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Mary Allyn

Female Bef 1628 - 1703  (> 75 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Mary Allyn was born Bef 20 Jan 1628, Braunton, Devon, England; died 14 Dec 1703.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 20 Jan 1628, Braunton, Devon, England
    • Alternate death: 29 Jul 1689

    Mary married Benjamin Newberry 11 Jun 1646, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Benjamin (son of Thomas Newberry and Joane Dabinott) was born Abt 1623; died 11 Sep 1689, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Sarah Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Jun 1650, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 3 Oct 1716.
    2. 3. Rebecca Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 May 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 17 Oct 1718.
    3. 4. Thomas Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1 Sep 1657, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 30 Apr 1688, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Sarah Newberry Descendancy chart to this point (1.Mary1) was born 14 Jun 1650, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 3 Oct 1716.

    Sarah married Capt. Preserved Clapp 4 Jun 1668, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Capt. (son of Roger Clapp and Joanna Ford) was born 23 Nov 1643, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died 20 Sep 1720, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 5. Capt Roger Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 May 1684; died 1762.

  2. 3.  Rebecca Newberry Descendancy chart to this point (1.Mary1) was born 2 May 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 17 Oct 1718.

    Rebecca married Samuel Marshall 22 Jun 1675, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Samuel was born 27 May 1653, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 6. Mary Marshall  Descendancy chart to this point was born May 1676, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 12 May 1733, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 4.  Thomas Newberry Descendancy chart to this point (1.Mary1) was born 1 Sep 1657, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 30 Apr 1688, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Thomas married Ann Ford 12 May 1677, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Ann (daughter of Thomas Ford and Ann) was born Abt 1657; died 6 Jan 1691, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 7. Hannah Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Feb 1680, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 17 Oct 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 5.  Capt Roger Clapp Descendancy chart to this point (2.Sarah2, 1.Mary1) was born 24 May 1684; died 1762.

    Capt married Elizabeth Bartlett. Elizabeth (daughter of Samuel Bartlett and Sarah Baldwin) was born 27 Oct 1687, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 19 Aug 1767, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 8. Roger Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 3 Apr 1708, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 3 Jan 1773, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

  2. 6.  Mary Marshall Descendancy chart to this point (3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born May 1676, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 12 May 1733, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Called Mercy Marshall in some sources.

    Mary married Mark Noble 1698. Mark (son of Thomas Noble and Hannah Warriner) was born Abt 1670, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 16 Apr 1741, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 9. Miriam Noble  Descendancy chart to this point was born 4 Jan 1709, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 17 Dec 1752.

  3. 7.  Hannah Newberry Descendancy chart to this point (4.Thomas2, 1.Mary1) was born 10 Feb 1680, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 17 Oct 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 10 Feb 1679, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

    Hannah married John Wolcott 14 Dec 1703, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. John (son of John Wolcott and Mary Chester) was born 20 Nov 1677, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 20 Aug 1750, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 10. Jerusha Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born 18 Jan 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 2 Jun 1789, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Roger Clapp Descendancy chart to this point (5.Capt3, 2.Sarah2, 1.Mary1) was born 3 Apr 1708, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 3 Jan 1773, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Roger married Anna Munn 14 Sep 1737, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Anna (daughter of James Munn and Mary Moody) was born 11 Sep 1712, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 1 Jul 1766, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 11. Roger Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Aug 1747, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 19 Dec 1815, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

  2. 9.  Miriam Noble Descendancy chart to this point (6.Mary3, 3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born 4 Jan 1709, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 17 Dec 1752.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 4 Jan 1710, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
    • Alternate death: 14 Dec 1753, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

    Miriam married Ebenezer Bush 23 Jun 1735, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Ebenezer (son of Ebenezer Bush and Mary Miriam Taylor) was born 2 Jun 1713, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 14 Dec 1753, Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 12. Hannah Bush  Descendancy chart to this point was born 18 Nov 1737, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 3 Feb 1816, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  Jerusha Wolcott Descendancy chart to this point (7.Hannah3, 4.Thomas2, 1.Mary1) was born 18 Jan 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 2 Jun 1789, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Jerusha married Maj. Gen. Erastus Wolcott 10 Feb 1746. Maj. (son of Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut and Sarah Drake) was born 21 Sep 1722, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 14 Sep 1793, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 13. Jerusha Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Nov 1755, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 19 Mar 1844, East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 5

  1. 11.  Roger Clapp Descendancy chart to this point (8.Roger4, 5.Capt3, 2.Sarah2, 1.Mary1) was born 20 Aug 1747, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 19 Dec 1815, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried , Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    Roger married Sarah Kellogg. Sarah (daughter of Ezra Kellogg and Ruth Wells) was born 1753; died 20 Jul 1805; was buried , Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 14. Russell Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Mar 1786; died Dec 1854, Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio.

