Some Fain documents from the Civil War Era

Huldah Fain was the daughter of Ebenezer Fain and Elizabeth Roberts, granddaughter of David Fain and Rebecca Moore, great-granddaughter of Ebenezer Fain and Mary Mercer (Black).

Huldah Annie (Fain) Briant Papers, 1846-1888, Santa Luca (Gilmer County), Georgia.
The papers of Huldah A. Fain Briant feature courtship letters between Huldah and two Confederate Army soldiers, J. S. Slemmons and M. C. Briant, the latter of whom she married in 1864, to Slemmons’ consternation. The collection also includes letters of the Fain family and legal correspondence of Ebenezer Fain, Huldah A. Fain Briant’s father. The letters contain accounts of the Battle of Manassas, enthusiasm for the Confederacy in Texas, and refugee families from Georgia.
0056 Huldah Annie (Fain) Briant Papers, 1846-1888. 306 frames.
Major Topics: Diseases and disorders; Civil War; Confederate Army; war casualties;
courtship; education; farms and farmland.
Principal Correspondents: Ebenezer Fain; M. C. Briant; J. S. Slemmons; Stephen Lee;
J. M. Fain; A. G. Butts.

A Guide to the Micro film Edition of
Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Centuries:
Papers and Diaries Series H,
Holdings of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

Huldah Fain Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Univ. of NC, Chapel Hill, NC.

Briant, Huldah Annie (Fain).  Papers, 1846 (1861-1865) 1888. 118 items. Santa Luca (Gilmer County), GA. Legal correspondence of Ebenezer Fain and war correspondence of his daughter, Huldah A. (Fain) Briant, chiefly from M.C. Briant, whom she married in 1864. Included also are letters from other members of the family. The letters contain accounts of the Battle of Manassas, 1861; enthusiasm for the confederacy in Texas; impressment of a local Jew’s merchandise for the army by women; and refugee families from Georgia.

Civil War diary of Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain
Review and summary.

John N. Fain, ed. Sanctified Trial: The Diary of Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain, a Confederate Woman in East Tennessee. Voices of the Civil War Series. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2004.

November 26, 1863 – March 6, 1898
East Tennessee State University
Archives of Appalachia
Box 70295
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
Fains in the Confederate Armies. See

East Tennessee State University
Archives of Appalachia
Box 70295
Johnson City, TN 37614-0138

Col. Richard G. Fain and the Tennessee 63rd Infantry
Tennessee Genealogical Magazine
Vol. 34, No.1 Spring, 1987

Copied by Mr. Brooke July 1986
This cemetery is located in Polk County about 1 mile south of Ducktown, TN up a road
200 yards from the intersection of U.S. Hwy 64 and TN Hwy 68. There is evidence of
about a dozen scattered graves, all unmarked except the following:
(Front): WILLIAM C. FAIN Capt., GA Vols, U.S. Army May 10, 1825 – April 6, 1864
(Reverse): (Masonic Emblem) Clayton Fain was charter member of Cherokee Lodge No.
148 AF & AM in Murphy Dec. 8, 1852. He was shot and killed by John P. Gatewood,
Confederate guerilla at Pittman’s Ferry on Ocoee River, site of present L&N Station,
Cooperhill [sic] Apr. 6, 1864. His widow got pension by special Act of Congress.

Daniel E. Sutherland.  Guerrillas, Unionists, and violence on the Confederate home front.
University of Arkansas Press, 1999;  250 pages


Allen Marriages in Mecklenburg Co VA 1765-1810

From “The Marriage License Bonds of Mecklenburg County, Virginia from 1765 to 1810”, listed and indexed by Stratton Nottingham.
(“sec” = security, or surety)

