William Waterman Phelps

23 January 1823–6 June 1886 (Age 63)
Homer, Homer, Cortland, New York, United States

The Life of William Waterman

When William Waterman Phelps was born on 23 January 1823, in Homer, Homer, Cortland, New York, United States, his father, William Wines Phelps, was 30 and his mother, Sally Waterman, was 25. He married Lydia Caroline Brewster on 8 July 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Sonora Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1850 and El Dorado, California, United States in 1860. He died on 6 June 1886, in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 63.

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William Waterman Phelps
Lydia Caroline Brewster
Marriage: 8 July 1845
William Waterman Phelps
Francis Henry Phelps
Lydia Caroline Phelps
Theodore Charles Phelps
Clarence Edmund Phelps
Frederick Tracy Phelps
Geraldine Elizabeth Phelps

Spouse and Children

8 July 1845
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States


    William Waterman Phelps



    Lydia Caroline Phelps


    Theodore Charles Phelps


    Clarence Edmund Phelps


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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 2

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 4

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 23

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

Name Meaning

English (southwestern): patronymic from Philip .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Waterman Phelps, "United States Census, 1850"
  • W W Phelps, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William W Phelps, "United States Census, 1880"

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