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Notable Family Members
Notable Phelps Anson Green Phelps, Merchant and philanthropist Austin Phelps, Congregational clergyman, theologian and author Chance Russel Phelps, Private, USMC Charles Edward Phelps, Congressman, Judge, Author Delos Porter Phelps, Lawyer and U.S. Assistant Treasurer Edward John Phelps, Lawyer, educator Dr. Francis Phelps, Representative and Senator Francis G. Sanburn, Pioneer Resident of Knoxville, Illinois George M. Phelps, Master telegraph instrument maker and inventor Dr. Guy Rowland Phelps, Founder, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance John Phelps, Clerk of the Court at the trial of King Charles I Judge James Phelps, Judge and Congressman Judge John Jay Phelps Judge, merchant, and entrepreneur. Judge John Phelps, Constitutional Convention Signatory from Connecticut John Wesley Phelps John Wolcott Phelps, Brigadier General, United States Volunteers Mary Ann Phelps Rich, Latter-day Saints Pioneer Mary Phelps Jacob, Inventor of the Brassiere Noah Phelps, A Patriot of 1776 and Revolutionary War Spy Oliver Phelps Merchant, Revolutionary War veteran, Representative, Senator land promoter Rev. Philip Phelps First President, Western Theological Seminary Richard Phelps, Bell-founder for Churches Throughout England John Smith Phelps Lawyer, Repesentative, Governor Samuel Shethar Phelps, Jurist, Congressman, and Senator Samuel Phelps, English Actor.html Stephen Sumner Phelps, Illinois Pioneer and Origin of the Hawk Eye State Name Thomas Stowell Phelps, Rear Admiral and Civil War Veteran William Walter Phelps, Congressman, Ambassador, and Judge William Wines Phelps, Judge, Latter-day Saint, Publisher and Writer William Lyon Phelps, American educator, author and critic

Notable Phelps Family Members

Alfred Aaron "Squire" Phelps, Wild West Show Rider

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Alfred Aaron Phelps in 1901. Larger image [87K]
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Alfed Aaron "Squire" Phelps in full buckskins on Jefferson St in Peoria in 1902. Larger image [81K]

Alfred Aaron Phelps was born on 14 Feb 1849 in Wataga, Knox, Illinois. He grew up in Wataga and Peoria, Illinois. He married Addie Mary Cable, daughter of Ezra Cable and Martha Latimer in Berwick, Illinois, on 15 Jan 1879. Addie was born in Berwick, Illinois. Alfred and Addie had six children:

  • Leonard Aaron Phelps
  • Alfred Aaron Phelps
  • Sarah Latimer Phelps
  • Bertha J. Phelps
  • Salina L. Phelps
  • Richard E. Phelps

Alfred acquired the nickname "Squire" as he served as a justice of the peace. He was also a notary and real estate agent. He lived in Peoria, Illinois most of his life, and he rode in the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show for several years. He was a founder of the town of Averyville in 1890, along with his first cousin, Robert Avery (son of George M. Avery and Seraphina Princess Mary Phelps). Robert opened his plow-manufacturing company just north of the city of Peoria to save taxes.

Aaron and five others were the first board when the the Averyville Methodist Episcopal Church was organized on August, 1893, led by Rev. T. W. McVety.

Averyville was annexed by Peoria in 1928.

Wild West Show
The complete cast of the the Wild West Show on Playland on the Beach in San Francisco in 1902.

The pictures and information on the family of Alfred Aaron "Squire" Phelps are courtesy of his great-granddaughter Pat Phelps Broeker.