Philip  Gephart

          Philip Gephart,  an old and honored citizen of Brandywine Township, is a native of Montgomery County, Ohio, born October 3, 1829. He was the sixth of eleven children seven sons and four daughters born to  John and  Julia Ann Gephart,  both natives of Lancaster County, Pa., of German descent.  He spent his boyhood upon a farm in his native county.  At fifteen years of age he began to learn the trade of a shoemaker.  This was finished in due time and received his attention for six, years.  December 27, 185 1, he was married in his native county to  Judith A. Pomeroy,  a native of Henry County, Va., born April 8, 1832, and daughter of  Thomas and  Judith (Fifer) Pomeroy,  the former a native Connecticut, and the latter a native of Virginia, of French and English descent, respectively.  For seven years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Gephart resided upon a farm in Montgomery County, Ohio.  In 1858, they came to this county and located upon the farm they now occupy near Fairland.  They are the parents of five children, as follows:  Florence, born February 8, 1853, died August 17, 1853;  Agnes J., born March 18, 1854, died July 29, 1854;  Julia Ann, born February 20, 1855;  Charles T., born June 21, 1857, and  George H., born August 22, 1859.  Mr. and Mrs. Gephart are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In politics the former is a staunch Democrat.  He is the owner of 200 acres of excellent land, about three-fourths of which is in a high state of cultivation.  He is an industrious and successful farmer, and he and wife are worthy and esteemed citizens.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Brandywine [Township] Sketches, pages 613-614.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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