  2. 12.  Hannah Bush Descendancy chart to this point (9.Miriam4, 6.Mary3, 3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born 18 Nov 1737, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 3 Feb 1816, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Hannah married John Miller 22 Sep 1756, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. John (son of Jacob Miller) was born Abt 1735, New Jersey; died 7 Oct 1811, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 15. Maribah Miller  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1757; died Bef 1820, Painesville, Lake, Ohio.

  3. 13.  Jerusha Wolcott Descendancy chart to this point (10.Jerusha4, 7.Hannah3, 4.Thomas2, 1.Mary1) was born 29 Nov 1755, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 19 Mar 1844, East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Jerusha married Samuel Wolcott 29 Dec 1774, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Samuel (son of Gideon Wolcott and Naomi Olmsted) was born 4 Apr 1751, North Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 7 Jun 1813, North Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 16. Elihu Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Feb 1784; died 2 Dec 1858, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois.


Generation: 6

  1. 14.  Russell Clapp Descendancy chart to this point (11.Roger5, 8.Roger4, 5.Capt3, 2.Sarah2, 1.Mary1) was born 7 Mar 1786; died Dec 1854, Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio.

    Russell married Louisa Strong Oct 1811. Louisa (daughter of Deacon Roswell Strong and Nancy Pomeroy) was born 14 May 1788; died 9 Apr 1855, Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 17. Rev. Charles Wells Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 22 Jan 1817, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 12 Aug 1884; was buried , Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois.

  2. 15.  Maribah Miller Descendancy chart to this point (12.Hannah5, 9.Miriam4, 6.Mary3, 3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born Abt 1757; died Bef 1820, Painesville, Lake, Ohio.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1761

    Maribah married Christian Burchard Kniep 17 Nov 1778, First Church of Christ, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Christian (son of Johann Andreas Bertram Kniep and Catherine Dorothea Ebers) was born 9 Jan 1756, Schoningen, Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany; died Aft 26 May 1825, Lawrence, Illinios; was buried , Moffett Cemetery, Lawrence, Illinois. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 18. Mary Kniep  Descendancy chart to this point was born 13 Dec 1784, near Mt. Tom, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 22 Apr 1851, Kirtland, Lake, Ohio.

  3. 16.  Elihu Wolcott Descendancy chart to this point (13.Jerusha5, 10.Jerusha4, 7.Hannah3, 4.Thomas2, 1.Mary1) was born 12 Feb 1784; died 2 Dec 1858, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

    Elihu married Rachel McClintock McClure 27 Nov 1806. Rachel (daughter of Rev. David McClure and Hannah Pomeroy) was born 29 Oct 1783, North Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire; died 2 Apr 1822, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 19. Elizur Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Aug 1817; died Mar 1901, Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried , Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois.


Generation: 7

  1. 17.  Rev. Charles Wells Clapp Descendancy chart to this point (14.Russell6, 11.Roger5, 8.Roger4, 5.Capt3, 2.Sarah2, 1.Mary1) was born 22 Jan 1817, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 12 Aug 1884; was buried , Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois.

    Notes:

    Graduated from Western Reserve College in 1844; at Monroeville, Ohio 1850-55; Cheshire, Connecticut 1855-57; Rockville, Connecticut 1857-64, and from October 1864 to an unknown date, possibly until his death, Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa.

    Rev. married Jane Pray Bassett 16 Aug 1849. Jane (daughter of John Bassett and Nancy Atwater Lee) was born 21 Nov 1822, Derby, New Haven, Connecticut; died 1924; was buried , Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 20. Edward Bull Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Apr 1856, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut; died 6 Feb 1919, Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried , Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois.

  2. 18.  Mary Kniep Descendancy chart to this point (15.Maribah6, 12.Hannah5, 9.Miriam4, 6.Mary3, 3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born 13 Dec 1784, near Mt. Tom, Hampden, Massachusetts; died 22 Apr 1851, Kirtland, Lake, Ohio.

    Mary married Spencer Phelps. Spencer (son of Spencer Phelps and Naomi Clark) was born 24 May 1782, Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 11 Sep 1865, Mentor, Lake, Ohio. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 21. Morris Charles Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Dec 1805, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 22 May 1876, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  3. 19.  Elizur Wolcott Descendancy chart to this point (16.Elihu6, 13.Jerusha5, 10.Jerusha4, 7.Hannah3, 4.Thomas2, 1.Mary1) was born 7 Aug 1817; died Mar 1901, Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried , Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois.

