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                                                                              THE FANCHER FAMILY

                                                                 Descendants of William Fanshaw 

                                                                                    Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 FANSHAW was born Bet. 1615 - 1625, and died Bef. 08 March 1676/77 in Setauket, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York. He married (1) GOODWIFE. She died Aft. 1646. He married (2) KATHERINE Bet. 1652 - 1658 in Probably Southold, Suffolk Co., New York. She was born Abt. 1630, and died Bef. 22 March 1686/87 in Setauket, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York.

Notes for WILLIAM FANSHAW:

Also known as William Fancy. "Fancy" is a variant spelling of the Fanshaw surname.

In Colonial America on Long Island New York, at a place called Setauket, in Brookhaven Town in Suffolk County, a settlement of several families was established around 1660 that included the family of William Fancy and his second wife, Katherine. His first wife was called "Goodie" or "Goodwife" in New Haven, Connecticut records 1643 to 1646, and apparently died before he arrived at Setauket. His children were Samuel, Joseph, Hannah, William, Jr., and Rachel.

The first records for William and Goodwife Fancy appear in the New Haven Colony in 1643. On May 5, 1643 the New Haven records indicate that "Will Fancie his wife" was charged with stealing various things. Goodwife Fancy confessed that she had taken about 5,000 pins, diverse parcels of linens, and a jug valued at 17 shillings from Mrs. Lamberton. From Mrs. Gilbert, she had taken two pillow bears and a shift when the family was at prayer. It was ordered that she be severely whipped and make restitution to the people involved.

This same New Haven record also mentions that she had been previously whipped twice at "Conectecutt", which would appear to indicate that William and/or his wife had been in the Connecticut Colony prior to the New Haven Colony. The given name and maiden name of Goodwife Fancy is not known, but the extant Connecticut Colony records do not include any references to Fancy. It is possible that Goodwife Fancy was in Connecticut Colony prior to her marriage.

There have been no hints found regarding William Fancy's origins prior to the New Haven Colony, other than the fact that the majority of the population of this Colony was Puritans who had come from England.

William Fancy took the Oath of Fidelity to New Haven on July 1, 1644. There is evidence that William Fancy and his wife had been living with Lt. Robert Seeley, probably around 1644. Later, they were living with Thomas Clark, and may also have been living with, and/or working for, Thomas Robinson and Stephen Metcalfe.

William Fancy left New Haven after 1646 and by 1652 had purchased a house and 2-1/2 acre lot in Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Robert Smith originally owned the house, and then sold the house to John Budd, who in turn sold it to William Fancy.

Whitaker's Southold includes William Fancy in the list of Southold's early settlers. Southold also makes reference to William Fancy leaving Southold for Brookhaven - "Of the full-grown men who lived here and left their record in the annals of this Town… not a few removed to other places and became important factors and elements in the settlement and life of other towns. John Tucker... became one of the early settlers of the Town of Brookhaven, Long Island, and so did William Fansey, John Budd, Arthur Smyth, Robert Akerly and John Frost."

In December 1657 William Fancy witnessed a deed for William Salmon, which was recorded in Southold. William Fancy does not appear on the Southold List of Inhabitants in 1658, so it is probable that he left Southold by that time.

In 1661, William Fancy appears on the list of land proprietors in Setauket and is credited with being one of the first settlers (proprietors) of that place.

Records of William Fancy at Setauket begin in 1661 when he drew lot 13, a 6-acre lot in the "Old Field", in the first land draw at Setauket. The settlers had banded together and pooled their money to buy a large tract of land from the Indians. A selected piece of this land was surveyed and laid out in lots. The number of lots created was equal to the number of the town's proprietors. In the later draws, there were 55 lots laid out, which were numbered from 1 to 55. William Fancy is recorded as being entitled to one share. The lottery was to determine which lot a proprietor received, not whether he received a lot. Included in the lottery were those who had provided money in the first land draw in 1661.

1666: Goodman Fancy's Accommodations (Brookhaven Town Records, 1924. pages 111, 112)

Five acres his home lot, lying between Arthur Smith and Samuel Ackerly

A six acres in the Old field, Robert Ackerly lying north, and Simon Rouse south; west, butting Goodman Biggs, east, the harbor

More: three acre lot lying by Zachary Hawkins northward and the common southward

More: five acres in the Little neck lying between Mr. Lane and John Tooker with a piece of meadow lying at the foot of the lot and Mr. Briant's lying southwards, butting upon the harbor west and the highway, east.

More: meadow at Conscience lying between Mr. Woodhull's two divisions south east and north west butting upon the harbor northwards and against the woods southward

More: meadow in the fresh pond bounded upon Zachary on one side and Rich Waring on the other side

William Fancy's land draws:

1661 - Land in the Old Field, 6-acre lots (#13)

1667 - Lots in Newtown (East Setauket) (#6)

1667 - Land in the Old Field, Second Division (#11)

1667 - West Line (#4)

1674 - Old Purchase of Meadow at the South (#4)

1675 - New Purchase at the South (#28)

In addition to the lands he received in the drawings, in 1669 the Town voted to give William Fancy ten acres next to Robert Smith.

William Fancy's name also appears on the following land lot drawings, although, with the exception of the Meadows at ye Olde Mans Beach by William Fancy's widow, in each case the name of the person who was actually exercising William Fancy's Proprietor's Rights is not recorded.

Meadows at ye Olde Mans Beach (Widow Fancy #25)
Fireplace Meadows (#23)
Meadows on the East Side of "Conetecut" River, ye last division (#12)
Wading Rivers Meadows, the last division (#18)
Upland on the East Side of the "Conetticutt" River (#4)
Meadows laid out by Moses Burnet and William Helms, the last division (#26)
Southside, running between Smithtown line and Connecticut Hollow (#25)
South, between Winthrop Line and Connecticut River, East Division (Great Division) (#27)
South, between Winthrop Line and Connecticut River, West Division (Little Division) (#10)
Smithtown Line and Wading River, West Division (#51)
Skirst (Skirt) Division (#20)
Old Mans Sheep Pasture (#7)
West Meadow Neck Division (#10)
Pasture Division in Town (#2)
Long Swamp, south side of the country road near David Brewster Jr. (#7)
East Side of the head of Connecticut River (#53)
East Side of south path near Nasakique Swamp (#18)
South side of Mr. Phillips 100 acres near Nasakique (#52)
Meadow on South Beach, 3 Chain, 74 links wide (32)
Wading River Great Lots (31)
East Division of Long Lots (39)

William Fancy signed papers with a Z mark, or with a ^ mark. From his arrival in Setauket until his death there about 1678 when his Will was proved, William Fancy's name appears in the town records participating in many routine activities, such as agreeing to a Town Arbitration Board to settle land disputes, signing a petition for a corn-grinding mill in 1664, and pledging 7 shillings to encourage a blacksmith to settle there in 1667.

