James Phelps

Brief Life History of James

When James Phelps was born on 22 September 1832, in Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States, his father, William Wines Phelps, was 40 and his mother, Sally Waterman, was 35. He lived in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States in 1852. He died in Australia.

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Family Time Line

William Wines Phelps
1792–1872
Sally Waterman
1797–1874
Sabrina Phelps
1816–1887
Mr. Phelps
1818–1818
Mehitable D. Phelps
1819–1877
Jerusha Phelps
1821–1822
William Waterman Phelps
1823–1886
Sarah Phelps
1825–1901
Henry Enon Phelps
1828–1901
Mary Phelps
1830–1831
James Phelps
1832–
Lydia Phelps
1835–1923
Princetta Phelps
1837–1838

Sources (15)

  • James Phelps, "California State Census, 1852"
  • James Phelps, "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925"
  • James Phelps in household of William W Phelps, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1837

George Grey explores Western Australia.

1848 · The California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

1867

End of transportation to Western Australia.

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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