About this Famous Person
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 17th district
Source : Tim DOWLING
Phelps was born in Poquonock, Connecticut. His father died when he was 3, and his mother was left to raise their seventeen children. Phelps took a job at age 7 in a local store to help support his family. He married Mary Seymour, daughter of Zachariah and Sarah (Steele) Seymour. When he was 21 in 1770, they moved to Suffield, Connecticut, where he apprenticed to a local merchant, and in 1770 the couple moved to Granville, Massachusetts where he opened his own store. They had a son, Oliver Leicester (22 September 1775-9 October 1813), and a daughter, Mary (5 September 1778-11 September 1859).
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