Peter Fancher married Hannah Waterbury, 28 December 1786, South Salem Church, Westchester County NY.  Their son was Jonathan Waterbury Fancher who was born on 20 Dec 1802 in Berne, Albany County, New York. 

Jonathan Waterbury Fancher married GulaElma Hicks.  GulaElma was the daughter of Caleb and Margaret Hicks of Van Renselaer County, New York.   Jonathan may have died in 1875 in California and was last seen in 1870 in “Hails”, Merced County, California in a voter registration listing.  GulaElma (Hicks) Fancher died in 1849 in New York State.  Jonathan is buried in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan.  On his grave marker is also an inscription for GulaElma who died in 1849.  The 1850 census shows Jonathan and children in Hastings, Oswego County, New York so that is likely where Gula Elma was buried. Jonathan and Gula Elma (Hicks) Fancher had children:

Margarett Fancher born 22 Sep 1825 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  She died on 02 May 1860.

George Hicks Fancher born 09 Feb 1828 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York and died on 30 Mar 1900 in Tuttle, Merced County, CA.

            Edwin Powell Fancher born about 1830 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

            Alva Fancher born about 1832 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York died on 23 Dec 1862 while serving in the Civil War with the Union troops at Fort Monroe Virginia-Co. “D” 110th New York Infantry.

            Sarah Elizabeth Fancher born about 1834 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

            Jonathan Waterbury Fancher (Jr.) born 02 Oct 1836 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.  Married Margaret Roe. He died in Stockton, CA on 28 Jan 1926 and was buried in Buchanan, MI on 01 Feb 1926.

            Electus Bechus Fancer bonr about 1839 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

            Francis Bradley Fancher born about 1842 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York and died on 23 Dec 1867 in Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan.  Grave marker gives name as Frank. Served in the Civil war with the Union troops-Co. “K” 25th Infantry Regiment-Michigan.

            Charles Willis Fancher born 14 Feb 1844 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York died 04 Feb 1925 in San Jose, CA, served in the Civil War with the Union troops-Co. “K” 25th Infantry Regiment- Michigan.

            Levi Rolla Fancher born 09 Dec 1845 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York died 01 Sep 1936 in Merced County, CA, served in the Civil War with the Union troops-Battery “F” 3rd Light Artillery Regiment-New York.


The 1850 census of Hastings, Oswego County, New York includes:


            Waterbury Fancher 45 years of age, Cooper

            Edwin Fancher 17 years of age

            George Fancher 22 years of age

            Elizabeth Fancher 15 years of age

            Jonathan Fancher 13 years of age

            Lectus Fancher 11 years of age

            Bradley Fancher 9 years of age

            Willis Fancher 7 years of age

            Levi Fancher 5 years of age

When George Hicks Fancher died he had set aside money to build a monument for himself.  The monument was erected and stands 68 feet all an obelisk rising out of fields of tomatoes and bell peppers on a huge farm near Tuttle in Central California.   Catherine Julien, historian and director of the Merced County Courthouse Museum, maintains a file of old newspaper clippings reporting George Fancher's death and the 10-year court battle over the $25,000 he left for "proper interment of my remains in a suitable monument." "George Hicks Fancher was not a big spender during his lifetime," noted Julien. "He had a reputation of being a skinflint who scrounged away his money and spent little on himself. The obelisk is his monument to himself." Fancher had come to California from upstate New York in 1850 to prospect for gold. He was a gold miner for six years, farmed in Stockton for 13 years, then moved to Merced in 1869, where he amassed a fortune as a farmer and banker. Never married, Fancher left an estate valued at $608,000 when he died at age 72. Except for the money for his memorial, he left it all to 17 heirs--brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces. After Fancher's death, a local schoolteacher, Robert Gracey, filed suit to stop erection of the monument and calling for using the $25,000 instead to build a public library in Merced. The teacher saw a library as a more fitting tribute to the pioneer. But Fancher's heirs said no--the money had to be used to build the monument he requested. It took 10 years and two trips to the appellate courts before the heirs were finally granted permission to build the obelisk. When completed in 1911, Fancher's fanciful legacy was reportedly the largest tomb for an individual in California. Fancher established a $1,000 trust in his will, the earnings of which were to be used for the care and maintenance of the monument.

