Wilson B. Coats, Elbert Wilson Coats and Grace (Castleberry) Coats, Absalom and Mary Jane (Coats) Phelps

 John Coats, born June 15, 1817 in Tennessee; died March 15, 1865 in Tennessee. He married Mary Womack Abt. 1841 in Bedford Co., Tn. Mary Womack, born Abt. 1829 in Tennessee; died 1853 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of  John Hawkins Womack and Jane Cooper.

Notes for John Coats: distinctive white streak in hair

Per Sanford Etheridge:
 It is true that Mary was "disowned" by her father Hawkins Womack for marrying this "lowly" overseer John Coats (whether overseer for Hawkins  Womack or for somebody else is not known). Mary (Womack) Coats died at or soon after the birth of her child Nancy Charlotte Coats (b. 5 Apr 1853), and  John Coats raised the baby by himself, keeping the bottle warm in his bosom at night.
 Marriage: Abt. 1841, Bedford Co., Tn.
Children of John Coats and Mary Womack are:
   i.   Talitha Coats, born May 22, 1842 in Bedford Co., TN; died March 18, 1922 in Winchester, Franklin Co., TN; married William Edens November 1864 in County Line, Moore, Co., TN.  Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications : Soldiers And Widows (Pt. 14)
 Per Sanford Etheridge:  Talitha moved back to TN, and she married well (William Edens), and lived in a big brick house which was later the home of Gov. Turney of TN, so from that you can see it was kind of a mansion. 
 ii.   Mary Jane Coats, born July 14, 1844 in Beulah, Bedford Co., TN; died December 23, 1932 in Wheatland, Platte Co., WY; married Absalom Phelps May 27, 1862 in Hopkins Co. Kentucky.
 iii.   Wilson Broadway Coats, born January 01, 1845 in a log cabin near Shelbyville, Bedford Co., TN; died August 18, 1918 near Sterling, CO; married Matilda J. Howton December 24, 1865 in Hopkins Co. Kentucky; born February 15, 1852; died 1895.
   iv.   John Hawkins Coats, born September 05, 1847
   v.   Sarah Elizabeth Coats, born May 15, 1851 in TN; died January 10, 1895 in Eaton, Weld Co., CO; married John Richard Davis November 03, 1879 in Hopkins Co. Kentucky; born 1855; died 1946 in CO.
  More About Sarah Elizabeth Coats: Cause of Death: TB
  vi.   Nancy Charlotte Coats, born April 05, 1853 in TN; died February 05, 1879 in Lafayette Cem., KY; married John Richard Davis September 16, 1874 in Hopkins Co. Kentucky


Wilson B. Coates married Matilda J. Howton December 23, 1865 in Hopkins County, Kentucky.  She was born February 15, 1852 to Henry Howton and Mary H. (Polly Ann) Smith.  (Henry Howton -June 11, 1820-Nov 11, 1904 and Polly A. Howton 1824-1898 are buried in Dawson Springs, Hopkins County.

Mary Jane Coates married Absalom Phelps May 27, 1862 in Hopkins County.

Absalom and Mary Jane -

Thanks to Trudy Finn

  Mary Jane as a younger woman - Thanks to Trudy Finn

In 1870 Hopkins County Wilson and Matilda, with Eli, 2 and Nancy 17 and George 5 Coats - both born in Tennessee (maybe siblings) are on the same page as "Absalum" Phelps, and Mary, both 24, with Rebecca 5 and Henry 1.

Hannah Grace Castleberry was born Dec 2, 1878 in Hopkins County Kentucky to John Casteberry and Martha Clark.

In 1880 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Wilson B. Coats is 34, Matilda 28, Eli 11, Hyram 8, Ann Mary 6, Elbert 4, and William A. 1.

