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View Tree for Nicholas FainNicholas Fain (b. Abt. 1730, d. Abt. 1789)

Nicholas Fain1 was born Abt. 1730 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1789 in Knob Creek, Washington Co., NC. He married Elizabeth Taylor on Abt. 1752 in Ireland.

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: NOTEDuring the horrible inquisition and persecution in France about 1685, a family by the name of Fainyance (reported to have been Huguenots) fled for safety to Ireland. Somewhere along the line, the name was shortened to Fain. One of this family, Nicholas Fain, married an English lady -- Elizabeth Taylor. After the birth of their first two children,, they came to Chester County, PA where he was issued a peddler's license in 1766. About 1770, they moved to Virginia and on to Washington County, North Carolina (which later became Washington County, TN.) A reprot states that Nicholas Fain lived on Knob Creek within sight of the point where Knob Creek flowed into the Watauga River. Nicholas Fain had a two story house mad of sawed logs. It is likely that this house was built after he had been in the area for some time. He was a private in the Revolution and was engaged in the battle of Kings Mountain. His service is verified in North Carolina State Auditors Office, Raleigh Revolutionary Army Accounts Vol. I No. 1-6 and Comptroller's Office Book A, Folio 27. (This location is Northeast of Jonesboro. It apparently is a location found on Tennessee Valley Authority topographic map - Bluff City Quandrangle 198 - NE in the southwest portion of this map where Knob Creek empties into Boon Lake on the Watauga River near the Devault bridge of the Andrew Johnson Highway.

: NOTENicholas Fain was noted for his religious zeal. Religion was his great absorbing thought. In Ireland, he belonged to the High Church of England - in this country he was Baptist. His descendants were mostly Presbyterians. After entertaining travelers who desired to lodge for the night, he would always talk to them on the subject of religion as he would to his own children. On one occasion a skeptic called to lodge overnight. Since he was a man of poetic genius, Nicholas Fain gave him a subject to think on and write upon and requestedthe skeptic to send him a copy of his verse. The man promised to comply and went on his journey. While in Virginia, he found an opportunity to write and whilst so doing, the thought came up "What am I doing - writing on a subject in which Ido not believe." He reasoned further and became convicted ofhis errors and was converted. He wrote to Nicholas Fain a letter sharing his gratitude and humbleness also a piece of poetry closing as follows:

: NOTETransporting thought by love combined And shall we see and know Each other there and call to mind Our friendship here below

: NOTENicholas Fain died near Jonesboro but the location of his grave is not known.

: NOTEThis is from Source 120, reel 1, which quotes his source as: W.D.F. Page 8 S.N. Fain book II p. 11-12-13. History of Chester Co., PA, by J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope

More About Nicholas Fain:
Record Change: 24 Mar 2004

More About Nicholas Fain and Elizabeth Taylor:
Marriage: Abt. 1752, Ireland.
Record Change: 24 Mar 2004

Children of Nicholas Fain and Elizabeth Taylor are:
  1. Samuel Fain, b. 20 Jan 1753, Ireland, d. 1794, Washington Co., TN.
  2. John Fain, b. 1755, New Garden, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 08 Aug 1788, Cherokee, Grainger, Tennessee, USA.
  3. David Fain, b. 1756, , Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. Abt. 1808, Crab Orchard, Lincoln, Kentucky, USA.
  4. +William Fain, b. 26 Jul 1757, , Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 1839, Washington Co., TN.
  5. Thomas Fain, b. 12 Nov 1760, , Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 19 May 1832, Faceville, Decatur, Georgia, USA.
  6. Ebenezer Fain, b. 27 Aug 1762, , Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 29 Dec 1842, Habersham Co., GA.
  7. Reuben Fain, b. 1764, , Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 1825, Sevier Co., TN.
  8. Elizabeth Fain, b. Abt. 1765, , Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, d. Aug 1850, IN.
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