Jonathan Waterbury Fancher Jr. Married Margaret Roe on 31 Oct 1860.  During the 1870 and 1880 census of Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan he is listed as a school teacher.  Jonathan and Margaret (Roe) Fancher had children:


            Alva Clinton Fancher born 16 Jun 1861 in Buchanan, MI and died 19 Jul 1936 in Merced County, CA married Maud Alvord.

            Melvin Hicks Fancher born 16 Nov 1864 in Buchanan, MI and died 27 Apr 1954 in Starke County IN.

            Warren Elsworth Fancher born 26 Nov 1866 and died on 05 Nov 1870 in Buchanan, MI

            George Alison Fancher born 20 Feb 1869 in Buchanan, MI married Anna Brown and lived in Kansas.

            Willis Wesley Fancher born 09 Apr 1871 in Buchanan, MI married Eva Lou Fletcher in Kane County, IL died on 29 Apr 1941 in Los Angeles County, CA.

            Clarence Llewellen Fancher born 11 Feb 1875 in Buchanan, MI married Lydia A. Lindsay in Wyoming in 1903.  He died 05 Aug 1964 in Fresno, CA

            Irena May Fancher born 27 May 1877 and died 18 Jul 1879 in Buchanan, MI

            Lona Loena Fancher born 02 Apr 1879 in Buchanan, MI married Dr. Edward Clark Winans. She died 18 Sep 1962

            Cloe Vida Fancher born 24 Jul 1881 in Buchanan, MI married 20 Sep 1905 in Hamlet, Starke County, Indiana to James L. Denaut M.D.  She died 08 Sep 1970


The 1870 census of Buchanan, Berrien County, MI includes:


            Jonathan Fancher 32 years of age, School Teacher

            Margaret Fancher 27 years of age

            Alva Fancher 8 years of age

            Melvin Fancher 5 years of age

            Marien Fancher 3 years of age

            Geo Fancher 1 year of age


The 1880 census of Buchanan, Berrien County, MI includes:


            Jonathan Fancher 43 years of age, School Teacher

            Margaret Fancher 40 years of age

            Alvan C. Fancher 19 years of age

            Melvin H. Fancher 15 years of age

            George A. Fancher 11 years of age

            Willie W. Fancher 9 years of age

            Clarence L. Fancher 5 years of age

            L. L. Fancher 1 year of age


The 1900 census of Davis, Starke County, IN includes:


            Jonathan Hancher 63 years of age, Farmer

            Margaret Hancher 59 years of age

            George A. Hancher 31 years of age

            Anna Hancher 26 years of age (wife of George)

            Lona Hancher 21 years of age

            Cloe Hancher 18 years of age.


Note:  Name should be Fancher not Hancher.


Margaret C. (Roe) Fancher died on 12 May 1908 in Davis Township, Starke County, IN.  According to the sexton’s records at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan, MI she was buried in grave # 3 section 20 plot 2.  Jonathan Fancher died in Stockton, California and was buried in grave # 4 section 20 plot 2 next to his wife on 01 Feb 1926. Also buried in this plot are their children, Irena May and Warren Elsworth Fancher as well as his brother Frank B. and his father Jonathan W. Fancher.  Jonathan and Margaret (Roe) Fancher’s grave markers read “Mother” and “Father”. 


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, was authored by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society and was published by the Lewis Publishing Company, of Topeka and Chicago in 1918 in volume 4 on page 1988 there is a biography for George A. Fancher and it reads:

“GEORGE A. FANCHER, proprietor of the Fancher Printing Company of Coffeyville is a veteran of the printing art and has followed his trade in many states and towns all over the Far West. For the past thirty years his home and center of activities have been in different cities of Kansas and he is now proprietor of one of the leading job offices in the southern part of the state. He comes of old and substantial American stock, Mr. Fancher's great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution.