    Notes:

    Graduated from Yale in 1839, one of the early members of Skull and Bones. Studied medicine in Boston for a year, and eventually settled in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he was a member of the board of education. He planned and oversaw the construction of the city's water-works and laid out the Diamond Grove Cemetery, where he was buried.

    Elizur married Martha Lyman Dwight 15 Jul 1846. Martha (daughter of Daniel Dwight and Mary Dickinson Mattoon) was born 25 Dec 1824. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 22. May Mattoon Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 May 1863, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died 22 Aug 1949, Alameda, Alameda, California; was buried , Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois.


Generation: 8

  1. 20.  Edward Bull Clapp Descendancy chart to this point (17.Rev.7, 14.Russell6, 11.Roger5, 8.Roger4, 5.Capt3, 2.Sarah2, 1.Mary1) was born 14 Apr 1856, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut; died 6 Feb 1919, Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried , Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Berkeley, Alameda, California
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1857
    • Alternate death: 7 Feb 1919, Alameda, California
    • Alternate death: 9 Feb 1919

    Notes:

    Ph.D, Yale, 1886.

    "Clapp arrived at Berkeley when it was a small school of some 400 students. By his efforts the department began the first major graduate program on the West Coast, but Greek was also widely taught throughout the state high schools as well. A genial and robust figure until ill health befell him at the age of fifty, his teaching was generally at the graduate level and centered around Pindar and Plato and his, many articles covered a range of subjects. He was a founder of the Philological Association of the Pacific States and served as president for two terms. At the time of his death he was at work on an edition of Pindar that was to be the summary of his life's work on that author." [Rutgers Database of Classical Scholars]

    Edward married May Mattoon Wolcott 22 Dec 1886, Morgan, Illinois. May (daughter of Elizur Wolcott and Martha Lyman Dwight) was born 14 May 1863, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died 22 Aug 1949, Alameda, Alameda, California; was buried , Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 23. Miriam Wolcott Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Nov 1890, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died 30 May 1973, Alameda, Alameda, California.

  2. 21.  Morris Charles PhelpsMorris Charles Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (18.Mary7, 15.Maribah6, 12.Hannah5, 9.Miriam4, 6.Mary3, 3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born 20 Dec 1805, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died 22 May 1876, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

    Notes:

    Transcription of a handwritten history of his family by Morris Charles Phelps, here.

    Transcriptions of some entries, from August 1851, of the journal of the Morris Phelps Emigrating Company.

    Transcript of a journal of daily events kept by Morris Charles Phelps in Alpine, Utah from 1856 through 1859.

    Much more about Morris Charles Phelps here.

    By "SMSmith" at Find a Grave:

    "Morris' line goes back to William Phelps who immigrated to America in 1630. Morris' mother was the descendant of a Hessian soldier who was captured at Trenton during the American Revolution. He then joined the colonial army and fought with Washington. Morris attended school in various frontier communities as his family moved west. They settled in Ohio and he had the opportunity to attend school briefly at Mentor, Ohio. His diaries and letters show a better than average vocabulary and he was excellent penman.

    "When he was about nineteen years of age, he visited his relatives in Illinois. While there he met and fell in love with Laura Clark. Laura was born in New Fairfield, Connecticut on July 28, 1807. Morris and Laura were married March 26, 1826. They lived in Illinois for five years and their two oldest daughters, Paulina Eliza and Mary Ann were born there. They became interested in the new religion of Mormonism in 1831 and after several weeks of investigation, they were baptized in the Dupage River on August 18, 1831. They left Illinois two months later and joined the Saints in Missouri. Their daughter, Harriet Wight, was born soon after their arrival. Morris and his family were driven from their homes in Jackson County and moved north into Clay County. He was called on a mission for the church in 1834 and was sent to the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. This left Laura alone with her three daughters. She taught school and practiced obstetrics. Charles C. Rich traveled with Morris as his companion, Morris baptized Laura's parents who moved to Missouri and help her while Morris was away.

    "Morris spent the winter of 1835-36 as a carpenter on the Kirtland Temple in Ohio. He was ordained a high priest and attended the dedication of the Temple on April 6, 1836. He then returned to his family in Missouri. He returned home in time to help his family move again because of persecution.

