For almost one hundred years, several generations of Fancher
researchers have periodically taken up the challenge of finding our origins. The
Fancher family has a proud history in this Country that spans three centuries. To go back
further into time and explore the foundations of the family that landed on these shores so
long ago is a quest that has inspired many of us.
Naturally our family history includes many traditions. With any family tradition, until it can be either disproved or verified by the evidence, it is impossible to judge beforehand the degree of accuracy it contains. As tempting as it may sometimes be, family traditions cannot be accepted as valid without substantiating proof of some kind. Some traditions turn out to greatly exaggerated, or completely fabricated. Others prove to be valid, or to only contain an element of the truth. Inaccuracies and confusion with generations, names, families, dates and locations are endemic in family traditions. Therefore, the authors have exercised great caution regarding the Fancher traditions.
Rather than approaching our research with any preconceived notions based on traditions, we have kept the various traditions in mind, but the evidence has always dictated the course of our research. We believe the evidence of the Fancy/Fanshaw family in Brookhaven now lends credence to one element of a Fancher tradition, passed down from Judge Fancher - that the family began (their life's work) on Long Island (New York).
Today we have a tremendous wealth of resources that were not available to the early Fancher family researchers. William Hoyt Fancher preserved the majority of letters he received including those of W. S. Potter. These letters provide an insight to their hobby, research, and what was known about the family 70 to 100 years ago. The collection also contains many routine letters providing family information about the newer generations. Here and there are letters and notes containing pertinent, unique, or interesting data. Some of those letters have been abstracted to include here.
Attachment G - Letter from W. H. Fancher showing that in 1936 he had not found any prior generation before the six Connecticut Fanchers.
Attachment H - Letter from Evangeline F. Hubbell saying the Fanchers were of Welsh descent and that the family came to America about 1670.
Attachment I - Part of a speech W. S. Potter delivered at a Fancher Family reunion in Columbus, Ohio which demonstrates the extent of his knowledge of the family in 1905.
Attachment J - Statement prepared about 1866 in Arkansas by James Fancher about the damage he suffered in the Civil War.
Attachment K - The only letter in the W. H. Fancher Collection about David Faucher and Martha Desfontaines.