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A Homecoming:
Fanning & Colley Family Portraits Return to Washington

After being held in private collection for over 100 years, we are pleased to Barnett Home in 1830announce that seven Fanning/Colley family portraits have been graciously donated to the Washington Historical Museum for public display. As two founding families of our area, the descendents of Welcome Fanning & Louisa May Colley have been associated with Washington-Wilkes for over 200 years. These portraits, were generously donated by James Fanning of Clemson, South Carolina, a direct descendent of Welcome Fanning.

With assistance by James, we were able to identify all of the people in the portraits with the exception of two. So please take a look, if you recognize the faces of the two unknown portraits send us an email! We would love to be able to put names to faces.

The Fanning/Colley portraits will be on display starting February 2, 2010 at the Washington Historical Museum.

Descendants of John Colley

Generation No. 1

1.  JOHN2 COLLEY  (EDWARD1) was born September 14, 1752 in Henry County, Virginia, and died June 09, 1815 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  He married SARA FRANCE October 17, 1780 in Henry County, Virginia.  She was born June 04, 1763 in Henry County, Virginia, and died December 21, 1833.

Notes for JOHN COLLEY:
Revolutionary War soldier.  Fought at the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County,  Georgia.
John received a bounty grant of land in Georgia for his services.

The Adjutant General’s Office, War Department records show that John Colley served in the Revolutionary War as a sergeant, organization not shown. His name appears in a receipt dated March 10, 1778 for 7 gallons of molasses for the use of 16 men sick in their barracks. John Colley’s name also appears without rank or organization in a receipt dated Savannah Georgia March 1, 1778 for candles for the use of some sick men in their barracks, Captain Smith’s Company. The Virginia State Library records show the reference to John Colley on the payroll of Capt. Brisco Company of Militia on the expedition under General Clark against the Shawnees, 1780. The Virginia State Library Eighth Annual Report of Library Board and Librarian 1910-1911, page 105, “John Colley, J.P.D56 (Ill. Papers), Revolutionary Soldier of Virginia List of Names.

May 10, 1792. Jesse Johnson, son of Jacob Johnson, dec'd age 17 years Aug. 8, 1792, asks to be bound as apprentice to John Colley to learn the bricklayers trade.

 

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN COLLEY,
WILKES COUNTY, GEORGIA

In the name of God Amen.
I John Colly of the county of Wilkes and State of Georgia being afflicted and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last will and testament in manner and form following viz.
First I desire that all my Just debts be paid by my Executors.
Second It is my will and desire that there shall be a negro fellow of the value of five hundred dollars be purposed for my son France Colly. I also Give him one bed and furniture and a horse saddle and Bridle (the horse saddle and bridle having been delivered) to him his heirs forever.
Third: It is my will and desire that my Executors purchase a negro fellow of the value of five hundred dollars for my son Spain also one bed and furniture horse saddle and Bridle I give to him & his Heirs forever.
Fourthly. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Polly my negro woman named Cherry and her two Children Chaney and Sophia one bed and furniture and one horse saddle & Bridle worth one hundred dollars to her and her heirs forever.
Fifthly. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Louisa my negro Violet and Mary & horse saddle and Bridle at one hundred dollars and one Bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
Sixthly. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Betsey one negro woman named Patsey Bed and furniture & horse saddle and bridle which she has already received Also it is my will that my Executors purchase for my said daughter Betsey out of the money Coming from my Father-in-Laws Estate in North Carolina a negro woman of the value of two hundred and fifty dollars as soon as the same can be conveniently done, to her & her heirs forever.
Seventhly. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Nancy a negro woman named Rose Bed & furniture & a horse saddle and Bridle which she has already received also it is my will and desire that my Executors purchase for my said daughter a negro woman of the value of two hundred and fifty dollars which purchase is to be made out of the money due me from my Father-in-Laws in the state of North Carolina to her and her heirs forever.
Eighthly. Having given my son Gabriel heretofore what I conceive to be equal to what I have given to my other Children, and perhaps more, it is my will and desire that at my wife's decease (if he should be then alive and not otherwise) the sum of three hundred dollars.
Ninthly. I do hereby Lend unto my loving wife Sarah during her life or widowhood whichever circumstance shall first happen all the balance of my Estate both real & personal not heretofore bequeath and at her death the whole to be sold on a credit of twelve months and the same after paying Gabriel Colly the said sum of three hundred dollars (in case of his being alive & not otherwise) to be equally divided between my son France my son Son Spain and Daughters Betsey Polly Nancy and Louisa Share & Share alike but in case of the Intermarriage of my wife my will is that she receive a child's part of my Estate in Lieu of the property Loaned and the balance not specially bequeathed to be equally divided as stated in the ninth Item Tenth. I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Lucinda C Tindal my negro Girl Anacha and I also direct that the sum of three hundred dollars shall be deducted out of my Daughter Betsey (the mother of said Lucinda) share or dividend on the final dividend of my Estate after the death or marriage of my wife the said Girl Anacha so given to the said Lucinda C Tindal. It is my wish that the negro to be purchased for my son Spain be not delivered to him untill two years from this time unless his mother and my Executors shall find it convenient to do it sooner.
Lastly. I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son France and David Terrell Executors of this my last will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 30th day of May 1815. The words “and not otherwise” twice interlined before signed.
John Colley {Seal}
Signed sealed and acknowledged by the Testator in our presence to be his Last will & Testament
J. Callaway, H. Terrell, D'd. Terrell

