I am posting information gleaned from land records in the areas where our family’s ancestors resided. You can read more about this project in the overview. You may also check my deed record listing, which I will update frequently, but probably not every day. This group pertain to Papa’s Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.
John Fenton, who family tradition indicates was a native of Greenbrier County, VA/WV, arrived in Wexford County in June 1868, according to records in his homestead entry file. I have found records for John Fenton in Ohio, where he married both of his wives, and in Elkhart and Noble Counties, Indiana. He and first wife Lydia Jones raised a large family in Indiana, before Lydia died and he married Eliza John. Eliza and John had five children, two of whom died young and are buried in Wolf Lake Cemetery, Noble County, Indiana near Lydia Jones Fenton and other members of her family.
When he claimed his homestead in Wexford County, Michigan in 1868, John Fenton was 66 years of age, and his wife Eliza 43. Their children who accompanied them were: John Pressely, age 17; Salina “Lina” 13; and George Lane, 11.
|Date:||17 July 1875|
|Location:||Wexford County, MI|
|Grantor:||John P. Fenton of Cedar Creek Township, Wexford, MI|
|Grantee:||William Doyle of the same place|
|Witnesses:||Ezra Harper, Willis S Glullching(?)|
|Type of deed:||Warranty|
|Rec’d and recording:||8 Aug 1876|
|Location of land:||Wexford Co, MI|
|Description:||Lot 4, Block 1 of Huffs Addition to the village of Cedar Creek, according to survey plot on file…|
The current address of Lot 4, Block 1 of Huffs Addition is 401 W. Main Street, Manton, Michigan. The lot is 7239.99 square feet, .17 acres. I have not located the record of Fenton’s purchase of this lot, it is another thing on my to do list.
The lot is in Section 4, on the line between Sections 4 and 9, which is also 19 mile road, old west M-42, AKA Main Street.