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Frances (Unknown) Phelps (abt. 1610 - 1690)

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Frances Phelps formerly [surname unknown] aka Clark, Dewey, Randall
Born about in Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Wife of — married in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Nov 2014
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Frances (Unknown) Phelps migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Frances was born in England about 1610.

Some say she was the daughter of Philip Randall (1574 – 1662) and Joane Flush (1578 – 1665).[citation needed] IF Philip Randall had such a daughter, she was not THIS one. See TAG 25:151.


The confusion with her parentage comes from people who are treating George Phelps' first wife, a daughter of Phillip Randall, Philura, and his second wife, Francis, the widow of Thomas Dewey, as the same person. This is usually seen in Family Trees that have unapproved sources according to WikiTree standards. They were two different people.[1]


She married first about 1630 ____ Clark (NOT Joseph Clark of Windsor) by whom she had:

  • Mary Clark (who later married George Strong[2]).

She married second Thomas Dewey 22 MAR 1638/39 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut by whom she had (this needs checking):

  • John Dewey 1640 – 1640
  • Thomas Dewey 1640 – 1690
  • Josiah Dewey Sr. 1641 – 1732
  • Anna Dewey 1643 – 1701
  • Israel Dewey 1645 – 1678
  • Jedediah Dewey 1647 – 1718

She married third George Phelps (1606 – 1687) by whom she had three children. [3]


  1. Phelps, Noah Amherst, 1788-1872. History of Simsbury, Granby, and Canton : from 1642 to 1845. Hartford : Press of Case, Tiffany and Burnham. 1845. page 174
  2. Jacobus, TAG 35:151
  3. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., Boston, MA: NEHGS 1995, p 537-

See also: (these need to be converted into more specific citations; in those cases where better sources exist, replace the following with such better sources)

  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) (source for name, birth)
  • American Marriages Before 1699 (source for name, marriage)
  • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (source for name, death)
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s (source for name, arrival)
  • U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (source for name, death, marriage)
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 (source for name)

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On 14 Dec 2014 at 03:21 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Randall-1113 and Unknown-256580 appear to represent the same person because: Frances Randall was not born in 1613 in Windsor, CT because it wasn't founded until the 1630s. Unreliable source. Frances is Unknown surname.

On 1 Nov 2014 at 22:08 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

From Donald Lines Jacobus, "Strong-Clark The Corrector Corrected," in TAG 35:151: "There was also in Windsor a widow, Frances Clark, name of husband unknown, who married 22 Mar 1638/9 Thomas Dewey, and the records of Dewey's estate show that she had one Clark child, also named Mary, who was 12 in 1648, hence born about 1636 and a little older than Joseph Clarke's daughter [of same name bp 30 Sep 1638]. It was this Mary Clark [dau of widow Frances Clark] who married, 26 Nov. 1656, John Strong, Jr., as his first wife. This is proved by two deeds recorded 21 Sept. 1663 in which John Strong called two sons of Thomas and Frances Dewey his 'brothers.' "

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