Descendants of Moses Phelps

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  • ID: I00049
  • Name: Enoch Spruill Sylvester Phelps
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 JUL 1804 in Shaw Creek, Edgefield District, South Carolina
  • _FOOT: Tombstone 1
  • Burial: Old Union Church Cemetery, Newton County, Texas
  • Death: 20 SEP 1869 in Stringtown, Newton County, Texas
  • _FOOT: Tombstone 1
  • Note:
    Was elected constable of Dallas County, Al on 12 May 1826. They lived in Walker's Beat at this time.

    At the Bethel Baptist Church on 16 August 1828, Brother Enoch S. S. Phelps came forward and confessed that the report of his card playing and intoxication was true and desired that the church cut him off--he was excommunicated.

    In 1830, Enoch was reinstated to the Bethel Baptist Church and was very active in its teachings.

    Enoch applied for a letter of dismission from the Bethel Baptist Church on 21 April 1834. Enoch and Cornelia were looking westward although they didn't leave until after their daughter, Caroline Cornelia Comfort Phelps was born 9 May 1836.

    Enoch S. S. served in the Texas Military from 3 Feb 1837 to 4 Nov 1837. He received 480 acres in Uvalde Co, Texas for his service, but never lived there.

    Enoch and Cornelia started a homestead in Newton Co, MS in 1838. His father Enoch and his mother Mary both died in Newton Co, MS. After the 1840 census, Enoch and family moved to Sabine County, Texas. They then moved to Toro, Sabine Parish, LA. Enoch worked with the area churches on both sides of the Sabine River and farmed for a living. By 1851, he had joined the Bethlehem Baptist Assoc. and was a messenger to the assoc. He was appointed to the Union Baptist Church in Stringtown, Newton County, Texas. There he settled his family for the rest of his life. In 1853 he was employed as missionary to the assoc. He was ordained in 1853 as minister. On 23 Dec 1855, he constituted the Jasper City Baptist Church. In 1858 he was employed as missionary from July at a salary of $1.50 per day.

    More Phelps Family History (Essay written by George Wolf, Jr in 1989):

    Enoch Spruill was born in Edgefield County, SC. The family left SC for Texas. On the way to Texas the family stopped in Alabama where Enoch Spruill married Cornelia Johnson, the daughter of Jeremiah Johnson on the 13th of Feb 1824 in Dallas Co, AL. The family lived there for seven years and then moved to Lowndes Co and lived there for several years. The Phelpses finally arrived in Newton Co, TX in 1837 and acquired some cattle which they wintered in the cane breaks along the Sabine River. The brothers were not satisfied and wanted to go on West. This may have been the time Enoch Spruill Phelps joined the Texas Army in 1837. Enoch was listed in the Texas Army the 4th of Feb to Nov. 5, 1837 as a Private, Company H, 1st Regiment Infantry. Enoch had received 480 acres of bounty land for serving in the Texas Army, received on the 8th of November, 1837 in the town of Houston, Texas. This deed was transfered over to J. W. Wilson. Finally all three brothers took off and made it to West Texas. The country was wild and the brothers prepared to travel in the great West. The bounty land that Enoch received for serving in the Texas Army was in Uvalde Co, in west Texas. It required some rough traveling in which Enoch S. Phelps being a mild mannered and gentle man found it hard to tolerate, so he decided to return to Newton Co, Texas with his family. Jeremiah and John Phelps traveled on west and were never heard from again. Enoch S. Phelps family lived in Newton and Sabine Counties for two or three years and then moved to Louisiana. Being a southerner and a preacher, Enoch did not own any slaves. In 1850, Enoch and family were in Sabine Parish, Louisiana. Enoch homesteaded in Newton Co, Texas after moving back to Texas from Louisiana. The land was on a place called Quicksand Creek in which they built their home in around 1853, being of 308 acres. Owning two or three horses and about 40 head of cattle. In 1856, Enoch was listed as having 640 acres on Quicksand Creek valued at $1500 and having 4 horses worth $300 and 40 cattle worth $240. During the years of 1857 and 1858 Enoch preached at the First Baptist Church in Hemphill, Texas. 1859 Enoch had 488 acres along the Westerland Creek worth $770 and 640 acres along the Sabine River worth $1020, 3 horses valued at $300 and 63 cattle valued at $440. In 1860 before the Civil War he owned 1,348 acres of land valued at $2,250, 8 horses worth $550 and 80 cattle valued at $500. Near the time of his death, he owned 1,128 acres for the year of 1868, 6 horses and 60 head of cattle. Enoch S. Phelps is listed on a historical marker in the Union Cemetery of Stringtown community, a ghosttown in Newton Co, app. 8 miles south of Burkeville; a logging town and in 1950 had a school and one building left. This is what the historical marker said: "Records indicated a congregation was in existence as early as 1851. The congregation's first pastor, Enoch S. Phelps, is buried in this cemetery."