ALLEN, Arva & Polly Clarke, 1 Aug 1786, Bolling Clarke sec.
ALLEN, Charles & Sarah Smith, dau Drury Smith, 20 Apr. 1781, David Royster sec.
ALLEN, Darling & Judith Nance, 9 May 1783, Robert Nance sec.
ALLEN, Ephraim & Patsey Skelton (Shelton), 13 Feb 1792, Thomas Allen sec.
ALLEN, Gray & Molley Nance, 16 Dec 1791, William Drumright sec. Notes from groom’s brother Darling Allen, wit. Stacy Drumright & bride’s father, Robert Nance, wit. Drury Allen.
ALLEN, James & Frances Conner, 13 Apr 1795, Burwell Russell sec.
ALLEN, John & Nancy Morgain, 15 Dec 1783, Frederick Rainey sec.
ALLEN, John, of Buckingham Co., & Elizabeth Bugg, 3 Oct 1791, Thomas Langley sec.
ALLEN, John & Patsey Cox, 14 Jan 1793, Thomas Cox sec.
ALLEN, John & Martha Colley, 12 Nov 1798, William Brown sec.
ALLEN, John & Constant Merriott, 3 Mar 1808, Thos. Merriott sec.
ALLEN, Jones & Nancy Lewis, 8 Jan 1810, Robert Lewis sec.
ALLEN, Mariday, son of William Allen, & Nancy Cooper, 9 Aug 1788, John Bailey sec.
ALLEN, Matthews & Mary Brawner, 8 May 1797, James Thompson sec.
ALLEN, Pleasant & Rebeccah Watson, 8 Aug 1787, John Allen sec.
Note signed Rebakah & William Allen, Senr.
ALLEN, Richard M. & Elizabeth B. Blacketter, 6 Nov 1809, David Blacketter sec.
ALLEN, Robert Jones & Caty Hollins, 1 Dec 1786, Thomas Richardson sec.
ALLEN, Ruel & Mary Pulliam, 13 Jan 1794, James Norment sec.
ALLEN Thomas & Lucy Adams, 13 Dec 1796, John Freeman sec.
ALLEN, Young & Sarah Poole, 27 Feb 1786, Darling Allen sec.
ADAMS, Richard & Sally ALLEN, 28 Oct 1808, Fielding Noel sec.
AVERETT, Thomas & Rebecca ALLEN, 13 July 1807, Joel Allen sec.
BAILEY, John & Anne ALLEN, 2 Mar 1791, Elisha Arnold sec.
HOLMES, Edards & Elizabeth ALLEN, 17 June 1797, James Jones sec.
MARTIN, James & Margaret ALLEN, 12 Mar 1800, John Puryear sec.
MARTIN, Oliver & Elizabeth ALLEN, 13 Mar 1799, Richard M. Allen sec.
RAGSDALE, Richard & Susanna ALLEN, 12 Nov 1792, Robert Harris sec.
ROBERTS, John & Leanner ALLEN, 21 May 1799, William Allen sec.
SHEARER, James & Nancy ALLEN, 13 Nov 1797, John Cox sec.
SPAIN, Abraham & Elizabeth ALLEN, 6 May 1795, Henderson Wade sec.
SPAIN, Daniel & Judith ALLEN, 18 Nov 1802, Abraham Spain sec.

Ohio Shearers

For excellent source of genealogical material on Ohio Shearers, see Full text of “Ancestors and descendants of David Paine and Abigail Shepard of Ludlow, Mass., 1463-1913”:

A letter from Patrick Shepard Shearer to his father

The following interesting letter was written by
Patrick Shepard Shearer (No. 132), to his father, Patrick
Shearer, in 1839, while the former was visiting his rela-
tives in Massachusetts:

Belchertown, July 6th, 1839.
Respected Father:

I take the present opportunity to inform you where

I am, and how I am getting along. After leaving Mr.

Beaman’s we went to Meadville, Pa., then to Jamestown,

N. Y., passed Angelica, crossed the Gennesa river, passed


Bath and Crooked lake, Senneca at Jefferson, passed
Ithica where there is a canal, railroad, and lake. These
lakes are from twenty to forty miles long and have steam
boats on them.

I went to Cooperstown on the Susquhanna river,
then to Chewy Valley, where we took the pike, then
went to Albany where we crossed the Hudson. Here
we saw the cars that run from Albany to Utica. This
is the greatest curiosity I ever saw. They had about
four hundred passengers, and run at the rate of twenty
miles an hour.

From here I went to Stockbridge, Mass., then to
Hartford, Conn., where we arrived on the twenty-
seventh of June, where I remained until the first of July
at Mr. Beaman’s. Then I went to Springfield, then to
Patsbridge, where I found Uncle King’s youngest daugh-
ter. I went the next day to the Three Rivers P. O.,
where I saw Uncle and Aunt King. Aunt’s health is
very delicate; they live with their two daughters who
married Barkers. I went next to Dr. Shearer’s, then to
Mr. Jenkse’s, also to Jedediah and Daniel Paine’s.
Daniel knew me some distance away. Independence
Day now comes in this country on the fourth of July, and
we held ours at Thorndyke. They had a band of
music and company of young ladies and gentlemen
dressed in uniform, and a dinner. Uncle Shaw was there,
but I did not see him. I saw cousin Shaw who married
Seneth Shaw.

