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Re: Fenimores of Burlington NJ
Posted by: Martin Fenimore Date: February 06, 2000 at 18:52:46
In Reply to: Re: Fenimores of Burlington NJ by Bill Garrison of 263

I descend through Willam and Martha's son Ebenezer Sr. Here is a little more information on William and Martha's family:


1. WILLIAM FENIMORE was born in 1736 in Burlington Co. New Jersey. He died after 1819 in Woods County, West Virginia. He has reference number 256. William was left 5 Pounds Sterling in the will of his cousin John Fenimore who was the son of William his fathers brother. William and his wife were slave owners who treated their slaves well according to daughter Hannah. According to Jerri Fredin: During the siege of Philadelphia a company of English soldiers came into the house in Mount Holly, New Jersey and took all the furniture into the yard, scattered the feathers from the beds "to the four winds" and then set fire to the furniture. The soldiers made Hannah dance for them. William was furious then took off his Quaker coat and placed it on the burning furniture and said "Damn Quakerism. I will have my revenge." There is no record of his name on the New Jersey Troop records however he may have enlisted with another colony.

William was married to Martha MOTT (daughter of Ebenezer MOTT and Sarah COLLINS) on 15 May 1765 in New Jersey. Martha MOTT was born about 1751. WILLIAM FENIMORE and Martha MOTT had the following children:

       +2       i.       Hannah FENIMORE.
       +3       ii.       Ebenezer Ross FENIMORE Sr.
       +4       iii.       John FENIMORE.
       +5       iv.       Rhoda FENIMORE.
       +6       v.       Samuel D. FENIMORE.


2. Hannah FENIMORE was born on 3 Jun 1766 in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She died on 25 Jul 1835 in Columbus, Ohio. Hannah died at the home of her daughter Jane who lived in Columbus, Ohio. Hannah grew up un Mount Holly. Her descendents wrote about stories Hannah had told about her experiences in Mount Holly during the Revolutionary War when the British Soldiers stopped at their home on two different occasions. Her parents had been slave owners who treated their slaves well. One quote of Hannahs is perhaps a sign of her character. When a friend ordered that a slave be whipped for a minor offense Hannah said to the woman of the house where she was visiting,"I cannot stay and see one of God's creatures abuse. I am going home." In 1801 William, Hannah and their children moved from Mount Holly to Chillicothe, Ohio. They were residents in Chillicothe at the time of Williams death in 1818 and Hannah remained there a few years then later going to her daughters home in Columbus where she died.

Hannah was married to William KING in 1791. William KING was born in 1756 in Flushing, Rhode Island. He died in 1818 in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. William was a private in the 1st Battalion, Second Establishment in the Continental Line of NJ commanded by Col Mathias Ogden of Boonton, NJ. William King (1756-1818) served as private in Capt. Andrew McMyers' company, Col. Mathias Odgen's 1st regiment, New Jersey Continental Line. He was born in Burlington County, N. J. Hannah FENIMORE and William KING had the following children:

       7       i.       Sarah KING.
       8       ii.       Charles KING. Chars fought in the Battle of Lake Erie. The battle was called "Perrys Victory". Charles may have been one of the 100 men that Perry
took on Put-In-Bay just prior to the battle.
       +9       iii.       Sarah Fennimore KING.
       10       iv.       Rhoda KING was born on 28 Nov 1797 in Mount Holly, Burlington, New Jersey. She was ill with Cholera in 1854 in Lafayette, Indiana. She was buried in May 1854 in Lafayette, Indiana. Burial is in Green Bush, Cememtery. Rhoda died on 8 May 1854 in Lafayette, Indiana. Rhoda was unmarried and cared for the children of her sister Jane when she died in 1842 from complications due to the Cholera.

       +11       v.       Martha KING.
       +12       vi.       Jane KING.
       +13       vii.       Ebenezer KING.
       +14       viii.       George KING.
       +15       ix.       Mary KING.

