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Hannah (Davis) Fanning (1789 - 1874)

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Hannah Fanning formerly Davis
Born in Williamstown, South Glengarry, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canadámap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married Mar 1811 in Cape Vincent,
Descendants descendants
Died in Chebanse, Kankakee Country, Illinois, USAmap
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Although the Brooks book ("History of the Fanning Family") asserts that Hannah was born on Wolfe Island, the family did not move there until 1798: "The first settlers on Wolfe Island subsequent to the French were United Empire Loyalists. The vanguard in 1798 consisted of members of the Davis, Hitchcock, Hinckley, and Cone families." (source: "Wolfe Island: A Legacy in Stone", p.76)

Hannah's 3 older brothers were born either in Quebec (near Sorel, where mother Susannah + grandmother Eleanor arrived by boat in July 1779) or in what is today Ontario (Williamstown, in Dundas County).

The family lived in or near Williamstown during the 1790s, as both Hannah's mother Susannah and her younger sister Elizabeth were baptised at St Andrew's Presbyterian, in the Dundas County area where her father had claimed land as a United Empire Loyalist.

Hannah married Frederick Fanning in March 1811 in Cape Vincent, New York, just across the St. Lawrence from Wolfe Island.

All 10 children of Hannah and Frederick Fanning were born in Canada. According to Brooks, the first 5 were born on Wolfe Island, before the family moved to Sidney in 1823. They had 8 sons (including 2 sets of male twins) & 2 daughters:

  • Son; Henry 1812-1866
  • Son; George 1814-1897
  • Son; James 1817-1820 (TWIN)
  • Son; Charles 1817-1825 (TWIN)
  • Son; John Benjamin 1821-1912
  • Son; David Fredrick 1823-1898 (TWIN)
  • Son; Isaac 1823-1893 (TWIN)
  • Daughter; Susannah 1826 - after 1905
  • Son; Sylvester 1828 - after 1905
  • Daughter; Sarah Grace 1831-1885)

After her husband Frederick died in 1854, Hannah lived with son Sylvester & family in Sidney, Ontario (1861 census) and then later moved to Illinois.

The 1870 Illinois census shows that Hannah is living with son George Fanning and his wife Sarah and their 5 children. All those children were born in Canada except for the youngest.

Hannah also had a married daughter, Susannah Fanning Heagle, and other grandchildren living nearby in Illinois,.

Hannah died in 1874 in Chebanse/Kankakee & is buried there.


  • W.F. Brooks, "History of the Fanning Family" (1905)
  • William D. Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons & Daughters of The American Loyalists of Upper Canada, Hunterdon House, Lambertville, New Jersey USA, 1973.
  • Ontario (1861) & Illinois (1870) census reports

Searchable version of "Wolfe Island: A Legacy in Stone" (2009) by Barbara Wall LaRocque, with many references to the Davis family and to Hannah's husband Frederick Fanning:

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On 21 Jan 2017 at 04:33 GMT Emma (McBeth) MacBeath M.Ed MSM wrote:

Davis-40715 and Davis-7798 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate based on birth, death, spouse

Hannah is 17 degrees from Tanya Lowry, 12 degrees from Charles Tiffany and 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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