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Ancestry of
George William Curtis Fenton
of Burke, New York


Surnames on this site include:

McDonald (PQ), Percy (PQ),
Lewis (VT), Adams (VT),
Eggleston (NY), Standish (CN),
Preston (CN), Holt (CN),
Hatch (CN), Loomis (CN),
Lee (CN), Dodge (CN),
Warrin (CN), Farrar (MA)


Generation No. 1

GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS FENTON, born September 4, 1874 in Burke, Franklin County, NY, and died December 3, 1952 in Middletown, CT.  He was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA.  He was the son of THEODOCIUS FENTON and SARAH M. LEWIS.

George married CORA MCDONALD April 13, 1900 in Everett, MAClick here to see their marriage certificate, and here to see a portrait, perhaps a wedding portrait, of them.

She was born in April 1875, in Canada according to her marriage certificate. According to US Census returns, she was born in New York State, perhaps Burke, Franklin County, NY. She died April 6, 1961 in Middletown, CT.  She was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA.  She was the daughter of JAMES MCDONALD and MARY ANNE PERCY.

For more about Cora's family, CLICK HERE .

 1945 Portraits of Cora McDonald and George Fenton.

About George William Curtis Fenton

September 5, 1896 - December 06, 1909, Street Car Conductor, West End Street Railway Co., Boston, MA

April 1900 – Lived at 25 Russell Street, Everett, MA

April 13, 1900 – Married Cora C. McDonald

April 29, 1908 (Letter from Sarah M. Lewis Fenton) - Lived at 25 Russell Street, Everett, MA

1910 Census - Poultry Farmer, Lived at 62 Quint Avenue, Allston, MA

September 17, 1918 (WWI Draft Registration)– Lived at 62 Quint Avenue

1920 Census - Gardener, Lived at 62 Quint Avenue

1930 Census - Restaurant Manager, Lived at 62 Quint Avenue

One of George Fenton's hobbies was taking and collecting pictures of family and friends.  There exist many, many pictures from the late 1800’s and early 1900s.  George had a Brownie camera that he took everywhere.  Apparently, George was the only person who could operate it as there exist very few pictures of him from the period.  He was very prolific in recording the events of the day.

George, however, was not very diligent when it came to recording names and dates.  One photo from the early 1900s appears to show three generations of Fentons at the family farm in Burke. Click here to view the photo.  The persons in the photo, from left to right, appear to be: Cora McDonald Fenton standing in front of unidentifed child in wagon, unknown mustachioed gentlemen with baby, unknown woman, his father Theodocius Fenton (standing in background wearing suspenders) and two unidentified children, Sarah M. (Lewis) Fenton holding baby, and another unknown woman.  If anybody can shed any light on the identities of anybody in the photo, please contact me.
 

About Burke, New York
Click here to see a view of the Village of Burke (pre-1930) looking west towards the Burke United Methodist Church from the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street.  This picture appears on a postcard sent by Cora in 1928 to her daughter informing her she had made it safely to Burke.


 

Generation No. 2

THEODOCIUS FENTON was born December 03, 1834 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY, and died March 07, 1909 at the City Hospital in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, NY.  He is buried in Morningside Cemetery in Malone, NY.

He married SARAH M. LEWIS April 18, 1855 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY.  They were married by John B. Rogers of the Methodist-Episcopalian Church of Corinth.

SARAH M. LEWIS was born on April 3, 1834, in either Burke, Franklin County, NY, and died on June 26th, 1908, in Burke, Franklin County, NY.  She was the daughter of MINER LEWIS and EUNICE ADAMS.  Click on the names of Sarah's parents, Miner Lewis and Eunice Adams, to view their headstones.

For more about Sarah M. Lewis and her ancestry, click here .
 

About Theodocius Fenton
Civil War Veteran, Military service: Bet. August 23, 1864 - June 07, 1865, enlisted at Bangor, NY, Union Army, 98th NY Inf., Co. D

To learn more about the 98th New York Infantry, click here .

Read a two page letter from Theodocius to Sarah written on September 16, 1864 from City Point, Virginia, page 1 and page 2 , and see the Envelope in which it was delivered.

Theodocius Fenton made several attempts, over a period of 18 years to gain a pension for his Civil War service before finally succeeding on February 23, 1907.  Several selected documents from his file are available at this site.

Occupation: Farmer

Click here to read his Obituaries

Theodocius did not leave a will and it wasn't until 1910 that his property was sold.  The following documents show how his property was sold.  The first is a Surrogate Court notice to creditors of Theodocius advising them to notify the administrators of any debts owed.  The second and third documents are transactions selling his land to (1) his son Albert and (2) Clark and Laura Paine.  The second and third documents are significant in that they list the names of the surviving children of Theodcoius and Sarah.

Children of THEODOCIUS FENTON and SARAH M. LEWIS are:


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Generation No. 3

DARIUS FENTON was born October 26, 1801 in Willington, Tolland County, CT, and died February 12, 1885 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY.  He married SARAH EGGLESTON on November 29, 1826 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY, daughter of JOHN EGGLESTON and LUCINDA STANDISH.  She was born March 10, 1801 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY, and died November 21, 1877 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY.

