Phelps, Zerviah

Female 1773 - Abt 1853  (79 years)

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  • Name Phelps, Zerviah 
    Born 16 Nov 1773  Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 3 Oct 1784  Second Congregational Church, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1850  Conneaut, Crawford, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Sophia Walker living with Jedediah Phelps and his family was probably Jedediah's sister Zerviah. 
    Died Abt 1853  Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Penn Line Cemetery, Linesville, Crawford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Named on the Phelps monument with her presumed brother Jedediah.
    Person ID I1224  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 16 May 2019 

    Father Phelps, Paul (2nd),   b. 19 Oct 1748, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1820  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Calkins, Zerviah,   b. 18 Oct 1748, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Prob Aft 1800, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1768  Lebanon First Congregational Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • There are important errors in the description of Paul's family in Phelps Family of America by Oliver Phelps and Andrew Servin. Phelps and Servin incorrectly state that Zerviah died in 1776 and that Paul then married Theodosia Root of Westfield, Massachusetts. Phelps and Servin list Paul's last four children (John, Solomon, Jedediah and Paul 3rd) as Theodosia's children. However, they actually were Zerviah's children as shown by Dimock's transcription of the records of the Town of Mansfield and the Second Church of Mansfeld, and by an image of a page from Willington Town records for the births of Jedediah and Paul 3rd. (Regrettably, Phelps and Servin were aware of the birth records showing Zerviah as the mother, but chose to list the children as Theodosia's without providing any evidence.)
      There were two Theodosia Roots in Westfield at the time, neither of whom could have married Paul in 1776.
      Theodosia(1) was b. 28 Oct 1757 in Westfield, the daughter of Solomon Root and Mary Church Root. Her father bequeathed his "daughter Theodosia Root 30 pounds" in his will written 1 Aug 1786 and proved the same year ( erroneously says the will was proved on 1 Aug 1786). The use of her maiden name indicates that she was not yet married. She appears to have married a Solomon Phelps soon after her father's death. In 1804, the widow Theodosia Phelps of Westfield married Ebenezer Williams. The deceased was not Paul, as he was still living in Swanton, Vermont.
      Theodosia(2) was b. 1 Jul 1759, to Martin Root and Eunice Lamb Root. She married Gad Root, a brother of Theodosia(1) on 19 Jun 1779. Theodore, their last child for whom there is a birthdate was b. in 1797. Theodosia (2) d. 23 Aug 1812 and Gad Root died 13 Nov 1824.
      Phelps and Servin state that after Zerviah’s death Paul moved to Westfield and then to Pennsylvania where he died. Paul’s known movements do not fit that scenario. Paul was still living in Windham, Connecticut in December of 1794 when he advertised that he was going to grind salt, and he (“Paul Phelps of Windham, Windham County Connecticut”) bought land in Woodford, Vermont in 1795 where he resided until about 1803 when he moved to Swanton, Vermont. He lived in Swanton until at least 1814. There is no record of him moving to Pennsylvania after this. (All of his sons and his daughter Zerviah lived in New York for many years after 1814, and a man of his age very likely would have stayed near or with one of his children. )
      Finally, Phelps and Servin state that Zerviah Calkins was probably the daughter of John and Sarah Huntington Calkins, but that is unlikely because this Zerviah would have been 50 when Paul 3rd was born, a very late (although not impossible) age to give birth. Zerviah Calkins' parents were probably Solomon Calkins and Zerviah Dewey This Zerviah would have been 37 years old when Paul 3rd was born. [2, 7, 8]
    Family ID F75  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Walker, Daniel 
    • No record of the marriage of Zerviah Phelps and Daniel Walker has been found, but the following facts suggest that Daniel was Zerviah's husband. 1. The children of Zerviah's brother Elijah had an Aunt named Walker as shown by an 1853 letter to his children in which Elijah wrote "I saw a letter from Uncle Jed a short time ago he and Aunt Walker were well." 2. In the 1850 US Census, Sophia Walker was living with Jedediah Phelps, her presumed brother. 3. Sophia Walker appears under Jedediah on the Phelps monument in the Penn Line Cemetery. (Sophia is an easy misinterpretation of Zerviah, as seen in other cases, but the fact that Sophia appears on the grave monument suggests that Zerviah simply took the more modern name Sophia.) 4. In 1802 Daniel was in Woodford, Vermont where he witnessed the sale of land by Paul Phelps to his son Elijah. At that point he may already have married Zerviah. 5. Daniel Walker lived in Swanton, Vermont at the same time as Paul Phelps and his sons Solomon, Jedediah, and Paul, Jr., and Daniel leased land adjacent to land leased by Paul in the cluster of properties leased by the Phelpses. 6. Daniel Walker sold his leases in Swanton in 1814 (as did Paul Phelps) and moved to Dryden, New York where he appears in the 1820 US Census on the same page as Jedediah and Solomon Phelps.
    Last Modified 17 May 2019 
    Family ID F767  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Nov 1773 - Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Penn Line Cemetery, Linesville, Crawford, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S179] Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1646 - 1906, (database on-line,

    2. [S254] Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths in Mansfield, Connecticut, Susan W. Dimock, (The Baker and Taylor Company, 1898), 974.64 M28., pp. 140, 437.

    3. [S93] 1850 US Census, (National Archives and Records Administration), Conneaut, Crawford, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_770; Page: 102B; Image: 211.

    4. [S202], Memorial # 128074876.

    5. [S100] Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, Vol. 57, Lebanon First Congregational Church, p. 158.

    6. [S177] Calkins Family in America, Kenneth W. Calkins (Ed.), (Calkins Family Association, 2000), p. 27.

    7. [S253] Phelps Family of America, Oliver S. Phelps and Andrew T. Servin, (Engle Publishing Co., Pittsfield, MA, 1899), 929.2 P537., Vol. 2, p. 1350.

    8. [S276] Root Genealogical Records. 1600-1870., James Pierce Root, (R.C. Root, Anthony & Co, New York (1870)), pp. 329, 334, 361.