Porter Fann
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Porter Fann

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The Fann Project one name study was launched May 2020. At present, only cursory connections have been categorized, and the project is limited to the precise spelling Fann, but any who know of variants that led to the Fanns of colonial and pre-colonial Virginia and North Carolina are especially encouraged to work out those connections.

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Porter A. Fann aka Porter
Born 1960s.
Ancestors ancestors
Son of DNA confirmed and [private mother (1930s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
Brother of and [private brother (1970s - unknown)] [half]
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Some Notes on Origins

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Descendant

John Bates is significant because of his life at Jamestowne. William Fann is the earliest connected documented Fann ancestor.


Not Quite Six Degrees of Bacon

Connection
Relationship

The all-important degrees of Bacon separation (connection and relationship):


Royalty Connections

Mayflower Connection

Connection
See The Mayflower Project.
Relationship
William Brewster's (abt.1566-1644) daughter, Fear (Brewster) Allerton (abt.1605-bef.1634) who arrived on the Anne (1623) married Isaac Allerton (abt.1586-bef.1659) in Plymouth Colony as his 2nd wife, who also was a Mayflower passenger as well as a signatory of the Mayflower Compact, as was William Brewster.

Of Scottish Descent

Thus far, I have preliminary indicators of Scots ethnic origins, including distant paternal descent from:

Direct, maternal descent from:
Both maternal and paternal descent from:


Of Mozingo Descent

Descendant
Please see a Mozingo pedigree study Mozingo Pedigrees that is still under development, which focuses on the Graddy Mozingo (1805-bef.1880) branch, descended from Edward Mozingo (abt.1673-aft.1753).

Of Quaker Descent

Porter is a Friend (Quaker) nonpracticing, descendant researcher of North Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, and Virginian Quaker migration origins
  • One direct line of Quaker origins begin with John Porter, who had roots in the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting of Nansemond, Virginia (a current brick wall) and his wife Elizabeth Betty (Denson) Porter, who has roots in the Pagan Creek Monthly Meetings, as well as her ancestors that go back to Hollowells of mid to late 1600 Chuckatuck meetings.
Descendant
Descendant of Thomas Tooke, of Virginia, House of Burgesses and Chuckatuck/Levy Neck Quaker Society of Friends.
  • Some Levy Neck, Isle of Wight, Virginia meeting house membership is presumptively identified in the below William and Mary citation as well as the list of known Quakers from the Boddie text, which may overlap with Chuckatuck or totally supplant, but the deed transaction date and the marriage event data upon which the longer Quaker list appears to have been generated both contain Thomas Tooke, presumptive 8th great grandfather of Fann.
Be it known unto all men by these presents that I, William Bressie of ye Upper parrish of ye Isle of Wight County in Virginia, planter, with Susannah my wife have given granted enfeoffed from us or heires an doe by these presents for evermore give and grant and enfeofe unto William Yarrett, John Grove, Francis Wrenn, Edward Jones, Thomas Tooke, and Henry Wigge and the rest of the sect of God frequently called Quakers, one house built by ye said people in ye place called ye Levy Neck Ould fields neare the creeke side to worship and serve the living God, in spirit and truth with ground sufficient for a Graveyard and what more may be thought fit. . . . . . This acknowledged in open Court by Mr William Bressie and his wife to be their Act and Deed and Ordered to be Recorded 9 Feb 1679. . .[1]

From Boddie's treatment, it is unclear what relationship existed between the Levy Neck Meeting House and the Chuckatuck or Cypress Creek District in Isle of Wight (near the Nansemond County line) Society of Friends meetings:

The Southern Historical Association had published the records of the Quaker meetings at Chuckatuck. . . 6th day, 10th month, 1679:[2]
  1. Thomas Jordan, [who on this date married]:
  2. Elizabeth Burgh...
  3. ...Thomas Tooke, member, House of Burgesses...
  4. Thomas Jordan, member, House of Burgesses
  5. Richard Bennett, Governor

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Porter Fann has English ancestors.
England Orphan Team
Porter Fann has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
Profile Improvement Voyager
Porter has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
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Porter has been a member of the England Project for over 1,000 days.

