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Phifer - African-American's from Arkansas, Ohio & Michigan

Updated October 23, 2013

Bennie Lee Phifer III
5793 Forge Bridge Drive
West Chester, Ohio 45069-1746
A-United States
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Researching the African-American PHIFER family and any related families from Arkadelphia, Malvern, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff & Little Rock, Arkansas or residing in Ashley, Garland, Jefferson, Hot Spring, Pulaski, Clark, Ouachita, Dallas and Union (Phifer & Fletcher's) counties of Arkansas, and the states of Michigan, Ohio, California, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, North and South Carolina.

The oral history that I am currently researching is that the PHIFER'S were slaves of a slaveholder named John Miller DOBY, who resided in Lancaster, South Carolina and owned property in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and Lancaster County, South Carolina. In 1855, DOBY sold his business(es) and land and moved to Arkansas, accompanied by the GRIER family from Stelle Creek in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, WHITE, BOYCE, NISBET, McGILL's from York and Lancaster counties in South Carolina, STEWART and STITT families. One descendant wrote that there were about 120 wagons in the wagon train when it crossed the North Carolina mountains into Tennessee. The PHIFER'S, along with the STEWART, BURTON, STEPHENS, DIXON and STITT slaves (Memoirs of Robert H. PATTERSON; The Clark County (AR) Historical Journal, Fall 1982, p. 115) and other surnamed slaves yet to be identified were transported from North/South Carolina to Arkansas. The DOBY family eventually settled in Clark County, Arkansas and built a town later known as Dobyville. If the information can be documented, it would provide a when and where the PHIFER, STEWART STEPHENS, DIXON and STITT families came to be in Clark County, Arkansas.

My paternal great-great grandfather was CAESAR PHIFER/FIFER, born abt 1817 in either North/South Carolina, d: Between 1870 and 1880. Ceasar was married to Lucy PHIFER, b: Abt 1829 in Virginia and they had at least six (6) children: Robert, b: Abt 1840, ISRAEL, b: Abt 1841, Aaron, b: Abt 1859, Harriet, b: Abt 1862, John, b: Abt 1862, Caroline, b: Abt 1868.

My paternal great grandfather was ISRAEL PHIFER, born abt 1841 in either North/South Carolina, d: Between 1920 - 1930. On December 27, 1866 in Arkadelphia, (Clark County) Arkansas, Israel married Mariah McNEIL(L), b: Abt 1848, d: ?. Seven (7) children were associated with this marriage: Francis (female), b: abt 1868; Jonas; b: abt 1870, Ida; b: abt 1872, Thomas; b: abt 1873, Henry; b: abt 1874, James; b: abt 1875 & Isaac; b: abt 1879.

on March 18, 1894, in Arkadelphia (Clark County), Arkansas. Israel PHIFER/FIFER married Susie MEADORS, b: Abt 1866, in either North/South Carolina, d: Aft 1930. 5 children were associated with this marriage: Bennie (Sr), b: 11 Oct 1905, d: 03 Jun 1982, Troy, Ohio; Ree/Rukanikon ("Ree, "K"),b: 27 Apr 1898, d: 04 Feb 1980, Little Rock, Arkansas; John Wesley (J.W.), b: 12 Mar 1901, d: 01 Apr 1973, Little Rock, Arkansas; Velius ("V"), b: 12 Oct 1904, d: 19 Aug 1972, Little Rock, Arkansas; and Alberta/Elberta, b: abt 1903, d: ?, Michigan. Two additional children were associated with this marriage and believed to be children of Susie MEADORS prior to the marriage, due to their dates of birth and the date of marriage: Williams PHIFER, b: Aug 1886 in Arkansas, d: ?, Sarah An PHIFER, b: Aug 1891 in Arkansas. d: ?.

Different Documented Spellings of "Phifer" to date on official documents: Fefer, Feffer, Fhifer, Fifen, Fifer, Fiffer, Pfieffer, Pfeiffer, Pfifer, Phifer, Phiffer, Phiefer, Pheifer, Phipher, Phipper.

In addition, I am also researching the maternal side of my family: Which are the HALL'S of Falmouth (Pendleton County) & Cynthiana (Harrison County),Kentucky.

My maternal great-great grandfather is Henry HALL, b: 1816,KY, d:?; who married Lucinda HATHMAN, b: 1815,KY, d:?; eight children born of this union: Sally, Margaret, Lucinda, Vernon, Lester, John, George E (Sr) and Gabe (Gabriel).

My maternal great grandfather is Gabe (Gabriel) HALL (b: May 1858, Falmout

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