The Fain Family in the American Revolution

Revolutionary activities among the Fain family.

The decisive battle during the American Revolution in the south was fought at Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780. An exciting, colorful, and detailed account of this battle is given in “Born Fighting,” a book on the Scots-Irish culture in America by Senator James Webb.

The Fains have a stunning record of service to America.  All of the Fain men, including a son-in-law, fought in the Revolution, and either all of them or most were among the Over-mountain men who fought the successful, short fight that sealed the victory against the Monarch in the South.

David Fain was later killed by Indians in Kentucky, in 1818. According to his descendants in Kansas, “he was a colonel in the second war with England.” Charles F. Scott, History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas, Iola Register, 1901 – Allen County (Kan.); p. 159.

Thomas Fain also fought at King’s Mountain. See a summary of his life at
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=catherineburr357&id=I5536
His memorial, with photo, is in Bainbridge, Decatur County, GA, and can be seen at The Memorial Day Foundation.
http://www.memorialdayfoundation.org/upload/georgia/in-memory-of-revolutionary-soldiers-memorial.html
William Fain can be found in DAR records. See NCDAR, ROSTER OF SOLS FROM NC IN THE AM REV, P 8; NSDAR, PIERCE’S REGISTER, P 171. William’s pension transcription is included in
Revolutionary Warriors and Widows of Henry, Franklin, Patrick and Floyd Counties of Virginia. Pension Applications Transcribed and Annotated. C. Leon Harris.. Iberian Publishing Company.

See also http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/?action=full&p_id=A038310
Elizabeth Fain’s husband, Andrew Evans, also fought in the Revolution. Afterwards, they moved to Indiana, a much less settled place.

“Andrew Evans . . . was born in North Carolina, removed to Tennessee and there married Elizabeth Fain, of French descent. The early settlers of that state were frequently attacked by the Indians and at such times would take refuge in the block-houses. During one of these attacks Mr. Evans’ supply of lead gave out and his wife melted their pewter plates and moulded bullets which he shot through the portholes, thus keeping the Indians from setting fire to the block-house. In so doing he saved their lives with their dinner plates. Mr. Evans afterward moved to Kentucky and later to Owen county, Indiana, where he died in 1842. His wife died in the same state in 1846. His ancestors were Welsh people who settled in the south at an early date.”

http://ksgenweb.com/archives/allen/history/1901/e/evans_john_m.html

His war recollections from his pension petition, and photos of their graves at Asher Graveyard in Owen County, Indiana, are on:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38657219
The story behind the ceremonies for Andrew Evans and Elizabeth Fain Evans. http://graves.inssar.org/e/evanandr.html
Historic records of the Kings Mountain Men, including references to William Fain and David (“Davis”) Fain are in the University of Illinois’ Full text of “The King’s mountain men, the story of the battle, with sketches of the American soldiers who took part”
https://archive.org/stream/kingsmountainmen00whit/kingsmountainmen00whit_djvu.txt

After the Revolution, at least two of the family continued in service to the government. Captain John Fain was in charge of a group of soldiers who were ambushed by Cherokees after the war. Most of the company died, including John Fain. For more historic sources on this soldier, see:
http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Fain-114#Biography

Nicholas, wife Elizabeth Taylor, and sons John and Samuel are buried at Reed Cemetery, Washington County, TN.
A monument to Nicholas, John, and Samuel was dedicated there in 2009. (see photo on this site)

Ebenezer Fain was fourteen at the time of the Kings Mountain battle. He enlisted in the Continental army four times during the war and was wounded. A Cherokee speaker, he later served as a spy. His Revolutionary War service records, including his signature, can be seen at http://revwarapps.org/r3421.pdf
A photo of his monument in north Georgia is on this site, as well as on Find A Grave.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11290428
This memorial can be found in the Hot House Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery on Mineral Bluff Highway (Hwy 60).
Descendants of Nicholas Fain