Notable African-American Cousins

Direct Ancestors who Were Enslavers

Consistent with the goals of the US Black Heritage Project, Porter Fann is working on documenting his ancestors who enslaved African-Americans so that researchers on a given surname may better be able to make a connection to their ancestors. The present list is by no means comprehensive, but represents an effort to document ancestors of Porter Fann who pre-emancipation, enslaved persons for their labor.

  1. John Frazier (abt.1674-abt.1743) and his wife Mary (Falconer) Frazier (abt.1686-abt.1751), both of Carteret County, North Carolina
  2. John Holmes Jr (bef.1687-aft.1736) and his wife Tamar (Byrd) Molten (abt.1710-abt.1763), of Duplin County, North Carolina - Tamar later married Patrick Carr (abt.1709-aft.1742) of Bertie County, North Carolina
  3. Bartholomew Gainey (1718-aft.1820), of Sampson County, North Carolina
  4. John Cornelius Williams Sr (abt.1720-bef.1783) and his wife, Katherine (Galbreth) Williams (abt.1720-aft.1798) of Duplin County, North Carolina
  5. Thomas Carr (abt.1734-aft.1798) of Bertie/Sampson County, North Carolina
  6. James Blackshear (1735-1788), of Blackshear Farm, Little Creek Hundred, Delaware and later, Jones County, North Carolina
  7. Mary (Bullock) Rice (abt.1738-bef.1795) and her husband Hezekiah Rice (abt.1732-bef.1796), of Caswell County, North Carolina
  8. Neill (Galbraith) Culbreth (abt.1740-abt.1828) who migrated from Scotland to Sampson County, North Carolina
  9. James Henry Hollingsworth (abt.1742-bef.1782), of New Hanover and later Duplin County, North Carolina
  10. Pearce William Mozingo (abt.1745-abt.1819) of Edgecombe and later, Wayne County, North Carolina
  11. Richard Ryals Sr (1748-1816) of Surry, Virginia and later, Cumberland County, North Carolina - husband of Sarah (Baggett) Ryals (abt.1750-aft.1840)
  12. William Gainey (abt.1757-aft.1846), of Sampson County, North Carolina
  13. Susannah (Blackshear) Bryan (1769-1835), whose father (James Blackshear, above) was the previous enslaver. Though her husband, Edward Bryan (abt.1759-abt.1813), predeceased her, her will has not yet been located, but her son, Joseph Bryan (abt.1797-1881), does report at least one slave on a census record. Counties among these generations include Craven, Johnston, Jones and Sampson, North Carolina as well as Twiggs, Georgia
  14. Allen Mark Johnson (abt.1783-abt.1829) of Johnston County, North Carolina
  • To be continued as new research from wills, census reports or emancipation documents, etc. reveal additional ancestors. Thus far, the majority of Porter Fann's North Carolina discovered ancestors have been reviewed.

Biography

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Porter Fann was born in North Carolina.
Porter Fann is a member of the Fann Name Study Project.
This profile is part of the Fann Name Study.
Porter Fann participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the Apr 2022 Connect-a-Thon, and added 27 connections.

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On WikiTree, varyingly active projects:

Currently, slowly working on


Digital Afterlife Instructions

(Porter Fann (SAF)), this user's permission is hereby recorded with digital signature secured by this "Fann-206" account of his (SAF) that upon the demise of this user, rights are reserved for his family firstly, then secondly, relayed to the WikiTree staff, in either case to manage the profiles where this user remains registered as Profile Manager and or where any applicable One Name Studies are linked to this user, said family and WikiTree staff should do so as they deem appropriate, so long as such actions are in line with the Honor Code and preserves the privacy of living people. Recorded by user (SAF) Porter Fann-206 18:51, 10 Feb 2019 (EDT).

Sources

  1. “Isle of Wight County Records.” The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 4, 1899, pp. 205–315 (232-3). JSTOR.
  2. Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. 1973, p. 346-7. Genealogical Publishing Company.
  • SAF / Porter Fann: Personal recollection, entered at registration or updated while alive.

