The Faw family traces its ancestry to the "Pfau" family from Switzerland, who settled in Ashe County, North Carolina, near Mountain City, Tennessee.. On the maternal side, the Faws are descended from the DeVaults (DeWalds) of Alsace. Henry DeWald, the author of the DeVault will included in the collection, migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, served in the Revolutionary War, and was buried in York County, Pennsylvania. He willed a farm in Washington County, Tennessee to his sons, Valentine and Frederick. Frederick moved to Leesburg, Tennessee, where he built a tavern on the Knoxville-Washington, D. C. stage line. The elder son, Valentine, passed the farm to his son, also named Valentine. The younger Valentine's brother, Isaac, settled on the adjoining farm. After Isaac's death, his daughter, Blanche Hannah DeVault, lived on the farm with her husband. In 1906 the farm was sold and is now owned by the Massengill family. George P. Faw, whose letters are contained in the collection, was a chaplain in the Confederate army. After the Civil War, he became a Baptist preacher and farmer at Boones Creek, Tennessee. George was the grandfather of Harry Faw, donor of the Henry DeVault will. Harry Faw began Faw (later Faw and Sherrod) Real Estate Agency and Faw Trust Company in Johnson City, Tennessee. The donors, Harry and William Faw, are sons of Blanche DeVault Faw.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
The Faw Family Papers focus on the history of the family in the years from 1830 through 1974. Included in the collection is correspondence among family members, land transactions in Ashe County, North Carolina, wills of various family members, and Faw genealogy.
The collection is divided into three series according to document type as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1790-2000 and undated; Series 2, Publications, 1849-1941 and undated; Series 3, Photographs, 1880-1974, and undated.
The papers of Le Roy Reeves consist of letters, military orders, photographs, sketches, newspaper clippings and genealogical data. His experimental sketches of the Tennessee state flag and his correspondence relating to the adoption of the flag are of particular interest to Tennesseans and vexillologists. Other papers document some of his activities as a member of the United States military and the research he conducted for his book Ancestral Sketches.
- Personal papers 2
- Photographs 2
- World War, 1914-1918 2
- Ashe County (N.C.) 1
- Camp Sevier (S.C.) 1
- Church history -- Tennessee 1
- Fort Bliss (Tex.) 1
- Johnson City (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. 1
- Johnson City (Tenn.) -- History 1
- Negatives (photographic) 1
- Peter Range House (Johnson City, Tenn.) 1
- Publications (document genre) 1
- Religion 1
- Streets--Tennessee--Johnson City 1
- T.A. Faw House (Johnson City, Tenn.) 1
- Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 1 + ∧ less