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I want this to be as complete and correct as possible. My father's family was mostly in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania and the panhandle of West Virginia. My mother's family was in western Virginia and southern West Virginia! Thanks for checking out my family.

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  • ID: I0305
  • Name: William Faris
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 MAY 1772 in Berkeley County, VA 1
  • Death: 10 OCT 1848 in Ohio County, VA 2 3
  • MISC: Very prosperous, owned several slaves
  • Military Service: FEB 1813 Captain in the VA militia, War of 1812 at Battle to take Fort Sandusky 1
  • Reference Number: 305
  • Note:
    (Email from Jane Carson Topoly)

    According to tradition in both the Carson and Faris families, William Faris and my 3rd great grandfather, Richard Carson were great and good friends. When the War of 1812 broke out, they both volunteered in the Virginia Militia. William Faris was the commander of the company that Richard Carson was in. They made a pact that if either of them were killed in the war, the other would take care of the deceased's family. Richard Carson died during the campaign to take Fort Sandusky in Ohio in February, 1813. True to his word and after his wife Susannah Curtis Faris died in June of 1813, William married the widow Elizabeth in October of 1814. At one point they had 17 children in their household, 9 of his, 7 of hers, and one of theirs!!! Your Susan was one of them. William Faris became the "father" of the Carson children, including my great-great grandfather, Joseph. By all accounts, William treated them exactly as if they were his own. He even petitioned for their orphan's pension from the government.

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    Genealogical excerpts from the Presbyterian Advocate, Oct. 4, 1838-Oct. 24, 1855

    Page 102

    Oct 25, 1848

    Died at his residence in Ohio County, VA, William Faris, at age 77 years old. He was born in Berkshire County, VA and moved from thence to West Alexandria, Washington County, PA, in 1794 where he and his family were members of the Presbyterian Church there. He also served in the War of 1812 under General Harrison.

    (NOTE: Berkshire should be "Berkeley", West Alexandria should be West "Alexander")




    Father: William Faris b: ABT 1734 in County Down, Ireland
    Mother: Dorratha Johnson b: ABT 1735 in County Down, Ireland

    Marriage 1 Susannah Curtis b: ABT 1776
    • Married: 23 JUN 1796 in Ohio County, VA 4 5
    Children
    1. Has Children Dorothy Faris b: 28 APR 1797
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth Faris b: ABT 1798
    3. Has Children Nancy Faris b: 30 SEP 1800
    4. Has Children James Faris b: 24 JAN 1802 in Ohio County, VA
    5. Has Children Mary Faris b: ABT 1803
    6. Has Children Susannah Faris b: 12 MAR 1805 in VA
    7. Has No Children Rachel Faris b: 18 OCT 1807
    8. Has No Children William Faris b: ABT 1809
    9. Has Children John Faris b: ABT 1812

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth Irwin b: 7 MAR 1779 in County Tyrone, Ireland
    • Married: 20 OCT 1814 in Ohio County, VA 4 5
    • Event: Presiding Official in Joseph Stevenson, V.D.M. 4
    Children
    1. Has No Children Adam Faris b: 7 NOV 1816

    Sources:
    1. Title: Topoly, Jane Carson (topolyp@erols.com)
      Note: Information from her family files
    2. Title: Topoly, Jane Carson (topolyp@erols.com)
      Note: Information from her family files
      Text: provided full date
    3. Title: Genealogical excerpts from the Presbyterian Advocate, Oct. 4, 1838-Oct. 24, 1855
      Author: Heckethorn, Paul Keith, compiler and editor
      Publication: Apollo, Pennsylvania : Closson Press, c1999
      Note: Subtitled: news and events concerning the Presbyterian faith
      Page: pg 102
      Text: didn't list exact date, appeared in the Oct 25, 1848, issue. He died at his residence in Ohio County.
    4. Title: Ohio County, Virginia Marriages 1790-1854
    5. Title: Ohio County marriages, 1776-1900
      Publication: Photocopy of original in West Virginia state archives, 1997

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