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The Richard Fancher Society of America

Updated January 13, 2008

LM Fancher

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Fancher family genealogy has been a life long hobby. My primary lines of interest are those of Richard Fancher and Sarah Journegin and more specifically their son, James Fancher and his wife Elizabeth Carlock, my gg grandparents. This is a work in progress.

Since the early 1970's I have continued my Uncle Kenner Fancher's work on family history and genealogy through THE RICHARD FANCHER SOCIETY.

Included in that study has been my interest in the MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like to share Fancher family history.

Richard Fancher Society of America
Lynn-Marie Fancher, President

Established 1948, Osage, AR

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The Richard Fancher Society, originally established in 1948 by John Kenner Fancher of Conner, Arkansas and Judge Frank Trigg Fancher of West Palm Beach, Florida, is a family organization dedicated to genealogical research and the preservation of accurate family history.

The Richard Fancher Society is named for our family line descending from Richard3, the grandson of William1 Fancher (Fanshaw) progenitor of the Fancher family in America, who emigrated from England, and can be traced to the American Colonies as early as 1643. His descendants, as well as those of his brothers and sisters, today are in every state of the Union. Earlier claims that this Fancher line was of French descent has been disproven by both genealogical research and recent DNA studies. (Please see our DNA link.)

The genesis of the Richard Fancher Society began at a family reunion in Osage, Carroll County, Arkansas at the old homestead of Thomas Washington7 Fancher (James6, Richard5, David4, Richard3, William2, William1) who was born 24 January 1833 and died 1 September 1892. Thomas Washington 7 Fancher was the grandson of Richard5 Fancher who was, in turn, the grandson of the original Richard3 Fancher mentioned above. Thomasí grandfather Richard5 served in the Revolution in Captain Thomas Berry's Company, Colonel Abraham Bowman's Eighth Regiment of Virginia. Richard5 Fancher and his wife, Sarah Jarnigan Fancher, had six known children born in Townfork, Stokes County, North Carolina. They were: Isaac6, James6, Grey Bynum6, Alexander6, Thomas Hampton6 and Patsy6 (Miler).

As the family moved from North Carolina to Tennessee, then on to other territories, son James6 scouted land in Osage, Arkansas in 1837 and staked a claim on the headwaters of Osage Creek with his friends Thomas Fancher Sisco and Eskridge Kenner. Fancher Creek and Kenner Creek are still found on maps today. James Fancher returned with his family and mother (Sarah Jarnigan Fancher) in 1838 and quickly became one of the leading citizens of Carroll County, Arkansas. Both his home and his sonís, (Thomas7) were burned to the ground in 1865 during the Civil War. When the family returned after the war, Thomas Washington7 Fancher built a large two-story home with a wide sweeping staircase to the upper floors where all the family portraits were displayed on the wall. Out of doors, he built a veranda that ran the length of the front of the house. The home became a community stopping point for church services for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and also Methodist services; for Masonic meetings; and, for robust civic meetings for local politicians. There were large Sunday suppers to accommodate his ten children and their growing families.

While there were many known gravesites on the Thomas Washington Fancher property, as he lay dying on 27 August 1892 from a knife wound received when attempting to break up a fight between two Masonic brothers, Thomas told his wife he wanted to be buried up on the hillside across the road from his home so he could look down on all of them. He died of his wounds on 1 September and his wife, Elizabeth (Sneed) Fa

Family Photos

  • Mike & Lynn-Marie Fancher (33 KB)
    Honeymoon 2001 Grand Canyon, Southern Utah
  • Terry Fancher & Lynn-Marie Fancher (134 KB)
    Terry Fancher, President of Mountain Meadows Association. Lynn-Marie Fancher, Secretary. St. George Utah Photo by T N Fancher
  • Will Bagley & Lynn-Marie Fancher (163 KB)
    Will Bagley, historian and author & Lynn-Marie Fancher, President Richard Fancher Society & family historian, discuss Mountain Meadows Massacre, St George, Utah. Photo by T N Fancher
  • Kit Fancher Grave - MMM Survivor (40 KB)
    Tom Morris, VP Richard Fancher Society (Bentonville AR), places flowers at gravesite for Christopher Carson 'Kit' Fancher at the Fancher-Seitz Cemetery, Osage AR. (Staff Photo James White - Harrison Daily Times
  • Old Fancher Cemetery, Osage, Arkansas (650 KB)
    These two views of the Old Fancher Cemetery show where a family cemetery was carved out of the old Carroll County homestead along the Osage in 1839. MMM survivor, Christopher Carson Fancher is buried here near his great grandmother Sarah Jarnigan Fancher.
  • Mike & Lynn-Marie Fancher (20 KB)
    Soul Mates

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