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Jacob Faubion
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Birth: 1735, Germany
Death: Jul. 12, 1827
Cocke County
Tennessee, USA

There are many sandstone tombstones that are unreadable in our old family cemetery. When I first went there it was almost completely covered with briars, so I cleaned it out and reset what stones needed resetting including the one for my Mathias and Matilda Wells Faubion which had fallen over and was sinking into the ground. There is an old iron fence around what appears to be 3 or 4 graves with no standing stones so I'm sure most of our early ancestors are buried here.

History of Methodism in Tennessee, Volume 2
By John Berry McFerrin, pg 495
In 1820 a camp-ground was established on Clear Creek, in Cocke County, about five miles from Newport. The prinicipal tenters were Jacob Easterley, Jacob Faubion, William Garrett, Thomas Gray, Samuel Harned, James Gilliland, Abel Gilliland, Henry Potter, Jesse Reeve, Moses Faubion, James Holland, John Holland, Reuben Allen, Baldwin Harle, George Parrott, Thomas Fowler. There were others, but their names have passed from me.

This camp-ground continued for many years, the center of a powerful influence for good, until it was abandoned for one a few miles up the same creek, in the immediate vicinity of Parrottsville.

In Sept 1820, the first camp-meeting was held at Clear Creek. As the administrative officials had little to do in erecting it, the Elder did not attend, and but few preachers. The meeting passed with a good deal of interest, and exerted a most happy influence in uniting energies and giving strength in the representative men of the Church.

The Rev John Haynie, a local preacher, a merchant,
pg 496
then residing in Knoxville, attended this meeting, and was principal preacher, occupying the pulpit every day at eleven o'clock during the meeting

pg 501
A new society was organized and church built, called Good Hope, north of the French Broad, about 5 miles from Newport, on the Warm Springs Road. Jacob Faubion, a local preacher of great piety and usefulness, led in the work, assisted by his brother, Moses Faubion, Wiley Winfry, George Parrott, and others, who, with their families, and many others constituted a large church. Good Hope held for many years an important and influential position in the monuments of the Church, but after many years it declined under the same influence-not to say disease-which has broken up so many of the Churches in that part of the State-I mean emigration.

The name Faubion has many variations and many interesting places of origin. The earliest usage is in Rome around the time of Caesar, it is carved on a seat in the Roman Forum. By the thirteenth century it was being used and misspelled as a baptismal name. Other variations are; Faubin, Fayban, Fabyan, Fabian, Faubee, Fawbean, Fanbean, Forbion, Forbee, Faubert, Faub and many many more. In What's In a Name by La Reina Rule and William K. Hammond states that Faubion comes from the old Teutonic root-word, Falco-berht, and is French. It was a well known name in France from South to North.

There is much speculation on the immigration of the Faubions to America. There is a record of a Hans Joseph Faubion who came over from Rottingham on the ship Molly to Pennsylvania in 1741. He could have been removed from France to Germany due to the Edict of Nance which revoked all Protestant rights in France. He came first to Pennsylvania and Jacob Faubion could be his son, but that has not been proven on paper. Jacob eventually settled in Cocke County, Tennessee, which he was formerly from Fauquier County, Virginia. The town in which he settled near was called German town or Germana. This was the first settlement of the German immigrates of 1714, many of their kin from Germany came by way of Pennsylvania during the 1730's through 1760's.

One account by an internet user, states the first proof of our Faubion is Jacob Faubion who was born in Virginia in 1735. If this were true he would have been 64 years old when his last child was born. By 1772 he witnessed the will for John Rector with Henry Rector who was the father of his wife Dianah. Internet writer goes on to say " They were probably already married and living in Fauquier County, Virginia. Dianah was born in 1740 in Virginia." He also states Sally Faubion born in 1770. If one checks the age pattern of Henry Rectors children you will find it is more likely that Dianah was born about 1750. Her marriage to Jacob took place in 1772, so it is more likely that their first child Sally was born after this marriage.

Sometime about the year 1790, Jacob Faubion and his family, together with his daughter Sally and her husband Joseph Broadhurst, started their trek across the great mountains into the 'Country of the Cherokees Records of earlier land purchases were not found, but, on June 16, 1794, Jacob Faubin purchased from John Shields for Seventy pounds, two hundred acres of land in Greene County, in the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio.

Originally claimed by both Virginia and North Carolina, this "Wilderness Country" (1) became a part of North Carolina, (2) organized into a new state of Frankland (changed to Franklin), which state existed from 1784 or 1785 until 1787, unrecognized by the General Government, (3) was ceded to the General Government along with all of its Western Lands by the new State of North Carolina on February 25 1790, and (4) became a separate territory when the act for the Government of the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio was passed on May 26 1790.

In 1795 a portion of Greene County was cut off to form the County of Jefferson, and on June 1, 1796 the new State of Tennessee was admitted to the Union. Cocke County was created out of a portion of Jefferson County, October 9, 1797. Thus it is possible that the Greene County land on which Jacob Faubion and his family settled in 1794 became a part of Cocke County, Tennessee in 1797. Greene and Jefferson County deed records do not enlighten us, and Cocke County records were thrice burned, the latest destruction in the year 1878.

