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Fain, Fannie A., 1834-1903



  • Existence: 1834-1903

Born March 6, 1834, at Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee, Fannie Anderson Rhea Fain was the daughter of Samuel Rhea (1795-1863) and his second wife Martha Lynn (b. 1810). Educated at Jonesborough and Rogersville, Tennessee, she was a teacher at Blountville, apparently before her marriage on October 18, 1858 to John H. Fain (b. 1825), a Blountville merchant. The Fains had five children: Samuel Rhea, Martha Ellen, John Mitchell, James Rhea, and Mary Lynn ("Mamie").

At the beginning of the Civil War the Fains were living in Blountville. In 1866, the Fains moved to the Washington County, Tennessee, town of Jonesborough where Mr. Fain operated a retail dry goods establishment. Both husband and wife became members of the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, and in 1867, John was elected church elder.

After the death of her husband on July 5, 1873, Fannie continued to reside in Jonesborough. Fannie Fain died on August 26, 1903, and was buried beside her husband in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Fannie A. Fain Diaries

 Collection — other: Folders 1-3 in Box C
Identifier: 500-AppMs 133
Scope and Contents The Fannie A. Fain Diaries consist of photocopies of two handwritten diaries, plus a typed transcription of the first diary. The first one covers the period of the Civil War and dates from November 26, 1863 through March 19, 1865; and the second one covers the latter part of her life dating from March 6, 1867 to March 6, 1898. The first diary gives a glimpse of daily life in upper East Tennessee during the Civil War. She specifically mentions events at Zollicoffer (now Bluff City,...

Mary Nell Dosser Keller Collection

 Collection — other: Folders 1-5 in Box G
Identifier: AppMs-421
Arrangement The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, with material arranged chronologically within folders. Undated material is filed at the back of each folder.