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Follansbee Surname History
The history of the Follansbee name is elusive. On one hand, we have a report called "Report to the Follansbee Association" printed in 1865 by Columbus Smith. This investigation and report was commissioned by the Follansbee Association, a group of American Follansbees investigating and trying to retrieve Follansbee property in England.
The English Follansbees report a family history going back only to a "Ser Follansbee," a Knight who accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066. However, a survey of all land holders commissioned by William I in 1086 (The Domesday Book) does not list any Follanbee, Follensby, or variation thereof. It may be that the 702 acre plot belonging to a Knight by the name of Follansbee is true, however being a Knight and not a lord, his name was not recorded as the land owner.
The first name attached to this land is on a record of deed on Feb 16th 1690, where a Thomas Follansbee of Newbury grants to Stephan Greenleaf half of five acres. Here is an excerpt from "Report to the Follansbee Association"; "
“I next went to Salem and examined the records of deeds, and found it no small affair to pore over the old rusty records of two hundred years and over, for I commenced A. D. 1640. The first I found of the name of Follansbee on record, was from “Thomas Follansbee, of Newbury, to one Stephen Greenleaf, Feb. 16th, 1690, half of 5 acres, it being 'the rate lot.' This must be the first from England, and it seems that he had bought land but his deed or deeds were not put upon record. The second deed, I find was to " Thomas Follansbee from Moses Chase, his brother-in-law, November 21st, 1698, in the tenth year of his majesty's reign.'' The third deed, I find from " Thomas Hase. Thomas Bancroft, wives and others, to Thomas Follansbee, Dec. 14th, 1700; the rate lot, 11 acres; the year of the reign of King "William, the Third." This is the last record of a deed from Thomas the first. The fourth deed I find on record was from "John "Webster to Thomas Follansbee, Jr., of Newbury, carpenter, March 11th, 1710, land on upper road above Artichoke River, lot 150 called his freehold lot."
Tracing the aforementioned Thomas Follansbee, I have only found his ancestry as far back as 1530 to his great grandfather William Follansby, b.1530- d.1619
The Follansbee name is fun and fascinating to research. All of the Amerian Follansbees come from Thomas Follansbee, the first American Follansbee, who came to America somewhere around 1677 (at age 40). Considering that Jamestown was est. 1607 and Plymouth Colony (Plymouth Rock) in 1620, while Ellis Island was not opened until 1892, the Follansbee linage is among the early settlers in the U.S.
Follansbee Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity
Follansbee Meaning & Etymology
Follansbee Pronunciation & Spelling Variations
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Follansbee Family Tree
Here are a few of the Follansbee genealogies shared by AncientFaces users. Click here to see more Follansbees
- Mary Follansbee 1909 - 1984
- Thomas J Follansbee 1917 - 1996
- John L Follansbee 1918 - 2002
- Glenn Follansbee 1896 - 1964
- Theresa Follansbee 1912 - 2002
- Margaret Follansbee 1908 - 1974
- Elsie W Follansbee 1902 - 1996
- Bess Follansbee 1880 - 1972
- Elizabeth W Follansbee 1917 - 1992
- Goldie R Follansbee 1908 - 2004