3. Ebenezer Ross FENIMORE Sr was born on 4 Mar 1768 in Pennsylvania. He served in the military in 1793 in Pennsylvania. In 1793 Ebenezer was listed as Ensign EBENEZER FINNEMOREin the militia of Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania. He appeared on the census in 1808 in Ross Co, Ohio. Ebenezer is shown in the 1808 and 1809 Federal Census via the tax list. In 1808 he is listed as Ebenzer Fenimore, 1st District. In 1809 he is listed as Ebenezer Fennemore in Union TWP, page 46. He served in the military in 1812 in Pennsylvania. Ebenezer was a Quartermaster during the War of 1812. He was issued a bounty land warrant for his services. The warrant was later purchased by a John Hough of Chillicothe, Ohio. Mr Hough had also purchased a warrant issued to Ebenezer's son William for his service in the War of 1812. A newspaper article printed on Saturday, 2 Oct 1813 mentioned Ebenezer. A quote follows: A letter to the public regarding Gen. Harrison's troops is signed by Brig. Gen. Robert Lucas, Col. John M'Donald, Col. James Denny, Col. William Keys, Col. John Fergusus, Maj. Isaac Bonser, Maj. James Kilgore, Maj. Valentine Kepfer, Maj. Adam Mallow, Maj. John Willett, Maj. allen Trimble, Capt. N. Beaseley, Maj. James Wilson, Maj. Preslay Morris, Maj. John Boggs, Maj. William Rtuledge, Willima Key Bond (judge advocate), Capt. Richard Hooker, Brig. Q. M. Ebenezer Fennimore, Brig. Gen. James Manary, Brig. Q. M. Ezra Osborne. The letter mentions Gov. Return J. Meigs and General M'Arghur." He was buried in Sep 1854 in Ross Co, Ohio. Ebenezers headstone is marble and 3'6" tall and 16 inches wide. It is inscribed as follows: Ebenezer Fenimore, Died Sep 4, 1854, Aged 86 years 5 mos. It has a pointed top and was delivered to the Fenimore yard. Apparently Ebenezer and his wife Mary are buried his land near Chillocothe, Ohio. Ebenezers coffin cost $9.00 and was inlaid with 8 yards of a material called Jaconet and 2 1/2 yards of blue muslin material which at the time cost $4.68. Ebenezer was buried wearing white silk gloves. His estate was worth $2017.91 exclusive of the value of the home or land when it was assayed. He died on 4 Sep 1854 in Union Township, Ross, Ohio. He was a Farmer Life Long in Union Township, Ross, Ohio. He owned a log cabin in Pittsburgh in 1798 and was one of only a few homeowners on the tax rolls. His name was written as Ebenz Finnamore. His cabin was 22' by 24" was two stories high and had nine windows and 108 lights and stood on a 4800 sq. foot log. The home and land were worth $500.00 at the time. In 1800 he moved his family to Union TWP, Ross Co, Ohio. On the 20th of April in 1803 he purchased 1690 and 2/3rds acres of land located in Union Township in Ross County, Ohio from a Judge John and Catherine Welkins who lived in a borough of Pittsburgh. The land was surveyed by the founder of Chillicothe, Ohio General Nathaniel Massive. The land was located on the North Fork of Paint Creek on a stream called Dry Run about five miles South East of Frankfort, Ohio. The deed was written in Pittsburgh and recorded in Ross County, Ohio. Ebenezer ran for the candidacy of Ross County Commissioner in 1808. (abstract from the Scioto Gazette) He was a commissioner for many years in Ross County. Ebenezer was a farmer at the time of his death. It is not known what caused his death. He wrote out his will on the 12th of August in 1846 which was witnessed by a Isaac and Maria Pinto. In his will he left three fields to his son Henry. He gave $100.00 each to his sons Matthew, Samuel, George, Harriet, and daughter Sarah. He left $100.00 to each of the children of his deceased son named John. There is no mention of his son Aaron because he was under age. Ebenezer left his land in Indiana to his son William. Ebenezers farm on Dry Run was on the North Fork of Paint Creek which is about five miles south east of Frankfort, Ohio. Ebenezers personal property was valued at $1057.00 and he had 272-1/2 acres of land at the time of his death. Ebenezer had monies and sundry accounts out from what appears to have been an "in house" store with persons owing Ebenezers estate $2017.91. Ebenezer paid Mr Nimrod Russ $7.62 for the following work given between March 1853 and April 1854: Team Chipping and Hauling a load of wood $1.50, 3-/2 days chopping wood $1.73, One days work with a team hauling a load of wood $1.50, hauling 4 loads of wood $1.00, hauling 3 loads of wood .75, chopping a hauling one cord of wood .75, hauling 2 chords of wood .75, hauling a load of planks from saw mill .62, chopping and hauling one load of wood .25. Mr Nimrod was given $2.00 credit in corn for his services. The 1850 Census for Ross County, Union Townshio taken on 5 Sep 1850 showed Ebenezers property valued at $8000.00.
Various Census records:
Year Surname Given Name (s) County State Page Township/Other Info. Record Type Database Id#       

