George  W.  Phares

          The genealogy of the  Phares  family runs well back into. the eighteenth century.  We first hear of  John Phares, who was born November 11, 1736, and left eight children.  His son, William, born February 19, 1765, came from New Jersey at an early period of the settlement of the settlement of the West and located in Ohio . He was the father of nine children. One of his sons, named  Isaac, also a native of New Jersey, married  Elizabeth Brown  in Ohio, by whom he had seven children:  Jane,  Sarah,  Naomi,  Nancy,  John,  Isaac  and  Matthew B.  By a second marriage with  Pauline M. Holbrook, he also had seven children:  William,  Robert H.,  Mary C.,  James L. and  George W., besides two that died in infancy.  Isaac proved to be a veritable patriarch, as he had seventy-eight grandchildren.  William Holbrook, father of his second wife, migrated from Stokes county, North Carolina. to Indiana, in the fall of 1826, settled in Rush county, near Manilla.  He was born July 5, 1779, and died February 14, 1841.  He married  Lucy A. Crim, who was born September 17, 1779, and died March 6, 1837.  Her children were  Nancy T. Bronson,  Paulina M. Phares,  Emilia Hester,  Jane Brown,  James,  John,  Jacob,  Franklin,  Henry  and  George W.  The two last mentioned were killed at the battle of Stone River and all of the other children afterward died.  Matthew Brown, father of  Isaac Phares' first wife, was born in Ireland and emigrated to South Carolina with his parents, when he was ten years old, and had nine brothers.  He became a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and died in 1839 aged eighty-six years.  His wife, Jane Jones, of Welsh descent, died in 1841, aged eighty-nine years.  Eight of the children,  David,  Robert,  Samuel,  John,  Catherine,  Nancy,  Elizabeth,  and  Sarah, came to Ohio in 1803, and settled in Hamilton county.  Isaac Phares, who was born in 1781, died in 1842.  Paulina Holbrook  was born May 4, 1804, in Stokes county, North Carolina, and was the daughter of a slave owner.  She died in May, 1879.
         George W., youngest of the children of  Isaac and Paulina (Holbrook) Phares, was born in Union township, Shelby county, Indiana, Octcber 25, 1840.  He rose to be a man of wealth and prominence in his township, where he was regarded as one of the most successful farmers.  He served as Trustee of his township for five years and as one of the solid citizens was consulted whenever a movement of importance was on hand. Reared a Baptist, he became a member of the Methodist church at Pleasant Hill in 1874, and at the present time is affiliated with the First Methodist Episcopal church at Shelbyville.  March 5, 1867, he married  Mary, daughter of  Peter and  Mary ( Miller) Yarling, the former born at Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, July 3, 1810.  Mary Miller  was born at Hanover, Germany, March 1, 1811.  Peter came to America in 1832, worked for a while as a laborer in Cincinnati, entered eighty acres of land in Marion township, Shelby county, Indiana, and later settled on the same.  By occasional purchases he increased his holdings until at the time of his death in 1876 he owned four hundred eighty acres.  Mary Miller came to Ohio in 1834, when she wad twenty-four years old, and married in 1835;  she died February 9, 1885.  She was the mother of nine children:  Phillip, born January 12, 1836, died March 5, 1852;  Elizabeth, born October 14, 1837, died August 21, 1869;  Henry, born December 15, 1840, died in the army, December 27, 1862;  Mary, born September 13, 1842;  John, born February l 2, 1844;  Michael, born December 15, 1845;  Jacob, born September 23, 1848;  Catherine, January 3, 1851.  George, the third in order of birth, was born May 7, 1839, died March 23, 1879.  George W. Phares and wife were the parents of the following children:  Mary Catherine, born January 2. 1868, married  Alonzo Rhodes, December 17, 1885; she has one daughter, GraceJohn William, a practicing physician and surgeon of Evansville, was born December 28, 1868; he married  Louisa Houghland  in September, 1901, and they have one little daughter named Mary Louise Henry Elsworth Phares, born July 1, 1870, is also a physician; he married  Gertrude Carney, in April, 1899, and they have one daughter named  Frances.  (See sketch of  Dr. H. E. Phares  elsewhere in these pages.)  The next in order of birth was a daughter, who died soon after her birth which occurred October 29, 1873.  Millie A., born October 4, 1874, died December 10, 1874.  Carrie Frances, born February 27, 1876, married  Dr. W. W. Tindall  on June 25, 1903, and they have one son, William.  (See sketch of Doctor Tindall.)  Nora Belle, born January 14, 1878, married  Charles Plummer, April 12, 1899; they had one child, Florence Irene, who died in early childhood.
          George W. Phares remained on his farm until 1901, when he retired and removed to Shelbyville, where he is spending the evening of his days at a pleasant home on South Harrison street.  He owns five hundred fifty acres of land in Marion township, and enjoys high standing in the business and agricultural world.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana by Edward H. Chadwick, B.S., assisted by well known local talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pages 400-402.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming  for Christal Callahan Culp

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