Tombstone Tuesday: Benajah Spelman Phelps (1800-1903)

TombstoneTuesday  I was trolling through Vermont cemeteries looking for a subject for today’s article when I came across four graves in the Alburgh Tongue Cemetery in Grand Isle County, all children of “B.S. (or Benajah S.) and Asenath Phelps” … hmm.  The children were:  Belinda, Cynthia, Horace and Ruth.  The grave stone pictures are hard to distinguish as far as dates but it appears that at least three of their children were very young when they died.  Their parents Benajah Spelman and Asenath (Fletcher) Phelps are buried, however, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin… double-hmm.

I found that Benajah lived a very long life, dying at age one hundred and three in Colorado Springs, Colorado – again with the “hmm”.  Talk about an intriguing history to investigate — so off I went on the search for more about Benajah.

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  1. Benajah’s roots are presumed to be from William Phelps of Crewkerne who settled in Dorchester MA in 1630. The Phelps line from Tewkesbury is currently believed not to be the same by many people. What’s strange is Phelps of Crewkerne born 1599 has no recorded father…while Phelps of Tewkesbury died in Crewkerne in 1611, however there seems not to be a record of lineage. The nexus is interesting.

    • I might have to do a bit more research on Benajah for a book I want to write about centenarians. I’ve found some great stories in newspaper archives – some of them real characters. Thanks for stopping by!


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