I am from this line of Fallon/Faullin/Fallin/Falling/Fallen
(yes, I've seen all of these spellings just about for the same person in almost the same time frame.)
It seems like different officials and/or different brothers chose to go with different spellings.
My family ended up with the "Fallin" variant at least after 1850, and some of them used it back in the 1700's too.
My great grandfather was George Minor Fallin Sr from Breckenridge, Jackson County, Arkansas
his father was Edward Townes Fallin (who I think was born in Maury County Tennessee in 1840 to 1844)
Ed T. Fallin's Father was from Pittsylvania County Virginia and his name was Littleberry Falling/Fallin and was married to Ann E. Townes in 1829 in Pitssylvania County, Virginia.
Littleberry shows up in a 1840 Maury County Tennessee Census
Ed T. Fallin's confederate service record shows that he was born in Tennessee as well as the Arkansas 1870 and 1880 Census records (he says he was born in Tennessee and later changes his mind and says he was born in Virginia (by the 1900 Census)
An interesting thing is, his middle name was Townes, and his mom's maiden name was Townes, his earlier records say he was born in Tennessee, I only have the 1840 Maury County Tennessee Census that shows Littleberry Falling on it (and in that year it doesn't list the names of anyone else in the family) I also have a marriage record in Pittsylvania County in 1829 when Littleberry is married to Ann E. Townes (Ann Elizabeth or Annie sometimes).
Family lore has it that Littleberry died when Ed was very young, and today I just found out, that in Maury County TN they had an epidemic that they called "Black Tongue" and many hundreds of people died, maybe Littleberry died from that? Someone else in the family said that Littleberry Fallin (Fallen or Falling) died in the Mexican War down in Texas??? I cannot substantiate that so far.
Ed crossed the Mississippi River as a young man and then the Civil War broke out (Ed was in Arkansas by the time things were going badly for the South)
So ... I still need to gather up some more evidence to REALLY link me solidly to Littleberry, but I do believe I have strong circumstantial evidence, the strongest being his middle name is the same as his mom's maiden name, that he was born in Tenn. at about the time Littleberry shows up on the census there, and that on one Arkansas census, the census taker wrote down "Penn" as the sate of birth of Ed's parents and then crossed out "Penn" and wrote "VA" (which I think suggests that Ed told him/her/them that his folks were from Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Thereafter Ed starts to just say Virginia birth for himself and for his parents.
So ... they were definitely from Virginia.
I now have to shore this up with more conclusive evidence in 1850's and 1840's records from Maury and possibly Wayne counties in TN (Wayne county was where Ed's Uncle Holmes Fallen/Fallin shows up on an 1850 census) and Wayne County is not far from Maury County (pronounced Murry county).
If I can positively shore that up (and I think I can based on strong circumstantial evidence) I can then prove back to 1745 ... where I run into another WALL in the road, and that's with old Redman Fallin/Falling/Fallen/Fallon who apparently just arrived in what is now Pittsylvania County on the Sandy Creek of the Sandy River of the Dan River (Present day NW part of Danville, Virginia).
There are loads of documents there in Pittsylvania County about the Redman Fallin family (as well as the Littles, the Gwins and etc.)
I hope to get to Charles Fallin in 1704 in Charles City County, Virginia (that would at least get me to the coast!)
Also remember that Pittsylvania County was part of Halifax County and Lunenburg County and Brunswick County depending on the time-frame we're talking about.
I hope this helps someone to help me, but I realise, I have to work on the Ed T Fallin & Littleberry Falling connection and get a whole lot more records out of at least Maury County Tennessee, in order to have this locked up solid back to 1745, and then the REAL work begins.
sigh, sorry for the long windedness, but I don't post often, so I figured I'd let it all hang out at once, the good, the bad, and the speculative, haha
Yours truly to all my Fallin cousins and every other Genealogist out there,
Lance T. Fallin
(Who seriously thinks he's a descendant of Redmond Fallin/Fallon etc of Pittsylvania County Virginia)
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