Branch, in the Sixth Ward, near the line of the Baton Rouge road, where he reared and equipped his four sons, Major Reddin Brown, B.M.G. Brown, jr., Elly Brown and Eli Brown, for active, useful and honorable service in the van of civilization, around their southern homes. Nearly contemporaneous with the Browns, the society of the ward was recruited by the Lees, Reddins, Carrolls, and by the mother of Sothey Hayes, and the late Sheriff Jno. W. Hayes, who came, a brave widow from South Carolina, to found a new home for her sons in the wilds of the Sixth Ward.


About the time when the Yarboroughs and Phelps and the other colonists migrated from Elbert County, Georgia, at the close of the late century, into the Fifth Ward to make their clearings and found their homes along the margin of the Comite river and Pretty Creek----

By H. Skipwith 1892 Hopkins Printing Office,
20 & 22 Commercial Place, New Orleans

PIONEERS OF THE EIGHTH WARD. When, in 1800, old Leonard Hornsby took passage on a flat boat and floated out of South Carolina down the head waters of the Tennessee river and around by the Ohio and Mississippi to Natchez, with all his father's slaves and herds, his house- hold and kitchen outfit, his wagons, teams and agricultural implements, his gunsmith and his one-legged shoemaker, his big mastiffs, bull dogs and deer hounds, he was tolerably well equipped to plant and defend and expand an outpost in the vanguard of civilization, which he did in 1802 in the forks of Beaver Creek and the Amite river, to which his Anglo-Saxon love of running waters had attracted him. This outpost of the Hornsby's, in 1802, lies in the extreme corner of the Eighth Ward, and is now the property of Judge W.F. Kernan. When its site was selected there were none within hearing of his cock's crowing for day-break, except the sly, scheming foxes, thirsting for chanticleer's blood; none to hear the deep-mouthed baying of his big dogs, except the frightened bears, panthers, wolves and deer. No human being was nearer than old Mr. Furlow, a Georgian, who, with a hermit's love of solitude, had planted his solitary log cabin on the west side of Hepzibah Creek, about half a mile below the high hill, out of the sides of which gush the living waters as fresh and strong and life-giving as those which gushed from the rocks of Horeb when struck by Aaron's rod. The place is central and has had many different proprietors after old Mr. Furlow was put away in his grave. His immediate successor was Daniel Eads, of Kentucky, who constructed the first grist mill just above where Hephzibah Church now stands. Two other leaders of Eighth Ward society, Elisha Andrews and Major Doughty, followed Mr. Eads as proprietors of the Furlow place, and in 1812 or 1814 the Rev. Ezra Courtney, having organized a numerous Baptist congregation, selected the portion of the place lying on the east side of the creek for the site of a Baptist house of worship, to which was given the name of HEPHZIBAH. Furlow, Eads, Andrews and Doughty, after life's fitful fever, all sleep quietly in their graves, but the head waters of Hepzibah Creek still ripple and gurgle joyously by the foot of holy Hepzibah Church, the congregation of which multiplied amazingly under the zealous ministrations of its venerable founder. It remained a harmonious brotherhood, without any family jars, except when old Chesley Jackson, one of Hephizbah's stock-holders, took it into his head to invite a Universalist named Rogers to preach in Hepbzibah. This desecration of the Hephzibah pulpit by an unbaptized heretic who didn't believe n Sheol, was bitterly opposed by another body of organized Baptists, under the lead of that good Christian and citizen, Major Doughty, who locked the heretic out, and carried off the keys in their pockets. Then there was war in Hephzibah and the contending factions were not appeased until the Rev. H.D.F. Roberts, from Sumpter District, S.C., with a diploma from Columbia College, and Rev. Thomas Adams, and impassioned and learned divine, from Richland District, S.C., came to pour oil on the troubled waters. Under the impassioned appeals of these two missionaries the conscience of the eighth ward was stirred to its lowest depths and the list of Hepzibah members rapidly doubled. Perhaps it will add to the interest of my narrative to say that Mr. Roberts left the work here to serve a pulpit in a Tennessee church, where he reared four promising sons, of whom our esteemed fellow citizen, J.M. Roberts, Esq., was one, and all of whom have been, from time to time, members of eighth ward society, as guests of their father's older brothers, Messrs. William and Sylvester Dunn Roberts, both immigrants from Sumpter District, S.C. The Rev. Thos. Adams founded a home and raised a family on the banks of Pretty creek, and continued his minist- rations in the East Feliciana church until his death near Clinton in 1859, where he was buried, and over his honored grave the congregations he had so faithfully served united in erecting a handsome monument. After Furlow and Hornsby, the dim and scattered germs of Eighth Ward settlers were first recruited by John Chance and James Felps from Georgia, in 1803 and 1804, and probably by the ancestor of Jack, Booker and Smith Kent. Mr. Chance made his first clearing on the place in the Seventh ward on which in 1806 old Mr. Henry Dunn moved with his family and slaves. This John Chance became conspicuous in the annals of the Eighth Ward, for long and honor- able services as a leader through its early struggles, and as the founder of a numerous and powerful family by his marriage with Miss Zilpha Doughty, who came into the ward in 1806 in company with her father, old Mr. Levi Doughty, from Darlington District, S.C. In the same fleet of flatboats which floated the Doughtys out of South Carolina, down the head waters of the Tennessee and through the perilous Muscle Shoals, down the Ohio and Mississippi to Natchez, came out of the same neighborhood a column of immigrants with their families, slaves and household goods; and from Natchez, on foot and in wagons, probably along the same trace which old Leonard Hornsby blazed out in 1802, to the banks of Beaver creek, near which most of these colonists commenced their clearings. This large column of colonists coming into the ward in 1806, embraced the ancestors of the Doughtys, Rentzs, Brians, Morgans and Whites, who used to tell their descendants some thrilling tales of hairbreadth escapes from shipwreck on the snags, sawyers and hidden rocks in the un- known channels of the French Broad, and how, appalled by the angry roar of the swift torrents, whirlpools and eddies of the Muscle Shoals, the immigrants from Darlington District landed their wives, little ones and slaves at the head of the Shoals and trusted the ark containing their herds, household and kitchen and plantation outfits to a skilled Indian pilot, who, standing with his long pole at the bow, with his squaw at the helm, would brave the dangers of the perilous passage while the human passengers footed around the shoals by a "cut-off." The Indian pilots brought most of the boats safely to the foot of the Shoals, but sometimes one would be wrecked and an outfit for a home in the wilderness would go to the bottom.


