Harmon Austin Phelps

Brief Life History of Harmon Austin

When Harmon Austin Phelps was born on 26 July 1819, in East Smithfield, Smithfield Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Jared Phelps Jr., was 30 and his mother, Elizabeth Hackett, was 24. He married Adelia Davies on 8 October 1846, in Smithfield Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States. He lived in Parks Bar Township, Yuba, California, United States in 1870 and Bolinas, Marin, California, United States in 1880. He died on 7 February 1897, at the age of 77, and was buried in Athens Cemetery, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Harmon Austin Phelps
Adelia Davies
Marriage: 8 October 1846

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  • H A Phelps, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Harmon A Phelps, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • Harmon A Phelps, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Marriage Records, 1512-1989"

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World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

1820 · Making Land more affordable

"The United States law requiring full payment at the time of purchase and registration of any land. to help encourage sales and make land more affordable, Congress reduced the minimum price of dollar per acre and the minimum size that could be purchased. Most of this land for sale was located on the frontier which was then ""The West"". This Act was good for many Americans, but it was also over used by wealthy investors."


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English (southwestern): variant of Phillips .

History: The brothers George and William Phelps emigrated from Gloucestershire, England, to Dorchester, MA, c. 1630. Five years later they moved to Windsor, CT. George's sixth-generation descendant, Anson Greene Phelps (1781–1853), rose from being a penniless orphan to the status of a major industrialist and a prominent CT philanthropist.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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