It is estimated that William Fancy's marriage to his second wife Katherine probably took place between 1652 and 1658. Town records relating to William Fancy's son Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy, call Samuel Katherine's son-in-law (meant as step-son). Katherine's maiden name is unknown. Because of the interaction between the families, there is speculation that she may have been a Smith, sister to Arthur Smith "The Quaker" and Robert Smith. If that was the case, it seems likely that Katherine met and married William Fancy in Southold. (In 1659 Arthur Smith sold his house in Southold and was admitted as a townsman of Setauket in December 1659. In 1661 Arthur Smith and William Fancy were on the list of 22 men who received 6 acre lots at Old Field.) In 1674 Katherine Fancy made a deposition that said she was "aged about 48", which places her birth sometime around 1626.

William Fancy's children are recorded in his June 17, 1675 Will as Samuel, Joseph, Hannah, Rachel, and William, Jr. Based on the evidence in Brookhaven Town records, Samuel and Joseph are believed to be William Fancy's sons by his first (unknown) wife. Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy died unmarried and childless in 1685. Other than the 20 shillings William Fancy bequeathed to his son in 1675, there is no other record of Joseph Fancy in Brookhaven Town records.

Hannah, Rachel and William, Jr. are named by William Fancy's second wife Katherine, in her October 17, 1684 Will. Hannah Fancy married (1) Robert Goulsbury, who died 1683, and (2) David Jennings/Jenners about 1684. Rachel married Peter Whiteheare (Whitaker/Wittier) before October 25, 1684.

June 17, 1675, Will of William Fancy (Attachment B) - "Very aged and a cripple". Body to be buried in Brookhaven. "Sonne Samuel ffancy" to have half of "my accommodation. That is one halfe of my home lott and Seaven ackers in the ould feild, and one halfe of all the ouot land Devided and undevided, and one half of all my meadow at the ould mans, and all my pt of medow and upland in ye ould purchase at the south". Samuel is not to sell any of it, it is for his heirs forever. "Beloved wife Katherine ffancy" is to have the other half of the accommodation and the whole meadow at Conscience except 20 shillings, to my "sonne Joseph ffancy". "My sonne William "ffancy" is to receive his portion after the death of wife Katherine. "Daughter "Hanah ffancy" is to receive two cows, or ten pounds, to be paid when she comes of age or marries. "Daughter Rechell" has already received her portion. William Fancy instructs that his Will be kept by neighbor widow Martha Smith (wife of Arthur Smith) as long as he lives. The Will was witnessed by John Thomas and Martha Smith, widow.

William Fancy probably died in early 1677, as his Will was proved in the Court of Sessions in Suffolk County on March 8, 1677. His name continues in Brookhaven records up to the last land draw in 1774 as his right is exercised by whomever it was transferred to by himself or his widow. Otherwise, 1677 is the last entry date for William Fancy in the Brookhaven Town records.

William Fancy was married twice. The name of his first wife is unknown, being referred to only as Goodwife, or Goodie, in the New Haven Colony records. She probably died after the April 14, 1646 punishment received at the hands of the New Haven authorities and before William Fancy purchased the house in Southold in 1652. Goodwife had at least one son, Samuel. William must have married his second wife Katherine shortly after the death of his first wife. The British occupation of Long Island during the Revolutionary War destroyed any early church records in this area that might have contained births and marriages for this family. The birth mothers of William's other children are unknown, but it is presumed that Hannah, William, Jr., and Rachel are the children by second wife Katherine, because they are named in her Will.

("The Fancher Family Origins", Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, privately published, 2003)

Notes for GOODWIFE:

The first records for William and Goodwife Fancy appear in the New Haven Colony in 1643. On May 5, 1643 the New Haven records indicate that "Will Fancie his wife" was charged with stealing various things. Goodwife Fancy confessed that she had taken about 5,000 pins, diverse parcels of linens, and a jug valued at 17 shillings from Mrs. Lamberton. From Mrs. Gilbert, she had taken two pillow bears and a shift when the family was at prayer. It was ordered that she be severely whipped and make restitution to the people involved.

This same New Haven record also mentions that she had been previously whipped twice at "Conectecutt", which would appear to indicate that William and/or his wife had been in the Connecticut Colony prior to the New Haven Colony. The given name and maiden name of Goodwife Fancy is not known, but the extant Connecticut Colony records do not include any references to Fancy. It is possible that Goodwife Fancy was in Connecticut Colony prior to her marriage.

There is evidence that William Fancy and his wife "Goodie" had been living with Lt. Robert Seeley, probably around 1644. Later, they were living with Thomas Clark, and may also have been living with, and/or working for, Thomas Robinson and Stephen Metcalfe.

In December 1645, Goodwife Fancy testified in a hearing involving Stephen Metcalfe, relating to the loss of an eye Metcalfe sustained from an accident with a gun. It would appear Goodwife Fancy was nursing Metcalfe at the time. Later, on March 2, 1646, William Fancy testified regarding a debt due to John Sackett from Metcalfe.

Notes for KATHERINE:

It is estimated that William Fancy's marriage to his second wife Katherine probably took place between 1652 and 1658. Town records relating to William Fancy's son Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy, call Samuel Katherine's son-in-law (meant as step-son). Katherine's maiden name is unknown. Because of the interaction between the families, there is speculation that she may have been a Smith, sister to Arthur Smith "The Quaker" and Robert Smith. If that was the case, it seems likely that Katherine met and married William Fancy in Southold. (In 1659 Arthur Smith sold his house in Southold and was admitted as a townsman of Setauket in December 1659. In 1661 Arthur Smith and William Fancy were on the list of 22 men who received 6 acre lots at Old Field.) In 1674 Katherine Fancy made a deposition that said she was "aged about 48", which places her birth sometime around 1626.

In August 1661, Katherine Fancy had an action of slander entered against her. George Woods, Jr. asked for 30 pounds damages. This is the first instance where William's second wife's given name is used.

William Fancy's children are recorded in his June 17, 1675 Will as Samuel, Joseph, Hannah, Rachel, and William, Jr. Based on the evidence in Brookhaven Town records, Samuel and Joseph are believed to be William Fancy's sons by his first (unknown) wife. Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy died unmarried and childless in 1685. Other than the 20 shillings William Fancy bequeathed to his son in 1675, there is no other record of Joseph Fancy in Brookhaven Town records.

Hannah, Rachel and William, Jr. are named by William Fancy's second wife Katherine, in her October 17, 1684 Will. Hannah Fancy married (1) Robert Goulsbury, who died 1683, and (2) David Jennings/Jenners about 1684. Rachel married Peter Whiteheare (Wittier) before October 25, 1684.

Katherine (also spelled Catherine and Katteren in the records) Fancy's name continues until 1684 when she executes her last land transfer and makes her Will. She is quite active in seeing that her step-son Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy receives care. Also, she transfers and receives land from Robert Goulsbury and wife Hannah, her daughter. She received a bounty for killing of a wolf that was probably killed by her son or son-in-law.

