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Samuel Phelps

Birthplace: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Death: May 15, 1669 (43-51)
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Phelps, of Windsor, CT and Mary (Elizabeth) Phelps
Husband of Sarah Pinney
Father of Phillip Phelps; Samuel Phelps; Sarah Moore; Timothy Phelps; Mary Adams and 5 others
Brother of Richard Phelps; Unknown Son Phelps; Nathaniel Phelps, I and Baby Girl Phelps
Half brother of Cornelius Phelps; Joseph Phelps, of Simsbury; Mary Phelps; Sarah Phelps Wade; Lt. Timothy Phelps and 2 others

Managed by: Gary Steve Phelps
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About Samuel Phelps

Please see: The Griswold family, England-America : Edward of Windsor, Connecticut, Matthew of Lyme, Connecticut, Michael of Wethersfield, Connecticut by Griswold, Glenn E; (Steven Ferry, February 8, 2019.)

Samuel Phelps b. a. 1623, England. m. Sarah Griswold, 10 Nov. 1650, Windsor, dau. of Edward Griswold (emigrant) of Kenilworth. England. She m. (2) Nathaniel Pinney. 1670 (Pinney 2). Samuel d. 15 May 1669, Windsor

  • Parents:  William Phelps b 1599 Tewksbury & Elizabeth _____(1) (Phelps and Servin p. 95)

Children of Samuel Phelps 6 Sarah Griswold (Phelps and Servin p. 89) 

  1. Lt. Samuel Phelps Jr. b. 5 Sept. 1652, Windsor. m. Abigail Williams, 21 June 1675 (b. 1658) dau. of John Williams & Mary Burley. Samuel d. 21 Oct. 1741, No children.
  2. Sarah Phelps b. 16 Mar, 1653, Windsor m. Andrew Moore of Simsbury, 15 Feb. 1671. Moved to Poquonock. Phelps Gen. p. 98 & Windsor, p. 506 agree an the children (1672-1698), but Windsor p. 465 says she m. (2) John Mansfield, 13 Dec, 1683 and had four children (1684-1689). The following assumes the Mansfield marriage is wrong because her later children were named Moore. 


  • The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, Compiled by Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin, Eagle Publishing Company of Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, 1899, pp. 88-9, states:

"21. SAMUEL PHELPS, b. England, about 1625, emigrated to New England with his father, in ship Mary and John, settling with his father in Dorchester, removing from there to settling of Windsor, Ct., in 1635-6, where he m. Sarah Griswold, 10th Nov., 1650. She was daughter of Edward Griswold, and b. Kenilworth, England, and came to New England with her father in 1639. After the death of Mr. Phelps, she m. 2nd Nathaniel Pinney, 21st July, 1670, and had Nathaniel Pinney b. 11th May, 1671, and Sarah Pinney b. 11th Oct., 1673. Mrs. Pinney died 6th Nov., 1715.

Mr. Phelps bought 1st Oct., 1657, Thomas Orton's house and land south of road separating it from his father's homestead, and brother William's: the house stood on the rear of the lot just opposite his father's house. This lot was of triangular shape, 4 rods on the rivulet, 60 rods on east and west road, 40 rods on Mill road, and 47 rods on the southeast line. The rear of this lot and house he sold to his brother Nathaniel, and removed to Poquonock, where he had received a grant of land, and where he also bought John Bartlett's place east of Stony Creek, and north of Thomas Holcomb's, and running east of the rivulet. Here he died 15th May, 1669. He witnessed a deed of land to his father by the Indians in 1666.

January 8th, 1660, he paid rates for short slips, 7 shillings, highest amount assessed that year.

Town Records--24th May, 1669, "There was a day of training; by reason of the death of Samuel Phelps, voted that Benjamin Holcomb supply his place as Way Warden."

