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Family of William Phelps of Northampton, Mass.

Excerpted 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).


William Phelps was born in Northampton, MA on June 22, 1657. On May 30, 1678, he married Abigail Stebbins, and they parented 11 children, all of whom were born in Northampton. William was admitted as freeman, May 11, 1690, at the same time as his father and his older brother, Nathaniel, Jr. King William's and Queen Anne's wars, in his lifetime, claimed the services of the colonists. He had to assist in the defense of Northampton from Philip's men, in 1677. William resided in Northampton and occupied the old homestead until his death at 88 years of age in 1745. He wife, Abigail was also born in Northampton in 1666, and died there in 1748.

Captain William Phelps, Jr. was born about 1684 and married Thankful Edwards around 1706/7. He resided in Northampton all his lifetime. He participated in the French and Indian Wars; Queen Anne's, wages from 1704 to 1713, and later conflicts. His brother, Lieutenant Nathaniel Jr. was also one of the Northampton men who served. They, among others, received, each, a portion of an additional grant of land in Northampton. Captain William, at an advanced age, served as a member of the important Committee of Safety in the Revolutionary War. Captain William and Thankful had twelve children, two of whom died in infancy.