Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Faver/Favor/Favors Line

The Faver Family
The surname Faver has undergone many changes in spelling.   The most common spelling in France seems to have been Favre or Faure, which are used interchangeably.  

Dionne, in his "Origins des Familles," says that the family name was adopted because of residence in Faure or Favre, a commune of Ardennes.  Many particularly ancient surnames developed in a similar manner, since it was almost inevitable that an individual or family, particularly of the property owning class, would be known by the area in which he or they lived.  And the surname Faure or Favre (now Faver) belongs in this category.  It is as well, one of the most ancient of French surnames.  

The Faver Clan's contributions to our country have been numerous, spanning more than two hundred fifty years since our Faver ancestors left France to come to a new land filled with challenges, hardships, and opportunities.  Our heritage has been one of which its descendants can be proud, and one which needs to be recorded for future generations.
The above is from the book "Favor and Kindred 1748-1990" written by Alma Yarbrough Carroll

John Faver

participated in the "Battle of Kettle Creek."  The battle either took place on John's property or was very near it. John Favor was my 5th Great Grandfather on my Father's side. He was born in Virginia in 1748 and married Mary Bolton in Virginia.  He came to Wilkes County, Georgia from South Carolina, with a wife and a 2 year old son.  He most likely traveled the Colonial Roads from Virginia to South Carolina to Georgia.  According to early maps and records, John settled in the Derbyshire District of Wilkes County about 8 miles west of Washington, Georgia. 

John was a patriot in the Revolutionary War. 

"Although the fighting of British and Patriots at Kettle Creek, February, 1779, was hardly more than a desperate hand-to-hand skirmish, its importance in determining the outcome of the American Revolution has been long overlooked.  It was in this Skirmish that Georgia was saved from complete capitulation to the British.  Savannah had been taken and Augusta, also.  Original Wilkes was the only part of Georgia which stood free.  The victory at Kettle Creek turned the tide in favor of the Patriots, rescuing Georgia and the South from British domination." -- (The Importance of the Battle of Kettle Creek by Janet H. Standard)Page 193, Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia, compiled by Mrs. Howrd H. McCall, 1942, states "John Faver of Virginia served at the Battle of Kettle Creek and was granted land for his service in 1784.  He married in Virginia, Mary Bolton."
In the Soldiers at Kettle Creek -- Wilkes Dracoons listing compiled by Robert M. Willingham, Fr., John Faver, Christopher Irvine, Capt., and Laurence Bankston are included.  Kettle Creek Heroes, listed by Miss Eliza Frances Andrews and her sister, Met Andrews (Mrs. T. M.) Green, for the "Washington Forum" include John Faver.  (pages 48,50)The map pictured below was found in the estate papers of John Faver, Jr.  The map shows Kettle Creek land granted to John Faver, Sr. in Wilkes Coounty, Georgia in 1785.  This is where John Faver Sr.'s plantation was located

  I will write more later on John Faver and other Faver family members.  Many of them are well documented and there is a lot of history. 

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