Phelps, Thomas

Male 1727 - 1823  (96 years)


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  • Name Phelps, Thomas  [1
    Born 1727  [2
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 31335 
    Died 1823  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I31335  Caswell County
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2014 

    Reference Number 442199 
    Children 
    +1. Phelps, Nancy,   b. Abt 1765, King and Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1835, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    +2. Phelps, Delpha,   b. Bef 1773,   d. Bef 1821  (Age < 48 years)
    +3. Phelps, Elizabeth,   d. White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Living
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F12366  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Phelps (1727-1823)

      This Thomas Phelps is believed to have lived in the Leasburg area of Caswell County, North Carolina, and had business dealings with James (Kilgore's Branch) Lea.

      The following is from The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 351 (Article #437, "James Lea" by Katharine Kerr Kendall):

      "James Lea was a son of William Lea of King and Queen County, VA. His wife supposedly was Ann Tolbert. They may have resided in Orange Co. VA before their entry into Orange, later Caswell County. On March 16, 1784 James Lea gave power of attorney to Thomas Phelps of Caswell County saying he was son and heir of William Lea, deceased, and empowering Phelps to obtain lawful title to land in King and Queen County on waters of Mataponi River near Maddison's Mill said land falling to him by heirship. Thomas Phelps was a neighbor of James Lea from his deeds and he was a contemporary. He named Gabriel Lea as executor of his will in 1821 and the Raleigh Register reported that Thomas Phelps died 1823 at age of 96 years. Phelps may have returned to VA to claim a part of the Lea estate himself as both James Lea and Phelps had daughters that married into the Sargent family. No record in Caswell County shows any other Lea entering into this power of attorney. If this James Lea had brothers in Caswell County they may have been deceased and he was the last to try to claim his inheritance. Regretfully, the records of King and Queen Co. were destroyed."
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      Thomas Phelps Will 1821

      In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Phelps of the County of Caswell and State of North Carolina being on the decline of life but in sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and establish and confirm this as my Last Will and Testament freely and positively revoking and dissolving all former wills heretofore made by me and as for the worldly goods that it hath pleased God to endow me with I dispose of in the following manner to wit.

      Item 1st I will and bequeath to my three daughters to wit Elizabeth Wisdom and Nancy Roan and Rachel Sargent Twenty shillings in cash each.

      Item 2 I will and bequeath to my four grand children to with Rachel and Betsey and William and Nancy Wisdom the children of my daughter Betsey Wisdom the fourth part of Twenty one Negroes to be divided as hereafter named to wit a Negro Mandy, the name of Adam and Harry and Harrison and Tom Ninnie Silvey and Phoebe Sally Becky Pachance and Stephen Jude Greasy Lewis and Henry and Silvey Jane and Charles Sall and Amy and Mary.

      Item 3 I will and bequeath to my grandson James Roan fifty acres of the land the Tract whereon Rachel Wallis formerly lived.

      Item 4 I will and bequeath to Justin Rone one hundred and nine acres of land the Tract whereon Joshey Wallis formerly lived.

      Item 5th I will and bequeath to my four grandsons, the sons of my daughter Rachel Sargent to with Demsey and William and James and Thomas Sargent two hundred acres of land to be equally divided between the four sons the Tract where Kendrick lived.

      Item 6 I will and bequeath to my grandchildren the children of my daughter Nancy Roan to wit Fanny and James, Annis and Ann, Accy and Sallie and Patsy an equal part in the above named Negroes.

      Item 7 I will and bequeath to my grandchildren the children of my daughter Rachel Sargent to with Demsey and Dradey Betsey and Ann and William and James and Thomas Sargent an equal part with my other grandchildren of the above named Negroes.

      Item 8 I will and bequeath to my grandchildren the children of my daughter Delphe to wit James Sally and Nancy Rone an equal part of the above named Negroes I mean the fourth part.

      Item 9 I will and bequeath to my grandchildren 440 acres of land the tract whereon I now live to be equally divided between Demsey, Dradey, and Betsey, and Ann, William and Thomas and James Sargents, and Fanny, James and Annis, Ann, Sally, Patsy Roan the children of my daughter Nancy Roan.