About Darius Fenton

Corinth Rural Cemetery, burial plot #: M39-1

Occupation: Farmer
 

About Sarah Eggleston

Corinth Rural Cemetery, burial plot #: M39-2

Click on the names of Sarah's parents, John Eggleston and Lucinda Standish , to see their headstones.

Children of DARIUS FENTON and SARAH EGGLESTON are:


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Generation No. 4

LUKE FENTON was born December 20, 1767 in Willington, Tolland County, CT, and died November 7, 1848 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY.  He married CHLOE PRESTON September 11, 1788 in Willington, Tolland County, CT, daughter of DARIUS PRESTON and HANNAH FISKE.  She was born February 11, 1772 in Willington, Tolland County, CT, and died June 09, 1841 in Corinth, Saratoga County, NY.

About LUKE FENTON :
Burial: Corinth Rural Cemetery
Burial Plot #: M39-4
Occupation: Farmer

More About CHLOE PRESTON :
Burial: Corinth Rural Cemetery
Burial Plot #: M39-5

As noted above, Chloe was the daughter of Darius Preston and Hannah Fiske.  Darius' parents were Benjamin Preston and Deborah Holt. Click here to see their headstones from the Old Cemetery in Willington, CT.

Chloe had several siblings including Hannah and Joshua .  Click on their names to see their headstones from the Old Cemetery.

Luke purchased 20 acres in Willington from his father, Asa, on June 18th 1798, for the sum of $136.80.  Click here to view that record.  He sold that same piece of property, click here to view the record, on March 7th, 1801, to John Sibley of Ashford, Connecticut for $136.00.

Another sale of property involved Luke and Chloe's pew at the meeting house.  The transaction , agreed to on January 31, 1802 and received for record on March 31, 1802, appears to be a sale of their pew to his father Asa Fenton and uncle Adonijah Fenton.  It was sold for $46.67, and was "the third pew from the North East Corner in the body on the lower floor."

Having sold their land and church pew, Luke and Chloe and their family moved to either Hadley or Corinth in Saratoga County, New York sometime after January 31, 1802.

Children of LUKE FENTON and CHLOE PRESTON are:


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Generation No. 5

ASA FENTON was born January 10, 1747/48 in Willington, Tolland County, CT, and died February 18, 1840 in ?, Tolland County, CT.  He was the son of SAMUEL FENTON and LYDIA LEE.  He married JERUSHA HATCH on October 19, 1769 in Willington, Tolland County, CT, daughter of ABNER HATCH and ABIGAIL LOOMIS.  She was born May 22, 1748 in Tolland, Tolland County, CT, and died May 31, 1780 in Willington, Tolland County, CT.

Click ASA FENTON to see his headstone at the Old Cemetery, Willington, CT

Revolutionary War Veteran
Four Separate Stints in American Revolution:

Click to see the three page depostion filed by Asa Fenton in support of his pension application: 1 , 2 , 3

Click here to see the deposition filed by Asa's brother, Solomon Fenton in support of Asa's pension application

Occupation: Farmer

Click JERUSHA HATCH to see her headstone at the Old Cemetery, Willington, CT

Children of JERUSHA HATCH and ASA FENTON are:

After the death of Jerusha Hatch, Asa married Sarah Johnson.  Sarah was born about 1760 and died on April 22, 1816 and is buried in Willington at the Old Cemetery.
 

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Generation No. 6

Samuel Fenton, Jr. born July 17, 1722 in Willington, Tolland County, CT; died June 29, 1795 in Willington, Tolland County, CT.  He was the son of Samuel Fenton and Catherine Warrin.  He married Lydia Lee December 15, 1746 in Willington, CT.
Lydia Lee, born November 10, 1726; died July 22, 1810 in Willington, Tolland County, CT.  She was the daughter of  Jedediah Lee and Lucy Dodge.

More About Jr. Samuel Fenton:
Baptism: April 26, 1724, Mansfield First Church

Children of Samuel Fenton and Lydia Lee are:


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Generation No. 7

Samuel Fenton, born 1693 in Mansfield, Tolland County, CT; died 1784 in ?, Tolland County, CT.  He was the son of Robert Fenton and Dorothy Farrar.  He married Catherine Warrin April 07, 1720 in Mansfield, Tolland County, CT.  Catherine Warrin, died July 11, 1753 in Willington, Tolland County, CT.

More About Catherine Warrin:
Baptism: July 05, 1722, Mansfield First Church

Children of Samuel Fenton and Catherine Warrin are:


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Generation No. 8

Robert Fenton, possibly born 1655 in Deritend, Warwickshire, England.  He married Dorothy Farrar February 27, 1687/88 in Woburn, Middlessex County, MA. Dorothy Farrar, born Abt. 1665 in Woburn, Middlesex County, MA.  She was the daughter of John Farrer and Joanna.

More About Robert Fenton:
Occupation: Master Filecutter, Farmer
Hobby: Counterfeiting

Robert Fenton had a very colorful past as shown in Kenneth Scott's 1957 classic, Counterfeiting in America.  You can pick up a copy at your local library; if one isn't available, check out interlibrary loan.

Children of Robert Fenton and Dorothy Farrar are:


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This page created on July 5, 2000, and updated on December 19, 2006.