From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 531-532, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Charles H. Phelps was born in Dutchess county, New York, January
25, 1836. He is the son of E. B. and Jane (Wright) Phelps, the former
born in New Medford, Connecticut, taught school for twenty-six years,
and also ran a tile factory, working at different trades. He died at
the age of fifty-five, in Dutchess county, New York. His wife was born
in Fishkill, New York, and died in Hancock county, aged fifty-five
years. Her family were from the New England states, where they followed
the occupation of farmers.
Charles remained at home until he was twenty-three years of age,
when he came to Illinois in 1857 and settled near Huntsville on a
rented farm. He then rented in Birmingham township for five years, and
two years in Hancock county. He then bought a farm in Hancock county
and lived there for ten years, then sold and bought in this county, in
Huntsville, 240 acres of improved land, where he lived four years, and
then sold and rented a farm in Adams county, and in 1887 bought his
present farm of 200 acres, partly improved, near the geographical
center of the township. He has also been engaged in threshing.
Until Lincoln's second term he was a Democrat, but since that
has been a stanch Republican. He has been Supervisor for four years,
being first elected in 1888. He succeeded Marcus Helston.
He was married February 3, 1859, to Nancy Scott, of Carroll
county, Ohio, who came here with her parents when two years old. She
was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hunter) Scott, the former a
son of John Scott, of Ireland, who came with his wife and son to the
United States when William was only eight years old. He rented in
Carroll county, Ohio, in 1817, and came from there to Illinois in 1842,
settling in Huntsville, Schuyler county. John Scott was seventy years
old at his death, and his wife, Isabel, died on the old farm. Elizabeth
Hunter was born in Maryland, but her father was a native of Ireland.
She died on the old farm, aged sixty-five years. She and her husband
had five children, four yet living.
Mr. Phelps was one of fourteen children, but he himself has only
nine, as follows: Sarah Alice, wife of B. Craft, and they have three
children; William E., married to Nana Tyree, four children; Charles F.,
married to Josephine Farewell, two children; Eliza May, married to
George Burnett, one child; Ervin is at home, as are also George B.,
John R., Bert R., and Clara Belle.
Mr. and Mrs. Phelps are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. Mr. Phelps has been the Master of the Masonic lodge No. 465, of
Huntsville, for eighteen years. He was once a member of the I.O.O.F. He
is a Granger, and was Master and State Deputy in same, and no one has
been more popular, both in the offices he has held and in the various
business dealings he has had with his fellow men. He was one of the men
who put John A. Logan in the United States Senate. He worked for him
personally, and as long as the history of the Thirty-fourth Illinois
Congressional District contest, which put J. A. Logan in the Senate, is
preserved, just so long will the biography of Charles H. Phelps be on
record as one of the workers, if not the hardest worker, in that cause.
He knew no such word as fail, and much of the enthusiasm of that time
was due to his efforts. He is a man of honor and uprightness, and is
loved by everyone, regardless of party affiliations.