A.B.Reilly has been a genealogical researcher for almost sixty years with particular interests in the O’Reilly, Fanning and O’Brien families from Co Kilkenny, Co Tipperary & Co Mayo and the journeys of their descendants in Ireland and abroad.
It is with great pleasure that I publish this extensively researched genealogical paper.
Below is his documented research relating to the descendants of William Fanning of Co Kilkenny & Tipperary. This William Fanning died in 1590.
“THE MIGRATION OF THE DESCENDANTS Of William FANNING Of COUNTY KILKENNY & COUNTY TIPPERARY, IRELAND
To Counties Mayo & Leitrim & On To North America
The progenitor of this family of Fannings was William Fannyng (sic), who owned land in the Barony
of Kells,  County Kilkenny in 1570. He is also recorded in 1570 having extensive land holdings
in the Manor of Killenaule, Barony of Slievardagh in County Tipperary. William Fannyng died in
William Fannyng may have been a kinsman of Oliver Fannynge who was granted lands in County Kilkenny
by Henry VIII in 1545 and in 1548. Oliver Fannynge was of Kylry in the County of Kilkenny. 
He was mentioned as one holding land by knight’s service in the Manor of Knocktopher in 1570. 
All indications point to Co. Tipperary as the ancestral home of William Fannyng of Kells. His
estates were settled prior to his death with all of the Fannyng Trustees being from Co. Tipperary,
that is: James, son of Thomas Fannyng of Ballingtaggert, Co. Tipperary; Robert, son of Walter
Fannynge of Mohobber, Co. Tipperary & Richard Fannynge of Kappaghintallagarry. 
The Fanning family has ancient roots in Co. Kilkenny & Co. Tipperary.  John Fanning was the
Fanning recorded in Co. Tipperary on the 20th of November, 1285  and again on the 20th of
1295.  Mohober, in the Parish of Lismalin, Barony of Compsey, County Tipperary, was for several
centuries principally a Fanning manor.  In addition to sons Thomas, Walter & Richard, William
Fannyng of Kells had two other known sons, James & William. Son, James Fanning, was born around
1555 and died before his father’s death in 1590. Son, William Fanning II, was born in 1565. His
date of death is unknown. 
William Fanning II had a son named James Ffaning who was born in 1589 in Knocktopher Parish, Co.
Kilkenny.  James Fanning was one of the Fannings who received a certificate of transplantation
after the Cromwellian confiscations of 1652.  He received this certificate in 1657 which
entitled him to settlement in Co. Leitrim.  He settled in the Parish of Fenagh, Co. Leitrim.
His estates in Co. Kilkenny were never restored to him. 
Thomas Fanning, son of James Ffaning, was born in 1625, in Co. Kilkenny. He married Mary
Mcloughlin of Co. Limerick. They both are believed to have died around 1660 in Co. Mayo. Nothing
is heard from them after the birth of their youngest son.  Thomas & Mary Mcloughlin Fanning had
two sons that are known. Their oldest son being James who was born abt. 1647 in Co. Kilkenny. 
This James Fannning was the grandfather of James Fanning who married Elizabeth and emigrated to
America. They settled in South Carolina around 1750.  They had a son, James, born November 28,
1739 who married Elizabeth Saffold on October 13, 1776. He died on November 4, 1803. They have
a great number of descendants in the southern United States. Col. James Walker Fannin of Goliad,
Texas fame was a member of this family. However, the legitimacy of his birth is questioned.
The youngest son of Thomas & Mary Fanning was Loughlin Fanning was born in Co. Mayo after the
transplantation, in 1658. He married Ann O’Brien, daughter of John   & Ann Elizabeth
(O’Reilly) O’Brien of Co. Leitrim, Oughterragh Parish.  Ann Elizabeth O’Reilly was the
daughter of John & Margaret (O’Reilly) O’Reilly of Ballymacadd, Co. Meath. John O’Reilly died Feb.,
This family of O’Briens were of Ballynalacken, Co. Clare and descend from Donal, a younger son of
Turlough Donn O’Brien who died in 1528. He was of the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond pedigree. 
