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Phelps

The Phelps family are recorded as living in Emborough in 1477 but first appear in the Chewton Mendip records 1670 when Richard Phelps was in receipt of poor relief.
A Widow Phelps was responsible for a holding in East End from c 1700 to c1725 whilst members of the Jones family were paying for land called ‘Phelps’ in the Town tithing from 1701 at least up to the 1740s. The farm house  was probably what is now known as Waldegrave House and included Phelps Parks. A Thomas Phelps was a churchwarden in Chewton Mendip in 1731 so he would still have been a reasonably wealthy man. He may have been the son of the Widow helps who had been paying rates in East End earlier.
Robert Phelps caught smallpox and died in 1734 and it was probably his widow who received poor relief after that date.
The Yorkes were responsible for some of the Phelps estate throughout the early part of the 18th century which suggests that it had already been split up. A Dorothy York, Widow,  was listed in a legal agreement for Phelps Parks dated 1766.
Ann Clarke married John Phelps in 1742 but no further records for this family have been found so far.
John Plaister IV of Wrington was paying poor rates in 1759. He died in a year later in 1760. His widow Mary Lukins was granted a letter of administration. She secondly married to Reverend Thomas Phelps in 1768, but she died two years later in 1770.
This Thomas Phelps may have been the rector or vicar of  Wrington. He may have been related to the Thomas Phelps who was a churchwarden but he is unlikely to have been the source of the name of he estate which was identified as early as 1701. It is possible that he was responsible for the Plaister land in Chewton Mendip afer 1768 but the records held of rate payers do not stretch that far.
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