A HISTORY OF THE ISAAC PHARES FAMILY, cont'd
B. Sketches, pages 15 - 42
(Index for Section 2)
SARAH CATHERINE PHARES born April .... 1831. Married Oct 14 1855 to William L. Benefiel. To them 6 children
born 5 boys and 1 girl. The daughter and one son dead. ....... boys living are all married, own real estate
and doing well. They are all farmers. The Father was a farmer. Parents died seven years since,
cannot give the date of demise. The parents and 4 living are members of Little Blue River Baptist Church.
NAOMI ANN PHARES born March 18 1841. Died July 29 1842, aged 16 mo 20 days.
WILLIAM CURRIER PHARES born June 15 1843. Went with Sherman to the Sea. Served 3 years in the army. Came home with impaired health and has never been strong since. Gets $30 pension per month now. Has a small farm. He married Mary Ellen Kemper Oct 6 1866. By her has 3 children. viz. Alonzo, John F., Willard Phares. All married. Willard is a teacher, the others are farmers. Financial condition, unknown to writer. Will is a Republican and spiritualist.
BETTE ANN PHARES born April 14 1847 married Oct 12 1862 to Benjamin Rice who soon after went into the army and died in the hospital. Bette Ann died May 28 1868 aged 22 yrs 9 mo 1 day. She had one son who died about the time of his mothers' death.
FRANCIS MARION PHARES born Dec 1 1847. Is now 61 years old. Lives a bachelor till about one year ago. Married Laura Lingenfelder, widow. Have no children. He is a member of Little Blue River Church. Owns and farms a part of his Father's home farm.
MARY ELIZABETH PHARES born March 4 1850. Married John Kemper. Returned ... Dec 4 1867. Mary is still living in Greentown where she owns good property and 40 acres of land which she rents out. Gets $2 pension. John died 13 years ago. They have 4 children 2 boys and 2 girls. The boys are married and doing well in Jewelry and queensware. One of them has one child and is now at home with her mother. The other single not Mar. and one daughter are members of M.E. church.
MATHEW HENRY PHARES born Feb 21 1852. Married Nov 21 1852 (Nov 29 1873) to Columbia Ash. Wife died few years since. He now lives with his daughter. They have 2 children James Ora and Violetta. Both married. Ora has 3 children, 2 boys and one girl, Letta has one girl baby. Math is a member of Little Blue River church. He owns part of the old home farm and has always farmed it.
EUGENE KINCAID PHARES born May 29 1859, died June 4 1859, age 7 days.
____ REV. JOHN PHARES. Children were born and reared in Shelby Co. Ind. Four of them still make
it their home. Early H. and John W. have lived in Howard Co. for 36 years.
Summary of Rev. John Phares family
John Phares 12 children 6 dead 6 living
Amos Phares 11 ...... 3 ......... 8
John Wesley Phares .... 6 6 living
William C. Phares ..... 3 3
Sarah C. Phares (Benefield) 6 ... 4...
Frances M. Phares 2 .....
Mary E. Phares (Kemper)
Matthew H. Phares ... 2
Bette Ann Phares (Rice) 1 ....
John Phares has 33 grand children Amos T. 13 John W. 16 William G. 12 Sarah ... 10 Mary E. 2 Matthew 4 Amos T. has 3 great grand children. Sarah C. Benifield has 3. Father 33 grand children, 57 great grand children and 6 great great grand children.
ROBERT H. PHARES son of Isaac Phares
Robert H. Phares was born April 20 1838. All his life was spent in Shelby Co, Indiana. Except about one year ...... when he was in the Civil War... ............ ....... Volunteers. At the close of the war he married Jemima Wicker also a resident of Shelby Co. Ind. To this union 2 children were born. Robert W. and William Phares. Jemima my wife was born Jan 2 1846. Died Sep 8 1878. ....... .... later married to Atsy (Otsie) G. Arnold Who only lived about one year after marriage.
Feb 21 1875 ..... married Viola Carmony. To this marriage was born two children, Ida and Elsworth. Farming was his only occupation. At time of death he owned .... acres. He united with Little Blue River Baptist Church early in life, ME Church later. He was a Republican.
ROBERT W. PHARES son of Robert and Jemima Phares was born Jan 7 1866. Married Ellen Means Oct 3 1889. To this union were born eight children 7 of whom survive. My occupation is farming and own 40 acres of land. I am a member of M. P. Church.
WILLIAM H. PHARES, son of Robert and Jemima Phares was born Nov 20 1859. was married to Matilda Holmes Aug 30 1890. To this union were born 7 children, all living. My occupation is farming. I own 1?? acres of land. M.E. Church. Voted democrat.
SARAH PHARES STEPHENS was the daughter of Isaac Phares and his first wife a daughter of Matthew Brown. My
grandfathers name was William Phares. I was born in Crosby township Hamilton County Ohio, July 5 1817. My
father lived here till I was 8 years old, when my mother died father moved to Shelby county Ind. Here I lived
with my father and grand father until I was 18 years old in July and was married to Stacy Stephens in Sept 24 following.
We lived here 10 years. We had five children John P., James N., Rebecca Jane, Stacy Henry and William Thomas. Pa lost his health, so we moved to Virginia Monongehale Co. Lived here three and one half years. Then moved to Washington Co, Ohio and lived there 20 years. During this time Samuel Matthew, Sarah M. M., Barbary L. J., Enoch Elijah and Nancy Lyda were born.
We moved to Kans in 1869. Pa died July 4 1896. I still remain but how soon I may be called I know not.
She was called: Nov 26 1906, aged 89 years 4 months and ..al days. She was the adored mother of... Children. Eight are still surviving. For many years she has been feeble but always tranquil and resigned. Mother dictated this to hired girl years before her death.
Father Stephens left Ind. because he could have no health. He was sick 7 years out of 10 that he lived there. When in Virginia he recovered slowly but mother lost her health. In Kansas settled Sac- creek 6 miles from Williamsburg.
Sarah Phares and husband united with Little Blue River Baptist church about 1838 or 39 took letter when they went to VA. there was no Baptist church where they lived so they carried them to Ohio, and united with Brownsville Baptist church in Monroe Co. Ohio. 9 of her children joined this church and took letters from it to Kansas.
