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Notable Family Members
Notable Phelps Anson Green Phelps, Merchant and philanthropist Austin Phelps, Congregational clergyman, theologian and author Charles Edward Phelps, Congressman, Judge, Author Delos Porter Phelps, Lawyer and U.S. Assistant Treasurer Edward John Phelps, Lawyer, educator Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward Dr. Francis Phelps, Representative and Senator George M. Phelps, Master telegraph instrument maker and inventor Dr. Guy Rowland Phelps, Founder, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance John Phelps, Clerk of the Court at the trial of King Charles I Judge James Phelps, Judge and Congressman Judge John Jay Phelps Judge, merchant, and entrepreneur. Judge John Phelps, Constitutional Convention Signatory from Connecticut John Wolcott Phelps, Brigadier General, United States Volunteers Mary Ann Phelps Rich, Latter-day Saints Pioneer Mary Phelps Jacob, Inventor of the Brassiere Noah Phelps, A Patriot of 1776 and Revolutionary War Spy Oliver Phelps Merchant, Revolutionary War veteran, Representative, Senator land promoter Rev. Philip Phelps First President, Western Theological Seminary Richard Phelps, Bell-founder for Churches Throughout England John Smith Phelps Lawyer, Repesentative, Governor Samuel Shethar Phelps, Jurist, Congressman, and Senator Stephen Sumner Phelps, Illinois Pioneer and Origin of the Hawk Eye State Name Thomas Stowell Phelps, Rear Admiral and Civil War Veteran William Walter Phelps, Congressman, Ambassador, and Judge William Wines Phelps, Judge, Latter-day Saint, Publisher and Writer William Lyon Phelps, American educator, author and critic

Judge John Phelps

Signatory to the Constitutional Convention

Judge John Phelps, b. Suffield, Ct., 1736. The record of this child is not found in Suffield records, nor can any probate of his father's will be found though his direct connection with this family comes through a source from which there can be no doubt. Married Mary Richardson about 1754, she daughter of Lady Abigail and William Richardson of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was about fifteen years old at time of marriage.

Judge John Phelps of Suffolk, Connecticut

Say her descendants, "We find from Douglas Peerage of Scotland, 'Richardson, Lord Cramond, Edinburgh.' Sir Thomas, Lord Cramond, had 1st, Thomas, who inherited the the title, 2nd William, Sergeant at Law, m. Abigail Richardson. The date of William Richardson's will is 8 Mar, 1681. Here the Richardson family become extinct for want of a male heir. Mary Richardson was daughter of and only child of this William and Abigail Richardson. Abigail Richardson died at Stafford Springs, Conn., in 1772.

Judge Phelps settled in Stafford Springs, soon after marrying, where he became an honored and influential man. He held the office of justice of the Peace for many years, and re. presented his town in the Legislature several times. He was also a delegate with Elisha Treat Mills, (whose Son afterward married his daughter), to the Convention of 1779, to ratify the Constitution of the United States. He was also largely interested in the manufacture of iron. In 1775, he with others, erected a blast furnace on a large scale, where they manufactured cannon balls for the government, and other war implements. He died in Stafford, Ct., about 1808, honored and respected by all about him.

It is said by the descendants of this family that judge Phelps, when about 19 years old, fell in love with Mary Richardson, then fifteen years old, and who later became his wife. At that time the Richardson family was quite a wealthy and aristocratic family, while the Phelpses were comparatively poor, and Mary was kept confined so as not to meet her lover, but as the story goes Mary was faithful to her lover, and one night after the family had retired, she was waisted by her colored servant who had been her nurse, to leave the home, meet her lover John, when they ran away and were married.

Some six months after, the mother was reconciled to the marriage, saying her only objection was they were too young to marry.

Mrs. Richardson lived to see her son-in-law, Mr. Phelps, a man of influence, honored and respected by all who knew him.


From The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, (Save $201 by ordering through us.) Two volumes. By Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Eagle Publishing Company of Pittsfield, Mass., 1899), p 185-6.