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Phelps Family Roots in North Carolina

Updated May 28, 2006

Wilford Latham Phelps

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Welcome to the Phelps Family Web Page. In March 2001, my son, Latham Mark Phelps, asked me to join him in his research. At that time, he had been doing family research for 21 years. I said yes.

Many people have guided me through the steps necessary to find and record raw data. The best was to gather all linked and possible links when collecting data and document source of such data. This prevents having to go back later to that source. First, a special thanks to Mark who is guiding me through the actions required to develop this web-site and his past help in solving problems. Bea Burton Hornaday, Burlington , N C: My first cousin , the late Rachel Phelps Wade, told me that the late Margaret Burton Woods had done our Phelps Family genealogy. And this is how I found Bea. I copied at my home, during Bea’s visit on March 23, 2001, Margaret’s large file. W. Ernest Blalock of Prospect Hill, N C opened his large archive of family histories for my review and allowed me to copy at his home very large numbers of documents. Finally, and after many months of calling and visits, I was able to locate the living descendants of my grandfather, Wyatt Edward Phelps. Through these contacts, I gathered oral history, which helped fill in many blanks. For example, my Great-grandfather’s 2nd wife was Mollie Fitzgerald from Thomasville, N C. He being a resident of Person County. I had often wondered how they met. Oral history said that Mollie spent time, down the road from the Phelps home-place, caring for a relative.

The next Phelps Family Reunion wil be on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Gordon and Mae's home. The first reunion at their home was in August 1995 and through August 2000. Latham and Brenda are already working on the 2007 event.

My Phelps Genealogy starts with James Phelps and covers all known descendants, my mother’s family, Catherine James Walker, my grandmother’s family, Mollie Fitzgerald Phelps, and extended family links covering Long families, associated Walker families, probable, and families of my current wife, Sharon McBride Phelps: McBride, Gardner, Haithcox and Morton.