The family united with the Sac Creek church with which they died. Mother had but little education. Father was school teacher in his early Manhood was Particuarly good in Arithmatic and penmanship. He was Justice of the peace 6 Years in Ind. 9 in Ohio and 6 in Kans. Was Deacon in all the churches of which he was a member and always taught the bible class in sunday school.
He sold land in O. bought in Sac and Fox Reserve in Franklin Co. Kans. was lame after 12 years old, caused by white Swelling of hip joint. was a Whig in early life and a Republican in old age. He was a farmer all his life. Owned 80 when he died but had divided out land among his children. They had loved offspring, eleven children, 25 grand children, 8 great grand children and one great-great grandchild. Two of family were Baptist preachers and the others are farmers.
JOHN PHARES STEPHENS, oldest son of Stacy & Sarah Stephens, was born in Shelby Co, Ind. Sept 28 1836. Lived here till 1845, when ....... ................................................... Lived 3 years in
Monongalia Co. West Virginia, moved to Washington Co. Ohio where I lived till 1868, when I moved to Kans. Was
licensed to preach in 1858 by Dupont Baptist church, where I went to school 2 years. Educated at Dupont High
school in Ind. Preached on fourth and half time, for Brownsville church Monroe Co Ohio. From 1861 till
1868, 7 yrs Road Fork church 2 yrs. To Matamoras church 3 yrs half time Kans. was pastor Stanton church 5 years.
Rock Creek church 7 yrs. Prairie City 7 yrs, Ruhammah 3 yrs. Mt Olive 3 yrs. Wellsville 5 years
as pastor 2 years preaching before the church was organized.
The time given these churches was fourth an half time. About 50 yrs in the ministry. Taught school 3 winters and one summer in Ohio, during first years of ministry.
Married Catharine Cooper of Washington Co. Ohio Sept 1 1864. To this union 7 children were born; Viz Sarah Malinda, Spurgeon, Calvin Stacy, Rosa May, Mary Elisabeth, Octavia Catharine and Grace Orpha Stephens. Mary Elisabeth Died at 9 months old. Other 6 still living, all married but Spurgeon Beecher.
I was in Kansas Legislature in 1900 and represented 16th district. was document clerk in Kansas senate 1902.
Was elected by Peoples party. Have been a member of all the Farmer's Organizations: F.M.B. ....... of Husbandry Alliance. Commenced Political career by voting for John D. Freemont. Followed Republican band wagon till 2nd term for Grant's election. Voted Union labor and Populism. Last year Voted for Socialism.
Joined baptist church at age of sixteen years and has preached for it nearly half centuy. I am now near the close of my 72 year. Mrs Stephens is 7 years younger than husband. She was baptized by her husband, into the Brownville Baptist church, several years before they were married. She is the oldest daughter of James Galvin Cooper and Malinda Cooper prosperous farmers of Washington co. Ohio. She is a good scholar good house keeper weighs 200 lbs and is mother of 7 children. we own 214 acres of Land valued at $70 per acre. Team and stock on farm.
SARAH MALINDA LIDIKAY daughter of J P and Catharine Stephens, was born July 14 1865 in Washington County Ohio. Attended the District school at home near Wellsville Kans till 17 years of age. went to Ottowa University one year ..... United with Wellsville Baptist church about twelve years of age. she was married to William M. Lidikay Feb 17 1886 and settled
near home on a farm. When at home she taught in the sunday school. Nov 27, 1886 baby girl was born
to this union and kind friends laid her to rest in the corner of Grandfather's lot. They call her Dolla.
In Feb 1887 we bid adieu to friends and relatives, went to Lane Co. Kans to live on a claim. Here new acquaintances
soon became new friends and a sunday school was started in the thinly settled country being 14 miles from a Baptist
church they left membership in home church. Feb 24 Berty a baby boy was born only lived 7 hours. Kind
friends buried him out on the open prairie in a little Cemetery. Many years afterwards friends had taken
most of their loved one's remains away, the fence went down until now the hungry Coyotes and the herds of cattle
roam over the remaining graves. But God only knows his resting place. They proved up on claim and in
June 1889 went back near the old home. They got enough out of their claim to buy them a little home farm near Wellsville
Kans. Here on Apr 9 1893 ?onnie O. Lidikay was born. This bright little fellow cheered his mothers heart for 2
years 4 months and 17 days and then went to join his brother and sister in the better land.
Nellie C. Lidikay was born Sept 3 1895
Clarence Leonard Lidikay was born Sep 17 1897
Gladys Mazetta Lidikay was born Nov 17 1901
They sold little farm near Wellsville and went to live on mothers farm spring of 1902. Here Marjorie Alice was born Oct 1 1904
In Aug 1905 they again bade farewill to friends and moved to Gray Co. Kans. While there, they were engaged in Sunday school work. She being superintendent part time. Being so far from school she taught the two oldest children at home, receiving pay from school board. March 1 1906 moved to Finney Co. Kans, having secured a claim N W of Garden City.
There being no sunday school or religious meeting nearer than 10 miles, they organized a sunday school at Essex. She was elected superintendent, which position she still holds in 4th year.
The Colportar of S W Kans. Bro. Gay came and reorganized Twin Springs Baptist Church and moved it to Essex Aug 19 1906. At which time Mr and Mrs Lidikay united with by letter, from Wellsville church. Their children Nellie and Clarence were baptized and joined the church at this time.
So here on the lonely prairie of western Kans you will find us holding down a claim in a sod house and trying
to do the master's will.
Children go 6 miles to school. Taught at home by mother when weather is severe. S.M. (Sarah Malinda) Lidikay
SPURGEON BEECHER STEPHENS son of J. P. Stephens was born on Sep 13 1867 in Washington Co. Ohio, Brought to Franklin Co. Kans when 2 years old. He was brought up in this county. Attended home district school near Wellsville. Lived with parents till 21 years old. Took a claim in Grant Co. Oklahoma Sept 16 1892. Lived on it 5 years. Proved up and sold out in 1897. Bought a farm in Anderson Co. Kans. near Welda. Lived on it a few years and traded farm for livery barn in Ottowa Ks. Lost much money in Barn. Sold out at great Sacrifice. Spent severl years at different kind of work. He is at home, with his father Farming. He has never married.
