John Phifer was born 1813 in Laurens County, SC; died 1 Aug 1862 in AL. He married Mary Elizabeth Cook, daughter of John Cook and Gillie Colbert, on 5 Mar 1835 in Henry County, GA. Mary was born 19 Sep 1820 in Elbert County, GA, and died 13 Dec 1907.
John came to Walker County, Alabama about 1840 and settled on a farm near Providence Church (Oakman). He farmed until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he entered the Confederate Army and was either killed or died during the war. Apparently, his body was not returned to Walker County, as he is not buried at Providence Graveyard with his wife, Mary. Ples Day, in "The Story of my Life", states that John died and was buried beside the road near the Brilliant Mines in Alabama. [Marion County]
In History of Walker County by Dombhart, the father of John Phifer is listed as "Martin Phifer of Tuscaloosa". Barbara Dunn's research indicates that John's parents should be Samuel Phifer (b 1788 in Newberry County, SC, d 1858 in Henry County, GA) and ? Walker (b c1790 and died in SC). Miss Walker was the daughter of Elijah Walker and wife Elizabeth.
Samuel and Miss Walker were the parents of 3 children:
After his first wife died, Samuel married Nancy ? -- they are the parents of
A daughter, Elizabeth, born 1825, may be either from the marriage to Miss Walker or from marriage to Nancy -- in the absence of definitive records and dates of death, it is impossible to determine at this time.
Samuel resided Laurens District, SC as proved by 1820 Federal Census; in probate records 1819-21 and court records 1823-25. Moved to Henry County, GA by 1827 (per deeds).
John Phifer and Mary Elizabeth Cook were parents of:
William married Phebe Elizabeth Lollar, daughter of John A. Lollar and Susan Gillen. Wm died during the Civil War and Phebe married John Buckner Sumner. William and Phebe were parents to
Harriet married William Samuel Walton. They were parents of
Sarah married David Marion Day. They were parents of
Mary married John Rammage Sartain, son of William Turner Sartain and Mary Summers Rammage. They were the parents of
She married Robert Franklin Kitchens, son of Christopher Columbus Kitchens and Sarah Ann Taylor. They were the parents of
Rebecca married Benjamin Cornelius Sumner, son of John Buckner Sumner and Emily Howell. They were parents of
Married Martha Jane Rose, daughter of Newton Rose. They were parents to
Bethenia married Lucius Carl Tubbs, and they were the parents of
Julia married Daniel Lee Tubbs, son of Daniel Lee Tubbs and Nancy Emily Cranford. Daniel and Julia were the parents of
James married Emily S. Courington, daughter of Robert Courington and Mary M. Sumner. James and Emily were the parents of
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