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Mary Phelps (Griswold)

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Windsor, Connecticut Colony
Death: November 17, 1715 (71)
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Griswold, of Killingworth and Margaret Griswold
Wife of Lt. Timothy Phelps
Mother of Timothy Phelps, Jr.; Capt. Joseph Phelps, Sr.; William Phelps; Cornelius Phelps, Sr; Mary Phelps and 8 others
Sister of Sarah Griswold; Edward Griswold; Lt. Francis Griswold; George Griswold; Lydia Griswold and 7 others

Occupation: Died before 1719
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
Last Updated:

About Mary Phelps

From Payne-Joyce Genealogy:

3445. Mary Griswold.

  • Born on 5 Oct 1644 in Windsor, CT.[225] Mary was baptized in Windsor, CT, on 13 Oct 1644.[225]
  • Mary died in Windsor, CT, on 27 Nov 1715; she was 71.
  • On 19 Mar 1661 when Mary was 16, she married Lieut. Timothy Phelps (2720), son of William Phelps (1143) (ca 1592-14 Jul 1672) & Anne Dover (-30 Aug 1689), in Windsor, CT.[108]
    • Born on 1 Sep 1639 in Windsor, CT.[225]
    • Timothy died bet 2 Mar 1716 and 28 Sep 1719.[107]

Timothy owned the Half-Way Cov’t, W. Ch., 8 Nov 1663; freeman at Windsor 1664; received his commission as Lieut. under Col. Wm. Whiting, with Capt. Matthew Allyn, in 1709, in Queen Anne’s War. He resided in Windsor on the original Phelps homestead.[108]

“He lived in Windsor, on the old homestead, on land purchased by his father from the Indians. He was freeman, May 2, 1664. He was chosen lieutenant of the train band in Windsor, May, 1690, and captain, May, 1696. He was appointed a lieutenant by the general court, in 1709, and served in Queen Anne’s war, under Colonel William Whiting, Captain Matthew Allyn’s company.”[249]

Two of Timothy and Mary’s sons moved to Hebron, Connecticut, namely Timothy and Nathaniel. A third son, Joseph, joined them later as did daughters Abigail and Anne.


The Phelps Family of America250 has a great deal to say about Timothy Phelps. Here it is.

The Phelps Family of America, by Oliver S. Phelps & Andrew T. Servin, Pittsfield, MA, 1899, pages 93-96.

(#24) Lieut. Timothy Phelps, b. Windsor, Ct., 1st. Sept., 1639, m. Mary Griswold, 19 March, 1661, daughter of Edward Griswold of Killingworth, Ct., she b. Windsor, Ct., bpt. 13 Oct., 1644. She died some years before her husband.

Mr. Phelps resided in Windsor, Ct., on the old homestead, on land purchased by his father from the Indians. He was propounded Oct., 1663, and made a freeman 2d May, 1664. May, 1690, “Thos. Allen chosen and allowed Capt. of Trained Band in Windsor, and Timothy Phelps, Lieut., and are to be commissioned accordingly.”

May, 1696, “The soldiers at Windsor have chosen Timothy Phelps as their Capt, The Court approveth their said choice and does order the said officers shall receive their commissions. Sgt. Timothy Phelps that went up to the Great Falls in Oct. last, ordered by the Gov. and Council, 6 Feb., 1706-7, upon public service, shall be allowed 8 shillings apiece more than allowed them by Capt. Matthew Allen.”

He was appointed a Lieut, by the General Court, receiving his commission in 1709, and served under Col. William Whiting, in Capt. Matthew Allyn’s Co., in 1607, in the Queen Anne War. He died in 1719. His will, dated 2nd May, 1717, mentions all his children, (except Mary who died young,) and grandson Samuel Filer, son of his daughter Abigail.

11th June, 1667, “to the Poor of other Colonies, Timothy Phelps 3s. 6d.”— (Stiles' History.)

Capt. Matthew Allyn led a company from Windsor, in the unfortunate campaign against Quebec. From letters to his wife from the camp on Woods Creek near Albany, that “Himself, Tim. Phelps, Obadiah Owen, Mat. Taylor and Bartlett are sick. Taylor the worst.”

In a deposition taken in Hartford, Ct., Mar. 1682-3, he is mentioned as son of William, about forty-two years old.


Last Will and Testament of Mr. Timothy Phelps of Windsor, in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut in New England.

In the name of God, Amen: —

I, Timothy Phelps of Windsor, in the town, county and colony aforesaid in New England, being very aged, and yet through the mercy of God retaining a good measure of that understanding and memory that he hath been pleased to bestow upon me, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament: First, I commit my soul to God in Jesus Christ my saviour and my body to the earth, to be decently entered. As for my estate Real and personal, my just Debts and funeral expenses being deducted and paid by my Ex’rs., I will devise and bequeath as followeth.

Imprimis. I give, devise and bequeath all my estate whatsoever, Both Real and personal, To my three sons William, Cornelius, and Samuell to have and to hold and Improve the same in trust for the use of my wife during her natural life and after her decease my will is and I hereby do give and devise all my houseing and Lands with the appurtenances, To my sons Timothy Phelps, William Phelps, Cornelius Phelps, Samuel Phelps, Nathl. Phelps and the heirs of Joseph Phelps, in the Room of their father to be equally divided into Six Equal parts provided always; and it is my will that they pay and make up to their Sisters Sarah, Hannah, Ann and Martha, my daughters or to their heirs and to the heirs of my daughter Abigail deceased fourty eight pounds as money apiece and my will is that what they have already received as entered upon my book shall be reckoned as part of said sum and if my said sons and the heirs of my son Joseph shall pay their sisters and their heirs above mentioned in equal proportion except that the heirs of Joseph shall pay four pounds more then an equal proportion and my son Cornelius four pounds less then an equal proportion. And my will further is that my wife shall have the free disposal of all her wearing apparel at her decease and that my grandson Samuel Tiler shall have half of that bequeathed to the heirs of my Daughter Abigail if he liveth with me so long as I live or till he comes to the age of eighteen years and I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife be my executrix and my three sons William, Cornelius and Sam 1 to be mx executors to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof that this is my last will and Testament I ye s’d Timotlry Phelps have hereto put my hand and seal this Second day of March Anno Domini One thousand Seven hundred sixteen or seventeen. 
  • Timothy X Phelps, his mark and a seal.

