Dear fellow Fallins,
As is evident from the various entries on this list there are a great many folks, primarily in the Southeast, who descend from Charles Fallon/Fallin of Northumberland County, Virginia in the late 1600s.
I have contributed to this list in the past and some of you know my background. For today's purposes it's probably only necessary to say that Charles (III) Fallin was my 6 GGrandfather. His son William was my 5 GGrandfather. William's brother Charles (IV) and his descendants left Northumberland County and, with a pause in Lunenburg County, left Virginia for Georgia. Today, the great majority of Charles (I)'s descendants trace their origin through Charles (IV) Fallin.
My direct line remained in Northumberland and Lancaster Counties until after the Civil War. Bill Porter, who is also known to many of you, was researching my Fallin line long before I got involved. His wife, Mary Fallin Porter, is my second cousin. Perhaps because the names we were researching remained longer in Virginia, both Bill and I have spent a great deal of time with the historical resources available through the County Historical Society and the many individuals involved in both the Society and Northumberland County Rootsweb site. I have double-checked Bill's work and added a few items of my own. I think, at this point, we have a reasonably complete record of the family's first 3 generations in America.
Separately, I have spent a great deal of time trying to locate all there is to discover about Charles (I)'s origins.
I think it is time that I define for all those interested the results of our research and a "Person Sheet" that contains the results of Bill Porter's and my work on Charles (I).
These are the main items we've found:
First there is the matter of Charles (I)'s supposed birth date around 1646. After long inquiry and cross-questioning all those who have used that date, I have found no foundation for it. It has been repeated by various people at various times, but has never been established. Someone recalled it might have been in a "Follin" book in the Library of Congress; I looked there and it wasn't.
Second, Bill and I have found nothing supporting a supposed marriage date for Charles (I) and his wife Jane.
Third, there is a record of an Andrew Folling (various spellings) in Barbados -- but those records come after Charles (I)'s confirmed presence in Virginia by 1671. Andrew Folling may have been a relative, but the relationship is unproven. There are other records of names like Fallon in the West Indies, but they are widely separated and the primary given name, Daniel, finds no repetition in the Northumberland County family.
Fourth, a number of Fallin descendants on this list descend from a Fallin family that entered Dorchester County MD, just slightly later than Charles (I) appeared across Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. We have no evidence of a relationship, but the coincidence seems too extreme; the two almost had to related. The given names of those first appearing in MD, Redmond and Daniel, actually show a positive connection to Fallon names in both Ireland and the West Indies. I have information on the MD Fallins and, at some point, intend to organize it, but at this point the relationship between the MD and VA families may only be resolvable through some form of DNA analysis. There is also a reference to a "Darby Fallin" described as a servant to Cornelius Ward in Somerset Co. MD in 1687; but that too was after Charles (I)'s arrival in VA. The given name "Darby" never shows up in either family and the Fallins in both VA and MD were able to promptly purchase property (not likely for anyone subject to indenture)
Fifth, the most that can be said from my research is that it is highly likely that Fallin is just a spelling variant of the more common Fallon spelling of the Gaelic name "Ua Fallamhain", and that that family comes from an area extending from Athlone City, across County Roscommon (and a bit of County Galway) to Galway City. "Charles" was not a common Fallon name in Ireland; but it might have been chosen as something of a Catholic statement since the Catholic King Charles I of England was dethroned and executed by Cromwell, etc. in 1649. "Dennis," the name given one of Charles (I)'s children was a characteristic Irish name.
I also think it is more likely than not that the route from Ireland went through the West Indies, but that's about it.
In order to provide everyone with the results of Bill and my work, I am attaching my "person sheet" for Charles (I). It contains all that we have been able to confirm as of now. I invite the list to review this entry and provide me with any evidence there may be of other events. "Evidence" includes both original records and secondary sources; it does not include mere undocumented statements. After a decent interval to see what may be added, we can establish a final version and thus provide a common starting point for everyone. Feel free to disseminate the attached information, to other family members, provided you indicate its origin.
Jack F. Fallin
Walnut Creek, CA
Name: Charles Fallon / Fallin
Birth: abt 1646 St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, VA [Questionable]
Death: abt. 1701 Northumberland County, VA
1: Jane ?
Birth: abt 1650 Northumberland County, VA
Children: Mary (1672-)
Charles (II) (~1683-1752)
Notes for Charles Fallon / Fallin
1646 Possible Birth
Birth date [HIGHLY SUSPECT], death date and places from LDS doc AFN-GQR8-GV.