CALVIN STACY STEPHENS 2nd son of J.P. Stephens was born June 7 1869 in Franklin Co. Kans. Lived at home with parent till near 27 years old. Attended district school is a fair scholler. Was married to Lula Dowson Oct 26 1898 of Franklin Co Kans. Lena Pearl Stephens and Halla May Stephens, 9 and 7 years respectively. They are bright and intelligent little girls.
Calvin first built a house on his mother's land farmed it a few years and then bought land in Anderson Co. Near Welda. Built a house on it and farmed it two years. Then traded it for a livery barn in Leroy Kans.
Traded the barn for 80 acres of land and worked for oil co 2 years. Quit the oil company and moved back to first home on his mother's farm, at a great sacrifice of property.
He has gained property rapidly since he came back to the farm. He is a large and stout man, but has had two severe attacks. Lung fever, and many hard colds. Lula is a good house keeper good Worker and intelligent woman. Not church members. Socialist in politics.
ROSA MAY STEPHENS 2nd daughter J. P. Stephens was born May 16 1871 in Franklin Township Franklin Co. Kans.
Attended district school at home. She has good common school edu- cation. United with Wellsville Baptist church when quite young and always tries to live a faithful Christian life. She was married to William Owsten July 15 1895. they have lived in Franklin and Butler counties about 2 years since.
They now live in Finney Co. Kans on a claim. They have 4 children, three living and one dead. Two boys and two girls. Edna Catharine the oldest child was born in Franklin Co. Ks.
Earl Fowler was born in Butler Co Ks Dec 30 1899
Opel May Owsten 2nd daughter of May Owsten Apr 3rd 1903 in Butler Co. Ks. John William and son of May Owsten was born Feb 11 1908 and died Mar 1909 in Finney Co. Ks post office address Rosa May Owsten Garden City Kans.
MARY ELISABETH infant daugher of J.P. and Catharine Stephens was born Mar 29 1873 and died Jan 31 1874 Franklin Co. Kans.
OCTAVIA CATHARINE GRAYBILL daughter of J.P. Stephens was born Jan 6 1875 in Franklin Twp Franklin Co. Kans. was educated in home school is good schollar and book keeper. Married Austin Graybill Mar 18 .... Graybill is a farmer and owns a good farm and stock.
They have had 2 children both girls, one dead.
Iva Ruth Graybill their oldest child was born July 14 1901
....hen Graybill was born July 28 1906 at Franklin Co. Kans and died Sept 1906 aged 7 weeks.
GRACE ORPHA GRAYBILL youngest daughter of J. P. and Catherine Stephens was born Jan 15 1877.
Was educated at Central school and had considerable talent for music. Was married to M. (Madison) E. Graybill
June 17 1896. They lived for some years on their farm, then sold and has since been in several businesses
in different States and Cities. They now reside in Kansas City Kansas. They have two children both
boys bright and full of life.
Milton Leotis Graybill was born October 31 1898. He is very apt in his books and has no trouble keeping up with his classes.
Claude Clifford Graybill was born January 8 1901. He is also apt in books but has many physical accidents. Madison E. Graybill was born at Ladoga Indiana May 30 1873. Came to Kansas April 1882. Settled on a farm near Ottawa where he lived with his parents until married. He is now driving for Emery Bird Thayer Co K.C. MO.
JAMES NOAH STEPHENS son of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born Apr 17 1833 in Shelby Co. Ind near Manilla on Little Blue River. Moved with parents to west Virginia and from there to Washington County Ohio, where he lived 20 years. Married Charity Cooper Nov 28 1858 in Washington Co Ohio and moved to Kans. 1869 settled on 40 acres of land on Sac Creek. improved it and sold it and bought 80 acres on middle Creek near Home wood. Sold this and bought property in Ottawa County site of Franklin Co Kan.
Followed farming all his life till he moved to the city. They had born three children ... girls and a boy. The son died in infancy. Their sketch will follow.
Sarah Jane Stephens daughter of James N. and Charity Stephens was born Dec 5 1860. was married to Edward Taylor Bird Feb 25 1883.
Mrs Bird has for years been a milliner in Ottawa and her husband has been engaged in the organ business. The following children have been born to them; viz
Charles Arthur Nov 29 1883
Arie Grace born Dec 16 1885
James Ross born May 20 1887
Charity Adaline was born Dec 9 1888
William Taylor was born Feb 14 1892
Robert Day was born Nov 10 1895
Charles Arthur was married to Ethel Worly Aug 25 1904
Samuel Bird of Charles and Ethel Bird was born Aug 3 1905
Arie Grace Bird Graduated from Ottawa University with honor and has been engaged in teaching 2 years. She is a successful Teacher.
James Ross Bird is in mercantile business. The other children of Mrs Bird are in school at Ottawa. Bright and intelligent family capable of great good in future.
ARIE MALINDA STEPHENS daughter of James and Charity Stephens was born Dec 5 1860. Married Frank Kinsman Farmer and mechanic Feb 24 1898? (1888) suffered much from abnormal growths and died July 14 1906. She left one child Ruth Grace Kinsman who was born Dec 30 1896. Grace is a bright child at home with her Papa. Mr Kinsman has since married a cousin to his former wife, but we have no date but wish them long happy life and peace.
REBECCA JANE STEPHENS COOPER eldest daughter of Stacy and Sarah Stephens born Dec 21 1839 in Shelby Co. Ind. Removed to virginia with Parents 1850, from there to Ohio, three and one half years later. Then to Kans and from there to Oklahoma. Was married to James Cooper July 6 1857. Mother 12 children 3 boys 9 girls. 7 dead 5 living. 4 girls one boy living.
We are missionary Baptist. Joined Brownville Baptist church Ohio 1858
still faithful and consistent members.
At present members of first baptist church of Ceres Oklahoma.
We have our home and are out of debt.
JAMES COOPER husband of Rebecca Cooper was born near Marietta Ohio Feb 8 1839. Lived in Ohio till 1870.
Moved to Kansas and settled near Williamsburg Franklin Co. By occupa tion farmer and stone mason. Religion Baptist. Joined missionary Baptist Church of Brownville Ohio 1857. at present member of Ceres Baptist church Okla. wholy temperate. Republican in politics Served 3 years in 77 Reg. Ohio Vol. Infantry .... Finance. Own a good 160 acres of land 2 miles north of Ceres in Noble Co. Okla. Won in the race on the opening of the Cherokee Strip, Sept 16 1893. 90 acres broken for cultivating balance pasture. Under fence. Have 3 roomed frame house. Never failing water and farm Stocked. Valued at $4,500
Children of Rebecca Cooper.
