Notes and Credits section below
for discussion of the evidence and citation of sources.
Full Name: David McFann
Mary Fleece (See note 2 below)
Children of David McFann and Mary:
Possible Other Children of David McFann and Mary (see note 1 below):
Andrew Jackson McFann
Notes and Credits section below.
1790: not yet found.
Marriage record, David McFann to Mary Fleece (26 Aug 1799), Berkeley Co, VA, Book ?, page 22. A reference to the record was found in the Virginia Marriage Index: 1740--1850 database on Ancestry.com by Terry Turley. Richard Hughes found the record on "Marriage Bonds, 1797-1816, Berkeley Co., WVA", LDS microfilm 0831315 and made a photocopy. The location of the record within Berkeley County's system of records is not given, but page 22 shows in the photocopy. See note 2 below.
Marriage Records of Scioto Co., Ohio 1803 - 1860 by Caryn R. Fuller Shoemaker and Betty J. Sisler Rudity (1987). Contains extracts of the Scioto County marriage records for Kimber McFann & Sarah Ann Chaffin, A. J. McFann & Nancy Andre, David McFann & Rachel Hays, James McFann & Jane Scott, and Emily McFann & and Allen Day. The information from this source was extracted for me by Scioto County lookup volunteer Judith Burkhardt. As far as I know, we have not obtained the original records for any of these.
Marriage record, Jackson McFann to Mary Mouler, 18 June 1840, Lawrence County, Vol. 1-3, Page 328, lisc #1302. A copy of the record was obtained by Terry Turley.
Marriage record, David McFann to Katherine Scott, 22 December 1829, Lawrence County, Vol. 1-3, Page 127, lisc #506. A copy of the record was obtained by Terry Turley.
Marriage record, Lettishe McFan to George Bowen, 7 October 1819, Lawrence Co, OH, vol 1, 2 &3, page 14, lisc #55. A copy of the record was obtained by Terry Turley.
Marriage record, Sarah McFan to Moses Horner, 2 October 1828, Lawrence Co, OH, vol 1, 2 & 3, page 118, lisc #467. A copy of the record was obtained by Terry Turley.
Marriage record, Polly McFan to William Chard, 2 October 1828, Lawrence Co, OH, vol 1, 2 & 3, page 118, lisc. #468. A copy of the record was obtained by Terry Turley.
Berkeley County, VA personal property tax lists for 1800-1813, LDS microfilm #2024480. As reported by Richard Hughes, David McFann, over 16 years of age, is found on the 1802 list, but not on the list for any prior or subsequent year.
David McFan is found on the 1818 Lawrence County tax index and the 1821 Lawrence County tax index, both on the Lawrence Register web site. (These are lists of names found on the tax lists for those years.) Ken Clark reports that David McFan is on the 1820 tax list in Elizabeth township and the entry reads: "Owned: 1 horse and 4 head of cattle. Paid $1.00 tax for the year of 1820." We have yet to do a thorough survey of the Lawrence County tax lists.
A Listing of Entrymen on Lands East of the Scioto River in Scioto Co, OH,
by L. Richard Kocher, 1995. Contains the entries for the three patents above and also the following:
From an index of deeds which was at one time on the Lawrence Register web site I found the following entries:
Records from Andrew J. McFann's bible, now in the possession of Marilyn Woodard Lentz. There is a page in the bible with dates of birth for David McFann (born 1772), Mary McFann (born 1779), Lettecia McFann, Sarah McFann, David McFann (born 1806), William McFann, and Mary McFann (born 1809). For more information about this bible and a transcription of the records contained in it, see Andrew J. McFann's Bible on the "Family Bible Records" page of this site and the Andrew Jackson McFann page on Marilyn's family history web site.