 

Notes for SARA FRANCE:
Wilkes County, Georgia, Deed Book KKK, page 127 (177?), Sarah (France) Colley, widow of John Colley, grantor, Georgia} Wilkes County}
Know all men by these presents that I Sarah Colley of the County and State aforesaid for and in consideration of the love and affection which I have for Welcome Fanning of the same County and State do freely give to the said Welcome Fanning and his heirs the named negro slaves (viz): Mary a woman and her two children Rose and Jenny which said negro slaves I do by these presents warrant and forever defend to the said Welcome Fanning and his heirs against me & my heirs and all person or persons whatsoever to this and their own proper use Benefit & Behoof In Witness whereof the said Sarah Colley has hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th day of November 1828 Sarah Colley {Seal} Signed & acknowledged in the presence of James D. Willis JP

Children of JOHN COLLEY and SARA FRANCE are:
i.    GABRIEL3 COLLEY, b. February 23, 1782, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. ELIZABETH, May 19, 1808.
Mrs. Francis Owens Colleyii.    FRANCIS COLLEY, b. February 20, 1785, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. FRANCES L. OWENS, December 24, 1818, Wilkes County, Georgia.
Notes for FRANCIS COLLEY:
Francis and his family lived where The Cedars house sits now, in the older section that has now been detached from the present day Cedars.

iii.    ELIZABETH COLLEY, b. May 12, 1788, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. December 1844, Wilkes County, Georgia.
iv.    MARY COLLEY, b. May 26, 1790, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. 1855, Monroe, Walton County, Georgia; m. JAMES V. BROWN, September 26, 1816; b. 1776, Georgia; d. 1873, Monroe, Walton County, Georgia.
v.    NANCY COLLEY, b. January 02, 1792, Wilkes County, Georgia.
vi.   SPAIN COLLEY, b. July 22, 1794, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. June 23, 1866, Wilkes County, Georgia.
vii.  LOUISA MAY COLLEY, b. September 23, 1801; d. October 01, 1853, Wilkes County, Georgia.

 

Generation No. 2

2.  ELIZABETH3 COLLEY (JOHN2, EDWARD1) was born May 12, 1788 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died December 1844 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  She married (1) THOMAS B. TINDALL May 19, 1808 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  He was born Abt. 1785 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died November 27, 1809.  She married (2) JOHN PETETT Aft. 1809. 

Children of ELIZABETH COLLEY and THOMAS TINDALL are:
i.    LUCINDA4 TINDALL, b. April 26, 1809.
ii.    SAMUEL TINDALL, b. 1810.

 

3.  NANCY3 COLLEY (JOHN2, EDWARD1) was born January 02, 1792 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  She married KIRBY GOOLSBY July 25, 1813 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  He was born in Franklin County, Georgia, and died July 20, 1889 in Parks, Scott County, Arkansas.

Child of NANCY COLLEY and KIRBY GOOLSBY is:
i.    DAMARIS4 GOOLSBY, b. April 25, 1814.

 

4.  SPAIN3 COLLEY (JOHN2, EDWARD1) was born July 22, 1794 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died June 23, 1866 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  He married NANCY TALBOT January 11, 1827 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  She was born Abt. 1812 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died February 1893 in Wilkes County, Georgia.

Children of SPAIN COLLEY and NANCY TALBOT are:
Spain Colley Home i.    JOHN4 COLLEY.
ii.    FRANCIS COLLEY.
iii.   ELIZABETH COLLEY.
iv.    MARY COLLEY.
v.    THOMAS COLLEY.
vi.    GABRIEL COLLEY.
vii.   HENRY COLLEY.
viii.  NANCY COLLEY.
ix.    MARTHA COLLEY.
x.    ELIZA COLLEY.
xi.    HENRIETTA COLLEY.