    27 Feb 1841 225.58 acres, Newton County, MS E1/2NW sec 24 twn 8-N range 10-E
    Signed same day as his brother Isaiah M. Phelps


    1830 Lowndes County, Alabama:

    Enoch S. PHELPS 1 male 20-30, 1 male under 5 (Enoch J. D.)
    1 female 20-30, 1 female 5-10 (Bethsaida), 1 female under 5 (Phereby)

    1840 Newton County, Mississippi:

    Enoch S. PHELPS 1 male 30-40 (Enoch) 1 female 30-40 (Cornelia)
    1 male 10-15 (Enoch J.D.) 2 females 10-15 (Bethsaida, Phereby)
    1 male 5-10 (Jeremiah) 1 female 5-10 (Harriett)
    1 male <10 (Levi) 1 female <10 (Caroline)

    1850 Sabine Parish, LA:

    Enoch S. PHELPS 46 SC Farmer
    Cornelia 42 SC
    PH (m) 23 AL
    Jeremiah 16 AL
    Levi 10 MS
    James 7 TX
    Elizabeth 6 LA
    Martha 3 LA
    Ann Hicks (gd) 11/12 LA

    Father: Enoch S. Phelps b: ABT 1774 in North Carolina
    Mother: Mary Jones? b: 1780 in South Carolina

    Marriage 1 Cornealour Johnson b: 10 OCT 1807 in Edgefield District, South Carolina
    • Married: 15 JAN 1824 in Dallas County, Alabama 2
    • Note:
      Transcription of copy of marriage license of Enoch Spruill Sylvester PHELPS and Cornealour (Cornelia) JOHNSON by Carolyn Sue Owens, 18 April 1998:

      Given under my hand of office this 18th day of August 1821. D. Dalton Register. Executed by me Nicholas McIntire Minister of the Gospel Augt. 20th 1821. Recorded Augt. 17th 1821. James D. Couig cl to

      The State of Alabama Dallas County to any Judge of the State Justice of the Peace or legally authorized minister of the gospel

      Greetings You are hereby authorized to solemnize the rite of matrimony between Enoch S. Phelps & Colneler Johnson and join them together as man & wife given under my hand this 13th day of Augt. 1821. William Boswell clk

      I hereby certify that I have solemnized the rites of matrimony between the within named couple. Jesse Roberts cl

      Recorded August 20th 1829 James D. Couig cl
    1. Has Children Bethsaida Lorren Phelps b: 03 FEB 1825 in Walkers Beat, Dallas County, Alabama
    2. Has Children Phereby Ann Huldah Phelps b: 23 NOV 1826 in Walkers Beat, Dallas County, Alabama
    3. Has Children Enoch Joseph Downing Phelps b: 12 DEC 1828 in Dallas County, Alabama
    4. Has No Children Harriet Ann Minerva Phelps b: 01 APR 1831 in Cahaba, Lowndes County, Alabama
    5. Has Children Jeremiah John Stewart Phelps b: 10 MAR 1834 in Lowndes County, Alabama
    6. Has Children Caroline Cornelia Comfort Phelps b: 09 MAY 1836 in Braggs, Lowndes County, Alabama
    7. Has No Children Daughter Phelps b: 03 FEB 1839 in Woodville, Newton County, Mississippi
    8. Has No Children Levi Spruill Price Phelps b: 23 DEC 1839 in Woodville, Newton County, Mississippi
    9. Has Children Lorenzo James (Jim) Austin Phelps b: 14 MAR 1842 in Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas
    10. Has Children Mary Elizabeth Betty Phelps b: 06 JAN 1845 in Toro, Sabine Parish, Louisiana
    11. Has Children Martha Ann Sarah Phelps b: 22 SEP 1847 in Toro, Sabine Parish, Louisiana
    12. Has Children Elza Vinan Marcus Phelps b: 15 DEC 1850 in near Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana
    13. Has Children Frances Emily Phelps b: 26 MAY 1854 in Stringtown, Newton County, Texas

    1. Footnote: Tombstone
    2. Title: Transcription of marriage license by Sue Owens
      Text: License granted 18 August 1821; solemnized 20 August 1821
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