The first mention, yet discovered, of Andrew Moore, /\ of Poquonnock, Conn., is the record of his marriage, which is as follows: "Andrew Moore & fara Phelpes yt was Dafter of Samuel Phelpes ware married by capten Newberry, february. 15, 1671."' Samuel Phelps was the son of William, the immigrant, who came to Dorchester, Mass., in 1630, and thence to Windsor, Conn., in 1636. He married Sarah (dau. of Edward) Griswold Nov. 10, 1650, and "Sarah Phelps was born in March, the latter end of 1653." (JV/ndsor Tcnun Record.') The Phelps family came from Tewkesbury, England, on the ship Mary and John. Sarah Griswold, b. Kenilworth, England, in 1628, came to America with her father in 1639. The)' settled in Windsor, Conn. 


Samuel Phelps went to New England in 1630 on the ship "Mary & John", with his father William Phelps and stepmother Ann Dover and their family. They settled first at Dorchester, Massachusetts, moving to the new settlement of Windsor, Connecticut on the Connecticut River with Rev. Warham's church in 1635.

He met Sarah Griswold in Windsor and they were married there on 10 Nov 1650.

On 1 Oct 1657 he purchased a house in Windsor from Thomas Orton, which included land sourth of the road separating it from the homes of his father and brother William. Later he sold this property to his brother Nathaniel and moved to Poquonock, where he had received a grant of land and also had bought John Bartlett's place east of Stony Creek and north of Thomas Holcomb's.

On 8 Jan 1660 he paid rates (taxes) for short slips of 7 shillings, the highest amount assessed that year.

Samuel died 15 May 1669. The town record have an entry on 24 May 1669, "There was a day of training; by reason of the dath of Samuel Phelps, voted that Benjamin Holcomb supply his place as Way Warden."


  • Article by Myrtle Stevens Hyde, "The English Origin of William Phelps of Dorchester, Mass. and Windsor, Conn., with Notes on His Marriages," The American Genealogist, Vol. 65, Jul 1990, p. 161
  • "The Phelps Family of America and their English Ancestors," by Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin (Eagle Publishing, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1899), p. 88-89 (this book erroneously cites Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England as the area of this family's origin)
  • "The Great Migration: Immigration to New England 1620 - 1633," by Robert Charles Anderson, New England Historic Genealogy Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995, Vol. 3, p. 1444-1446

Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: [1]

Samuel Phelps b. o/a 1630 England d. 15 May 1669 at Poquonock, CT, married to Sarah Griswold b. 29 Jan 1631 England. No record of her parents.

Issue: Abigail Phelps Marshall

Timothy Phelps, b. Windsor, Ct , 26th Oct., 1656, soon removed with his father to Poquonock, m. 1st Sarah Gaylord, 18th Nov , 1686, daughter of Walter and Sarah (Rockwell) Gaylord. Walter Ga}dord was son of William, a first settler of Windsor, and Sarah Rockwell was dau. of William Rockwell, also a first settler. Sarah Gaylord, b. 13th April, 1665, d. 10 Nov., 1685. She had three children,

He m. 2nd, 13th Nov.. 1690, Sarah Pratt, b. Hartford, Ct., 1662, d. 18th Feb. , 1758, aged 96 years, daughter of Daniel Pratt. Her grave stone may be seen in the ancient burying ground, Centre Church, at Hartford, the only Phelps stone in the yard. The inscription reads : — " Here lies interred ye body- of Mrs. Sarah Phelps, ye relict of Mr. Tim Phelps, who died Feb. ye 18th, 1758, in ye 96th year of her age."

Mr. Phelps first settled in Simsbury, Ct. removing to Hartford about the time of his 2nd marriage in 1690, where he d. in 1714. His will dated 28th. March, 1712, probated 5th May, 1 7 14. At this time letters of administration granted to Sarah Phelps, relict of Tim. Phelps. No reference is made to his children except that he had seven daughters, and one son.

Children by 1st. wife:

74. I. Stephen, b. Simsbury, Ct., 20 Jany., 1686, unm., d. young. Not mentioned in father's will.

+ 75. II. Sarah, b. Simsbury, Ct., 20 Dec, 1687, m. David Marshall.

