The Fancher Family Origins

                           Attachment F

                                                                              Judge Enoch L. Fancher Letter

Enoch L. Fancher
Newburgh, N. Y.
July 17, 1897

To: Miss Lydia S. Cody

Dear Miss Cody 

Your letter of the 13th inst, reached me yesterday and it gave me pleasure to peruse it. 

But I fear I have but little satisfactory information to impart touching the matter on which you write. I had years ago an imperfect sketch of the Fancher genealogy, but my office at 229 Broadway N. Y. was burned in 1866, and my papers and library were consumed all save some documents kept in my safe, which were recovered. 

I remember my Grandfather Abraham Fancher, who, when I was a boy lived for some time with my father, Samuel N. Fancher, on the farm of my father in Dutchess County, at Middlebush-8 miles north of the Village of  Fishkill, and six miles south of Po’keepsie.  My grandfather, as I was told had seven sons and one daughter. Their names were; Abraham, Joshua, Solomon, David, Rufus, Samuel and David as to the sons and the daughter’s name was Sarah. I once asked my grandfather what was the name of his Father-he answered ‘John.’ I heard, when a boy I think from my father- that the Fancher family came from
the Hague-or France-after the Huguenot troubles, when two brothers crossed the Atlantic and started on their life work here, somewhere on Long Island. 

I have no verification of this information, and have not seen the name of Fancher in any Long Island records. 

There was, as I heard, a noted Physician of the name, who, years ago, resided in Westchester County. I have several times had the visits of those of the name, one is now a lawyer in New York- another President of the Irving Bank, N. Y., another a professor keeping a school in Peekskill-and others; but none have given me much as to the head of the Fancher family. 

There was a Louis Fancher, who was a distinguished writer in France, and one of the Ministers of the latter Bonaparte while President of France before this coup d’ etat when he became Emperor. I have read of that Louis Fancher in one of the English Reviews much commendation and of whom the account said, he was too much of a Republican to be continued a cabinet advisor in the time preceding the Coup d’ etat.  Of what was congenial to the Head of the French Republic when he wanted the Crown of Emperor.  I suppose you have read in Victer Hugo’s entertaining volumn entitled “The History of a Crime.” 

I suppose the name Fancher, is of French origin, and in this country the u-third letter has been upset and is now “n.”  Pronounced Fouche’ in the foreign land. 

I regret that I cannot give you better and more acceptable information, and think that if we met I could answer some of your questions to better purpose.  I shall hope to see you-either here, before Oct. or at my home in New York No. 141 Madison Avenue, N. Y., after my return to New York, whenever you may have time and inclination to pay me a visit.   

As I mail to you this letter I also mail a copy (July number) of ”The Gospel in all Lands”- a New York publication, containing a brief Article of mine, and a cut showing what purports to be my face- at which you may smile; but I never looked well in a photograph or a cut made from it. 

I wish you would send me your photograph and write me soon again, telling me when you can pay me a visit, and why you speak of going to New York for.

                                                                                                Sincerely yours in – as a Fancher Cousin
                                                                                                                E. L. Fancher

 (Authors Note-This letter is in the W. H. Fancher Collection at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.(F-4668) This letter is the earliest information about the Fancher Family to have survived.  It is important to note that Judge Fancher stated the Fanchers came to Long Island and started their life’s work indicating that they stayed there.  He went on to say that he had no verification of that and he could not find the Fancher name on Long Island.  His grandfather, Abraham, would have known John Fancher, who was mistakenly reputed to be the original settler in Colonial America. 

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