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1). bobspu.ged m1. Elizabeth Jones m2. Elizabeth Caudel m3. Sarah Ann Overby Source Notes re William A. Phelps BIO Per Dallas L. PHELPS, Rose MINNICK, Paul DIETZ, et. al., who have researched the John H. PHELPS family in VIRGINIA, Wm. A. PHELPS was born in Grayson County about 1825. The name of William s mother has not been documented, but she evidently died before 1834 when John PHELPS married his second wife, Alsey LOVE. The PHELPS family was still in Grayson County, VA, at census time in 1850 however, William s name is not listed in the household. The next documented dataabout William is his 1851 marriage to Elizabeth JONES in Laurel County, KY. Per the 1860 census, and data on his 1858 marriage to Elizabeth CAUDEL, Elizabeth JONES and William PHELPS had two daughters, Louisa and Mary. By 1860, Elizabeth CAUDEL and William had added a third daughter to the family Alcie Elizabeth PHELPS was reported to be 8 months old when the 1860 census was done 02 JUL 1860 Dallas PHELPS, et. al., have presumed that the couple reported twins, Alcy and Melville, on the 1860 census however, this compiler has interpreted the ages of these infants as 8 12 and 2 12 , respectively. Mary PHELPS, thought to be William s younger sister was enumerated in their household. Compiler suspects the 2 month old Melville to be Mary s child. William LOVE, the father of John PHELPS second wife, Alsey, was also counted in William s home in 1860. In 1870, William and Elizabeth CAUDEL report Louisa 17 , Mary 16 , Rachel E. 12 , John H. 6 , and William J. 4 in their household. Alcie E. is not listed in this census Rachel E. was not listed on the 1860 census. Alcy should have been about 11 years old Rachel Isabelle who later married Wm. F. O DELL should have been born about 1862. Elizabeth, wife of Wm. was reported to be unable to read and write. Assuming that she was the responder for census enumeration, this may help explain the inaccuracies. Elizabeth CAUDEL PHELPS died sometime after the birth of their daughter, Virginia Margaret compiler s grandmother in October, 1870. In 1874, Williammarried his third wife, Sarah Ann OVERBY O DELL. Sarah, the widow of Civil War soldier, William Lacey O Dell, had moved to Laurel County, KY from Claiborne County, TN., about 1863 with her four children John Henry Bud , Wm. Franklin Frank , ElizabethM. Lizzie , and Isaac L. By the 1880 census, Sarah s children had all married two of the three boys marrying daughters of William PHELPS. Frank O DELL married first, Rachel I. PHELPS after Rachel s death, Frank returned to claim the hand of Williams youngest daughter, Virginia Margaret, in 1889. Sarah s youngest son, Isaac, married Alcie Elizabeth PHELPS in February, 1880 this couple was enumerated in William s household on the census that year. William s occupation on census records was given asBlacksmith in 1860 and 1870 in 1880, his age was reported as 55 his occupation as farmer . Deed books for Laurel County indicate that William PHELPS owned at least two tracts of land...the first, he purchased at public auction in October, 1873, but did not obtain the deed for it until a court order demanded it in April, 1874. This land included about 200 acres on the waters of Little Rockcastle River Compiler has not discovered what became of this property. In 1879, William bought 150 acres on the banks of the Laurel River from his father, John H. PHELPS. This property adjoined that of William s brother, Melville Melvin , in the legal description of the property . After William s death in 1887, Sarah remained on this property and in 1892, she purchased shares from William s children, Alcie PHELPS O DELL and William J. PHELPS. William A. PHELPS place of burial has not been discovered as of Feb. 1995. On a research trip to Laurel County, KY, July 1994, compiler learned that there is an old PHELPS cemetery near the Bush community. The cemetery, which lies in a wooded area on private property was located August, 1995. Only a few stones were intact and their inscriptions were difficult to read. William s was not identified. JULY 1996 Additional research in Laurel County s Court Records resulted in the discovery of a March Special Term 1876 record of the appointment of Wm. A. PHELPS as guardian for Samuel I. PARMAN. The order reads as follows Ordered that W.A. Phelp be and he is hereby appointed Guardian to Samuel Parman son and Heir of Alexander Parman, Dec. Said Sam being over 14 years of Age and in Court and announced the Said Phelp being in court taken the required oath and entered into bond with John Lankerly as Surety which bond was approved by the Court. Other court records concerning William PHELPS were found from April, 1868 William was appointed surveyor of a road and October, 1869 William was appointed guardian for Wm. F. and I. L. Odell, infant heirs of Wm. L. Odell, dec d. The court order appointing William A. as guardian to Samuel Parman may have been copied into the wrong book. The order happened in 1870, Alexander died in 1869, and Samuel would have been 20 and married by the 1876 date. REFERENCES 1. The William F. & Virgina PHELPS O DELL Family Tree by O. L. & Beverly WARREN Tulsa, OK 74132. 2. Dallas L. PHELPS, Pres., PHELPS FAMILY ASSOC. OF AMERICA 1002 Queen St. Camden, SC 29020 3113. 3. PHELPS FAMILY NEWS, Vol. 4, 9 Feb. 1991, p 5. publication of P.F.A.A. above. 4. Rose MINNICK, Cloverdale, IN desc. of Marion PHELPS, brother of Wm. A. PHELPS. 5. U.S. Census 1860, KY Laurel Co. p 56 Dw. 379 Fam. 358. Microfilm 653 380. 6. U.S. Census 1870, KY Laurel Co. Bush s Voting Prec. p 16 Dw. 107 Fam. 107. Microfilm 593 480. 7. U.S. Census 1880, KY 4th Mag. Dist. E.D. 57 p 16 Dw. 118 Fam. 122. Microfilm T9 427. 8. U.S. Census 1840, VA Grayson Co. p. 321 Extraction by Paul DIETZ, Buena Park, CAdesc. of John H. PHELPS. 9. Microfilm Laurel Co. KY Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1852 1902, Geneal. Dept. Laurel Co. Pub. Lib London, KY. 10. Laurel Co KY Marriage Records Book AA, p 80 1851 Book BB, p 25 1858 Book BB, p 203 1874 All on file, Laurel County Clerk, Court House London, KY. 11. Civil War Pension File WC 66 610 Wm. L. O DELL Sarah A. O DELL PHELPS National Archives copy owned by compiler. 12. LAUREL COUNTY KY DEEDS Grantee Index, Deed Book J, p 218 and Deed BookG, p.372. 13. Laurel County Court Order Book G, p. 35, Co. Clerk, London, KY 14. Laurel Co. Court Order Book E. p. 461, Co. Clerk, London, KY 15. Laurel Co. Court Order Book F, p. 423, Co. Clerk, London, KY
Name: William A. Phelps Note
Born: Abt 1825 at Grayson County, , , Virginia
Married: Bef 1858
Died: 25 Oct 1887 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky
Other Spouses: Elizabeth Caudel
Sarah Ann (sally) Overby
Father: John Phelps
Name: Elizabeth Jones
Name: Louisa Phelps
Born: Abt 1843
Name: Mary (d.o William A. 1825) Phelps
Born: Abt 1844
6). Notes re William A. Phelps