Judge Enoch L. Fancher Letter
But I fear I have but little
satisfactory information to impart touching the matter on
which you write. I had years ago an imperfect sketch of the Fancher genealogy,
but my office at 229 Broadway N. Y. was burned in 1866, and my papers and library
were consumed all save some documents kept in my safe, which were recovered.
I remember my Grandfather Abraham
Fancher, who, when I was a boy lived for
some time with my father, Samuel N. Fancher, on the farm of my father in Dutchess
County, at Middlebush-8 miles north of the Village of Fishkill, and six miles south
of Pokeepsie. My grandfather, as I was told had seven sons and one daughter,
Their names were; Abraham, Joshua, Solomon, David, Rufus, Samuel and David
as to the sons and the daughters name was Sarah. I once asked my grandfather
what was the name of his Father-he answered John. I heard, when a boy I think
from my father- that the Fancher family came from the Hague-or France-after the
Huguenot troubles, when two brothers crossed the Atlantic and started on their life
work here, somewhere on Long Island I have no verification of this information,
and have not seen the name of Fancher in any Long Island records.
There was, as I heard, a noted Physician
of the name, who, years ago, resided
in Westchester County. I have several times had the visits of those of the name,
one is now a lawyer in New York- another President of the Irving Bank, N. Y.,
another a professor keeping a school in Peekskill-and others; but none have
given me much as to the head of the Fancher family.
There was a Louis Fancher, who was a
distinguished writer in France, and one
of the Ministers of the latter Bonaparte while President of France before this
coup d etat when he became Emperor. I have read of that Louis Fancher in one
of the English Reviews much commendation and of whom the account said, he
was too much of a Republican to be continued a cabinet advisor in the time
preceding the Coup d etat. Of what was congenial to the Head of the French
Republic when he wanted the Crown of Emperor. I suppose you have read in
Victer Hugos entertaining volumn entitled "The History of a Crime."
I suppose the name Fancher, is of French
origin, and in this country the u-third
letter has been upset and is now "n." Pronounced Fouche in the foreign
I regret that I cannot give you better
and more acceptable information, and think
that if we met I could answer some of your questions to better purpose. I shall
hope to see you-either here, before Oct. or at my home in New York No. 141
Madison Avenue, N. Y., after my return to New York, whenever you may have
time and inclination to pay me a visit.
As I mail to you this letter I also mail
a copy (July number) of "The Gospel in all
Lands"- a New York publication, containing a brief Article of mine, and a cut
showing what purports to be my face- at which you may smile; but I never looked
well in a photograph or a cut made from it.
I wish you would send me your photograph
and write me soon again, telling me when you can pay me a visit, and why you speak of
going to New York for.
Sincerely yours in as a Fancher
E. L. Fancher
(Authors Note-This letter is in the W.
H. Fancher Collection at New England
Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.(F-4668) This letter is
the earliest information about the Fancher Family to have survived. It is important
to note that Judge Fancher stated the Fanchers came to Long Island and started
their lifes work indicating that they stayed there. He went on to say that he had no
verification of that and he could not find the Fancher name on Long Island. His
grandfather, Abraham, would have known John Fancher, who was mistakenly
reputed to be the original settler in Colonial America.
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