Page 668 of History of the Fanning Family, W.F. Brooks
JOHN(2) FANNING (No. 18).
(For genealogical data concerning him, see page 113.)
John Fanning, Junior, eldest son of Lieut. John and Margaret (Culver) Fanning, of Groton, Conn., and grandson of Edmund Fanning, Senior, the ancestor in America, was born about 1688 in the town of New London, Conn., in that part which was in 1705 set off to form the new town of Groton.
His father resided at that time on the west bank of Mystic River, one-half mile below the present village of Old Mystic, but afterward removed to his Fort Hill farm, where John Fanning, Junior, was brought up.
He was admitted an inhabitant of Groton 22 May, 1712. He married about the year 1716, Deborah, daughter of William and Hannah (Frink) Parke, of Preston, Conn., and had issue two sons, John and Thomas. His residence, at the time of his death, cannot now be determined, but it was probably on his father's farm at Fort Hill. There is mention on his father's will in 1738-9 of a path that leads to "where my son John Fanning's house formerly stood." This path is still used to-day, and near by are the cellar holes of two or three old houses, one of which, no doubt, was the residence of John Fanning, Junior.
In 1712 the town of Groton distributed to its inhabitants the reservation of the Pequot Indians at Noank. The Indians had been removed in 1667 to Mashantucket. In this distribution of lands John Fanning, Junior, recieved as a grant from the town, Lot No. 45, second tier, second division. This he sold on the 10th of January, 1714-15, to Edward Yeomans, and bought of the latter Lots No. 64
and 66 in the first tier, second division of same. The lots were the eighth and ninth lots south of the highway that was to run east and west over Fort Hill by Lieut. John Fanning's house, which highway was laid out by the town of Groton, but was never built. John Fanning also owned Lot No. 33, first division, first tier, which lot was originally laid out to him by the town 7 May, 1712. It was the second lot from the most northerly one in that tier, and was probably sold before his death, as it was not included in the inventory of his estate.
John Fanning died intestate, early in life, from the cutting of an artery in his leg, and the widow Deborah was appointed by the court administratrix upon his estate, and took oath 7 April, 1719, which administration is recorded at New London, Probate Journal No. 2, p. 45. His inventory was taken 15 December, 1718, a copy of which is found on the New London Probate Records, Book B, p. 457. (Originally recorded 14 April, 1722, in the fourth book of Wills, folio 210, which book was among those destroyed by fire 6 September, 1781, when the town of New London was burned.) Inventory, £26-2s-11d. It mentions "debt due frome an Indian sold to Mr. Nehemiah Smith, £06-07s-ood.," and also mentions "2 great loots of Land In Nawaunck Neck containing 5 acres the two," valued at £8-0-0. The estate was divided 18 July, 1722, when the widow received one-third and the children, John and Thomas, their portion, — a double one to the eldest son John, and a single one to Thomas. Lieut. John Fanning, the grandfather, was appointed by the Court guardian over John, and William Parke of Preston, Conn., was appointed guardian over Thomas Fanning, 25 July, 1722.
The Inventory is as follows: —
"An Inventory of the Eftate of John ffaning Jun' Late of Groton Deceased Taken Dec. 15, 1718 £ s d
To his Wareing Aparill vallued at 12-00-00
To a horfe 7£a mare 5£ 12-00-00
To 5 Cowes at 4£ each 20-00-00
To 4 do & vantages, 2 ftears & 2 hefers 11-00-00
To 3 yeare & vantage cattle at 4-00-00
To a Yoake of oxen at 11£ to 4 Laft Spring Calfes 13s each 13-12-00
To 20 fheep at 7£-15s; To 4 young fwine at 8s each 9-02-00
To 2 Greate loots of Land In Nawaunck Neck Con- taining 5 acres the two 8-00-00
To a fadle & Bridle 25s 1-05-00
To a feather Bed Bolfter and one Pillo 5-00-00
To a fet of Curtins & Vallins at 2£-15s 2-15-00
To Coverlits 40s & 2 Blankitts 36s 3-16-00
To two fheets 16s-8d one Brafs Kitle 40s 2-16-08
To an Iron poot 12s 12-00
To an Iron Kitle 11s & 4 trays at 12d pr 15-00
To 2 pailes 2s-6d A Pigan 12d 03-06
To 2 Pewter Platers at 9s each & 3 lefor dito at 6s & 4d each 1-17-00
To A Pewter Quart Poot 4s-6d and 6 potingers 10-06
To 2 Pewter Plates at 2s pr & 2 Dito at 18d 07-00
To a Pewter Bafson at 2s to 2 Earthen Plats at 2s each one at 14d 07-02
To fire tongues & fhovels at 4s-6d, a paire Plow Irons 23s a draught-chaine 12s 01-19-06
To an ax 7s an old ax 3s to a chest 8s a fmall Table 8s 01-06-00
To a frying pann 4s a Brafs fkillet 4s 08-00
To 4 fmal chairs at 2s each 08-00
To a fpining Wollen Whell & a lining whell 07-06
To a Chefe Prefs 8s to an old hhds 3s 11-00
To 2 Barrills 6s, 2 old Do 2d 08-00
To a Bible 9s to a feine 20d to a Candleftick 15d 11-11
To a Tunnel 8d To ye 1/2 of a Crindftone 4s a paire of Sheep fhears 2s-6d 00-07-02
Page 671 £ s d To one fmall 4 year old Hyfer 3£-10s 03-10-00
To a Debt due frome an Indian fold to Mr Nehemiah Smith 06-07-00 115-06-10
The within & above Inventory taken pr. us Sam" Avery James Packer"
"Capt. Samuel Avery & Mr. James Packer made oath that they had apprized the Estate Contained in this Inventory According to the best of their Judgment, New London Aprill 7th 1719 before me Richard Christopher Judge of Probate Deborah Fanning administratrix of the Eftate of her deceafed hufband John Fanning Junr late of Groton made oath in a Court of Probate held in New London Aprill y* 7th 1719 that she gave unto the apprizers a true account of the Eftate of her fd Deceafed hufband according to the beft of her knowledge and if any thing further appear to be his Eftate that is Confiderable she will add it to this Inventory.
£ s d Brought from ye other fis 115-06-10 on this fide 10-16-00 126-07-11
Recorded In the fourth Book of Wills fol axo Aprill 14, 1722. Test C. Christopher Clerk" 
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