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John Phelps, I

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Albemarle, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: Died in Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Bedford, Bedford County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Isaac Phelps and Martha "Margaret" Phelps (Talbot)
Husband of Mary C. Phelps
Father of Elizabeth Pollard; Jane Williams; Judith Jenkins; Lucy Ann Haynes; Ann Haynes and 4 others
Brother of Thomas Phelps, Sr.; Samuel Phelps and William Phelps

Occupation: Politician, J.P., Colonel in the Colonial Army
Managed by: Jerry Yarbrough
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About Colonel John Phelps, I

We find the following information in Our Kin: the genealogies of some of the early families who made history in the founding and development of Bedford County, Virginia. Published 1930, author Mary Denham Ackerly wrote:

"John Phelps, the first of the name of whom we have any authentic record, was already settled in Brunswick County, Va., when Lunenburg was taken from that county, and was one of the first Justices of the new county. He, with Matthew Talbot and others, was present at the first Court of Lunenburg County held May 5, 1746. When the increase in population made it necessary to form still another county from Lunenburg's territory, and Bedford came into being, we find John Phelps again at the head of affairs—Justice of the Peace, and a Justice of the County Court in Chancery."

In addition to Jefferson, Phelps also served in the House of Burgesses with Augustine Washington of Westmoreland County, father of George Washington. In fact, he served in the company of many Virginians who would later become venerable leaders of the American Revolution: Peyton Randolph, Virginia Attorney General and later first president of the Continental Congress; Benjamin Harrison of "Berkeley" in Charles City County and George Wythe of Williamsburg, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and both representatives to the Continental Congress; Richard Bland of Prince George County, also a member of the Continental Congress. The oratorical and legislative experience these burgesses gained would serve them well in the years to follow when they would forge their own country after the defeat of the British at Yorktown in 1781. Indeed, the seeds of discontent with the Crown were sewn in the years immediately preceding the dissolution of the House of Burgesses in 1769.*

The last session John Phelps served in the House of Burgesses, August 5, 1755.


"Col. John Phelps left his will in Bedford County, Virginia in 1772." ("My Haynes Family" from MY GREER AND RELATED FAMILIES, Vol. II, page 208, by Clayton Alvis Greer, about 1975.)

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Colonel John Phelps, I's Timeline

Albemarle, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 18
Lunenberg, now Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 25
Rowan County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 27
Virginia, Colonial America
Age 27
Goochland County, Virginia, Colonial America
March 8, 1737
Age 32
Albemarle County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America

Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Name: Martha Phelps
Spouse: Benjamin Bolling
Parents: Gibson
Birth Place: Albemarle Co, VA
Birth Date: 1737
Marriage Place: Albemarle Co, VA
Marriage Date: 20 Jun 1753
Death Place: Rowan Co, NC
Death Date: 8 Mar 1767
Source Citation: Birth year: 1737; Birth city: Albemarle Co; Birth state: VA.

Age 32
Goochland County, Virginia, United States
Age 32
Goochland County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 35
Bedford County, Virginia, Colonial America