Eunice Wilder and Abel Phelps married June 1, 1797
Abel Phelps son of Edward Phelps and Martha Farnsworth
Birth July 29 1771
Death April 30, 1825 Leominster, Massachusetts
Eunice Wilder daughter of David Wilder and Lucy Joslin
Birth November 22, 1771
Children of Abel and Eunice
Sumner Phelps Born September 8 1797
Abel Phelps Born February 22, 1801
David Wilder Phelps Born March 29, 1779
Abel attended Lawrence Academy in Groton MA graduated 1820 from "Catalogue of the officers and students of Lawrence academy: from the time of its incorporation."
Date: May 29, 1845
Paper: New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, NH)
David Wilder book: "The History of Leominster, Or the Northern Half of the Lancaster New Or Additional Grant: From June 26, 1701, the Date of the Deed from George Tahanto, Indian Sagamore, to July 4, 1852"
On the 3d of March, 1842, a charter was granted by the General Court, whereby N. F. Cunningham, a native of the adjoining town of Lunenburg, Abel Phelps and Alvah Crocker, two native sons of this town, but residing, the one in Boston and the other in Fitchburg, together with other business and persevering men, were authorized to construct a rail road from Charlestown through the Northeasterly part of this town to Fitchburg. The capital stock (not to exceed $1,500,000) was taken up, and generally by those who were able to pay, the road was judiciously located and thoroughly made, the land damages were seasonably and honorably adjusted, and in little less than three years, viz: in the forenoon of Feb. 10, 1845, the road was opened, the " iron steed" came puffing, snorting and smoking along, and the joyful sound of the whistle was heard for the first time at the depot in the North Village, by the multitude there assembled as witnesses.
At that moment an important change took place in relation to the temporal affairs of the inhabitants of this town. From that moment we were placed within two hour's ride of the city of Boston. Since then men and their families may breakfast at home, go to the city and transact business, or dine with and visit their friends, and be home to tea. Truly, as was written by another on a very different subject " Old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new."
Date: January 28, 1846
Paper: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH)
Also see book "Boston & Maine Railroad System: Statutes of Massachusetts relating to Boston & Maine railroad and leased lines"