1810 FENIMORE EBENEZER, Ross County OH 005 Union Tax List OH 1810 Washington Co. Census Index OHS1a1064817 1810
FENIMORE EBENEZER, Ross County OH 017 No Twp Listed Tax list OH 1810 Washington Co. Census Index OHS1a1064818 1808
FENIMORE EBENEZER, Ross Co. OH 1st District Tax List OH Early Census Index OHS1a1064819
1810 FENIMORE,EBENEZER Ross County ,OH 005 Union Tax List OH 1810 Wash Co. Census Index OHS1a1064820 \
1810 FENIMORE,EBENEZER Ross County, Oh, 017 No Township Listed Tax List OH 1810 Wash Co Census Index OHS1a1064821
1808 FENIMORE, EBENEZER Ross Co, OH 1st District, Tax List OH Early Census Index OHS1a106482
1840 FENIMORE EBENEZER Ross County, OH 352 Union Twp Fed Pop Sched OH 1840 Fed Census Index OHS4a877850

He was married to Mary (surname unknown but may be anyone of the following REA/Scott/Cessna/Jones (?) about 1790 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Mary REA (?) was born on 9 Aug 1770 in Pennsylvania. She died on 16 Sep 1841 in Union Township, Ross, Ohio. She was buried in Ross Co, Ohio. Mary's Head Stone reads Mary, Wife of E. Fenimore, Died Sept 16, 1841, Age 71 yers, 1 mo, 7 da. Sometime just before 1841 Mary road by horseback to Indiana to visit her children that had migrated to Indiana between 1833 and 1835. Mary was between the ages of 65 and 70 when she made the trip which was close to 300 miles long.

Mary's last name is in question. Her maiden name was reported in the Miami Co. Indiana History book at Rhett. There are no Rhett's found in PA in that time period. Rea is a prominent name in Pennsylvania. One interesting twist is that on the back of a picture of Mary's daughter Sarah is a hand written note that Sarah is related to the wife of President Benjamin Harrison. Both of the wives of Benjamin Harrison were of the surname Scott. Ebenezer Ross FENIMORE Sr and Mary REA (?) had the following children:

       +16       i.       William Mott FENIMORE.
       +17       ii.       John FENIMORE.
       +18       iii.       Joseph S. FENIMORE.
       +19       iv.       Samuel FENIMORE.
       +20       v.       Ebenezer Ross FENIMORE Jr.
       +21       vi.       Matthew FENIMORE.
       +22       vii.       George S. FENIMORE.
       +23       viii.       Henry B. FENIMORE.
       +24       ix.       Harriet S. FENIMORE.
       +25       x.       Sarah Elizabeth FENIMORE.
       +26       xi.       Maryann FENIMORE.