The lineage comes down to 1. Donal O’Brien, who was known as Donal Bacach (“bacach:” Irish, lame):
second son of Teige-an-Chomhaid: m. Saibh, dau. of O’Loghlin, Prince of Burren then to 2. Connor
O’Brien, of Carruduff: third son of Donal Bacach O’Brien; m. Celia, dau. of O’Dea, Prince of
Ive-Fermaic. The lineage continues with 3. Donogh O’Brien, of Carruduff, who married Honora, dau.
of O’Hehir, lord of Ive-Cormaic. It continues on with 4. Dermod O’Brien, of Carruduff: son of
Donogh O’Brien, m. Eleanor, dau. of Teige MacMahon, of Dangan-an-Elly, in the barony of Moyarta,
Co. Clare. On to 5. Donal O’Brien, of Carruduff: son of Dermod O’Brien. In 1652, (see the “Books
of Survey and Distribution”) this Donal O’Brien lost his estate by the Cromwellian Settlement of
Ireland; he m. Honora, dau. of O’Connor of Corcomroe.
Donal & Honora O’Brien had a son, 6a. Brian, of Leitrim,  who, under the Act of Repeal passed
by King James II. in the Parliament held in Dublin, A.D. 1689, possessed himself of the Estate of
Carruduff, aforesaid. This Brian O’Brien m. Mary, dau. of Lochlin MacConsidine of Lac, in the
Co. Clare, Chief of his name. Torlogh O’Brien, of Leitrim: second son of Brian of Beatath-Corcick,
Esq.  (by Catherine, dau. of Jeoffry O’Connell, of Breantry, Esq., and sister of Colonel
Maurice O’Connell, who d.s.p.). Donal & Honora O’Brien’s second son was 6b. John O’Brien who
married Ann Elizabeth O’Reilly, dau. of John O’ Reilly. 
Loughlin & Ann (O’Brien) Fanning relocated from Co. Mayo to Co. Leitrim, where his grandfather
James Ffaning had settled and where the O’Briens had settled after the Cromwellian Confiscations.
Loughlin Fanning’s principal livelihood was farming. 
Loughlin and Ann (O’Brien) Fanning had the following known issue:
1. James Fanning born abt. 1683 in Connacht, Co. Mayo
2. Thomas Fanning born abt. 1687 in Connacht, Co. Mayo
3. Loughlin Fanning ( Jr.) b. abt. 1690 in Connacht, Co. Mayo 
4. Bryan Fanning b. abt. 1693 in Connacht, Greagh Townland, Fenagh Parish, Co. ,
Leitrim. He emigrated to America settling in Virginia. 
5. Elizabeth Ann Fanning b. 1698 in Connacht, Greagh Townland, Fenagh Parish, Co. Leitrim.
Died 1714.  
Loughlin Fanning, (Jr.), # 3 above, was a farmer and the tutor of the notable blind Irish Harpist
Denis Hempson (O’Hempsey) was born in 1695 some four miles west of Garvagh in the townland of
Craigmore. At the age of three he lost his sight as a result of smallpox; when he was twelve, he
began to learn to play the harp, which was not unusual for a blind person at that time.
His training continued over a period of years under various tutors, all of the old school. These
Laughlin Fanning from Connacht, an area famous at the time for the quality of its harp music. In
1713 two residents of Garvagh, Doctor Bacon and Mr Gage, purchased a harp from Cormick O’Kelly of
Draperstown and presented it to Hempson. This he treasured for the rest of his life. Hempson’s harp
is now known as the Downhill harp and is in the Guinness museum in Dublin. In 1745 Denis Hempson
played before Bonny Prince Charlie in Scotland. He attended a great harp meeting in Belfast in 1792
the age of 97 and told someone afterwards, that when he had played his piece the others harpers
refused to play as a mark of respect. It was said that he was the only harper there who had the
traditional long finger nails, associated with this profession.
Denis Hempson died at Magilligan on the 5th November 1807 aged 112. He had lived in three centuries
and was one of the last great Irish Harpers who played in the traditional way. Just beside the
museum, visitors can see the memorial stone, erected in 1992, in what was the garden of Lord
Garvagh where Hempson began his musical career.
