Nicholas Fain, Or Fainyance[1]

Male Abt 1730 - Abt 1785  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name Nicholas Fain, Or Fainyance 
    Suffix Or Fainyance 
    Born Abt 1730  , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number Peden01 
    Died Abt 1785  Jonesboro, Maury County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Frank B. Fain Notes: "During the horrible inquisition and persecution in France about 1685, a family by the name of Fainyance (reported to be Huguenots) fled for safety to Ireland. Somewhere along the line, the name was shortened to FAIN. One of this family - Nichloas Fain - married an English Lady - Elizabeth Taylor. After the birth of their first two children, they immigrated to Chester Co., Pennsylvania, where he was issued a peddler's license in 1766.

      About 1770 they moved to Virginia, and then on to Washington County, North Carolina (which later became Washington Co. Tennessee). A report states that Nicholas Fain lived on Knob Creek within sight of the point where Knob Creek flowed into the Watagua River. Nicholas Fain had a two story house made of sawed logs. It is likely that his house was built after he had been in the area for some time. He was a private in the Revolution, and was in engaged in the Battle of Kings Mountain, as were five of his sons, along with his only son-in-law (Andrew Evans). His service is verified in the North Carolina State Auditors office, Raleigh Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. I No 1-6 and Comptroller's office Book A, Folio 27.

      The location of Nicholas Fain's house was Northeast of Jonesboro. It is apparently a location found in the Tennessee Valley Authority topographic map - Bluff City quadrangle 198 - NE in the southwest portion of this map where Knob Creek empties into Boone Lake on the Watagua River near the Devault Bridge of the Andrew Johnson Highway.

      Nicholas Fain was noted for his religious zeal. Religion was his great absorbing thought. In Ireland, he belonged to the High Church of England. In this country, he was a baptist. His descendants were mostly Presbyterian. After entertaining travelers who desired to lodge for the night, he would always talk to them on the subject of religion, as he would to his own children. On one occasion, a skeptic called to lodge overnight. Since he was a man of poetic genius, Nicholas Fain gave him a subject to think on and to write upon and requested the skeptic to send him a copy of his verse. The man promised to comply and went on his journey. While in Virginia, the man found an opportunity to write, and whilst so doing, the thought came up - "What am I doing - writing on a subject in which I do not believe?". He reasoned further and became convinced of his errors and was converted. He wrote to Nicholas Fain a letter sharing his gratitude and humbleness; also a piece of poetry closing as follows:

      "Transporting thought by love combined
      And shall we see and know
      Each other there and call to mind
      Our friendship here below"

      Nicholas Fain died near Jonesboro, but the location of his grave is not known."

      Excerpted Notes from "Nicholas Fain of Tennessee" by Max Fain, 1980 "Their first child, Samuel Fain, was born January 20, 1753, probably in Ireland. All the rest of his children were born Chester Co., Pennsylvania, in the township of New Garden." "A search of deed records from Chester County shows no evidence that Nicholas Fain ever owned land in Chester County. He was probably a tenant farmer" "Tax Records of Chester County: "1754 - Nicklos Fain owed a tax of 0.1.0 (pg 66) 1756 - Nicholas Faine owed a tax of 0.2.0 (pg 50) 1757 - he owed a tax of 0.6.0 (pg 33) 1758 - he owed a tax of 0.5.0 (pg 47)" 1764 - he is shown as owning two "cowes" and owing no tax. He is shown owing various amounts in various years through 1766, after which he is no longer shown. By April of 1766, the family had moved to Linville, Virginia, where the Linville Creek Baptist Church records show "Nicholas Faine was received into transient communion."
    Person ID I11463  Peden1
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2013 

    Family ID F4585  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Taylor,   b. 1734, , , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795  (Age 61 years) 
    Married Abt 1752  , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Fain,   b. 20 Jan 1753, , , , Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1794  (Age 40 years)
    +2. John Fain, Capt.,   b. 1755, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1788, Sitico, Tennessee, Cherokee Nation (East), USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     3. David Fain,   b. 1756, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807-1809, , Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     4. William Fain,   b. 1757, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1816  (Age 59 years)
    +5. Thomas Fain,   b. 1759, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1832  (Age 73 years)
    +6. Ebenezer Fain,   b. 27 Aug 1762, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1842, , Gilmer County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Reuben Fain,   b. 1764, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1825  (Age 61 years)
    +8. Elizabeth Fain,   b. 29 Jul 1764, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1850, Harrison, Vigo County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2005 
    Family ID F4482  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S539] BOOK: Notable Southern Families - Fain of Tennessee, Augusta Bradford, (Chattanooga, Tennessee: Lookout Publishing Company, 1930).