 

5.  LOUISA MAY3 COLLEY (JOHN2, EDWARD1) was born September 23, 1801, and died October 01, 1853 in Wilkes County, Georgia.  She married WELCOME FANNING March 23, 1820 in Wilkes County, Georgia, son of JOHN FANNING and MARY PARKS.  He was born July 14, 1799 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died October 03, 1873 in Wilkes County, Georgia.

Notes for WELCOME FANNING:
Welcome was a farmer and teacher and tutored Robert Augustus Toombs.

More About WELCOME FANNING:
Burial: Family Cemetery between Ga. Hwy 17 and 78
Occupation: Farmer and Teacher

Children of LOUISA COLLEY and WELCOME FANNING are:
John Colley Fanning
i.    JOHN COLLEY4 FANNING, b. January 19, 1821; d. April 19, 1870, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. (1) FRANCES JANE ARNOLD, May 03, 1843; d. 1844; m. (2) MARCIA ANN GARTRELL, September 16, 1862, Wilkes County, Georgia; b. October 16, 1832; d. April 22, 1909, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia.
ii.    SARAH D. FANNING, b. September 11, 1822, Wilkes County, Georgia.
iii.    MARY C. FANNING, b. July 05, 1824, Wilkes County,Georgia; d. March 29, 1904; m. ? JOHNSON.
iv.    NANCY FANNING, b. March 09, 1827, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. JOHN POPE JOHNSON, JR..
v.    MARTHA FANNING, b. February 01, 1829, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. (1) REV. ADOLPHUS J. ORR,Marcia Gartrell Fanning January 02, 1849, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. July 12, 1860; m. (2) JOHN THOMAS KEOUGH, Aft. 1860.
vi.    WEBSTER BRYAN FANNING, b. March 25, 1831, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. April 25, 1903, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. VIRGINIA IRIS CALLAWAY; b. December 27, 1847; d. March 05, 1924, Wilkes County, Georgia.
Notes for WEBSTER BRYAN FANNING:
CSA Cpt GA 61st Infantry Regiment, Co. G
More About WEBSTER BRYAN FANNING:
Burial: Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wilkes County, Georgia
More About VIRGINIA IRIS CALLAWAY:
Burial: Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wilkes County, Georgia

vii.    PARKS FANNING, b. March 09, 1833, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. August 04, 1833, Wilkes County, Georgia.Marcia Gartrell Fanning
viii.    SABRINA ELLEN FANNING, b. July 13, 1835, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. June 23, 1905; m. IRA ANDY BROWN, January 26, 1860, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. January 10, 1903.
ix.    CHARLES ANN FANNING, b. September 23, 1838, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. December 28, 1850.
x.    VICTORIA ABINA FANNING, b. November 16, 1840, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. December 24, 1846.
xi.    BRYAN FANNING, b. October 18, 1842, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. 1910; m. MARTHA EMMA SMITH.
xii.    FRANCES FANNING, b. January 06, 1845.

 

Descendants of Welcome Fanning

Generation No. 1

Welcome Fanning1.WELCOME4 FANNING (JOHN M.3, BRYAN2, BRYAN1) was born July 14, 1799 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died October 03, 1873 in Wilkes County, Georgia. He married (1) LOUISA MAY COLLEY March 23, 1820 in Wilkes County, Georgia, daughter of JOHN COLLEY and SARA FRANCE. She was born September 23, 1801, and died October 01, 1853 in Wilkes County, Georgia. He married (2) MARY ELIZABETH HEARD February 24, 1861 in Wilkes County, Georgia, daughter of BERNARD HEARD. She was born 1828 in Wilkes County, Georgia, and died 1864 in Wilkes County, Georgia.