John Stacy born Nov 1 1837 (1857) died July 15 1865.
Sarah Ellen, born March 12 1870 Died Nov 14 1879
Luvena Jane born July 16 187? and died Nov 22 1872
Lilly Lucretia born Aug 14 1871 Died May 29 1884
Alice Louesia born and died Apr 7 1877
Annetta Cooper born March 1878 died July 12 1891
Births of living childen of Rebecca and James Cooper-
Robert Matthew born Sept 28 1860.
Susanna Ulalie born May 4 1864
Rebecca Naomi born Sept 23 1866 and
Mary Elizabeth born Nov 22 1870. Also
Amy Lucy born Aug 19 1876
ROBERT MATTHEW COOPER son of James and Rebecca Cooper born near New Matamoras Ohio Sept 28 1860. Came to Kans with parents 1870. Attended Ottawa University. Married Miss Amy Bradshaw Jan 1 1880. moved to Payn Co Oklahoma. His wife died Nov 1894 leaving 4 children all girls viz Lottie Mable aged 7 years Born Nov 6 1880. Cora Luvena 5 born Mar 6 1889. Gertrude Ulalia born Mar 12 1893. Edith Annetta 10 mo born Dec 12 1895. All living.
Married 4 years later to Miss Amy Bales of Perry Oklahoma. Born to this Union. Willie Lee born Dec 5 1898. Mildred Margaret born Nov 3 1900. Freddie Hermon born Sep 22 1903 died 1904. ?eide .... born Dec 6 1905. Russel born Dec 18 1907. Lowel born Dec 18 1907 and died Dec 28 1907. Belongs to Christian Church of Ceres Okla. Democrat in politics. Stone mason and Carpenter by trade. Owner of house and 4 lots in Ceres Ok.
SUSANNA EULALIE COOPER oldest daughter of James and Rebecca Cooper was born May 4 1865 on ...... Back farm near New Mattamoras Ohio. Missionary Baptist in faith. United with Mt Olivet Church Feb 28 1880 Hope to always live that faith.
Republican in politics. Married Louis Harry Eldred Nov 23 1884. Louis H. Eldred husband of Eulalie Cooper was born Sept 13 1863 at Climax Mich. Came to Kans and settled in Climax Kans. United with Neal Baptist Church of Neal Kans Nov 26 1887. Republican in party. By occupation Carpenter, Brick layer and plasterer. At present Coal dealer and Dairyman, East Houston, Texas.
Children- Mrs Eldred.
James William Eldred born Nov 8 1886. Died Oct 22 1888 near Neal Kan Buried in Eureka Kas Cemetery
Christena Mae Eldred born Nov 22 1889 near Neal Greenwood Co. Kas. Missionary baptist. United with First ......... ...... Baptist Church Nov 23 1904. Professional Nurse .... Baptist Sanitarium of Houston Texas 1908.
John Melvin Eldred born Aug 7 1893 at Stillwater OK Holds baptist faith but has not profesed it yet. Is a school boy now but hopes to be a mechanic in future manhood.
Harry Eugene Eldred born Jan 25 1895 Near Orland Payne Co OK A schoolboy of mother's beliefs.
Herbert Leonard Eldred Born Dec 24 1899 at Ceres Noble Co. OK School boy.
Amy Luella Eldred born Aug 17 1905 near Fort Madison IA.
Finance. 14 city lots all fenced with pickets and wire. A good 5 room house. Good out houses. Raising poultry 5 incubators running most of the year in this climate. Have a dairy of 35 cows, one span of horses. Place worth $2,000 not counting stock and poultry.
AMY LUCY WYCKOFF 5th daughter of James and Rebecca Cooper was born near Williamsburg Franklin Co. Kas. Aug 17 1876. Moved to Oklahoma fall of 1891.
Married to Edward Wykoff Feb 23 1898. Moved to state of Washington Oct 6 1904.
CHARLES EDWARD WYKOFF husband Amy Wykoff born Aug 5 1869. Farmer by preference. Democrat in politics and Non believer in churches. Owns 30 acres of land Yacimia (Yakima) valley Fruit land. Deals in Fruit Hay and Stock. Worth in all values $18,000. Born to Amy and Charles Wykoff five children: Viz. Elmer Stacy born Mar 12 1899. Elvina Luvena born Mar 30 1902. Calvin D. born Jan 24 1903 and Paul Admire Dec 2 1906.
B. Wykoff born June 28 1908.
Naomi Ann Stephens Powell Colvin daughter of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born Feb 28 1847 in Monongahala Co west Virginia. Married Capt George Powell Apr 14 1868. Gave birth to children: March 4 1869. One died at birth. The other Lilly Powell lived 18 months in Washington Co. O. George died in 1869 in Morris co. Kans. She Married Fletcher Colvin Mar ... 1872. From this union 9 children were born: viz
Arthur Benson born Dec 26 1895? (1872) Member of Baptist church.
Married Anna Bohner Dec 26 1895. Has four children.
William Stacy born March 11 1873. married Sola Canerson Oct ... 1896.
James Favin Colvin born May 11 1874. Married Alma Olson .... .. 1899.
John Bennet Colvin born Mar 16 1897? (1877). Married Rosa E. Fish.
Samuel Matthew Colvin born July 10 1878. Married Eva ....pion Sep 16
1901. Died Aug 28 1902.
Clide Pearl Colvin born Dec 8 1880. married Louise H....... 1904
....Toney Phares born Mar 19 1882.
Naomi Mary Colvin Feb 18 1885. Died Sept 9 1885
Sarah A. Zona (Alzora) Colvin was born Feb 15 1889. A school teacher.
Mrs Colvin and husband live in Eureka Ks.
Have a large family all married but two. Arthur and John are farmers.
Willie merchant and postmaster. Pearle and John are carpenters. ND
SARAH M.M. STEPHENS HARRISON Daughter of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born Jun 11 1851 in Ohio. Reared there. She moved to Kansas in 1869. Was married in 1870 to J.F. Harrison Nov 11. To this union was born 4 children.