Katherine Fancy's Will, dated October 7, 1684, witnessed by Richard Smith and Richard Woodhull, was proved in the Court of Sessions March 22, 1687/8. Katherine Fancy left the meadow at Conscience she inherited from her husband to "daughter Rachells" youngest son "whom she hath or Shall have by Peter Whiteheare of Brookhaven". The meadow is left to Whiteheare's son on the condition that Whiteheare pay 5 pounds in cattle to William Fancy (Jr.) and 5 pounds to Hannah (Fancy) Jenners within one year after her death. Robert Goulsbury (Goldsborough), the son of Hannah (Fancy) Goulsbury Jenners, is to receive a three year old heifer and calf by her side when he reaches 16 years of age from Peter Whiteheare. Hannah Jenners is to receive one cow, and Peter Whiteheare's youngest children are to receive the rest of any remaining cattle. The land that was given to Katherine by the town is given to Peter Whiteheare (Whittier).

Children of WILLIAM FANSHAW and GOODWIFE are:

i. SAMUEL2 FANSHAW, d. Aft. 29 June 1682.

Notes for SAMUEL FANSHAW:

Samuel Fanshaw was probably not married, as no wife or children were ever mentioned in Brookhaven records, or in his Will. In 1680 he exchanged his three-acre lot in Newtown for a piece of property from Robert Goulsbury and in October 5 1682, he witnessed a deed for Robert Smith. By 1682 Samuel "Fanshaw" had become severely disabled as the result of frozen feet from an unknown cause. He could not care for himself and required someone to care for him as evidenced by several entries in Brookhaven records relating to this problem. Rachel and Katherine Fancy complained to the town and in February 1683 the town appointed Samuel's "mother-in-law" (step-mother) Katherine Fancy to care for him until a doctor could be consulted. It was decided that John Biggs was to take care of Samuel. As payment for his care of Samuel, the town gave John Biggs two cattle and 100 acres of land. The arrangement with Biggs did not work out. The next month, Samuel gave land to Robert Goulsbury (husband of Hannah Fancy) in exchange for his care. Later records indicate the Town reclaimed the cattle and land originally paid to John Biggs for Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy's care.

Samuel "ffanshaw" made his Will June 29, 1682, leaving his worldly estate to Hannah (Fancy) and Robert Goulsbery, and all of his lands to their son, Samuel's nephew, Robert Goulsbery. Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy signed his Will with his S mark. This Will may have been a condition for the Goulsberys' continued care of Samuel, or may indicate Samuel was a blood relative of Hannah Fancy. Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy probably died 1684/5. His Will directed his burial to be in "the ussiall buering place of brookehaven".

ii. JOSEPH FANSHAW.

Notes for JOSEPH FANSHAW:

Joseph Fancy is named in his father, William Fancy's, Will in 1675 and received twenty shillings. Nothing else is known of him. His name does not appear anywhere in other Brookhaven records, and he is not named in Katherine Fancy or Samuel Fanshaw/Fancy's Wills.

Children of WILLIAM FANSHAW and KATHERINE are:

2. iii. HANNAH2 FANSHAW.

3. iv. WILLIAM FANSHAW.

4. v. RACHEL FANSHAW.

 

                                                     Generation No. 2

2. HANNAH2 FANSHAW (WILLIAM1) She married (1) ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH Aft. 1675 in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York. He died 1683 in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York. She married (2) DAVID JENNINGS Abt. 05 June 1684 in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York1.

Notes for HANNAH FANSHAW:

Hannah Fancy/Fanshaw married Robert Goulsbury (Goldsborough) after 1675 when she is named in her father's will as Hannah "ffancey". She had one child by Robert Goulsbury, named Robert. Robert Goulsbury, Sr. died around 1683, and she then married David Jenners (Genners, Jennings, Jennen) around 1684. Hannah is believed to be the daughter of Katherine (Unknown) Fancy, William Fancy's second wife, as Hannah is named in Katherine's Will.

Notes for ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH:

AKA Robert Goldsberry. Goldsberry is spelling variant of English surname Goldsborough.

English surname Goldsborough spelling variants Goldsbrough, Goldsbrow, Gouldsbra, Gouldsborough, Gouldsbury, Gooldsberry. Brookhaven Long Island, New York spellings are typically variants of Goulsbury and Goldsberry.

Called a Planter, Husbandman, and Yeoman in Brookhaven Town Records. He died before 9 May 1684, when his widow Hannah (Fancy) Gouldsbury forgives the debts of Benjamin Smith. (Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, pg. 133)

Numerous records in Brookhaven of him buying, selling, trading land.

16 September 1684. Last Will and Testament mentioned in record. (Will has not been located.) Executors of estate: (Wife) Hannah (Fancy) Jennings, (Brother-In-Law) Peter Whiteheare, John Tooker, Jr. (Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, pg 232.)

Inventory 1683. L 84, s 8, d 6 (Long Island Source Records, Inventories, Suffolk Co., L.I. Sessions Book No. 1, Page 295)

Notes for DAVID JENNINGS:

Also spelled Genens, Genans, Ginans, etc. Called a Carpenter and Soujourner in Brookhaven Town Records. (Brookhaven TR's Book B, pg 194.)

Alias: John Hedges (or Hodges). States real name is David Jennings. (Brookhaven TR's Book B, pg 174.)

5 June 1684. Ordered not to dispose of Robert Gouldsberry (Goldsborough) estate until all debts have been paid and a devision of assets made concerning the "wife and child" by the overseers of estate. (Brookhaven TR's, Book B, pg 195.)

Child of HANNAH FANSHAW and ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH is:

i. ROBERT3 GOLDSBOROUGH, b. Bef. 1684.

Notes for ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH:

Appears to be the only child of Robert Gouldsborough and Hannah Fancey.

5 June 1684. Step-father David Jennings ordered not to dispose of Robert Goulsberry (Goldsborough) Sr's estate until all debts have been paid and a devision of assets made concerning the "wife and child" by the overseers of estate. (Brookhaven TR's, Book B, pg 195.)

22 December 1684. Step-father David Jennings regarding 30 pounds due for houses and land purchased from Peter Whiteheare for paying debts due by Robert Goulsberry (Goldsborogh) Sr. Balance of said 30 pounds to fall to Hannah, his wife and her son Robert Goulsberry.

20 March 1701 - Sells land "formerly purchased by my father Robert Goldsberry late of Brookhaven" to John Tooker. (Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, page 327.)

15 July 1702 - Agreement with Thomas Clark, Merchant, of Brookhaven regarding 20 acres of land at "Nassakeigues" Swamp. (Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, page 333.)

Child of HANNAH FANSHAW and DAVID JENNINGS is:

ii. DAVID3 JENNINGS, b. 29 September 1686.

Notes for DAVID JENNINGS:

Bound to John Roe, Sr. in 1693 (Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, pg 307

 

3. WILLIAM2 FANSHAW (WILLIAM1) He married ABIGAIL.

Notes for WILLIAM FANSHAW:

William Fanshaw was also known as William Fancy, Jr. Fancy is a spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

William Fanshaw/Fancy, Jr. is first mentioned in his father's Will of 1675 and appears to have been a minor at that time. The half of the estate he was to receive was entrusted to his mother Katherine, until her death.

