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William Wines Phelps

Birthplace: Hanover, NJ, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitable Phelps
Husband of Sally Phelps; Sarah Betsina Phelps; Stella Sally Phelps and Harriet Henriette Phelps
Father of Mehitabel D Fallis; <private> Phelps; Sabrina Bent; Mehitable D. Phelps; Phelps and 9 others

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About W. W. Phelps

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"...William Wines Phelps (February 17, 1792 – March 7, 1872) was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was an assistant president of the church in Missouri, scribe to Joseph Smith, Jr., and a church printer, editor, and song-writer..."


Poet and Orator of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A writer of considerable ability and especially prolific of hymns, including "The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning" and "Now Let Us Rejoice" which celebrate the restoration of the latter-day Church. Both of these were sung in the dedicatory services of the Kirtland temple. He became a member of the first stake presidency organized there as editor of the Church's newspaper. Some of the land around Far West was purchased by Phelps and John Whitmer used nearly $1,500 that had been raised to aid the poverty-stricken incoming Saints. Without consulting other local leaders, they developed the land, sold it, and retained some of the profit for themselves. Conflict festered in Far West throughout 1837 until Joseph Smith, visiting from Ohio in November, the entire Missouri stake presidency (David Whitmer, Phelps, and John Whitmer), and three Apostles were all excommunicated. In November 1838, he signed an affidavit against Joseph, which was instrumental in causing the Prophet to be incarcerated in Liberty Jail for four months. His correspondence to enemies of the Church prompted Joseph Smith to write Phelps a letter on 22 May 1839, rebuking him and calling him to repentance. In a state of misery and poverty, he met Elders Orson Hyde and John E. Page, in Dayton, Ohio. They recommended that he write Joseph Smith and ask for forgiveness. The Prophet wrote back to Phelps, calling him home. He did so, and upon reunion the Prophet embraced him and invited him to rejoin the Saints. (bio by: Chad Stowell)

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W. W. Phelps's Timeline

February 17, 1792
Hanover, NJ, USA
August 30, 1816
Age 24
Homer, Cortland County, New York, United States
July 17, 1818
Age 26
Smyrna, Chenango, New York, United States
July 3, 1819
Age 27
Wooster, OH, USA
July 3, 1819
Age 27
Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, United States
November 11, 1821
Age 29
Homer, Cortland County, New York, United States
January 23, 1823
Age 30
Cortland, Cortland County, New York, United States
July 19, 1825
Age 33
Homer, Cortland County, New York, United States
October 21, 1828
Age 36
Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, United States
October 19, 1830
Age 38
Canandaigua,Ontario,New York