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Posted by: jw hayes (ID *****9506) Date: October 19, 2009 at 14:39:35
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This posting is for the benefit of the Fallin family descendants of Charles Fallin (born about 1745) of Northumberland, Amelia and Lunenburg counties of Virginia. Charles Fallin moved to Wilkes County, Georgia around 1811 and died around 1818. A land deed in Wilkes County dated 30 December 1818 reveals his heirs. These heirs are the ancestors of most Fallin descendants with a Southern heritage. The purpose of this posting is to properly identify the wife of Charles Fallin. This Charles Fallin, sometimes designated as Charles Fallin (IV), is the son of Charles Fallin (III) and Sarah Hobson of Northumberland County, Virginia. Charles Fallin (III) died in 1773 in Northumberland County leaving a will naming six children. One of his sons is Charles Fallin (IV) who received four Negroes and some personal items including "my old long gun". He received no land. Charles Fallin (IV) was to receive his part immediately and not be charged with any of his father's debts. The names of the four Negroes were Daniel, Lucey, Jesse and Pleasant, very likely a family unit. Take note of the names and their order. Ten years later in 1783 a Charles Fallin appears on a tax record for Lunenburg County, Virginia. Fallin is taxed on himself and two adult Blacks named Daniel and Lucie. The same names for the Blacks both in his father's will and on the Lunenburg tax list are the basis for identifying Charles Fallin (IV) of Lunenburg as the son of Charles Fallin (III) of Northumberland. Another connection would be the naming patterns in the Fallin family such as Hobson and Fleet. Charles Fallin's mother was a descendant of the Fleet family. I have always thought that a close reading of Charles Fallin's (III) last will and testament suggested his son Charles was either out of Northumberland or about to leave.  Later I found Charles Fallin, of "Lunenburg County" and his wife Mary selling land in Amelia County, Virginia in 1784 which they had inherited from Mary Maynard's father William Maynard (died 1765).   I have always felt a little uneasy about not having any record in Amelia for Charles Fallin other than the land deed.  There is large time gap between his father's will in 1773 and 1783 Lunenburg tax list without any additional records. Fortunately Amelia County has good tax (tithes) records and the early court order books are available.  I found the following Fallin items in Amelia County records.

1. There is a 1766 tax list for Amelia County. A transcription of this list is posted on the Amelia GenWeb site. I have a photocopy of the original list from microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Edward Mainard, Charles Fallin and John Mainard are listed together in the same entry with 200 acres of land. (Maynard is often spelled Mainard in the Amelia records). This 200 acres is the same amount of land sold by the Maynard heirs in 1784. Edward Mainard is reporting the land for William Maynard's widow who had a life estate in the land. Edward Maynard is one of the executors of William Maynard's will probated in 1765 in Amelia County. I have no doubt that Charles Fallin was living in Amelia County with the Maynard family and was likely married or soon to be married to Mary Maynard at that time. Charles Fallin's wife was given as Mary when Charles sold his land in Lunenburg in 1810 and moved to Georgia. (Lunenburg Deed Book 30, page 12A)

2. Charles Fallin appears in Amelia Court Order Book 13, page 265, dated 25 March 1774. He is to help maintain the Jordan Road with John Maynard, Richard Maynard and Isaac Ingram. The Amelia land deeds in 1784 identify these three men as the brother-in-laws of Charles Fallin. Also mentioned is Richard Cross who eventually purchased the Maynard land from the heirs.

3. Charles Fallin is listed with three tithes (taxables) in Amelia County in 1779. Charles is taxed on himself and his two slaves Dan'l and Lucy. There is no question about this entry. The names are clearly given.

4. Charles Fallin gave a deposition in the Amelia County Chancery Court (William Irby vs. Moses Hurt executors) in July 1791. Fallin had become security for a certain William Maynard on a bond to Moses Hurt sometime prior to Hurt's death in 1783. Fallin was sued in Lunenburg County in 1785 by Hurt's executors. William Maynard is another son of William Maynard (d.1765). Fallin paid the debt.

The Maynard land was in Nottoway Parish in the southern portion of Amelia County which later became Nottoway County. Lunenburg County adjoins Nottoway and the Charles Fallin land in Lunenburg was not far away from the Maynard's land. Many of the family names in Amelia are the same as you find in Northumberland. Northumberland County is about 120 miles from Amelia courthouse.

An excellent article on the Fallin family was published in the Bulletin of the Northumberland County (VA) Historical Society (Vol. XIV) dated 1977. The article provided an excellent source and guide to Fallin researchers. The author of the article identified Charles Fallin's (IV) wife as Hannah Kesterson. Sometime later I and another longtime Fallin researcher wrote to the author questioning the identification. Upon consideration the author acknowledged by letters she had misplaced this Charles and Hannah on the chart in the article and this Charles was likely the son of Tignor and Ruth Fallin. I have copies of these letters in my personal files. More recently in February 2006 I corresponded with the author by email requesting as a courtesy her permission to "quote" her correction which she graciously granted. Several respected books on Virginia and Maryland genealogy have continued the same identification citing the article in the "Bulletin" as the source. In 1984 a book "A Look at the Fallin Family Ties" contributed additional information for Fallin descendants. I had the privilege of corresponding with the author for several years prior to publication but the Maynard connection to Fallin was undocumented at that time. The surname Maynard has been used as a given name and middle name by several descendants of Charles Fallin.

My conclusions: The Charles Fallin who appears in the records of Amelia and Lunenburg counties is the son of Charles Fallin and Sarah Hobson of Northumberland County, Virginia. His wife is Mary Maynard daughter of William and Mary Maynard of Amelia County. There is no evidence that Charles Fallin of Lunenburg County was married to Hannah Kesterson. I have researched the Fallin family for nearly forty years. I am a descendant of Charles Fallin (IV) of Lunenburg. I will be happy to answer any questions and provide additional documentation. J. W. Hayes, Haymarket, Virginia













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