Based on records from the LDS ancestor archives, we have traced our family tree back to John Fawcett born 1637 in Lamborn England. From 1637 until somewhere before 1747 our family lived in England. While we do not know the exact date Richard Fawcett Sr. migrated his family to America, we do have records showing that his son David was born in Lambton England on April 29, 1747 and is his next Joseph was born in 1750 in Orange County North Carolina.

We believe although not documented, Richard Fawcett Sr. migrated the Faucett’s to Orange County North Carolina by way of Pennsylvania, but settling in the Hillsboro region of Orange County, North Carolina. Five of his sons: Joseph (5-13), Raben (5-14), John (5-15), Samuel (5-16), and Richard (5-17) were born in North Carolina.

On 22 October 1768 Richard Faucett Sr. purchased two tracts of land on the Eno River, containing a mill, from Isaac Low (or Love) “part of a tract of land granted to John Tinning from James Taylor by deed from Earl Granville bearing date the 14thday of March 1753.” He subsequently sold this property to his son, David (5-12) for the sum of 400 pounds on 24 November 1792. The LDS Ancestral File has a death date for Richard Fawcett Sr. of 22 April 1782. This is obviously incorrect. The deed to David was proven in February 1808 “by acknowledgement of Richard Sr. the subscriber thereto,” so Richard Sr. did not die until after that date. He also sold for twenty pounds, 275 acres of land by deed book 10 page 87, to his sons, Samuel (5-16) and Richard Jr. (5-17) on 29 August 1803. This deed allowed Richard (Sr.) “to live on as long as he lives.”

In the 1781 tax list of Orange county, Richard Jr. was assessed at 4125 pounds. This ranked him at #8, well up in the list of landholders, one of whom, Alex Mebane, was top with an assessment of 8895 pounds. in the 1800 census of Orange County, NorthCarolina, Richard Sr.”and son” are listed with 10 slaves. The son is most likely Richard Jr. (5-17). Our Richard was a fairly wealthy man by the standards of the time. Only one Richard Faucett is listed in the Orange County census of 1810. By then, Richard Jr. (6-4) had moved to Tennessee and Richard Sr. (4-6) had died.Although the first six children of Richard Sr. family were born in England, the entire family will be discussed here. In addition to the faulty death date in the LDS Ancestral file for Richard Sr.(4-6), there is another possible discrepancy in the fact that they list Thomas (5-8) as “rector.” If this be true, Than Richard Sr. left Thomas in England as a child of age 8 or thereabouts to be educated by others while the rest of the family came to America. Also there is no clue as to the disposition of the three girls, Mary, Dorothy, and Elizabeth once arriving in America.

The most d our ancestors back 1703 where Richard Faucett Sr. was born in North Carolina, America. This is an ordinary to know, given this date when America was still colonies. We also found it interesting that Richard Fawcett Sr. lived to be 100 years old and is the longest living family member in our records to date and most likely in the hardest of times. Information on our Patriarch was found with the assistance of the LDS website. Richard Faucett Sr. begat 5 sons of which Richard Faucett Jr. is of our direct lineage.

Prior to finding Richard Faucett Sr., we found a Will written and on file in North Carolina by Richard Faucett Jr. In this Will it lets us know that he had a wife whose name was Rebecca Durham. Together they had 4 children. Their youngest Thomas S. Faucett born January 3, 1824 in Orange County, North Carolina is our Direct descent. Finding Richard Faucett Jr. was a great value to the family tree. Obviously being a Jr. we could easily assume his father’s name was Richard Faucett Sr. When we began the research to find Richard Faucett Sr., we quickly found Richard Faucett Sr. who not only begat Richard Faucett Jr. but 3 daughters also. All the sisters are younger than Richard Jr.Richard Jr. then begat Thomas S. Faucett who was born and raised and married his first wife Caroline M. Pratt at the age of twenty-two in NorthCarolina. This information is documented by a copy of the original Marriage Bond. To date we have not been able to find out much about Caroline M. Pratt other than a birth year and her marriage to Thomas.

