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Re: William Fawn, b. abt. 1755; VA > NC
Posted by: Don Fawn Date: October 21, 1998 at 00:10:56
In Reply to: William Fawn, b. abt. 1755; VA > NC by Cheryl Lehman of 46

The FAUGHNs of Kentucky has amassed a great deal of written information that suggests they are descendants of Capt. William Fawn... much of it contradicts mine, yet some coincides with old FAWN family tales which I heard whispered as a child but are now a lost oral history (none of the FAWNs wrote it down). The FAUGHNs of KY have several documents such as Elizabeth FAWNs will and that of WILLIAM FAWN as well, descriptions of land holdings, slaves, and other "assets" of the period.

From my newly discovered lost FOWN side of the family, I am reasonably certain that the JAMES FAWN (my GGF) lineage descends from THOMAS FAWN who came to America as an indentured servant in 1635 (although 1735 would reconcile much better with other stories I have uncovered).

The FAUGHNs of KY have written that their ancestry goes to WILLIAM FAWN. They suggest that 3 FAWN brothers came to America in the 1700s from IRELAND.

AUDREY FAWN of Canada has an extensive FAWN family tree from the United Kingdom which doesn't readily link to either mine or the FAUGHNs of KY. This may account for the story of the three FAWN brothers although there seems to be some debate as to whether they were Irish, Scottish, or English.

You will find an interesting FAWN-related entry at DORSET homepage

This relates the story surrounding the Monmouth Rebellion of June 11, 1685, 4 months after the death of King Charles II of England. The Duke of Monmouth's army of rebels lands on the Beach near the Cobb. ...."marching inland his army was swelled by many local recruits including ROBERT FAWN of Corscombe and Azariah Pinney of Broadwinsor....."

Monmouth was defeated by the King's forces under the leadership of John Churchill (later 1st Duke of Marlborough... also ancestor of Winston Churchill). Some of the rebels were executed, others remained relatively unpunished due to family political ties (hmm... some things never change) .... and then there was "the village of Corscombe, where ROBERT FAWN was hanged with 12 others, their bodies dismembered, then boiled in pitch, and publicly displayed." Nearby land owner George Penne was given 100 prisoners as payment for siding with the King during the rebellion. He sold many of these prisoners as indentured servants to planters in America and the West Indies. FAWNs begin showing up in NC colonial records shortly thereafter.

My FAWN ancestors appear to have fought in every war from the American Revolution to Vietnam. I have it very well documented as the case since the Civil War. The above story suggests that we FAWNs may even start war occasionally when things are a bit too quiet. Apparently, if we're not fighting...

all's fair in LOVE and WAR which prompts me to note that JOSEPH FAWN served honorably during the Civil War as a Union soldier in the 78th Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry....hmmmmm...
(see yes, I can hear that banjo in the background now...

I know for certain in this century (...those overseas military assignments...) that the FAWN family now includes persons of Southeast Asian and Phillipino ancestry as well.

Could we pitch one helluva family reunion or what!!!??

Don Fawn



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