1. Lilly Ulalie Harrison born March 1 1872 to Thomas Lovett of 17. They have three children. Ralph 14 yrs old ..... 12 and Kenneth 4 years old. Of Baptist faith. Farmers.
2. James Stephens Harrison was born Jan 10 1874. Married Mary Kyle. Have 4 children. Mildred, Paul James 8, James Robert 4, and Thomas George 2 yr old.
Not members of any church.
3. Birdie Naomi Harrison was born Dec 22 1876. Married a..... age of 26 Samuel Brazier a contractor and builder in 1902. ... children. She is a Baptist. Lives in Kans City MO.
STACY PERKINS HARRISON was born Jan 5 1880. Married Oct 21 to Stella Howard. To them were born 3 children. Sarah Ruth Harrison 7 years old. Helen Fay 5 years old. Joshua Howard 3 years old. Members of M.E. Church.
Now about financial standing. I cannot positively say. I expect Lovett is worth $15,000. James and Stacy about $8,000 each of them.
Sam and Bird said two years ago they were $10,000 ahead.
REV. SAMUEL MATTHEW STEPHENS son of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born in Washington Co. Ohio, Mar 27 1849.
He was educated in common school and Ottawa University. Always desired a full College course but was not able to complete it. He was a new school teacher in Williamsburg Township. Had a glorious revival of religion in central district on Middle Creek in which many scholars and there parents were converted and joined the Baptist church of which he was pastor.
He was converted and Baptized into fellowship of the Brownsville Baptist church at the age of 13 in 1862.
He was soon made to feel he must prepare to teach the Gospel.
Spent his winters in school. Moved from Ohio to Kans 1869. Was licensed to preach by Sac Creek baptist Church Jan 13 1872. Was ordained Pastor Sac Creek and Ruhama churches Aug 12 1873. His pastorate of Sac Creek church now Mt Olivet extends from the day licensed till day of his death a period of 9 years and 5 months. In connection with this church he served Ruhama and Maple Grove churches. He built up a strong church at Mt Olivet. He was much loved by all his members. He was good preacher eloquent speaker and sweet singer. Never met a congregation he could not hold by singing.
He married Elisabeth Crater of Wellsville Kans. Aug 12 1873. She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Kans a few years before marriage She was a devoted christian and faithful wife, worker in the church. She out lived her husband and is ...... laid by his side in the church yard of Mt Olivet church. She has done what she could and rests from her labour.
SAMUEL M. STEPHENS had the handicap of a stiff arm from boyhood. The last year of his life was marked by much .......... and yet he went to his work through his great afflictions. Success marked his ministry from start to finish. He died June 30 1881 surrounded by many dear friends. His funeral sermon was preached by Dr P. J. Williams, president of Ottawa College. Assisted by Rev .. Hetric of Greenwood and Rev Maloy of M.F. Church. He rests from his labours and his works follow him.
STACY H. STEPHENS son of Stacy and Sarah Stephens. Williamsburg Kans. was born in Shelby Co. Ind May 5 1842. Went with parents to West Virginia, from there to Washington Co. Ohio, when about 6 years old. Here I lived with my father till 27 years old on the farm. In 1865 Volunteered and served 10 months as a regimental musician till close of war. Returned to my home in Ohio. Came to Kans with parents spring of 1869. 1870 married Catharine Powell in Council Grove Kans. Spring of 1871 moved on to my farm in Franklin Co. Kans. My wife was daughter of William Powell of Morris Co. Kans. Here I have lived 37 years. On Dec 31 my wife was called to the silent land and I was left alone in life.
In Oct 1908 married Louise Gadleman of west P...... July 27 1909 a baby boy was born to us who bids fair ...... ..... will likely inherit our possessions. Not much stock on our land.
370 acres land, valued at $3? per acre. A Baptist and member of Mt Olive church for 20 years. ... date ..... to my school days. At age of 16 years and was baptized into water on profession of my faith in Christ my Savior.
BARBARY LUCRETIA STEPHENS daughter of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born in Washington Co. Ohio Oct 11 1853. Moved to Kans in spring of 1869 with parents. Was member of Mt Olive Baptist church, was troubled in childhood with inflamed eyes.
Was a noted child singer. Married H. C. Benedict farmer of Williamsburg Kans. At about the age of 17 yrs to this union 2 children were born. Anna and Alice Benedict whose life follows. Mrs Benedict died Oct 11 1879 at home near Homewood Kans. Mr Benedict still lives and has married again.
ANNA BENEDICT LARKIN Was born Sept 1874 in Franklin Co. Kans. Baptized Jan 1897 in connection with Mt Olive church. Married Mr Larkin Sept 4 1901. Philo Louise Larkin daughter of Mr and Mrs Larkin was born Dec 1902 in Princeton Kans.
Elsie Lucretia Larkin was born in Cass City Dec 1904.
John Bartlet Larkin born in Princeton Aug 24 1908.
ALICE LOUISE BENEDICT born Feb 6 1876. Baptized Jan 1887. Married J. C. Wasson of Wellsville Kans. Married at Mt Olive Ch. Sep 4 1901. Loretta Margerite Wasson was born Jan 23 1905 in Wellsville Kans. Mariam Louise Wasson born Jan 5 1907 and died Jan 22 1908. Elisabeth Louella Wasson was born since above report was written.
WILLIAM THOMAS STEPHENS Son of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born in Washington Co. Ohio Apr 20 1844. Came to Kans with father's in 1869. Always lived at home with his parents. Was a farmer only. He was taken with Fever and Ague in Kans, from which he never recovered. He was converted baptized and united with Brownsville Baptist Church at about 15. Brought his church letter to Kans with balance of family. Died Oct 5 1869 aged 22 years 6 months and 15 days.
ENOCH ELIJAH STEPHENS 6th son of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born in Washington Co. Ohio 1856. Moved to Franklin Co. Kas. 1869 and remained here ever since except the summer of 1881 which was spent in New Mexico. He has lived at home with his aged Parents made them a bountiful living comfortable home as long as they lived, for which he has the undying gratitude of his brothers and sisters.
E. E. has never married but he surely needs a good house keeper. He owns over 400 acres of improved land, plenty stock. Has no debts or encumberence.
