Richard Fancher: 1830 Deed

A deed in Overton County, Tennessee Deed Book F, p. 147, has been abstracted in Edythe Rucker Whitley, comp., Overton County, Tennessee Genealogical Record (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1979), p. 40. This deed is dated 9 Sep 1830, and while it seems to contain some transcription errors (as does the other Fancher deed in the book, that one appearing on p. 33), this is a significant record in that it appears to establish the relationship between Richard Fancher and his heirs. The deed also appears to establish that Richard Fancher was of Overton County, Tennessee when he died.

As abstracted, the deed appears incomplete. The record gives the names of the heirs of Richard Fancher, the consideration ($500), and mentions “All interest and claim as heir of Richard Fancher decd [deceased] of Overton County, Tenn.” The abstract does not, however, state the purpose of the deed or what payment of the consideration was designed to do.

In addition, the name of Bynum (Grey or Gray Bynum) is clearly misspelled and the “Mylers” are stated as being of “Myler County, Illinois.” (No Myler or Miller County has ever existed in Illinois.) An unverified family group sheet which, of course, does not indicate sources (since they seldom do) claims that Patsy Myler died in Waverly County, Illinois. A bulletin board posting (again, without any sources) says that they “were in Coles Co. Illinois by the 1820s and in Morgan Co. Illinois.”

The 1830 deed refers to the heirs of Richard Fancher (apparently, although the word “heir” rather than “heirs” is used) as:
(a) “Isaac Fansher and Benum Fancher of Clark County, Illinois:” Presumably the “of” refers to both of them, although this is not stated. “Benum” is presumably a bad transcription of Bynum, although of course it is possible that the original record misspelled his name.
(b) “John Myler and wife Patsy of Myler County, Illinois:” Presumably the deed stated the actual county although, again, it is possible that the original deed stated this incorrectly.
(c) “James and Alexander Fancher of Overton County, in Tennessee:” Presumably the “of” pertains to both men, although this is not clear.

If Thomas H. Fancher was another son of Richard, then why is he not mentioned?


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