East Feliciana Parish was created in 1824 when Feliciana Parish, once part of Spanish West Florida, was split into
East and West Feliciana Parishes.

1820 Census, Head of Household Feliciana Parish, La.
File prepared by Deandra Norred Pardue

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This LARGE Feliciana Parish was divided in 1824 and split into East &
West Feliciana Parishes. The Heads of the Households for this census
were transcribed from the original rolls. Some designated areas on this
census may correspond to places in later East or West Feliciana
Parish. A head of household on this census, by 1830, would either be
listed in East or West Feliciana Parish if they remained in the area.
Make note of the names of neighbors on this census, whose records may
later assist you in your research. The men listed on this census
may have participated in the War of 1812 and fought at the Battle of
New Orleans on 8 January 1815.


Amite Miller..........................Isaac
" Smith...........................Ephm
" Blunt...........................Wm.
" Powers..........................Mark
" Crittenlon......................Jeremiah
" Cobb............................Nathl.
" Morgan..........................Jese
" Bryan...........................James
" Kerby...........................William
" Lurk (?)........................Jno.
" Neasom..........................Abraham
" Phelps..........................Thos.
" Fulcher.........................Wm.
" Knight..........................Zacha.
" Knight..........................Willis
" Miller..........................William N.
" Carr............................G.V.J.
" Cock............................Ara L.
" Allbrittan......................Richard
" Middleton.......................Saml.
" Splane..........................Thos.
" Carr............................Cornelius
" Chapman.........................Thos.

East Feliciana, Louisiana: 1830 Census
Submitted by Don Johnson
File prepared by Deandra Norred Pardue

1830 Census
Enumeration Year 1830
County (Parish) East Feliciana, State Louisiana

By Donald W. Johnson, Mrs. Dixie A. Moss, Mrs. Beatrice B. Denham and
Mrs. Barbara C. Strickland.
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Lines 1 - 12 are males in the households, 13 - 24 are the females in the
following age categories.
Under 5 yrs.
5-10 yrs.
10-15 yrs.
15-20 yrs.
20-30 yrs.
30-40 yrs.
40-50 yrs.
50-60 yrs.
60-70 yrs.
70-80 yrs.
80-90 yrs
90-100 yrs

