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New Book on the Fancher Family Origins & Surname!
Posted by: Alison Wallner (ID *****1237) Date: February 16, 2004 at 15:26:05
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“The Fancher Family Origins” shows that the Fancher Family in America descends from the Fancy/Fanshaw Family of Long Island, New York. It presents William Fancy/Fanshaw, Jr., of Setauket, Brookhaven Town, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York as the father of the six Colonial Fanchers who were found in Stamford, and Stratford, Fairfield County around 1730, and Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut around 1720.

This work also shows that the spelling of the surnames of Richard Fancher, John Fancher, and David Fancher was predominately “Fanshaw” in the early Connecticut records. It establishes the connection between the Fanshaw, Fancher, and Fancy spellings of our family surname, and presents convincing new evidence that the origin of the Fancher family name in America was the English Fanshawe surname.

The “Fancher Family Origins” by written by myself and Paul B. Fancher (also the author of “Richard Fancher (1700-1764) of Morris Co., NJ.”) The entire text can be viewed at my website: and also at Paul’s website:

Copies of this book can be found in the LDS Library in Salt Lake City, 48 State Libraries, all of the genealogical and historical societies in the areas where William Fancy and the Colonial Fanchers lived, the NEHGS, NYG&B, the DAR Library in Washington, D.C, and numerous other repositories. Please note that there are no copies of this book available for sale.

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