J. W. Fancher, grandfather of the Coffeyville business man, was born in New York State in 1792. He spent most of his life in his native state as a farmer, and when he retired he moved to Michigan, living with his son J. W., Jr., and died at the latter's home in Buchanan, Michigan, in 1876. He married Eliazbeth Hicks, who was born in New York State and died at Syracuse. She was a Quakeress and a regularly ordained preacher in that faith. The children of these worthy people were: Alva, who enlisted in a New York regiment in the Civil war and died while in service; George H., who became a banker and died at San Francisco, California; Bradley C., who was a lumberman and was killed in an accident in a sawmill at Berrien Springs, Michigan; J. W. Fancher, Jr., father of George A.; Lee R., who is a banker at Merced, California, and was a soldier for four years in a New York regiment of infantry during the Civil war, and the sixth of the family was also a volunteer from New York in the war and was killed in one of the battles in which his regiment engaged.

Mr. George A. Fancher was born at Buchanan, Michigan, February 20, 1868. His father, J. W. Fancher, is now living retired at Merced, California. He was born at Syracuse, New York, in 1838, was reared there, educated in the public schools and afterwards in the schools of Ypsilanti, Michigan. As a young man he went to Buchanan, Michigan, where he married. By trade he was a cooper, and at one time he served as principal of the public schools of Buchanan. He has been a successful business man and now has extensive land holdings in Michigan, Indiana and California. While a resident of Berrien County, Michigan, he served as sheriff and also as chief of police at Buchanan. Politically he is a democrat. J. W. Fancher married Miss Margaret Roe, who was born in 1842 in LaPorte County, Indiana, and died at Davis in that state in May, 1906. Their children were: Alva C., who is a rancher at Athlone, California; Melvin H., who lives on one of his father's farms in Starke County, Indiana; George H., who is the third in age; Willis, a fruit farmer at Los Angeles, California; Clarence, who lives on one of his father's farms at Merced, California; Lona, wife of Doctor Winan, a physician in Chicago; Chloe, wife of Doctor Denaught, a physician at Hamlet, Indiana.

While attending the public schools at Buchanan, Michigan, George A. Fancher learned printing in one of the newspaper offices there, and in 1884, following his graduation from the Buchanan High School, he went to Chicago and had his first journeyman's experience in that city. He had his share of traveling about over the country as nearly all printers do, and from Chicago went to Leadville, Colorado, and in 1886 reached Kansas and secured employment at his trade in Hutchinson. In 1889 he went to Saline, and from there to Winfield in 1891. He followed the trade at Winfield for ten years. In 1901 he moved to Iola, and from there four years later came to Coffeyville, where he has had his home and his business since 1905. At Coffeyville he was employed for four years as a printer in the offices of the Journal.

In 1909 Mr. Fancher established the Fancher Printing Company, which has complete mechanical facilities and an organization of expert printers for all classes of jobs of printing. His plant is at 108 West Tenth Street. Mr. Fancher resides in a country home with ten acres of ground three miles northeast of Coffeyville, and built his attractive residence there in 1910. He also owns a dwelling house at 302 East Eleventh Street and another at 612 East Fifth Street.

Politically he is a republican. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and affiliates with Coffeyville Camp No. 665, Modern Woodmen of America.

In 1895 at Winfield, Kansas, he married Miss Anna Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Brown. Her father was a farmer now deceased and her mother still lives in Winfield. Mr. and Mrs. Fancher have two children. Alva Keath was born April 20, 1905, and is now in the public schools at Coffeyville. Carl Prentice was born May 14, 1909, and is attending school in the country district near his father's home.”


A History of St. Joseph County, Indiana was authored by Timothy Edward Howard and was published in1907 by the Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago and New York.  On page 960 of that work there are biographies of some Denuat family members who were Doctors in St. Joseph County.  In the biography for Matthew S. Denuat, M. D. you can read:  “Only four children are now living: … Dr. James L. is a leading medical practitioner of Hamlet, Indiana.  The last named, after completing his literary training in the high schools of Canada, entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which he was graduated with the class of 1896, and entered the medical profession at Mark Center, Ohio, a short time after, in 1897, removing to Hamlet, Indiana, where he has since been numbered among its successful practitioners.  He married Miss Cloe Fancher, a talented musician, by whom he has one daughter, Elizabeth.  Dr. James L. Denaut is a Republican in his affairs.”  Cloe Fancher was the daughter of Jonathan Jr. and Margaret (Roe) Fancher.  Her and Dr. DeNaut had three children, M. Elizabeth, James Fancher and Marjorie M.  Dr. James and Cloe (Fancher) DeNaut are buried in the Crown Point Cemetery in Starke County, IN.

