Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 35 page 78

This entry is part 40 of 99 in the series Deeds in the Family

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.

Date: 28 Nov 1892
Liber: 35
Page: 78
Location: Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Grantor: Alfred L. Thurston of Kingsley, Grand Traverse, MI
Grantee: William A. Longstreet of Colfax, Wexford, MI
Witnesses: John N. Calhoun, Wm Watson
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 21 Dec 1892 1:30 p.m.
Clerk/registrar: Samuel J. Wall
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford MI
Consideration: $400.00
Notes: Alfred Thurston married Eliza John Fenton on 10 Oct 1873
Description: SW 1/4 of the NW 1/2 Section 16 T23N R10W

This description is along 29 1/4 road in Colfax township. Twenty-nine mile road and has been reconfigured slightly since this old 1889 atlas1 was published. Currently the road approximately follows the route of my blue line. It curves to the east while traveling down a hill, and continues north on the section line. At the section line, the name of the road becomes 29 1/4.

Some of the land in the quarter-section is still owned by descendants of John and Eliza Fenton. If you click and enlarge this thumbnail, you will see that W.G. Watson owned the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 at the time the atlas was printed. Watson was the husband of Salina Fenton, a daughter of John and Eliza. I do not know when this land was purchased by the Fentons or Thurstons. Either I missed the transaction because it was in the name Thurston, or I haven’t come to the top of the pile yet.


  1. E.L. Hayes & Co., Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan / compiled by Eli L. Hayes from government surveys, county and township records, and personal investigations and observations , Eli L. Hayes, (Chicago, Ill.: E.L. Hayes & Co., 1889), page 29; digital images, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.
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