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

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 [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 22 Mar 1638 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Wife of — married 16 Nov 1648 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Nov 2014
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Frances (Unknown) Phelps migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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The confusion with her parentage comes from people who are treating George Phelps' first wife, a daughter of Phillip Randall, Philura Randall, 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]


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.


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

  1. Mary Clark b about 1630, married George Strong[2]).

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

  1. John Dewey 1640 – 1640 (?) [citation needed]
  2. Thomas Dewey 1640 – 1690
  3. Josiah Dewey Sr. 1641 – 1732
  4. Anna Dewey 1643 – 1701
  5. Israel Dewey 1645 – 1678
  6. Jedediah Dewey 1647 – 1718

She married third in November 1648 George Phelps (1606 – 1687) by whom she had three children. [3]

  1. Jacob
  2. John
  3. Nathaniel


  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-
  • Anderson's Great Migration sketches Thomas Dewey and George Phelps

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)

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Randall-2867 and Unknown-256580 appear to represent the same person because: Frances Unknown wife of Clark, Dewey, Phelps
posted by Anne B
This profile has become a conglomeration of two persons (see the current bio), Francis ----- and Philura Randall. Both Francis and Philura already have profiles. Since this one has no children attached she could go either way. She's got Philura's parents attached, but has an extra husband and Francis' death date. Managers do you have a preference which profile she merges into Randall-306 or Unknown-256580
posted on Randall-2867 (merged) by Anne B
Randall-2867 is very similar to this profile. Much of the information above that is disproven is on that profile, such as the parents and being married to Joseph Clark of Windsor, CT. That profile is also married to the same George Phelps as this profile, the dates are the same, so it could easily be proposed as a duplicate, but I suspect that George should be removed from the Randall-2867 profile, as well as adding Research Notes about the conflicting or inaccurate information, so that a merge will not be proposed.

Thank you for your assistance.

Thanks Linda, I'm working on detangling.
posted by Anne B
Randall-2867 and Randall-3490 appear to represent the same person because: The profile for Randall-3490 states that Frances is a daughter of Philip Randall
posted on Randall-3490 (merged) by Miguel Kelley
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.
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.' "
posted by Jillaine Smith

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