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Nancy DUNIGIN (b.1790/SC--d.1854/TX), m. Frederick Foy in 1803: SC to LA to TX
Posted by: George H. Stevens (ID *****2021) Date: March 21, 2007 at 18:37:59
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Seeking parents, siblings, & family background of Nancy DUNIGIN, born in SC ca 1790 (according to the 21-22 October 1850 Census for Sabine County, Texas). Nancy DUNIGIN is reported to have married Frederick FOY (also of SC) in 1803.

Frederick FOY (1778-1854) was the son of SC Patriot Peter FOY (1745-82, killed in SC in the American Revolution) and Hamutal MOORE (1750-1810) and was born and raised with two brothers and four sisters on 100 acres of land granted to Peter Foy in the year of his marriage--1769--in what is today Saluda County SC and was then northwestern Colleton County, SC. On an 1817 map of what was then Edgefield, SC, FOY's land was on the Little Saluda River, between Redbank Creek and Pen Creek, today in Saluda Co.

Nancy DUNIGAN would have been very young in 1803 (only 13 or 14) when she married Frederick FOY; Frederick would have been 25. It is not clear whether the marriage was in SC or elsewhere; they may have eloped. However, Frederick's mother (Hamutal/Hamital) apparently did not know about Frederick's 1803 marriage to Nancy DUNIGIN. Hamutal’s earliest WILL, recorded in Edgefield District, SC, on 14 May 1800, includes a bequest of land that is conditional upon Frederick returning home within a year after his mother’s death. This clearly implies that Frederick had left home prior to the 14 May 1800 WILL.

In a subsequent WILL (written in 1806 and probated in April 1810 in Edgefield, SC) Hamutal leaves a sum of money instead of land to her son Frederick and makes no mention whatsoever of Nancy DUNIGIN or any children of Frederick and Nancy. Other daughters-in-law & grandchildren were mentioned in her 1806 WILL. For these reasons Frederick may have met and married Nancy DUNIGIN in 1803 in a location other than SC, possibly in GA or AL or TN or MS, en route from SC to the area around Miro Township (today the City of Monroe LA), in Ouachita Parish, LA, where he and Nancy were enumerated in the 1810 US Census. Here they remained and prospered; on the 1820 Census Frederick was said to run a boarding house; here he also served as Justice of the Peace. In 1814 Ouachita Parish Tax Records show that Frederic FOY (and Nancy) owned 25 horned cattle but no slaves; he was assessed a tax of 25 cents.

In 1828 Frederick FOY & Nancy DUNIGIN and their surviving children moved from Ouachita Parish LA to Nacogdoches (then Tenehaw, and still a part of Mexico) in what is today Shelby County, TX. Frederick later was a delegate from Tenehaw District to the first state convention of Texas on 18 October 1832. The convention was held at San Felipe in Brazoria County, TX, in “Austin’s Colony.” At that time Stephen F. Austin and members of the convention declared a “firm and unshaken adhesion to the Mexican Confederation and Constitution, and (to) do our duty as Mexican citizens.”

By 1837 Frederick FOY & Nancy DUNAGIN were living in San Augustine Co., Texas, and Frederic’s headright was issued there on March 18, 1838. As he had arrived in the Republic of Texas before 1835, he was “entitled to one league and one labor of land upon the condition of paying at the rate of three dollars and fifty cents for every labor of temporal or arable land, one dollar twenty cents for every labor of pasture land.” For reasons that are not yet clear to me, Frederick & Nancy moved from Texas back to Ouachita Parish, LA, in 1841, but by 1849 they were back in Sabine Co., TX. When Eliza FOY (Mrs. Burwell H. JONES, daughter of Frederick and Nancy) died in Union Parish, LA, in October 1849, Frederick returned to LA to contest Eliza’s 2d husband (Burwell Jones) over her estate, and he won. They then returned to Sabine County, Texas.

Frederick was a Judge of Sabine County, Texas, and resided there with Nancy until 1851. The federal census of 1850 listed him as farmer and stock raiser. In addition, “F. FOY” is listed on p. 375 of the (1850) Texas Slave Schedule for Sabine District, Sabine County, TX. In the TX State Archives; there are claims filed by a Frederick Foy, in Travis Co., TX, 12 February1852. The Handbook of Texas says Frederick Foy moved to Praire Lea, Guadalupe County, TX, in 1851. There he became quite prominent, and it was there that Frederick & Nancy died in 1854. They are buried in the Happel Cemetery, just across the San Marcos River in Guadalupe County near the towns of Prairie Lea and Fentress, TX.

Frederic FOY and Nancy DUNIGIN had seven children. These were John Foy, who was born July 26, 1809 and died two days later on July 28, 1809; Polly Foy, who was born on February 19, 1811 and died two weeks later on March 5, 1811; Eliza Foy, who was born on March 7, 1812 and died on October 4, 1849; Permelia Foy, who was born on April 13, 1815 and died on September 23, 1873; Rebecca Foy, who was born on April 22, 1819 and died on February 17, 1848; Ann Hamutal Foy, who was born on December 20, 1820 and died short of her fifth birthday on October 4, 1825; and William Dunigin Foy, Sr., who was born on May 7, 1823 and died on May 14, 1892.

All six of Frederick FOY's surviving siblings remained behind in SC. His elder brother, James Edgar FOY, moved to Eufala, Barbour County, AL, late in life, after his mother died in 1810 and after James was over the age of 40 and married with children. Only Frederick had the pluck and mettle to strike out early, likely before 1800, apparently never to return. The Peter FOY--Hamutal MOORE Family Tree, Copyright and Printed in 1912 by Carrie L. BARNETT, does not include a "branch" for the descendants of Frederick FOY; he is not EVEN included on this tree. After marrying Nancy DUNIGIN in 1803, he moved on to LA and to Texas, when it was still a part of Mexico, then a Republic, and finally as one of the United States. Frederick had what it took to succeed, on his own and without benefit of family. He became quite successful and Nancy DUNIGIN was a part of that success. Who was Nancy DUNIGIN? Who were her parents? How did she come to share Frederick FOY's courage in plunging into the newly purchased Territory of Louisiana, prior to 1810, and into Texas as early as 1828? Please help me to discover the DUNIGIN Family into which Nancy was born in 1790 and in SC. Thank You.

-- George Stevens (Fort Washington, MD)

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