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Family of John Phifer and Mary Elizabeth Cook



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:

  1. William H. Phifer, born 1836/37 in Henry County, GA

    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

    • Mary Susan Phifer
    • Willie Ann Phifer

  2. Harriet Elizabeth Phifer, born 18 Mar 1839, died 10 Aug 1934, buried in Oakman, Walker County, AL

    Harriet married William Samuel Walton. They were parents of

    • John H. Walton
    • William Thomas Walton
    • Bama Lee Walton
    • America Walton
    • Cornelia Adis Walton
    • James Benjamin Walton

  3. Sarah Ann Frances Phifer, born 18 Oct 1842, deid 18 Apr 1918, buried in the Day Cemetery, Oakman, Walker County, AL

    Sarah married David Marion Day. They were parents of

    • William H. Day
    • Samuel Byrd Day
    • M. M. Day
    • Mildred A. Day
    • Nancy H. Day
    • John Day
    • Plesant L. Day
    • David Marion Day
    • Charles Day
    • Frances M. Day

  4. Mary Jane Phifer, born 25 Sep 1845, died 7 Nov 1915, buried in Oakman, Walker County, AL.

    Mary married John Rammage Sartain, son of William Turner Sartain and Mary Summers Rammage. They were the parents of

    • John William Sartain
    • James Rufus Sartain
    • Charles Manly Sartain
    • Samuel Robert Sartain
    • Reubin Hosea Sartain
    • Mary Laura Virginia Sartain
    • Virginia Harbin Sartain
    • Francis Marion Sartain

  5. Martha Clemantine Phifer, born 26 Dec 1847, died 24 Jun 1936, buried at Big Sandy Church, Tuscaloosa County, AL.

    She married Robert Franklin Kitchens, son of Christopher Columbus Kitchens and Sarah Ann Taylor. They were the parents of

    • Martha Kitchens
    • Fannie Kitchens
    • John T. Kitchens
    • Sallie Virginia Kitchens

  6. Rebecca Evelyn Phifer, born 27 Jun 1849, died 7 Oct 1925.

    Rebecca married Benjamin Cornelius Sumner, son of John Buckner Sumner and Emily Howell. They were parents of

    • Roy Sumner
    • Ardelia Josephine Sumner
    • Willard Monroe Sumner
    • Reuben Dawson Sumner
    • Mary Ida Sumner
    • Robert John Sumner
    • Benjamin Dyer Sumner
    • Newbern Lewis Sumner
    • Fanny Estelle Sumner

  7. John Worth Phifer, born Sep 1854, died 1932, buried at Oakman.

    Married Martha Jane Rose, daughter of Newton Rose. They were parents to

    • Stalie Phifer
    • Henry Phifer
    • Loyd Phifer
    • Clayton O. Phifer

  8. Bethenia Harden Phifer, born 15 Oct 1855, died 6 Oct 1939, buried Cordova, Walker County, AL.

    Bethenia married Lucius Carl Tubbs, and they were the parents of

    • Almeta E. Tubbs
    • Erastus E. Tubbs
    • James W. Tubbs
    • Julia L. Tubbs
    • Jennie B. Tubbs
    • Marcus L. Tubbs
    • Lettie C. Tubbs
    • Fannie A. Tubbs
    • Limie Estelle Tubbs
    • Proctor V. Tubbs
    • Owell Tubbs

  9. Julia Ann Amanda Phifer, born c1858, died 1941.

    Julia married Daniel Lee Tubbs, son of Daniel Lee Tubbs and Nancy Emily Cranford. Daniel and Julia were the parents of

    • Matilda S. Tubbs
    • Nellie C. Tubbs
    • Tolbert P. Tubbs
    • Hattie G. Tubbs
    • Genetta V. Tubbs
    • Elbert C. Tubbs

  10. James J. Phifer, born 5 Dec 1861, died 23 Apr 1926, buried Oakman.

    James married Emily S. Courington, daughter of Robert Courington and Mary M. Sumner. James and Emily were the parents of

    • Queenis Phifer
    • Miran Clyde Phifer
    • Ida M. Phifer
    • Sarah E. Phifer
    • Carl Phifer


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I welcome corrections and additions to this family information. Please write to me, Leigh Compton, if you have any comments on this family line. In the future, I hope to add documentation on sources and other family notes.