|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1848|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1913|
Boor, History of Henry County, Indiana, 1884, p. 672. T.C. Phelps, son of Elias and Anna Phelps, was born in Henry County, IN, Sept. 30, 1848. He was reared and educated in his native county, residing with his parents till manhood. He has always followed agricultural pursuits and now owns a fine farm of 182 acres in the southern part of Harrison Township. Politically he is a Republican. He was married in 1868 to Mary E. Shaffer who was born Feb. 7, 1849, a daughter of Peter and Ruth A. Shaffer. They have one child, Laverna B., born Nov. 12, 1870.
Thomas and Molly share a gravestone. Thomas was a Henry County commissioner from 1886 to 1889.
Henry County, Indiana 1874 People's Guide - County Directory, p. 253. Died Feb. 1, 1913.
Richard P. Ratcliff: This tribute was written by Orabell (Shaffer) Bell, the obituary writer for the Clear Spring community. I have omitted a number of poems and Biblical quotations and have retained Mrs. Bell's wording and punctuation.
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.
Thomas Clarkson, son of Elias and Anna (Hill) Phelps, was born in Henry County, Indiana, September 30, 1848. He was the oldest of a family of five children: Sarah J., Cynthia H., John M., and Martha, the sisters and mother having preceded him, leaving his father, now in his ninety-fourth year, and brother, John M. of New Castle, the only surviving member of the immediate family.
Though never of a strong constitution, it had been very apparent for the past year or two, that he was failing, and last November, in the hope of benefiting his health, he, with his wife, went to Roswell, New Mexico. But the conditions were such that he received no benefit, but gradually grew worse and, realizing that the time was short, his thoughts turned toward home and friends. So they, accompanied by Eli B. Mooney, made the long and tiresome journey, arriving at home January 22, glad to be with friends and at the dear old home again.
The days and nights of suffering he endured after coming home with patience and uncomplaining, until the evening of the tenth day of his return, January 31, as the clock was about to strike the midnight hour, the summons came, and the freed soul went back to God who gave it. "One less on earth, one more in Heaven." He was married to Mary E. Shaffer, daughter of Peter and Ruth A. (Bond) Shaffer, November 12, 1868. To this union was born one daughter, Laverna R., now the wife of Charles Hardy of Markleville, Indiana. The deceased was reared and educated in this his native county and always lived in the immediate vicinity. He was a kind and obliging neighbor and friend, and we shall miss him. He was of good judgment, wise in counsel, an earnest Christian, a worthy member of the Friends church, and filled many places of trust and honor in the church, neighborhood and county.
He was superintendent of the Clear Spring Sabbath School for twenty-six years, an elder in the church, Clerk of Duck Creek Monthly Meeting, trustee of Indiana Yearly Meeting, and many other positions in business interests.
He died at the age of sixty-four years, four months, and one day, leaving a companion, one daughter and son-in-law, a grandson, Forest Phelps Hardy, father and brother, besides many relatives and friends, to mourn.
*Published February 3, 1913 - New Castle Daily Courier, New Castle, IN.
The funeral of Thomas Clark Phelps, aged 64, one of the best known residents of Henry county, who died at his home, west of the city, Friday night, after a lingering illness of many months, was held at the Clearspring church this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Pearson of Richmond had charge of the services. Interment took place at the Clearspring cemetery.
(This article is copied as printed in the newspaper.)
Clear Spring Friends Cemetery
Created by: Susan K.R.
Record added: Nov 23, 2008
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