Joseph Morris Phelps

2 June 1837–29 September 1886 (Age 49)
Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States

The Life Summary of Joseph Morris

When Joseph Morris Phelps was born on 2 June 1837, in Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States, his father, Morris Charles Phelps, was 31 and his mother, Laura Clark, was 29. He married Melissa Stevens on 25 December 1857, in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States. He lived in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Rich, Utah, United States in 1870. He registered for military service in 1856. He died on 29 September 1886, in Cokeville, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Montpelier Cemetery, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States.

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Joseph Morris Phelps
Eliza Jerusa Clift
Marriage: 1 January 1861
Joseph Morris Phelps
Milton Phelps
Arthur Marion Phelps
Ezra James Phelps
Caddie Madorra Phelps
Benjamin Franklin Phelps
Claire D'Esta Phelps
Pauline Phelps
Walter George Phelps
Hugh Stanley Phelps
Heber John Phelps

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  • Marriage
    1 January 1861Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 2
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    Age 9
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 20
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

    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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    Story Highlight


    At the crack of dawn on the bitter cold morning of Feb. 26, 1846, I, Hyrum Smith Phelps, was one of nine babies born on the frozen bank of the Mississippi River at Nauvoo, Illinois. My father and mo …

    Sources (97)

    • Josh M Phelps in household of Morris Phelps, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Joseph Phelps in entry for K R Schenck and Pauline Moline, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Joseph in entry for Louisa A Phelps, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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