Capt. Henry Phelps

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Henry Phelps

Birthdate: (44)
Death: 1786 (44) (Lost at sea)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Betsey Herrick
Father of Dr. Henry Phelps

Occupation: Mariner
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About Capt. Henry Phelps

V. Captain Henry Phelps, son of Henry Phelps, was born in 1745, and died in 1786. He was united in marriage with Betsey Herrick, of Beverly, Massachusetts. In October, 1786, Captain Phelps was lost at sea. When all hope of being saved had been given up, he wrote a letter to his wife, describing the terrible situation, and, sealing it in a bottle, cast it forth upon the waters. It was picked up by a Boston vessel, and forwarded to his wife, who, from the contents, learned the sad fate of her husband.


  1. Americana Magazine, Volume 13
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Capt. Henry Phelps's Timeline

December 14, 1766
Age 24
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 44