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Note for:   William Garnsey,   11 SEP 1734 -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 7 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Joseph Garnsey,   18 SEP 1736 -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 7 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Deborah Garnsey,   13 SEP 1738 -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 7 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Jonathan Garnsey,   1739 -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 7 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Richard Fancher,   8 FEB 1758 - 22 JAN 1826         Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 21 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   John Fancher,   4 FEB 1759 - BEF 9 NOV 1825         Index

Occupation:   
     Place:   Farmer

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 21 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Sara Fancher,   4 SEP 1761 -          Index

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     Seven children; m. probably John Schuyler; This Information Obtained From: Page 21 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com.

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Note for:   David Fancher,   11 JUN 1771 - 25 DEC 1852         Index

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     Notes for David Fancher: Attended the Presbyterian church. He married, in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York, 21 April 1795, Elizabeth Bellinger. David Fancher bought land in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York on 1 October 1796 and is called of Canajoharie. he bought more land on the north side of the Mohawk River in Palatine 15 August 1801, the deed being recorded 6 July 1808. he moved from New York state to Ontario, Canada, near Florence in 1822.

Fansher Stories from a book written by Fred D. Fansher as told to him by Meda (Walker) Fansher who related these stories as told to her by her husband Burt Fansher, and father-in-law Franklin Fansher (son of John and Lavinia Fansher).

David was about 5 years old at the time of the American Revolutionary War and used to carry letters around to the different houses at the beginning of the war. His father was a Captain in the army and his oldest brother, Joshua, fought during the same war.

David moved from Montgomery County, New York State, to Upper Canada in 1822, spending two years in the Niagara Peninsula near Hamilton where he and his wife and family of ten children lived and worked the farm owned by a lady always referred to as "Widow Munn". In the spring of 1824 the family decided to move westward to take up land that had been bought from the government, being situated in the Western District of Upper Canada.

Records are not available in any Registry office or in the National Archives in Ottawa to state the fact that Fansher ever owned the property where they settled which is now described as Lot 18 Con.3 Euphemia Township as researched by Justice Eric Moorhouse about 1955. Justice Moorhouse explains why this may have happened:

the fact that Col. Thomas Talbot who was responsible for settling much of the land in this area, was known to keep records according to his favour with the settlers. Being the eccentric that he was, it would often happen that where an immigrant stood at odds with Talbot's views he would simply remove that name from his map.
This was very likely the case with the Fanshers as they were not of Talbot's political views and not from United Empire Loyalists stock, but rather from America. The lands were situated along a creek which was spring fed and emptied into Big Creek (Sydenham River). The creek was later called Fansher Creek, there was also an Indian Trail following the creek to the river and this became known as the Fansher Road. With what belongings they could conveniently carry, the family came over land from Hamilton to a point on the Thames River around London. Here they built a raft and launched it in the river loading on all their material possessions and floated downstream about 50 or 60 miles to the location of which is now Thamesville.

They put a pile of sand on the raft, a tripod on which to hang their iron pot. They would make a fire in the gravelly sand and in this way heat and cook their one dish meals, shooting and catching much of their food enroute. When they reached the point on the Thames where the town of Thamesvile is now situated they found two families, the Shermans and Jackmans.

These kind people with true pioneer hospitality took all the Fanshers into their homes. After a day or so the men folk started out to locate their land, the women staying on with their new found friends. There was a blazed trail from the settlement to what was known as Johnson's Corners, now Croton, where one family by the name of Johnson lived. From there they followed the Sydenham River to the place where the village of Florence is now situated. A spring fed creek emptied into the river here. They followed the creek about three miles easterly where they selected a site to build their home. The men cleared enough land that spring to build a log house and between the stumps planted potatoes and corn to help out the food supply. While the men were doing this the women folk helped their friends and before long the roof was on the log house and although not completed, they moved into their new home.

