Phelps, James of Caswell Co Research Site

James Phelps (c1730-1786) of Caswell Co, NC Research Site

Revised 5/2012 (links repaired)

- Including Research Material for Phelps in the Southeastern U.S.

Copying of original researched material for public display by request only.
By Douglas Phelps, descendant of James Phelps, Caswell Co, NC

Also visit     Southern Phelps of the 17th and 18th Centuries  and  The Phelps DNA Project

The intent of this web site has expanded to include of information about early Phelps in Maryland,Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Much of that information is found in item two below.

DNA tests of  descendants of Thomas of Albemarle, VA d 1751 and Thomas Felps d 1759 of Baltimore Co, Md., matches the Y-DNA of the James Phelps, Caswell, NC line. It is now clear that these lines had a common ancestor,  in the late 1600s or earlier.

This web site is dedicated to finding the paternal ancestors of James Phelps of Caswell Co, NC.  While a number of  Phelps have been suggested as his parents, it appears  now that there is reason to believe he moved from Anne Arundel, Md.    I will present all conceivable "candidates" and include all the evidence to support or deny the ancestry.  I welcome your suggestions, denials, comments - even arguments.

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NOTE: Footnotes are viewable by clicking on the number within the text.

  1. The Y-DNA genealogy evidence: It is now clear that this line and that of Thomas Phelps d 1751 Albemarle Co, VA had a common ancestor and are definitly related.  Recent DNA now shows a common ancestor of a Felps in early Baltimore Co, Md.   Any male descendant of the early Phelps lines in VA can be tested to prove the relationships - at reasonable cost.

  2. The Candidates for the Father of James Phelps of Caswell Co. Revisions are continuous. New evidence which points to Anne Arundel Co. MD  Revised 3/2010

  3. What we know about James of Caswell. -  with info on James' property location

  4. A 1899 letter says that Thomas Phelps (the elder, not James' son but possibly related to James), was from Wales! (Improved with clarifications)

  5. James Phelps' Will  and Land Grant

  6. Why Pre-Revolutionary Records May be Lost Forever - New: a list of VA "burn" counties

  7. Virginia parish records that I have researched (See 9/2004 correction on Buckingham Co.)

  8. A map locating the three John Phelps lines of Virginia

  9. The land grants of James Phelps of Caswell Co, NC including images of the original documents.   

  10. Ancestors and Descendants of Ambrose Phelps (1805-1850), Grandson of James Phelps, Caswell Co.  New 1/2008 - a 4MB PDF file  

                 It includes related maps, photos, and primary documentation.


Links to other Key Phelps web sites