I recently came across your inquiry regarding the whereabouts of the Phimisters. My name is Michael Phimister, born in Detroit, Michigan, but now live in Bremerton, Washington, just west of Seattle, Washington, USA.
The family history as I know it goes something like this. Five brothers came to the states from the Glasgow area in the late 1800's or very early 1900's. A sixth brother, Alexander, was killed at Boschrand, South Africa during the the Boer War. After his death the young woman he had been courting, Lucy Thurley, married James, my grandfather. Upon arrival in the states, one brother stayed in New York, my grandfather moved to Detroit, one went to Canada, another to the Minnesota-Wisconsin area, and another moved to the west coast, perhaps California, so I've been told.
James (one of the first auto mecahnics in Detroit)and Lucy had eight children. They are (were): Jefferson (father to me and my sister, Barbara, A railroad man), Kenneth (a tool and die maker), Thomas ( a veteran of the Pacific war and sales rep for a company in the auto industry), Evelyn (a respected textile artist who lived in New York), Christine, Martha, Kathleen, and Doris. Of these, Doris is still alive and resides in Royal Oak, Michigan.
My wife, Valerie, and I live in Bremerton, Washington, as I noted earlier. I moved here in 1984 and have since become aware of two more Phimisters, Mark and Tom. We are all educators working in the public school systems. My wife teaches junior high gifted students, and I am a high school counselor at Spectrum Community School in Kingston, Washington and teach in the local college, as well. We both perform a variety of music ranging from original music for children to maritime/sea chanteys to folk to jazz. It helps to keep our heads straight.
I hope this little walk through history has been informative. I believe the information to be correct insofar as my birth family is concerned. Best wishes in your search. You may pass this message on to others who are inquiring. Michael James Phimister
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