I am researching the ancestry of my wife’s GGGF William H. Jones (b. c. 1832 in North Carolina and d. sometime after 1880) and his father Fanning Jones (b. c. 1806 N. C., and d. Apr 1878, Chatham Co., NC.). Fanning is found in Chatham Co., beginning in 1850, and was living in New Hope Twp., (Grove Post Office) in 1870. His son, William H. appears to have left Chatham Co., after the 1860 census, settling in nearby Harnett Co., where he was found in Buckhorn Twp. (Chalk Level PO) in 1870 and 80.
Fanning’s wife was named Elizabeth (sometimes appearing as Betty or Betsy) and was also b. in NC. In addition to William H., their children included Tranquilla (b.c. 1829-1832), Mary S. (b. 1832-8), Penney (1839-40), Adaline/Adelade (b. 1842-1850), Jane (b.c. 1844), and James F. (b. c. 1848).
William H.’s wife was also named Elizabeth (b. c. 1835 NC; d. after 1880). Their children included Texanna (1855-6), Leonza and Luiza (1857), Robert (1860), William B. (1861-2), Tannin (Fanning ?) (1866), Elizabeth (1869), James F. (1867), Sarah and Becky (1871), Ardelia (1873), and Anna (1876). Ardelia, my wife’s GGM married James “Jack” Dean (1871-1948). They lived much of their lives in Wake County, where she died in 1951.
I am asking for any information on: (1) the lives of William H. Jones and Fanning Jones, other than that available in the US Census and (2) the ancestry of this Fanning Jones. Several family trees on Ancestry give Fanning’s father as Col. Tignal Jones, a member of the first Provincial Congress of NC that met at Halifax in 1776 and more generally an active patriot during the Revolution. This linkage appears to be based upon Col. Jones’ will of 1807 which lists a son Fanning. As is generally the case with Ancestry trees, these provide no original source citations, so are unproven and suspect, especially given that the Fanning Jones of this query was born in Col. Jones’ last year of life. Moreover, despite the unusual given name Fanning, there were other men named Fanning Jones in early NC records. One in particular is found in the 1800 census for Wake Co. and was born between 1775 and 1784, making him a somewhat more likely candidate to be Col. Tignal Jones’ son. This does not rule out a relationship between Col. Jones and the Fanning Jones, subject of this query, but it does cast doubt on a father-son relationship. Accordingly, any information that will help solve this mystery will be much appreciated, as will any additional information on Fanning and his son William H. Thank you.
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