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Headstones of Morris' parents Spencer & Mary Phelps
in the Mentor, OH Cemetery.  For a Google Earth view
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Morris Phelps: His Diary
From the book "Hyrum Smith Phelps Families" 1995 edition

Morris Phelps, son of Spencer Phelps and Mary Keneippe, was born December 20, 1805, in Northampton, Hampshire county, Massachusetts.  Married Laura Clark, March 28, 1826.  Had five children whose names were Pauline Eliza, Mary Ann, Harriett Wright, Joseph Morris, and Jacob Spencer.  Jacob Spencer died (read more)

                    Morris to Adam: A Genealogy


by Morris Calvin Phelps

Biography of Laura Clark, typescript, LDS Archives
Source: Biography of Laura Clark, typescript, LDS Church Archives. Grammar has been standardized.

Biography of Laura Clark, typescript, LDS Archives, Pg. 1
[page 1] Life history of Laura Clark, daughter of Timothy Baldwin Clark and Polly Keeler, was born in Northampton,  Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Married Morris Charles Phelps 12 April 1825 (some records and stories state 28 March 1828.) They had five children--Paulina Eliza, Mary Ann, Harriet Wight, Joseph Morris, and Jacob Spencer, who died March 13, 1843, when still a baby.

She, in connection, with her husband, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in August 1831, and was baptized in the Dupage River, Cook County, Illinois.

Morris met Laura when he traveled to visit his Keneipp relatives. In 1871 Morris said, “There never was a woman on earth that I thought more of, and that affection was never diminished.” (read more)


Andrew Jenson Biographical Encyclopedia
PHELPS, Morris, a Patriarch in the Church, was a son of Spencer Phelps and Mary Miller, and was born Dec. 20, 1805 in Northampton, Hampshire county, Mass.  His father removed to Geauga (now Lake) county, Ohio, in the early days of its settlement.  When about nineteen yeas of age, with the consent of his parents, (read more)

          Morris Phelps, a witness, produced, sworn, and examined for the State, deposeth and saith: That Parley P. Pratt was in the battle with Bogart. Darwin Chase was one of the expedition, but not in the battle. Lyman Gibbs was in the battle; (read more)
History by Rose Openshaw
Issuing from the lips of a tall, slender, light complexioned man in his attractive home in Montpelier, Idaho, were blessing for the comfort, joy and satisfaction of myriad of the Saints of God in that section.
The rugged individual, despite the terrible hardships, persecutions and heartrending suffering through which he had been called upon to pass, was Morris Phelps.  He was one of the stalwarts of the early-day Utah pioneers. (read more)

<Document 1 p.1>MORRIS PHELPS

To save expense and keep down excitement, it was thought best and proper to send committees of three from every branch of the Church to view this new territory, and take out good and convenient locations for the same, and to purchase the land of those living in this territory, as it was their wish to sell.  (read more)


A day book kept by Morris Phelps for himself, commenced the first day of January, 1856.

Jan 1, 1856. Worked in the shop a little. Went to a party in the evening at the school house in Alpine City. Had a good party.

Wednesday, Jan 2. Worked in the shop a little. Not very well.

Thursday, Jan. 3. Worked in the shop. Finished a bedstead for Joseph M., my son.

Friday, Jan. 4. Was sick and visited the bishop and the school.

Saturday, Jan. 5. Worked in the shop. Made a bedstead. (read more)

Morris Phelps Emigrating Company, Journal entries [1851] Aug.

Full Text:

Tuesday Aug 5

. . .for fuel[.] We travelled [traveled] 13 Miles this day. Bro. [Morris] Phelps called a Meetting [meeting] of the brethren this evening And gave them Some little instruction[.] (read more)

Pioneer Pathways Vol.1 p. 376
Morris said the missionaries had been preaching in the vicinity and that ministers from all the area churches were in an uproar over their message. He wanted Sanford, because he knew the Bible. . (read more)
I Morris Phelps am a son of
Spencer, who was the son of Spencer,
and a citizen of the Town of Chesterfield
(read more)
Times and Seasons, Vol.1, p.164-165

The court at last closed, on the 29th of November, after a session of two weeks, and three days, and during most of the time we were closely confined in chains. At the close of the court, and some few days before it closed, there were a considerable number of those who had been arrested by Gen. Clark released. Out of that number was Amasa Lyman, Esq. who was one of the seven, who had been carried to Jackson county, and from thence to Ray. They were either all released, or admitted to bail, except Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, Hyrum Smith, Alexander McRay, Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon; who were sent to Liberty, Clay co. to jail, to stand their trial for treason and murder. The treason, for having whipped the mob out of Daviess co. and taking their cannon from them; and the murder, for the man killed in the Bogart battle. Also Parley P Pratt, Morris Phelps, Luman Gibbs, Darwin Chase, and Norman Shearer; who were put into Richmond jail, to stand their trial, for the same crimes. At this time the Legislature had (read more)
Patriarchal Blessing of Morris Phelps

Morris Phelps was born in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, December 20, 1805.

Brother Phelps, I lay my hands upon thy head (read more)
MORRIS PHELPS by Irene Budge and Beatrice H. Burgoyne

Morris Phelps was born in Northhampton, Massachusetts on December 20, 1805. He was the son of Spencer and Mary Kenneippe Phelps. Morris' line goes back to William Phelps who immigrated to America in 1630. Morris' mother was the descendant of a Hessian soldier . . .(more)


See also:  Mary Ann Phelps Rich Autobiography

Marriage License for Morris & Laura