SHEARER AND RELATED FAMILIES PHOTOS
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Laura Mason Shearer, whose photo is at the lower part of this page, was a Fain descendant through her mother, Mary Ann Fain → John Fain → Ebenezer Fain → Nicholas Fain.
The Fain family made a unique contribution to the American Revolution. They appear to be the only family that contributed five members to the American Armies. The founder of the American Fain family, Nicholas Fain, was the descendant of a French Huguenot family that fled France when King Louis XIV decided to revive Protestant persecutions in 1685. The Fains fled to Ireland. In the mid-1750s, Nicholas Fain brought his young family to Pennsylvania and then followed the general movement of the country into the Appalachians. When the Revolution came, he and three sons plus a son-in-law (Andrew Evans) fought at the decisive Battle of King’s Mountain, SC.
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To celebrate this unusual Fain family contribution to the founding of the country, a memorial was placed at the graves of Nicholas, Samuel, and John at Reed Cemetery, near Johnson City, TN. Among other family members, a son David had been killed by Indians prior to the Revolution. Elizabeth Fain married Pvt. Andrew Evans, and together they were among the pioneer families of Indiana following the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Capt. John Fain was later ambushed and killed by Cherokees while he and his small band of troops were getting apples from an abandoned orchard in Tellico Plains (TN). Reuben, the youngest son, was only twelve at the time of the King’s Mountain Battle. It is not know whether he also participated in some patriot fighting. He moved to SC with his brother Ebenezer after the conflict ended.
Ebenezer Fain, the youngest of those Fain family members known to have served in the Revolution, volunteered for service with American armies four times during the War. He too fought at the decisive Battle of King’s Mountain. He later moved first to South Carolina, then to to Habersham County, GA, where he received land in the Cherokee Land Lottery. He applied for a pension on the basis of his Revolutionary Service. Click HERE to see a copy of the original in a PDF file. A typescript of the pension request can be found in the records of Revolutionary soldiers at the Library of Congress. This original also has some family records written into a Bible, plus the handwriting of a youthful Samuel Fain trying out his penmanship on the record.
Other Fain family photos are shown below.
As the Fains were moving from Tennessee to SC and GA, the Shearers were moving from Virginia to North Carolina. They moved as a group to Rutherford and eventually settled in Cherokee County. James William Shearer (b. 1774), who married Nancy Allen in Mecklenburg County, VA in 1789, moved with his children. The daughters of whom we have records married Enoch Burnett, Isaac Truitt, and William Preston West. Most of these families lived near each other in Cherokee County by the 1840s.
Jessey Shearer (1809-1891) married Margaret Queen in Macon Co, NC, on Oct. 26, 1833. They had eight children: James M., Nancy, John Wesley, Drury H., Susannah, Henry Clay, Margaret, and Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson Shearer was born on Christmas Day in 1855. He married Laura Mason, whose mother Mary Ann Fain was the granddaughter of Ebenezer Fain, as noted above. Laura was born on April 17, 1859, one of eleven children. She and Tom Shearer married in 1883 and had five children (or six, as one may have died in infancy). Tom died in McCaysville, GA in 1938. Laura survived another 11 years.
In photo at left, Tom and Laura are surrounded by their adult children. In the
center photo the Shearer clan has assembled. At right, a 4-generation
photo of Laura, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter.
Photos of Richard Mason and Mary Ann Fain Mason