He is a Republican in politicks. Not a member of church. Farms extensively, feeds cattle and hogs frequently.
NANCY WOODWORTH youngest daughter of Stacy and Sarah Stephens was born March 26 1858 in Washington County Ohio near Mattemoras. Was educated in common schools of Ohio and Kan. Moved to Kans with fathers family spring of 1869. Joined the baptist church in early youth. Always tries to adorn the faith by an orderly life. Married George Woodworth July 12 1882 to whom 4 children were born viz- Sadie Theadosie, Paul Maddonna, Harry Phares and Enoch Wayne.
She was a faithful child and helper to her aged father and mother. Spent much time and labor to help them when they were unable to help themselves. They have a home of their own. May God abundantly bless her and hers.
SADIE THEADOSIE WOODWORTH daughter of George and Nancy Woodworth was born Jun 12 1883 in Williamsburg Township on Sac Creek. Was educated in Sac Creek school. At about the age of 16 years married John Ball of Williamsburg Kans. Has one child. Members of Mt Olive church. Mr Ball is a renting farmer. Owns team farming utentials and other property unknown to me. Lives on the home place of Father Stephens.
Paul Maddonna Woodworth born March 14 1877. Died July 25 1888. Harry Phares Woodworth was born June 1st 1890. Attend school in winter. Is a fair scholar. Member of Baptist Church. Enoch Wayne Woodworth born March 6 1901.
GEORGE W. PHARES son of Isaac Phares was born Oct 1840, in Shelby Co. Indiana where he has lived since his birth.
Having accumulated a competent fortune on farm has moved to town and is properly designated a retired farmer.
Married Mary Yarling March 5 1867. Belongs to Dominant or Republican Party.
In religion Mr Phares is a methodist. Financially Out ranks brothers. Owning 550 acres and City property all valued $70,000 or $75,000. Have had born 7 children. Viz. Mary C. John W. Henry E. Carie F. Nora B. Two girls died in infancy.
His wife Mary A. Yarling born Sept 13 1842 in Shelby Co. Indiana.
MRS MARY C. (Phares) RHODES born Jan 2 1868 in Shelby Co. Ind. married Alonzo Rhodes of Shelby Co. Ind. Dec 17 1885. They are farmers by occupation. Methodist in profession. Has one child Grace Rhodes born Oct 12 1886.
Mrs Rhodes is a graduate of Depau University. Class of 1909.
DR JOHN W. PHARES Evansville Ind Born Dec 28 1868 in Shelby Co. Ind. Graduated in medicine in 1897 At which time he settled in Evansville Ind where he has since lived and Practiced medicine.
Married Louise Houghland of Howell, md. Sep 25 1901. Republican, Elk, Odd Fellow. One girl Lilly just born. Unnamed.
DR H. E. PHARES of Shelbyville Ind was born July 1 1870 Shelby Co Ind. Married Gertrude Carney of Shelby Co. Ind Apr 26 (Apr 23) 1899. Graduated from Hospital College of Louisville Kentucky in 1897. Is now practicing medicine in Shelbyville Ind. Belongs to Republican party. A Methodist in religious faith. He is member of following secret orders Viz: Masons, Knight Templer and Odd Fellow. These influential connections give a ... wide field for usefullness. One son [daughter], Francis [Frances] Phares born Jan 31 1900.
MRS CARRIE F. TINDALL Shelbyville Ind, daughter of Geo. W. Phares born Feb 27 1876 in Shelby Co. Ind. Married June 25 1903 to Dr William W. Tindall.
She is a Republican and member of Methodist Church. Has one child William Tindall Jr Born Oct 21 1904.
NORA B. (Phares) PLUMMER Indianapolis Ind was born Jan 14 1878 in Shelby Co. Ind. Married April 12 1899 to Charles E. Plummer. In political affiliated as Republican.
Holds Presbyterian faith and fellowship. Has one child Florence Plummer born May 4 1900, died Oct 11 1900.
ISAAC PHARES JR Was born (about 1822) in Hamilton County Ohio. Moved Shelby Co. Ind. when a boy with his parents. I have been unable to get date of his birth or marriage. I remember I saw Aunt Kitty and her one daughter Lida Phares.
Her sketch follows. As his 2nd Wife he married Elizabeth Tillottson by whom had four chilren. William, Samuel, George and Elizabeth Phares. He was a Democrat in Politics in later life a member of U.B. Church. He lived wed and died in Shelby Co. Ind. He farmed for a livlihood. and died at the age of 77 years and died Feb 26 1900.
LIDA PHARES FOX JONES, daughter of Isaac Phares Jr born on her Grand father's old farm in Marion Township Shelby Co. Ind. Sept 14 1840. Was brought up in Marion Township. A farmer by occupation. Was married to Leander Fox Dec 31 1863. Mr Fox died Oct 13 1887. I was married to Jesse Jones July 12 (July 21) 1889. Born a democrat for politics and a member of U.B. Church. I am worth about $5,000. Have no children. My Post office address is Mrs Lida Jones Shelbyville Ind. R.F.D. No 2
MR SAMUEL PHARES was born May 15 1838 in Marion Township Shelby Co. Ind. Raised up and still live in same place. Was married to Hannah Copple Sep 17 1882. No children from this marriage. Hannah Phares died Dec 22 1893. No children.
This name lost out. (Samuel Simon Phares) (Mattie) Fox were married Apr 3rd 1884. Two children. Harry E. Phares born Aug 4 1885. Mabel L. Phares was born (30 Mar) 1888. Harry E. Phares and Florence Davis married Aug 21 1907. Mabel L. Phares and Frank R. Williams married Feb 12 1908. To Mr and Mrs Frank Williams a child born Feb 13 1909. Named Laurence (Lawrence) Edgar Williams. I am a Democrat and Member of M E Church. Financial Status about $10,009. Post office address Fairland Ind F R S No 2.
WILLIAM H. PHARES son of Isaac Phares Jr was born June 10 1850 in Marion Tp. Shelby Co. Ind. Was brought up in same Tp. in which he still lives. Is a Carpenter by trade. Married (11) Oct 1874 to Caroline V. (F.) Graham of same Town. In moderate circumstances in life. He is a prohibitionist politically. Member of M E. Church. Have 3 children two are dead.
