Phaedra Papa, better known as Aphendra, came from a noble family of the city of Serres. At a young age she married Emmanuel Papas, in May 1873. Together they had 11 children, 8 boys and 3 girls. Phaedra and her family were in danger from a fire started in their house by Yusuf Bei. Then Em. Papas placed Phaedra and his children under the protection of the Metropolitan of Serres, Chrysanthos. Four of her children took an active part in the struggle for independence. Phaedra, after many sorrows, deprivations and the deaths of many of her children, died penniless.