Mercer Fain[1]

Male 1789 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Mercer Fain 
    Born 28 Feb 1789  , , South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    DNA Family Group Peden01 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • 1810 Census - Living in Buncombe, North Carolina. Image 28

      1820 Census- Living in Habersham Co., Georgia. pg 123

      1830 Census - Living in Roane Co. Tennessee.

      1846 - listed on the Shelby County, Texas Tax List - no page numbers

      1850 Census - 63 yrs old, living in Shelby Co, Texas with wife and children. pg 19 B


      Mercer Fain moved to Missouri about 1831. About 1836 Mercer Fain moved to Shelby County, Texas, where he and his second wife Louisa are found in the 1850 Shelby Co., TX, census. REPRINT of OFFICIAL REGISTER of LAND LOTTERY OF GEORGIA 1827 13th DAY'S DRAWING-March 21 HABERSHAM. page 37 Fortunate Drawers: Mercer Fain, Captains District: Fains Number: 249 District: 18 County: Lee County He was in Texas in the mid- 1840s. Listed on a Tax poll, and a land abstract.

      Texas Land Abstracts: District: Nacogdoches; Robertson County: Dallas Grantee: Mercer Fain Certificate: 191 Patentee: James G. Hyden Patent Date: 23 Nov 1854 Patent #: 648 Patent Volume: 10 Acres: 320 Class: Nac. 3rd. File: 1572

      From ancestry.com files of Gery Davis:

      North Georgia Journal of History Clarkesville: The Early Days Page # 78 On Feb. 12, Benjamin Cleveland conveyed 10 acres of Lot 17 of the 10th land district and Benjamin Chaistain conveyed 32 acres of Lot 2 of the 12th land district to the justices of the Inferior Court, Benjamin Chastain, Benjamin Cleveland, John H. Jones, James Hodgins and Mercer Fain, who caused the town to be laid out. "Living on the Unicoi Road" Land Lot # 40 Mrs. Nancy Wood won this lot in the 1820 Land Lotttery, She did not claim the land until Nov. 1825. Her belated decision to exercise her grant was evidently prompted by a purchase offer; only a month after obtaining title, she sold the lot to Mercer Fain for $600.00 . Mercer Fain was up to something, though, for he also sold the lot only a month after acquiring it, and at a considerable profit. Mercer had been in the area for years. His sister lived about two miles upriver from land lot #40 where the Robertstown community now is and his parents lived in the nearby town of Clarkesville, the county seat. His father was Ebenezer Fain, a tough old Indian Fighter and Revolutionary Vetern who had been a Public Servant in several of the many places he had lived. Ebenezer served a few other things as well, for in 1823 he was found guilty of "keeping a tippling house open on the Sabbath Day".****(see note at bottom) Mercer may have actually lived on Land Lot #40 before he sold it, but it appears more likely that , upon learning of his buyer's interest and perhaps even his residence there. Mercer simply applied some of his father's savvy and got to the lottery winner first. In any event, Mercer Fain lived elsewhere in the county for several years after the sale, but by 1830 he had moved to Tennessee, continuing from there to Missouri and finally to Texas. Although Mercer left, other Fain's eventually came to the Helen valley. Today, descendants of Ebenezer Fain can be found running Betty Fain's Country Store and the Nora Mill Granary. Although the Sunday sale of alcohol has recently been allowed in Helen Restaurants, neither of these modern Fain establishments has any direct involvement with "tippling". It was Richard England who bought Land Lot #40 from Mercer in February, 1826 for the hefty sum of $1500.00, giving Mercer a nice $900.00 profit for his month of ownership. "Buncombe County Deed Index" 10-9-1819 to Mercer Fain from David Fain 350 acres, French Broad River, Bk 12, Pg # 249

      ****Note - I don't think this was Ebenezer Fain (b. 1762) - I think this was Ebenezer Fain (b. 1802) Grandson of Ebenezer, Sr. and son of David Fain and Rebecca Moore. (Mike Meyer)
    Person ID I11473  Peden1
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2013 

    Father Ebenezer Fain,   b. 27 Aug 1762, , Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1842, , Gilmer County, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Mary Mercer,   b. 1762, Hutchins, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1846, , Gilmer County, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 6 Jun 1781  Jonesboro, Maury County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F4481  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Martha Springfield,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. John Fain,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Benjamin Fain,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. William Fain,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Mercer Fain,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Margaret Fain,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2005 
    Family ID F4491  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Louisa McLENNAN,   b. Abt 1811, , , Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
    +1. Josiah Fain,   b. Abt 1833, , , Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Madison Fain,   b. Abt 1835, , , Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Charleston Fain,   b. Abt 1837, , , Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Sidney Fain,   b. Abt 1839, , , Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2004 
    Family ID F4492  Group Sheet

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

    2. [S217] LDS: Family Search, (FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service).