1 Nicholas Fain 1730 – 1794
.. +Elizabeth Taylor 1734 – 1795
…. 2 Samuel Fain 1753 – 1794
…….. +Rosannah McMahan 1751 – 1790
………. 3 John Fain 1778 – 1852
………….. +Amelia Samples Gillespie 1794 – 1864
………. 3 Elizabeth Fain 1779 – 1849
………….. +Josiah Clawson 1779 –
………. 3 William Fain 1781 –
………….. +Sallie Nolan 1782 –
………. 3 Isabella Fain 1783 – 1852
………….. +Josiah Temple 1779 – 1800
………. *2nd Husband of Isabella Fain:
………….. +David Holt 1764 – 1837
………. 3 Nicholas Fain 1785 – 1830
………. 3 Margaret Fain 1788 – 1863
………….. +Samuel Bicknell 1780 –
………. 3 Samuel Junior Fain 1790 – 1831
………….. +Susan Wharton 1790 –
…. 2 John Fain 1755 – 1788
…….. +Nancy Agnes McMahan 1763 – 1842
………. 3 Nicholas Fain 1782 – 1849
………….. +Sarah Gammonn 1789 –
………. *2nd Wife of Nicholas Fain:
………….. +Elizabeth Rhea Anderson 1782 –
………. 3 Rutha Fain 1784 – 1853
………….. +Peter Earnest 1777 – 1862
………. 3 Thomas Fain 1785 – 1862
………….. +Sallie Crawford 1785 –
………. 3 John Reuben Fain 1788 – 1869
………….. +Ellen Crawford 1788 – 1861
…. 2 David Fain 1756 – 1818
…….. +??? 1765 –
………. 3 Richard Fain 1807 –
………. 3 Nicholas Fain 1808 –
…. 2 William Fain 1757 – 1839
…….. +Sarah Judah McMahan 1761 – 1836
………. 3 David Fain 1782 – 1857
………….. +Elizabeth Young 1782 –
………. 3 Rosanna Fain 1784 –
………….. +Johathan Young 1784 –
………. 3 Ebenezer Fain 1786 – 1850
………….. +Mary Campbell 1789 – 1888
………. 3 William Fain 1788 – 1811
………. 3 Elizabeth Fain 1789 –
………….. +Robert Gray 1789 –
………. 3 John McMahan Fain 1791 –
………….. +Mary A. Bicknell 1791 –
………. 3 John Samuel Fain 1793 –
………….. +Margaret Campbell 1793 –
………. 3 Sallie Fain 1795 –
………….. +Abram Jobe 1795 –
………. 3 Mary Ann Fain 1797 – 1847
………….. +Nelson Bicknell 1797 –
………. 3 Nancy Newton Fain 1800 – 1878
………….. +George Davenport 1800 –
…. 2 Elizabeth Fain 1759 – 1850
…….. +Andrew Evans 1759 – 1840
………. 3 Nancy Evans 1773 – 1837
………….. +Lewis Morgan 1773 – 1852
………. 3 David Evans 1783 – 1802
………….. +Elizabeth McCollough 1781 – 1859
………. 3 Nathaniel Evans 1785 –
………. 3 Jesse Evans 1787 – 1875
………….. +Ester M. Newell 1783 – 1854
………. 3 John Fain Evans 1789 – 1789
………. 3 Elizabeth Taylor Evans 1791 –
………….. +Matthew Wilson 1789 –
………. 3 Samuel Evans 1795 –
………….. +Majorie Moddrell 1796 –
………. 3 Andrew Junior Evans 1792 –
………….. +Susannah Newell 1792 –
………. 3 James Evans 1795 –
………….. +Elizabeth Truax 1795 –
………. *2nd Wife of James Evans:
………….. +Jane Newell 1806 –
………. 3 William Evans 1797 –
………….. +Maximilla Cunningham 1797 –
………. 3 Mary Evans 1799 –
………….. +Joel Richardson 1799 –
………. 3 Rachel Evans 1805 – 1855
………….. +James Burcham 1805 – 1837
………. *2nd Husband of Rachel Evans:
………….. +John Coutchman 1805 –
