. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Tapscott-Kennington Butterfly

St. Michael's Church, Puriton

Selina Patience Virtue Holly Tapscott was born about 1827 in High Ham, Somerset, and died 21 April 1914 in High Ham, Somerset age 87. She married Samuel Phelps on 13 December 1852 in the Parish Church, Bishop's Hull, Taunton Somerset. He was born in 1825 in Woolavington, Somerset, and died in 1 December 1898 in Puriton, Somerset.

Selina was baptised as Prudence Virtue Tapscott in 1832 but was known as Selina from at least 1841 when she was on the census aged 14 and she apparently added further forenames over the years.

Selina was living in London in 1847 where she might have gone to work in service and where she gave birth to a son.  After returning from London Selina lived with her sister Jane, by then Jane Groves who was living in Puriton and there she met and married Samuel Phelps, a butcher and shopkeeper.

Child of Selina Patience Virtue Holly Tapscott is:

Edward Henry Tapscott who was born on 17 October 1847, 3, Nelson Place, Greenwich, London and died on 6 January 1921, High Ham, Somerset. He married Mary Jane Vigar in 1917 in High Ham, Somerset who was born in 1882 in High Ham, Somerset, the daughter of Anna Victoria Tapscott and Henry Vigar. Edward took over the running of Henley Street Farm, High Ham after the death of his aunt, Sarah Tapscott.  Edward and Mary Jane had no children.  Mary Jane Vigar was Edward Tapscott's first cousin once removed.

Children of Selina Tapscott and Samuel Phelps are:

Henrietta Tapscott who was born in 1852 in Puriton, Somerset and died there in 1858. Henrietta’s birth and death were registered as Phelps but her burial was recorded as Tapscott.

Henry England Phelps was born in 1854 in Puriton, Somerset. He married Henrietta Caroline Lawrie in 1879 in Bridgwater, Somerset. She was born 1848 in Bridgwater, Somerset and had previously been married to Thomas Carey with whom she had four children. Henry was a farmer but by 1901 he was working in Fisherton House, Fisherton Anger, an asylum, as an attendant.

Children of Henry Phelps and Henrietta Lawrie are:
Florence Ellen Phelps born 1880, Minety, Wiltshire.
Clifford James Phelps born 1882, Minety, Wiltshire.
Adolphus Phelps born 1885, Broadfields, Hertfordshire.
Fred Phelps born 1887, Woolavington, Somerset.
Gladys H Phelps born 1894, Highworth, Wiltshire.

Adolphus Phelps was born 8 August 1857 in Puriton Somerset, and died on 6 September 1929 in Australia. He married (1) Annie Piggott on 30 December 1886 in Wesleyan Church, Clarendon, South Australia. She was born 5 September 1863, and died 7 July 1910 in Australia. He married (2) Harriett Tapscott on 6 November 1912 at her home, Mt. Pleasant, South Australia. Harriet was the daughter of Samuel Tapscott who was the brother of Selina Tapscott. She was born on 10 April 1869 in Milendilla, near Mt Pleasant, South Australia.

Children of Adolphus Phelps and Annie Piggott are:
Ellen Virtue Holly Phelps born on 8 July 1891 in Clarendon, South Australia
Bessie Laura Phelps born on 24 September 1893 in Clarendon, South Australia

Ellen Virtue Phelps who was born in 1863 in Puriton, Somerset and died on 13 June 1888, Puriton, Somerset. In 1881 Ellen was working in her father’s grocer’s shop. She is buried in Puriton churchyard.

Adolphus Phelps and his second wife Harriett Tapscott, Australia, 1912

Phelps Headstone at Puriton

Ellen Virtue
the daughter of Samuel and Selina Phelps
who died June 13th 1888 aged 25 years
"In life beloved and in death deeply lamented"
Also of
Samuel Phelps father of the above
who died December 1st 1898 aged 74 years
"Not lost but gone before"
Also of
Selina Phelps wife of the above
who died April 21st 1914 aged 87 years

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