The History of Merced County, California was authored by John Outcalt and was published by the Historic Record Company in 1925 in Los Angeles, California.  In this work you can find a biography for Clarence L. Fancher and it reads:  “An extensive grain rancher of Merced County, Clarence L. Fancher is a member of a family well known in the county since the early days of 1850.  He was born on a farm, five miles west of Niles, Mich., on February 11, 1875, the fifth of seven children born to Jonathan W. and Margaret (Roe) Fancher, the father a native of Syracuse, N. Y., born in 1835, and the mother of Indiana, her death occurring in Michigan, in 1905.  Jonathan W. Fancher was a cooper by trade, who settled in Michigan in 1853.  Moving to Indiana in 1885, he became an extensive owner of land and stock there; and Clarence L., from the early age of ten, took up duties on the home ranch as chore boy, and remained there until 1899, when he came as far west as Butte, Mont., and later went into the Bog Horn Basin, Wyo., where he entered on land under the Carey Act and homestead law, forty miles from the railway, and for twelve years developed the land, devoting it to grain, sheep and hogs, with marked success.  In the meantime, his father had come west to Merced, Cal., in 1900, where he had been preceded by his brothers, the late George H. and Lee R. Fancher, settlers there in 1850 and prominent figures in Merced banking and farming circles.  Jonathan W. had acquired land near Merced, and came out to look after his interests, and in 1912, Clarence L. brought out a carload of stock, and has since handled the ranch work and managed the property.

C. L. Fancher’s marriage, on March 27. 1903 in Wyoming, united him with Miss Lydia A. Lindsay, a native of Utah, and the fifth of ten children born to her parents, the late Edwin R., and Mrs. Emma Bowden Lindsay of Big Horn Basin.  Sic children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fancher:  Lila, Iras, Arlene, Virginia, Lindsay, and Llewellyn.

In 1921, Mr. Fancher entered the Poultry Producers Association, and he is building up his pens to full capacity, with 1600 hens, engaging in egg production on a large scale.  He is a member of the Planada Tuttle Farm bureau, and has always championed modern methods, both in theory and practice, for he sees in intensive cultivation the real growth of California, and especially her valley lands.  He is likewise interested in educational advancement, and is a member of the board of school trustees for the Tuttle district.  A Republican in political adherence, he sponsors all movements which have for their purpose the ultimate development of the district’s resources, realizing that in that way is the prosperity of the individual enhanced, in proportion as the country develops.”

A Standard History of Starke County Indiana was authored by Joseph N. McCormick and was published in 1915 by the Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago and New York.  On pages 471 and 472 there is a biography of Melvin Hicks Fancher and it read:  “Melvin Hicks Fancher There is no better farms in Starke County than can be found in the vicinity of Hamlet in Davis Township.  It is a picture of comfortable prosperity, substantial homes, large barns, sleek stock and well filled fields.  When it is revealed that within the memory of men still in middle age this landscape alternated with woods and swamps, it is astonishing what a brief generation has accomplished.

One such farm that represents the best in productiveness and general improvements is the Fancher farm in section20.  The manager is Melvin H. Fancher, who operates the 480 acres comprising his father’s homestead and is also the individual owner of eighty acres lying in section 18.  All his own land has been brought into a high state of cultivation, while 400 acres if the homestead are improved.  It is fine land, sandy loam, with clay and gravel base.  Mr. Fancher has had charge of this farm for seven years, and in the meantime purchased the eighty acres in section 18.  He has broken up a large acreage, and erected the handsome eight room house which is his residence.  One special distinction that belongs to Mr. Fancher is that he did the first commercial onion growing in this county.  His venture was made in 1904.  The second year he planted sixteen acres in that crop and his total yield was 13,000 bushels.  On one measured acre, probably the best, he grew 1,305 bushels of screened onions.  That set a mark for yield per acre that has never been surpassed in this county.  He has kept up his work along this line until two years ago, and onion growing in the meantime has become one of the big crops of Starke County.  In later years corn has been a profitable crop with him.  A hard worker and thrifty business man, he neglects no opportunity to make farming both pleasant and profitable, and takes much pride in his fine stock.