4. John FENIMORE was born about 1775 in Pennsylvania. He served in the military in 1813 in Ohio. Records show John is most likely who may was the John Finnamore/Finemore/Fennemore/Fennamore who was a private in Capt. Henry Mallows company from 28 Jul 1813 un Aug 1813 when he was transferred to Captain William Kilgores Company. He was then appointed as "D.B.IR.MASTER". His discharge date is not known and his last pay period on record was 5 Sep 1813. John moved to Chillicothe between 1803 and 1806. R John lived in Chillocothe until the late 1820's. In April 1829 John was a resident of Wayne County, Indiana when he bought two los in lots from an Obidaia R. and Margaret Weaver. In 1830 John bough two tracts of land in and adjacent to Abington in Wayne County. On Feb 19th 1830 he was deeded land west of Brownsville-Richmond road and lots in Abington by William Jones and his wife Nancy. On 23 March he was deeded land bordering the Abington Meeting house lot by Cary H. Boatright and his wife Harriet who is possibly Johns Daughter. In August 1830 John and his wife sold to William Sumner of Centerville land which had been purchased from the Jones's and Boatrights six months earlier. There is no John Fenimore in the 1840 Indiana census.

John FENIMORE and Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) CISSNA had the following children:

       +27       i.       Eliza FENIMORE.
       +28       ii.       Martha FENIMORE.
       +29       iii.       Stephan FENNIMORE.
       +30       iv.       Joseph FENIMORE.

5. Rhoda FENIMORE was born in 1775/76. She died in 1850 in West Virgina.

She was married to George YEAGER in 1795 in Green County, Pennsylvania. George YEAGER died in 1847 in Greensboro, Mongahalia Township, Washington Co., Pennsylvania. He was buried in Greensboro, Mongahalia Township, Washington Co., Pennsylvania.

6. Samuel D. FENIMORE was born in 1784 in New Jersey. He served in the military in 1806 in West Virgina. Samuel was a Corporal in the Virginia Militia for the War of 1812.
He died in Apr 1870 in Mason County, West Virginia.

Charity KITE died in Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia. Samuel D. FENIMORE and Charity KITE had the following children:

       +31       i.       Ebenezer FENIMORE.
       +32       ii.       John FENIMORE.
       33       iii.       James L. FENIMORE was born in 1817 in Virginia. He was a Miner in 1850 in Utah Territory. He was an Indian Trader in 1851 in Nevada. In 1851 Nevada was part of the Utah Territory. He died in Jul 1861 in Gold Canyon, Nevada. He was buried in Dayton, Nevada. James was operating a trading station in Genoa, Nevada which was part of the Utah Territory in 1851. It was later called Mormon Station. James was named "Old Virginia/Virginny by the settlers of the Washoe because of his pride for Virginia. The town of Virginia, Nevada is named after James. William Wright who was the editor of the Virginia City "Enterprise" newspaper wrote about a meeting with a Piute Indian in Virginia City who knew James. The Indian knew James quite well and stated he had visited James to purchase some blankets and other staples. The Indian stated "Although fond of the bottle, Old Virginia was by no means a loafer. He had his sprees, but these were generally followed by seasons of great activity. He was very fond of hunting and when not engaged in mining or prospecting he was ranging the mountains and valleys in search of deer, antelope and mountain sheep. He was interested in nearly all the enterprises of the early Johnstown and Gold Hill mines, but missed being in the Ophir at the time of the discovery of silver, having sold his interest in the Six-mile Canyon digging the previous season." In July of 1861 he died by being thrown from a horse in Gold Canyon, Nevada. He had $3000 at the time of his death and had been talking of returning to Virginia. James is credited with four other men for discovering the Comstock Lode Gold discovery which is one of the largest finds in America. (Henry Comstock, James Fenimore, Patrick Mclauglin, Peter O'Reily and Emanuel Penrod)
       +34       iv.       Ingaby FENIMORE.
       +35       v.       Samuel FENIMORE.

He was married to Hannah JONES in 1834 in , MEIGS, Ohio. Hannah JONES was born in 1799 in Vermont. She died on 18 Mar 1866. She was buried in BOON TWP, MADISON, INDIANA, FORESTVILLE CEME. Samuel D. FENIMORE and Hannah JONES had the following children:

       +36       i.       Thomas Tavner FENIMORE.


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