76. III. Timotlvy, b. Simsbury, Ct., 22 Jany., 1689, d 28 Sept., 16S9.

Children by 2nd. wife:

77. IV. Mary, b. Hartford, Ct., bapt. 21 Aug., 1692.

+ 78. V. Hannah, b. Hartford, Ct., 10 Sept., 1694, m. Timothy Eoomis.

79. VI. Mabel, b. Hartford, Ct., 28 Sept., 1696.

80. VII. Elizabeth, b. Hartford, Ct., 4, Sept., bapt. 22 Oct., 1699.

+81. VIII. Timothy, b. Hartford, Ct., 24, bapt. 31 May, 1702, m. Sarah Brown.

+ 82. IX. Esther, b. Hartford, Ct., 29 Oct., 1703, m. William Hooker. .

+ 83. X. Abigail, b. Hartford, Ct., m. William Hooker.

The last named child, Abigail, we find in record of 1st Church, Hartford, as owning Covenant 29 Aug., 1730, full Covenant 8 Apr., 1733.



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

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Samuel Phelps was the son of William Phelps and his first Mary (her maiden surname is unknown). Samuel was probably born in 1621; he was baptized in Crewkerne, Somerset, England on 5 August 1621.<ref>Crewkerne Parish Records, Crewkerne, Somerset, England</ref>

Samuel Phelps was a passenger on the ship Mary and John in 1630, about 9 or 10 years old at the time, with his father William Phelps, his stepmother Ann (Dover) Phelps, and brothers William, Nathaniel, and Joseph. He and his family first settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Five years later, in 1635, he moved with his family to Windsor, Connecticut Colony.<ref>The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).</ref> Samuel married Sarah Griswold on 10 November 1650 in Windsor, Connecticut.<ref>Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (Barbour Collection), (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) From original typescripts, Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928. Volume: Windsor, page 229. See record at subscription site.</ref>,<ref>Matthew Grant Record pg 55

Samuel and Sarah's children (the first three born at Windsor, the remainder at Poquonock: Barbour Collection, pages 221, 223, 225, 226, 229 - 231

  • Samuel, born 5 September 1652, and baptized next day.
  • Sarah, born " Mar. latter end, 1653 'Not recorded until after her father's death'
  • "Timothy, born October [ ] 1656, baptized 26 October 1656
  • Mary, born 26 October 1658
  • WIlliam, born 3 November 1660
  • John, born 7 July 1762; died April 30 1679, unmarried.
  • Ephraim, born 1 November 1663
  • Abigail, born 16 May 1666
  • Josiah, born 15/16 December 1667

"Samuel, had 9 children born in Windsor," a statement dated 17 August 1677, found in the diary/notebook of Matthew Grant, second town clerk of Windsor, from 1651 to 1677, and who removed to Windsor from Dorchester along with Samuel and other passengers of the Mary and John. This statement, by a person with first hand knowledge, demonstrates that the nine children named in the paragraph above, were Samuel's only children.<ref>Barbour Collection, page 229.</ref><ref>See article onMatthew Grant's Diary</ref> Samuel died in Windsor on 15 May 1669.<ref>Barbour Collection, page 229.</ref> Samuel's burial location is Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA<ref>Find A Grave Memorial# 74357627</ref> Samuel Phelps, Windsor, probate inventory taken 29 June 1669, legatees: Sarah the widow, Samuel 17 yrs, Sarah 15 yrs, Timothy 13 yrs, Mary 11 yrs, William 9 yrs, John 7 yrs, Ephraim 6 yrs, Abigail 3 yrs, Josiah2 yrs next December.<ref>"A Digest of the early Connecticut probate records" compiled by Charles William Manwaring, Volume 1 1635-1700, published 1904. page 225.</ref>


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Samuel Phelps's Timeline

August 5, 1621
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
August 5, 1621
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
August 5, 1621
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
August 5, 1621
Crewkeme, Somerset, England
Age 8
To New England on the Mary & John
November 10, 1650
Winsor, Connecticut Colony
September 5, 1652
Windsor, Connecticut Colony
June 16, 1653
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States