R.W.Patterson, in his “Garvagh’s Hidden Treasures and Secret Places” cites 1706 as the year Hempson
started playing the harp and 1713 as the year he began making a living playing the harp. He further
cites one of Hempson’s principal tutors as C. Carragher. His tutors in succession were Bridget
O’Cahan, C. Carragher (John C. Garragher) from Buncrana, Loughlin Fanning and Patrick Conner.
Loughlin Fanning, ( Jr. ), # 3 above married Unknown and had the following issue: 
1. Charles Fanning b. 1736 Foxfield, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province, Ireland who married a
kitchen maid of one of his patrons Mrs. Baillie.   Charles was a noted harpist and won
first place three years running at the Granard Co. Longford Grand Balls held in 1781, 1782 &
1783. He, also, won first premium of ten guineas at the Belfast Harp Festival held in 1791.
   Charles Fanning died around 1809. 
Charles had one or two children. 
2. Bryan Fanning b. abt. 1738 Foxfield, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province d. abt. 1749 of
3. Francis Fanning b. abt. 1740 Foxfield, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province. Issue:
A. John Fanning, b. abt. 1775. Issue:
i. Agnes Fanning b. abt. 1807 of Greagh Townland, in the Parish of Killarga,
Co. Leitrim. She married Thomas Conboy of Fenagh, Co.Leitrim abt. 1824 
ii. John Fanning b. abt 1802 of Greagh Townland: Issue:
• John Fanning, III married Mary Unknown at Sruhaun Townland, Fenagh, had two children:
* Daughter Mary Ann Fanning born in Sruhaun in 1862. This Mary Ann Fanning went on to marry Michael
Stratton at Drumbibe, Fenagh in 1890.
* Son, Francis Fanning 
4. William Fanning b. 1744 Fenagh, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province
5. Thomas Fanning b. 1746 Fenagh, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province
married in 1780 to Mary Bohann from Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province. Issue:
A. John Fanning born 1790 in Fenagh, Co. Leitrim m. in 1810 to Mary Dobson. Issue:
i. Thomas Fanning b. 21 December, 1812 in Fenagh Parish, Co. Leitrim. He married Bridget Reilly,
born 1 February, 1810 in Ballinamore Parish,
Co. Leitrim. They emigrated to America around 1838 and first settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. They
later moved to Corning, Reeve Township, Daviess County, Indiana.   Thomas & Bridget Fanning
are buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Daviess Co, Indiana. Thomas died April 16, 1871(2) &
Bridget died Nov.18, 1893. 
Tom & Bridget Reilly Fanning had the following children: 
a. Mary Faning born abt 1842 in Ohio
b. John Faning September 8, 1843 in Cincinnati, Ohio
c. Ellen Faning born abt 1842 in Ohio
d. Francis Faning born abt 1849 in Ohio (male)* See note below
e. James H. Faning born abt 1851 in Cincinnati, Ohio**See note below
f. Catharan Faning born abt 1853 in Ohio
* d Francis Fanning (1846 – 1893) married Margaret Ann Flanagan (June 6,1852 – Mar. 22, 1931). 
**e James H. Fanning (b. 1853 – d. 1877) married Margaret Farrel ( Sept. 22, 1854 – Oct. 9, 1878) in 1876 in Indiana. They had one child, John J. Fanning.
ii. Henry Fanning born 1814 in Sruhaun, Co. Leitrim. He married in 1850 to Catherine O’Neill of
Cullagh in the Parish of Fenagh – born 1830. Henry died in 1886 and Catherine died in 1889.
Henry & Catherine had the following issue:
a. James Fanning b in 1850’s and died in the 1930’s. He married Bridget Geehemn. She died in 1952.
James & Bridget had a son named James Fanning who married Mary McHugh. James & Mary had three
sons: 1st James Patrick (J P) Fanning who married Greta Beirne in 1970. They live in Foxfield, Co. Leitrim. 
