Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 87 page 628

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Winnie Kaiser Yearnd Wedding Book

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: 16 Nov 1918
Liber: 87
Page: 628
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Walter Britton
Grantee: Alfred T Fenton and Hazel J. Fenton of Detroit
Witnesses: George Soper, Ben Soper
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 25 Nov 1918
Clerk/registrar: Slack
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, MI
Consideration: $1500
Description: E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 Sect 5 T23N R10W

Alfred Thurston Fenton married Hazel Janette Tossey on 20 February 1917. An old family history states that the first two children of this couple were born in Lansing, Ingham, Michigan. This seems likely, since the family was enumerated in Lansing on the 1920 census1, where Alfred was listed as a “Varnish Rubber, Auto Co. I guess Detroit and Lansing were just one big far away place to some residents of Wexford County, even in 1918.

This purchase was in Alfred’s home neighborhood. You can enlarge the thumbnail, made from the 1914 Atlas2 of Wexford County, to see the purchased land and some of the neighbors land better.

The red outline represents the purchase on this deed. The blue X at the township line marks the land originally purchased by George Burdick in the township; George was Alfred Fenton’s maternal grandfather. The blue squares mark property along 29 1/4 road which was owned by Harmon H. and Susie Longstreet. Susie was Alfred’s mother.


Edited on 26 January 2010 to correct the outline of the land described in the deed.

  1. “1920 US Federal Census”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2010), entry for Alfred Fenton, [b.] 1887/1888, page 12A, Ward 3, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan.
  2. Standard Map Company., Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan : containing complete maps of all townships, names of property owners, maps of the county, city of Cadillac, United States and State of Michigan., Standard Map Company., Cadillac Evening News (Firm) (Cadillac, Mich.: Cadillac Evening News, c1914), page 20, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928167.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.
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