This is what Julie and I have discovered in the past few weeks.
I have the birth and marriage certificates for my great grandmother, Hannah FANE born Feb. 6, 1858 in London Colney, Barnet, South Mimms Herts. Born to George FANE and Ann CHILDS. Julie has the birth certificate for her great grandfather, Charles FANE born in 1853.
1851 census shows the family registered as FAIN
1861 cenus shows the family registered as FANE
Parish of Shenley, Village of London Colney, District of St Peters
1871 census shows the family registered as FANE
1881 census shows various families registered as FANE, FAIN and FAME
1891 census shows families registered as FANE
1901 census shows families registered as FANE
George Fane b. 1814 -18 St, Stephenâ€™s St. Albans Herts.
Ann Childs b. abt. 1819 in Shenley Herts.
Children: born in London Colney
George b. 1842
Emma b. 1844
James William b. 1847
Joseph Henry b. 1850
Charles b. 1853
Caroline b. 1855
Hannah b. 1858
Ada Elizabeth b. 1864
The IGI turns up no parish records our family under the name of FANE or variations that I could link with the limited knowledge I have of the family.
In searching for Ann Childs I located a marriage:
Ann Childs b. 14 JAN 1820 Shenley, Saint Albans to George FEARNE.
IGI search shows two entries for my gt. grandmother Hannah FEARN b. Feb. 8, 1858 London Colney. Further searching turned up Hannahâ€™s siblings under the name of FEARN with father listed as George FEARNE in each case. Itâ€™s noted here this information is submitted by an LDS member with the maiden name of FEARNE. (with no contact address)
The children listed above are registered in the British birth Civil Registration index as FANE.
The second IGI entry for Hannah turned up the surname FEARNE b. Feb. 7, 1858, christened March 7, 1858, London Colney Herts. to George FEARNE . The LDS London Colney microfilm has the children baptized as FEARNE.
George FEARN was baptized September 20, 1818. Further searching shows 3 earlier generations of the George FEARN family born in St. Stephenâ€™s submitted by the LDS member. In viewing the LDS parish records microfilm for this family, the various members are born under surname variations such as FEARN, FERN, FURN, FARN so it appears the submitting member has standardized the spelling of the surname. In the parish records, one whole generation is found registered as HEARN while other Fearn families are having children as well. Lots to study and sort out here with a few obvious and unanswered questions.
I put this message out, in case anyone is searching for the FANE name from St. Stephens and London Colney and is having trouble tracing them backwards as well as anyone tracing the FEARN(E) family from the same area who is having problems tracing family forwards. Of course weâ€™d love to come in contact with anyone from these families.