Joseph Phelps 100001000000 100010000000

George T. Phelps 101020000100 100100000000

David Felps 211010100000 100200100000

Margaret Felps 020100000000 001001000000

James Felps 202101000000 101101010000



I am seeking more info on my ancestors LEWIS LIRONUS YARBOROUGH d 1854 who married HENRIETTA FELPS, d. 1833 both born in 1785 in GA and migrated to E.Feliciana Parish , Clinton La. along the banks of Pretty Creek in the fifth ward Lewis & his two brothers JAMES Y AND STEPHEN Y and the Felps were one of the first families to settle in this area in 1798. Lewis married at least twice after the death of Henrietta. 2nd wife ElizabethHUMPHRIES, M. 11/30/1837, 3RD wife Millie PRITCHITT MCMURRAY.I would like to know their children names by Lewis. Lewis & Henrietta children were: JamesR.YARBOROUGH my ggggrandfather who married a S.A.? would like info on her maiden name. In Marion County Miss, 1850 census shows James & SA living there with their 9 children which included my gggrandfather another James Rufus Yarboroughb. 1848 died in Jasper County Tx. M Demerius HARGROVE b 5/21/1849 M 3/1869, D2/7/1932 Houston, (Harris Co) Tx at Hollywood Cemetery. They had 7 children included my ggrandfather DeVerney Yarborough b1874 in Jasper Co, Tx d. 1950 in Jarrell,(Williamson Co) Tx m Mary KELLER 4/21/1901 in that county and is where they settled and had three children and my grandfather George Wright Yarbrough b.1904 d 1932 married Jewell JACKSON b 1915 of Salado, (Bell Co) Tx They had twins my fatherJoseph Charlie Yarbrough and Mary Fay Yarbrough. Deverney Yarbrough dropped one of the o from our name. I am looking for census, marriage, death, births records and any info would be very much appreciated. Ron Yarbrough. RJBEARTXM@AOL.COM


Bettiann White Lloyd

Henry Lafayette WHITE, b 15 Feb 1842, Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, LA (s/o Virgil WHITE/Janette Scott TALBERT); m 3 May 1866, Clinton, EFP, LA, to Casandra FELPS, b Aug 1844, LA. This couple had the following known children: James W. WHITE, b 7 Mar 1867, d 16 Dec 1917, McComb, Pike Co., MS; Lewis Lafayette WHITE, b Feb 1872, MS; Catherine "Katie" WHITE, b Jan 1881, MS; Daisie WHITE, b Sep 1882, MS, m Harry GREGSON; John Scott WHITE, b 7 May 1885, Amite Co., MS, m 9 May 1914, Magnolia, MS to Evelyn Myriam BOSTICK; Elizabeth "Lizzie" WHITE, b Aug 1888, MS, m Ben RUSHING. Looking for: (1) parents of Casandra FELPS; (2) spouses of James, Lewis and Catherine WHITE; (3) any further information on these children and/or their children with dates and locations for births, marriages and deaths.


My line of Yarboroughs starts in E.& W. Feliciana Parish with Lewis Lironus Yarborough b. 1798 d. 1854, m. Henrietta Phelps b. 1798 d. 1834 who lived in Clinton La. Their families lived in E and W Feliciana Parishes.

I am on the committee of the Yarborough Quarterly Newsletter and we have a data base we are building on the surname Yarborough and other spelling variations of this surname. I am in charge of the state of Louisiana and already have a lot of information but we want a lot more We are looking for census records, births,marriages, deeds,court records, etc or your line as long as you include a source.. If you have a verifiable source of information you would like to submit, Please email me or send to Ron Yarbrough 15711 Banty Falls ct Houston, Tx 77084 This information is being saved on a database to help anyone who is researching this surname. Thank you . Ron Yarbrough

Edna Felps

Searching for any FELPS descendants. JAMES FELPS came to EAST Feliciana Parish ,LA. from NC. Or TN. James was b.abt 1761in NC. died abt 1834 LA. Would like to correspond with any Felps descendant. Edna Felps

PHELPS, Meade Hubbard, M.D., E. Feliciana, then Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller
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Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and
Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), p. 358. Edited by Alc‚e
Fortier, Lit.D. Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.

Phelps, Meade Hubbard, M. D., a leading physician and surgeon of the city of
Natchitoches, was born Jan. 29, 1886, in Clinton, East Feliciana parish, La.,
the son of Bailey Thomas and Emma (Sample) Phelps. His father was a native of
Clinton, La., and followed the occupation of farmer, and is now retired,
residing in Natchitoches. The mother of Dr. Phelps was born at Lake
Providence, West Carroll parish, and was the daughter of John Sample. Dr.
Phelps is the 4th child and only son in a family of five. He was educated in
the public schools of his native parish and at the Natchitoches state normal
school, from which he graduated in 1906. After teaching school for 1 year, he
studied medicine at Tulane university, during 4 years, and graduated in 1912.
Immediately after receiving his diploma, the doctor located in Natchitoches,
where he is a general practitioner, rapidly establishing a reputation as an
able and skillful physician and surgeon. He is a member of the Natchitoches
and Red River Bi-parish Medical society, and of the Louisiana State Medical
society and American Medical association. He served 1 term as interne in
Shreveport charity hospital.

This Article Compiled and Edited by Latham Mark Phelps--2007