2nd Leo Fanning of Drumigna, Co. Leitrim, who is unmarried & 3rd Frank Fanning of Mohill, Co. Leitrim, who is married with no children.
b. Patrick b. 1850 married Mary E. Bierne. They had a son, James Fanning b. 1893 and married Mary Ann Curran. James died ca. 1963. James & Mary Fanning had a son, Patrick “Paddy” Fanning born 1931 and
married Chrissie Foley. They had a son named Patrick Colm Fanning.
iii. Margaret, daughter of John & Mary Dobson Fanning was born 1826.
iv. Patrick Fanning married Bridget Gannon. He died in 1855. They had a son, Michael fanning b. 1852. Michael had a son, Charles Leroy Fanning who was born in 1902 in Rhode Island.
v. John Fanning b. ca. 1830 married Mary Canning. He died in 1916. They had a son, John Fanning b. 1870 who married Rose McCabe. He died in 1916.
vi. Francis Fanning of Glasdrumman. Fenagh, Co. Leitrim.
Thomas & Mary Bohann Fanning had another son:
B. Michael Fanning born in 1794, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. He died in Osgoode Township, Ontario,
Canada on May 8, 1868. He left his native land on 05 May, 1818 with his wife , Sarah Jane O’Brien,
& their 7-week old son, Patrick & settled first in Macisque Co., St. Armond , Quebec. Sarah was
born in 1794 and died May 17, 1868. In 1833 they moved to Bytown, & in 1838 to Osgoode, Ontario,
Canada, settling on lot 12 con. 6. For many years. Michael Fanning (Fenning) operated a blacksmith
shop. His account books date from 1838 to 1862. Michael and Sarah Jane had 5 children: Patrick,
Elizabeth, Alexander, Margaret, Mary Jane. 
i. Patrick Fenning born March 17, 1818, Co. Leitrim, married April 24 1834 to Ann Guilfoyle, born
April 2 1823, Co. Limerick Ireland., settled on the west half of lot ,14 .con .7 where they raised
9 girls and 4 boys. 
ii. Elizabeth Fenning, born Lower Canada ,1825, died 1911, married John Keany, farmed Lot 11, con. 5. 4 children.
iii. Alexander Fenning, born 1827 Lower Canada, married Feb.18,1878 Mary Malone, daughter of John
Malone & Ellen Meagher and farmed on the homestead – lot 12. con .6. Alexander died 1898. His wife,
Mary, was born 1837 died 1929. They had two sons, Michael John, born July 27 ,1880 died Dec. 7 1961, [ single] John Alexander, born May 24 1884, died 1972, married Nov.24,
1925 to Anne Kehoe , daughter of Patrick Kehoe & Johanna Fenning.
iv. Margaret Fenning , born 1836 in Bytown married John Moran.
v. Mary Jane Fenning.  
# 4 Bryan Fanning, son of Laughlin Fanning, Sr. and Ann O’Brien was born about 1693 in Greagh Townland, Fenagh Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. He emigrated to America and settled in Prince George County of the Colony of Virginia probably around 1720 to 1725. He married Elizabeth Unknown.
 It is not sure whether he married in Ireland or Virginia.
Around 1734/1735, Amelia County was formed from Brunswick County which itself had been formed
earlier in 1732 from Prince George County. At this time Bryan Fanning is found with his young
family in what was later known by 1752 as Nottoway Parish, but was initially called Raleigh Parish
1735. He was commissioned to survey for a road to the fork of the Little Nottoway River in the
spring of 1735. Brian Fannon was named in “A List of all the Titheables below Deep Creek in
1736”.  On January 2, 1737, he received 294 acres of land by patent from King George II 
and by the summer of that year he was involved in the clearing of a new road from the county line
the Tomahitton Creek and the Birchen Swamp.  Here he would clear a plantation site and raise
his family. The location is now occupied by Fort Pickett, Blackstone, Nottoway County, Va. (first
known as Camp Pickett). Bryan would later receive another patent for an additional 280 acres on
July 20, 1748
in the same area. 
Bryan & Elizabeth Fanning, sometimes spelled Fannen, Fannon or Fannin, raised their family in
Nottoway Parish. Their plantation was located at the present site of Fort Pickett, Blackstone,
Virginia. The old Camp maps show the Tomahitton Creek beginning at the site of the Camp airfield.