Trudy Finn, grand-daughter of Absalom and Mary Jane, provided this account of the trip from Kentucky to Colorado:

The Migration, Dawson Springs, Kentucky to Bryant, Colorado

Wilson B. Coats, wife Matilda, and seven children; Absolem Phelps, wife (Mary) Jane, and six children; Whit Etheridge, wife Rebecca, and one child; Eli Coats, wife Laura, and one child. Mr. Davis for some reason decided at the last moment to make trip by immigrant car instead of covered wagon. So 23 was the number of souls that composed the caravan. How many head of livestock or the number of vehicles that composed the caravan I an not positive, but I think there were four covered wagons and a light spring wagon which might have been covered to provide more sleeping quarters.

It was late in the summer of the year, (according to William Phelps, son of Absolem, the starting date was July 4, 1887), that this small group of kinfolks bid a tearful good-by to their sorrowing friends and relatives and departed from their old homeland in the rolling hill country in Hopkins County, Kentucky, and headed for that wondrous land of the far west, soon to become rich farmers. But sadly enough, they soon learned the truth of that old proverb: "all that glitters is not gold".

On their 1,000 mile long trip trip they suffered many hardships, getting stuck in muddy trails, bouts of disease (typhoid fever), poor food availability. Not only was the trip hard, but after arrival in Colorado they had to prepare shelter for the winter. That first winter was a hard one for the new settlers, with its blinding blizzards and intense cold, scanty fuel supplies and inadequate housing. Real tragedy visited them only once, that of the death of Uncle Tap (Absolem Phelps). It was a terrible shock to Aunt Jane and she was ill prepared for such a loss. (From Wilson B. Phelps Story.)

Jane P. Freytag prepared this estimate of the essential items to be included for the journey from Dawson Springs, Kentucky to Bryant, Colorado.

After several years working on our genealogy I became intrigued with the trip in the covered wagon. Having been a camper for long time and knowing something about the country they traveled I thought about what one would want to take on a journey such as this. I started doing research on the Internet and found some books I could order about such a journey and decided to make a list of the things they could or would like to include while trying to remember about what was available and realizing that there wasn't much cargo space. The floor was limited to the size of the wagon usually about 10ft or 12ft by 6ft or rarely, up to 8ft. The side board was about 2 1/2 ft. tall. They alloted about 50 lbs of “stuff” per person and there were usually 5 or more people per wagon. Many times they would take 2 wagons. We are going to assume that our family only took one wagon.

The storage was under the benches along the side and pockets were put in the canvas covering for handy storage etc., kitchen tools, towels and wash cloths, handkerchiefs, etc.

I started with the household items foods, linens and clothes.

Flour 200 lbs. Taking only this amount, maybe it can be used before weevils get in it and it is possible to buy some more.
Lard, sugar, corn meal, dried fruit, 50 lbs each
Molasses 1 barrel – approximately 30 gal.
Bacon or salt pork 1 barrel, approximately 30 gal.
Dry beans 25 lbs.
Salt 20 lbs.
Sour dough starter - at least a 1 gal. crock
Baking soda, baking powder, 2lbs. each
Home canned fruits and vegetables. The amount will depend how good the harvest has been. Usually stored in about 1 qt. glass jars.
Potatoes 200 lbs
Onions 100 lbs
Vinegar 1 gallon
Tea and/or coffee beans, 5 - 10 lbs. each
Rice 10 lbs.
The following kitchen items would be put in the grub box, so that they would be handy for every day use:

Dutch oven or spider, cast iron
Cast iron skillet
Coffee pot, 2 water pails
Butcher knife, small sharp knife
Rolling pin
Matches in waterproof container
Coffee grinder
8 metal cups, 8 metal plates, 8 sets of knives forks and spoons
Clothing items for each adult male:

2 ea of heavy duty overalls or pants
Long sleeved flannel shirts, long sleeved cotton shirts
6 pairs of socks, 12 handkerchiefs, rubber boots
1 pair each high top work shoes and low top shoes
Clothing items for each adult female:

3 dresses, 6 pantaloons, 3 chemises
12 handkerchiefs, 2 sunbonnets, 6 pair stockings
1 pair sturdy shoes, 1 pair light shoes
Clothing items for each boy:

4 overalls, 6 long sleeved shirts
6 pr. socks, 6 underwear
1 pr. sturdy high top shoes
Clothing items for each girl:

3 dresses with long sleeves
6 bloomers
6 pr. socks, 1 pr. sturdy shoes.