Tragedy struck the little settlement later on in the summer. The only fresh water supply was from a spring in the side of the hill which turned out to be impure and the father and three childeren contracted typhoid fever. David, although near death, recovered as did his son John, however, both Philip and Eliza died. There of course was no cemetery for miles so they decided to bury them in their homemade coffins on the highest and driest spot on the farm. This was the beginning of the little cemetery on the Fansher homestead Lot 18 Con.2 Euphemia.

David Fansher spelled his name with a "C" until coming to Canada. Why the spelling was changed to "S" is not known for sure. One story has it that all the signed documents in regard to buying property came back with "S" and rather than go to the bother of changing it they simply accepted the new spelling as there was no mail service at that time. This of course gives rise to the speculation as to where these documents might be now. Perhaps only Col. Talbot knows for sure

More About David Fancher:
Occupation: Farmer

Notes for Elizabeth Bellinger:
When the new cemetery was started where the church stands, several of those buried in the cemetery on the hill were moved across to the new cemetery. Among those were grandfather David and grandmother Elizabeth. When they went to lift the casket out it was so heavy it was difficult to do so. They took it across to the cemetery and someone suggested that the casket be opened to see if they could determine what caused so much weight. They were all relative, Franklin Fansher (grandson), some of John Walker's sons (great grandsons). Upon opening the casket they found the body was solid stone. A neighbor, Mr. Roberts, was working in the field just across the road and they called him over to verify this unusual thing. Mr. Roberts took out his knife, opened it, and with the handle tapped on grandmother's crossed hands and replied that she was solid stone. Frank who could remember his grandmother, said she looked very natural and peaceful. They closed the casket and buried her beside her husband David in the cemetery by the church. They remembered she had died in the spring when there was much rain and in those days there were no vaults as today and it is thought some reaction from the moisture and soil caused the change - much as other petrified things found in soil.


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Note for:   William Fancher,   9 OCT 1744 -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 7 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Benjamin Fancher,   6 APR 1778 - 15 NOV 1840         Index

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     Notes for Benjamin Fancher: Susquehanna County Testament and Last Will of Benjamin Fancher
I Benjamin Fancher of the Township of Bridgewater, the County of Susquehanna and the State of Pennsylvania, do make and publish this, my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at anytime made. And first I direct that my body be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after named. And as to the worldly estate and property, wherewith it has pleased God to entrust me, I dispose thereof as follows.
Firstly I direct that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as may be practicable and out of the first monies which shall come into the hands of my Executors out of any portion of my estate, real or personal. Also, I hereby devise unto my dearly beloved wife, Temperance, all that my messuage and tenement situate, lying and being in the Township of Bridgewater, in the said county and state and on the East side of the Bridgewater and Wilkesboro Turnpike roads, with the appurtenances, including the dwelling house, wherein I now live and reside, a barn, out houses etc. To have and to hold to her my said wife Temperance during the term of her natural life, and from and immediately after her decease, I give and devise the same unto my two sons David and Nehemiah, (jointly and equally) their heirs forever. Provided (indecipherable) that if my wife should marry at anytime hereafter and cease to remain my widow, that then, immediately, the above described messuage and tenement with its appurtenances, shall revert to my said two sons David and Nehemiah, their heirs forever, and not as above devised at the time of the decease of my said wife Temperance. Also, I give and bequeath unto my said wife Temperance, all my personal property and all my household furniture absolutely, provided that if any part or all of said property and furniture shall remain at the decease of my said wife, then that the same shall be given absolutely to my said two sons David and Nehemiah in equal shares, if they shall both be living, otherwise to the surviving son.

