Michael Phelan married Mary Thornton on 29 October 1853 at Waterbury, Connecticut. The index read: "They were lawfully married by me acc. to the rites of the R.C. Church on the 29th Oct. 1853. Rec'd for Record Nov 8th 1853. Recorded by Michael O'Neil."1
- [S740] Town of Waterbury: Michael Phelan and Mary Thornton, 29 October 1853; Marriages: October 1851-November 1854, Including the Town of Waterbury, Page 46.