One tent, stakes, poles, rope and ground cover
3 feather ticks, 6 pillows, 6 sheets
12 pillow cases, three blankets
Items essential to survival:

Rifle, hatchet, axe, timber saw.
Gunpowder (black-powder) which must be packed and kept dry, bullet mold, powder horn, etc., unless they had one of those new fangled guns that used ready made ammunition. In any event about enough for 100 rounds of ammunition.
Flint and steel for starting fires in case of matches getting wet or lost, or used up.
Wash bowl, 3 kerosene lanterns plus at least a gal. of kerosene
Pins, buttons, needles, thread and scissors
Clean cloth to be used for making bandages or patches for the black powder rifle.
Seeds - corn, bean, peas. They did not eat tomatoes or peppers as they were considered poisonous. Tomatoes were called “love apples”.
Plants - rhubarb, horseradish, rose bushes (very essential??)
1 pail axle grease
1 plow
1 very clean keg for water storage, this will fastened to the out side of the wagon
Hoe, shovel, spade, auger, hammer, whetstone
Heavy Chain and rope
Crate of laying hens and 100 pound of chicken feed
Milk cow newly freshened
If I have forgotten anything they will just have to do without it.


In 1900 Absolom Coats, born April 1879 in Kentucky, is single, farming in Phillips County, Colorado.

1902 Yuma Pioneer

One post says " Absalom Phelps - Civil War, Union Army, 48 Kentucky Infantry, Company E

These families that left Hopkins Co., KY in 1887 and homesteaded in what is now Phillips Co. Colorado at a site called (Old) Bryant. Wilson B. Coats was my great grandfather, his brother-in-laws were Absalom Phelps and John R. Davis, Whitson Etheridge, son-in-law of Phelps, and Eli Coats, married and the oldest son of Wilson Coats all traveled to eastern Colorado in the late summer of 1887. Both Wilson B Coats and Absalom Phelps fought in the Civil War for the North.

Absalom and Mary Jane never made it to Wyoming. Absalom died in Bryant, Co. Henry and Louella came on to Wyoming with George and Rebecca. George and Rebecca settled in Guernsey,Wy and Henry and Louella settled in Wheatland, WY about 30 miles southwest of Guernsey."

Mary Jane with her two surviving daughters, at that time, Sarah Nora Phelps-West and Rebecca Jan Phelps-Etheridge.  These sisters were on the original wagon train from Dawson Springs to Colorado.  Becky Jane would have already been married to George Whitson Etheridge when they made the trip and my gr-grandmother Nora would have been only 10.  She was the last survivor from that trip and passed in 1962.

Mary Jane has a stone in Wheatland, Wyoming - 1844-1981.

The household before in the 1900 Phillips County census is widowed Wilson B. Coats, Jan 1846 Tennessee, with Clarence Dec 1881, Bryant Sep 1884, James R. May 1887  - these three Kentucky, Etta May 1891 and Charles L. Jan 1894, both Colorado.

In 1900 Elbert W., born April 1875 in Kentucky, is with brother Hiram and Nola Coats in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Grace Casleberry married Elbert Coats July 4, 1900 in Hopkins County.

1900 Yuma "Mr. Coats of Bryant took the train at Yuma Wednesday evening for a visit at his old home in Missouri."

February 1904 Yuma "Two of the Coats boys of near Bryant took the train here Monday for Kentucky."

In 1910 Elbert, 33, is in Logan County married to Grace 31, with Horace 5 Kentucky  and Elby 3, Kansas.

Elbert proved up a quarter in 27, 6N 48W in 1913

Elbert Wilson Coats, Jan 18, 1876 registered in Logan County with a Sterling address, farming by himself, married to Grace.