1671 Land Purchase with Joshua Atkins,
370 Acres (10 Acres Res’d)
KNOW ALL MEN by these presents yt: I, DENNIS EYES of ye County of Northumberland in ye Colony of Virga. for diverse good causes & valuable consideracons have sold unto CHARLES Fallon & JOSHUA Atkins both of ye County and Colony aforesd., vizt., one parcell of land by estimacon three hundred and seaventy acres being in ye County of Northumberland on ye South side of ye Maine Branch of Great WICKOCOMIKCOE RIVER beginning at a marked white Oak nigh sd. Branch wch. Divides this & a parcell of land in ye possession of JAMES GAYLARD & extending then South 140 poles to a marked Gum dividing this & ye land of DAVID JENNINGS, thense Southeast by East 160 poles to a marked red Oake standing in a line of trees dividing this & ye land of JAM. POPE, thence East along yt. line to a marked Hicory in a Swampe called POPES SWAMPE, thence North by East 187 poles to marked red Oake standing on a point where POPES SWAMPE & ye Maine Branch of WICOCOMICOE meet, thence West up ye sd Branch to ye first stand. wch. sd. Land I ye sd DENNIS EYES doe make sale of from mee my heires to ye sd, CHARLES & JOSHUA to them their heirs, excepting Ten acres of ye Land beforemenconed sch by agreemt. I reserve for my owne use & for ye use of my heires, the sd. Quantity of Ten acres bounding upon my Land yt I am now seated on & is some certeyne Islands & places adjacent made soe by ye inclosure of ye sd. Swampe or Branches of ye sd Maine Branch of ye River abovesd.. And I ye sd DENNIS doe further engage that ye sd. CHARLES & JOSHUA shall have quiet possession of 360 acres of land part of ye dividend of land abovesd joyntly or severally from ye molestacon of mee my heires or any clayme from any of them. As Wittness my hand & seale this 26th of Octobr 1671.
Sealed & Delivered in ye presence of
DENNIS EYES doe not engage yt when ye
Pattent of ye land abovemenconed comes to my
hand I will assigne ye same over to ye p’ties
abovesd & I HANNAH EYES do ingage to acknow-
ledge ye sd Land ye p’ties; As Wittness my hand
& Seale ye day & yeare abovsd
15th Ober 1671 Recog. In Curia DENNIS EYES ye seale
Northumbria p DENNIS EYES HANNAH EYES ye seale
KNOW ALL MEN by these presents yt I HANNAH EYES doe constitute & appoint THOMAS DANIELL my true & lawfull Attorny to acknowledge my part of 360 acres of land sold by my Husband DENNIS EYES to CHARLES Fallon & JOSHUA Atkins & whatsoever my sd Attorny doth herein I ratifie to be as substantiall as my selfe were p’sonally present.
As Wittness my hand & seale this 13th day of Novembr 1671
Sealed & delivered in ye presence of
THOMAS ALDWELL HANNAH EYES ye seale
15th Novembr 1671 Recog. In Cur. Northumbria p THO DANIELL, Att. HANNAH EYES
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1670-1672, p. 36
Pre-1672, marries Jane (last name unknown)
Inferred from birth of children
1672 Birth of Daughter Mary
17 September 1672. BP Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Beverly Fleet, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore 1971 & 1988.
1674 Approx. Birth of Daughter Jane
Birth date questionable [LDS only]
1676 Approx. Birth of Son William
Birth date questionable [LDS only]
1679 Birth of Daughter Alice
Birth date questionable [LDS only]
1679 Northumberland County Tithables List
This tithables list was used pursuant to a 25 April 1679 Act of Assembley providing that every forty tithables in the colony should be assessed for the purposes of supplying military support for actions against various Indian threats. That Act, in turn, may well have been a reaction to the frontier complaints that led to the recently concluded “Bacon’s Rebellion.” The list shows 290 households in Northumberland County. Charles Fallon appears on the list, phonetically, as Charles “Vallond,” with one other tithable in his household. An analysis of land records shows that he was living south of the Great Wicomico River and lists his neighbors.
Wolf, “The 1679 Tithables List for Northumberland County: Its Context and Significance,” Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society, Vol XLI., 2004, p. 35
1681 Approx. Birth of Son Dennis
Birth date questionable [LDS only]
1682 Debt enforced against George Knight
18 July 1683. Ch. Fallons agt. Mr. Geo. Knight. Whereas it appeares to this Court by a Bill under the hand of Mr. George Knight dated the 30th March 1682 that mr. George Knight standeth indebted unto Charles Fallon by assignment of Thomas Burbury the sume of twelve hundred pounds of tobacco and cask; Judgement is granted Charles Fallon against George Knight for the present payment of the said sume with costs ald Execution unlesse George Knight gives Charles Fallons good security for the payment therof the 10th of 8br next according to Act.”
