Thank you for the information from Medford's books. I have a real problem with those books because they are not the actual census records. Mr. Medford doesn't even claim that they are the actual census records. If you read the front of his book and the foreword, you'll notice that he states that his books are "based on" the census records.
When you check the actual census pages, you'll find that in many cases, they are quite different. In one case that I am very aware of, Mr. Medford gave my great-great-grandfather Gibson children that, on the actual census records, were shown in completely different households and even in different neighborhoods.
This is the link to the will of Joshua Allison I which clearly states that Octava is his daughter with his second wife, Nancey C. Allison.
When I next visit the library, I will check Medford's references against the actual pages. There may be a clue there. If I can find a Phyllis O. Allison somewhere in the actual pages, that might give me a clue. I think you're right and that Phyllis O. could very well be Phebe Octava. Spelling was atrocious on those census pages way back then.
Thank you so much,
Haywood County NCGENWEB Coordinator
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