Notes for WELCOME FANNING:
Welcome was a farmer and teacher and tutored Robert Augustus Toombs.
More About WELCOME FANNING:
Burial: Family Cemetery between Ga. Hwy 17 and 78
Occupation: Farmer and Teacher

Children of WELCOME FANNING and LOUISA COLLEY are:
2. i. JOHN COLLEY5 FANNING, b. January 19, 1821; d. April 19, 1870, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia. Unknown Fanning
ii. SARAH D. FANNING, b. September 11, 1822, Wilkes County, Georgia.
iii. MARY C. FANNING, b. July 05, 1824, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. March 29, 1904; m. ? JOHNSON.
iv. NANCY FANNING, b. March 09, 1827, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. JOHN POPE JOHNSON, JR..
v. MARTHA FANNING, b. February 01, 1829, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. (1) REV. ADOLPHUS J. ORR, January 02, 1849, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. July 12, 1860; m. (2) JOHN THOMAS KEOUGH, Aft. 1860.
vi. WEBSTER BRYAN FANNING, b. March 25, 1831, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. April 25, 1903, Wilkes County, Georgia; m. VIRGINIA IRIS CALLAWAY; b. December 27, 1847; d. March 05, 1924, Wilkes County, Georgia.
Notes for WEBSTER BRYAN FANNING:

CSA Cpt GA 61st Infantry Regiment, Co. G
More About WEBSTER BRYAN FANNING:
Burial: Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wilkes County, Georgia
More About VIRGINIA IRIS CALLAWAY:
Burial: Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wilkes County, Georgia

Unknown Fanningvii. PARKS FANNING, b. March 09, 1833, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. August 04, 1833, Wilkes County, Georgia.
viii. SABRINA ELLEN FANNING, b. July 13, 1835, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. June 23, 1905; m. IRA ANDY BROWN, January 26, 1860, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. January 10, 1903.
ix. CHARLES ANN FANNING, b. September 23, 1838, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. December 28, 1850.
x. VICTORIA ABINA FANNING, b. November 16, 1840, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. December 24, 1846.
xi. BRYAN FANNING, b. October 18, 1842, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. 1910; m. MARTHA EMMA SMITH.
xii. FRANCES FANNING, b. January 06, 1845.

Children of WELCOME FANNING and MARY HEARD are:
xiii. SAMUEL DAVID5 FANNING, b. July 04, 1862, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. 1926; m. ADDIE REED PASCHAL.
xiv. ALICE ESTELLE FANNING, b. April 23, 1864, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. 1941; m. THOMAS ADAM GRANADE.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN COLLEY5 FANNING (WELCOME4, JOHN M.3, BRYAN2, BRYAN1) was born January 19, 1821, and died April 19, 1870 in Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia. He married (1) FRANCES JANE ARNOLD May 03, 1843. She died 1844. He married (2) MARCIA ANN GARTRELL September 16, 1862 in Wilkes County, Georgia, daughter of JEREMIAH GARTRELL and JULIA THOMPSON. She was born October 16, 1832, and died April 22, 1909 in Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia.

Child of JOHN FANNING and FRANCES ARNOLD is:
i. WILLIAM PARKS6 FANNING, b. May 01, 1844; d. December 30, 1899; m. LAURA BENNING WOOTTEN, December 02, 1869.
Children of JOHN FANNING and MARCIA GARTRELL are:
3. ii. WELCOME WEBSTER6 FANNING, b. March 06, 1865, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. January 30, 1940, Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia.
iii. JOSEPH GARTRELL FANNING, m. MAUDE O. STROTHER.
4. iv. JOHN COLLEY FANNING, JR.

Generation No. 3

Welcome Webster Fanning3. WELCOME WEBSTER6 FANNING (JOHN COLLEY5, WELCOME4, JOHN M.3, BRYAN2, BRYAN1) was born March 06, 1865 in Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia, and died January 30, 1940 in Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia. He married MARY LOU DILL February 05, 1902 in Wilkes County, Georgia, daughter of WILLIAM DILL and SUSAN PASCAL. She was born August 17, 1878, and died October 16, 1959 in Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia.
More About WELCOME WEBSTER FANNING:
Burial: Westview Cemetery, Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia
More About MARY LOU DILL:
Burial: Westview Cemetery, Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia

Children of WELCOME FANNING and MARY DILL are:
i. JAMES C.7 FANNING, b. 1902, Wilkes County, Georgia; d. 2002.
ii. ANNIE SUE FANNING, b. 1904.
iii. MARCIA FRANCES FANNING, b. 1906; d. 1973.
iv. JULIA GARTRELL FANNING, b. 1907; d. 1974.
v. JOHN WELCOME FANNING, b. 1909; d. 2004.
vi. MARY LOU FANNING, b. 1911; d. 2009.
vii. SARAH ELIZABETH FANNING.
viii. EDGAR DILL FANNING.

4. JOHN COLLEY6 FANNING, JR. (JOHN COLLEY5, WELCOME4, JOHN M.3, BRYAN2, BRYAN1) He married ELLA SMALLY.
Child of JOHN FANNING and ELLA SMALLY is:
i. SARAH E.7 FANNING.



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