Wednesday, December 06, 2017


It's time now to turn to the ancestors of my 6x great grandmother Hannah (Phelps) Abbott.

This Phelps line is  one of two in my Dad's ancestry, the other being through Arvilla Ames, my
3x great grandmother.  Both are descended from my 10xggf and immigrant ancestor Henry Phelps. There seems to have been some confusion about the identity of his wife Eleanor, as detailed
by what William Richard Cutter wrote: MA.

(I) Henry Phelps, of Salem, immigrant ancestor, according to the Phelps Genealogy, came from London, England, on the ship "Hercules" in the spring of 1634. He settled in Salem, Massachusetts. The records tell us very little further and there is some reason for thinking that Henry (1) and Henry (2) were the same. He is said to have been a Quaker. His first wife was a daughter of Thomas Tresler. He married next in 1652 Hannah Bassett. Children: 1. Henry, came over in 1634, arriving in Boston April 16, 1634. (The will of Eleanor Tresler, widow of Thomas, dated February 15, 1654, proved April, 1665, mentions grandchild John Phelps, son of Henry Phelps, indicating that Phelps had but one surviving son by his Tresler wife. The estate of Obadiah Antrim was divided among his heirs—John Phelps, son of Henry, Hannah Burnap, wife of Isaac; children: i. Christopher, married Elizabeth Sharp; ii. Samuel, married Elizabeth . a widow; iii. Thomas, born probably in Salem; iv. John, born about 1664. married Abigail Upton, widow ). 2..Nicholas (perhaps the same as Nicholas Phillips or Phelps, of Dedham and Boston), was a Quaker in Salem; married Hannah Bassett, who was also a Quaker and was whipped for her religious views; Nicholas was sent to the house of correction and finally banished from Salem: is said to have returned to England. 3. Edward, mentioned below. p887

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2  Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1908, Boston, Ma.

Henry's son Edward Phelps is my 9x great grandfather.

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