|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1783|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1834|
Silas Fuqua was born to a prominent family of French Huguenots in Virginia. However, he and several of his brothers migrated to Alabama when it was still a territory. He first appears on tax lists there in 1810 and patented land in 1812 and 1819 in Madison County near Huntsville. He married Sally Young in 1814.
Genealogists have listed Sally's name as Sally Taney based on information from a notebook of Silas Fuqua which has since been lost. I believe this is a mistranscription of the name. There are no Taneys listed in either Bedford County, Virginia, where the Fuquas originated, nor in Madison County, Alabama where Silas is recorded as having married.There are however, numerous Toneys listed in both counties including the husband of her grandmother Celia Bondurant Fuqua's sister, Zylpha. And finally, a Charles Toney is listed in the Probate records for Silas as his children's grandfather.Since the wedding certificate for Silas and Sally lists her name as Sally Young, she was either a 17 year old widow when she married Silas or her maiden name was Young and Toney was her middle name.
Silas is found in Franklin County (now Colbert) Alabama, in the northwest corner of the state, in the federal census of 1820. He had bought land there with his brother Benjamin, by 1825.It is believed that Sally died there in 1825 shortly after giving birth to their youngest child, daughter Satira. By 1828, he and Benjamin who was unmarried, and Silas's five living older children (Elizabeth, Harriet, Galba, Lucas and Fabius) had journeyed north to join the Tennessee-Texas Land Company and then traveled in a group to Texas. They settled first in the Austin Colony but moved two years later to the DeWitt Colony where they both received large land grants. Unfortunately, Silas died shortly after. He last appears in public records as a witness to a will on 26 October1834 and that is often given as his death date. Heis believed buried in the Fuqua Family Cemetery though his gravestone and location have been lost.
The following letter from Richard Ellis in
Alabama recommended the Fuquas to Stephen F. Austin:
"State of Alabama, Town of Tuscumbia 3rd Jany. 1828 D COLO, I beg leave to introduce to your aquantence and notice Mr Silus, Ephram and Benjmn Fuqua and Mr Job Ingram and Kye Ingram, these Gentlemen have emigrated to your Coloney to become permanent settlers---The Mr Fuquas are Mechanics, two of them of the best kind; they are honest and respectable men and are determined to suport the Government to which they go, I have had much conversation with Mr Silus Fuqua, on the present and future prospects of your coloney; and tho he has never seen it, he has a most corect idea of its great advantages, you will find him an inteligent man and I have no doubt will be an acquisition to your Setlement, I have known these gentlemen twelve years, the Mr Ingrams I have not known personaly but from their universal good character and the Gentlemen
they go with, I feel no hesitation to recomend them to your attention...........Richard Ellis."
Silas and Sally had the following children, all born in Alabama, all died in Texas with the exception of Lucas who went back to Alabama. Silas had a large personal library and he named his sons Galba and Fabius after Roman generals.
Elizabeth Fuqua Delaney Roads (1815-1842)
Harriet Fuqua Bridger (1817-1834?)
DIED AT THE ALAMO
Memorial #'s 8859412 and 50734415
Caroline (1821- 1824?)
Fabius (1824-1897) Memorial # 17974566
Satira Fuqua Ringer (1825-1867)
Joseph Fuqua (1756 - 1829)
Celia Bondurant Fuqua (1762 - 1847)
Galba Fuqua (1819 - 1836)*
Fabius Fuqua (1824 - 1897)*
Silas Fuqua (1783 - 1834)
Ephraim Fuqua (1790 - 1870)*
Benjamin Fuqua (1793 - 1836)*
Created by: Jan
Record added: Jul 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92980419
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