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Mary Allyn

Female Bef 1628 - 1689  (> 61 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Mary Allyn was born before 20 Jan 1628 in Braunton, Devon, England; died on 29 Jul 1689.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 20 Jan 1628, Braunton, Devon, England
    • Alternate death: 14 Dec 1703
    • Alternate death: 14 Dec 1709

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

    Children:
    1. 2. Sarah Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 15 Jun 1650; died on 3 Oct 1716.
    2. 3. Rebecca Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 2 May 1655 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 17 Oct 1718 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
    3. 4. Thomas Newberry  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 1 Sep 1657 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 30 Apr 1688 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Sarah Newberry Descendancy chart to this point (1.Mary1) was born on 15 Jun 1650; died on 3 Oct 1716.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 14 Jun 1650, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

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

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

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

    Rebecca married Samuel Marshall on 22 Jun 1675 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Samuel (son of Samuel Marshall and Mary Wilton) was born on 27 May 1653 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

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

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

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


Generation: 3

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

    Family/Spouse: Elizabeth Bartlett. Elizabeth (daughter of Samuel Bartlett and Sarah Baldwin) was born on 27 Oct 1687 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 19 Aug 1767 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

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

    Notes:

    Called Mercy Marshall in some sources.

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

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

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

    Other Events:

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

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

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


Generation: 4

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

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

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

  2. 9.  Miriam Noble Descendancy chart to this point (6.Mary3, 3.Rebecca2, 1.Mary1) was born on 4 Jan 1709 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 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 on 23 Jun 1735 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Ebenezer (son of Ebenezer Bush and Mary Miriam Taylor) was born on 2 Jun 1713 in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 14 Dec 1753 in Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

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

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

    Children:
    1. 13. Jerusha Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 29 Nov 1755 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 19 Mar 1844 in 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 on 20 Aug 1747 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 19 Dec 1815 in Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; was buried in Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    Family/Spouse: Sarah Kellogg. Sarah (daughter of Ezra Kellogg and Ruth Wells) was born in 1753; died on 20 Jul 1805; was buried in Center Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Children:
    1. 16. Elihu Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 12 Feb 1784; died on 2 Dec 1858 in 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 on 7 Mar 1786; died in Dec 1854 in Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio.

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

    Children:
    1. 17. Rev. Charles Wells Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 22 Jan 1817 in Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 12 Aug 1884; was buried in 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 about 1757; died before 1820 in Painesville, Lake, Ohio.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1761

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

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

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

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

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

    Children:
    1. 19. Elizur Wolcott  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 7 Aug 1817; died in Mar 1901 in Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried in 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 on 22 Jan 1817 in Southampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 12 Aug 1884; was buried in 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 1871, Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

    According letter from John Dyer-Bennet to his sister Miriam, 3 Dec 1975, "Grinnell" (whether this means the college's administration or its alumni association is unclear) was able to confirm that Charles W. Clapp "was professor of rhetoric in 1870-71," and that he was "summarily fired by the president of the college on commencement day" in 1871. "It isn't known for certain why, but in a speech on the history of Grinnell given some years later the president said Prof. Clapp 'hardly agreed with the college on the joint education of men and women.'"

    The president of the college would have been George Frederic Magoun, who (according to Grinnell's web site) served in that capacity from 1865 to 1884. Also according to the site, in 1865 Joanna Harris Haines was the first woman to graduate from Grinnell, so presumably what Magoun was saying was that the Rev. Charles Wells Clapp was opposed to "the joint education of men and women."

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

    Children:
    1. 20. Edward Bull Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 14 Apr 1856 in Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut; died on 6 Feb 1919 in Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried in 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 on 13 Dec 1784 in near Mt. Tom, Hampden, Massachusetts; died on 22 Apr 1851 in Kirtland, Lake, Ohio.

    Family/Spouse: Spencer Phelps. Spencer (son of Spencer Phelps and Naomi Clark) was born on 24 May 1782 in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 11 Sep 1865 in Mentor, Lake, Ohio. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 21. Morris Charles Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 20 Dec 1805 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 22 May 1876 in 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 on 7 Aug 1817; died in Mar 1901 in Berkeley, Alameda, California; was buried in 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 on 15 Jul 1846. Martha (daughter of Daniel Dwight and Mary Dickinson Mattoon) was born on 25 Dec 1824. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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


Generation: 8

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

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Berkeley, Alameda, California
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1857
    • Alternate death: 7 Feb 1919, Alameda, 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 Mary Mattoon Wolcott on 22 Dec 1886 in Morgan, Illinois. Mary (daughter of Elizur Wolcott and Martha Lyman Dwight) was born on 14 May 1863 in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died on 22 Aug 1949 in Alameda, Alameda, California; was buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 23. Miriam Wolcott Clapp  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 10 Nov 1890 in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois; died on 30 May 1973 in 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 on 20 Dec 1805 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 22 May 1876 in 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 on 26 Mar 1826 in Lawrenceville, Lawrence, Illinois. Laura (daughter of Timothy Baldwin and Polly Keeler Clark) was born on 28 Jul 1807 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut; died on 2 Feb 1842 in Macedonia, Hamilton, Illinois. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

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

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

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

    Notes:

    Called in many sources May Matoon Wolcott. According to a letter from John Dyer-Bennet to his sister Miriam, 3 Dec 1975, her given name was actually Mary. She attended Wellesley as a member of the class of 1885, but did not graduate.

    Her ashes were interred with those of her father.

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

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