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

Updated July 26, 2008

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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 on the border of North & South Carolina. In about 1855, DOBY sold his business and land and moved to Arkansas. The PHIFER'S, along with the STEWART and STITT slaves 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 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 (McNEILL), b: Abt 1848, d: ?. Seven (7) children were associated with this marriage: Francis; 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. Isreal 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 is the HALL'S of Falmouth (Pendleton County) & Cynthiana (Harrison County),Kentucky. My maternal great grandfather is Gabe (Gabriel) HALL (b: Abt 1858) married Amanda Bowers (b: Abt 1859), with 9 children: Marion, Warren, Thomas, Emma, Sarah, Sissy, Ida, Cora & LUCINDA.

LUCINDA HALL, (b: Abt 1889) married Charles COLEMAN SR, (b: Abt 1883)of Mt. Carmel (Abbeyville County), S.C., with 6 children: Mabel, Amanda, John, Charles Jr, William and BARBARA.

BARBARA COLEMAN, (b:1929), married Bennie Lee PHIFER Jr (b:1926)of Arkadelphia (Clark County), Arkansas, with 4 children: BENNIE III, Loretta, Jeffrey and Michael.

My research has discovered a total of 230 surnames (last names) associated with the Phifer name to date, a total of 761 individuals and 276 marriages. If you have been referred to this site and your surname(s) is not mentioned, please contact me for information on my research and your particuliar
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This site is a work in progress, any information or
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