There has been some discussion about a Phillis as being the twin brother to Phineas and was the father of Alfred Reeves Irey.
The name Phillis only appears once in a tax record in Columbiana Co. Ohio in 1828.It gave the property taxlisting by range, section and township. It looks like the list was recopied as a transcription. Yet, in the 1829 tax list,the name became Philip.The name Phillis does not appear in land records, so how could he be taxed?
Phillis could be a rewrite of Phillip just as Jonah was also listed in some records as a Jonas.
Phillis was supposed to die on the way to Indiana.But, what about his wife?Some people have claimed she was Mary Reave or Reeve (no s) and she died in 1838.But, his grandmother was Mary Brown who died in 1838 and is buried in West Grove Cemetery, in Belbec, Indiana.She would have been 65 when Alfred was born in Ohio.
When Alfred died in 1935. two cousins, Alfred Shinn and George Heavlin, both about 9, were present at the funeral/burial.The question, is it possible that they didn't hear the story correctly?I have talked to both of them before they died, and George changed his story of the name Phillis to Phillip.
Supposedly Phillis and Phineas were twins.Yet, one of Alfreds' wives had a set of twins and the girl was named Elizabeth (perhaps after his mother) and/or Susan after her mother.
Now. I haveresearched this story for 30 years.I have not found any other document for a Phillis.
But, according to the will of Phineas (from Wabash Co. Ind.) Alfred is listed as his son, not nephew.
Phineas has also been called Phe-nis.Does this sound a little like Phillis to the ear of a 9 year old?
Eliabeth Rigby was the 2nd. wife of Phineas.I have found a Bible record that states she was still alive in 1837.I think this is the person who died on the way to Indiana.
Some people think that the middle name of Reeves was for his mother.Jonah Jr. also had a middle name of Reeves, but these two did not have a common mother.(They are 1/2 brothers.)
Since the will of Phineas lists Alfred as his son, Alfred's mother would Elizabeth.
My findings may not be correct, and new information may come to light.But for now, this is my theory. It's hard to refute a will. And many other Irey researchers agree with me and some don't.
So, it's back to Col. Co. Courthouse to look again at the land and tax records.