Although the traditional table for American
Family 4 ends at Medley Mare Number 2, circumstantial evidence
indicates the mare line continues to Selima*, and thus to
English Family 21.
The American Stud Book gives
the pedigree of Fanny Maria, who was bred and owned by Jesse
Cage of Tennessee as shown above, and notes that "This is one of
the best racing families in America".
Fairfax Harrison suggests that
Fanny Maria's dam was Malvina (gr f 1800 by Stirling*), for whom the American Stud Book records no progeny. The compiler of the first six
volumes of the American Stud Book, Sanders Bruce, was mislead by a
discussion of the Mount Airy stud which said that Malvina had been sold
to W Alston, of South Carolina. Malvina did not appear in the stud books
of W Alston, and John Irving did not record her as being on the
Her breeder recorded in his own stud book that Malvina was
sold as a three year old to Mssrs Roberts & Lewis, following her
defeat in the Stirling Stakes at Fredericksburg, in October
Harrison argues that the
disappearance of Malvina from the Virginia records with the
contemporaneous appearance of an anonymous Stirling mare, whose dam was
by Medley*, and who was further mated with Jackson's Pacolet to produce
Fanny Maria, a mare of the quality of the stock of Selima*, in
Tennessee, is more than coincidence. He suggests that Mssrs Roberts
& Lewis sent her to Tennessee and there she entered the stud of
Jesse Cage [E2:226]. Unfortunately the stud
records of Jesse Cage, a prominent Tennessee breeder [Making the
American Thoroughbred, Especially in Tennessee, 1800-1845:120], did
not survive the Civil War.
Harrison's testimony of the connection between Fanny Maria
and Selima* helps to explain the racing class of this family.
In a report published 2012 it was concluded
from mtDNA analysis that family A4 is a branch of family 1. That
conclusion is most likely in error. See
Equine Genetic Genealogy.