DNA Confirmation Statements

  • Paternal and Maternal relationships are both confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and Unlisted Private HL, his 1st cousin . Their most-recent common ancestors are Gordon Lockey and Eva (Paul) Lockey, the grandparents of both Porter Fann and Unlisted Private HL. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st - 2nd cousins, based on sharing 829 cM across 35 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and Private Unlisted, his uncle. Their most-recent common ancestors are Samuel Fann and Mary Culbreth, the grandparents of Porter Fann and parents of Private Unlisted. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Grandfather - Nephew, based on sharing 1,536 cM across 44 segments. Porter is the son of Samuel Fann who is the son of the common ancestors Samuel Fann & Mary Culbreth.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and David Culbreth, his 2nd cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are John Culbreth and Julia Carr, the 2nd great grandparents of Porter Fann and great grandparents of David Culbreth. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd - 3rd Cousin, based on sharing 95 cM across 7 segments. Porter is the son of Samuel Fann who is the great grandson of the common ancestors John Culbreth & Julia Carr.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and JBFJ, his half 1st cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestor is Samuel Adolphus Fann, the great grandfather of Porter Fann and grandfather of JBFJ. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 4th - 6th Cousin, based on sharing 47 cM across 4 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and Unlisted Private JP, his mother (direct ancestor). Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Mother Daughter, based on sharing 3,468 cM across 51 segments.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and MCX, his 1st cousin 1x removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Warren Lockey and Annie Mason, the great grandparents of Porter Fann and grandparents of MCX. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st – 2nd Cousin, based on sharing 439 cM across 19 segments. Porter is the son of JP who is the granddaughter of the common ancestors Warren Lockey & Annie Mason.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Porter Fann and HS, his 3rd cousin. Their most-recent common ancestors are Francis Mason and Caroline Garner, the 2nd great grandparents of both Porter Fann and HS. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd – 3rd Cousin, based on sharing 91 cM across 5 segments. Porter is the son of JP who is the great granddaughter of the common ancestors Francis Mason & Caroline Garner.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Porter or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Porter Fann: Y-Chromosome Test, haplogroup R-Z344
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Porter:

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Hello Porter,

We recently left a message on your profile to check in with the Profile Improvement Project (PIP). If you would like to continue with the Project, please let us know.

We would like to hear from you with any ideas or suggestions. If you do not wish to participate in the Project, please let us know. If we don’t hear from you within 14 days we will remove you from the Project, but we will welcome you back at any time.

Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Kay Knight, Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

Robin Shaules, Project Coordinator, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Kay (Sands) Knight
Sorry, had some personal, home and family responsibilities and health issues to deal with over the last bit. I would love to keep active with the project, but am spread a little thin with things. If suspending my affiliation is necessary until I can become more active, I understand.
posted by Porter Fann
Porter,

I have left you on the Biography team, which is working on your Watchlist or other profiles that interest you.

Kay

posted by Kay (Sands) Knight
Dear Porter,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing a check-in with project members. Please review the following and respond to let us know that you are content with your current team or if you would like to be more involved.

The Project operates in a team structure. There are currently three participant PIP Teams -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team which guides new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team.

There are currently three different Biography Teams - The Biography Team, the Abandoned Team, and the Popular Team.

You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team. The Biography Team works on profiles from their watchlist and other profiles that interest them.

Are you happy with the Team you are on? If you are interested in working with a different Team, please let us know.

If you have not already done so, we invite you to join the email GoogleGroup. We use the WikiTree Discord server #profile-improvement channel for our project. Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project meet its goals. We would like to hear about the successes you’ve had and would also appreciate any feedback you have to help improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or via private message to one of us.

Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Kay Knight, Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

Robin Shaules, Project Coordinator, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Kay (Sands) Knight
"Hello ,

It's Thon time again, this time the Connect-a-Thon! It will be from January 19-22, 2024. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Use this link to get to the G2G sign up post and add a comment that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

We hope you can join us! Deadline for registering is tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17).

Kelly

PS For this event, ""connecting"" means that you add a profile from one of the links on an existing profile for parents, siblings, spouse, and children. The goal is to add as many linked profiles as possible. "

posted by Kelly (Popp) Kley
Hi Porter,

Thank you for your commitment to the England Project and its goals in 2023! Together we are making English WikiTree profiles the best they can be!

I'd like to share our end-of-year 2023 Newsletter. You can read it here: England Project Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading about what we have achieved in 2023!

On behalf of all the England Project Leaders, we wish you a peaceful, productive and enjoyable 2024!