This is the location mentioned in the patents & deeds for Bryan Fannin, Sr.’s lands. Bryan died
there in 1765. It is presumed that he is buried there. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed any
known graves as they built Camp Pickett. Bryan & Elizabeth’s graves were not found. 
Bryan died between January 3rd & February 17th of 1765.  Elizabeth Fanin had sold her 92 acre
share of the plantation on September 25th, 1765 to Nathaniel Hobbs  and most likely went to
live with one of her children. Achals, Briant, Jehu & Laughlin Fannin were all listed along with
Elizabeth Fannin in the 1765 Amelia Co., Va. Personal Property Tax List.  Laughling Fannen,
Achales Fennen (with other free male William Fennen on 140 acres) & William Fennen were all listed
1766 Personal Property Tax List for lower Nottoway Parish of Amelia Co.  It appears sons Jehu &
Briant had moved on by 1766 and Elizabeth may have died or moved with one of her children. Jehu
died in 1770 in Halifax County, Virginia. His wife was Anne Unknown. & Bryan, Jr. died in Sussex
County, Virgina in 1767. His wife was Rachel Rottenberry. Laughlin moved to Mecklenburg County,
Virginia, where he served in the militia during the American Revolution. His wife was named
Winnefred Unknown. After the war he moved to Elbert County, Georgia, where he died around 1806-
Bryan & Elizabeth Fannin, Sr.’ son David drowned in Deep River, Orange County, North Carolina
around 1755, shortly before the birth of his son, David Fanning, later a Loyalist Colonel of South
Carolina, who died in 1825 in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Achilles Fannin, Sr., son of Bryan & Elizabeth, married Rose Unknown and moved to Halifax Co., Va.,
Fincastle Co., Va., Montgomery Co., Va. and died in Wythe Co., Va in 1812 (now Bland Co., Va.). He
had five children: Akerless Fannon, Jr., Bryant Fannon, William Fannon, David Fannon (Fannin,
Fanning) & Sarah Straighley.
Records of Amelia County, Virginia
First Court for Amelia County, Va. was held May 9, 1735 — Page 1 of Original Order Book 1
13 February 1735 (Old calendar 1734) Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1 Page 6
Bryan Fenell Appointed Surveyor of a Road to be cleared a little below John Jacksons to the fork of
1736 “A List of all the Titheables below Deep Creek in 1736”.
The list was taken by Abraham Green. Amelia microfilm reel #55, Library of Virginia, 1736-1771.
This is roughly the southern 2/3 of Amelia County. Prior to about 1735, this area was part of
Prince George County. In other words, these individuals were residents of Prince George County the
year before Amelia was carved out of Prince George.
Included in the list of names was: Fannon, Brian
10 December, 1736 Order Book 1, Page 18
Court held To Lay the County Levey
Bryan Fanney 1 old wolf’s head 140
10 June 1737 Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1 Page 28
Upon the petition of John Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Solomon Harper, Bryan ffenney, William Green,
William Keatly, William Pool, and William Parush, Leave is given them to clear a road from the
county line between Tomahitton and the Birchen Swamps to the Chappel on Nottoway the most
convenient way & they are accordingly ordered to clear the same.
10 December, 1737 Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1, Page 41
Court held on Laying the County Levy
To Bryan Fanin, 7 young, 1 old ditto 630
20 April 1739 Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1 Page 65
John Leverett appointed Surveyor of the Road from Letbetters low grounds on Nottoway River the
nearest way to Butterwood road. Bryan Fenning W.m Jackson Thomas Jackson Hez. Powell John Jackson
and all other persons convenient and not employed on other roads to assist in doing the Same.
19 August 1748 O. S., Page 105
Ordered that William Jackson be Appointed Surveyor of a Road from Battes Path to the County Line
and that William Cryer Charles Jackson Bryant Fannell Capt Haynes and their Male Labouring
Tithables Assist him in doing the Same —
A list of all —-Surveys made in the County of Amelia from 1st day of September 1746 to the 15th
day of May 1751 by William Watson, surveyor includes the following entry:
28 March 1751 David Fannin a Survey on the South Side of the Burchan Swamp joining Bagsdales
Jackson and John Hugh’s lines 125 Acres
Amelia Co., Va. Will Book 2X pg. 89 Written: 3 January, 1765 Proven: 18 Feb., 1765
WILL OF BRYAN FANNIN AMELIA COUNTY, VA.
