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The Origins of William Phelps

William Phelps, probably of Crewkerne, arrived aboard the Mary & John in 1630, probably with his second wife and the children from their current and his previous marriage. Learn more here.

Many Phelps researchers have relied on the book The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors (available at a 25% discount) as the basis for concluding that their original ancestor in England was either William or George Phelps of Tewkesbury.

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.

William Phelps of Crewkerne had two wives (1) Mary ____, buried 1626, and (2) Anne Dover who probably accompanied him and children by both wives to Dorchester, Massaschusetts. William Phelps of Crewkerne, his wife, and six children "emigrated to New England in the ship Mary and John, of four hundred totes burden, commanded by Captain Squeb, with one hundred and forty' passengers. This company had been organized into a church and selected their ministers the day before sailing..."

Great Migration Begins
The ship Mary and John arrived in the New World in late May or early June, 1630.

Excerpted in part from The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, (Save $200 by ordering through us.) By Oliver S. Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Get a free, updated index here.). Original spelling and punctuation.