Best wishes,

Ian, England Project Leader

posted by I. Speed
Thank you for joining in the fun this month and helping Team Roses source 2993 profiles! There was a lot of great clean up that happened too including merges and last names and relationships corrected. We hope you can join us for the Connect-A-Thon January 19-22, 2024.
Porter Fann participated with Team Roses during the 2023 Source-a-Thon, adding sources to 4 previously unsourced profiles.
Hello Porter,

It's Thon time again, this time the Source-a-Thon! It will be from September 29 - October 2, 2023. Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Use this link to get to the G2G sign up post! Click the "answer" link at the bottom of the post and, when the Answer box pops up, mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

Debi & Kelly

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thank you for participating with Team Roses for the July Connect A Thon. Together we created 3323 new profiles. We rock!

Believe it or not the Source A Thon is just around the corner. Look for sign ups to happen in a couple of weeks.

Emma

Porter Fann participated with Team Roses during the July 2023 Connect-a-Thon, and added 7 connections.
Hi Emma,

Not sure what's going wrong, but my answer to join Team Roses on the source thon is not being accepted/recorded...

posted by Porter Fann
Hi Porter,

It is once again time for our annual Scotland Project check-in. Please respond within the next three weeks to let us know:

•If you would like to continue as a project member •If you are happy with your current teams or would you like to join a different team •How much time per month (on average) you spend working on Scottish profiles •Anything you’d like the Scotland Project to do more of in the future

You can respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message on WikiTree. If we don’t hear from you within the next three weeks we’ll assume your interests have changed or you are no longer able to participate in the Scotland Project at this time, and your badge will be removed. If your circumstances change later you will be welcome to reapply for membership.

On behalf of the Scotland Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve Scottish profiles!

Sheena - Scotland Project Membership Coordinator

Hi Sheena,

It's so weird, when I go to Scotland categories, it's telling me that I have no connections. That was something that I wanted to look at before answering.

Thanks,

Porter

posted by Porter Fann
Hi Porter,

Thanks for replying. Are you perhaps confusing connections and categories?

Your profile says you have almost 1,100 connections (links to other WikiTree profiles whether through descent or marriage), in fact you and I link through 25 different profiles via my White ancestors. Connections are generated automatically by the WikiTree software.

Categories have to be manually added to a profile and group profiles together which are linked to a particular occupation or geographic location or some other common characteristic. To find your connections in a particular category, you need to find a lower level category that contains some profiles and then use the "my connections" button to find any connection to the people in that category.

Sheena

I finally found the correct categorization page to start from, and it looks like a whole lot of profiles that have Scotland in a location field do not have categorization done. For instance, Annabella (Forbes) Forbes Lady Gray (1423-abt.1514), was born and died in Scotland, but has no categories to reflect that, so she didn't make the cut; otherwise, she would show up in My Connections: Scotland Project (Fann-206) for me as a direct ancestor. I haven't fully examined that list, but none are flagged as my direct ancestors, which is really odd.

I think a disconnect occurs for many users and makers of profiles regarding the value of categorization, but I found at least one instance where a place name categorization was used (that appears to be a traditional name and which does not use Scotland as a suffix in the category), and the person was not captured as a member of Scotland categorization.

Knowing that I have ancestors who have not been categorized makes me want to stay on this project for a while.

Since I would have to run a special report to see if I a) created (and forgot to categorize) any Scotland profiles, or else where I b) reviewed a pre-existing one, suffice it to say that I am at a loss to say how many profiles I have worked on in the last year, at the moment.

For the coming year, I'm going to make a task list from Your Family List, but I fear it will be slow going as I am at a loss with the first profile that the list produced for Scotland: Appin, Highland, Scotland is listed as the birth location: no Appin, Highland category exists. From a quick Wikipedia review, it looks like it might need a category created for Appin, West Highland OR that it should be West Highland, Argyll and Bute (neither of which exist as categories).

Also, for one of my presumptive ancestors described on my profile, Alpin Dungal (MacEchdach) of Scotland (abt.0778-0834) - someone who I am not certified to work on - I note that Dál Riata is the only place related category for him: he does not show up in the Scotland-based My Connections.

I'll circle back if I find any activity in the last year using Ancestor Explorer.

Thanks for your patience,

Porter

posted by Porter Fann
Hi Porter,

It's Thon time again, this time the Connect-A-Thon! It will be from July 14th-17th.

