We have an Andrew Jackson Phares in Florida. I am attaching a copy of his wife's obituary below. They married between 1900 and 1909. They lived in Jacksonville, Florida until the time of her death. He was a steamboat captain. I have found an Andrew J. Phares, steam boat captain or ships engineer in the census in other areas also. The 1900 census has one in St. Petersburg, Florida and the 1910 census has one in New York state. The ages of all of these individuals are very similar. Each one has a different family so I can't tell if any of them are the same person. We also have an Ida Clair Farris who died in a fire the same year as Willie Mae Harris Phares. Not sure if there is any relations here but we are interested in finding out more info.
Florida Times Union - 26 Dec. 1909
Funeral of Mrs. A.J. Phares
Mrs. Willie M. Phares, wife of Mr. A.J. Phares of this city; whose tragic death resulted from the fearful burns received last Wednesday morning, was buried Friday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. Alvin Ewing, at the former residence, 108 East Eighth Street and at the New Springfield M.E. Church, of which Mrs. Phares was the first to become a member. Favorite music numbers of the deceased were effectively rendered by Mesdames Boote, Patterson and VanNess. The floral offerings were numerous, varied and beautiful. Mrs. Phares leaves to mourn her death, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. B.W. Coffman of Chattanooga, and two sons, Ernest A. Walker of this city and Maxie Walker of Fort Pierce, all of whom were present at the funeral. Messrs. G.W. Roberts, Roland Woodward, J.W. Cro____, S. Sineath, G.E. Murrel, and D.L. _____ officiated as pallbearers. Interment was made in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery
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