Not my third great grandmother

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.


[i] 1880 Census – Thomas Ellia – Precinct 8, Carter, Kentucky.


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