      Item 10 it is further my will and desire that all my household and property and stock of every description together with my money on hand and bonds and all property not heretofore willed to be equally divided between my four mentioned grandchildren taking out of James Sargents children share one hundred and forty dollars it being money I paid for said Sargent and it is further my will and desire that my three grandchildren to with James, and Thomas and William Sargent should have one years schooling each out of the money arising from the sale of my property.

      Signed and acknowledged in the Presence of us this 8th day of April 1821.

      Thomas Phelps (signed)

      N. B. It is my wish that Gabriel Lea be appointed executor to this my last Will and Testament.

      I have signed acknowledged in the Presence of us the date above written.

      William Lea Jurat Thomas Phelps
      (Seal)
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      Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      January Court 1824
      Caswell County Will Book I, Pages 259 and 260.

      Page 259: Inventory estate of Thomas Phelps. Notes on Jeremiah Broughton due 1811, Alexander Griffin due 1812, John Allison and Samuel Johnston due 1805, Wiley Jones 1819, Charles D. Wade 1821, James K. Daniel 1821, Paschal Roberts, Yancey Burt 1819, Thomas Kendrick 1810 (doubtful). Judgments on Zachariah Marshall, Nathaniel Norfleet. By Gabriel Lea, Executor.

      Page 260: Sales property of Thomas Phelps sold 6 November 1823 to: Maj. James Currie, Archibald Lipscomb; Issac D. Vanhook, Cuthbert Wagstaff, Robert D. Wade, Willis Buckingham, John Mathis, Robert Yalock, Joseph Langley, John Broughton, Solomon Whitlow, Elizabeth Sargent, James Roan, James Jay Sen., Nathaniel Torian, John Fullington, John C. Vanhook, Miram Lockard, Alexander Griffin, Abner Wisdom, Wm. McMurray, Barzillai Nelson, Young Burt, Jesse Westbrook, Thomas Roan, Demsey Sargent, Thomas Greenway, David Drake, Sally Roan, Wm. Wisdom, Lewis Yalock, et al.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1814-1843, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 65.
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      Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      April Court 1824
      Caswell County Will Book I, Page 304

      Power of Attorney: William Keen and Nancy Keen formerly Nancy Roan of Pulaski County, Georgia, to James Roan of Caswell County, North Carolina, to recover from Gabriel Lea the lawful executor of Thomas Phelps late of Caswell County any part of estate due Nancy Roan. 7 Feb 1824. Witness: Conrod Angly.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1814-1843, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 67.
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      Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      July Court 1824
      Caswell County Will Book I, Pages 314 and 316.

      Page 314: Division of negroes of Thomas Phelps to legatees agreeable to will: children of Elizabeth Wisdom, namely Rachel, Elizabeth, William, and Nancy; children of Delphia Roan, namely James, Sally, and Nancy Roan; children of Nancy Roan, namely Fanny, James, Annes, Ann, Acey, Sally, and Flemming Roan; children of Rachel Sargent, namely Demcy, Drady, Betsy, Ann, William, James, and Thomas Sargent. Commrs: Will A. Lea, N. Thompson, John G. Vanhook.

      Page 316: Power of Attorney: William Wisdom, William Stuart and Rachel his wife, and Elizabeth Wisdom of White County, Tenn., to Larkin Wisdom of county and state aforesaid to recover from Gabriel Lea of Caswell Co., exec of will of Thomas Phelps decd., part bequeathed to them by his will. 8 June 1824.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1814-1843, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 68.
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      Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      October Court 1824
      Caswell County Will Book I, Page 334.

      Sale of two negroes belonging to estate of Thomas Philips decd to Jacob Thomson and Ann Hood. By Gabriel Lea exec. 4 July 1824.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1814-1843, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 69.
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      Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      January Court 1825
      Caswell County Will Book K, Pages 8 and 9

      Page 8: Division of negroes bequeathed by Thomas Phelps deceaed to Delpha Roan's children to: James Roan, Sarah Willis, Nancey Keen. 16 Oct 1824.

      Page 9: Division of negroes of estate of Thomas Phelps to children of Nancy Roan: to Jacob Thomas, James Roan, Alexander Griffin, Martin Hood, John Stewart, Sally Roan, Patsy Roan.

      Source: Caswell County North Carolina Will Books 1814-1843, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 71.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 463-464 (Article #620, "Sargents" by Agnes Sargent (Mrs. B. C.) Harpole).

    2. Details: Post by Sailingdeacon to Ancestry.com Caswell County Message Board 31 January 2010.