Joseph Furr[1]

Male Bef 1751 -


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  • Name Joseph Furr 
    Born Bef 1751 
    Gender Male 
    Notes 
    • 1772, May 16 -- Civil Actions, Cumberland County, NC
      Phillip Alston claimed that James Collins has taken up a stray mare owned by Alston. Elisha Hunter summons Alston and Collins to appear. Conner Dowd is security for Collins. Wm. Seale, James Muse, William Harden, John May, Josep Furr, Charles Shearin, Clem Hancock, Willis Dickerson, John Carrell, Starlin Carrell, James Phillips, James Russell and Phillip Colling are also listed. Unclear if they were witnesses, jury or other.

      1777 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Capt. Jacob Duckworth's District
      Joseph Furr listed $100

      1778 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Capt. Jacob Duckworth's District
      Joseph Furr listed $100

      1779 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Capt. Jacob Duckworth's District
      Joseph Furr listed $260

      1780 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Capt. Jacob Duckworth's District
      Joseph Furr listed 1 horse and 6 cattle

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC, Capt. Jacob Hunnicutt's District
      J. Furr listed $23

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 163
      Joseph Furr
      (16+) 1M
      (0-16) 4M
      3F

      1792, May 22 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 348
      John Burgwin v. Joseph Furr

      1793, May 21 -- 1784-1795 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 397
      Joseph Furr listed as being exempt from Poll Tax in 1792 [could indicate advanced age or that he no longer lived in the county or double charged from the prior year]

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      Longtime Fair/Farr researcher Roy V. Fair believes that Joseph Furr migrated to Burke County, NC by 1800.

      1800 -- Census, Burke County, NC Page 746
      Joseph Farr
      (45+) 1M
      (26-45) 1F
      (16-25) 1M
      (10-16) 1M
      (0-10) 2M 1F

      1810 -- Census, Burke County, NC Page 320
      Joseph Firr
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (10-16) 1M 1F
      (0-10) 2M

      1818, May 27 -- Will, Burke County, NC
      Will of Joseph Fair, Dec'd. Heirs: wife Nancy, son William Fair, son Elijah Fair, daughter Betsey, daughter Polly. Executor: son William Fair. Witnesses: Joseph Puett Junr. and Amstead Puett. Proven Jul 1818.

      Additional comments from Roy V. Fair:

      Joseph Fair Senior and Elizabeth Nancy Choate Fair had known children in order: Joseph Fair, Sherwood Fair, William Fair, Elizabeth Fair, Polly Fair, Elijah Fair and perhaps Tempy Fair. The family lived on Abingdon Fork of Lower Creek between Lenoir and Collettsville, NC.

      Joseph Farr/Fair, (Jr.), oldest son of Joseph Fair, Sr. and likely mother Elizabeth Nancy Choate of 1800 Burke County, NC. The 1860 Caldwell County, NC census reflects his birth as 1777 in Chatham County, NC. He married Mary "Polly" Morgan on January 29, 1803 in Wilkes County, NC. They also named their first son Joseph (designated as III) which establishes a "Joseph" first name naming pattern.

      There is also a further Choate family connection to this Farr/Fair family which goes back beyond 1750 in Lunenburg County, VA where we find a Joseph Farr (designated the Elder) living in proximity to the Christopher Choate family who had a daughter named Mary whom Joseph (Elder) likely married and had a son Joseph (Sr.) ca 1846. This family moved on to Granville County, NC ca 1754 (along with a Sabret Choate) and thence to Bute County, NC where Joseph (Elder) died in 1765. Mary Farr and son Joseph, closed out the Elder's estate and by 1777, a Joseph Farr (Sr.) had moved westward to Cumberland County, NC where he is reflected on the Tax List living in close proximity to the contiguous Chatham County, NC line where Joseph Farr/Fair was born in 1777. From there, we find Joseph (Sr.) in 1790 Moore County, NC before moving on to Burke County by 1800 where he died in 1818. His written will clearly spells the name FAIR though he could neither read nor write. Most future lines from this family emerged with the Fair surname. He may have had an earlier wife before Nancy Choate though there is no evidence found that supports this.

      Regarding Joseph (III), there is substantial evidence he and brothers Sherwood and David migrated westward to Carter County, TN by 1850 where the surname became Fair and has propagated there. The fourth brother, Ambrose, moved to Haywood County, NC and is recorded as a Fair.