The said Timothy Phelps signed, sealed & declared this to be his last will & Testament in presence of us.

  • John Mansfield,
  • Thomas Moore.

And whereas I being aged and my wife so and not knowing how long it may please God to continue my life and not knowing what debts and charge may Arise before I leave this world my will is that my sons and my daughters & their heirs shall pay their equal parts and shares of my debts and charges after my decease and my daughters Sarah Hannah, Ann & Martha & the heirs of Abigail shall have fourty six pounds apiece with what they have already have to be paid as money out of my estate after my decease by the charge as above mentioned I intend that if there be any extraordinary charge so that the improvement of my estate will not maintain me this addition of my will was made and published this second day of March, One thousand Seven hundred Sixteen or Seventeen.

  • Timothy X Phelps, his mark and a seal.

Signed sealed and Declared to be his addition to his Will and Testament in presence of us.

  • John Mansfield
  • Thomas Moore

Windsor September 28th 1719

Then came before me the subscribers hereunto Capt. Thomas Moore and John Mansfield both of Windsor and made solemn oath that they saw Timothy Phelps sign and seal the foregoing written both sides of the first half sheet of this paper & declared the same to be his last will and testament and that they set their hands thereunto as witnesses at the same time and also that they saw said Timothy Phelps sign and seal the writing on the other side of this half sheet paper and declare the same to be his addition to his will and testament and that they set their hands thereunto as witnesses at the same time and that according to their best observation he s’d Phelps was of sound mind and memory.

Matthew Aelyn, Asst.

Children were :

  • i. Timothy, b. Windsor, Ct., 1 Nov., bapt 8th, 1663, m Martha Crow.
  • ii. Joseph, b. Windsor, Ct., 27th Sept,, 1666, m. Sarah Hosford.
  • iii. William, b. Windsor, Ct., 4 Feb., 1669, m. 1st, Abigail Mudge; 2nd, Ruth Barber.
  • iv. Cornelius, b. Windsor, Ct., 26 April, 1671, m. Sarah Mansfield.
  • v. Mary, b. Windsor, Ct., 14 Aug., 1673, d. 23 May, 1690, aged 17 yrs.
  • vi. Samuel, b. Windsor, Ct., 29 Jan., 1675, m. Abigail Eno.
  • vii. Nathaniel, b. Windsor, Ct., 7, bpt. 13 Jan., 1677, m. 1st, Hannah Bissell, 2nd, Abigail Pinney.
  • viii. Sarah, b. Windsor, Ct., 27 Dec, 1679, m. David Marshall of Hebron, Ct.
  • ix. Abigail, b. Windsor, Ct., 3 June, 1682, m. Samuel Filer.
  • x. Hannah, b. Windsor, Ct., 2, bpt. 16 Aug., 1684, m. Thomas Phelps.
  • xi. Anne, b. Windsor, Ct., 2 Oct., 1686, m. David Porter.
  • xii. Martha, b. Windsor, Ct., 12 Nov., 168S, m. Corporal Samuel Holcomb.


Their children include:

  • 1. 7620 i. Timothy Phelps (1 Nov 1663-1729)
  • 2. 7621 ii. Joseph Phelps (27 Sep 1666-30 Aug 1716)
  • 3. 7622 iii. William Phelps (4 Feb 1668-1733)
  • 4. 7623 iv. Cornelius Phelps (26 Apr 1671-ca 1740/1)
  • 5. 7624 v. Mary Phelps (Died young) (14 Aug 1673-23 May 1690)
  • 6. 7625 vi. Lieut. Samuel Phelps (29 Jan 1675-bef 1749)
  • 7. 7626 vii. Capt. Nathaniel Phelps (7 Jan 1677-23 Sep 1746)
  • 8. 7627 viii. Sarah Phelps (29 Dec 1679-)
  • 9. 7628 ix. Abigail Phelps (3 Jun 1682-28 Jan 1709/10)
  • 10. 7629 x. Hannah Phelps (4 Aug 1684-1726)
  • 11. 7630 xi. Anne Phelps (2 Oct 1686-27 Jan 1767)
  • 12. 7631 xii. Martha Phelps (12 Nov 1688-)


  • 107. Myrtle Stevens Hyde, “The English origin of William Phelps of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn., with notes on his marriages,” The American Genealogist, 65, 1990, 161-166.
  • 108. Henry R. Styles, The history of ancient Windsor, 1891
  • 225. Windsor Vital Records
  • 249. William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of Central New York, Two volumes, Lewis Hist. Publ., New York, 1912,,
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Mary Phelps's Timeline

October 5, 1644
Windsor, Connecticut Colony
October 13, 1644
Windsor, Connecticut Colony
October 13, 1644
Windsor, Hartford, Ct
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Windsor, Hartford, Ct
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October 13, 1644
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
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October 13, 1644
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
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Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
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Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA