History of Bureau County - Biographical Sketches 1885
ORRIS S. PHELPS, Princeton, was born May 3, 1817, in Middlebury, Vt. He is a son of Bernham (also spelled Burnham) Phelps. He was born in Norhtampton, Mass., and was a blacksmith by occupation; he came to Bureau County in the spring of 1839; he worked at his trade and farmed, and here died. His father, Nathaniel Phelps, was a native of Massachusetts, and also a blacksmith. The mother of our subject was Mary D. (Hooker) Phelps. He was born in Middleburg, Vt., and was the mother of the following children, viz.: Lobisa, Orris S., Lucy, Christopher C. and Americus V. (were twins), and Diantha Hope. Our subject was educated in Northampton, Mass. He came to Bureau County, Ill., in 1838, settling in Dover Township. At present owns 300 acres of land, and has always been a successful farmer. In November, 1872, Mr. Phelps moved to Princeton. He was married, January 31, 1850, to Miss Mary A. Hills, born November 15, 1820, in New Hampshire. She is a daughter of Josiah and Mary G. (Dow) Hills. Mr. and Mrs. Phelps are members of the Baptist Church. They have an adopted daughter - Sarah L. Phelps - who is the wife of Frederick Rhode, an attorney in Burlington, Iowa. A more complete genealogy of the Phelps family appears in the preceding biography.