On September 11, 1678, John Budd forgives Katherine Fancy from all claims, demands and debts, and also forgives William Fanshaw/Fancy of a debt_____. (The page in the original record was torn.)

The town proprietors voted and agreed to give William Fanshaw/Fancy, Jr. and Richard Clark 20 acres apiece of Upland with commonage for their cattle in December 1679, and the men said they were "nott expecking any more land of the towne." William's mother was still living in 1679. It appears that William had no claim or ownership in his father's proprietors right to town lands at that time.

Also called William Fancy. Fancy is a spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

In June of 1680 William, Jr. bought a bay horse from Thomas Biggs, Jr, for which he paid two barrels of merchantable oil. In November 1680 he swaps horses with Walter Jones, and in April 1681 he swaps the horse he got from Jones for a bay horse from John Hutton.

On September 9, 1680 Katherine Fancy apparently begins giving her son William, Jr. part of his inheritance. Katherine gives William, Jr. her share of the Meadow at Conscience, the 6-acre lot in Old Field, 7 acres in the West Division, and her right in the Little Neck for him to "in Joy for ever after her desese."

It appears that William Fanshaw/Fancy, Jr. came into his majority between 1678 and 1680, which places his birth somewhere between 1655 and 1662. The records indicate that his trade was a weaver.

On May 26 of 1682 William, Jr. exchanges land with his mother Katherine. The same day he creates a mortgage on his property and possessions. He is described as a weaver who is indebted to John Inions (Inian) of New York City. (Around 1680 John Inian had purchased 10,000 acres in New Brunswick, New Jersey and was one of the proprietors and founders of that place.) William Fancy, Jr.'s mortgage includes 10 acres, the share of land at the Meadows, his home lot, 20 acres given by the town, and his loom and associated tackle. The debt is to be paid in the next year. There is no indication that William, Jr. did not pay this debt.

William Fanshaw/Fancy, Jr. witnessed a deed in 1688 for Richard Smith to Jonathan Luce, in Huntington. In 1693, he signed a letter from the townsmen to the proprietors asking for the town to call and provide for a minister. A record in the Brookhaven Town Historian's office shows William Fanshaw/Fancy, Jr. witnessed a deed between Col. William "Tangier" Smith of St. George Manor and Richard Clark in June 1696.

William Fancy, Jr. resigned his earmark in 1720 to Ephraim Rose, but the entry in the town records is crossed out. This 1720 entry is the last mention of William, Jr. in the Brookhaven Town records.

In the Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas, there are five recorded court cases involving William Fanshaw/Fancy. At this time in 2003, the papers, and the details of these cases, have not been found. The cases are:

March 31, 1726 - William Fancy versus Jonathan Bayley

September 29, 1726 - Sundry Indians versus William Fancy

March 13, 1727 - Sundry Indians versus William Fancy

September 26, 1728 - William Fancy versus Clement Morris

October 2, 1729 - Clement Morris versus William Fancy

On the same day March 13, 1727 when William was in court, there was a similar case of Sundry Indians versus Richard Fancy. This Richard Fancy had registered, in Islip Town, a cattle earmark that was identical to the earmark of William Fancy, Sr.  

Notes for ABIGAIL:

Abigail (Unknown) "Fanshaw", who is believed to have been William Fancy's wife, was also a witness to a deed for Col. William "Tangier" Smith of St. George Manor in 1703. An undated "Plan of the Manner of Groton Hall on Nassaw alias Long Island In ye Province of New Yorke" shows Wawcoruck or Tarmans Neck "Under ye Improvement of Abagail Fancy widdow Tenant". Abigail's maiden name remains unknown. (It should be noted that in Stamford, Connecticut, John Fancher named his first-born daughter Abigail and Richard Fancher, after naming his first daughter for his wife Martha, named his second daughter Abigail. Joseph Fancher, of Cape May Co. New Jersey also named a daughter Abigail. This could suggest that Abigail (Unknown) was the mother of the youngest Fanshaw/Fancher siblings, and may have been William Fancy/Fanshaw, Jr.'s second wife.)

Children of WILLIAM FANSHAW and ABIGAIL are:

5. i. CATHERINE3 FANCHER, b. Bet. 1687 - 1697, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York; d. 09 January 1742/43, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

6. ii. WILLIAM FANCHER, b. Bet. 1693 - 1703, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York.

7. iii. HANNAH FANCHER, b. Bet. 1698 - 1703, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York.

8. iv. DAVID FANCHER, b. Bet. 1698 - 1708, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York.

9. v. RICHARD FANCHER, b. Bet. 1700 - 1710, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York; d. Bet. 29 October - 12 November 1764, Roxbury Twp., Morris Co., New Jersey.

10. vi. JOHN FANCHER, b. Bet. 1712 - 1716, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York; d. 04 February 1779, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York.

11. vii. JOSEPH FANCHER, b. Bet. 1710 - 1720, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York; d. Bef. July 1786, Probably Cape May Co., New Jersey.

4. RACHEL2 FANSHAW (WILLIAM1) She married PETER WHITTIER2 Bef. 27 October 1684 in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York3, son of ABRAHAM WHITTIER and UNKNOWN WIFE. He was born Abt. 1650, and died Bet. 05 July - 25 August 1698 in Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York4.

Notes for RACHEL FANSHAW:

Rachel Fanshaw was also called Rachel Fancy. Fancy is a spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

Rachel Fancy was married in Brookhaven before October 27, 1684 to Peter Whiteheare (Whittier). Her mother is presumed to have been William Fanshaw/Fancey's second wife Katherine (Unknown) because Rachel is named in Katherine's Will.

Notes for PETER WHITTIER:

Whittier English surname: also spelled Whittear, Whitear, Whitehair, Whithair, Whithear, etc. Whiteleather dresser, one who taws skins into whitleather.

Brookhaven Long Island, New York spellings were phoentic spelling variants Whiteheare, Whiethear, Whitehair, Whieteire, Whitthere, Whithier, Whithare, Whitere, Whitier, etc.

Southampton:

24 April 1671:Peregrine Stanborough sells to Peter Whitehear of Southampton, 7 acres at Sagaponack, bounded S & S E by highway, E & NE by comon land, W & N W by highway which goes N E from Mr. Toppings land. (Book of records of the town of Southampton, 5 Vol., Sag Harbor, N.Y.. J.H. Hunt, 1874-1893, Vol II. p. 54)

28 November 1671:Peter Whiteer sells to his well beloved brother Benjamen Hand the within written bill of sale. November 28, 1671 (Book of records of the town of Southampton, 5 Vol., Sag Harbor, N.Y.. J.H. Hunt, 1874-1893, Vol II. p. 59)

Brookhaven:

9 June 1692 Brookhaven Town Trustee (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 13)

18 April 1693 Brookhaven Trustee & Tax Collector (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 14)

15 April 1695 As "late" collector, makes account of taxes and rates he received and paid (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 17)

5 May 1696 Voted Town Tax Collector (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 18)

30 April 1697:Signs Petition (with William Fancey, Jr.) for new minister (Brookhaven TR's, Book B, pg 408)

5 April 1698 By order of Trustees, lays out 20 acre lot (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 4)

5 July 1698 Voted Town Surveyor of Highways with Mr. Helme (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 22)

25 August 1698 Recorded as deceased (Brookhaven TR's, Book C, pg 22)

 Child of RACHEL FANSHAW and PETER WHITTIER is:

i. ABRAHAM3 WHITTIER.

