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Fannin BRICK WALL! Help anyone?
Posted by: Ralph Sayre (ID *****8046) Date: January 06, 2008 at 08:50:51
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This “BRICK WALL” has stood strong 1973 – 2008 (years that I know of), and yet appears impenetrable today. I’m looking for help from anyone!

Thomas Jefferson Fannin, son of Silas died 1940 in Ashland, Boyd County. Celistia (Fannin) Daniels died, probably in Catlettsburg, Boyd County about 1891 or 1892. Her marriage record stated the marriage took place at the house of “R & F Hansfort” in Catlettsburg. I’m wondering if this may have been Rebecca & F Hansfort, but I can’t verify it.

My maternal great-grandmother was Rebecca (Fannin) Workman, born 1850 in Wayne County, West Virginia. She married my great-grandfather in 1868. My grandfather was born in Wayne County in 1870. Sometime between 1871 and 1873, my great grandfather took my grandfather from Rebecca and left. They were to never see each other again. We were told that she “remarried and moved away.” She divorced him without his presence in 1877, and I’ve found no trace of her after that date.

Rebecca’s father, Silas FANNIN, was born about 1822 in Kentucky. Rebecca’s mother was Mary (“Polly”) FERGUSON who was born about 1825 in Virginia (probably what is now Wayne County, WV). Silas had CSA Civil War service in Kentucky. He performed marriages in Wayne County, WV 1871 – 1887. Other than that, I’ve found no trace of him after 1887. Two of his known sons and a known daughter lived and died in Johnson and Boyd Counties, Kentucky.

Here are some of the things I’ve done in order to find Silas Fannin and family and search for Rebecca (Fannin) Workman:

Posted numerous messages on the GenForums online.

Called Wyoming County Clerk and had lengthy interview about the LDS allegations that Silas Fannin died in Wyoming County in 1890. Negative result.

Corresponded with Cabell County (WV) Clerk and Libraries, as well as the WV Department of Archives and History Library in Charleston about the LDS alleged marriage of Silas Fannin to Mary Ferguson, 1845 in Cabell County. Negative result from all sources.

Corresponded with Funeral Homes, County Clerk, and Libraries in McDowell County about the LDS alleged death 1940 of Rebecca Fannin in McDowell County.

Had (and paid fees to) WV State Department of Archives & History Library to check all Wayne County records there on microfilm for any entry for Silas FANNIN or related.

Have checked many of the court records of counties in Kentucky and WV, adjoining Wayne County, WV.

Checked county and census records in Mercer County, WV for FANNIN entries. Re checked on line and by correspondence.

Traveled to Wayne County Courthouse, WV and Lawrence County Courthouse and Library in Louisa, Kentucky and checked all available marriage records there. Also copied some land records. Spoke with Clerks (County and Circuit) in Wayne, WV. Spent 2-hours searching through boxes of Chancery files in the Wayne Circuit Court archives.

I used the LDS 1880 census on line and did a nationwide collection of all Rebeccas (Becky, Rebecka, Rebecah, Becca, etc.) who were born in 1850 Virginia, and 1850 West Virginia. Also did the same searches with Ancestry.com search engines. However, you know, ages reported in the census are not always accurate within a year or more.

Personal interviews; oral family traditions, and correspondence.

Ashland, Kentucky, 1940 obituary of Thomas Fannin, s/o Silas.

Death certificates for Easton, John and Thomas Fannin, sons of Silas.

Correspondence (hundreds of snail-mail letters and e-mails). Many Letters to Editors.

Correspondence: David Fannon and Lora (Fannon) Lee, descendants.

USPS and email consultation with J. Patric Fannin and Tom Fannin.

Various research in archives at WV Department of Archives and History.
1973 in person; after 1973 to present, by mail.

Many and varied LDS Family History Searches.

Patty Tyler, Lincoln County Genealogical Society (WV).

Annie (Jarrell) Burchett, descendant.

Eudora Milligan and Juneal Browning, descendants (mail, email, phone).

Virginia State Library and Dept of Archives.

Queries in The Bank Mule (VanLear) and Tree Shaker (E. Ky) Pub. in Ashland, KY.

Lawrence County KY Tax Lists 1832-1848.

Wayne Co. WV Tax Lists 1842-1861.

Wayne County, VA/WV Censuses 1850-1880.

Correspondence with Evelyn Booth Massie, author of Ferguson books.

Two trips to Wayne County (Ct. House, Library, Cemeteries).

One trip to Louisa, Ky (Library and Ct. House).

Research in many newspapers at the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at West Virginia University.

This is just a quick list; all I can think of now. All this has not made a breakthrough as to where Silas FANNIN spent his last years and died. Also haven’t found out who Rebecca married and where she died. Can you suggest anything that I haven’t done?


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