John William “Fisher” Loy

John William “Fisher” Loy

Orange County, North Carolina, USA
Death 22 Oct 1840 (aged 65)
Burial Maynardville, Union County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 21596456 · View Source
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Bio - source: "Goodspeed's History of E. Tennessee" (1887) [section on "Jefferson Co., TN]

John William ("Fisher") Loy (15 August 1775 Orange [now Alamance] Co., NC--22 October 1840 Anderson [now Union] Co., TN bur: (#1) Stooksbury Cemetery bur: (#2) New Loyston Memorial Cemetery, New Loyston, Union Co., TN)

md. #1 Sally/Polly Miller d/o John ("Raccoon") and Lucy Eve (Weidener) Miller.

md. #2 Nancy Miller(1792--1875 Union Co., TN bur: (#1) Stooksbury Cemetery bur: (#2) New Loyston Memorial Cemetery, New Loyston, Union Co., TN)
d/o John ("Raccoon") and Lucy Eve (Weidener) Miller.

According to "Goodspeed's History of E. Tennessee" (1887) [section on "Jefferson Co., TN], John came to TN about 1782. Traditionally the Loys came to TN about 1803 and it is known Fisher's family were in the 1790 Orange Co., NC tax list. According to "Mank" Loy, John and his brothers bought land around Loyston from the Blount brothers of NC. It is through Goodspeed's History that John is found with middle name "William."

The author of "Know Your Relatives" stated that John owned a fishtrap and a pond close to, or on, his land and he welcomed everyone to fish at no charge. (The pond was also used for baptisms.) He was nicknamed "Fisher" from this, as the story goes. Yet, a descendant of Fisher disagrees and told me this was not the reason for the nickname, but that as a child he used to pretend he was a ship captain and would play ship, hence the nickname. In any case, this name has helped to distinguish him from his other kin named "John Loy."

On 14 November 1833 John Loy purchased a tract of land from Lewis Calpier. This land would become the Crossroads Furnace, an iron works establishment. Two years later, on 14 February 1835, Fisher bought a second tract from Clapier. In 1833 and 1836 he also bought two tracts from William Brummett, who had originally purchased these tracts from Clapier. In 1836, John Loy (with one-half interest), his brother William (with one-third interest), and brother-in-law Lewis Miller (one-sixth interest) contracted together to build a furnace on a tract of 600 acres. The furnace operated until 1840, the business being severely in debt. Lewis Miller brought suit for settlement and bought the business, receiving the deed, on 2 December 1845 at a Chancery Court sale. At this time, Fisher had been dead 5 years and his brother William Loy had moved on to MO, en route to IA. This business and land tract went through many hands, until finally purchased by H.L. Turner, the husband of "Fisher's" granddaughter Nancy. H.L. held most of the tract until the TVA purchased it in the 1930's.

John apparently re-wrote his will shortly before his death. The one dated 20 October 1840--2 days prior to his death--mentions a "revoking" of all prior testaments beforehand written by him. As 20 October 1840 was also when his daughter Catherine died in childbirth, it's easy to conclude that Fisher re-wrote his will to include his motherless grandchildren Nancy and newborn John Weaver. Fisher's cast-iron grave marker, shaped in an anchor, is believed to have been forged at his ironworks.

In 1850 Anderson Co., TN census, widow Nancy was listed with son Isaac and a Nancy Haskels (age 24). In 1860 Union Co., TN census widow Nancy is in household with son Isaac and his family. In 1870 Union Co., TN census widow Nancy is in household of son Emanuel Loy. That year Nancy Haschal (age 56) is living with Isaac and Lucinda (Loy) Baker's family. (Lucinda was daughter of Fisher's son Jacob.) I have yet to find how or even if this Nancy Haskels/Haschal was related to the Loys, unless related on the Miller side.

The book "Know Your Relatives" states "all children by second marriage." There is a closeness of age between Fisher's second wife Nancy and the eldest son Jacob. "Goodspeed's History of E. Tennessee" (1887) gives Jacob born 1807, instead of 1805, to make his mother age 15 at time of his birth. In my book, I have listed all children of John by second wife Nancy. As yet no marriage record has been found of John to either of his wives to positively determine which children belonged to which wife.

Source: The Complete Loy History Website, by Dolores Walls

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