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Samuel Phelps (bef. 1621 - 1669)

Samuel Phelps
Born before in Crewkerne, Somerset, Englandmap
Husband of — married 10 Nov 1650 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colonymap
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Samuel Phelps was the son of William Phelps and his first Mary (her maiden surname is unknown). Samuel was probably born in 1621; he was baptized in Crewkerne, Somerset, England on 5 August 1621.[1]

Samuel Phelps was a passenger on the ship Mary and John in 1630, about 9 or 10 years old at the time, with his father William Phelps, his stepmother Ann (Dover) Phelps, and brothers William, Nathaniel, and Joseph. He and his family first settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Five years later, in 1635, he moved with his family to Windsor, Connecticut Colony.[2]

Samuel married Sarah Griswold on 10 November 1650 in Windsor, Connecticut.[3],[4]

Samuel and Sarah's children (the first three born at Windsor, the remainder at Poquonock:[5]

  • Samuel, born 5 September 1652, and baptized next day.
  • Sarah, born " Mar. latter end, 1653 'Not recorded until after her father's death' "
  • Timothy, born October [ ] 1656, baptized 26 October 1656
  • Mary, born 26 October 1658
  • WIlliam, born 3 November 1660
  • John, born 7 July 1762; died April 30 1679, unmarried.
  • Ephraim, born 1 November 1663
  • Abigail, born 16 May 1666
  • Josiah, born 15/16 December 1667

"Samuel, had 9 children born in Windsor," a statement dated 17 August 1677, found in the diary/notebook of Matthew Grant, second town clerk of Windsor, from 1651 to 1677, and who removed to Windsor from Dorchester along with Samuel and other passengers of the Mary and John. This statement, by a person with first hand knowledge, demonstrates that the nine children named in the paragraph above, were Samuel's only children.[6][7]

Samuel died in Windsor on 15 May 1669.[8]

Samuel's burial location is Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA[9]

Samuel Phelps, Windsor, probate inventory taken 29 June 1669, legatees: Sarah the widow, Samuel 17 yrs, Sarah 15 yrs, Timothy 13 yrs, Mary 11 yrs, William 9 yrs, John 7 yrs, Ephraim 6 yrs, Abigail 3 yrs, Josiah 2 yrs next December.[10]


  1. Crewkerne Parish Records, Crewkerne, Somerset, England
  2. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).
  3. Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (Barbour Collection), (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) From original typescripts, Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928. Volume: Windsor, page 229. See record at subscription site.
  4. Matthew Grant Record pg 55
  5. Barbour Collection, pages 221, 223, 225, 226, 229 - 231.
  6. Barbour Collection, page 229.
  7. See article on Matthew Grant's Diary
  8. Barbour Collection, page 229.
  9. Find A Grave Memorial# 74357627
  10. "A Digest of the early Connecticut probate records" compiled by Charles William Manwaring, Volume 1 1635-1700, published 1904. page 225.

See also:

  • Hyde, Myrtle Stevens. The English Origin of William1 Phelps of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn., with Notes on His Marriages, The American Genealogist (The American Genealogist, Barrington, RI, 1990) Vol. 65, Page 163.

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Phelps-378 and Phelps-2430 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person
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