Melvin H. Fancher has had his home in this county and township since 1886.  He was born in Berrien County, Michigan, November 16, 1864, and was reared there on a farm and had his education from local schools.  Arriving at his majority, the desire for travel and adventure asserted itself, and he spent four years west of the Mississippi, visiting all the states and territories and also northern Mexico.  At the time the plains were vast unfenced areas, covered with cattle and buffaloes, and he had many varied and romantic experiences in roughing it during the days that have now passed forever.  On his return he joined his parents at their home at their home in Starke County, and has since applied himself industriously to the business of farming and home making. 

His father, Jonathan W. Fancher, was born near Syracuse, New York, on October 7, 1836.  When a child he lost his mother and then went to live with an uncle, and learned the trade of tight-barrel cooper.  At the age of sixteen he found his way to Niles, Michigan, and later found work at his trade in Buchanan, in the same state, which was his home until his removal to Starke County in 1884.  While in Buchanan he married Margaret Roe.  She was born near South Bend in 1842, and the last fourteen years of her life were passed as an invalid, until her death in 1907.  In spite of her affliction she was a good wife and mother to her family, and was an active member of the Christian Church.  Jonathan Fancher now spends most of his time in California, where he has some business interests, chiefly in the manufacture of various kinds of cement products.  After moving to Starke County about thirty years ago he bought and improved the large farm now operated by his son.

Melvin H. Fancher was married in Davis Township to Miss Leora Pease.  She was born in Illinois in 1871, came with her parents when a small girl to Starke county, and died here in 1898 without children.  After her death Mr. Fancher was married in Chicago to Miss Minerva J. Fleming.  The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Johnston Myers, the distinguished Baptist minister of that city.  Mrs. Fancher was born in Adams County, Illinois, September 15, 1869, grew up near Quincy and finished her education in that city.  She is a woman of exceptional culture.  Her home was in Chicago for several years before her marriage.  She is the mother of four daughters:  Edna, aged thirteen and in eighth grade of school; Grace, aged eleven and in sixth grade; Leora, aged six; and Julia, aged four.  They also have an adopted daughter Ruth, whom they fostered since she was two years old, and she finished the grade school course in 1911 and spent one year in high school.  Mr. Fancher is a democrat.”  Melvin and Minerva J. (Flemming) Fancher are buried in the Fletcher Cemetery in Starke County, IN

The Berrien Springs Journal Era carried an obituary for Francis B. Fancher on 27 Oct 1933 and it reads: “ FUNERAL RITES MONDAY FOR FRANCIS B. FANCHER-Funeral service was held Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eidson for Francis B. Fancher, who passed away Friday night at the Taber sanitarium in Benton Harbor.  Mr. Fancher, who was an uncle of Mrs. Eidson, had been staying at their home the past summer.  Ill for a week he was taken to the sanitarium two days before his death occurred.  Mr. Fancher was born May 30, 1867 and spent his youth in this vicinity, graduating from the Berrien Springs high school in 1886, the valedictorian of his class.  After graduation from the law department of the University of Michigan he went to Detroit where he was engaged in business until his retirement.  Besides Mrs. Eidson, another niece, Mrs. Bernard Ganong of Baroda also survives.  There are also several cousins, residing in Berrien Springs, Mrs. William Storick, Mrs. George Sunday and Misses Mary and Maggie Ewalt.  An Uncle Levi R. Fancher, resides in Merced, Calif.  The late Mrs. Lou Dunham of St. Joseph was a half sister of Mr. Fancher and burial was made beside her grave in Crystal Springs cemetery, Benton Harbor.  The funeral service was conducted by Rev. A. E. Wright of the Berrien Springs United Brethren church.  The pall bearers were Walter Storick, Claud and Harold Blackman, Gandville Nye, Lee Sunday and Kenneth Johnson.”  Francis was the son of Frank B. and Julia A. (Lemon) Fancher and was born after his father died.