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Anne Phelps (Dover)

Birthplace: Crewkerne, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
Death: August 30, 1689
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, British Colonial America
Place of Burial: Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of N.N. Dover and NN Dover
Wife of William Phelps, of Windsor, CT
Mother of Cornelius Phelps; Joseph Phelps of Windsor; Mary Phelps; Sarah Phelps Wade; Lt. Timothy Phelps and 2 others

Occupation: Housewife
Managed by: Carol Ann Selis
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About Anne Phelps

Anne Dover Phelps Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Share Learn about upgrading this memorial... Birth: unknown Somerset, England Death: Aug. 30, 1689 Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Anne DOVER was the wife of Mr. William Phelps

Anne DOVER married William PHELPS on 14 Nov 1626 in Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England. The original record says: "William Phelps and Anne Dover were married the xiiii the day of November 1626". They had 7 children from this marriage: (The first 4 were born in Crewkerne, 3 born in America)

  1. Cornelius PHELPS, bapt. 13 Oct 1627; no further record, presumed to have died young.
  2. Joseph (twin) PHELPS [W23] 1628–1684
  3. Mary (twin) PHELPS, bapt. 13 Nov 1628; died soon afterwards.
  4. Mary PHELPS, bapt. 6 Dec 1629 at Crewkerne. No further record, presumed to have died young.
  5. Sarah [W20] PHELPS Wade ca1632 Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA – 1659, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. NOTE: The Phelps & Servin had her down as Sarah [W21]PHELPS c1622/3-1623/4, which is incorrect, she was not born in England in 1622 but in Dorchester in 1632.
  6. Lt Timothy [W24] PHELPS I 1639 Windsor, Hartford, CT–1719
  7. Mary [W25] PHELPS Barber 1644–1724

She died at Windsor 30 Aug 1689. ["Mrs. Ann Phelps died" CT VT 57] GMB 3:1445

She is buried on this land near their house where it once stood. This house was razed and the land leveled and pushed back to make room for what is now Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Family links:

 William Phelps (1593 - 1672)*
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Burial: Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA


Anne emigrated to America on the John & Mary in May 39, 1630 with husband William & Children.

Anne DOVER - d. Aug. 30, 1689, Windsor, CT - recorded as "Mrs. An Phelps died." A passenger on the 'Mary & John,' and first on the list of women members of the church at Dorchester.


Mary Ann Dover b. o'a 1605 England d. 30 Aug 1689 Windsor, Hartford, CT and married to William II Phelps b. 28 Feb 1599 in Windsor, Hartford, CT. No records found on her parents. Mary and William had issue's: Joseph I Phelps, CPT Timothy Phelps, Cornelius Phelps, Mary Phelps, and Samuel Phelps.


Category: Puritanism, North America Category:17th Century American Immigration Category:Puritan Great Migration Category: Mary and John sailed March 20 1630 Puritan Great Migration


A QUICK SUMMARY: Anne DOVER married William Phelps on 14 Nov 1630 in Crewkerne, Somerset Co, England. I have a copy of their marriage record at Crewkerne Parish: "William Phelps and Anne Dover were married the xiv th day of November 1626."<ref>Crewkerne Parish Records</ref><ref>CT VR 57</ref><ref> GMB 3:1445</ref> Submitted by Dorothy Phelps, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. NOTE 1: William PHELPS married two wives. His first wife was Mary unk. She died in England. She had 4 kids with Wm. William then remarried to Anne Dover and had 7 more children. NOTE 2: Many have confused the two or conflated the two. Anna Dover was Ann or Anne and never Mary. Certainly not Mary Anne Dover! Not Mary Anne or Anne Mary, etc. This has been repeated through numerous sources, including submitted/shared trees, so often that it's become almost a myth. This needs to be dispelled.Submitted by Dorothy Phelps, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Anne was born about 1600. Anne Dover married William Phelps on 14 Nov 1626. She had 7 children with him. She died Windsor 30 August 1689. [“Mrs. An Phelps died” CT VR 57] GMB 3:1445 Submitted by Dorothy Phelps, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Please check her husband William Phelps' Bio/Sources for more info. Vital records were found in Crewkerne Parish. It has several birth/baptism, marriage, and death dates for various members of this family. (I have most of these records from Crewkerne Parish, Crewkerne, Somerset Co., England. This info can also be found in Great Migrations. Series).

