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Re: Capt. William L. Fanning/Fannon
Posted by: Judie Schatz (ID *****9309) Date: February 24, 2005 at 13:45:36
In Reply to: Capt. William L. Fanning/Fannon by Judie Schatz of 932

Received the pension papers of Mrs Mary Davison/Davidson Brown Fannon from the National Archives in 3 weeks. All 110 pages of it! William L. Fannon also received a pension but there were only 3 pages on him giving his medical record from a doctor, when his pension started and when he died along with military service. This is the complete record they say.

Captain or Parson William L. Fannon/Fanning (as he was called according to statements) was married four times. First to Mary L. Gaines in Holt Co., MO, on 25 June 1843. Mary L. apparently died about 6 months after her marriage and is buried near St. Joseph, MO.

The second marriage was to Manda Best in Holt Co., MO, on 8 Mar 1846. William L. and Manda Fanning are in Douglas Co. in 1860 listed with 5 children. Manda died "at the beginning of the Civil War". By 1870 the only surviving child of Manda's was Margaret A., born 1852 MO. One affidavit giver stated in 1902 that he was the only person alive that attended Manda's funeral; that she was buried in the Fleetwood Cem. in Ozark Co; and survived by 4 children. The special investigator did not consider this person to be very reliable. Daughter Margaret stated she did not remember her mother's death or where she was buried, but that she did live with other families for about 3 years before going back to live with her father and his new wife. Margaret later married William S. Fox and lived in Howell Co., MO. Margaret is vague in her statements on her mother's death for she should have been about 10 years old when her mother died. This might be due to the fact that she married a much younger man and shaved a few years off her age according to the 1900 Howell Co. census.

The third wife was Sarah Jane Brown. Supposedly, she married William L. in the Fall of 1863 in Marshfield, MO, while William L. was stationed there on duty during the Civil War according to another affidavit. Ira Brown stated that Sarah Jane was his sister, and she was buried in the Robertson (Fannon) Cem. Ira died soon after giving his statement and was buried next to his sister Sarah Fannon. A doctor stated according to his ledger book that he visited Sarah once on 27 Aug 1874, but she had died before he reached her house. She left 3 sons, James L., Jonathon H. and William C. Fannon. Jonathon died before 1899.

The fourth wife was Mrs Mary Davison/Davidson Brown. The marriage date in the courthouse is 15 Oct 1877. This date is apparently 3 years off. Two Andrews boys, sons of John Andrews, JP, who performed the marriage both stated they were the only ones in the room at Mary's house when the marriage took place other than John Andrews, William L and Mary. They give the time as either the Fall of 1874 or Winter 1875. That a daughter of Mary's left the room when the ceremony started. Other affidavits stated William L married Mary 3 months after Sarah's death (Aug 1874). Others stated Mary was a widow for 20 years before marrying William L. Her first husband was Daniel R. Brown who died in Dec 1854, at his mill near Ozark, Christian Co., MO. She did not know any of the other wives.

Just thought I would let everyone know.


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