In the name of God, Amen, I Bryan Fannen of Amelia County, being weak in body yet in proper sence,
considering that certainty of death, I recommend my Soul to God’s mercy and my Estate as followeth
Item: I lend to my dearly beloved Wife, Elizabeth Fannan the plantation where I now live
& all my hogs & Cattle & Household furniture during her widowhood or Life & I give her my Horse
Saddle & Bridle; and the Land I have lent to my Wife, after her time to be Equally divided between
my Son Laughlin and my Son Phillip; Beginning to divide at the burchin where my line and magoons
(?) crosses & if either of them dies without heir, the other is to possess the whole & if both dies
without Heir, to my Son Achilles Fannan, Laughlans part to be joining the Burchin & spring branch
fork. Item I give to my son Jehu Fannen all the land that lyes on the East side of my spring
branch only about half an acre joining the spring, to keep it good not to sell till his Mother’s
death nor swap. Item I leave all my land that lyes on the south side of the burchen to be sold by
Executors to discharge my Debts & if any Left of the money the said land sells for, besides paying
my Debts, to be equally divided between my Son Laughlin & my Son Phillip and my daughter Judith;
also after my Wifes time, the Hogs & Cattle & Household furniture to be equally divided amongst the
same three children, Laughlin, Phillip & Judith. Item I leave to my Children David, Mary, Bryan,
Anny, Bety, Peggy and Frankey one shilling apiece. Item I do hereby make constitute & appoint my
beloved wife Elizabeth Fannan & my son Achillis Fannan Executors of my last Will & Testament
intesta of all I have hereunto set Hand seal This 3 day of January, 1765.
Signed Sealed in the presence of us : Bryan B F Fannan (his mark)
John Kirkland (his mark) Thomas Hightower
Pg. 90 –
At the court held for Amelia County this 18th day of Feby 1765 this will was proved by the oaths of
Joshua Hightower Jr. and John Kirkland two of the witnesses thereto sworn to by Elizabeth Fannon
the Executrix therein named and entered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executrix who
entered into and acknowledged Bond with Joshua Hightower her Security as the law directs
Certificate was granted her for obtaining a probate in due form.
Testa P. G. Peachy
Amelia Co., Va. Will Book 2X pg. 130
October 6, 1765 Court: Inventory & Appraisement recorded for Estate of Bryan Fannan. No value total
given. Appraisers: Joshua Hightower, Charles Williams & George Hightower.
The following two entries have been purported by some to be Personal Property Tax Lists, but were
actually from the “List of Titheables for Amelia County”. Amelia County didn’t have Personal
Property Taxes until after the Revolutionary War.
1765 Amelia County, Va. List of Titheables: Achals, Briant, Elizabeth, Jehu & Laughlin Fannin,
all in Nottoway Parish.
1766 Amelia County, Va. List of Titheables: Laughling Fannen, Achales Fennen ( with other free
male William Fennen), all in Nottoway Parish.
Of the twelve children of Bryan & Elizabeth Fanning (Fannen), nothing is known of six of them; that
is: Phillip, Judith, Anny, Bety, Peggy or Frankey. Some say that Mary Fannin married Burwell
Burchett, but evidence seems to suggest that Mary Burchett was the daughter of Achilles Fanning,
Sr. There is also an obscure reference to Elisabeth Fannen of Nottoway Parish (Amelia Co., Va),
daughter of Betty Fannen, found in “Miscellaneous records Amelia County , VA 1735-1865”, regarding
an entry in Order Book 6. The entry is as follows:
“Jan 22, 1761 Elisabeth Fannen of Nottoway Parish, daughter of Betty Fannen page 85”. The order
books deal with children who were bound out from 1735 – 1782.