Also I wish that my said wife Temperance shall have full, free, and undisputed use and occupancy and enjoyment (undecipherable) (provided she should so long remain my widow) of all that other messuage and tenement with appurtenances constituting another part of my farm, and situate lying and being in the said Township, and on the west side of the said Bridgewater and Wilkesboro Turnpike road containing seventy acres of land or there abouts, constituted that my said wife shall pay certain legacies hereinafter named and bequeath, she the said Temperance To Have and to Hold the use and the occupancy of the said last described seventy acres until my son David shall attain the age of twenty one years, then he shall occupy and use the one-half part of the said last described lot of land until my son Nehemiah shall attain the age of twenty one years, during which time my said wife Temperance shall occupy and use the remaining half part of the said last divided lot of land, and upon my son Nehemiah's attaining the age of twenty-one years, the whole of said lot of seventy acres with the appurtenances, I hereby give and devise to my said sons David and Nehemiah, jointly and their heirs forever.

Also I give and devise unto my son Samuel Fancher all that messuage and tenement with the appurtances situate, lying and being in the said Township of Bridgewater, and on the west side of the said Bridgewater and Wilkesboro Turnpike road, and adjoining the above last described lot of land. The same containing about thirty acres of land and now occupied and possessed by my son Samuel. The said Samuel To Have and to Hold the said lot of land and his heirs forever. Provided that the said Samuel shall well and truly pay unto my son Richard Fancher the sum of thirty dollars with the interest thereon for the space of fifteen years, amounting to the sum of fifty seven dollars. The same to be paid within three years after my decease. Reserving nevertheless and hereby bequeathing to my said wife Temperance during her life, all the apples and fruit, the products of the orchards situate where (indecipherable) and belonging to last described lot of lands, to be used by her for the convenience and benefit of those who may compose the family residing upon the premises first above described and devised. I hereby also declare and direct that the foregoing limitations, devises and bequests be made in favor of and to my wife, Temperance, are intended to be and are so made and given to her in full satisfaction and recompense of, and for her dower and thirds, which she may or can in any wise claim or demand of my estate.

Also, I hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Fancher, the sum of fifty dollars. Also, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Caroline, the sum of fifty dollars. Also, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail, the sum of fifty dollars. Also, I direct that the above three legacies of fifty dollars shall be paid to my said daughters, Ann, Caroline and Abigail at the time of their respective marriages or at such other time or times as my said wife Temperance may think most proper. Provided that all the said legacies be paid to my said daughters at or before (indecipherable) respectfully attaining the age of thirty years.

The above legacies to be obtained from any personal property, herein bequeathed or from the use and profits of the messuage and tenements herin before firstly described as may seem most (indecipherable) to the executors hereof. Also for the better education of my children Abigail and Nehemiah, I do give and dispose the tuition and custody of them unto my wife Temperance for such time as they respectively continue unmarried or under the age of twenty-one years, but if my said wife shall die or marry during the single life or non age of either or both of my said children, I then give their or his, or her custody and tuition unto my friend and neighbor Nehemiah Scott. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Temperance executrix and my trusty friend Nehemiah Scott and my son Richard Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof, I have herewith set my hand and seal, this thirteenth day of November, in the year one thousand eighty hundred and forty.

Benjamin Fancher (SS)
The erasure of four words on the first and second lines of the second page, made before the execution hereof. Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Testators as his last will and testament, in presence of us, who at his request, in his person, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnessed thereunto. Thomas Jackson/David Post

More About Benjamin Fancher:
Burial Place: Holbrooks Farm, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Farmer
More About Temperance Scott:
Burial Place: Holbrooks Farm, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Housewife


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Note for:   John Schuyler,    -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 21 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Hannah Richmire,    -          Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 21 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   Catherine Schuyler,   29 MAR 1760 - 31 OCT 1841         Index

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     This Information Obtained From: Page 21 THE FANCHER FAMILY, by William Hoyt Fancher, Danbury, Conn. - James Franklin "Frank" Kirkman www.1857massacre.com

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Note for:   James Henry Fancher,   7 DEC 1916 - 15 MAR 1990         Index

Burial:   
     Date:   1990
     Place:   Kingston Cemetery