Do you want to participate with Team Cornbread Catchers in this Thon? Use this link to get to the https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1595502/have-you-registered-for-the-july-2023-connect-a-thon-yet?start=420#a_list_title. Click answer and mention that you want to be on the Cornbread Catchers team!

We hope you can join us!

Best,

Kelly Kley

posted by Kelly (Popp) Kley
Hi Alan

This is the time for the 2023 annual check in with members of the US Southern Colonies Project. Have you been active during the last six months in this Project? Note that it is a Wikitree requirement to respond to the US Southern Colonies Check-ins. Please reply to this message by clicking the reply button below this message, to post your answer. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Membership, US Southern Colonies

posted by Mary Richardson
Thanks Mary. That year went fast!

Year to date (2023), I completed about 35 BioBuilder Reviews for the project.

See you in the 🌳

Porter

posted by Porter Fann
I marked you as active. Have a good year.. Mary
posted by Mary Richardson
Hi - thank you for being a member of the Jewish Roots Project! I wanted to let you know about some new things we have going on.

- You can see new tabs at the top of our home page, where you can select topics to view or work on. You can also use our new maintenance categories - feel free to add them to your own family, or any other Jewish Roots profile, or work on the maintenance yourself, such as adding new records to profiles with only a couple sources.

-I'm sending an invitation to join GoogleGroups, which we are re-starting this week. We'll probably do most group chat there, but the most important things will be posted on G2G, which you will be notified about if you follow the jewish_roots tag.

-You can also join Wikitree's discord server, where we have a Jewish Roots chat channel.

-If you have ideas or suggestions for the project, feel free to reply here or send me a message.

Thank you! -Elaine, co-leader for Jewish Roots Project

Dear Alan,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members periodically to make sure everything is going well. This is our formal annual check-in with you.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Would you like to join any other teams?

Also, we would really like to hear which team is currently your highest priority. If you are a member of more than one team, could you please rank them from highest priority to lowest? Thank you! If you don’t see yourself as being part of a team, please let us know.

We also welcome any feedback on things you would like to see the project do more of in the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message.

On behalf of all the Leaders, thank you again for all you do and we look forward to you continuing to be a part of our collaborative and fun Project!

Kind regards,

Elizabeth, England Project Leader

I sent a direct message today. Please let me know if you did not receive it.
posted by Porter Fann
Thanks you for confirming your teams. Cheers, Elizabeth
Year to date (2023), I contributed one BioBuilder Review for the project. I'll try to do more in this new reporting year.
posted by Porter Fann
I'm writing because it's Connect-a-Thon time again -- next weekend, April 21-24. I hope you can join the Cornbread Catchers again! Here's the link to sign up, if you're able to join the fun.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Tabor (who is helping Debi out for this Thon)

posted by Tabor (Hoff) Fisher
Thanks for the reminder. I move slowly, because I never feel right leaving off sources that document as many relationships as possible. It's also reassuring in that process that I've found the right sources!

See you in the 🌳

posted by Porter Fann
Slow and thorough is absolutely wonderful. Every profile counts and I love that you'll have added complete, well sourced profiles. (I will admit to having to go back and clean things up after a Thon -- but some of that is lack of sleep!) Glad to have you on the team!
posted by Tabor (Hoff) Fisher
Dear Alan,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the project's goals. Every single contribution you make helps improve English profiles!

I'd also like to share our annual Newsletter with you. You can read it here: England Project Newsletters. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about what has gone on in 2022 and what our Project has achieved.

The England Project Leaders like to touch base with each of our members every 6 months just to make sure everything is going well. There's no need to reply to this message unless you have something you'd like to let us know about (e.g. if you would like to change your team choices or provide other feedback). We will be in touch with you again in the middle of next year when we do our annual check-in with project members.

On behalf of all the Leaders, I wish you a peaceful and productive 2023.

Best wishes,

Maddy, England Project Leader

posted by Maddy Hardman
Porter, Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the US Black Heritage Project. Every contribution makes a big difference! Emma
Hi Porter,

I am wondering if we are connected through Herring/Whitfield lines? I have seen you post on a few of those profiles but it looks like we are distant cousins through an entirely different line. Do you have a connection to that branch?

posted by Crystal White
I was working on a theory for the parents of Sarah (Grady) Mozingo (abt.1759-abt.1841). Since I hit a dead end with her FamilySearch profile, I thought that I'd work from the highest profile among posited ancestors to see if any proofs emerged for her being a John Grady (a descendant from Whitfield) child, but none so far.

