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First generation of Phelps in Windsor, Connecticut

First Generation In New England

Excerpted in part 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). Original spelling and punctuation


As a result of the book The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, (available in hardbound or CD-ROM) by Robert Charles Anderson, it is accepted by a consensus of recognized genealogical scholars that William Phelps of Massachusetts and Connecticut is NOT the William Phelps of Tewkesbury records, but more likely from Crewkene. This book provides ample detail as to the Phelps found in early Connecticut and Massachusetts. Furthermore, recent DNA testing of descendants of William and George Phelps has shown thus far that the two men do not appear to be related.

William Phelps of Crewkerne had two wives (1) Mary ____, buried 1626, and (2) Anne Dover who probably accompanied him and children by both wives to Dorchester, Massaschusetts. William Phelps of Crewkerne, his wife, and six children "emigrated to New England in the ship Mary and John, of four hundred totes burden, commanded by Captain Squeb, with one hundred and forty' passengers. This company had been organized into a church and selected their ministers the day before sailing, as previously stated."

Family of William Phelps of Crewkerne

note Numbers in brackets (e.g, [W19]) or prefixing names refer to the Phelps & Servin ancestral numbers. Any links are to the excerpts scanned from the original book.

William married (1) Mary (?), who was buried at Crewkerne, 13 August 1626. She was the mother of four children, all baptized at Crewkerne:

  • William [W19] bapt. 9 Sep 1618
  • Samuel [W21] bapt. 5 Aug 1621
  • infant, bur. Crewkerne, Jan 1623-24
  • Nathaniel [W22] bapt. 6 Mar 1624-25

William married (2) at Crewkerne, 14 Nov 1626, Ann Dover. Ann was the mother of seven children:

  • Cornelius, bapt. 13 Oct 1627
  • Joseph (a twin) [W23]
  • Mary (a twin), bapt. 13 Nov 1628. This Mary died soon after birth.
  • Mary (another) bapt. 6 Dec 1629

All the children above were baptized at Crewkerne. There is no further record of Cornelius and the second Mary, both of whom are presumed to have died young.

Ann had three additional children born in America:

"After a residence of forty‑two years in New England, thirty‑six of which were spent in Windsor, he died there July 14th, and was buried July 15th, 1672, in his 73rd year, honored and respected by all. His wife died there November 27th, 1675.

The following is the last Will and Testament of Mr. William Phelps, or properly speaking, his Settlement Deed.


^(1) 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)Original spelling and punctuation preserved. pp 77-79