    "Morris established a home on a small farm just outside of Far West and it was here that his first son, Joseph Morris was born in 1837. Although there was intense persecution and bitterness, this was a time of happiness for the family. Morris invested in a merchandising business and did quite well. The happiness did not last for long, because new mobs formed and caused a great deal of damage and sorrow. They raided the Phelps home and threatened Morris' life, but only killed his hogs, Morris said in his diary that 'I was attacked by the mob...my property was confiscated and I was made a prisoner. (October 31, 1838.) Was put in jail where I remained until July 4, 1839, from which made my escape with Parley P. Pratt, by the assistance of Orson Pratt and my wife, Laura.'

    "While Morris was incarcerated, Laura and the children went with her parents to Montrose, Iowa. They found an abandoned farmhouse and made a home. Morris and Parley Pratt were chained with wrist and ankle irons in such a manner that they could only sleep on their backs. The story of Laura's plan to free her husband is amazing and illustrates the great faith courage. She and her brother, John Wesley Clark, rode horseback from Montrose to Columbia, Missouri, a distance of 160 miles. A grandson, Will R. Holmes left the following account: 'Here was her plan to free them: She would secrete three horses in some brush a short distance from the jail. As an excuse to get the jailer to unlock the prison door, she would suggest to the jailer that he open the door and pass the coffee pot in to the prisoners through the open door. Should the jailer unlock the door, it would be the signal to get busy, pull the door wide open, grab the jailer, throw him to the floor and flee for their lives.'

    "Laura was warned by her brother, John not to touch the prisoners or assist them as that would be an offense. Will Holmes' history continues: 'The scheme worked but not without difficulties. The second door was unlocked and King Follett (one of the prisoners) pulled the door open and ran out, Parley P. Pratt was to follow and grandfather Phelps, being an athlete and wrestler, was to throw the jailer down and he would follow. It proved to be an exciting event...it was the fourth of Fourth of July and hundreds were nearby celebrating.'

    "The escapees made it to where Orson Pratt and John Clark were waiting with the horses. They split up and made their way to Illinois. Morris was quite ill from exposure and being confined to prison for eight months. Laura was left to the mercy of the mob in Columbia. A young man sneaked her away from the angry mob and then assisted her in returning to Illinois where she found friends.

    "Morris went on another mission east in 1839. He took Laura with him and also his youngest child, Joseph. Another son, Jacob Spencer, was born in Indiana. Morris' writings reveal the next tragic event, which occurred shortly after the end of the mission to the east. 'Rested a few days, got our children together and settled in Macedonia, Illinois, 25 miles east of Nauvoo. Here we lived in peace and quiet for some time. My wife, Laura, acting in the capacity of a midwife, by over exertion and by traveling day and night, took sick 1st of February and died on the 9th of February, 1842.'

    "Laura's death was a great sorrow to Morris, especially with the five small children. Persecution against the Mormons was beginning in Illinois and he worried about protecting them from the mobs. Morris met Sara Thompson, the daughter of David and Leah L. Thompson. Sara was twenty-two years old and a schoolteacher. She was born March 20, 1820 in Pompey, New York and had come to Nauvoo with her widowed mother. Morris and Sara were married March 27, 1842 and they moved into Nauvoo where Morris could work on the temple. Two daughters were born to them while living in Nauvoo, but both died in infancy. Laura's youngest child, Jacob, was accidentally scalded to death. Morris' daughters Mary Ann and Paulina married Charles C. Rich and Amasa M. Lyman respectively. Hyrum Smith Phelps, Sara's third child, was born in Nauvoo on February 26, 1846. This was the bitter cold night that many saints were being driven from their homes and across the Mississippi River.

    "The Phelps family reached Winter Quarters in the fall of 1846. They remained here for five years and prepared for the journey to the mountains. Morris spent five his time building and repairing wagons and travel equipment. Morris married Martha Barker Holmes on February 26, 1848. Martha was fifty years and the mother of James Holmes, who later married Morris' daughter, Harriet. They came to Utah together in 1851 and settled in Alpine. Morris and James Holmes owned interest in a sawmill and other properties in Alpine. Morris served as an Alderman and as a counselor in the bishopric while they lived in Alpine. In June, 1864, both men pulled up stakes and followed Charles C. Rich to Bear Lake.

