Henry  C.  Phelps

          Henry C. Phelps, born in Randolph County, North Carolina. His parents,  Mark Phelps and  Sarah (Lewis) Phelps, were both natives of North Carolina.  Henry came with the tide of emigration to Indiana with his parents in 1830, settled on a farm the father purchased from  Aaron Beck, now belonging to the heirs of  Daniel Clark.  The father died in 1832.  Henry was the only child and spent his early life on a farm.  In 1845, at the age of sixteen, he began to make trips to Cincinnati for the Carthage merchants.  He made eighteen trips to Cincinnati on foot driving hogs to market.  In 1834 Mrs. Phelps married  Samuel Noe, who died after one year.  In 1837 she married  Elisha Prevo.  She kept the Prevo house in Carthage for many years and died in 1874, November 10.  Henry did a great deal of teaming for the railroad and Carthage mills.  In July 1861 he enlisted in the service of his country in the Nineteenth Indiana under Colonel, afterward Gen. Sol. Meredith.  He married  Susannah Hill, daughter of  Thomas and Tamar (Clark) Hill in May 1849. The result of this marriage is one son, Elisha, now passenger conductor on the Evansville & Henderson Railroad.  His wife, Susannah, died in the spring of 1852. He served three years as a private soldier in the Iron Brigade, first Army Corps, and participated in the battles of Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Wilderness, Petersburg, Five Forks and Appomattox.  In December 9, 1875, Henry married Mrs. Eunice S. Cox, daughter of Henry and Ruth (Morrow) Henley.  For several years the subject of this sketch has been the genial landlord of the Phelps House in Carthage, near the site of the old Prevo House, where his mother for so many years kept hotel. In politics, Mr. Phelps is a radical Republican.
History of Rush County, Indiana, Chicago:  Brant & Fuller, 1888.

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