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Nelson Phelps

Connecticut, USA
Death 18 May 1872 (aged 81)
Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Burial Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 86868625 · View Source
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Phelps, Nelson A. May 18,1872,ae 81-4—16
Rhoda SHELDON. his w. Mar.27,1867, ae 74—2—14.

Nelson Abel Phelps was born 2 Jan 1791. This date is calculated from his age at death and is also found in the Bible of Rhoda Sheldon Phelps, his wife. The Phelps genealogy states (incorrectly) that he was born in 1789. The 1791 birth year also agrees with the 1830 and 1840 census age ranges, while the 1789 birth does not agree.

The Phelps genealogy says that Nelson was the second of six children born to Abel Phelps and his wife Cynthia Nelson. He was raised in the Tolland County, Connecticut area. About 1811 he moved to New York, probably Warren County. On 20 Dec 1812 he married Rhoda Sheldon (date from Bible). By 1820 they were probably located in western New York in Ontario County. In 1830 they were in Genesee County. About 1836 they moved to Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York where they settled. Nelson was a stone mason.

Nelson and Rhoda (Sheldon) Phelps had three children:
* Mary Sheldon Phelps b. 18 Sept 1814.
* Lorenzo Frazier Phelps b. 8 Aug 1816
* Eliza Ann Marinda Phelps b. 8 Oct 1826

Mary Sheldon Phelps married Marquis L Goodeno and moved to Chatham, Ontario, Canada. She died in 1842.

Lorenzo Frazier Phelps married Mary Cornelia Dustin (descendant of the famous Hannah Dustin of Haverhill). They remained in Westfield.

Eliza Ann (or possibly Elizaan) Phelps married William C Avery. She died on 19 Aug 1846. It is possible but unconfirmed at this time that they had two children.

Nelson Abel Phelps died on May 18,1872 in Westfield, New York.

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  • Maintained by: William Piper
  • Originally Created by: Dolores Davidson
  • Added: 16 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86868625
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nelson Phelps (2 Jan 1791–18 May 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86868625, citing Westfield Cemetery, Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, USA ; Maintained by William Piper (contributor 47393935) .