Jacob was a blacksmith, wagon maker, and millwright. He and his family were already settled in East Tennessee when Cocke County was established. Here he and his sons set up one of the first mills, and built one of the first bridges on the French Broad River. It is said he did not speak English very well, and was called the "Dutchman" although later writers called him a French Huguenot. Letters written by a member of the Meredith family in the early 1900's express the opinion that he came from the Alsace area near France. This, and other opinions have been expressed; none proven. The fact that his daughter Sally and her husband, Joseph Broadhurst, migrated to East Tennessee with Jacob and the others of his family, none of whom were married, might have given rise to the legend that he traveled into the area with a "brother."

"The Faubion Family" on page 4-FB/O'Dell, page 93.

Jacob Faubion born about 1750 in Pennsylvania. Died 12 July 1827 in Cocke County, Tennessee. Occupation: Blacksmith, Wagoneer. His father might have been William rather than Jacob Faubion. He married Diannah Rector, born abt 1745 in Fauquier County, Virginia and died 22 February 1841 in Cocke County, Tennessee Occupation: Housewife.

Jacob was a blacksmith, wagon maker and millwright. It has been reported that he did not speak English well but he did not speak his native language very often because he wanted his children to learn English.

About 1770, he married Diannah Rector in Fauquier county, Virginia. She was born about 1745 in Fauquier county of Henry Rector who was born 1715/20 in Germanna, Virginia and Ann Nancy Robinson, born 1729. She was the daughter of William Robinson and Catherine Taylor. Her mother Catherine Taylor remarried after the death of William Robinson to Henry Rector's brother, John and had a large family. There were 5 Robinson siblings: David, Anne Nancy, Joseph, Francis, and William. This has been verified by a lawsuit that was filed by David Robinson after the death of John Rector accusing him of taking his inheritance from his father. He sued his mother and the siblings went along for a while then bowed out. It is uncertain why the suit was never completed. There has been a big misconception that Ann was a Spencer, but it has definitely been proven she is a Robinson.

In 1789, Jacob paid taxes on seven horses and paid the poll tax both in Fauquier county for himself and for Joseph Broadhurst who was living in the household and had married his daughter, Sally, the year before.

About 1790, Jacob and his family left Virginia for Tennessee. They probably immigrated by the Great Wagon Road to Fort Chisel, Virginia, then by the single wagon road for two hundred miles to the Cumberland Gap where they probably joined the Wilderness Road to the Knoxville cut-off (built about 1791 between the Wilderness Road and the mouth of the French Broad River).

One source indicates Jacob settled on the Nolachucky River in Greene County, Tennessee near a place later called Bright Hope Furnace because there was iron ore in the area and Jacob was a blacksmith and iron worker, Jacob eventually settled along the French Broad River in Cocke County, Tennessee, purchasing lands about three miles from a community later called Parrotsville and five miles from Old Newport.

On June 16, 1794, Jacob bought 200 acres in Greene County (later Cocke County), Tennessee for 70 pounds from John Shields. In October of the same year, Jacob's son-in-law, Joseph Broadhurst bought 100 acres, his land being "on the north side of the French Broad River on the head waters of Long Creek".
Jacob' claim was filed about one mile west of Neddy's Mounting on Sinking Cane Creek.

Jacob and his family were amoung the first settlers in Cocke County, Tennessee. They apparently settled in a German area of the County.

Jacob and his relatives erected first a blacksmith shop, next a mill and then a log
dwelling. The first mill, one of the first in the area, was known as the "Faubion Mill". They also built one of the first bridges across the French Broad River just above where Bridgeport, Tennessee is now located.

On March 14, 1808, Jacob and Diannah's oldest daughter, Sally (Faubion) Broadhurst, died in Cocke County, Tennessee. Later that year, on May 2, 1808, Jacob and Diannah sold land in Faquier County, Virginia which Diannah had inherited from her father, Henry Rector. The land was sold to George Glasscock, husband of Diannah's sister, Hannah.
Fauquier County, Virginia Deed Book 17, page 246:

"The mill was an important center of early settlement. At the very first session of the Buncombe County, North Carolina Court, in 1792, William Davidson was given liberty 'to built a grist mill on Swannanoa' and the following January a grant was given to build a grist mill on a branch of the French Broad near where it emptied into the river. Across the state line in Tennessee, one of the first mills on the river was built by a French Huguenot family named Faubion who, in addition to being millwrights, were blacksmiths and wagonmakers." (Dykeman, Wilman, THE FRENCH BROAD, Holt, Rhinehart and Winston (1974) page 57.)
Family links: 
  Diannah Rector Faubion (____ - 1841)*
  Sarah Faubion Broadhurst (1773 - 1808)*
  Henry Faubion (1774 - 1803)*
  Moses Faubion (1780 - 1847)*
  William Faubion (1783 - 1839)*
  Elizabeth Faubion McPherson (1784 - 1808)*
  Jacob Faubion (1785 - 1852)*
  Spencer Faubion (1787 - 1860)*
*Calculated relationship
Faubion Family Cemetery
Cocke County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Carolyn Whitaker
Record added: Oct 31, 2010
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Jacob Faubion
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