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William Park Phelps
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1841
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1913
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Ancestry tree has his name listed as
William Park Woodson Phelps
named for his maternal grandmother, Barbara Park Richardson 1799-1873

William Park Phelps was born April 17, 1841 in Kentucky to Jonathan Phelps and Mary H (Richardson) Phelps (both born in Kentucky)

Census 1880
age 39 residing in Elliston, Madison Co., KY
occupation given as farmer. Wife Mary is 33
Children in the home are:
Maggie Phelps 11
Joseph Phelps 7
Lela Phelps 5
Sallie Phelps 2
Fannie Phelps 3m

Census 1910
age 69 Residing in Marion Twp, Jasper county, MO
occupation given, fruit grower
He was a retired farmer and widowed.

He passed away Dec 22, 1913 at the age of 71 years, 8 months, and 21 days.
Burial was at Park Cemetery, Carthage, MO under the direction of Knell Undertaking Company
The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.

Known children w/Mary Francis Blanton
Maggie Phelps 1869
Joseph Phelps 1873
Lela Phelps 1875
Sallie Phelps 1878
Fannie Phelps 1880

An interesting story that was in the Carthage Press April 5, 1907. It read as follows:

Exciting Time at Phelps Farm Last Night
-Thief Cleverly Pursued

A fine black saddle mare was stolen from Will Phelps at his farm 10 miles northeast of Carthage last night.
The amusing part of the incident was that the thief was seen to ride the horse away, was pursued but not captured and the horse was found in the barn again this morning, but in a different stall from which it was stolen.
Parties who work at the farm were sitting on the back porch of the residence last night and saw a man prowling around in the orchard. While they were wondering who he was and what he was doing, and while they were still watching to see him again, someone else came and reported that he believed he had just seen someone ride of at the gate on the black saddle mare. The question was, who could it have been?
Will Phelps himself was promptly informed of the incident and investigation at the barn showed that the black mare was missing. It was concluded that she had certainly been stolen and a rig was quickly hitched to and pursuit began.
After going a mile or two the pursuers nearly caught up with the flying man, and while the thief could be heard galloping across a bridge, the Phelps buggy was racing down the hill leading to the bridge.
However, just at this juncture, the Phelps buggy wheel came off and the pursuers had to return home for another rig. Nothing more was seen or heard of the thief after that.
The theft occurred about 10 o'clock at night, and word was at once telephone to the neighbors and to the sheriff and the police officers at Carthage.
When it was found this morning that the horse had been returned, it is supposed that the thief became alarmed at the closeness of the pursuit, which he thought would be pressed still further today, and concluded that the safest thing he could do would be to get the horse back to the barn before daylight.


DECEMBER 22, 1913

Widely Known Carthage Man
Passes Away After Two Months Sickness

William Park Phelps, 72 years old, widely known in Carthage, died at 12:45 this morning at a residence at the corner of Howard Avenue and Fifth, where he was making his home. He was a Confederate soldier.

Four children;
E. Phelps of Neosho; Mrs. A. L. Cooper of Lawrence, Kansas; Mrs. D. R. Bishop of Enid, Oklahoma and Mrs. A. A. Higdon of Carthage are survivors.

Mr. Phelps was a member of the Christian church. He was born in Kentucky April 17, 1841. He had been in failing health for the past two months, suffering from a complication of diseases. He had been bedridden about ten days. He came to Carthage from Garden City, Missouri. He was a retired farmer. The son from Neosho was in attendance at his bedside yesterday.
Funeral services will held tomorrow morning and will be private.


Enlisted in the 8th Congressional district, counties of Madison, Estill and others, state of Kentucky enumerated the months of July & August 1863 under the direction of Marshall Hays, provost marshal. He was 22, a farmer and single, residing in Kentucky.

William Phelps (First_Last)
Regiment Name 2 (Duke's) Kentucky Cavalry
Side Confederate
Company B
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Private

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William Phelps (First_Last)
Regiment Name 6 Kentucky Mounted Infantry
Side Confederate
Company A
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Private
Family links: 
  Lela Lee Phelps (1875 - 1899)*
  Ernest Phelps (1883 - 1903)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Bl 21 Lot 14 Sp 6
Maintained by: NJBrewer
Originally Created by: TJYahoo
Record added: May 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27107765
William Park Phelps
Added by: NJBrewer
William Park Phelps
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"In the bad old days, there were three easy ways of losing money - racing being the quickest, women the pleasantest and farming the most certain." - William Pitt Amherst
- NJBrewer
 Added: Jan. 16, 2011
*Confederate Civil War Veteran*
- NJBrewer
 Added: Dec. 2, 2010

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