ELIZABETH PHARES was born in Marion Tp. Shelby Co, Ind. Apr 16 1855 and married (Francis M. Cory) Mar 7 1878 in Marion Tp Shelby Co. Ind. Republicans and members of M E Church. Have 2 children. Frances and Co......
GEORGE W. PHARES son of Isaac Jr was born in Shelby Co. Ind. and still lives there. He is Farmer by occupation. Married Rosetta Wicker daughter of Henry and Martha Wicker who came from North Carolina in an early day. Is a Democrat in politics and member of U B Church. Has 4 children. Clary Mary 2 other. Names not given.
WILLIAM H. PHARES son of Robert Phares Jemima Phares. William H. Phares born Nov 20 1858. Married Matilda (Holmes) Aug 30 1890. To them was born 7 children. All living. I am a farmer life practice and own 146 acres of land. Member of M. P. Church. Voted dry at last election.
IDA M. PHARES daughter of Robt. and Viola (Carmony) Phares was born Dec 21 1875. I ......... this life Nov 20 1896. Was married to George L. (Huffman) Jan 22 1893. To this union 2 children were born. Minnie A. and Bessie Huffman both living. She was a member of M P. Church.
ELSWORTH (Phares) son of Robert & Viola Phares was born May 25 1878. Married Mary A. Garver Feb 24 1904. To this union was born one child. Still living. Elsworth is a farmer. Owns 70 acres of farm land.
MARY ELIZABETH PHARES daughter of Isaac and Paulina. Married John L. Rhoads, son of Beaton and Sarah Rhoads, in Marion Tp. Had born unto them 6 children: Cyrus C........ Lilly, Laura Bell and Willie who died very young. ..... ........ ... the army 51 Infantry Ind. Volunteers. Wife took sick and died. Husband came home about that time stayed a while and went back to the war I think. Friends had to care for children. Parents dead and perhaps all of children. .... was my only full sister.
ELIZABETH C. PHARES born Apr 16 1855 in Marion Tp. Shelby Co. Ind. I ..... Jue Wife. Was married Mar 7 1878 to Francis M. Cory in place of my birth. We have 2 children. Married.
WILLIAM H. PHARES was born June 10 1850 in Shelby Co. Ind. Was born, reared and have resided in the county. I am a carpenter by trade. Was married Oct 19 (Oct 11) 1874 to Catharine V. Grayham (Caroline F. Graham) I am a Prohibitionist in Politics and a Methodist in religion. My father was born in Ohio and mother in Kentucky.
REV M. B. PHARES
Rev M. B. Phares son of Isaac Phares was born Feb 10 (Feb 9) 1826 in Shelby Co. Ind. Joined The Little Blue River Baptist Church Dec 24 1841 at the age of 15 yrs 10 mo 14 days.
A student in Franklin College 7 yrs and Graduated with distinction Jul 26 1849. Was ordained to ministry at Greensburg Ind. Dec 1849.
Married Rebecca Martin Daughter of Levi and Ellsabeth Martin Sept 24 1849 at home of brides parents, near Newtown, Hamilton Co. Ohio by Elder Isab Ferris.
After short time spent in visiting Wife's folks commenced house keeping in Greensburg Ind. Where he was called as pastor. While serving the Greensburg Baptist church and other churches as pastor he taught a select or high school at Greensburg and Vernon and Dupont for most of his ministerial life.
Birth of children. Cary Vinton Phares Was born in GreensBurg Ind. Sep. 7 1850. Mary E. Phares born in Vernon Jennings Co. Ind. July 9 1852. Sarah Emma Phares born in Dupont Jefferson Co. Ind. May 24 1854 Levi Matthew Phares born in Dupont Co. Oct 17 1857. Matthew B. Phares died June 9 (June 6) 1862 at Greensburg Ind. leaving a wife and four children. Wife moved to Ohio in July following. There She lived With father and mother one year. There Were only ... the old folks and one girl at home. The Home Farm Was divided among the Heirs and Mother. I lived on her share and educated children at Newtown schools. Here she died June 18 having been sick since Dec 1900. She was patient in sickness and firm in confidence in God. Died in full hope of being in reunion on the other side. The writer lived with her 2 yrs in Dupont and knew her to be an humble child of GOD and helpmate to her husband. "She has done what she could".
Uncle M. B. is not justly set forth in this sketch. He was pastor of LITTLE BLUE RIVER, SAND CREEK, MID FORK, BETHEL, GRAYHAM, SHELBYVILLE, VERNON, DUPONT, and GREENSBURG CHURCHES. He was a teacher and preacher of prominence. He conducted high school in Vernon, Dupont and Greensburg in connection with his pastorates. HIS body sleeps in Sand Creek cemetery. .... .......... ........ ........ ............
He read many meetings of geat POWER outside his pastorates. Many souls were gathered at These Meetings.
LITTLE BLUE RIVER had over 160 additions at one of his meetings. Though not a natural TUNSTER. By the dint of hard study and persist- ent practice became a singer and efficient teacher of vocal music and the MOST EXPERT reader of Music I ever knew. He was always abounding in the work of the God.
CARY VINTON PHARES son of Rev M. B. and Rebecca Phares was born Sep 7 1850 in Greensburg Ind. Moved with his Mother to Hamilton Co. Ohio near Newtown. Being the oldest of family and the only one able to work, was compelled in childhood to support his Mother and Children. He attended Newtown High School and graduated .... 17. Taught school several years. He is farming Mother's farm one mile from Newtown. His sister Mary and brother Levi live with him. He has never married.
He is a member of the Newton Baptist Church, one of its Deacons and Superintendent of Sunday School. A teacher of his Bible class for years. Thus giving evidence that the blood of a faithful Father still runs in his veins. He is a GOOD bass singer and understands music. Follows farming for a living.
MARY ELIZABETH PHARES was born in Vernon Jennings County Ind July 9 1852. Moved to Ohio with her Mother after death of Father. At a tender age lived in the Old Home place near Newtown Ohio whilst my Mother lived. Since then have kept house for Brothers and sisters. Learned dress making but do not follow .... but two yrs. Was needed at home.
