Assistance with "stray" McFatters

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My father's surname is a fairly rare one, and the vast majority of American McFatters/McPhatters can be organized into more-or-less coherent family trees. Sure, once you get to pre-Revolutionary times, it's hard to suss out exactly how everyone's related, but after that, things get a lot clearer.

There's a handful of "strays" who were frolicking around with this surname who, for the life of me, I CANNOT identify how they're related. Here are the most confounding cases:

John Leslie McFatter, born about 1877. Census records indicate he was born in Mississippi, but he does not fit either into my father's branch (Claiborne county) or the Carroll-Montgomery-Webster-Attala branch. He enlisted in the army in 1904 in Kansas City, Missouri, so I wonder if he wasn't born in Missouri (sometimes abbreviated "Miss" on records, thus confusing it with Mississippi). He lived most of his adult life in New York and Virginia: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McFatter-65

Austin McFatter is quite confounding. He first appears in 1860 Jackson co., Florida living with a family of Pittmans. There was a known branch of North Carolina McPhatters who had moved to the Gadsden county area before Austin's birth, but none of them had a son by that name. BUT!! There is a child of the right age in the 1850 Gadsden co. FL census, living with parents Archibald and Sarah McPhatter... but that child is named Christopher. Is Austin the same person as Christopher? If not, who IS he? Weirdly, Archibald and Sarah McPhatter had another son named John in 1850, who vanishes after that census, but a "Arch" McFatter of the right age appears in 1860 living in Gadsden co. FL with the family of Green and Frances Arnold. Are "Arch" and John the same person? What in the world is going on? https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McFatter-37

in Genealogy Help by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (177k points)

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Hi Marion, thanks for your effort. I am familiar with FindAGrave and Familysearch and so forth. These stray McFatters elude me.
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John Leslie McFatter

Name: John Leslie McFatter
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Date: 31 Jan 1877
Birth Place: Near Winona, Mississippi
Father: Johnathan E McFatter
Mother: Mary J McCarroll
SSN: 719039590
Notes: Mar 1937: Name listed as JOHN LESLIE MCFATTER

Citation:

 Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Name: John Leslie Mcfatter
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 68
Birth Date: 1877
Death Date: 9 Dec 1945
Death Place: Farmville, Prince Edward, Virginia, USA
Registration Date: 9 Dec 1945
Father: John Mcfatter
Spouse: Emma Rouse Mcfatter

Citation:

 Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. - Free Image Link

Superb work, Deb. This just raises so many questions. John Leslie McFatter would seemingly HAVE to belong to the Carroll-Montgomery-Webster-Attala branch but I can't find him in the 1880 census. The only McFatters in Montgomery co. MS in 1880 where the orphaned children of Andrew Jackson McFatter. One of these was John Niven McFatter, born 1858. He moved to Texas and married there in 1886. Otherwise, there was my own great-grandfather John Adams McFatter, who was only about 10-years-old when John Leslie was born.
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Austin McFatter

Austin Mc Farler

United States Census, 1850

Name Austin Mc Farler
Event Type Census
Event Year 1850
Event Place Henry county, Henry, Alabama, United States
Gender Male
Age 2
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1848
Birthplace Alabama, United States
House Number 403

Household

Role

Sex

Age

Birthplace

Nancy Mc Farler F 25 Alabama, United States
Austin Mc Farler M 2 Alabama, United States

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH5M-GDP : 12 April 2016), Austin Mc Farler in household of Nancy Mc Farler, Henry county, Henry, Alabama, United States; citing family 411, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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United States Census, 1850

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

Some researchers on Ancestry have him as the son of Alexander McFatter of NC and Nancy Gibson of AL. Unfortunately, I have not found proof of parentage. I'm going to try digging into the Pittmans a bit to see if there is a connection.

Wonderful Deb, thank you!!
Ultimately, all the McFatters/McPhatters come out of North Carolina, aside from some who immigrated later from Scotland to Canada. I have to wonder if Austin is from the Randolph co. Georgia branch, most of whom took the spelling McFather. William D. McFatter/McFather, who was born in 1848 in Randolph co. GA, died in Henry co. AL in 1920, and seems to have moved there at least as early as 1907, when he appeared in a veteran's census. The connection to Henry co. AL makes me quirk an eyebrow. I wonder if Austin's father wasn't an uncle or something.

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