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Family of William Phelps of Northampton, Mass.

Excerpted from The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, (Save $200 by ordering through us.) By Oliver S. Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Get an updated index here.).


William Phelps (Nathaniel > William b. 1593) 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.

William Phelps b. June 22, 1657 m. Abigail Stebbins May 30, 1678. Issue, all b. Northampton:

  1. Abigail (b. 3 Aug 1679 d. December 1748) m. Joseph Parsons
  2. Elizabeth (b. 4 Feb 1682 d. 20 Jun 1755) m. Benjamin Knowlton
  3. William (b. 16 Apr 1684, d. 20 Jun 1755) m. Thankful Edwards (b. 6 Oct 1688 d. 22 Dec 1766) around 1706/7. He resided in all his lifetime. He participated in the French and Indian Wars; Queen Anne's War 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. Their issue, all b. Northampton:
    1. Eliakim (b. 17 Jan 1709 d. 1777)
    2. Thankful (b. 20 Jul 1710 d. 1783)
    3. Benjamin (b. 10 Mar 1713 d. 1789)
    4. Josiah (b. 20 May 1716)
    5. Experience (b. 15 Mar 1717 d. young)
    6. Eunice (b. 16 Aug 1720 d. 7 Feb 1791)
    7. Lois (b. 1725 d. 14 Mar 1795)
    8. Experience (b. 17 Mar 1727)
    9. Joseph (b. 1728)
    10. William (b. 12 Sep 1731)
    11. Elnathan (b. 18 Feb 1734 d. 2 Jan 1813)
  4. Mary b. 3 Jan 1688 d. 22 Jul 1768) m. Ebenezer Burt
  5. Nathaniel (b. 5 Oct 1690 d. 25 FEB 1774) m. Lois
  6. Deborah (b. 17 Mar 1694 d. 11 Jan 1744) m. Jonathan Rust
  7. Ebenezer (b. Oct 1697 d. 8 Mar 1769 d. 8 Mar 1769) m. 1) Sarah Taylor, 2) Maria Austin
  8. Joseph (b. 5 Dec 1699 d. 1779) m. Hannah
  9. Mercy (b. 4 Mar 1703 d. 3 May 1779) m. Thomas Burt