Thomas Samuel is who we know the most about in our ancestry line to date. After his marriage to Caroline M. Pratt, he next appears on record at Atkins, AR. where he jointly bought 40 acres of land in 1857. After this, the next time we find his name is on a marriage license between his second wife Amanda Caroline (Tanner) Bell in 1866 at the age of forty-two. We also have an original copy of this recorded marriage. Unfortunately, the exact month and day was not recorded. An 1870 census records Amanda as being from Tennessee. In the Federal census for Arkansas of 1870 we next find Thomas Samuel with Amanda and four children. The Census actually says Thomas G. Faucett. We know this to be in error, as this Thomas G’s wife is Amanda and two of the four children listed we know to be our direct ancestors. One of the children named is our fore father Benjamin Henry. In our research in Pope County Arkansas, we find Thomas S. Faucett name many times as he was a Justice of the Peace in Atkins, AR. The final record of Thomas is his death on February 3, 1880, he was 56 years old. He was buried in Atkins, AR. at the Atkins Cemetery, where his head stone is engraved with Thomas S. Faucett along with his wife Amanda and their son Edward T. Faucett who died of a gunshot wound at the age of twenty-five.

Thomas and Caroline Pratt Marriage Bond
Thomas Faucett Atkins AR property map

We also have found out that Benjamin Henry Faucett had one other son that we earlier did not know of. His name was Edward C. Faucett. Edward died at only 18 months old. We do not know the cause.

We want to thank Henry Franklin Faucett, Leonard Elmo Faucett, Norman Richard Faucett, Diana Faucett Crites for sharing their historical records and stories.

Orange County North Carolina, USA

Faucett Family travels from Orange Co. North Carolina to Atkins, Arkansas

Faucett migration map from Carolina’s to Arkansas

Orange County North Carolina, USA

The Patriarch of the Faucett family (to date, 2008) Richard Faucett Sr. was born in 1703 in Orange County, North Carolina. He lived all his life (100 years) and died in Orange County, North Carolina. Orange County includes historic Hillsborough, the county seat, Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina, and Carsboro, a former railroad and mill town.

When Orange County was founded in 1752, five Native American tribes lived in this area. Two years later, William Churton laid out the boundaries of Hillsborough on land where the Great Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River. Hillsborough was the center of North Carolina politics in the colonial era and hosted the state’s Constitutional Convention in 1778, where North Carolina delegates demanded that a Bill of Rights be added before they would ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1789, the North Carolina General Assembly chartered the University of North Carolina, the nation’s first state university. UNC-Chapel Hill is the flagship of a 16-member state university system and is consistently rated as one of the finest state universities in the country.

The county encompasses rolling farms and dairyland, vital urban areas, and graceful historic sites. Orange County combines the best of small town living with an abundance of social and cultural resources.

It is our citizens who make Orange County such a special place to live, work and play. Dairy farmers and professors; small business people and corporate executives; developers and horse breeders; carpenters and students. [1]

Atkins, Arkansas

In 2008 all of our research has been limited to the Faucett family tree branches and descendants of Thomas Samuel Faucett (1824). Thomas Samuel was born in Orange County NorthCarolina in 1824. With no exact details of his life, we do know that eventually he migrated to Atkins, Arkansas. Atkins is located in the River Valley Region of Arkansas.

The city of Atkins has a total area of 6.1 square miles, all of it land. There are 2,878 people, 1,117 households, and 817 families residing in the city. The population density are 469.8 people per square mile. There are 1,210 housing units at an average density of 197.5/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city is 97.05% White, 0.87% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,117 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living withthem, 56.8% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% are non-families. 23.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household sizeis 2.50 and the average family size is 2.95.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $30,339, and the median income for a family is $38,309. Males have a median income of $27,470 versus $17,462 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,979. About 11.1% of families and 13.5% of the population are below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 19.8% of those age 65 or over. [2]

[1]Taken from the Orange County North Carolina official website February 9, 2007

[2] United States 2000 Census Bureau

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