PM: Virginia County Court Rec’ds, North’d Co. Order Book 1678-1698, Antient Press (1999), p. 3.
1683 Approx. Birth of Son Charles (II) Fallin
Birth date questionable, LDS only.
1693 [Possib.] Servant complains of being detained.
22 June 1693 - Wm Fitzgerrad, servt to Charles Vallen, having made complaint against his sd master for detaining him... OB 1678-98, Part 2, 628 [A trial by jury was held and Richard Smyth, foreman, reported that William Fitzgerrad was to return to his master's service. OB 1678-98, Part 2, 628
P. Haynie, Records of Indentured Servants and Certificates for Land 1650-1795, Heritage Books (1996),#936, p. 161
1696 Land Grant of 638 Acres
Margaret Lady Culpeper, Thomas Lord Fairfax etc. To all etc. Knowe that we for and in consideration of the composition etc. do grant to Charles Fallon of Northumberland County, Six hundred and thirty eight acres & bounded as followeth / Viz. / beginning at a marked White Oak nigh the branch, which divides, this and the land of Mr. John Thomas Al's [Also?] Mr. Gaylord, and extending thence along the line of separation from -- Thomas, between the south and east points from the beginning, one hundred & sixty one poles, thirteen links to a Gum Corner tree dividing from Mr. John Downing from thence along that line of division south one third deg. Easterly one hundred and forty six poles twenty one links to a red oak Corner tree to James Grope, formerly David JENNINGS, from thence along Grope's line between the south and East points one hundred and twenty poles six links to Popes Corner tree being a hickory, Standing at the head of a Vally falling into Wiccomico river, from thence North forty degrees East one hundred and twenty four poles to Popes Corner White Oak, from thence south ninety nine poles to Popes Corner Ash in Popes swamp, from thence down the said swamp or branch its several Changes between the North and East points to a red oak Standing upon a point where the main swamp and Popes Swamp divides, from thence along the Water Course of the main swamp to the beginning, Containing six hundred and thirty eight acres, Together with all etc. Royal Mines Excepted etc. To have and to hold etc. yielding and paying thirteen Shillings Sterling yearly etc. provided etc. dated the Third of August, one Thousand Six hundred and ninety six.
Charles Fallon Land Grant. BP transcribed from original. JFF checked from LVA Digital Library scanned image; Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, VA State Archives #2, 1694-1742, p. 249 (Reel 288)
1699 probates will of John Bowen
19 April 1699. Upon the motion of Charles Fallon a Probate is granted him of the last Will and Testament of John Bowen deceased, the said Will being proved by Oaths of James Cox and Dennis Fallon Witnesses to the said Will and the same is recorded.
Northumberland Co. Order Book, 1699-1713, 6:6.
1699 Commercial litigation with Nathaniel Davis
20 April 1699. Phillip Shapleigh Attorney for Nathaniel Davis against Charles Follen, continued. 21 July 1699 Charles Follen to pay Nathaniel Davis four hundred twenty-nine pounds of tobacco.
Northumberland Co. Order Book, 1699-1713; 15:2; 42:11.
1700 Loses Commercial litigation with James Cumberlin
Judgment is granted James Cumberlin against Charles Fallon for two thousand two hundred ninety-two pounds of Tobacco due by a Penal Bond dated Eighteenth of April 1698 and One hundred thirty-eight pounds of tobacco interest and ninety-nine by Account, in All two thousand five hundred twenty-nine pounds of Tobacco. And Ordered he pay the said sum unto the said Cumberlin with Costs alias Execution.
Northumberland Co. Order Book, 1699-1713, 124:15.
1700 Will Written
Will of CHARLES Fallon
Written 17 December 1700, proved 16 April 1701 & 19 March 1711/12
In the name of God Amen I Charles Fallon of the County of Northumberland in Virga being sick & weak in body but of a perfect mind & memory make ordain & appoint this to be my last Will & Testamt in manner & form as follow one to impt & commit my soul to God who gaveth me I do hope through the mirrits of a blessed Redemor & Saviour Jesus Christ thereby to be saved & to obtain Salvation to eternal happiness and that I be decently buried according to the Discretion of my Executor & for my personnal Estate I do give my Manior & farm as followeth.
