Here's the preface to The Favill Family, written by Stephen Favill in 1899:
The family in this country know nothing of the early history of its founder, John Favill. He came to American from England some time before the Revolutionary War. His name appears on the rolls of the Continental Army, and he is mentioned as at one time "being in command at Fiskkill." The war records of the Continental Army have been partially destroyed, so that it is impossible to establish his claim as an officer, but his neighbors always honored him with the title of Captain, and he was undoubtedly entitled to it. In this connection it may be proper to state that the descendants of John Favill and Elizabeth Guile are entitled to colonial honors on the mother's side. Her father and grandfather were both in the Continental Army, her grandfather, Richard Hewett, being a captain. The above statments in regard to army service any one can verify from the Continental Army records.
After the close of the War of the Revolution, the founder of the family settled in the Town of Manheim, Herkimer County, N.Y., where he owned a large farm and built a grist mill, and raised a large family. Later on the family mostly settled in that county. They were a prolific race. One of the earliest recollections of the writer is a Christmas gathering at his grandmother's (grandfather being dead), in 1830. The company was composed of her children and seventy-five grandchildren.
Since then they have scattered from Maine to California.
The old stock were all farmers, and the younger generations are mostly following their example. There are a few professional men and a few mechanics and engineers, but they are mostly tillers of the soil, "Eating their bread in the sweat of their face."
This brief genealogy is not intended as a history of the family, but is intended chiefly to keep a record of the names, of both men and women, and to show to what branch of the family they belong.
It is not thought best to carry this record beyond the fifth generation (though there are already several children in the sixth), but ample space is left to continue the record as each may desire.
The founder of the family spelled his name Favill, but in recent years some of the families have added e to the name, making it Faville, but they all belong to the same family.
The book then begins with my great,great,great grandfather:
The founder of the family, John Favill, was an Englishman, and his wife, Nancy Lewis, was of Dutch descent, known in this country at that time as Mohawk Dutch (personal note: reading the early history of NY state was very interesting and gave me insight about the origins of "Mohawk Dutch"). The exact date of their marriage is not known, but it was some time before the close of the Revolutionary War. He died in 1817. His wife died in 1834.
I hope this helps. Sorry it took me so long to reply.
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