Sarah Elizabeth Phelan

26 October 1829–11 May 1909 (Age 79)
Indiana, United States

The Life of Sarah Elizabeth

When Sarah Elizabeth Phelan was born on 26 October 1829, in Indiana, United States, her father, Richard Edward Phelan, was 28 and her mother, Hannah Sutton, was 23. She married Miles Davidson Privett on 5 July 1846, in Washington, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Arkansas, United States in 1870 and Prairie Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States in 1900. She died on 11 May 1909, in Washington, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Combs Cemetery, Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Miles Davidson Privett
Sarah Elizabeth Phelan
Marriage: 5 July 1846
John Privett
Annie Elizabeth Privett

Spouse and Children

5 July 1846
Washington, Arkansas, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Jonathan Phelan


    Evan Phelan



    Thomas Phelan


    Jeremiah S. Phelan


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 7

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 22

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

Irish:1. variant of Whelan . 2. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fialáin ‘descendant of Fialán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of Fial, meaning ‘generous’, ‘modest’, ‘honorable’. This is the surname of a bardic family in northern Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mrs. E Newman in household of A J Sullivan, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elizabeth Brinson in household of Thomas Brinson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • E Brinson, "United States Census, 1870"

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