Second I do give & bequeath unto my Son Dennis Fallin a certain parcel of land it lying & Situating as followoth Beginning on Saml. Webb Spring branch & rushing along ye Said into the Maine Swamp & along the Maine Swamp unto a corner white Oak from thence to a corner marked ________ . All that parcel of land I do give to my Son Dennis & his heirs forever. And if he should die without heirs to the next heirs of the Fallin Ditto.
I give & bequeath to my two sons Charles & William all the remainder of my land to be equally divided between them & the plantation to my Son Charles & I do give it to them & their heirs forever. If they or either of them shall die without heir It go to the next heir of the Fallins Ditto
I give and bequeath unto my loveing wife all the remainder & Residue of my personal Estate during the term & time of her widowhood
but if my wife Jane Fallin should marry I will that my movable Estate be Equally divided between She & my Children Every Child having his equal portion
And lastly I Order & Appoint & Ordain my wife Jane Fallin to be my whole & Sole Executr of this my Last will & Testamt & to Di(smiss) all Will or WILLS that shall come from the beginning of the World to this day and Witness my hand & Seal the 17th of December 1700. Charles (his mark) Fallin Seal Wit - Benja. Browne Else Fallin their marks Jno. Hogan
Beverly Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol I, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore 1971 & 1988, p. 526
1701 Death and Will Proved.
April 16 1701. Upon the Motion of Jane Fallon Executrix a Probate is granted her of the Last Will and Testament of Charles Fallon deceased the Will being proved by the Oaths of Benjamin Browne & John Hogag Witnesses to the said Will & is recorded.
Northumberland Co. Order Book, 1699-1713, 159:9.
1712 Will re-recorded following fire at Northumberland Co. Courthouse.
March 19, 1711/12. This original Will was presented in Northumberland County Court by William Fallin and his Book of Records Wherein The same was recorded being burned in the office. Upon the Said Fallin’s motion it is again admitted to record p 18 Recorded. Test. Tho Hobson
Northumberland Co. Record Book, 1706-1720, pp 159-160.
General Biographical Material
Family Position in Northumberland County
“If I were asked to enumerate the leading families of Northumberland before the Revolution I should name the Presleys, Kenners, Harrises, Balls, Lees, Haynies, Gaskinses, Damerons, Mottroms, Shaplwighs, Blackwells, Taylors, Hardings, Schrevers, Mahanes, Neales, Swansons, Rices, Harcums, Hacks, Trussells, Basyes, Garners, Steptoes, Taylors, Heaths, Cralles, Downings, Edwardses, Cockrells, Hulls, Thorntons, Palmers, Smiths, Joneses, Hobsons, Bettses, Motts, Garlingtons, Fauntleroys, Nelmses, Fallins, Claughtons, Popes, Coppedges, Nutts, Hudnalls, Jameses, Ingrams, Waddeys, Mayeses, Prichards, Conways, Suttons, Tignors, Coleses, Chiltons, Beachams, Howsons, Winters, Davenports, Yarretts, Wildeys, Walkers, Knights, Ashtons, Rogerses, Keenes, Motleys, Hopkinses, Gransteads and many others, though not necessarily in the above order.”
John E. Manahan,”The Old Families of Northumberland and Their Politics,” NCHS Bulletin, Vol VI (1969, p. 13.
Joshua Atkins’ likely relations, James and Mark Atkins, were both married about 1699.
There are records of (1) James Atkins marrying Mary Ward (widow of Wm. Ward) before 22 June 1699, and (2) Mark Atkins marrying Elizabeth Dymore (widow of (a) Thos. Bonnison and (b) Nicholas Dymore [d. LC 1697]) between 26 March 1697 and 9 November 1699. Headley, Married Well and Often, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia (1649-1800), Genealogical Publishing, (2003), p. 20. These would have been contemporaries of both Charles Fallon/Fallin and the Joshua Atkins who partnered with him in his original land purchase. Joshua, James, and Mark Atkins were likely related, but no evidence of that.
Dennis Eyes was married to his wife HANNAH before 1666
Dennis Eyes married HANNAH Abraham before 20 August 1666; bride was a daughter of Hanna Abraham; in Feb 1667/8 Eyes identified his mother-in-law as Joane Winley. Headley, Married Well and Often, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia (1649-1800), Genealogical Publishing, (2003), p. 128. “Dennis” is an indicator that Mr. Eyes, like Charles Fallon/Fallin, was from Ireland.
Last Modified: 3 Jun 2008
Created: 3 Jun 2008