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Michigan Fentons

Posted: 9 Jan 2000 5:58PM GMT
Edited: 20 Oct 2002 8:23PM GMT
I am trying to find out any information on Col. Wm. Fenton. He was in a high stakes poker game and he won. Prize was the town of Fenton, Michigan was named after him. The year was approx. 1820-1840? He would have been my Great-Great Uncle.

William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 13 Feb 2000 7:13AM GMT
Edited: 27 Mar 2005 12:56PM GMT
If Wm. Fenton was your great, great uncle, we must be cousins, since he was my great, great grandfather. I've never heard any story about a high-stakes poker game. My understanding is that he purchased the township of Fenton, formerly called Dibbleville. If you haven't already, you should get your hands on the 1912 Fenton genealogy by Astley Atkins ("The Fenton Family of America and Great Britain"). He has an extensive section on the life of Wm. Fenton. Also, if you're interested, I have done alot of research on Wm. Fenton's 17th- and 18th-century ancestors in Ireland, Massachusetts, and Vermont that I would be willing to share. I'm also interested in how we might be related. You can contact me at scfenton@msn.com.

Chet Fenton
Jamaica Plain, MA

William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 1 May 2000 12:49PM GMT
Edited: 2 Nov 2001 11:37PM GMT
I am directly descended from a William Matthew Fenton. The lineage is Wm Matthew > Orange Fenton > Charles Fenton > Earl Fenton > Malcolm Fenton > Me. (There may be a Stanley Fenton in there before or after Orange). The legend of the poker game is part of our family legend also. My branch of the family was centered around Richmond Michigan until the 1920s when they moved to Detroit.
Pat Thorpe: I just came across a Col. William Fenton from Michigan listed in the Civil War Military records. You can find him in a general search on ancestry.com.

Descendants of William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 20 May 2000 7:14PM GMT
Edited: 27 Mar 2005 12:56PM GMT
Mark, I hate to disppoint you, but Orange Fenton is not a known descendant of William Fenton. William's children are Ada (b. 1838), Henry (b. 1839), Joseph (b. 1843), and Sarah (b. 1852). You should check out the Fenton genealogy by T. Ashley Atkins, "The Fenton Family of America and Great Britain" (Yonkers, NY, 1913). I would like to hear more about this mysterious Orange Fenton. You can email directly at scfenton@msn.com.

Re: William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 19 Aug 2002 11:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Apr 2006 3:43AM GMT
Surnames: Fenton, Wilson
My great-great grandfather Robert Wilson married Sarah Fenton, daughter of William and Rebecca. I found their graves in Casco Township Cemetery last summer. Sarah however is buried in Rosehill Cemetery nearby. I am not descended from Sarah. Robert married a German immigrant after Sarah's death. I do have information about the four children of Sarah Fenton Wilson however, including letters from Robert and to him, where he mentions Charles Fenton another son. I also have Robert Wilson's daybooks where he lists transactions with the Fenton family.

Re: William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 21 Feb 2004 3:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Jan 2006 9:46PM GMT
Surnames: Fenton, Reese
Do any of you have a Harriet Fenton who married a John H. Reese in Michigan? He was 70 years old in his letters to my grandmother in l899-l900. She was his first wife and mother to Boyd Reese. I don't know if she had other children or not. He married a second time to Polly Goss, and I understand that marriage lasted over 20 years before her unexpected death. Then he married Ona E. Hess who outlived him by many years.

He was born in NY...so perhaps that was where they met and married. But during the time of letters he was in Bangor Michigan.

Re: Descendants of William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 12 Mar 2004 6:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fenton, Claggett
Mark is correct. The Michigan and US Census for 1850 - 1880 show Orange Fenton with children (Orange and Fanny (Hunt) Fenton had 11 children - all while living in the log cabin built by Orange's father William Fenton on William's land grant in Casco Twp, St. Clair Co, Michigan. William (b in Turland, Vermont) was married to Rebecka H. Allen; they came to Michigan with their 10 children in 1834 to settle the land. There was quite a write up about this Fenton family along with other pioneer families in the 1951 Anniversary Edition of the Richmond Review, Richmond, MI. Contact me direct for more information. Pat

Re: Descendants of William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 13 Mar 2004 9:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Mar 2005 7:47AM GMT
Surnames: Fenton, Raymond/Raymo/Remo, Denniston, Titchworth/Titsworth
Hello Pat - Question re: Wm Fenton of Turland, VT.: Has anyone searched out the ancestors of Wm Fenton back into Turland, VT? If so, I'd sure like to know the hows and wheres as I'm searching for a Fenton from Vermont to Michigan right around the same time period.
Karen

Re: Descendants of William Matthew Fenton

Pat Hendrickson (View posts)
Posted: 13 Mar 2004 11:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Karen - First of all, I apologize for my "typo" - he came from Rutland, not Turland, VT. All I currently have is the census and the article from the Richmond Review (Michigan). I haven't done a lot on this line as it belongs to my Mom's cousin who I will be meeting next week. If you will contact me at rehpjh68@hotmail.com I will email you a copy of the newspaper article. Which child of William's are you following? Pat

Re: Descendants of William Matthew Fenton

Posted: 15 Mar 2004 6:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Mar 2005 12:56PM GMT
I am sorry, but as I indicated before, Orange Fenton was most probably not related to William Matthew Fenton, a founder of Fenton, Michigan.

The 1850 Census shows Orange Fenton (age 32) and Stephen A. Fenton (age 28) residing in Casco, Michigan. Among the Stephen Fenton's family, were William Fenton (age 52, born in CT) and Rebecca Fenton (age 50, born in NY), presumably the parents of Stephen and Orange. Earlier censuses show both Orange and William Fenton living in Warren County, New York.

There is no evidence that I know of (e.g., Vermont vital records) that this William Fenton was born in Rutland, VT in 1792 or any other year. And the Census says he was born in CT. Furthermore, I and others have exhaustively looked at Fentons who were living in Rutland, VT during the 1790s (including Matthew Fenton, the grandfather of William Matthew Fenton) and there is nothing (deeds, probate records, vital records, etc.) suggesting that this William Fenton was a relation.
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