Several weeks ago, I came across another person’s tree that excited me. They indicated the parents of my second great-grandmother, Eliza Jane Fannin, were David Fannin and Cynthia Ann Bare. They even provided a sibling for Eliza, Andrew Jackson Fannin. I have long been searching for Eliza’s people. Could this be the break I was looking for? I don’t use other people’s trees for much other than hints and sources, but it was great to have a new area for research.
Sadly, the suggestion was not, in my opinion, correct. I found Cintha married to Thomas Ellia in the 1880 Census. Thomas’ two stepchildren were living with him, Jane Fannin and Andrew Jackson Fannin.
The Thomas Ellia [Ellis?] family in the 1880 Census – Precinct 8, Carter County, Kentucky.[i]
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Thomas Ellia Self M 55 England – Works in Coal mine –
Cintha Ellia Wife F 60 Kentucky – Father born VA, Mother born Tenn.
Jane Fannin Stepdaughter F 27 Kentucky – Keeping House – Father born in VA,
Jackson Fannin Stepson M 17 Kentucky – Works in Coal mine – [Father VA, mother KY]
1880 Census Records
Thomas Ellis with stepdaughter Jane
John Mannin with wife Jane
I had already found my Eliza Jane in an 1880 census living with her husband, John William Mannin and daughter, Elizabeth. My Eliza Jane’s father was born in Kentucky, not Virginia. This Jane was quite a bit older than my Eliza Jane, so, this can’t be my long sought after Fannin family .
I annotated my records, “Do not confuse with Jane Fannin, daughter of Cintha (UnkMN) Fannin Ellis,” and moved on.