Aragorn Storm Miller

PHELPS, TRUMAN (1806–1892). Truman Phelps, lawyer, county official, and state representative, was born near Uniontown, Mississippi, on August 7, 1806, the son of David and Sarah Elizabeth (Rogers) Phelps. In 1812 Phelps relocated with his family to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, where he grew to maturity. As an adult, Phelps was active in the public affairs of his community and served Catahoula Parish several times as a representative, from 1837 through 1840, and again in 1844, to the Louisiana legislature. During this time he was a resident of New Orleans where, in 1838, he gained admission to the bar and married Cornelia McNamee. This couple had several children, including at least four sons and two daughters.

 In 1852 Phelps immigrated to Texas and stayed briefly in Green Lake, Calhoun County, and Goliad, Goliad County. In 1857 he settled on a homestead on the San Antonio River in Anaqua, Texas, approximately twenty miles south of Victoria. Here he established himself as a lawyer. He also served for a time as county judge and, from 1865 through 1866, as county commissioner. In 1866 Phelps won election as House representative for Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, and Jackson counties to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. He served until February 7, 1870, and was on the Internal Improvement Committee. Afterwards he returned to his practice in Anaqua. His wife died in 1879, and in 1881 Phelps established residence with a daughter (Mrs. R. S. Carothers) in Tilden in McMullen County. Phelps was an active Christian and member of the Masons. After his son-in-law, R. S. Carothers, purchased the Jackson Hotel in Beeville in Bee County in the spring of 1892, Phelps moved with the family to Beeville, where he died on July 10, 1892.


Frances T. Ingmire, Victoria County, Texas, Marriage Records, 1838–1890 (St. Louis: Ingmire, 1981). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Truman Phelps (, accessed April 22, 2014. “Newspaper Abstract: Beeville Bee, Beeville, Texas, July 22, 1892, Biographical Sketch of Judge Truman Phelps of Victoria and McMullen Counties” (, accessed April 22, 2014. Victoria County Genealogical Society, The History and Heritage of Victoria County, Vol. 3 (Austin: Nortex Press, 2003).

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