Notes for ABRAHAM WHITTIER:

24 October 1699 - Sells land to Elias Bayley. (Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, pg 326)

No further records in Book B, Brookhaven Town Records

23 April 1704 Will of Col. William Smith of the Manor of St. George, Suffolk Co. NY - Leaves two 50 acre lots lying between Old Mans and Wading River (in Brookhaven) which he purchased from John Wood and Abraham Whittier. (Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate’s Office, City of New York, Vol. 1, 1665-1707. Collections of the New York Historical Society, Vol. 25. New York: New York Historical Society, 1893.) Note: William Fancey, Jr. and his wife Abigail "Fanshaw" each witnessed deeds between Col. William Smith and Richard Clark.

                                                        Generation No. 3

5. CATHERINE3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1687 - 1697 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York5, and died 09 January 1742/43 in Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut6. She married EBENEZER ELWELL 14 August 1717 in Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut7, son of SAMUEL ELWELL and SARAH WHEADON. He was born 28 October 1690 in Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut8, and died 24 December 1754 in Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut8.

Notes for CATHERINE FANCHER:

Fancher is a spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

Children of CATHERINE FANCHER and EBENEZER ELWELL are:

i. EBENEZER4 ELWELL, b. 09 June 1721, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut8; d. 14 January 1767, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut8; m. (1) RUTH MOSS8, 20 November 17418; m. (2) MARY DUNBAR8, 24 September 17458.

ii. SARAH ELWELL, b. 04 January 1722/23, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut8; d. Bef. 08 December 1753.

Notes for SARAH ELWELL:

Sarah Elwell is not mentioned in her father's 8 December 1753 Will.

iii. CATHERINE ELWELL, b. 25 September 1724, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut8.

iv. JUDITH ELWELL, b. 20 September 1726, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut8.

12. v. LYDIA ELWELL, b. 09 August 1728, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

vi. JONATHAN ELWELL8, b. 05 January 1729/308.

vii. ANNE ELWELL, b. 05 December 1733, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut8.

viii. SAMUEL ELWELL, b. 27 April 1736, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut8; m. HANNAH FANCHER, 01 March 1755, Plymouth, New haven Co., Connecticut; b. 11 April 1736, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

More About HANNAH FANCHER:

Date born 2: 11 April 1736

6. WILLIAM3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1693 - 1703 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York9. He married THANKFUL THOMSON 20 November 1723 in Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut, daughter of JOHN THOMSON and HANNAH WHEADON. She was born 07 July 1705 in Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut10.

Notes for WILLIAM FANCHER:

"Fancher" is a Colonial spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

Children of WILLIAM FANCHER and THANKFUL THOMSON are:

i. SAMUEL4 FANCHER, b. 02 September 1724, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut10; d. 08 January 1753, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut10.

ii. WILLIAM FANCHER, b. 20 October 1726, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut10; d. Aft. 28 April 180811; m. ELIZABETH LUDDENTON11, 05 April 1755, Plymouth, New haven Co., Connecticut11; d. Bet. 28 July 1796 - 28 April 1808.

iii. DEBORAH FANCHER, b. 27 January 1728/29, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut12; d. 05 December 1739, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut12.

iv. JOHN FANCHER, b. 05 June 1731, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut12; d. 24 June 1798, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut12; m. ATHILDEA MATTHEWS12.

v. ELIZABETH FANCHER, b. 25 March 1728, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut12.

vi. EBENEZER FANCHER, d. 18 August 175812.

vii. ICHABOD FANCHER.

viii. JEHIEL FANCHER.

ix. LEMUEL FANCHER, b. 1745, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut13; d. 04 July 1789, Watertown, New Haven Co., Connecticut13; m. SARAH LOOMIS, 01 June 1779, Plymouth, New haven Co., Connecticut13.

Notes for LEMUEL FANCHER:

Twin with Thomas

x. THOMAS FANCHER, b. 1745, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut14; d. Aft. 22 August 1815; m. OLIVE DUNBAR, 30 July 1765, (Northbury) Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

Notes for THOMAS FANCHER:

Twin with Lemuel

xi. THANKFUL FANCHER.

xii. ITHIEL FANCHER, m. MARY HULL15.

xiii. VEAL FANCHER, b. 21 September 1752, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut15; d. 11 May 1754, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut15.

7. HANNAH3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1698 - 1703 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York16. She married JOSEPH GARNSEY 06 June 1728 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut17, son of JOSEPH GARNSEY and MARY LOCKWOOD. He was born 23 April 1695 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut18.

Notes for HANNAH FANCHER:

Fancher is a spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

Children of HANNAH FANCHER and JOSEPH GARNSEY are:

i. HANNAH4 GARNSEY, b. 02 September 1729, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut19.

ii. JOSEPH GARNSEY, b. 11 January 1729/3019.

iii. WILLIAM GARNSEY, b. 11 September 1734, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut19.

iv. JOSEPH GARNSEY, b. 18 September 1736, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut19.

v. DEBORAH GARNSEY, b. 13 September 1738, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut19.

vi. JONATHAN GARNSEY, b. 173920.

 

8. DAVID3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1698 - 1708 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York21.

Notes for DAVID FANCHER:

Also known as David Fanshaw and David Fancy.

"Fancy" and "Fancher" are Colonial spelling variants of the Fanshaw surname.

Children of DAVID FANCHER are:

i. SYLVANUS4 FANCHER, b. 173022; d. 1802, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York22; m. (1) PRISCILLA SMITH, 02 October 1755, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut23; m. (2) HANNAH GRAY, 28 April 1762, Green Farms, Westport, Essex Co., New York; b. 12 November 1736, Fairfield, Fairfield Co., Connecticut24; d. 180524.

ii. MARY FANCHER, b. Abt. 173425; m. JOHN BEARDSLEE, 21 January 1751/52, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut25.

iii. JAMES FANCHER, b. Abt. 1736, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut26; d. Bef. 06 January 1814, Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut26; m. MARY SCOTT, 18 March 1762, (Northbury) , Plymouth, New Haven Co., Connecticut26; b. 19 May 174326.

iv. DAVID FANCHER, b. Abt. December 1741, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut27; d. Bef. 01 April 1817; m. MARTHA HOLMES, 07 June 1764, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut28; b. 26 April 174129; d. Aft. 181029.

v. WILLIAM FANCHER, b. Abt. March 1744/45, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut29; d. Abt. 1779, Darien, Fairfield Co., Connecticut29; m. (1) ESTHER SEWARD, 02 July 1771, Darien, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; m. (2) THANKFUL SMITH, 08 December 1777, Darien, Fairfield Co., Connecticut29; d. 25 November 184029.

