My great grandfather, Benjamin Norris FENLEY, Jr. (whose wife was Martha McMillan, daughter of Alexander McMillan and Rebecca Tillman) was the son of Benjamin Norris FENLEY Sr. and Ann Phillips. My family believes he had around nine brothers and several sisters.
I am very interested in the family bible records you mentioned in your reply to a query about Pamela and William Danzey. Do you know of a family prayer book, dated @ 1720, that was in the family possessions of an elderly lady from Douglas, TX (between Nacogdoches and San Augustine, TX? Some information about it is in the archives of the Stephen F. Austin State University library in Nacogdoches.
Just to show a bit of evidence that the families are closely connected, check the following list of Benjamin Norris Jr.'s and Martha's children: Charles Alexander Fenley(my grandfather) William Franklin "Frank" Fenley(who, as an adult, changed thespelling of his name to FINLEY) Benjamin Fenley (who also changed hisname to Finley) Tabitha "Tabby" Fenley Courtney Zachariah Phillip "Chub" Fenley John Hanks "Hanks" Fenley Ann(e) Fenley White Richards Lennie Fenley Riley Edward Norris Fenley I know there was at least one more child whose name I do not know.
I have a photo of Benjamin Norris Jr. and he could be a twin to Robert Zachariah Fenley who was born in the Old Stone Fort in Nacogdoches, Texas. The family resemblance is startling. Robert Z. was the son of Harriet Fenley Roberts(?) who was the daughter of Rebecca Danzey Collier. My dad had a sister named Pamela or Permelia, called "Mellie," who may have been named for Pamela Danzey.
Several years before she died, my dad's youngest sister Sarah Evelina "Lena" Fenley Beasley Johns told me stories she had heard from her dad's people all her life. One that might interest you says that the Fenleys started toward Texasin the 1820's, planning to join up with Stephen F. Austin's first group of colonists, but they got lost. When they crossed the Sabine River at Pendleton Crossing in Sabine County, they liked what they saw and stayed. Some years later she said a "cholera" epidemic broke out and scared them away. They moved to Nacogdoches and Angelina counties where they stayed. When I could never find any evidence of a cholera epicdemic, I became very curious and started digging into the archives at SFA. I learned that Rebecca Danzey Fenley, a widow, had a son by the Fenley who was her late husband. While he was still a young boy, she married a Collier. When Mr. Collier was murdered, not too long afterward she married John S. Roberts, who adopted her son. Her daughter Harriet Fenley was not adopted by Roberts, I don't think. Aunt Lena's "cholera epidemic" seems to me to have been a "fleeing Collier's murder" epidemic. Do you have any information to indicate what, if any, of this tale is true?
I am looking forward to hearing from you. I wish to exchanging information with you if you are interested. Because I live just a mile or two from Houston's Clayton Genealogical Library, one of the best in the country, perhaps I can check records there for you if there is anything that I can help with.