    "Morris' first home in Montpelier was a one room log hut with a dirt floor and a dirt roof. The floor was covered with straw and the roof leaked. The door was made of wooden planks with a latch that was operated by a buckskin, which was pulled in at night for a lock. The furniture was homemade and the beds were made of small poles bored into the walls and supported with crossbeams. The mattress was made of straw. The logs were obtained from 'Joe's Gap,' a narrow gorge two miles north of Montpelier, which opened into a pine-covered canyon. It was Morris's son, Joseph, who found the narrow ravine, and ever since that time it has been called 'Joe's Gap.' The food was cooked on open fireplaces or in Dutch ovens covered with coals. Clothing was all hand made. Every family had its spinning wheel and each community had good weavers. Sarah T. Phelps was one of the most prominent weavers. Most all of the clothing was made from homespun cloth. Men wore buckskin shirts and britches and beaver vests and caps to keep them warm.

    "The first year, 1864, an early frost damaged the crops. Teams went to Cache Valley for flour, but before they got back it snowed so hard that they were unable to reach the settlements without additional aid. The winter was a long and severe one, the snow was deep and blizzards made travel impossible. Communication between settlements was made on snowshoes. By spring most of the people were eating frozen potatoes or sticky bread made from frozen wheat.

    "Morris later built a large, two-story home with wooden floor and shingle roof, the first in Montpelier. This became a center for community gatherings. He became postmaster of Montpelier in 1869 and was ordained a patriarch by Brigham Young in 1873. Sarah was the first President of the Relief Society in Montpelier. She also served the community as a midwife and she delivered 580 women without a loss. Morris and Sarah lost one daughter, Martha, in Montpelier, who was nineteen. Their daughters, Amanda and Olive, grew to maturity. A son, Charles Wilks, died as a child. Morris and Sarah had seven children, but raised only three. Morris Phelps died at Montpelier on May 22, 1876. After his death Sarah moved to Mesa, Arizona with her son Hyrum. She died there on January 31, 1896."

    Regarding the birth date and place of Morris Charles Phelps: Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve ed. Mrs. Gertrude van Rensselaer Wickham (Women's Department of the Cleveland Centennial Commission, 1896), quoted at length here, says that Spencer Phelps came to the township of Leroy in the Western Reserve in 1803, that Mary "Keneep" arrived two years later, and that Spencer and Mary were married there in December 1807. If this is true (which is obviously not established), it calls into question whether Morris Charles Phelps was in fact born on 20 Dec 1805 in Northampton, Massachusetts as reported in many family histories and on his headstone in Montpelier, Idaho. It's worth noting that we have been unable to find any record of the birth of any Morris Phelps in western Massachusetts in the first decade of the 19th century. Is it possible that Morris Charles Phelps was actually born circa 1808 in Ohio? This would mean he began courting Laura Clark Baldwin on his trip to Illinois when he was actually sixteen, and married her in Laurenceville when he was about eighteen -- exactly the ages at which a young man might be tempted to add two years to his claimed age, particularly when far away from any close relatives who might contradict him.

    Morris married Laura Clark Baldwin 26 Mar 1826, Lawrenceville, Lawrence, Illinois. Laura (daughter of Timothy Baldwin and Polly Keeler Clark) was born 28 Jul 1807, New Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut; died 2 Feb 1842, Macedonia, Hamilton, Illinois. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 24. Paulina Eliza Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Mar 1827, Lawrenceville, Lawrence, Illinois; died 11 Oct 1912, Parowan, Iron, Utah.
    2. 25. Mary Ann Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 6 Aug 1829, Peoria, Tazewell, Illinois; died 17 Apr 1912, Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho.

    Morris married Sarah Thompson 27 Mar 1842, Hancock, Illinois. Sarah (daughter of David John Thompson and Leah Lewis) was born 20 Mar 1820, Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York; died 31 Jan 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 26. Hyrum Smith Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died 23 Apr 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  3. 22.  May Mattoon Wolcott Descendancy chart to this point (19.Elizur7, 16.Elihu6, 13.Jerusha5, 10.Jerusha4, 7.Hannah3, 4.Thomas2, 1.Mary1) was born 14 May 1863, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died 22 Aug 1949, Alameda, Alameda, California; was buried , Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois.

    Notes:

    Also called Mary Matoon Wolcott. Her ashes were interred with those of her father.

    May married Edward Bull Clapp 22 Dec 1886, Morgan, Illinois. Edward (son of Rev. Charles Wells Clapp and Jane Pray Bassett) was born 14 Apr 1856, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut; died 6 Feb 1919, Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried , Godfrey Cemetery, Godfrey, Madison, Illinois. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 23. Miriam Wolcott Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Nov 1890, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died 30 May 1973, Alameda, Alameda, California.