9. RICHARD3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1700 - 1710 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York, and died Bet. 29 October - 12 November 1764 in Roxbury Twp., Morris Co., New Jersey. He married MARTHA. She died Aft. 12 November 1764.

Notes for RICHARD FANCHER:

Also known as Richard Fanshaw and Richard Fancy.

"Fancher" and "Fancy" are Colonial spelling variants of the Fanshaw surname.

Richard "Fancy" was living in Islip, Suffolk Co., New York in 1726/1727. The Court of Common Pleas in Southold, Suffolk County records of March 13, 1727 indicate two cases on the same day for Sundry Indians versus Richard Fancy and Sundry Indians versus William Fancy. In 1726 Richard Fancy entered an earmark in Islip Town, Long Island, New York (identical to his father, William Fancy, Jr.'s, earmark registered in Brookhaven) as follows: "Mark for his creatures, a swallow fork on the right ear". The following year Richard Fancy was involved in the above-mentioned Sundry Indians case with William Fancy (his father or possibly his brother William) on the same day.

Canaan Parish was a religious designation which encompassed parts of the towns of Stamford and Norwalk. Depending on where they lived, the Canaan Parish families (which would have included Richard Fancher) continued to be citizens of either Norwalk or Stamford, Connecticut. All their land records and civil records would have continued to be recorded in these original towns until the end of the 18th century. Only their religious records would be have been kept by the Canaan Parish church. Richard "Fanshaw" appears in the Stamford Grand (Tax) Lists 1728 to 1736, and his three of his five children who were baptized in the Canaan Parish Congregational Church (William, Benjamin, and Abigail) would have been born in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.

Canaan Parish Congregational Church handwritten records of Richard's children's baptisms:

1734

July 28 Richard & Martha the children of Richard Fanshaw

1735

19 Oct. William & Benjamin the Twin Children of Richard Fanshaw

1737

Feb. 20 Abigail the Daughter of Richard Fanshaw

A family bible record indicates that Richard Fancher's son Richard was born on 17 August 1731. None of the births of Richard Fancher's other children appear in this record. Because his son Richard was baptized in the Canaan Parish Church almost 3 years after his birth, it is believed that his daughter Martha may have been baptized on a date significantly later than her birth. 

More About RICHARD FANCHER:

Will Dated: 29 October 1764

Will Probated: 12 November 1764

Will Recorded: 02 September 1765, Morris Co., New Jersey

Children of RICHARD FANCHER and MARTHA are:

13. i. MARTHA4 FANCHER.

ii. RICHARD FANCHER, b. 17 August 1731, Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York30; d. 25 March 1778, Roxbury, Chester Twp, Morris Co., New Jersey30; m. SARAH DOUGLAS, 20 February 1753, Roxbury, Chester Twp., Morris Co., New Jersey30; b. 27 January 1734/35, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut30; d. Abt. 1840, Probably Florida, Montgomery Co., New York.

Notes for RICHARD FANCHER:

Also known as Captain Richard Fancher.

It is believed that Captain Richard was not the twin of Martha Fancher. The Canaan Parish Congregational Church records consistently record the birth of twin children, and the "Twin" notation does not appear in the record of Captain Richard's (or Martha's) baptism. There are many instances of several children of a family being baptized together on the same day in these church records. Captain Richard Fancher's birth date comes from a family bible. His sister Martha, or his other siblings births, are not recorded there.

Capt. Richard's sons James and John were the only ones to remain in Morris Co., New Jersey.

Children of Capt. Richard Fancher and Sarah Douglas:

i. Joshua Fancher, born October 23, 1756 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey.

Removed to Monongalia VA 1789. No family, died relatively young.

ii. Richard Fancher, born February 08, 1758 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey;

died January 22, 1826 in Florida, Montgomery, New York; married Catherine

Schuyler.

iii. John Fancher, born February 04, 1759 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey;

died Bef November 09, 1825 in Morris County New Jersey; married Hannah

Richmire February 23, 1796 in Morris County, New Jersey.

Children: John, James, Samuel, Mary.

iv. Sarah Fancher, born September 04, 1761; married John Schuyler.

v. Ephraim Fancher, born September 09, 1763 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey;

died Aft 1830 in Indiana; married Margaret Nitzer in New Jersey.

vi. Martha Fancher, born July 14, 1765 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey; married

Jacob Schuyler.

vii. Mary Fancher, born October 09, 1766 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey.

viii. James Fancher, born July 18, 1768 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey;

died Bef April 14, 1819 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey; married Isabella Luce

March 22, 1793. Children: Joshua, William, Sarah, Hannah, Mary (Polly), Effie,

Elizabeth, Ose & Dorothy.)

ix. David Fancher, born June 11, 1771 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey; married

Elizabeth Bellinger April 21, 1795 in Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York.

x. Abigail Fancher, born November 25, 1772 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey;

married Samuel Schuyler October 07, 1795.

xi. William Fancher, born March 19, 1775 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey.

Died young.

xii. Benjamin Fancher, born April 06, 1778 in Roxbury, Morris, New Jersey; died November 15, 1840 in Bridgewater, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; married Temperence Scott before January 1804 in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

More About RICHARD FANCHER:

Baptism: 28 July 1734, Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut31

iii. WILLIAM FANCHER, b. Abt. October 1735, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; d. Bef. 09 October 1744.

Notes for WILLIAM FANCHER:

Twin of Benjamin, as noted in the Canaan Parish Congregational Church records.

More About WILLIAM FANCHER:

Baptism: 19 October 1735, Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut32

iv. BENJAMIN FANCHER, b. Abt. October 1735, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut33; d. Abt. 1805, Probably Sevier Co., Tennessee34; m. SARAH.

Notes for BENJAMIN FANCHER:

Twin of William, as noted in the Canaan Parish Congreegational Church records.

Inherited 114 acres from his father, purchased from William Gardner, where Benjamin was already living. (Children attributed to Benjamin: Richard b. April 19, 1767, Samuel b. 1767 AL, Sarah b. 1768 TN, Jacob b. 1776, John, David & Job.)

More About BENJAMIN FANCHER:

Baptism: 19 October 1735, Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut35

v. ABIGAIL FANCHER, b. Abt. February 1736/37, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; d. Bef. 29 October 1764.

Notes for ABIGAIL FANCHER:

Abigail is not named in her father's 29 October 1764 Will.

More About ABIGAIL FANCHER:

Baptism: 20 February 1736/37, Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut36

vi. DAVID FANCHER, b. Bet. 1738 - 1743; m. HANNAH.