      Joseph Fair and wife Nancy Choate first show up in the Burke census of 1800. They lived in the Lower Creek /Johns River area of today's Caldwell County, NC. Joseph may have had an earlier wife based on the age disparities reflected in that 1800 household. His first son was also Joseph who was born about 1777 in Chatham County, NC. He first shows up in the 1830 Burke census and died in 1860 in what is now Caldwell County. His second son was Sherwood/Sharred was born about 1787 and first appears in the 1820 Burke census but has moved on to Carter County, TN by 1830 and lost after that. His third child was William Fair/Farr who was born around 1795 in Burke and later moved to KY and then Morgan County, TN. His fourth child was Elizabeth Fair born about 1797 in Burke (more below). The fifth child was Elijah (B: 1800) who also shows up in the 1820 Burke census. The next was Polly, born about 1802 (limited info) and there is some evidence there was a possible daughter, Tempy (Furr), born about this same time (limited info). The final child was Archibald Fair, (MY G/G/GF) born about 1812

    Person ID I36256  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2016 

  • Histories
    1777 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    1777 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Duckworth's Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    1778 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    1778 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Duckworth's Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    1780 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    1780 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Duckworth's Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    Furr Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    Furr Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    The enclosed is a timeline and accounting of early Furr references in Moore County and Cumberland County.

  • Sources 
    1. [S159] Roy V. Fair [royvfair@bellsouth.net].
      Longtime Fair/Farr researcher Roy V. Fair believes that Joseph Furr migrated to Burke County, NC by 1800.

      1800 -- Census, Burke County, NC Page 746
      Joseph Farr
      (45+) 1M
      (26-45) 1F
      (16-25) 1M
      (10-16) 1M
      (0-10) 2M 1F

      1810 -- Census, Burke County, NC Page 320
      Joseph Firr
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (10-16) 1M 1F
      (0-10) 2M

      1818, May 27 -- Will, Burke County, NC
      Will of Joseph Fair, Dec'd. Heirs: wife Nancy, son William Fair, son Elijah Fair, daughter Betsey, daughter Polly. Executor: son William Fair. Witnesses: Joseph Puett Junr. and Amstead Puett. Proven Jul 1818.

      Additional comments from Roy V. Fair:

      Joseph Fair Senior and Elizabeth Nancy Choate Fair had known children in order: Joseph Fair, Sherwood Fair, William Fair, Elizabeth Fair, Polly Fair, Elijah Fair and perhaps Tempy Fair. The family lived on Abingdon Fork of Lower Creek between Lenoir and Collettsville, NC.

      Joseph Farr/Fair, (Jr.), oldest son of Joseph Fair, Sr. and likely mother Elizabeth Nancy Choate of 1800 Burke County, NC. The 1860 Caldwell County, NC census reflects his birth as 1777 in Chatham County, NC. He married Mary "Polly" Morgan on January 29, 1803 in Wilkes County, NC. They also named their first son Joseph (designated as III) which establishes a "Joseph" first name naming pattern.

      There is also a further Choate family connection to this Farr/Fair family which goes back beyond 1750 in Lunenburg County, VA where we find a Joseph Farr (designated the Elder) living in proximity to the Christopher Choate family who had a daughter named Mary whom Joseph (Elder) likely married and had a son Joseph (Sr.) ca 1846. This family moved on to Granville County, NC ca 1754 (along with a Sabret Choate) and thence to Bute County, NC where Joseph (Elder) died in 1765. Mary Farr and son Joseph, closed out the Elder's estate and by 1777, a Joseph Farr (Sr.) had moved westward to Cumberland County, NC where he is reflected on the Tax List living in close proximity to the contiguous Chatham County, NC line where Joseph Farr/Fair was born in 1777. From there, we find Joseph (Sr.) in 1790 Moore County, NC before moving on to Burke County by 1800 where he died in 1818. His written will clearly spells the name FAIR though he could neither read nor write. Most future lines from this family emerged with the Fair surname. He may have had an earlier wife before Nancy Choate though there is no evidence found that supports this.

      Regarding Joseph (III), there is substantial evidence he and brothers Sherwood and David migrated westward to Carter County, TN by 1850 where the surname became Fair and has propagated there. The fourth brother, Ambrose, moved to Haywood County, NC and is recorded as a Fair.

      Joseph Fair and wife Nancy Choate first show up in the Burke census of 1800. They lived in the Lower Creek /Johns River area of today's Caldwell County, NC. Joseph may have had an earlier wife based on the age disparities reflected in that 1800 household. His first son was also Joseph who was born about 1777 in Chatham County, NC. He first shows up in the 1830 Burke census and died in 1860 in what is now Caldwell County. His second son was Sherwood/Sharred was born about 1787 and first appears in the 1820 Burke census but has moved on to Carter County, TN by 1830 and lost after that. His third child was William Fair/Farr who was born around 1795 in Burke and later moved to KY and then Morgan County, TN. His fourth child was Elizabeth Fair born about 1797 in Burke (more below). The fifth child was Elijah (B: 1800) who also shows up in the 1820 Burke census. The next was Polly, born about 1802 (limited info) and there is some evidence there was a possible daughter, Tempy (Furr), born about this same time (limited info). The final child was Archibald Fair, (MY G/G/GF) born about 1812