…. 2 Thomas Fain 1760 – 1832
…….. +Mary Parramore 1764 – 1835
………. 3 Matthew Fain 1782 – 1840
………….. +Elizabeth Newton 1782 –
………. 3 Elizabeth Fain 1785 –
………….. +??? Whidden 1785 –
………. 3 Lavinia Fain 1787 –
………….. +William McMullin 1782 – 1846
………. 3 Nancy Fain 1789 –
………….. +Matthew Whitten 1789 –
………. 3 Mary Fain 1791 –
………….. +John Martin 1791 –
………. 3 Rebecca Fain 1793 – 1858
………….. +James Junior McMullin 1784 –
………. 3 Clara Fain 1795 –
………….. +Reuben Strickland 1795 –
………. 3 Ann Fain 1798 –
………….. +Matthew Whidden 1789 –
………. 3 Levincy Viney Fain 1801 –
………….. +George R. McCall 1794 –
………. 3 Thomas Parramore Fain 1802 –
………….. +Elizabeth Love 1802 –
………. 3 William Fain 1807 – 1807
………. 3 Lavisia Vinny Fain 1810 –
………….. +Joseph Marshall 1806 –
…. 2 Ebenezer Fain 1762 – 1845
…….. +Mary Mercer 1762 – 1846
………. 3 David Nicholas Fain 1782 – 1850
………….. +Rebecca Moore 1786 –
………. 3 Margaret Fain 1786 – 1880
………….. +Henry Wetzel 1786 –
………. *2nd Husband of Margaret Fain:
………….. +John Thomas 1786 –
………. 3 Mercer Fain 1789 – 1850
………….. +Louisa 1811 – 1850
………. 3 Elizabeth Fain 1791 – 1870
………….. +John Trammell 1791 –
………. 3 Mary Ann Fain 1794 –
………….. +Samuel McJenkins 1794 –
………. 3 Sarah Fain 1796 –
………….. +John Howard 1796 –
………. 3 John Samuel Fain 1797 – 1873
………….. +Elizabeth Butts 1801 – 1888
………. 3 Rebecca Fain 1801 –
………….. +John Wilson Hughs 1805 –
………. 3 Polly Ann Fain 1804 – 1877
………….. +Harbert Harwell 1797 – 1873
…. 2 Reuben Fain 1764 – 1825
…….. +Fannie Medlock 1764 –
………. 3 John Medlock Fain 1789 –
………….. +Rhoda Bicknell 1799 –
………. 3 Elizabeth Fain 1790 – 1876
………. 3 Nicholas M. Fain 1791 –
………. 3 Jason Fain 1792 –
………….. +Clarissa Bowen 1792 –
………. 3 Mary Ann Fain 1794 –
………….. +Daniel Bicknell 1790 –
…. *2nd Wife of Reuben Fain:
…….. +Isabell Robeson Tagget 1764 –
………. 3 Robeson Fain 1800 –
………. 3 Josiah Fain 1802 – 1872
………….. +Mahala Denton 1802 –
………. 3 Violet Fain 1804 –
………….. +Cornelius Patterson 1798 –
…. *3rd Wife of Reuben Fain:
…….. +Jinny Clark 1790 –
………. 3 Lucinda Fain 1809 – 1856
………….. +Ben Hollingsworth 1809 –
………. *2nd Husband of Lucinda Fain:
………….. +??? King 1809 –
………. 3 James B. Fain 1811 – 1897
………….. +Zelpha Oliver 1811 – 1850
………. 3 Andrew Jackson Fain 1812 – 1855
………….. +Irenia Phillips 1812 –
………. 3 Nancy Fain 1813 – 1907
………….. +Frank M. O’Kelly 1813 –
………. 3 Louis R. Fain 1816 – 1909
………….. +Julia Cross 1816 – 1848
………. *2nd Wife of Louis R. Fain:
………….. +Carolyn L. Thompson 1825 –
………. 3 Katherine Fain 1820 –
………….. +Elijah Largent 1820 –
………. 3 William Jepthy Fain 1825 –
………….. +Darthuliia Bryant 1825 –

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