Notes for DAVID FANCHER:

Received 5 shillings from his father's estate in 1764, which probably indicates he had received his

share earlier. (Sons: Richard b. 1756 Morris Co., Isaac b. Dec 27 1760 Morris Co., and James b. Sept 19, 1763 Sussex Co. NJ. May be other children.)

vii. WILLIAM FANCHER, b. 09 October 1744, Roxbury, Chester Twp, Morris Co., New Jersey37; d. Aft. 07 June 1832, Switzerland Co., Indiana37; m. DESIAH.

Notes for WILLIAM FANCHER:

Inherited his father's 100 acre homestead farm 1764, purchased from John Allin/Allen.

(Children: John, Richard, Anne, Daniel, William b. 1796 PA.)

More About WILLIAM FANCHER:

Burial: Probably Rayl's Farm, Plum Creek Road, Switzerland Co., Indiana37

viii. AMY FANCHER, b. Aft. 1736.

Notes for AMY FANCHER:

Amy was unmarried in 1764, named in her father's 29 October 1764 Will as Amy Fancher. She received 5 shillings in her father's Will.

10. JOHN3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1712 - 1716 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York38, and died 04 February 1779 in Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York39. He married EUNICE BOUTON40 15 November 1736 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut41, daughter of JOHN BOUTON and MERCY HICKOCK. She was born Bet. 1712 - 1718 in Danbury, Fairfield Co., New York42, and died 12 November 1778 in Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York43.

Notes for JOHN FANCHER:

Also known as John Fanshaw.

"Fancher" is a Colonial spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

More About JOHN FANCHER:

Burial: Pound Ridge Cemetery, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York44

Owned Baptismal Covenant: 22 January 1737/38, With wife Eunice "Fanshaw". Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut45

Will: 01 February 177946

More About EUNICE BOUTON:

Burial: Pound Ridge Cemetery, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York47

Children of JOHN FANCHER and EUNICE BOUTON are:

i. JOHN4 FANCHER, b. 15 July 1737, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut48; d. 20 January 1808, Pound Ridge or Berne, Westchester Co., New York49; m. HANNAH WEED, 26 June 1754, Probably Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut50; b. 26 May 1737, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut51; d. 09 March 1823, Berne, Westschester Co., New York52.

Notes for JOHN FANCHER:

No Baptismal record appears in the Canaan Parish Congregational Church.

ii. WILLIAM FANCHER, b. 13 November 1739, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut53; d. 23 August 1820, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York54; m. SARAH HANFORD, 02 January 1766, Probably Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut54; b. 15 October 1744, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York54; d. 09 February 1823, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York54.

More About WILLIAM FANCHER:

Baptism: 23 November 1739, Baptized as John, son of John "Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut55

Notes for SARAH HANFORD:

Name recorded as Sarah Smith in marriage record. William Hoyt Fancher notes that Ezra Lockwood's book states William Fancher's wife was Sally Hanford of New Canaan and one of her grandsons was named Hanford Fancher. She might have been Sally (Hanford) Smith, a widow, when she married William Fancher.

iii. NATHANIEL FANCHER, b. 30 May 1742, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut56; d. Aft. 1820, Probably Greenville, New York57; m. (1) DORITHY58; m. (2) AMY VAN FLEET58, Abt. 1762, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York58; b. 01 August 174458; d. 31 March 1832, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

More About NATHANIEL FANCHER:

Baptism: 06 June 1742, Baptized as "Nathaneal, son of John Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut59

iv. ABIGAIL FANCHER, b. 15 April 1744, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut60; m. ENOS BROWN61.

More About ABIGAIL FANCHER:

Baptism: 20 May 1744, Baptized as "Abigail, daughter of John Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut62

v. DAVID FANCHER, b. 11 February 1746/47, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut63; d. Bef. 07 May 1784, Probably Harrison's Precinct, New York64; m. MARTHA BELLAMY, 01 January 1769, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut64; d. Abt. 1798.

More About DAVID FANCHER:

Baptism: 15 March 1746/47, Baptism recorded as "David, son of Joshua Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut65

vi. JOSEPH FANCHER, b. Abt. July 1749, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut66; d. Bet. 1820 - 1823, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York67; m. MARY FERRIS67, Probably Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York67.

Notes for JOSEPH FANCHER:

Twin With Eunice

More About JOSEPH FANCHER:

Baptism: 23 July 1749, Baptised as "Joseph, twin with Eunice, son of John Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church68

vii. EUNICE FANCHER, b. Abt. July 1749, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut69; m. SAMUEL NEWMAN70.

Notes for EUNICE FANCHER:

Twin With Joseph

More About EUNICE FANCHER:

Baptism: 23 July 1749, Baptized as "Eunice, twin with Joseph, daughter of John Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut71

viii. MERCY FANCHER, b. Abt. October 1752, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut72; d. Abt. 1839; m. JESSE SEYMOUR73; b. Abt. June 175473.

More About MERCY FANCHER:

Baptism: 15 October 1752, Baptized as "Mercy, daughter of John Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut74

ix. DANIEL FANCHER, b. Abt. August 1755, Stamford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut75; d. Bet. September 1780 - September 1781, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York76; m. ESTHER SEYMOUR; b. 12 October 1759, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York76; d. 12 April 1812, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York76.

More About DANIEL FANCHER:

Baptism: 10 August 1755, Baptized as "Daniel, son of John Fanshaw", Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut77

x. ELIJAH FANCHER78, b. Abt. 1757, Probably Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York; m. (1) CHARLOTTE79; d. Bef. 180079; m. (2) JUDITH FLUERIE, 06 November 1800, Greenville Presbyterian Church, Greenville, New York79.

Notes for ELIJAH FANCHER:

No record of birth in Stamford Town Records. No record of Baptism in Canaan Parish Church.

11. JOSEPH3 FANCHER (WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1710 - 1720 in Probably Brookhaven, Suffolk Co., New York80, and died Bef. July 1786 in Probably Cape May Co., New Jersey.

Notes for JOSEPH FANCHER:

Fancher is a spelling variant of the Fanshaw surname.

MARRIED - Unknown. Before March 28 1747. Either a HUIT/HEWITT or an EDMONDS/EDMUNDS, the grand daughter of Capt. Richard Downs and wife Elizabeth of Cape May Co., New Jersey.

Child of JOSEPH FANCHER is:

i. ABIGAIL4 FANCHER, b. Bet. 1750 - 1755; m. STEPHEN FOSTER, 02 March 1777.

Notes for STEPHEN FOSTER:

May 1784 Cape May Co. New Jersey Tax List - Stephen Foster is a householder w/ 8 inhabitants in the household. Stephen Foster has 1 acre of land, 2 heifers and 1 cattle. There is a John Foster listed on next page. In July 1786 Stephen Foster also owns of a vessel or boat.

