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.
9, 1875, Henry married Mrs. Eunice S. Cox, daughter of Henry and Ruth (Morrow) Henley.
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.