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About Elisha Phelps
Elisha Phelps along with his brother Noah Phelps and others took part in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Captain Elisha Phelps was appointed as commissary of the Northern Department by the Continental Congress.
Elisha Phelps was born at Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, on October 17, 1737. His father David (May 7, 1710 – December 9, 1760) married Abigail Pettibone (April 25, 1731 – October 16, 1787) on April 25, 1731. Both families were descended from original settlers of Dorchester, Massachusetts and five years later, Windsor, Massachusetts, who as Puritans arrived in the New World aboard the ship Mary and John in 1630.
Elisha Phelps died at age 43 in Albany, New York on July 14, 1776 as the result of disease contracted from the soldiers he cared for there. After his death, the homestead passed from his widow and surviving children to his brother, Noah Phelps and until 1962 was the property of his descendants, including Jeffrey O. Phelps.
The Captain Elisha Phelps House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by David Phelps in 1711. His son Elisha Phelps received the land from his father and expanded the house in 1771. Captain Elisha Phelps, along with his brother Captain Noah Phelps and others took part in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Captain Phelps was appointed as commissary of the Northern Department by the Continental Congress.