  • William PHELPS, father
  • Mary Phelps, first wife - they had 4 children:
    • William PHELPS, son
    • Samuel PHELPS, son
    • Infant PHELPS, died young
    • Nathaniel PHELPS, son
  • Anne DOVER Phelps, 2nd wife - they had 7 children:
    • Cornelius PHELPS, son, died young
    • Mary PHELPS, b. 1628 died young
    • Joseph PHELPS, b. 1629, twin son
    • Mary PHELPS, b. 1629, twin daughter, died young.
    • Sarah PHELPS, daughter
    • Timothy PHELPS, son
    • Mary PHELPS, daughter All the surviving ones migrated to New England: William, 2nd wife Anne, and his kids: William, Samuel, Nathaniel, Joseph. The last 3 - Sarah, Timothy, & Mary were born in New England. Submitted by Dorothy Phelps, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Summary of Sources


  • Crewkerne Parish Records, Crewkerne, Somserset Co., England.*<I>The Great Migration Begins</I>. Robert Charles Anderson, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. 1995. 3: 1444-1446. (also abbreviated as GMB 3:1445).* <i>The English Origin of William Phelps of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn. with Notes on His Marriages,</i>, Myrtle Steven Hyde, F.A.S.G. TAG 65:161-166. *CTVR Births, Marriages and Deaths Returned from Hartford, Windsor andFairfield and Entered in the Early Land Records of the Colony of Connecticut..., ed.Edwin Stanley Welles, (Hartford 1898)] (abbreviated as [CT VR 57])*<I>Four American Ancestries</I>, by White and Griggs, pg. 286 on AnneDover's death date.*Phelps Family History website:* William Phelps, wikipedia, written by the author who created the Phelps Family History website,* Grant Matthew Grant Record, 1639-1681 in Some Early Records and Documents of and Relating to the town of Windsor, Connecticut, 1639-1703 (Hartford 1930)*Loomis Rec Copy of Windsor Vital Records prepared by Town Clerk and included in the Barbour Index.*<i>The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors</I>, Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin, Vol 1 and 2. NOTE: While it contains valuable information, it does contain many errors and omissions. Therefore, this 2-volume book cannot be taken as gospel. Therecords must be verified by primary sources such as birth, death, andmarriage records, land records, probates/wills and such.
  • Look at her husband William Phelps's page for more info. Submitted by Dorothy Phelps, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Errors and Myths Keep Getting Perpetuated

This link to the Phelps website helps explain and clears up the confusion and myths that have been perpetuated since Phelps & Servin published the two volumes in 1899.

Oliver Seymour Phelps and his son-in-law, Andrew T. Servin, authors ofThe Phelps Family in America2, erred in concluding that William Phelps and a brother, George Phelps, both emigrated from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England in 1630, to the New World.[1] Their identification of the origin of William Phelps of Dorchester, Massachusetts was basedsolely on an estimate of his birth date, derived from his known age of 72 at death on July 14, 1672. Oliver Phelps located a William Phelpswho was baptized in Tewkesbury on August 19, 1599, and thus identified him as the original immigrant. He also believed that George Phelps of Windsor, Connecticut, was William’s brother, despite the fact thatthey could not locate any records for a George Phelps in Tewkesbury.[1] Recent genetic research has shown no biological relationship between the descendants of William and George Phelps.[2] More recent expert research has identified William Phelps of Crewkerne, Somersetshire, England as the probable immigrant.[3] He had two wives: (1) Mary (surname unknown), buried in England in 1626, and (2) AnneDover, who probably accompanied him and children from both marriages to Dorchester, Massachusetts, a town later subsumed as a neighborhood of Boston. The names and birthdates of his children correspond to the records later found in the American colony. William Phelps of Crewkerne, England is estimated to have married his first wife Mary sometime between 1615-1618, as their first child William was baptized at Crewkerne on September 9, 1618. Mary and William had four children, all baptized before 1625 at Crewkerne: William, Samuel, an unnamed infant who died young, and Nathaniel.[4][5]:62 Mary was buried at Crewkerne on August 13, 1626.[6] This above article was written by Margaret Phelps Swanson, a renowned Phelps genealogist in New England by Dorothy Phelps, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Quick Points on Anne Dover


:: Anne Dover, 2nd wife of William Phelps<ref>Crewkerne Parish marriage record</ref> <ref>William Phelps in GMB, Vol III, P-W, pg. 1444-1446.</ref>


:: Estimated circa 1600, probably of Crewkerne, Somerset, England


:: 1630, Arrival on the <i>Mary and John</i>, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA <ref></ref> <ref>William Phelps in GMB, Vol III, P-W, pg. 1444-1446.</ref> <ref>f</ref>


14 Nov 1626 Crewkerne, Somerset, England<ref>Crewkerne Parish marriage record</ref> <ref>William Phelps in GMB, Vol III, P-W, pg. 1444-1446.</ref>  <ref></ref>


:: 30 Aug 1689 Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut (NOTE: 27 NOV 1675 is incorrect) <ref>William Phelps in GMB, Vol III, P-W, pg. 1444-1446.</ref> <ref><CTVR 57</ref> <ref></ref> <ref>Four American Ancestries" (</ref>

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Anne Phelps's Timeline

Crewkerne, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
November 13, 1628
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
November 13, 1628
Crewkerne, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
December 6, 1629
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Age 29
To New England on the Mary & John
Age 29
To New England on the Mary & John
Crewkerne, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
September 1, 1639
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America