Caswell County Family Tree

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  • ID: I24801
  • Name: William Fuqua 1
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 24801
  • Birth: 1769 1
  • Death: 1838 1
  • Note:
    William Fuqua (1769-1838)

    The earliest recording of a direct line ancestor is William Fuqua who married Frankie Dunivant in Amelia County, VA in 1792. However, this line of Fuquas almost assuredly descends from Guillaume Fouquet (alias Gill Fuquett/Gille Fugett/ Gill Fucque/Gil Fucket/others) who married Jane Eyre (Ayre) in Hinrico County, VA in 1687. Guillaume was a French Huguenot who came to the Charles City, VA area well before the main Huguenot migration to America. Most list his birth as about 1667 in France but it could have been England or Ireland. No record has been found to document where he was born or when and how he came to the American colony in Virginia. His name has not been documented, but seems to be accepted. It is doubtful if he was literate which led to the many phonetic spellings of his name.

    He had four sons, William Fuqua, Ralph Fuqua, Joseph Fuqua, and Giles Fewqua. Giles remained in the Charles City area, Joseph moved west of Richmond to the Goochland, VA area, Ralph further west to the Bedford, VA area, and William to the Lunenburg, VA area. All of the four brothers seemed to have substantial land holdings. Our ancestor, William who married Frankie Dunivant, would be in the generation of the grandchildren of these four brothers and each had an identified grandson named William, but none of these grandsons had a wife named Frankie Dunivant. The parent(s) of the William who married Frankie is(are) not known at this time. Given the area of settlement of the four brothers, William seems the most likely direct-line ancestor because of where he and his sons settled, but there is nothing to document this. It is possible that the William who married Frankie Dunivant was the out-of-wedlock son of a daughter of one of the four sons of Guillaume.

    1. Guillaume Fouquet , b. about 1667, France, m. 1686, Jane Eyre (Ayre), Virginia

    2. William Fuqua, m. 1720/23, Elizabeth, d. 1761, Lunenburg, VA.
    Ralph Fuqua, m. 1734, Priscilla Owens, d. 1770, Bedford, VA.
    Joseph Fuqua, m. 1720/24, VA. Will, 1744, Goochland, VA.
    Giles Fewqua m. 1724, Elizabeth, d. 1771, Charles City, VA.

    3. Guillaume's grandchildren (Total 35: William (6), Ralph (12), Joseph (9), Giles (8))

    Most information about the Fuquas in North Carolina appears in census data. The U.S. census was first reported in 1790. In the 1800 census for Person County, NC there is a William Fuquir (presumed to be William Fuqua) with an adult female (wife, presumed to be Frankie Dunivant), one female child and two male children, all under 10. An Abraham Dunaway (presumed to be Abraham Dunivant, Frankie's father) was in the 1810 Person County census. William (age 60 - 70) appears in the 1830 census for Caswell County, NC with a household including an adult female presumed to be Frankie, (age 50 - 60) and several other males and females of various ages from under 5 to 30 - 40. Names of members of households were not listed until the 1850 census.

    Not much is known about William or where he lived in the county. No records have been found indicating land ownership. He did receive mail from the Milton post office in northern Caswell County so one can speculate that he lived in the northern half of the county. The significant Caswell County towns of that period were Milton and Leasburg. His known children are Mary, born on or before 1800 (later census records indicate 1800, but her birth place is listed as Virginia which means that she was born before her parents moved to North Carolina), Henry D., born in 1801, William E., Elizabeth, and Robert, born in 1816. John R. born 1812/1815, and Frances (Fannie), born 1810/1820 may have been children of William and Frankie, but also may have been Mary's children. Fannie's tombstone indicates that her birth was in 1810, but all the census data indicates 1820, which I think would have been beyond the reproductive years of Frankie. An 1820 birth date is a better fit for when her recorded children were born. Both John and Fannie appear in Mary's household in the 1850 census. One direct descendent of John has speculated that he could have been the 1812 bastardy bond son of Mary and she has his military pension records (Mexican War) indicating that he was older than the 1815 birth date would indicate. William died in 1838 in what appears to be unusual circumstances, perhaps murdered or perhaps killed in a duel. There was a coroner's inquest into his death, but the results of this inquest or other circumstances related to his death have not been found. The location of his burial site is not known.

    One researcher provided the following comments:

    William Fuqua married Frankie [Frances] Dunnivant 11 Dec 1792 in Amelia County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Abraham Dunnivant, who also moved to Caswell County from Virginia. They were in Caswell County as early as 1799 when William was a witness to a deed there. In 1838 there was a coroner's inquest into the cause of his death. We believe they were the parents of four boys and three girls. William and Henry Fuqua married woman named Ferrell, and Henry moved over to Rockingham County, North Carolina. Brother Robert married Emily Newman in Rockingham. William moved to McMinn County, Tennessee, where he died.

    The progenitor of the Caswell County branch of the Fuqua family was a William Fuqua who came to North Carolina from Amelia County, Virginia with his wife, Frances ("Frankie") Dunnivant. I think they were in Person in 1800 then after that in Caswell. William was dead around 1830. What's really bizarre is that most of the women had many children out of wedlock...including Lorenzo Fuqua's mother, Margaret. We have never figured out the reason for that.

    Caswell Count Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
    July 1938
    Abisha Slade ordered and allowed $10 for summoning jury and holding inquest over the body of William Fuqua.
    Source: Historical Abstracts of Minutes of Caswell County, North Carolina 1777-1877, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1976) at 56.


    July 1838 (page 36) Abisha Slade ordered and allowed $10.00 for summoning jury and holding inquest of the body of William Fuquay. This William is presumed to be the father (or perhaps father-in-law) of Mary (Polly) Fuqua.

    Caswell County, North Carolina
    Will Book F, Page 248
    January Court 1812

    On 3 Jan 1812 John Fuqua, William Welsh, and William Minor for Ralph Fuqua sign agreement with Godfrey Crowder. Crowder has paid lawyers fees for recovery of tract of land in Caswell Co. of Col James Sanders. Wit: Henry Geter, Edwin Reaney.

    1800 Census of Person Co NC page 209
    Will Fuquir (Fuqua)
    1 male under 10
    1 male 26-45
    2 females under 10
    1 female 26-45

    Marriage 1 Frances Dunnivant b: in Virginia
    • Married: 11 DEC 1792 in Amelia County, Virginia
    • Note:
      Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850
      Name: William Fuqua
      Gender: Male
      Marriage Date: Dec 1792
      Marriage Place: Amelia, Virginia
      Spouse Name: Frankie Dunnivant

      Marriage Record

      11 December 1792: Fuqua, William and Frankey Dunnavant, dau. of Abraham Dunnavant. Sur. Edward Driver. p. F-3.

      Source: Amelia County, Virginia Marriages (1735-1815)

      1792  Fuqua, William & Frankie (Frances) Dunnivant marriage bond_Page_1

      1792  Fuqua, William & Frankie (Frances) Dunnivant marriage bond_Page_2

      Fuqua, William & Frankey Dunnavant

      (click on photograph for larger image)
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Fuqua
    2. Has No Children William E. Fuqua
    3. Has Children Mary Fuqua b: ABT 1798 in Virginia
    4. Has No Children Henry Daniel Fuqua b: 1801 in Virginia
    5. Has Children John W. Fuqua b: ABT 1815 in North Carolina
    6. Has No Children Robert Fuqua b: ABT 1816 in Virginia

    1. Details: Fuqua Family Genealogy.

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