Interestingly enough, however, a Benaph Herring is mentioned in her estate file, but I found no direct evidence that John Grady (abt.1738-abt.1776) and Patience Moore were Sarah's parents. So that it remains a brick wall.

I have some other Herring connections by marriage, but that may be all, except for a 17th cousin, Richard Herring (1726-1803), who on Ancestry shows as a 3rd cousin, 6x removed (have not worked out the proofs).

Feel free to contact me by email if you have any leads or areas where I might focus some effort.

Thanks for the note.

posted by Porter Fann
Hi Porter,

On behalf of the England Project, I would like to thank you for all your contributions towards the project's goals over the past year. Every English profile we improve helps!

The England Project Leaders are currently doing our six-monthly check-in with all project members.

Are you happy to with your current project team choices? Are there other teams you would like to join or become more active in?

We also welcome any feedback on things you would like to see the project do more of in the future.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this message by posting a reply below or sending me a private message.

Many thanks!

Amelia, England Project Leader

posted by Amelia Utting
Hi Amelia,

England profile biobuilder reviews:

  1. Alexander Milne (abt.1850-abt.1938)
  2. Mary Sarah (Monnote) Keele (abt.1719-aft.1780)
  3. Arthur Keele (abt.1715-abt.1776)
  4. William Fann (bef.1635-abt.1719) - a profile of special interest, as he is the most distant Fann ancestor, whose origins warrant another look (a probable father is named in the profile now, but that profile has not been created)

Not sure if these got counted in the last check-in:

  1. Edward Barker (abt.1523-1558)
  2. Elizabeth (Fermor) Lovett (abt.1519-abt.1586)
  3. Jane (Lovett) Graye (abt.1537-abt.1582)

There may be others - I don't see where I described any contributions for a while.

If I ever get to the point of knowing county-level family origins to a certainty, I will probably want to join that team. It is still early days for documenting many of my lines of descent, and even the William Fann named above is not 100% proven. If he is sufficiently proven as a connection, then it would be Sussex.

However, tradition would have me as a Porter, not a Fann, had a pivotal marriage occurred. The Porters in my line only go back as early as Virginia, as well (John Porter (abt.1720-abt.1796) -brick wall, as a small handful of John Porters were in likely locations at the same time).

I keep up with the Google groups mail and am always encouraged by the challenges and activities as a means to engage everyone in the project.

Thanks for writing!

Porter

posted by Porter Fann
Hello Porter,

It is time for the semi-annual check in for June, 2022 with members of the US Southern Colonies Project. Have you been active during the last six months? Note that it is a requirement to respond to the US Southern Colonies Check-ins. Please respond to this message by clicking the reply button below this message, to post your answer. I look forward to hearing from you..

Many thanks,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Membership, US Southern Colonies

posted by Mary Richardson
Thank you for replying to the US Southern Colonies June 2022 check in, Porter. You are so nice to make a list. I have marked you as very active. Have a good six months.

Mary

posted by Mary Richardson
Dear Porter,

The Profile Improvement Project (PIP) is performing its first annual check-in with our project members. Please review the following and let us know if you are content where we have placed you or would like to be more involved.

We are in the process of transitioning to a team structure. There will be three participant PIP Teams to start -- The Maintenance Category Team, the Unknowns Team, and the Biography Team. There is also the Voyage Team which guides new Voyagers. See the Profile Improvement Project Teams for a brief outline of each team.

You're currently identified as a member of the Biography Team Level 1, working on profiles from your own watchlist, from projects in which you are involved, and whatever else you find. Biography Teams Levels 2 and 3 will work on designated profiles for notables (Level 3) and everyday people (Level 2). Please let us know if you would like to help with a higher-level Bio Team or one of the other Teams.

We would also like to invite you to join the email GoogleGroup and text chat Discord channel for our project. If you request to join our GoogleGroup, please be sure to include your Wiki ID. Neither is required; we also use the Profile_Improvement tag in G2G for Project announcements.

