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Johnnie Faa of New York
Posted by: Bill Blyth Date: February 21, 2001 at 16:04:07
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An article in Border Counties Magazine 1880 tells the story of one Johnnie Faa who emigrated from the Scottish Borders (Kirk Yetholm to be exact) to New York. The exact date is not given but it was around 1800. Along with two friends who left with him Johnnie took contracts for carpentry in houses and gained a reputation as an expert stair builder. They built the stair at Holt's Hotel in Pearl St. at that time the only six storey building in New York. It is reported only that he had sons and daughters who adopted the name Fall instead of Faa. He was still alive in 1850.
Johnnie was a son of the famous Will Faa the Gypsy "King"
This is all a bit vague but perhaps it will sound familiar to someone.
Bill Blyth


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