Elbert Coats - Jan 18, 1876 - May 9, 1930 is buried in Sterling Riverside cemetery.

In 1940 Grace is widowed, living in Sterling with daughter Myra, 27, a school teacher, and her niece Ethel Coats, 45, born in Kentucky.

Elbert W. Coats, Jr. Aug 22, 1907 - Jun 19, 1961 is in Riverside


In 1930 Ethel Coats is a lodger in Washington County, niece with Charles F. Jackson 64 and Anna Jackson 54 - Anna was born in Kentucky, so must be Elbert's sister.

Anna Mary (Coats) Jackson 1873-1968 is buried in Akron, FAG has her father Wilson B. Coats 1845-1918, also in Akron,  60933421 and her brother W.A. Coats 1879-1929.


In 1910 Abb Coats is in Magee precinct, Yuma County, with Lizzie 24, Una 4, Mary 2, and month-old Paul.

William Absolom Coats registered in Iliff, Logan County, born April 1, 1878, farming by himself, with Mary E. Coats of Iliff his nearest relative.

In 1920 Rock Creek, Washington County, William A. is 41, Mary E. 36, Neam L. 14, Mary M. 12, Paul F. 10 Lela M. and Liala F. 7, Reva R. 5, and William A. 1.

In 1930 Fort Lupton, Colorado Mary is farming and with her is Paul F,  20, Lela 17, both Colorado, Reba R. 15 Wyoming, and William 11, Colorado.


Clarence Etna Coats registered in Platte County, Wyoming, born Dec 2, 1881, farming by himself, nearest relative Myrtle Coats of Platte County.

In 1910 New Madrid County, Missouri, Myrtle Phipps is 22, Myrtle 3, and month-old Loyd.

In 1920 Sterling Clarence is a carpenter, with Myrtle 32, Kentucky, Myrtle E. 13 Missouri, and Lloyd E. 9, Missouri. - so they must have married after 1910.

In 1930 Clarence E. 48 and Mary M. 43 are back in Sterling, where he's a carpenter.



1904 "Mrs. Bryant Coats, of Akron, spent a day with Mrs. Harvey, at Burdett, last week."

Bryant Coats is in Creek County, Oklahoma in 1910, married to Flora, 21, with Raggie, 3, son born in Colorado.  He does odd jobs, an his brother-in-law James E. "Creekman", 19, divorced, lives with them.  (In 1900 Hopkins County, Kentucky, Flora "Cuckmin"  is 11, James 10, with many siblings with Nathan and Nancy "Creckmur".  Viola, born about 1884, is also in Creek County in 1910, married to Luther Fox.)

Bryant Coats (Flora) is in Wichita, Kansas in 1911, a clerk for L.R. Kilion.

Bryant Coats registered in Sterling, born Sept 13, 1884, an auto mechanic working for C.L. Coats in Sterling, nearest relative Florence.

They're back in Hopkins County in 1920.

Bryant died of appendicitis in Hopkins County, Kentucky in July 1922 - father Wilson B. Coats, mother Matilda Howton, informant Clarence Coates of Dawson Spring.   Flora is widowed in 1930 Florida.


In 1910 Laramie County, Wyoming, Clarence E. 28 and J. Russell, 22 are ranching.

James Russell Coats registered in Platte County Wyoming, born May 25, 1887 in Dawson Spring, Kentucky, farming, wife and two children.

James and Lucy (Brewer) Coats are buried in Sterling  57965902.


Eli Coats married Laura A. Jackson August 28 1884 in Caldwell County, Kentucky.

Lucy Tennie Coats, daughter of John Chambless and Nancy P. Rawls, was born Oct 20, 1870 in Tennessee, and died September 1948 - widow of Eli Coats.



Nancy -April 5, 1853 - Feb 5, 1879 is buried in Lafayette Cemetery, Dawson Springs.

