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We all have "special moments" in our lives and one of mine was when I found my father's biological family. I could only find scanty Balch family connections until I tried to find out why my 2nd great grandmother, Margaret Jane Balch, was buried in the Old Faubion Cemetery just outside Parrottsville, Tennessee. I sent out an inquiry and left on vacation. Imagine the glory I felt when I returned and Steven C. Verden had sent me a message that my family was recorded in the Faubion published histories. His ancestry goes back to the Germanna Settlement in Spotswood VA through his grandmother Diannah Rector Faubion.

The publications are "Faubion and Allied Families" by Mary Laverne Faubion and "The Faubion's" by Sarah Tennessee Faubion Pangle, daughter of Tilghman Faubion and Margaret Catherine McSween. Tilghman is the brother of my 3rd great grandfather, Matthias.

Steven C Verden From Faubion and Allied Families, page 417

Mathias was the only child of William and Perthenia who lived out his entire life in the area in which he was born. He had obtained such education as was available from the schools near home but by reading and observation continued his self-education throughout his life. He had grown up on his father's farm helping with the farming and working in his father's gins and mills. He was twenty-one when his father died, and he received as his portion of the estate 300 acres of land on the banks of the French Broad, including a "set of mills and cotton gins," valued at $2,255.

No record has been found of service during the Civil War. After the Civil War he became a successful merchant while continuing to farm and raise stock. He was a life-long, active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

There were no children by his second or third wife.

page 420 is the will of his third wife

Cocke County, Tennessee Will Book 4, pages 301-302, Mrs. Emiline (sic) Faubion Will dated April 30, 1926. Requests depts be paid; burial, and tombstone at Forest Hill Cemetery, Cocke County. Bequeaths to step granddaughter Rubie Emiline Balch "whom I have raised" the house and lot in Parrotsville "being all the realestate I now own." Includes furniture and contents. If Rubie Emiline dies without issue, all property bequeathed to her to be equally divided among Emiline Faubion's living relatives or their heirs.

Adm. & Settlements, Book 4, page 173, January 8, 1930. Rubie Emiline, a minor.

The Faubions by Sarah Faubion Pangle, Pg 28

Mathias Faubion, Son of William and Perthenia Faubion was born near Parrottsville in Cocke County, Tennessee, April 15th, 1818.

His early life was passed on his father's farm assisting in the primative agriculture of that day.

His meager education was obtained from such imperfect schools as were in vogue at that time, but by subsequent reading and observation he became one of the best informed men in the county, and was frequently urged to become a candidate for the highest office in the commonwealth, but his aspirations did not run in that direction; he preferred the quietude of home life and the friendly social intercourse of neighbors and friends.

In his early manhood, with his brothers, he was engaged in milling operations on the French Broad river.

He was first married to Miss Matilda Wells of Buncome County, North Carolina. To this union four children were born, only one reached maturity.

His second marriage was to Mrs. Ellen Susong, an estimatable widow of the county in which they lived, and whose death occurred a few years later.

His third wife was Mrs. Emmeline Jones of Del Reo, Tennessee who still survives. With the exception of occasional trips into nearby states, his entire life was spent in the county of his birth. After the Civil War he was engaged in the mercantile business, farmings and stock raising, in which he was successful until his retirement from active business.

He embraced christianity in his early years, and was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church through life.

He had no enemies, and was loved and respected by all with whom he was associated. No tattered wayfarer was ever turned away who sought food and shelter at his door. When he had passed ninety three milestones on life's rugged highway, he paused and looked heavenward. His mortal remains were laid to rest beside the mother of his children, and under the sod on which his childhood feet in play had tread near a century before. Written by his devoted grandson, William Balch. Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith more than Norman blood.

Matthias first wife, Matilda C Wells, daughter of Robert Pinkney Wells and Elizabeth Weaver of Buncombe Co. North Carolina, was born 31 Oct 1824 Buncombe Co. North Carolina died 16 Mar 1885. Both are buried in the old Faubion Family Cemetery in Good Hope Road between Newport and Parrottsville. Weaverville, North Carolina is named after Matilda's Weaver grandparents, John Weaver and Elizabeth Biffle.

They had only 1 child who survived to adulthood, my 2nd great grandmother, Margaret Jane Faubion, wife of Henry Girdine Balch of Lincoln/Catawba Co. North Carolina. Margaret was born 23 Jan 1851 Cocke Co. Tennessee died 5 Mar 1890 and is buried next to her parents. Her husband remarried after her death and all but two of her children, William and Della, went to Texas and Oklahoma. Their daughter, Daisy Balch, my great grandmother married Samuel S Whitaker. She died approx 1898 when her two sons, Bruce Girdine and Joseph Eugene were young. Sam brought the children back from Texas and lived with his sister until he remarried in 1900. He then packed up the family and moved to Wright Co Missouri for a few years before moving on to Iola, Allen Co. Kansas, where my grandfather, Joseph Eugene died at age 25 and my father was born.

When grandfather died the settlement of his estate mentions Daisy's two sons as "whereabouts unknown". Apparently Sam left and never looked back. For what reason is unknown. The family stated he never talked about Tennessee for some reason.

The family celebrated Matthias' 92nd birthday with a dinner at his home. The photograph was taken from Pangle's book. I didn't downsize the photo to be able to see it.

Matthias was born 15 April 1818 and died 12 Sept 1910. His grandson, William M. Balch and family resided with him. Della and her husband, Andrew B. Holt left Cocke Co shortly thereafter and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. However, they did keep in contact with William and his family.

I have added their family to the find a grave website with photos of their tombstones. Matthias gravesite

Will of Matthias Faubion

His brothers John and Tilghman who moved to Texas

The Paintings used in these Sets are the work of Greg Olsen
Touch A Memory Graphics

Copyright 7 Nov 2010 Carolyn Whitaker