Biography of John W. Phares
Howard County, IN Biographies





JOHN W. PHARES is a native of Shelby County, Ind., and was born January 6, 1837; he was the third of twelve children born to John and Sarah (Wicker) Phares, natives of Ohio and North Carolina. John Phares removed to Shelby County, Ind., when but twelve years of age, with his father, who was one of the pioneers of that county. He there spent his boyhood days and was married in 1831. For the last thirty years, he has been actively engaged in the ministry of the Missionary Baptist Church, and is yet living in Shelby County. He and wife are now quite old, and have been members of the same congregation for about forty years. The subject of this sketch received a limited education in the common school, and later attended high school for some time, and in the winter of 1860 taught his first school; he worked the farm in the summer and taught school in the winter for ten years, and in 1873 removed with his family to Howard County, locating on his present farm of sixty acres; he has always been a member of the Republican party, and was elected Justice of the Peace in 1874, serving one term. Mr. Pharea was married, November 21, 1861, to Miss Samantha Carmony, born October 20, 1841, and the daughter of John and Sarah A. Carmony, born October 20, 1841, and the daughter of John and Sarah A, Carmony, of Shelby County, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. Phares had five children - S. Emma, J. William, M. Elva, Anna F. and Espy Otto. Mrs. Phares died, April 23, 1877, an earnest Christian woman, a member of the Union Baptist Church. Mr. P. is a prominent worker in the same church, being a Class Leader and Secretary of the Quarterly Conference.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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