Edward Davis - 1875-1890. Son of John Richard Davis and Nancy C. Coats. Homesteaded in Bryant, Colorado 1887. Shot while loading a muzzle loader rifle. Buried in Bryant Cemetery. Headstone moved by his brother, Maridan "Alvin" Davis to the Trenton, Nebraska Cemetery in the early 1970's. Family plans to restore the headstone in the Bryant Cemetery. 

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, March 14, 1946
Funeral services for J. R. Davis were held at the Colver Funeral home Friday afternoon March 8, conducted by Rev. P.H. Evans of the Baptist church. Music was furnished by Mrs. Kenneth Kissinger and Mrs. Fred C. Hagemann.
John Richard Davis was born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, January 11, 1854 and died at Holyoke, Colorado in the hospital, March 5, 1946, at the age of 92 years, one month and 23 days.
Mr. Davis was united in marriage in 1874 to Nancy Coats. To this union two children were born, Edward and Burwell. Edward passed away at the age of 15 years. Mrs. Davis preceded her husband in death in 1879.
He later married Sarah E. Coats and to this union six children were born, Mrs. Flora Glover, Holyoke, Colorado, Burwell Davis of St. Louis, Missouri; Volnia of St. Louis; Wilson of Chariton, Iowa; Alvin of Atwood, Kansas; Mrs. Bertha Etheridge of Sand Point, Idaho and Ezra Davis of Wheatland, Wyoming.
His second wife preceded her husband in death in 1895 at Eaton, Colorado.
Mr. Davis came west with his family in the year 1887, and homesteaded near Bryant, Colorado. In the past several years he made his home with his children, and was a kind and loving father. He leaves to mourn his departure seven children, 24 grand children, 39 great grand children and 15 great great grand children.
Those coming from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Davis, Atwood, Kansas; Mrs. Bertha Etheridge, Sand Point, Idaho; Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Davis of Wheatland, Wyoming; Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Thomas of Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Owens of Trenton, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Davis, Atwood, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Glover and R.F. Shaw, Champion, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Coats and Mrs. Grace Coats of Sterling, Colorado and John Fuller of Evans, Indiana.


June 1900 "O.C. Sheridan has bought 160 acres of land near Bryant of John R. Davis.  This quarter has running water on it and O.C. will use it for a cattle ranch.  The gentlemen were in town this morning closing the deal.  Guess Washington county must be getting crowded to cause friend Sheridan to buy additional land elsewhere."
(This land might be in Phillips County - where a John R. Davis got three quarters - one homestead, one cash, and one timber - but this land wasn't patented until 1901 or later.)  

1902 "Wilson Davis returned from Dawson Springs, Ky., last week.

May 1902 "C.B. Wilson of Rising, Neb., is visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant."

