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Ann and Nancy Fann in the Muscogee Democrat (1849)

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Ann and Nancy Fann in the Muscogee Democrat (1849)

Posted: 1318789601000
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Edited: 1318790354000
Surnames: Guilder, Gilder, Fann
This appears to be an article about Nancy Fann and Ann E. Fann. Based on various trees on the site, I assume the male Fann is Lovett/Lovick Fann.

(1849) Curious Case — White Slavery In Georgia. The Muscogee Democrat says: "On Tuesday last, a young white girl of the name of Nancy Fann, who had for two years been an inmate of the house of one James R. Jackson, formerly of Alabama, but latterly of Shell Creek in this county, was, on petition of her mother, a Mrs. Gilder, from Hawkinsville, brought before his honor Judge Alexander, on a writ of Habeas Corpus, and after an investigation of the case, delivered in charge of her maternal parent. The circumstances of the affair are briefly these: Fann's wife had obtained, several years since, a divorce from him, for cause, and subsequently married a man by the name of Gilder, who has since deceased. The girl Nancy, was taken off by her father Fann, and brought to Girard, Alabama, whence he removed to Wynton, where about two years ago, she was sold by him for a blind horse and jersey wagon to James R. Jackson, as a slave. By some means the mother heard of the situation of her daughter, now 17 years of age, and came here three months ago, with a view to release her from bondage to Jackson. Accordingly she visited the house of the latter and stayed three days, when she was ordered off and otherwise abused for seeking subsequent interviews with her daughter, who was treated in all respects as a negro slave by Jackson and his family. This becoming known in the neighborhood, Mr. James McGuire and other gentlemen interested themselves in the matter, and by the generous and voluntary aid of Col. S. Jones and Col. Rutherford, the Sheriff assisted the mother in the recovery of her child, as afore said, by a writ of Habeas Corpus. To the credit of the bar of this city and Girard, not one of the lawyers would undertake to defend the illegal claim of Jackson to the services and person of Nancy. Indeed, the public feeling was getting excited both against Fann, the seller of his own white child, and Jackson the purchaser. The latter is a church member and exhorter in holy things, and yet treated the female most shamefully. She was the only servant about the house, or in the field of Jackson, and was compelled to perform the most laborious and menial drudgery! As to Fann, he is said to be a rowdy of the lowest class, and is now living in open concubinage, in the neighborhood of the Wynnton Female Academy, having selected that quiet and respectable village as a "city of refuge" from the lynching threatened him in Girard, if he did not leave the latter place with dispatch!

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You can see Ann and Nancy, listed with the surname Guilder, in the 1850 census here:

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