Hugh Phelps

Hugh Phelps

Death 6 Sep 1823 (aged 57)
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 9372813 · View Source
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Col. Hugh Phelps is prominent in the history of Wood County. He was High Sheriff of the county, and a Colonel in the Virginia Militia. He led the mission to Blennerhassett Island in December 1806 to arrest Harman Blennerhassett and Aaron Burr on suspicion of treason.

He had also been Presiding Justice at the time the county was organized. Phelps' house was used as the first courthouse in Wood County. A house he later built near Neal's Station in 1808 is the oldest residential home still in use in Wood County and is visible from the cemetery.

The Tavenner Cemetery - located between Hugh and Hamilton Streets, along Camden Avenue, in South Parkersburg – is on property that was originally granted to Col. Phelps(later sold to Thomas Tavenner).

Mr. Phelps was the son-in-law of Capt. James Neal, the first permanent settler of Parkersburg.

Marriage: Hannah NEAL b: 15 Nov 1768 in Augusta, Virginia / Married: 15 Mar 1787 in , Fayette, Pennsylvania


1. James PHELPS b: 15 Dec 1787
2. Priscilla PHELPS b: 23 Jul 1789
3. John P. PHELPS b: 12 May 1791
4. Hannah H. PHELPS b: 13 Dec 1792
5. Hugh PHELPS b: 21 Oct 1795
6. Henry PHELPS b: 23 Aug 1797
7. Delila PHELPS b: 15 Apr 1799
8. Jefferson PHELPS b: 26 Mar 1801
9. Henderson Hugh PHELPS b: 7 Jul 1803
10. Delilah E. PHELPS b: 16 Mar 1806

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  • Created by: Teresa LeMaster Fordyce
  • Added: 27 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9372813
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hugh Phelps (14 Feb 1766–6 Sep 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9372813, citing Tavenner Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Teresa LeMaster Fordyce (contributor 46630034) .