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Alexis Phelps
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Birth: 1800
Palmyra
Wayne County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1846
Oquawka
Henderson County
Illinois, USA

Pioneer, Indian Trader, Businessman. As an Illinois pioneer in the early 1820's, he was initially engaged in lead mining and smelting in Galena, Illinois. Health issues compelled him to remove to Oquawka where he joined his brothers, Sumner and William Phelps, in establishing trade with the Indians of Western Illinois in and around Henderson County. Alexis Phelps was a friend to Indian leaders of the day, including chief Black Hawk, and he was also a close friend of both Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. He married Cornelia Day on April 30, 1833 and built the first frame house in Western Illinois. His house still stands as a historical site in Oquawka and is open for special events. In 1841 he contracted and built the Henderson County Court House which is still in use.



 
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 Parents:
  Stephen Phelps (1768 - 1841)
  Lois Day Phelps (1777 - 1837)
 
 Spouse:
  Cornelia Day Phelps (1811 - 1889)*
 
 Children:
  Arthur S Phelps (1833 - 1863)*
  Mary Ann Phelps Wadleigh (1838 - 1860)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alexis Phelps (1800 - 1846)
  Stephen Phelps (1805 - 1880)*
  William Phelps (1809 - 1889)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oquawka Cemetery
Oquawka
Henderson County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Phelps Family Plot
 
Maintained by: Richard S. Clark
Originally Created by: Carolyn.Complete
Record added: Jun 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27499612
Alexis Phelps
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- quebecoise
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- C.L. Panagopulos
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- C.L. Panagopulos
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