We thank you for all you do to help the Profile Improvement Project and WikiTree. The Project’s mission is to:

Make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies, starting with those we manage.

We know you’re working on profiles *smile* We would like to hear about successes you’ve had toward the Project’s goals. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have to help us improve the Project. Please share your thoughts in a reply to this comment or privately via private message to either of us.

Sincerely,

Debi Hoag and Robin Shaules Co-Leaders, Profile Improvement Project

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Debi,

Sorry it took a minute to get back to you. I think I'll go another year at the same Biography Team Level 1. Over this year, I hope to become a little more engaged.

Thanks so much,

Porter

posted by Porter Fann
Thanks, Porter. We've updated the spreadsheet. Please do let us know if you have any suggestions or are ready to work on something more specific. Debi
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Porter, I moved the Research Note on Solomon Godwin about the alleged parents you attached to the Research Note section. Please detach James Godwin Sr and Mary Parker as his parents' until a source can be located. Attaching them on hearsay can cause conflation and James and Mary are Pre-1700. Thanks so much! Laura
posted by Laura DeSpain
Okay, done. I should have realized that that connection was too contentious/not well documented enough.

I'm trying to find the revolutionary war pension record for Pierce Godwin, which can lead to further connection, especially since one connection is now being removed.

Pierce was Solomon's son. It's odd that neither DAR nor SAR have a record on Pierce, but this and other record indexes seem to indicate that something exists:

"United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872," database with images, FamilySearch: accessed 25 Feb 2022, Pierce Godwin, 04 Mar 1831; citing North Carolina, United States, NARA microfilm publication T718 (Washington DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1962), roll 5; FHL microfilm 1,319,385.

Anyway, I have some indications that Pierce's downline exists on WikiTree so I'm hopeful to get a hold of the pension file as it likely will name his immediate family. For some reason, several records for Pierce that are showing up on Ancestry (mostly Columbus County, NC) are not showing up on FamilySearch...

Thank you for alerting me to the standard that should have been applied regarding Solomon's parents.

posted by Porter Fann
Thank you. If you are finding the sources on Ancestry and they are actual sources with original images then you can use them. Have you tried the WikiTree Sourcer created by Rob Pavey? It works great and creates links to the record and, share links to the images in the source citations.
posted by Laura DeSpain
Porter, your name has been updated on USBH Team pages. Thanks! Emma
Hi Porter! Hope this finds you well.

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's ""Year of Connections"" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Amy,

Some bio builder or minor edit reviews done (forgot to add Scotland sticker, though: I'll double-back):

I haven't been diligent in noting when a profile that I reviewed was a Scotland profile, so I'll work harder to make that easier to pick-up from reviewing my contributions feed going forward.

[Ancestor Explorer] has a Bio Text search capability, so I'm going to do a review of those profiles in which I am related to see if the Scotland sticker can be added and otherwise review these. That looks to be 41 profiles (from year 1500 to present century, of course).

This app, Check sticker compliance for descendants of specified ancestor provides the capability to put in one's WikiTree profile ID and get Ancestors for a specified location, so I'll take a look at those profiles, too (probably overlaps with the Bio Text Ancestor Explorer app results, though.

As to the questions:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining? I don't know if I have affiliated with any team. Do you have one under which bio builders work?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter? At least quarterly sounds like the minimum.
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing? No, but I did the England project Orphan Trail and also completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage.
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page? Maybe some specificity on any parameters for the Scotland sticker: e.g., presumably applies to anyone who was born, lived or died in country; but also clarify for those who migrated whether both stickers are good to have or not.
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general. Seems that I used to get emails, but I don't recall any for quite some time, now... Just checked, and I'm not subscribed, so I'll follow-up on that.
posted by Porter Fann
Hi Porter!

