John FANCHER

John FANCHER

Male 1707 - 1779  (71 years)

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  • Name John FANCHER  [2
    • John Fancher, was one of the first settlers of Poundridge, NY, about the year 1730, in that part of the town known later as Stamford, Conn. John Fancher is believed to have been of Huguenot descent. He may have been the Jean Faucher, baptised 26 June 1707 in Monmouth S. church, parish of stepney, son of David (cordonnier) and Marthe (Desfontaines) Faucher, as shown in the Huguenot Society of London records, vol. 16, page 283.

      He married , in Stamford, Conn., 15 or 19 Nov. 1736, EUNICE BOUTON, daughter of John and Mercy (Hickcock) Bouton, born in Danbury, Conn., circa 1712 or 1713. The marriage was performed by Worshipful Hait, justice of the peace.

      John Fancher died in Poundridge 4 Feb, 1779 and his wife died 12 Nov. 1778, according to engraved boulder gravestones found in Poundridge cemetery. The will of John Fancher is recorded in the surrogate's office, New York City, vol. 38, page 233, and an abstract of the same was printed in the New York Historical Societ's Collection, vol. 13, page 229.

      Known as Deacon John Fancher, Fancher when young was a seafaring man. It is a family tradition that on a voyage to the West Indies the crew of the vessel were stricken with small pox and Fancher nursed them and later in Poundridge was frequently called upon to nurse and attend others sick with the disease. At the end of life he contracted the disease and died of it.

      Huntington's "History of Stamford" states John Fancher was a fireman in 1734 and he was on the official list of the town in 1750, and also designated as a cordwainer. Stamford Land Records, Vol. E, p. 455 refers to John Fancher as "Sargt Fansher" in 1751. On 9 April 1741, (Stamford Land Records) John Fancher, cordwainer, buys land of Joshua Hoit Jr. Norwalk Land REcords, vol. ii, refers to John Fancher "of Stamford" on may 19, 1757, and as of Old Poundridge on Jan. 10, 1758, indicating the demarcation line between Poundridge and Stamford was changed at about that time.


      Stamford Land Records, dated Feb. 18, 1741/2, vol. D, p. 298, states: "Ebenezer Seeley of Stamford sells to Eliphalit Slason and john Fanshawe, both of Stamford, and Reuben Lockwood of North Castle, land on the boundary line of Norwalk and Stamford in the Canaan Parish."

      In vol. D, p. 86, as a witness to a deed John Fancher signs himself on March 22, 1737/8 as "John Fansher"; on page 298 of vol. D, Feb. 16, 1741/2 he signs hiself "JohnFancher"; and in his will he signs himself "John Fanshier."

      On June 3, 1748, with James Hait, John Fancher bought one-half interest in a saw mill on Mill river near the head of Ponus Ridge. He sold it Dec. 14, 1750. In vol. E, page 469, on June 29, 172, Lieut. James Hait and Mr. John Fansher buy 85 acres below Hunting Ridge on the road to Bedford. Most of the early land purchases of Fancher were at the head of Ponus Ridge on the Stamford-Norwalk boundary line.

      Militia Papers, vol 5, p. 367a, State Library, Hartford, Conn., states: "John Fancher is established Lieut. of the Company of Trainband in the Parrish of Canaan; Samll Hanford, Capt." May 20, 1756.

      On Sunday, Oct. 22, 1939, William H. Fancher of Danbury and William L. Smith located the graves of John Fancher and his wife, Eunice (Bouton) Fancher, in the Poundridge Cemetery. Both were marked by field stones, inscribed, respectively

      Feb 4, 1779
      John Fansher
      dide

      Nov. 12
      1778 E.F.

      John Fancher's will was drawn 1 Feb. 1779. In it he made no mention of a wife but did mention the following ten children, baptisms of several of which are recorded in the Stamford Congregational Church records. [1]
    Born 26 Jun 1707  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Fact Marker has last name as "Fansher" Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 4 Feb 1779  Pound Ridge ( now Stamford), Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Pound Ridge Cemetery, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I21676  Main Tree
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2014 

    Father ? FANCHER 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother ? UNKNOWN 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F29385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eunice BOUTON,   b. Abt 1712, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1778  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1736  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Pastor Jonathan Hoit, J.P. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. John FANCHER,   b. 15 Jul 1737, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1808, Berne, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +2. William FANCHER,   b. 13 Nov 1739, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1820, Pound Ridge, Westcher Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [Birth]
     3. Nathaniel FANCHER,   b. 30 May 1742, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. poss. Aft 1820  (Age 78 years)
     4. Abigail FANCHER,   b. 15 Apr 1744, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +5. David FANCHER,   b. 11 Feb 1746/47, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 May 1784  (Age 37 years)  [Birth]
     6. Joseph FANCHER,   c. 23 Jul 1749, Stamford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1820-1823, Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [Birth]
     7. Eunice FANCHER,   b. 1748,   d. 10 Dec 1825  (Age 77 years)  [Birth]
     8. Mercy FANCHER,   c. 15 Oct 1752,   d. 1839  (Age ~ 86 years)
    +9. Daniel FANCHER,   c. 10 Aug 1755, Poundridge, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1781, Poundridge, Westchester, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)  [Birth]
     10. Elijah FANCHER,   b. abt. 1757, Pound Ridge, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Lost at Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F09319  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Headstones
    John Fancher Headstone
    John Fancher Headstone
    John Fancher is the husband of Eunice Bouton. He is buried in the Pound Ridge Cemetery in Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., New York.

    Maintained by: Merry
    Originally Created by: Pat
    Photo Added by: Anonymous

  • Sources 
    1. [S5604] "The Fancher Family", William Hoyt Fancher, (The Cabinet Press - Milford, NH 1947).

    2. [S03262] RootsWeb: World Connect - Stamford, CT Familes (1641-1935) by Barbara Kaye.

    3. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    4. [S03428] The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Stamford.