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Phineas Fanning

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Smithtown, Suffolk County, Province of New York
Death: Died in West Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Fanning and Hannah Fanning
Husband of Mehitable Fanning and Mary Hubbard
Father of Phineas Fanning; Esther Fanning; Mehitabel Jagger; Nathaniel Fanning; Barclay FANNING and 1 other
Brother of James Fanning, ll; Thomas Fanning; William Fanning; Katharine Fanning; Bethia Terry and 8 others

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About Phineas Fanning

DAR # A 038494 for Ct. Civil Service.

Colonel Phineas Fanning, who had cast his lot with the Tories and, though he was thoroughly hated, he stood as buffer between the Whigs and Tories. Tempers were high and prejudices violent, but Phineas Fanning managed to steer a course of loyalty to his king and loyalty to his fellow townsmen of Southold and by his efforts softened many a blow. So successful was he that he was allowed to retain his lands, although his contemporary, Parker Wickham, was stripped of his estates by a bill of attainder. The above Phineas is known as "Col. Phineas" - in early life he settled in Southold - now Laurel - built his homestead in 1762 - served in the French and Indian War 1746-47 - named a Lieut. In Capt. James Fanning's Company - 1st Battalion Foot - Justice of Peace 1763 -

At the time of was 1775 - between colonies and England - he held command as Col. Of Militia from King George III - was chosen Deputy to represent Suffolk Co. in the Provincial Convention called to elect members to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia (meeting New York Convention).

These were troublesome times - the colonies now in rebellion - it seemed Col. Phineas wavered as to just which way to go - holding commission for the King - two of his brothers - Edmund and ( ) one son and many family kin on the Royal side - The Battle of Long Island came August 1776 and this event appears as the turning point for on July 8 1776 - he was appointed Muster Master to raise company for Suffolk Co - then on Aug 7 Congress ordered Gen. Wooster to send four companies to each end of LI - to guard stock and to be under command of Col. Fanning - again 29 August 1776 - Col. Smith dispatched Col. Fanning to be bearer of orders to them - relative to evacuation of Brooklyn. Record show Col. Fanning later remained at home - until peace came. In his younger days - was Captain of a ship and brought home many handsome things - kept open house and entertained a good style - greatly respected in his community and exerted a wide influence - member of Presbyterian church - Southold established Oct 1640.

For his 2nd wife married Mrs. Mary Hubbard with 3 children - married - 14 Feb 1779 - no issue - died 1806.

Col. Phineas died West Hampton LI - 2 June 1796 - buried at Jamesport. By his will 30 May 1796 - made provision to free his Negro slave "Cosmus" - Cosmus added to his name and became Cosmus Fanning. Lived on Shelter Island LI - where he died in 1831 - leaving a will in which he mentions wife Dido and daughter Julia.

Source: Nicholas W. Schenck Diary,

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Phineas Fanning's Timeline

August 2, 1724
Smithtown, Suffolk County, Province of New York
August 6, 1750
Age 26
Westhampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
August 30, 1752
Age 28
Aquebogue, Suffolk, NY
March 22, 1755
Age 30
Aquebogue, Suffolk, NY
Age 32
Aquebogue, Suffolk, NY
July 29, 1764
Age 39
Aquebogue, Suffolk, NY
June 4, 1770
Age 45
Aquebogue, Suffolk County, New York, USA
June 2, 1796
Age 71
West Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States