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The Origins of George Phelps

George Phelps, probably from Crewkerne, likely arrived aboard the Recovery in 1634. He was single and later married in Windsor.

One clue to George's true identity is the absence of any record of George Phelps as an immigrant on the Mary and John. There are two men named George Phillips who have been identified as immigrating before 1633.

The book The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors by Phelps & Servin erroneously concluded based on nothing more than an approximate birth date for William that both he and George Phelps were from Tewkesbury, England. William and George Phelps are not brothers and are from Crewkene. For details, see Origins of William and George Phelps of Dorchester.

  • The first was George Phillips, minister, from Boxted, Essex, who migrated in 1630 to Watertown.
  • The second is George Phillips, origins unknown, who migrated to Dorchester in 1632 and subsequently went to Windsor in 1635. This George was born by 1592 (estimated birth date based on the age of his wife) and died at Windsor, 9 Jul 1678. He had no children. Robert Anderson in The Great Migration Begins comments that the earliest record that can be assigned to George Phelps with confidence is dated 6 May 1635 when he was admitted a freeman in Dorchester.

Outstanding New England genealogist Robert Charles Anderson states the possibility that each incident refers to a different individual. [In 1637, Dorchester was renamed Windsor.] (See his book The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 Vol. 3: 1444-1446. Possibly available in hardbound. Read an excerpt here.)