It states: “Not all children who were bound out were paupers. However, by law, each Parish was
required to support its own paupers. The church wardens were ordered by the court to bind out, to
the age of maturity, the children of such persons as were deemed incapable of supporting them or
bringing them up in “honest courses”.”
 Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth,
1515-1624, ed. J.S. Brewer, and William Bullen. 6 vols. (London 1867-1873) p. 402.
 Ibid. Calendar p. 404
 D’Alton. Illustrations, etc. of King James’s Irish Army, 1689, vol. II., p. 620
 Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chauncery in Ireland. Morrin. Dublin, 1861-2,
vol. 1., pp. 175, 184
 Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth,
J.S. Brewer, and William Bullen. 6 vols. (London 1867-1873) p. 402.
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 Tipperary’s families : being the hearth money records for 1665-67 Published Dublin : James
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 Ibid., 1293-1301, p. 114
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 Ibid: O’Brien
 “MacUi-Brien Ara,” in Vol H. 1.7, MSS. Lib., Trinity College, Dublin.
 Ibid: “MacUi-Briens Ara”
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 T h e M e m o i r s o f Arthur O ‘ N e i l l, Chapter VII,
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 Complete Collection of Carolan’s Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 129, pg. 92-93. Heymann (Legacy of
the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival), 1992; pgs. 18-20. Green Linnet GLCD 1128, Brendan Mulvihill &
Donna Long – “The Morning Dew” (1993). http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/COLM_COLV.htm
 Annals of the Harpers by Charlotte Milligan Fox. London- Smith, Elder & Co.
 Descendants of Agnes Fanning, Wife of Thomas Conboy b. 1810. by Walker.  Griffith’s
Valuation 1851 Co. Leitrim, Ireland.
 Ibid: Descendants of Agnes Fanning
 Ibid: Griffith’s Valuation
 1860 US Federal Census of Reeve Twp., Daviess Co., Indiana Roll: M653_251 Page 804; Image
 1870 US Federal Census of Reeve Twp., Daviess Co., In. Roll M 593_306 Page 297; Image 498
 Daviess County, Indiana 1886 (History of) by Weston A. Goodspeed –Biographical Sketches of
John & James H. Fanning
 Daviess County, Indiana Cemetery Books – St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
 Ibid. 1860 US Federal Census
 Ibid: Daviess Co., Ind. 1886 (History of)  Ibid. Daviess Co., Ind. Cemetery Books
 J. P. Fanning of Foxfield, Co. Leitrim.
 Pioneer Families of Osgoode Township Volume IX Osgoode Township Historical Society &
Museum Sept., 1978.
 1881 Census Place: Osgoode, Russell, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375865 NAC C-13229
SubDist G Div 2 Page 21 Family 92
 Ibid: Pioneer Families
 Ibid: Pioneer Families
 Amelia County, Va. Will Book 2X Page 89 3 January, 1765
 Will Book 2X Amelia County, Virginia (1761 – 1771) Abstracted & Compiled by Gibson
Jefferson McConnaughey Virginia Book Company
 Amelia County, Va. Order Book 1 p. 6 at Court held Feb. 13, 1735, there is a Bryan Fenell
appointed as a surveyor of a road to be cleared to the fork of Little Nottoway. Bryan Fannin
received a land grant in Amelia County for 294 acres on Jan. 2, 1737, plus other grants later.
 Amelia County, Va. Microfilm reel #55, Library of Virginia
 LVA-Va. State Land Office Patents, No. 17, 1735-1738, p. 425 (Reel 15) to Bryan Fennin .
 Amelia County, Va. Order Book 1 p. 28 10 June 1737
 LVA-Va. State Land Office Patents, No. 26 pp. 484-486 (Reel 24) to Bryan Fanning.
 Hunter letter re: U.S. Army Engineers work removing graves at Camp Pickett, Va.
 Hamner & Bevell Funeral Home, Blackstone, Va. Contracted by US Army to remove all graves from
future site of Camp Picket, Va.