I was educated in Dis school and Newtown Town schools. Passed examination for teacher received certificate but never taught. Born into the Kingdom of Jesus at the age of 13 years. I am a member of Newton Baptist Church. She was married Sep 3 1892 to Frank D. Hill farmer of the place. Instead of going to live with husband, he came live ..... ...... .... He is a member of Newton Baptist Church. She was married at .............. Church by Rev G.M. Shott. They own farm of their own. They have no children.
SARA EMMA, 2nd daughter of M. B. and Rebecca Phares was born in Dupont Jefferson County Ind. May 24 1854. was taken to Ohio with the other children at death of Father, was educated in district and high schools of Newtown. Has a good common school education. She lived at home with mother and other children on the farm.
She always delicate in health. Often sick, but always cheerful and faithful. United with Newtown baptist church at about 17 years of age. She chose for her funeral text I am the resurrection and the life. She died April 16 1887. Requested her pastor to tell her young friends she was justified by faith in Son of God. Buried with Mother in Newtown Cemetery.
LEVI MATTHEW PHARES son of M. B. and Rebecca Phares was born in Dupont Ind. Oct 17 1857. was educated in Newtown schools. Lives on farm with brother and sister. Has never married. He is a farmer by occupation and possibly by choice. He is a member of the Newtown Baptist Church and one of its Deacons. is now 50.
AN APPRECIATION OF JOHN PHARES
In my memory of the Little Blue River Baptist Church, John Phares holds a place different from all other in that he was a resident or lay member and Pastor as well.
In my youth he impressed me by his earnest presentation of truth. Afterward by his comprehensive grasp of Bible facts.
His ability to read the scriptures and his deep insight into its spiritual realities, made me think him an inspired man.
In 1909 I was bereaved of a son a boy 17 1/4 years. While in deep grief I found the ............................................ of my all and received the blessing of Holy Ghost.
At this or on Thanksgiving day we were all at Blue River Church of which Bro. Phares was then the Pastor.
He became greatly interested in me and asked his church to invite me to assist him in a series of meetings he was soon to begin.
This they did and we began in a short time. I want to say I had no thought of taking only part as a humble layman but Bro Phares ........ me forward to preach on Sunday night and the church was crowded with people. He encouraged with kind loving words to persevere and held me to the Lord in prayer so that I pressed forward as best I could still undecided uncertain. But the day at the alter of prayer in time, when he and the brethren and sisters were about me the Holy Ghost set me apart to the ministry and gave me an insight into the truth of the Scriptures altogether new. Hence forth Brother Phares was a new preacher and He say God was giving me light through his exposition of scripture truth. Oh how I delighted in it. When I see him in heaven I will tell him again and again. Brother Phares thrust me forward all through the meeting. He so sweetly counseled and so kindly instructed me I was greatly encouraged to work. I think this was bro. Phares last ....... charge but he left it greatly strengthened. Nearly 20 souls were added to the church at this meeting and many were reclaimed.
Brother Phares taught many things. Among were the following give young converts something to do. .............. from mistakes that ...... work harm. ..........................
on to any plan that is laid out for their growth. But give the Holy Ghost a chance to make the original. He relied upon God to make good his word when Zion travails. she shall bring her children ......... for the evidence of real travail in his church and was sure that God would give the increase.
Another text pray ye, therefore the Lord of the harvest that He would send laboreres into the harvest .... ... .. ... .. he had always seen verified. He told me in his ministry whenever that prayer was made there were always converts, who became efficient Laborers in the harvest. He believed of course that the only efficient labourers are converted people, and hence God only can ..... them and while he often spoke of the benfits of an education, he did not believe that alone and make a preacher. Although an orthodox baptist in belief and he greatly desired I should become a minister in that church. He didn't feel in the least embittered toward me because I did not. But was the same Father to me and gave all the counsel and encouragement he could after I became a minister in another church and called me to his bedside in his last sickness and there while we were in humble prayer to God, like Jocob of old bestowed upon Me his blessing. And at that time asked me to minister at his funeral.
I remember on one occasion talking from the text. The faith once delivered to the Saint. I thought it was Pauls epistle and so spoke of it. At the close of my talk Bro Phares made some remarks and in a way that attracted least attention but to me was light, spoke of the epistle of J?de, from which my text was taken. If like some men he had wanted to reveal my ignorance and his wisdom He would have done it differently. My work has been evangelistic although most of the time I have been a pastor. The Lord has added many to his church where I have labored and my heart has been full of joy in my ministry and my hope of Immortal glory is bright and in heaven I will never get done telling Jesus and the Father and the Holy Ghost how I was pushed forward into the work by my half brother Phares. And I will introduce him to many converts in my ministry as being from the human stand point the man who opened up the way for me. May all his ..... others as he did m. J. L. (James Landy) Brown
................................................................................................... Simple Farmers the best class of
citizens in any all .......
............................................................................................... family ... of A??? Phares are ....... as blacksmiths. From my personal knowledge of some of them though written down as farmers or preachers that they can smith, carpenter, farm, or preach equally well. These I will call exceptional characters or Jack of all trades or professionals. The first of this ........ was great grand father Matthew Brown who beat the Coffin Makers of his day by making his own coffin before he died.
Two baptist preachers in the grand father Isaac's family John Phares the oldest son gave 50 years service to the Master and his church. M.B. Phares the youngest son of Isaac Phares by first wife was a grand and noted ....... preacher of Indiana. Graduated Franklin College and pastor many churches and a noted teacher of ...... schools of his own ....... Died in prime of life of typhoid fever at Greensburg Ind.
In the 2nd generation there are members a daughter of John Wesley Phares grand daughter of Rev. John Phares, was a preacher in the Wesleyen ..... of some note.
John Phares and Samuel Mathew Stephens Son of Sarah Phares Stephens were ministers in ...... and eastern ....... of some note. John Phares Stephens has put in 50 yrs in preaching. Samuel Matthew died in his ??th year of ministry.
He preached for Mt Olive Ruhama and Maple grove churches in Franklin Co Kas. His life was richly blessed of God in saviny souls. Among the many farming members of the Family only a few have attained much wealth. Two of the original Phares family have acquired large and valuable estates. ....... Phares owns ... acres of improved land well stocked.
... bro. S.H. 100 acres and John 204. many other less an ....... But what is best of all they all have .... characters. Not a criminal or debased character among them. Many of them have been excellent teachers. They divided in politics: Republicans, Democrats, Prohibi- tionist and Socialist.
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