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Phelps, Riley H., was born in the town of Hounsfield, March 17, 1849. He was educated in the public schools and Adams Collegiate Institute. Nineteen years of his life were spent in mercantile business and he is now one of the town's thorough farmers. August 7, 1877, he married R. Dell Brown of Great Bend, and they have ten children: R. Monroe, Howard B., Grace D., Lulu S., I. Amelia, Melinda S., Ethel H., George C., Victor J. and Lottie L. Mr. Phelps in his political choice is a thorough Republican and a good worker in the cause. He is a member of Rising Sun Lodge at Adams, No. 234, F. and A. M., and of Painsville (Ohio) Chapter, R. A. M. His father, Riley Phelps, was born in Herkimer county, January 5, 1807, and came to this county when a boy. He was bound out and became a very successful farmer. He married Sabra Hunt of the town of Adams, and they had four children: Lucy A., Amelia A., George R. and Riley H. Lucy A. and George died young. Mr. Phelps died August 14, 1876, and his widow April 15, 1882. Mrs. Riley H. Phelps's father, Joseph Brown, was born in England in 1823, and came to the United States at the age of twelve years. He was a blacksmith by trade; he married Harriet Borden, and they had six children: Mary, Emma, R. Dell, Hattie, William and J. Fred. Mr. Brown died in October, 1889, and Mrs. Brown in 1873.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898