He met Mary Jane Coats daughter of John Coats from Tenn. because they were neighbors. The Phelps, Coats, and Etheridge families moved to Colorado in large part due to two things. #1 there were large land grants being offered at the time #2 Absalom's sargent in the Civil War ... Sargent James Bryant .... was very hot on the idea and convinced everyone to go.... "supposedly he told them the grass was as high as a pony's belly"... In addition it is also believed that Absalom and Mary Jane thought that the drier climate would help his lung condition.
In the Civil War he fought for the Union in Unit KY 48 Inf. Co. E, at one point Absalom was held at Bowling Green Kentucky Army prison. His "regiment was raised for especial service in Kentucky to serve as a mounted force to aid in preventing raids, and to clear the State of Guerilla" - Adjutant General's report.
Company "E." (In part)
SEARGENT - James Bryant. PRIVATES - Wilson B. Coats, Wm. J. Howton, Absalom Phelps, Neeley L. Etheridge
Civil War Pensions/ Pensions Applications shows: War Record of Absalom Phelps
 On August 25, 1881, Absalom Phelps filed a Declaration for Original Invalid Pension while a resident of Dalton, Hopkins County, Ky. He stated that he was disabled from pneumonia. A document from the Adjutant General's Office of the War Department dated June 20, 1883, states the following about Absalom Phelps regarding his application.
    "Absalom Phelps a Private in Company E, 48 Regiment Kentucky Volunteers was enrolled on the 23 day of August, 1863, at Princeton, Kentucky for one year and is reported: on roll from enrollment to October 31, 1863 present. Subsequent rolls to August 31, 1864 (last on file) report him present. Returns from September and November 1864, does not report him absent. Enlisted men of Co. E. by name, mustered out with the Company December 15, 1864" in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
    "No evidence of alleged disability. Books of Company and Regimental Hospital sources not on file."
    It is unknown whether the pension was granted before Absalom's death.
    Mary Jane Phelps, Absalom's widow, applied for a Widow's Pension in April 1888 (spouse Mary J., Application No. 371561. Pension No. 253705). Wilson B. Coats submitted an Officer's or Comrades Certificate of Disability as a witness to Absalom's general health and disability. He states that Absalom Phelps was in good health and of temperate and good habits when he entered the Union Army. He also states that on or about May or April, 1864 near Lebanon, Ky., Absalom Phelps was disabled in the line of duty by a spell of sickness called by the Physician in charge of the case, pneumonia. Absalom was confined to his bed some 2 or 3 weeks and unable for duty of 6 or 7 weeks. Wilson further states that "our Company was on forage duty "by detail" during the winter of '63 and '64 and was exposed to a great deal of very bad weather and was at one time carried from Russellville, Ky., to Bowling Green, Ky., on open flat cars with snow in the cars."
    Another document dated 1888 and signed by Absalom's neighbor U.J. Inglis, states that prior to Absalom's enlistment in the Army, his health was good and he performed manual labor well. That he saw him a few days after his discharge and return from the Army. His health was very bad; he had a very bad cough. He returned home December, 24, 1864, and was unable to perform any manual labor.
    A General Affidavit from Thas Barr, M.D. of Logan County, Colorado states that he attended the said Absalom Phelps in his last illness, that he suffered from pneumonia, from which he died, December 29, 1887.
    According to Ivan Ethridge's narrative " My Trip to Dawson Springs, KY from Colorado and Back to Wyoming" Absalom died in Colorado in Dec. 1887 soon after his arrival. He was working for the railroad in Sterling, got caught in a blizzard while walking 30 miles home to Bryant, caught pneumonia and died. His grave is a prominent one in the Bryant cemetery, now in the middle of a field.
    Mary Jane Phelps was last paid a Widow's Pension at the rate of $50 per month to December 3, 1932 and dropped from the roles owing to her death December 22, 1932.

Thanks to KalukiMart, who wrote "Mary Jane with her granddaughter Mabel Dell West, who was my grandmother.  This is probably about the time Mary Jane moved to Wyoming to live with Uncle Will."

    On January 30, 1933, an Application for Reimbursement was filed in Wheatland, Wyoming, by William Phelps. He was asking for reimbursement of doctor bills and funeral expenses incurred with the death of his mother, Mary Jane Phelps. It was stated in the Application that the decedent left no property and had not owned any in the past sixteen or seventeen years, and very little at any time before that. Mary Phelps died of pneumonia and for many years before her death was so feeble that she required daily attendance. Mrs. Ella M. Phelps nursed her during her last sickness. William Phelps asked to be reimbursed for the amount of $194 ($185 funeral and burial, and $9 for doctor bills).


Henry Absolum Phelps, born June 01, 1869 in Dawson Springs, Hopkins Co., Kentucky; died September 23, 1960 in Wheatland WY married  married Luella Udall Lane July 31, 1894 in Holyoke, Colorado; born November 24, 1866 in Agency City, Wapallo Co., Iowa died February 17, 1920 in Laramie.

November 1910 the Yuma Pioneer in its "Southwest of Yuma" section reported "H.A. Phelps is repairing buildings for D.E. Rising  Getting ready for winter...... D.W. Rising is erecting a new barn near his house it is 16x36x8 ft. posts.  H.A. Phelps is doing the work"

1909 "The Risings, south of town (Hyde) and H. Phelps visited the Hyde merchant Sunday."



