I am seeking information on the Fenton/Finton families of Adams and Hancock Counties in Illinois. Morgan E. Fenton was my gg-grandfather. I do not know where he came from or where he died but he was married to Jennie Morrow. The only location information I have at the present time is a reference to Oskaloosa Iowa on the back of his son, Norman's, childhood picture and the notation of Iowa as the birthplace of Norman on Norman's marriage application. Norman E. Fenton was a farmer residing in Marcelline, Adams County, Illinois at the time he married Annie Stafford in Quincy, Adams County, IA on December 5, 1889. Annie was the daughter of Elisha Gilbert Ward Stafford and Mary Ann Sammons, and was born in Marcelline, Adams County, IA. Her father was from North Carolina; birth location of her mother is unknown. Norman had one brother, John W. Fenton who married Annie's sister Arabelle Stafford on 23 July 1890 in Marcelline.
I found my gg-grandfather and his wifeMorgan Finton m. Maria J. Morrow on July 4, 1867, entry #94, p. 100, of the 1851-1875 Volume of the Mahaska county marriage records. Only other detail in this entry was that Samuel Thompson, Judge, officiated.
In Book 2, license #4574, p. 136, Mahaska County Marriage Records, I found Frank Sarvis of White Oak Twp, m. Lizzie Fenton, also of White Oak Twp, on 24 March 1895. Frank is 46 years of age and a farmer born in Iowa; parents J. Thos. Sarvis and Annie Armstrong. Lizzie was 20 years of age and born in Illinois. Her parents are listed as Morgan Fenton and Jane Morrow. Marriage was witnessed by Stella Bowen and Bertha Sarvis.
Found one other Fenton record as well. In Book 2, p. 172, Mahaska County Marriage Records, there is Daniel J. Craig m. Maud Fenton, both of Oskaloosa, on 16 August, 1896. Daniel is 22 years of age and a baker by trade. He was born in Missouri to Jack Craig and Maggie Smith. Maud is the daughter of Jesse Fenton and Nancy Hancock. She was born in Iowa. The marriage was witnessed by Carrie B. Shane & Linda Thomas, with GW Barber, Minister, officiating. Don't know of any relationship between Morgan and Jesse, but thought I'd post the information anyway in case someone else is aware of one.
Morgan's son, Norman, entered his mother's name as Jennie Morris on his marriage record. My grandmother told my aunt that Morgan's wife's name was Elizabeth Morrow. I think the Elizabeth may have been Lizzie. It's funny, but no one in my dad's family seemed to know about any sister for Norman. Everyone was aware that Norman had a brother, John W., who lived in Quincy, IL. and married Norman's wife's sister, Arabelle Stafford. The family spelled it's name Fenton that generation, my grandfather spelled it Finton, and as you can see it was spelled both ways in the Mahaska County records.The only references I have been to find for a Morgan Fenton/Finton are in the following censuses:
1850 Logan County, Ohio Census, p. 61, Stokes Twp.
1850 Allen County, Ohio Census.
1860 Koscuisko County, Indiana, Prairie Twp., p. 166 refers to:
Finton, Morganage 27day laborborn OH
Finton, Harriet24 OH
Finton, Angaline2 IN
Collins, Sarah62 PA
I don't know if any of these are my Morgan Finton/Fenton.Does anyone have any information on this man?