My Family History


Family Photos

  • Catherine Walker Phelps--School Days (158 KB)
    My Mother while attending school in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Picture of Wilford Latham Phelps (68 KB)
    Picture of me at work in the 90"s at AT&T
  • Kathleen Phelps Parker Family (148 KB)
    Descendants of Kathleen Mavourneen Phelps and Maynard Haywood Parker: Kathleen (Kathy) Susan Parker Oakley w/ c Mark Leon with wife Kim w/c Kayla.
  • My Phelps Family (64 KB)
    A picture of my Phelps Family-My five children and my wife. L to R : Gary, Renee, Chris, my wife Sharon, Latham (Me), Susan, Mark.
  • My Parents 1924 Wedding Invitation (56 KB)
    Lewis Elmo Phelps and Catherine James Walker's Wedding Invitation from Catherine's Parents,Mr.& Mrs C.Y. Walker
  • Mike & Dot Phelps (235 KB)
    Son and Wife of Billy Phelps-Son of Emerson and Rae Phelps
  • My Wife and Daughter-in-Law (148 KB)
    L to R: Amber Phelps and my wife, Sharon Phelps
  • Phelps & Walkers at Phelps Reunion (111 KB)
    L to R: Louvinia Walker, Phyllis Monk Watson, Mildred Walker, Warren Walker, and Sharon Phelps Butler
  • My Father--Lewis Elmo Phelps (86 KB)
    My father as a young man with a bowtie and fancy shirt
  • My Son, Daughter-in-Law, and my Niece (118 KB)
    L to R: Linda, wife of Ernie Phelps, Amber, wife of Chris Phelps and Christopher Latham Phelps
  • My Brother and 1st Cousin at Phelps Reunion (96 KB)
    My 1st cousin Sue Phelps Clubb and my brother Gordon Elmo Phelps. Sue Phelps Clubb is the Daughter of Ellis Edward Phelps and Minnie Wrenn.
  • My Father in his farming years (239 KB)
    My Father Elmo Phelps during his tobacco farming years holding a nice stick of tobacco produced on his farm in the Corbett Ridge community of Caswell County, North Carolina.
  • Cleaning up after the Reunion (158 KB)
    Betty Phelps, wife of Latham Mark Phelps, me, Mae Phelps, wife of Gordon Phelps and Sharon Phelps Butler, daughther of Gordon and Mae Phelps
  • Lance Phelps Family at Phelps Reunion (209 KB)
    Descendants of Haywood Lancelot (Lance) Phelps and Lizzie M. Ward: Barbara Wells Wilson, d/of Beanie Phelps and Lewis Elijah Wells; Salome (Toni) Phelps Rochelle w/ son Thomas Phelps Rochelle and daughter Ann Rochelle Cole with husband, William (Burt) Cole w/c Wilhelmina & Christopher; Doris Phelps Swaysland & husband Jack / Don and Wendy Swaysland & Marybeth Behringer; Ruby Phelps w/of Lea Robinson (Bill) Phelps, Sr. who was absent due to illness; Brenda Phelps and husband Ron Jones; Lea Roberson Phelps, Jr. (Bob) with wife Pat and sons Lee and Matthew (son Brian and fiancé Kaitlin showed up later); Sarah Frazier Phelps w/of late Victor Phelps with son Mike Phelps.
  • Molly Fitzgerald Phelps (57 KB)
    My Grandmother Molly Fitzgerald Phelps standing beside the old homeplace in Person County, North Carolina
  • My brother and Lowell Blackwell (105 KB)
    Gordon Phelps and special quest, Robert (Bob) Lowell Blackwell
  • Garland Phelps Family (144 KB)
    Descendants of Thomas Garland Phelps and Bessie (Sally) Elizabeth Allen: Carol Pittard Siller and husband, Wally and Amy Nicole Phelps Porter, daughter of Tony Phelps Pittard, w/h Anthony (Toney) Scott Porter &/c Eva Nicole and Cooper Scott.
  • Warren Walker-My Uncle as a young boy (177 KB)
    Warren Walker as ayoung boy with a "bowl" haircut and lacy collar shirt. Warren was my mother's brother and the youngest child of the family of ten.
  • Me and my two Brothers (127 KB)
    L to R: Milton, Gordon, and Latham Phelps
  • Johnny Phelps Family (164 KB)
    Descendants of John (Johnny) Lockhart Phelps and Mattie Mae Pope: R to L-- James Albert Wade, husband of the late Rachel Phelps and daughter Cynthia Wade Shambley. Lou Ann Phelps, d/o Henry Wyatt Phelps and Ruth Ellen Browning.
  • Guy and Phronia Phelps (97 KB)
    Guy and Phronia Walker Phelps---My Father's Brother and My Mother's Sister married one another, making me "Double 1st Cousins" with their children.
  • Ollie Roberts-Mark Phelps Mother-in-law (131 KB)
    Ollie Roberts, Mother of Mark's wife Betty Roberts Phelps
  • Elmo Phelps Family (175 KB)
    Descendants of Lewis Elmo Phelps and Catherine James Walker: Gordon and Mae Phelps w/c Sharon Phelps Butler and husband Cecil with daughters Angie Richmond ( w/c John, Cameron & Catherine; Dwight Phelps and wife Jannette and stepdaughter Malory Kilgore. Anthoney (Tony) Phelps and wife Sandra w/c Misty & friend, Lewis and Jacob. Wilford Latham Phelps and wife Sharon w/c Mark and Betty Phelps w/Betty’s mother Ollie Roberts and Chris and Amber Phelps. Milton Walker Phelps and wife Pat w/c Ernie and Linda Phelps; Donna and Donna Phelps and Greg Phelps w/c Jessica and Gregory.
  • Five Phelps on a Couch (196 KB)
    Five of the Phelps Family on a Couch in the early 50's L to R: Milton, Sharon, Catherine, Dwight, and Mark. Milton is my Brother, Catherine my Mother, Sharon and Dwight are my Brother Gordon's children, and Mark belongs to me.
  • Putting the Food Out at the Reunion (121 KB)
    Putting the food out for the hungry masses L to R: Betty Phelps, Mae Phelps, and Sharon Phelps
  • Richard Phelps Family (132 KB)
    Descendants of Richard A. Phelps and Rebecca (Becky) Bradsher:L to R: Claude Phelps and daughter, Ellen Phelps Lilyquist , Margaret Walker Phelps and Rachel Phelps Hawkings.
  • My First Three Children (135 KB)
    My first three children in the 60's while living in New Jersey. L to R: Mark, Gary and Susan
  • Registering Family Members at the Reunion (146 KB)
    Getting family members to update their family information. L to R: Latham Phelps, Tony and Sandra Phelps
  • Ruth Phelps Monk Family (169 KB)
    Descendants of Ruth Elizabeth Phelps Monk and Andrew Jackson Monk: Phyliss Monk Watson w/c Jane Wilkerson w/c Jessica Wilkerson w/c Skylar Wilkerson.
  • Mark and Betty Phelps Entertaining at the Reunion (125 KB)
    Mark and Betty Phelps sing to the crowd at the Phelps Reunion

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