Excerpts from Our Fesmire Relatives by Blake Williams
In 1780 John Fesmire, Christian Fesmire, John Fesmeyer, Martin Fesmire, and William Fesmire came from Germany, by way of Holland, to the United States. The first three settled in Oxford Township, Pennsylvania. Martin and William came on to Chatham County, North Carolina, Hillsborough District.
In 1798 Martin Fesmire was a "Trustee of the Mount Pleasant Meeting House, Methodist Church, on the south side of Big Brush Creek in Randolph County."
Martin Fesmire with a wife, three boys, and four girls, ages 16 and older, are listed in the census of 1790, North Carolina. The names of only two are known: William, no further record, John Alston who came to Henderson County, Tennessee about 1831. He brought two sons, Martin V. and Balaam and also brought a nephew, Balaam F. along with all their families from Randolph County, North Carolina.
Balaam F. Fesmire (1800-1884) m Kizzie Fesmire (1802-1854) had 3 children: Amanda 1830, William 1833 (who in 1870 had wife Martha, 36, Josephine 15, Alice 10, Ada 8, Albert S. 2, Samuel H. 3/12; (and) Mary 1838. The families of Simeon and J. R. Fesmire, shown in the census are both probably that of Balaam F.