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Looking for a Peter Phelps (b. 1780 died Nov. 1865 St. Albans, VT) and Nancy's descendants

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Looking for a Peter Phelps (b. 1780 died Nov. 1865 St. Albans, VT) and Nancy's descendants

Posted: 1500936049000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1500937411000
Peter Phelps, born about 1780 in Connecticut, came to northern VT seemingly by way of Elnathan Keyes and his wife Elizabeth Hyde Sheldon, daughter of Elisha (Col.) Sheldon and Sarah Bellows, in Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut, and or Elizabeth's Sheldon relatives, perhaps her brother George Sheldon who married Joana Smith (?) By 1805, he is found in the baptismal records of Ste. Antoine de Padoue, Baie du Febvre, Nicolet-Yamaska County, Québec, Canada.

He was an African American man going by the nickname addressed to him "Black Jack" in Ste. Armand, Quebec, area, per the Ledger Book of Joseph Burley (Archives 1V-73-1-14).

Then Swanton as a Grave stone carver, and by the late 1830's or early 1940's he is in St. Albans, Vermont up until his death in 1865. He apparently married to a Nancy (nee: Mach), and she began having children about 1805-1806 up into the 1820's. Peter himself seems to be the man in Swanton, VT in the 1820's who had a dispute with the Peaslee-Hathaway bunch, later he bought a small plot of land from Ethan Alphonso Allen but resold it back to Ethan. Then as P. P. Phelps he buys a piece of land from Adna Orcutt. In Jan.-April 1840 Peter Phelps as P. P. Phelps is advertising as a gravestone carver. He also was appointed/elected as Leather Sealer in the town of Swanton, VT. I am not sure if this the same Peter Phelps as the colored man who died in St. Albans "at 111 years of age" or if it is different man by the same name, but I surmise it is one and the same man.

Their surmised children are:

1. Marie Louise Philippe/ Phelps born ca. 1805 Quebec, Canada
Baptismal Translation into English from Quebec French:
Ste. Antoine de Padoue, Baie du Febvre, Nicolet-Yamaska County, Québec, Canada
"On January 16, of 1806 Marie Louise Philippé at the Catholic Parish of Ste. Antoine de Padoue, in Baie du Febvre, Yamaska County, Quebec, Canada, age one year, daughter of Pitre Philippé, nègre (Negro), and of Nancy Philippé Bostonians, residing in this parish, and the Godfather to this child Louis Lapérle (or Laporte), and the Godmother is Magdeleine Hyacinthe dite Bellerose. And the priest (and or his assistant) have declared this with the father who could not sign (his signature or name).")

2. John (Jean) Philippe/ Phelps born Dec. 10, 1806 Quebec, Canada
Baptismal Translation into English from Quebec French:
Ste. Antoine de Padoue, Baie du Febvre, Nicolet-Yamaska County, Québec, Canada
On December 12, 1806 as signed by us, was baptized Jean Philippé (meaning 'John') son of Pierre Philippé, Negro, day laborer, on this day and in this Parish, and Nancy (Mach ... spelling?) his spouse: the godfather was Étienne Boisvert and godmother Marie Josephé (Josette) Houde. The father (Pierre Philippe) was absent from the baptism.)

3. Horace Phelps born ca. 1808 Frankin, VT died Poughkeepsie, NY
(He was in the Alms Poor House in this area of Dutchess County, per the 1860 census)

4. Lewis Phelps born abt. 1813 died Aft 20 Nov 1889 Milton, Saratoga County, NY
(Lewis married twice so it's indicated. His 2nd wife was Frances Parks or Parkis, married in Sheldon, VT in Aug. 1856). Both were in Ste. Armand, Qc. in 1851. He is definitely the son of Peter Phelps, as he is mentioned as the son of per the Probate Records in Saratoga County, NY for his father Peter)

5. Antoine Philips born abt. 1814 Pq. died September 01, 1881 Burlington, VT
(He married to Catherine Emery dit Coder/ Coderre ca. 1830. They lived in Highgate, Vermont near the Sheldon, VT Town Line with that of the Swanton Town Line. She bought the land from David Skeels in ca. 1845, removed to the Burlington, VT. area ca. 1857 ... The baptismal records for most of their children exist either in Notre Dame du Rosaire Parish in Ste. Hyacinthe, Qc. where her parents lived, where she was born -and- or in the Burlington VT Parish Records. The latter records indicate that the parents resided in Vergennes, VT. Descendants of Anthony and Catherine have been tested in both and The Phillips Y-DNA is B-181 (exclusively African American YDNA Haplogroup)

6. Sophia Phelps / Phelps born ca. 1815 VT
(Home in 1850: Brooklyn Ward 11, Kings, New York, USA with a Tyler family consisting of women and a young male Henry Tyler age 11)

7. William Phelps born ca. 1816 Sheldon, VT died Oct. 25, 1884 St. Albans, VT
(William might an NPE ... we are not sure as yet but it appears that way) He married to Rosanna (nee: Prince) daughter of Joseph Henry Prince and Hannah Barlow (genetic results do prove that she is the mother of Lewis Phelps born ca. 1838 Sheldon, VT. Descendants of Lewis have tested through both and

Delia Phelps born ca. 1822 NY
(Home in 1850: St Albans, Franklin, Vermont, USA with the Jasper Curtis family)

James Phelps born ca. 1822 VT
(He is in the 1851 Ste. Armand, Qc. Census with William Phelps and Rosanna)

Nancy (nee: Mach (?) appears to be in the 1840 Saratoga County, NY Census next to the famous Samuel Northrup ... of the 12 years a slave) separate from Peter Phelps.

IF you KNOW OF ANYTHING, please please communicate with me at if you have anything shred of evidence about this Phelps family and or their descendants.

Also looking for the parents of MARY ELIZABETH PHELPS who married Jeffrey (Jefferson) Sylvester BRACE on December 10, 1863 in Berkshire, VT. She was born about 1840 in Ste. Armand, Quebec, Canada.

Later he married to Anna Elizabeth Jackson in April 1889 St. Albans, VT.

Willing to share information ...
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