RootsTech 2013

RootsTech is scheduled for March 21-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City.


Thomas W. Fancher: A Biography

From “Biographical Appendix” for Carroll County, in History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas, Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889, p. 1053:

Thomas W. Fancher, a prominent farmer of Carroll County, Ark., was born in Overton County, Tenn., on January 24, 1833. He is a son of James and Elizabeth (Carlock) Fancher, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. When twelve years of age James Fancher removed from his native State of Tennessee. After his marriage in the latter State he located on a farm, and resided there until 1838, when he came to Carroll County, Ark. Locating on a farm, he spent the remainder of his life here, and died on June 8, 1966. His widow is still living (1888). James Fancher served as a private in the War of 1812. In 1842 he represented Carroll County in the Arkansas Legislature. Thomas W. Fancher grew to manhood on his father’s farm, and on July 9, 1857, was married to Elizabeth B. Sneed, a daughter of Charles Sneed. She was born and reared in the neighborhood of her present home. After his marriage Mr. Fancher located on a part of his present farm. The place now contains 500 acres, of which 230 acres are under cultivation and finely improved. Mr. and Mrs. Fancher have a family of ten children, viz.: James, Wilburn H., Martha J. (a widow, who resides with her parents), Mary D. (one of the county teachers), Polk, Charles R., Wilkins H., Bessie May, Joseph J. and Jesse. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fancher are earnest Christians. She is a member of the Methodist Church, and he of the Cumberland Presbyterian. In 1862 Mr. Fancher enlisted in the Confederate army, and was assigned to the Fourth Arkansas Infantry. Later he was placed in Herrell’s battalion, and served until hostilities ceased, acting part of the time as first lieutenant. Among other engagements he participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Poison Springs and Marks Mills. His regiment was disbanded in Texas, after which he returned home, arriving in June, 1865. Mr. Fancher is a charter member of Osage Masonic Lodge, and is a Master Mason.

Thomas Hampton Fancher: A Biography

From Joseph B. Thoburn, A Standard History of Oklahoma, Vol. 4, Chicago and New York: The American Historical Society, 1916, pp. 1580-1581:

[p. 1580:] THOMAS HAMPTON FANCHER. Now in his second term as prosecuting attorney of Hughes County, Thomas H. [p. 1581:] Fancher has been a lawyer at Holdenville since 1909, and came to Oklahoma with a broad and varied experience in the law and in practical affairs in his native State of Arkansas. Mr. Fancher is an able lawyer and has deserved the confidence of the people repeatedly shown in his election to important places of trust and responsibility.

He was born in Carroll County, Arkansas, January 24, 1867, a son of Hampton B. and Eliza Olive (McKennon) Fancher. His father was born in Tennessee January 9, 1828, and died at the age of eighty-one in 1909, at Berryville, Arkansas. The mother was a native of Tennessee and died in Arkansas in 1892 at the age of fifty-four. They spent all their married lives in Carroll and Boone counties, Arkansas, where the father was an active farmer. He also made a record of important service during the Civil war. He was captain of a company in the state troops at first, and later was with the regular Confederate army on courier duty most of the time. Of the family of six daughters and two sons, there are now living Thomas H. Fancher and his two sisters: Bettie, wife of J. H. Walker of Hughes County, Oklahoma; and Clevie, wife of W. M. Bunch of Hughes County.

It was the wholesome and sturdy discipline of a farm in Arkansas that gave Mr. Fancher his early ideas and ideals and a vigorous mental and physical constitution. From the homestead he went to Clarksville, Arkansas, and began the study of law with his maternal uncle, Capt. A. S. McKennon, who has since become a well known member of the bar at McAlester, Oklahoma. Admitted to the bar at Russellville, Arkansas, November 16, 1893, Mr. Fancher soon afterwards returned to the farm after the death of his mother, married, and assisted his father in rearing the younger children. Later he moved to Berryville, where he was engaged in the practice of law for several years. While there he was elected county judge of Carroll County, an office he held for two terms or four years. Then resuming private practice he continued in Arkansas for two years more, and in 1909 established his home and office at Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was soon enjoying a promising practice as a lawyer, and in 1912 he responded to the wishes and urgings of his friends and became a candidate for the office of county attorney. He was elected, and in 1914 his first administration was given a vote of confidence by his reelection.

Mr. Fancher has been a democrat ever since casting his first ballot. In Masonry he takes an active part in the lodge and Royal Arch Chapter and has filled all the chairs in these branches. In January, 1896, he married Miss Carrie Keener, who was born in Missouri in 1869, but was reared in Arkansas, being a daughter of the late Judge William Keener. Mr. and Mrs. Fancher’s three children are all at home, their names being Eliza, Mary and Paul.

Heredis Genealogical Software

Heredis is an interesting genealogical software product from France that’s been getting some press over the last several months. A mobile version is available which syncs to a desktop version. Heredis is available for Mac or PC. Here are links to info:

How to Use the Congressional Serial Set

How to use the Congressional Serial Set is another research handout available online. The handout is titled “Using the Congressional Serial Set for Genealogical Research.”

St. Louis Genealogy Society Conference Speaker Announced

The St. Louis Genealogical Society has announced its primary speaker for the society’s 2013 annual Family History Conference. Claire Bettag will be speaking at the event on Saturday, 20 Apr 2013. The conference will be held at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, in Maryland Heights, St. Louis County, Missouri. For more information, consult

War of 1812: 3 Useful Research Guides

Three useful research guides pertaining to War of 1812 genealogy are available online from the National Archives. These are: