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From: "Jenny Stiles" <>
Subject: Re: [B&D] FANE
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 08:09:11 +1000
Thank you for spotting some FANE's for me! My BECHER family originated in Kent & there were FANEs there too. I have found documents in the online catalogues that list the BECHER family & the FANE family as being involved together in property. However, the first FANE BECHER was born in approximately 1546 & his mother was a HERON. I cannot find his baptism [and it may well predate the surviving registers]. A booklet written many years ago claims that Sir Thomas FANE of Kent was this Fane BECHER's godfather & the source of the name for the BECHER family, but I have no idea how to verify this!
If there ever was a FANE / BECHER intermarriage it may well be too far back to ever find any records...However, I know I am very lucky to get back far enough to say that!
I will see if I can find any link between the Somerset FANE family & the Kent FANE family,
>From Jenny [Sydney, Australia]
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Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2008 6:25 AM
I have been today to Montacute House in south Somerset which was built by Sir Edward Phelips between 1588 and 1601. It has been the home of the Phelips family for over 400 years and is now owned by The National Trust. I happened to look at the family tree on the wall and noticed at the bottom of the tree that 2 Fane females married William Robert Phelips (1846 - 1919). He left the house in 1910. His first wife was Cicely Grace Fane of Moyles Court, and his second wife was Constance Louisa Ponsonby Fane. On the walls are paintings of Frances Charlotte Fane and her Phelips husband who was the last squire to reside there (so it says). I don't know if she is a daughter of one of the two marriages.
I know you are looking for mentions of the name FANE as a forename in connection with the BECHERs but I thought I'd post you these two Fane to Phelips marriages in case they ever fit into your tree. It is such an unusual name.