Ivan Etheridge wrote "

In the year of 1895, in the month of October, Whit and Beckie Etheridge and children, Ivan, Obie, Stella, Ellis and Lottie, the baby, and Ma's brother Lee Phelps, a bachelor, left Berthoud, Colo. to go back to Ky., where we had come from, with the intentions of staying, where all of our folks were.
We were living on a farm in Colo. so Dad and Ma decided to go back where everything grew big with plenty of water. In Colo. that year it was dry. We were used to growing our garden and then storing it in a dry cellar where it would keep all winter.
We started out with two covered wagons, with a small cook stove in each one. In Dad and Ma's wagon they had an offset box so it would be wide enough for their bed springs. Ma loaded in her feather bed and the other bedding, under their bed they had a trundle bed for the smaller children to sleep on. In the other wagon Obie, Lee, and myself slept in it. It contained an old smoky stove. In the morning Lee would build the fire, cuss because the stove smoked, Obie and I would pull the covers over our heads and laugh, then he would make us get up and stand beside him; we never did get enough sense not to laugh at him.
We went through Denver and on through Cheyenne Wells, Colo. At this place our troubles started. Dad had got into a threshing machine deal. He owed this man, Aleck Myers, $160.00. He told Dad if he would deed over his homestead(160 acres), that the debt would be paid. We had gone on through Cheyenne Wells, and camped in the state of Kansas. Myers had Dad arrested but the state of Kansas wouldn't let them take Dad back to Colo.
During our stay there, the wagon that Lee, Obie, and I slept in burned; anyway, we got rid of the smoky stove. Then we hitched our horses on the other wagon, and we all moved in the wagon with Dad and Ma. They took the little kids in bed with them, and Lee, Obie, and I slept in the trundle bed. We were on our way to Ky.
Dad bought a 100 lbs. of onions for 50 cents, and loaded that in our wagon with the rest of our possessions. Everything went smoothly, till one day we came to a corn field. The old man wouldn't sell us any corn, told us to go on. We drove on down the road, and over the hill, Dad stopped the wagon. Lee and Dad went back and stoled all the corn they wanted, then we just drove on. From then on we just drove out of sight and went back and got all the corn we needed, we never bought any more corn.
We always camped at small towns, they had camping grounds, and there were lots of other wagons "Going back to see the wife's folks."
NOTES: • "...left Berthoud, Colorado...": Berthoud is about 40 miles north of Denver, and that is where they were located in 1895. But they had originally homesteaded in 1887 at the now extinct town of Bryant, in Phillips Co. in the extreme northeast corner of the state. After that, they lived in Washington Co. My great-grandfather Absalom Phelps, a Civil War veteran, died in Colorado in Dec. 1887 soon after his arrival. He was working for the railroad in Sterling, got caught in a blizzard while walking 30 miles home to Bryant, caught pneumonia and died. His grave is a prominent one in the Bryant cemetery, now in the middle of a field."

1890 Holyoke "T.J. McDonald and James Bryant have been appointed census enumerators for Phillips County. We understand the position is worth $5 per day which will make quite a profitable month's work for the gentlemen."

John Bryant was in attendance at a 1911 wrestling match at the Clark opera house in Yuma.

1908 Yuma "H.A. Phelps of Rising City, Neb., brother-in-law of Irv Rising, has purchased the Bryant relinquishment."

1908 "Homer Phelps and family of Rising City, Neb., arrived this week to make their home on a piece of Colorado land."

1910 "Mrs. Murney, of Gresham, Nebr., is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Homer Phelps."

In 1911 Dennis W. Rising filed notice for his claim in 1, 1N 49W - this would be south of Hyde in Washington County - with witnesses James H. Berry, Mathew Harr, Homer A. Phelps, and Joseph Benish, all with Yuma addresses.

When Homer applied in 1911 for his homestead in 1, 2N 49W, witnesses were George Yost, David Hayes, John Tribbett and Irvine L. Rising, all with Yuma addresses.