 

                                                         Generation No. 4

Note: Only new information found after the publication of The Fancher Family and Richard Fancher of Morris County NEw Jersey is included in this generation.

12. LYDIA4 ELWELL (CATHERINE3 FANCHER, WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) was born 09 August 1728 in Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut81. She married NATHANIEL BARNES82 03 October 175382.

Children of LYDIA ELWELL and NATHANIEL BARNES are:

i. AMBROSE5 BARNES, b. 05 April 175482.

ii. EBENEZER BARNES, b. 28 February 175682.

iii. PHILLIP BARNES, b. 26 December 175782.

iv. PHILLIP BARNES, b. 10 May 175982.

v. NATHANIEL BARNES, b. 30 May 176182.

vi. LYDIA BARNES, b. 28 September 176382.

13. MARTHA4 FANCHER (RICHARD3, WILLIAM2 FANSHAW, WILLIAM1) She married JOHN BELL.

Notes for MARTHA FANCHER:

No record of birth has been located. The 17 August 1731 date, attributed to Martha's birth in some sources, is an error. This date is actually the birth date of her brother Captain Richard Fancher. Captain Richard's birth date is recorded in a family bible, but Martha, and their other siblings births are not recorded there. It is believed that Martha was not the twin Captain Richard Fancher. The Canaan Parish Congregational Church records consistently record the birth of twin children, and the "Twin" notation does not appear in the record of Martha's baptism. There are many instances of several children of a family being baptized together on the same day in these church records.

More About MARTHA FANCHER:

Baptism: 28 July 1734, Canaan Parish Congregational Church, Canaan Parish, Fairfield Co., Connecticut83

Notes for JOHN BELL:

John Bell was one of the appraisers of Captain Richard Fancher's estate in 1778.

Children of MARTHA FANCHER and JOHN BELL are:

i. JOHN5 BELL.

ii. JEREMIAH BELL.

iii. LEVI BELL.

iv. EASTER BELL.

Notes for EASTER BELL:

"Easter" is probably meant for Esther.

 

Endnotes

 

1. Brookhaven Town Records, Book B, Page 135.
2. Book of records of the town of Southampton, 5 Vol., Sag Harbor, N.Y., J.H. Hunt, 1874-1893, Vol II., 59.
3. Brookhaven Town Records.
4. Brookhaven Town Records, Book C, page 22.
5. Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, The Fancher Family Origins, 2003.
6. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 5.
7. Branford Town Records.
8. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 5.
9. Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, The Fancher Family Origins, 2003.
10. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 6.
11. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 9.
12. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 6.
13. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 10.
14. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 6.
15. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 7.
16. Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, The Fancher Family Origins, 2003.
17. Stamford Town Records: 1:10.
18. Stamford Town Records 1:124.
19. Stamford Town Records 1:18.
20. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 7.
21. Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, The Fancher Family Origins, 2003.
22. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 9.
23. Stamford Town Records 1:113.
24. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 17.
25. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 9.
26. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 17.
27. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 18.
28. Stamford Town Records 2:60.
29. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 18.
30. Paul Buford Fancher, Richard Fancher (1700-1764) of Morris County, New Jersey. (Roswell, GA. 1993), 7.
31. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:4. *Richard & Martha the children of Richard Fanshaw". There is no notation that they were twins, as in the record of William and Benjamin.
32. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:4. "William & Benjamin the Twin Children of Richard Fanshaw"
33. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:4.
34. Paul Buford Fancher, Richard Fancher (1700-1764) of Morris County, New Jersey. (Roswell, GA. 1993), 18.
35. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:4. "William & Benjamin the Twin Children of Richard Fanshaw".
36. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:5. "Abigail the Daughter of Richard Fanshaw".
37. Paul Buford Fancher, Richard Fancher (1700-1764) of Morris County, New Jersey. (Roswell, GA. 1993), 18.
38. Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, The Fancher Family Origins, 2003.
39. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family. (Danbury CT: Cabinet Press, Milford NH, 1947). Tombstone.
40. Stamford Town Records 1:76. Name recorded as Eunice "Button". Marriage also recorded in Stamford records on 19 November 1736 as Eunice "Bouton".
41. Stamford Town Records 1:76.
42. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 7.
43. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family. (Danbury CT: Cabinet Press, Milford NH, 1947). Tombstone
44. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 7.
45. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899. (Connecticut State Library 1931), 1:3..The "Fanshaw" spelling is used consistently in all of the Church records for both the families of John Fancher and Richard Fancher.
46. Surrogate Office, New York City, New York.
47. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 7.
48. Stamford Town Records 1:76.
49. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family. (Danbury CT: Cabinet Press, Milford NH, 1947).
50. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 13. Lists the location of marriage as New Canaan. New Canaan did not exist until 1810. This marriage is not recorded in the Stamford Town Records, and probably took place at the Canaan Parish Congregational Church.
51. Stamford Town Records 1:35. Birth date cited in William Hoyt Fancher's "The Fancher Family" of 18 June 1737 is incorrect.
52. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 13.
53. Stamford Town Records. 1:76.
54. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 14.
55. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899. 1:7.
56. Stamford Town Records 1:76.
57. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 14.
58. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 15.
59. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899. 1:16.
60. Stamford Town Records 1:76.
61. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 9.
62. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:17.
63. Stamford Town Records 1:76. William Hoyt Fancher mistakenly records that David Fancher's baptism was in the Stamford Congregational Church by Mr. Gaylord. His baptism was in the Canaan Parish Congregational Church by the Rev. Mr. Eels.
64. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 15.
65. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:19. Recorded as "David, son of Joshua Fanshaw". There has been no record located which would indicate the existence of a Joshua Fancher. Based on the available evidence, it is believed that David, recorded as the son of "Joshua Fanshaw" in the Canaan Parish Congregational Church records, was the son of John Fancher and Eunice Bouton
66. No record of birth in Stamford Town Records. William Hoyt Fancher mistakenly records that Joseph Fancher's baptism was on 23 April 1749. His actual baptism was on 23 July 1749. W.H. Fancher also mistakenly recorded that this baptism took place in the Stamford Congregational Church. It actually took place in the Canaan Parish Congregational Church.
67. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 16.
68. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:21. "Eunice, twin of Joseph, daughter of John Fanshaw".
69. No record of birth in Stamford Town Records.
70. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 9.
71. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:21. "Eunice, twin of Joseph, daughter of John Fanshaw".
72. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:23.
73. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 7.
74. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:23.
75. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:25.
76. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 16.
77. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:25.
78. John Fancher's 1 February 1779 Will, Surrogate's Office, New York City, New York.
79. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 16.
80. Alison C. Wallner & Paul B. Fancher, The Fancher Family Origins, 2003.
81. William Hoyt Fancher, The Fancher Family, 5.
82. The Barnes Family Yearbook, Vol. 2, 2.
83. Connecticut Church Records, New Canaan Church 1722-1899, 1:4. "Richard & Martha the children of Richard Fanshaw". There is no notation that they were twins, as in the records of William and Benjamin.