The Fancher Family Origins                                                                                                                                              Attachment J

                                                                 Statement of James Fancher

J. Polk Fancher
Green Forest, Arkansas
March 26, 1903 

To: W. S. Potter 

I have you herewith record of my grandfather Richard Fancher father James Fancher and my own family per your request some time. 

I get record of my Grand Father and family from his old family Bible printed over a hundred years ago which I now have. No doubt you have the correct idea as to the anger of the family. Father James Fancher died in this Carroll Co, Ark June 8, 1866.  He left a short written crude statement of history of his Father Richard Fancher family and his own family in his own hand which is poorly written and badly spelled because fathers education was very limited. He failed to give or state his grandfathers given name. I after heard him say that grand father Richard Fancher was born on Long Island, N. Y. and was raised there and about the beginning of Revolutionary War with Great Britain that his father and grandfather went to Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Army of the Revolution for… Grand father had brothers and may had his father... In the same service and war.

I wrote to ascertain the service of my grand father in said war to… and he wrote as follows, “I have found Richard Fancher it may be Fansher among the militia rolls of Philadelphia.  The name is found among some receipts for pay…My father always claimed that we were Huguenot French…

 (Authors Note-The statement referred to follows.)

Statement of James Fancher
Son of Richard Fancher of Overton County, Tennessee
Living in Arkansas
Written 1864-1866 

James Fancher the son of Richard Fancher and Sarah, his wife. My ancestry was French and Scotch.  My father was raised on Long Island. He and my grandfather moved from Long Island to Pennsylvania and lived there in the time of the Revolutionary war. My father was in that war and after the war they moved to Virginia and there father married my mother. She was raised in Spottsylvania County Virginia, her maiden name was Jernagan. They moved to Stokes County, North Carolina where I was born in the year of 1790.  And in 1806 Father moved to Overton County Tennessee and in the year of 1812 when the war broke out with Great Britain and the United States I turned out as a volunteer.  In 1814 I served a tour against the Creek Indians. I was in the Battle of Horseshoe and in the year 1818 I married (Elizabeth Carlock) and in the year 1838 I immigrated to Carroll County Arkansas and in the year 1842 I was elected to the legislature of that state.    

On the 11th day of January 1863, Jarnell Herns brigade camped on my farm-they burned about 6000 rails, took a good many horses and foraged on my grain-killed hogs, cattle and sheep and other property, damaged me $2500 and on the last of March 1863, James Blunt command came to my house on Sunday about one o'clock in the afternoon and robbed me.  They went into every room and went upstairs and in the garret loft and broke open every trunk and took On thmy money and they made their headquarters at Carrollton, 8 miles from my house and they staid there 8 days and they were at my house every day foraging.  They took my horses and cattle and hogs sheep geese poultry and everything that came in their way and when they were going to leave they burned all of my dwelling houses and all of my out houses and a large new frame house that we was selling goods in and burned my barns and wheat fan and some grain and farming did, that is both brigades, at the least figers 22,500 dollars and I had to fly and leave to save my life and go to Texas.

Signed James Fancher

 (Authors note -  This is James4, Richard3, David2, Richard1. His father Richard3 served in the Eighth Regiment of VA during the Revolution. There has been no record found of this family in PA.)


William H. Fancher
Danbury, Connecticut
July 3, 1931

To: Frank T. Fancher
West Palm Beach, Florida

Dear Mr. Fancher: 

...Now about the Revolutionary record; statement left by James, your grandfather’s brother... 

I have upset the tradition of the Long Island raising. Richard was born in Morris County, N. J. No early Fanchers are noted on Long Island in any records. I have searched there, have had one of the best genealogists on the job, and then Hon. Enoch L. Fancher, late Chief Justice of the New York Supreme Court, told in 1897 that he had never been able to locate an early Fancher on Long Island. The rest of James record I believe to be correct as I have found a Benjamin was spelled Fincher near Philadelphia in the Rev. and Richard signed for pay... 

(This letter was in possession of Mrs. Florence McGaughey Fancher who was married to John Kenner Fancher.)

(Author’s note- W. H. Fancher’s records do not show any personal visits to Long Island.  He only looked at published records in other locations, or had a genealogist do so, as far as can be ascertained. Richard1 Fancher was not born in Morris Co. NJ. His birth is estimated to be 1700 to 1705, he was in Stamford, CT 1728 to 1736/7 and did not arrive in Morris Co. NJ until around 1741. His son, Capt. Richard2, was not born in Morris Co., NJ either, his baptismal record in Canaan Parish Church in Stamford, CT is 3 years after his birth in 1731, and 10 years before the family removed to NJ. Benjamin Fancher and the references to Revolutionary War Service and to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania are those of Benjamin “Fincher” who descended from the Quaker family of Francis Fincher 1684 in PA, and have no relationship to the Fancher family.)


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