1. The names and dates of birth of David, Mary, Lettecia, Sarah, William, David, and, Mary are written on a page in the family bible (cited above) that is now the possession of Marilyn Woodard Lentz. This is the main evidence linking them as a single family. Additional evidence is provided by the land records, which indicate that there was a David McFann Sr and a David McFann Jr in the area of Lawrence and Scioto counties in the early 1830s. Marilyn believes that the bible belonged to Andrew J. Mcfann (born 1820), and that Andrew J. McFann is thus the son of David McFann Sr; but there is nothing in the bible that reveals who its original owner was. The possibility that the elder Mary McFann of the bible record is the mother of Andrew J. McFann is supported by the appearance of a Mary McFann in Andrew J. McFann's household in the 1850 and 1860 census whose age fits the 1779 birthdate of the elder Mary McFann of the bible record. Kimber, James, and Emily McFann are also considered possible children of David and Mary McFann because David McFann is the only head of household named McFann that appears in either Lawrence or Scioto County in 1820. The birthdates given for Kimber, James, and Emily McFann in the above Data Summary are based on the census records. David McFann's household, as enumerated in the 1820 census could have included Andrew J. McFann, James McFann, and Kimber McFann as the three males in the "males under 10" category (recall that Andrew J. McFann was born in December and that the census is usually enumerated in the summer); David Jr and William McFann in the "males 10 and under 16" category (but note that William was born in September 1804 and probably should be in the "males 16 to 18" category); Mary in the "females 10 and under 16" category; Lettecia was married in 1819, and Sarah could have left the household already even though she was not married until 1828 (otherwise they should be in the "females 16 to 25 category"). David McFann's household in the 1830 census could have included Andrew J. in the "males 5 and under 10" category; James in the "males 10 and under 15 category", and Emily in the "females under 4" category. But this leaves 2 males unidentified and the whereabouts of William and Kimber unexplained. The main reason for being skeptical about the inclusion of Kimber, James, Andrew J., and Emily among the children of David and Mary McFann is that the list of David's children in Marilyn's bible ends with Mary McFann (born 1809).
2. We are tentatively assuming that the 1799 marriage record for David McFann and Mary Fleece is the marriage record for this David McFann. The date fits well with the date of birth of Lettecia of the bible record (who we are assuming is his first child); and the Mary McFann in Andrew J. McFann's household in the 1850 and 1860 census was (according to the census record) born in Virginia. Richard Hughes reports that there is a David McFann on the 1802 personal property tax lists for Berkeley County, VA and a John Fleece on the tax lists from 1804 to 1813. Richard argues that the David McFann in this marriage record is one of only four David McFanns in the records for this time period and that this David McFann is the only one of the four that can plausibly be the David McFann that later settled in Lawrence Co, OH.
3. I am assuming that the James McFann in the 1850 census of Lawrence County is the same James McFann that is found in the 1860 census of Lawrence County, married to Rachel, because there is no other James McFann in the right age bracket in 1860 in either Lawrence County or Scioto County. Also, if 5 is the correct age for the John McFann in his household in the 1850 record, then this probably be the same person as the John W. McFann in his household in the 1860 record.
4. Information on the second marriage and date of death of Sarah McFann came from Brad Chissom, the great great grandson of Nathaniel and Sarah Scott. Brad reports an 1837 Scioto County marriage record for Nathaniel Scott and Sarah Horner. Brad also reports that the death record for Sarah and Nathaniel's son Washington Scott shows that Sarah's maiden name was McFann. The Lawrence County marriage records (cited above) show that Sarah McFann married Moses Horner in 1828. I have noted from an index of the 1830 census of Lawrence County that Moses Horner is listed in Lawrence County, Elizabeth township, pg 306 (which is on the same page as David McFann) but I have not looked at the actual record. This evidence suggests that Sarah McFann married Moses Horner in 1828, was widowed sometime after 1830, and married Nathaniel Scott in 1837. Brad also reports that Sarah Scott's tombstone in Crockett Cemetery, Jasper County, IN, gives her date of death as 18 April 1863 and her age as 60 years, 8 months, and 6 days, which indicates that her date of birth was 12 July 1802, exactly matching the birth date given for Sarah McFann in the Bible records. Brad also reports that the 1850 census of Jasper County gives Sarah's birth place as Virginia. We do not yet know whether Sarah McFann had any children with Moses Horner or what happened to him. According to Brad, Sarah had 3 children with Nathaniel Scott. Note that David McFann married Katherine Scott in 1829 and James McFann married Jane Scott in 1839. We don't know whether Katherine, Jane, and Nathaniel Scott are related.
5. Alfred Marion Chard, great grandson of William Chard, reported in an email to me that his great grandmother was also known as Polly. I have not yet been able to get any more information from him on this. I am told that Polly is a common nickname for Mary.
This page is part of the McFann Family History web site maintained by Brian D. McFann
Revised: March 2002