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Melissa Phelps Kenyon
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Birth: Jul. 8, 1821
Washington County
New York, USA
Death: Jan., 1888
Trempealeau County
Wisconsin, USA

Melissa was the daughter of Daniel Othniel Phelps of Cambridge, Washington, New York and Eliza Anthony of Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

For reasons unclear, Daniel decided to leave the family estate to begin a journey across New York State, which would end in moving his family to Iowa, and finally to Nebraska, where he died.

Shortly after Melissa's birth they moved to Spafford, Onandaga County, New York. Her father purchased property there, which he later sold to her brother Isaac Anthony.

By 1829, they were in Genesee County, New York. By 1830, they were living in Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York.

In 1834, her father was named in will of his father consisting of 22 acres formerly purchased by his father from James Hill.

Following this, Daniel reportedly walked to Indiana circa 1835, and purchased 160.00 acres, Section 23, Jackson, Steuben, Indiana, with a federal land grant.

Daniel was one of the early landowners in Steuben County, Indiana. It was considered to have a favorable location, attracting early settlers. (Atlas of Steuben Co., Indiana, 1880, page 12.)

Melissa married Lyman Kenyon on 30 Jun 1843, a time when her family was living in Indiana. It is likely they married in Indiana. Her father sold the Indiana farm, in December, six months after her marriage.

Her father moved to Waddams, Stephenson, Illinois, which lies across the border from Iowa County, Wisconsin, where Melissa and Lyman are first known to have settled. Perhaps they went with him to Illinois, then settled in Wisconsin soon after.

Melissa and Lyman had their family in Wisconsin, moving later to Trempealeau County, when Lyman obtained a homestead.

On the 1880 census, she lists herself as a widow, although Lyman is still believed to be alive. Three adult sons are also living with her, Charles, 29, Millard, 24, and Daniel, 26. They are listed as farm laborers, as the family farm has been sold at this time. Also living with them, Julia Penny, age 8, her granddaughter.

She is not listed on the 1885 Wisconsin State census as a head-of-household. It is likely she was living with her son, Charles and his wife.

She died in Arcadia. The date is unknown, but the Town Historian reports she was buried in January 1888 in Arcadia Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Daniel Othniel Phelps (1797 - 1878)
  Eliza Anthony Phelps (1802 - 1868)
  Lyman Kenyon (1814 - 1882)*
  Alonzo Kenyon (1846 - 1916)*
  Alphonzo Frank Kenyon (1848 - 1932)*
  Charles Kenyon (1850 - 1927)*
  Julia Kenyon Penny (1852 - 1872)*
  Daniel B. Kenyon (1853 - 1910)*
  Millard Frank Kenyon (1857 - 1911)*
  Lyman Kenyon (1859 - ____)*
  Fredric Kenyon (1861 - 1873)*
  Melissa Phelps Kenyon (1821 - 1888)
  Mary Phelps Campbell (1824 - 1911)*
  Erastus Phelps (1825 - 1827)*
  Alsina Phelps Hulbert (1829 - 1919)*
  Seneca Brownie Phelps (1833 - 1903)*
  Daniel Phelps (1837 - 1837)*
  Diana Phelps (1837 - 1837)*
*Calculated relationship
Arcadia Cemetery
Trempealeau County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Lot A, Section 3
Created by: Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
Record added: Oct 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30698320
Melissa <i>Phelps</i> Kenyon
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- nancy robison
 Added: Nov. 5, 2015
In honor of my 2nd great grandmother.
- Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D.
 Added: Oct. 18, 2015

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