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The Phelps Family Tree Genealogy

Phelps Family Ancestor
Mary Dover Phelps (1644-1725)
8th Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee Phelps Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee  (1945)
Donald’s father was Wendell Orie Lee (1922-1999)
Wendell’s father was Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984)
Great Grandfather
Orie’s father was Joseph Francis Lee (1867-1933)
2nd Great Grandfather
Joseph’s father was Charles Henry Lee (1837-1905)
3rd Great Grandmother
Charles’ mother was Betsy Ann Benson (1814-1889)
4th Great Grandmother
Betsy’s mother was Keziah Barber Messenger (1780-1857)
5th Great Grandmother
Keziah’s mother was Jemima Barber (1741-1781)
6th Great Grandfather
Jemima’s father was Jonathan Barber (1717-1745)
7th Great Grandfather
Jonathan’s father was Samuel Barber(1673-1725)
8th Great Grandmother
Samuel’s mother was Mary Dover Phelps (1644-1725)
Phelps Family Ancestor Genealogy
8 Great Grandmother
Mary Dover Phelps (1644-1725)
Mary Dover Phelps was born on March 2, 1643 in Windsor, Connecticut.1  She was the third daughter of William Phelps to be named Mary. The first two Marys died in infancy.1 Mary married Lt. Thomas Barber (1644-1713) in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut on December 17, 1663.2 3  Mary died on February 13, 1724 in Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut.4 Mary’s mother was Mary Ann Dover and her father was William Phelps, Puritan and Immigrant.5
9 Great Grandfather
William Phelps (1599-1672)
William Phelps was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England on August 19, 1599. William married Mary Ann Dover (1615-1675), born in Devonshire, England, in 1630.6 Their first child, Mary Dover Phelps was baptized on February 7.
The Puritans - Family Life
Based on Biblical portrayals of Adam and Eve, Puritans believed that marriage was rooted in procreation, love, and, most importantly, salvation. Husbands were the spiritual heads of the household, while women were to demonstrate religious piety and obedience under male authority. Furthermore, marriage represented not only the relationship between husband and wife, but also the relationship between spouses and God. Puritan husbands commanded authority through family direction and prayer. The female relationship to her husband and to God was marked by submissiveness and humility.

Puritan’s Ban on Christmas
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William Phelps - The Immigrant
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The ship Mary and John sailed during the ‘Great Migration, departing Plymouth, England on March 20, 1630. Arriving in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the 400 ton ship carried 140 passengers. Among them was William Phelps, founder of both Dorchester, Massachusetts and Windsor, Connecticut. William became the first foreman of the first grand jury in New England.
Jeffrey Orson Phelps - Tavern Keeper
1820 - 1888
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Jeffery Orson Phelps, the occupant of the Phelps Homestead for the longest time. After purchasing the Homestead from his father’s estate in 1820, Jeffery ran the Phelps Tavern for 29 years and owned the property for 59 years. The rise of the Temperance Movement in the U.S. also discouraged people from frequenting taverns. And so it was, in 1850,that Jeffery Orson Phelps, the last of the Phelps tavern keepers, closed his Simsbury establishment. Turning his attention instead to family, cattle breeding and investments, he continued to own and live on the homestead until his death in 1879.
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References: 1)  U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; Memorial #125049905, by Dorothy. 2)  U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, Provo Utah 3)  New England, The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635, Volume 3, pg 1445. 4)  Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current. 5)  Family Collection Data - Individual Records; Edmond West, Provo, Utah. 6) Family Data Collection - Marriages, on file at Ancestry.

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