Cousin Shepard Paine has the care of Daniel’s part,
and he says it is about eleven hundred dollars. Cousin
Shepard talked with Uncle Shaw, and told him I was in
the place. Uncle Shaw said he thought I could have
the money now if I would make a discount. Uncle
Joseph’s property sold for about one third value. His
silver plate and cups sold by the piece for one third of
what the silver smith paid second hand. I intended

seeing Uncle Shaw before I write, but fearing you would
be uneasy I write now. I have been at Uncle Jonathan’s
and am now at Uncle Lemuel Paine’s and expect to go to
Uncle Shaw’s in a few days.

I stood the journey very well except one bad cold.
It was very wet and cold a good part of the way. I rode
with my overcoat on from the sixteenth to the twentieth
of June and saw flocks of sheep not sheared as late as the
twenty-fourth. Crops are very backward in New York,
but look better here. Leonard Shearer is in the State’s
Prison at Boston, but not a criminal. He has charge of
the prison and a store in Boston that his brother tends.
My relatives appeared to be very glad to see me. Uncle
Shaw has some of your part collected now, but I don’t
know how much. I like this country very well, though
not as well as ours. I haven’t been homesick yet though
I intend to return as soon as I can get my money and
not before, if it can be got. A man can travel cheaper
in this country than in Ohio, although provisions cost

Tell Mr. Jenks his friends are all well in this country.
I should like to see you all when time brings it about
that we shall meet, but I should like to see Franklin now.
I have been through the factories, and saw the machinery
and its inmates. The machinery- is beyond what I expect-
ed. As soon as I see Uncle Shaw and know more about
your business, I will write again. Cattle are very high.
Cows are worth from forty to eighty dollars per head.
So no more at present.

Patrick S. Shearer.

Lemuel Paine, (Gen. VL No. Ill), b. Sept. 27,
1781, in Ludlow, Mass.; d. Feb. 7, 1867, at Princeton,
111.; m. to Elizabeth Morse, b. 1779; d. Sept. 17, 1860,
at Belchertown, Mass.

Residence: Belchertown, Mass.

Miscellaneous Shearer marriages

LEDFORD, A.B. 30 SHEARER, H.C. 16 21 Aug 1887 T.J. Martin, M. G., Clay CO NC.

Shearer, James Wiley
Birth : 7 JUL 1838 McDowell Co.,NC
Gender: Male
Spouse: Pendergrass, Martha Jane
Birth : 5 DEC 1842 Cherokee Co.,NC
Death : 1885
Gender: Female
Father: Pendergrass, John Finger
Mother: Reel, Lois Elmyra
Shearer, Caldona H.
Shearer, John H.
Birth : 1874 Hayesville,Clay Co.,NC
Gender: Male
Shearer, Anna Bell
Shearer, Laura Jane
Shearer, Lucy Ann

Mathew Shearer, Pioneer-Immigrant, Planter was born abt. 1684 in Armagh, Ulster Province, Ireland and died in 1770 on his Royal Land Grant, which at that time was in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He was married a second time, in all probability, abt. 1723 to Sarah (—–) who was born abt. 1704 in Ireland and died before November 25 – 1786 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. (Abstracts of minute of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Tryon County, North Carolina. Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, Issue No. 1, Page 14.)

Do you know the children of Matthew and Sarah?
His first wife was named Ann and they supposedly had about seven children, one of which was Hugh who died at Bullock Creek, York District, SC in Jul 1792.


Sarah Paine and Patrick Shearer

Authority for line of descent : Family Bible of David
Paine, now is possession of Mrs. J. B. Foraker.
Sarah Paine, (Gen. VI, No. 109), b. Sept. 22, 1778,
in Ludlow, Mass.; d. June 23, 1844, in Jackson Co.,
Ohio; m. March 14, 1805, in Ludlow, Mass., to Patrick
Shearer, b. March 30, 1775, in Mass.; d. Sept. 7, 1846,
in Jackson Co., Ohio.

Residences Ludlow, Mass., and Jackson County,

Authority: (Family Records contributed by Patrick
H. Shearer, No. 188.)

Patrick and Sarah (Paine) Shearer removed in 1813
from their home in Massachusetts to Jackson Co., Ohio,
in a covered wagon, and settled near her brother. Judge
David Paine.

Generation VIL

Children of Patrick and Sarah (Paine) Shearer.

128 Louisa, b. Feb. 1, 1806.

129 Melissa, b. June 9, 1808.

130 Almira, b. March 30, 1810.

131 Levi W., b. Dec. 1812.

132 Patrick Shepard, b. June 25, 1815.

133 Sarah, b. May 1, 1819.