 Amelia County, Va. Will Book 2X Page 89 3 January, 1765
 Amelia County, Va. Deed Book 8, Pg. 661
 1765 Amelia County, Va. Personal Property Tax List LDS Microfilm FHL US/CAN #1902616
 1766 Amelia County, Va. Personal Property Tax List LDS Microfilm FHL US/CAN #1902616
Laughling Fannen, Achales Fennen, (other free male: William Fennen 140 Acres), William Fennen.
END: Part 1 by A.B. Reilly”
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Hello, my name is Jeff Fannin and I found your blog after researching my heritage. I have been trying to find out for quite some time just exactly where my ancestors came from and your blog here seems to tell me exactly what I needed to know. My 7th great grandfather looks to be Achilles Fanning (Fannin) and after seeing that on ancestry.com I realized your blog is my family. If you have anymore info on the Fanning’s, please let me know as I would be very interested to learn more. Thank you.
I don’t know if Achilles Fanning is directly related to my Fanning family.
He must be American with a Christian name like Achilles.
If you google you will find there is a lot on the net about the various branches of the Fannings who settled in the US.
If you have a DNA test that will tell you which branch you belong to.
FTDNA is good but you may be able to find what you need on their site without doing a test.
All the best with your search.
Thanks, I do not know either if it’s directly related to yours. But I have been doing alot on ancestry.com and Achilles came up as a hint in various pages for my heritage. Says he is the son of Elizabeth and Bryant Fanning . It’s really hard to find out what is correct because my father did a dna test with FTDNA and it said he is 86% British isles which includes Ireland. But that dang site doesn’t really tell you anything else besides that, I can’t really see any names or anything. It will show a few people who it thinks might be relation that is living now so maybe I don’t know how to use it. If your interested in helping, let me know, we really wanna find out. You should be able to see my email. Thanks.
It is great your father has done a DNA test. This is a great start.
There is a section on FTDNA called My Projects. There is a Fanning surname Group in My Projects. You have to request to join. Fill out a paragraph.
On this project it will show which haplogroup you belong to. Your father should’ve been given a haplogroup number or identifier.
My brother is I-M253 which places us as matches with an Edmund Fanning who emigrated to Connecticut around 1653, which also means I am not related to Achilles.
There are two administrators, Cathy Stoppel & Steve Fanning, who run this Fanning Group. If you are having trouble joining you can contact them.
If you join this group you will be able to see if you are a descendant of Achilles Fanning or another Fanning.
The other thing you need to do is start or continue constructing your family tree starting from yourself and your parents and grandparents going back as far as you can reliably go, remembering to add sources to anything you add to your tree.
To whom it may concern:
My name is Pat (J. Patric ) Fannin and Achilles & Rosannah Fanning, Sr. are my fifth great grandparents. Achilles is the son of Bryan & Elizabeth Unknown Fannen,Sr. of Amelia Co., Va.
I was the second person tested for the Fanning DNA Project through FamilyTreeDNA.com.
My kit # is 79127 and I am in Family Group 2. Cathy Stoppel’s brother was the first test.
I have worked extensively on any one having the name of Achilles (Acles, Ekles, etc.) Fanning (Fannon, Fannin, etc). I am happy to share my work with anyone who is interested.
Achilles & Rose Fanning had a son named Bryant Fannon born c. 1757 in Amelia Co., Va. and died c. 1835/1839 in Lawrence Co., Ky. He was my fourth great grandfather. His wife’s name was Mary. She may have been a Muncy. They were from Giles Co., Va. (Sugar Run).
I had him approved in the Sons of the Revolution (SAR) Bryan(t) Fannon, # 78546,
he was approved on 2/22/2018. He served in the Montgomery Co., Va. Militia under Captain Thomas Ingles’ and was lisited in that Company as Bryan Fannen on 7th April of 1781 as a Soldier.
Bryant & Mary Fannon’s son the Rev. John Fannin, Sr. (1779 -1853) & wife Keziah Unknown from Lawrence Co, Ky were my third great grandparents,
I will be glad to help in anyway possible on these Fannins.
Achilles Fanning, Sr. 1728-1812 was my 6th great. the was the son of Bryan & Elizabeth Unknown Fannen, Sr. of Amelia Co., Va.
My Ftdna # is 79127. Family Group 2 of the Fanning DNA Project.
How can I help?