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Colonial Fancher Given Names

This section reviews Colonial America customs and traditions of naming their children. It also reviews the names used in early Fancher families. Shown below are frequently used sources of sons and daughters names in the customary order of use.

     First son                Named after his father
    Second son             Named after his father’s father
    Third son                 Named after mother’s father
    Other sons              Named after an uncle, other family members, and close family friends.

     First daughter        Named after her mother
     Second daughter    Named after her mother’s mother
     Third daughter        Named after her father’s mother
     Other daughters     Named after an aunt, other family members, and close family friends

In those days, the men were more dominant than women in society, and the father’s line was considered more important. Sometimes, few names from the mother’s side would be used.

William An Important Family Name

William, David, Richard, and John Fancher were the original Fancher Families in Connecticut plus Catherine and Hannah who are sisters of these four. The following list of the four male families shows the similarity of the names used within their family by each of the brothers.

      Name of brother           Names of Sons 

     William                        William, John, Richard, David
     John                             David, William, John
     David                            David, William
     Richard                         Richard, William, David

As shown above, William named four of his sons the same names as the four original brothers and a daughter had the same name as his sister. David had two of his sons with the same name as his brothers. Richard had three sons the same name as a brother. John had three sons with the same name as a brother.

Within this family, William was an important name to the four brothers. Richard had a son William who died and he named another William. It should be noted that William, Richard, and John named their second son William. In many early family customs, the second was named after the father’s father. It would be a appropriate assumption that the four brothers’ father was named William.

 

Following is a detailed listing of the Colonial Fancher Families naming patterns, showing their children’s given names in the order of their birth and a possible source of the given name of that child. Joseph Fancher of Cape May County, New Jersey is not included because the names of his children, with the exception of his daughter Abigail, are unknown. But it should be noted that both John and Richard Fancher also named a daughter Abigail

CATHERINE FANCHER

Married Ebenezer Elwell - son of Sarah Wheadon and Samuel Elwell
Samuel Elwell’s parents were Samuel Elwell and Esther Dutch
Ebenezer’s siblings were Hannah, Sarah, Samuel, Joseph & Mary

Child                   Possibly Named After             Other Information

Ebenezer              Father                                     Name also appears in William’s line
Sarah                   Father's mother                        Name unique to Catherine's family
Catherine             Mother                                     Name unique to Catherine's family
Judith                   Unknown                                  Name unique to Catherine's family
Lydia                    Unknown                                  Name unique to Catherine's family
Jonathan               Unknown                                 Name also appears in Hannah’s line
Ann                      Unknown                                  Name unique to Catherine's family
Samuel                 Father's Father                          Name also appears in William’s line

WILLIAM FANCHER

Married Thankful Thomson - dau of Hannah Wheadon and John Thomson
Hannah Wheadon was son of Thomas Wheadon and Hannah Sutliff
John Thomson was son of Ebenezer Tomson and Deborah Dudley.
Thankful had a sister Deborah.

Child         Possibly Named After              Other Information

Samuel       Unknown                   Name also appears in Catherine’s line
William       Father                       Name also appears in Richard, John, David & Hannah’s lines
Deborah      Mother's sister           Name also appears in Hannah’s line
John           Mother's Father          Name also appears in John and David’s lines
Hannah       Mother's mother         Name also appears in Hannah’s line
Elizabeth     Unknown                   Name unique to William's family
Ebenezer     (Elwell or Tompson?) Name also appears in Catherine’s line
Ichabod       Unknown                   Name unique to William's family
Jehiel          Unknown                   Name unique to William's family
Lemuel        Unknown                   Name unique to William's family
Thomas       Mother's Grandfather Name unique to William's family
Thankful      Mother                       Name unique to William's family
Ithiel            Unknown                   'Name unique to William's family
Veal            Unknown                    Name unique to William 's family (Vail/Veale family)

HANNAH FANCHER

Married Joseph3 Garnsey - son of Mary Lockwood and Joseph2 Garnsey.
Mary Lockwood was daughter of Edmund Lockwood and Hannah Scott.
Joseph3 Garnsey’s siblings were Mary, Joseph, John, Rose, Jonathan, Hannah, Deborah,
     Susannah.

Child              Possibly Named After        Other Information

Hannah            Mother                              Name also appears in William’s line
Joseph            Father                               Name also appears in John’s line
William            Unknown                          Name also appears in Richard, John, William &
                                                             David’s lines
Joseph            Father                               Renaming of child who was deceased
Deborah          Unknown                           Name also appears in William’s line
Jonathan         Father's brother                  Name also appears in Catherine’s line

DAVID FANCHER

Married unknown - (Perhaps Sarah, per Wm Hoyt Fancher) dau. of Unknown and Unknown

Birth order of children uncertain.

Child             Possibly Named After                    Other Information

Sylvanus        Unknown                                        Name unique to David’s family
Mary             Unknown                                        Name unique to David’s family
James           Unknown                                        Name unique to David’s family
David             Unknown                                        Name also appears in Richard and John’s lines
William          Unknown                                        Name also appears in William, John,
                                                                         Richard & Hannah’s line

Possibly other children per William Hoyt Fancher

RICHARD FANCHER

Married Martha - daughter of unknown

Child               Possibly Named After           Other Information

Richard            Father                                   Name unique to Richard’s family
Martha            Mother                                  Name unique to Richard’s family
William           Brother                                  Name also appears in William, John,
                                                                  David & Hannah’s line
Benjamin        Unknown                                Name unique to Richard’s family
Abigail            Unknown                                Name also appears in John
                                                                  (and Joseph's) line
David               Father' Brother                        Name also appears in John and David's
                                                                   line
Amy                Unknown                                Name unique to Richard’s family
William           Brother                                   Renaming son after first son William died
                                                                   (See above)

JOHN FANCHER

Married Eunice Bouton - daughter of Mercy Hickcock and John Bouton
Eunice Bouton’s siblings: Mercy, Daniel, John, Mary, Ebenezer, David, Jonathan,
      Elijah.

Child          Possibly Named After    Other Information

John           Father                             Name also appears in David and William’s lines
William      Brother                            Name also appears in William, Richard, Hannah, and
                                                      David’s lines
Nathaniel   Unknown                         Name unique to John’s family
Abigail       Unknown                         Name also appears in Richard’s line (and Joseph’s)
David         Brother                            Name also appears in Richard and David’s line
Joseph      Unknown                          Name also appears in Hannah’s line
Eunice       Mother                            Name unique to John’s family
Mercy       Mother's Mother                Name unique to John’s family
Daniel       Mother's Brother                Name unique to John’s family
Elijah        Mother's Brother                Name unique to John’s family

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