DNA matches my great-great-grandfather with the Fanning family.He was SAMUEL BERRY PIERCE.My cousin, whose surname is Pierce, took the 25 marker DNA test.The results are that he matches only one of the Pierce/Pearce DNA results. With that match we have been able to validate the results as far as Samuel's son, Sugar Darling Pierce.We had already documented that match so are secure in its credibility.
However, we match 10 Fanning DNA descendants.
I have been searching to find a connection.The only connection I can find is location... both families lived in Virginia and in North Carolina in the same counties at the same time.
I have read the memoirs left by COL. DAVID FANNING.He grew up in Johnston County, NC the part that later became Wake Co. NC.
My gggrf. SAMUEL BERRY PIERCE was born in NC in 1781 and lived as an adult in Wake Co. NC. He had property on Little River.
I can document WINDSOR PEARCE from 1755 when he received a grant on the SS of Little River, Wake Co. (Johnston Co.);dated 1755 Apr.13, which he sold to DIXON PIERCE of Johnston Co. NC on Oct 5, 1757.
Before 1772 WINDSOR PIERCEwitnessed a deed along with Thomas Pierce, Dixon Pierce, Jesse Pierce, and Simon Pierce; #180in the Johnston Co. NC Abstracts: Deed Books 1764-1791
In his memoirs COL. FANNINGmentions knowing WINDSOR PEARCE in Randolph County, NC.Randolph County was at one time a part of Guilford County, NC. It was formed in 1779 from Guilford Co.
Records show WINDSOR PIERCE in Guilford County from as early as 1772 when he witnessed Enoch Spinks' will to 1785 when he signed a petition in Randolph County to relocate the county court.
COL. DAVID mentions WINDSOR PIERCE in Randolph County, NCseveral times in about 1783.
THIS PLACES WINDSOR PIERCE AND SAMUEL BERRY PIERCE IN JOHNSTON (WAKE ) COUNTY, NC. AND RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC AT THE SAME TIME AS COL. FANNING.
These are the only 'connections' I can make. Nothing to say that Samuel Berry Pierce may actually be a Fanning, however in recognizing the reputation of David Fanning as something of a rogue, it makes me wonder.A little smoke, but perhaps no fire.