Thanks for the reply! I'll get you added to our Bio Builder team. If you'd like to PM me, I can get you added to the Google Group.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
I've set up a task list and will be adding squiggle squiggle [[Scotland Sticker}}

squiggle squiggle [[Migrating Ancestor | origin = Scotland | destination = Colonial North Carolina | origin-flag = Flags-5.jpg | destination-flag = Flags-46.png }} where applicable.

posted by Porter Fann
edited by Porter Fann
Fan Fan thank you for all your for all your help
posted by Nancy (Autry) Cashwell
Thanks Cousin Nancy! I was looking at the death location that you added for Cornelius George Autrey Sr (abt.1709-1778): while it is true that the area in which he died in 1778 later became known as Autryville (incorporated in 1891), we should specify the death location by the name at the time of his death... the closest approximation for 1778 CAN'T be Sampson County, noting that Sampson did not exist as a county until 1784, after his death...
The North Carolina General Assembly (1784) formed Sampson from an area taken from neighboring Duplin County, citing wikipedia:Sampson_County,_North_Carolina#History

I do note that his burial place was Autryille and the source is FindAGrave: FindAGrave uses current place names, not the names at the time of the vital dates birth or death.

We also have the probate record that some have apparently reviewed(?), which would in fact place his death in Cumberland County.

Please note that the "Unsourced family tree handed down to" you is noted in the "Research Notes" section: if the material handed down to you includes sources specific to details, then we can construct a reference for placing citation(s) at the applicable data points.

I also notice that this is the only statement that gives him a middle name of George, except for the 1790 census record... I will see if we can match that record to his FamilySearch profile and improve the citation.

We should add these categorizations to his profile:

  • Autryville, North Carolina
  • Cumberland, North Carolina

and either tentatively re-mark his death location as Duplin, but if the probate record is a correct match, it should be Cumberland.

posted by Porter Fann
edited by Porter Fann
Hi,

I recently joined the Southern Colonies Builders Group and am checking out the team profiles. I also found this: Fann and Kim are 15th cousins twice removed Fann Fann and Kim (Kroesing) Marcus M.S. are both descendants of John Danvers (abt.1455-1514).

I look forward to learning from you and working with you.

Kim

Cutest profile pic! Adorable! Thank you Fann Fann!
posted by [Living Britain]
As a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles

in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Fann,

As you may have seen, we have been doing some restructuring in the US Southern Colonies Project and are now organising ourselves into different teams. We have also changed the criteria for membership. Please have a look at the new project pages, and let me know whether you would like to remain in the project and, if so, which team(s) you would like to be in.

Please can you also send me your e-mail address. I can then make sure you are introduced to your Team Leaders and are in the Google Group.

Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the US Southern Colonies Project that you respond to these check-ins. We’re really excited for the future of the project and hope that you decide to be a part of it with us moving forwards.

Many thanks,

Susie, US Southern Colonies Project Co-Leader

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Susie,

Yes, I am interested in continued participation.

It’s kind of hard to choose between Colonial Virginia and North Carolina, as I have ancestors from both. Maybe given my level of experience, it would be better to just choose the Profile Improvement Team. At present, I have also loosely affiliated with the England Project’s Bio Builders team.

Please let me know the next steps.

Thanks and kind regards, Fann

posted by Porter Fann
Hi Fann,

Thanks for selecting the Bio Builders Team. I am your point of contact in the project who will help you get settled in. I’ve also invited you to the Google Group so feel free to introduce yourself in there.

We’re really excited that you’re on board and can’t wait to start working with you. Give us a shout if you have any questions.

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hello Fann

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for your work on English Profiles and your work in the English Authors team.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice, or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.

Jo

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Hi Jo,

I'm pretty sure that I replied directly, if not, I am remiss.

I affiliated with England Project Bio Builders many months ago. I also took on A A Milne's 5-star needs (building out his ancestors), but also that and other profiles that I worked came under the English Authors team. I had started the 1500 pre-certification process, but that seems to have stalled since Vivienne left.

Thanks, and please let me know if I need to be in communication with a team/s leader/s. I prefer to be contacted at my email, but here is fine, as well.

Fann

posted by Porter Fann
"References have two parts:

The <ref> and </ref> tags that surround the content of the footnote. The <references /> tag that you put at the bottom where the footnotes should be displayed. "See Sources for the full explanation." Scroll down to the section: "Embed them as references (footnotes)."

The value of this method is that it links facts to the sources you're citing. It takes some practice especially if you have a URL internet link to include. You can also create a naming reference if you have the same source used for facts in multiple places within the profile (or even across profiles, but that's way far advanced). I've worked on 1,000s of profiles and find inline sourcing the best way to identify references.

posted by Porter Fann
Re: John Fann's profile...how do I do inline citations? Thanks for the link.
posted by Amy (F) W