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Elijah Fenn

Male 1788 - 1844  (55 years)


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  • Name Elijah Fenn  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 17 Jul 1788  , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jan 1844  , , Early (now Miller) County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    Buried Mothers Home Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Boykin, Miller County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    Person ID I422  Main
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 

    Father Travis Fenn,   b. Bef 1763,   d. Between Aug 1809 and 7 May 1810, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Mary [--?--],   b. Est 1779,   d. Aft Apr 1817, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Family ID F1541  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Rich,   b. 3 Sep 1795, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1859, , , Miller County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1807  , , Burke County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 9
    Children 
     1. Eliza Fenn,   b. 23 Aug 1811, , , Montgomery County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1897, , Coffee Springs, Geneva County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     2. Sarah Fenn,   b. Abt 1813, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1880 and 1900, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
     3. William Fenn, Sr.,   b. Abt 1814, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1855 and 1858  (Age ~ 41 years)  [natural]
     4. Letty Fenn,   b. 26 Apr 1816, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1857, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
     5. Lucile Fenn,   b. Abt 1819, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873  (Age ~ 54 years)  [natural]
     6. Mary "Polly" Fenn,   b. Abt 1821, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 8 Nov 1850, , , Early County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)  [natural]
     7. Melvina Fenn,   b. Abt 1822, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1899, , , Calhoun County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)  [natural]
     8. Catherine Fenn,   b. Abt 1824, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1899, , , Miller County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)  [natural]
     9. Carolyn Fenn,   b. 1827, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     10. John F. Fenn,   b. Abt 1829, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1880 and 1900, , , Macon County, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)  [natural]
     11. Rhoda Ann Fenn,   b. Abt 1830, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     12. Martha Jane Fenn,   b. Abt 1831, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
     13. Zelphia Fenn,   b. Abt 1833, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 4 Jun 1880, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)  [natural]
     14. Alsia Fenn,   b. Abt 1835, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "B. ELIJAH FANN (Notice he used the FANN spelling) was born on 17 July 1788 and died 5 Jan 1844 in Early (now Miller) Co, GA. He married MARTHA RICH in 1807 in Burke Co, GA according to Martha's 1855 application for a land grant. MARTHA RICH was born on 3 Sept 1795 and died in Miller County on 10 May 1859. Travis Fenn, believed to be the father of Elijah, was living in Burke County in 1807. Travis has a court record dated 9 Jan 1806 in Burke County.
      Dot Arthur, POB 1635, Panama City, FL 32402 has copied information from her great grandmother's family Bible giving Elijah & Mary's dates of birth and death, and Joe T. Smith, 423 Meadowlark Dr., Albany, GA 31707 has done extensive research on Elijah & Martha (Rich) Fann.
      Neither knows who Elijah's father is, but suspect Travis Fenn may be. Elijah is named as a possible son of Travis Fenn.
      Elijah Fenn enlisted in the army on 23 Aug 1813, at age 18, for service in the War of 1812
      (NOTE: He was actually about 25 when he enlisted.) He served in the same military unit during the War of 1812 as Zacheus Fann, son of Travis Fann. John Fann, Jr. was also in the same unit. John Fann Jr. was a son of John Fann Sr., a brother of Zachariah. They served as Privates in Capt. Thomas Company of Infantry, Wimberly's Brigade, Georgia Militia. The three Fanns were discharged at Darrien, GA and paid $32.52 ($8 per month pay + $.16 per day for food for 4 days). They left for their homes in Dublin, Laurens Co., GA, a distance of about 200 miles.
      On 21 July 1855, Martha Fenn of Decatur Co., GA, age 67, resident of Early Co., GA, widow of Elijah Fenn who died in Early Co. on 5 Jan 1844, applied for Bounty Land for his service in the War of 1812, giving her name before marriage as Martha Rich and saying that they were married "about 1807" in Burke Co, GA. (Bounty Land Warrant Application #42382-160-55)
      The deaths of Elijah and Martha Fenn are recorded in the Bibble of Leonidas Duke Sr and his wife Melvina Fann."
    • (Research):Washington Rich witnessed a land transaction in Montgomery County between Elizabeth Fenn and ELIJAH FENN on October 11, 1811. (12: 102; 31: 175)

      Henry W. Fenn

      1805 Land Lottery data:
      Headers: Number, Name, County of Res., Draw, Draw, Prize (if drawn)
      88 Fann, George - Clarke B B
      105 Fann, Willoughby - Clarke B B
      79 Finn, Jesse - Clarke B B
      435 Finn, John - Lincoln B B
      424 Finn, William - Lincoln B B
      399 Finn, Nancy, widow - Jefferson B B
      401 Fann, Eli - Jefferson B
      50 Finn, Sarah - Burke B B
      25 Finn, Travis - Burke B B
      460 Finn, William - Montgomery B B

  • Sources 
    1. [S1228] Book: Fenn - Foot Prints & Wagon Tracks, 2nd ed., Doyle Fenn, (Manvel, Texas: published by author, 2000), 28-31 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S50] Cemetery: Georgia, Miller, near Colquitt - Mothers Home Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, joint grave marker for Elijah and Martha Fann, photographed by Gail Rich Nestor, 27 May 2005 (Reliability: 3).
      inscription:
      MARTHA ELIJAH
      FANN FANN
      DIED 1848 DIED 1844
      Among the first settlers of this section.
      Among those constituting
      Pilgrims Rest Church.

    3. [S19] Personal Correspondence, e-mail from Jack Carroll Cumbie of Ozark, Alabama [Jack43188@aol.com], a descendant of Eliza Fenn Hatten, to Gail Rich Nestor dated 26 September 2006 (Reliability: 3).
      "I am descended from Allen Hatton (Hatten) and Eliza Fenn, my GG grandparents. She is buried at Consolation Cem., Coffee Co., AL as Hatton. The dates are from my grandfather's Bible and his memory."

    4. [S19] Personal Correspondence, e-mail from Tim Griffin of Fort Lauderdale, Florida [timg_2001@yahoo.com], a descendant of Sarah Fenn Griffin, to Gail Rich Nestor dated 18 August 2005 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S19] Personal Correspondence, e-mail from Marvin Reed of New York, New York [tworeeds1@verizon.net], a descendant of Sarah Fenn Griffin, to Gail Rich Nestor on 15 June 2007 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S19] Personal Correspondence, e-mail from Betty Fann Gallagher [yelowros36@hotmail.com], a descendant of William Fenn, to Gail Rich Nestor dated 2 January 2008 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S19] Personal Correspondence, multiple e-mails from Beth Hammer Molina of Merritt Island, Florida [rmolina2@cfl.rr.com], a descendant of Letty Fenn Rich, to Gail Rich Nestor starting in July 2003 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S764] Book: Georgia-Miller - History of Miller County, Georgia 1856-1980, Nellie Cook Davis, (Colquitt, Georgia: Citizens Bank, 1980), G975.8964 DAV GA., 15-16 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S764] Book: Georgia-Miller - History of Miller County, Georgia 1856-1980, Nellie Cook Davis, (Colquitt, Georgia: Citizens Bank, 1980), G975.8964 DAV GA., 15 (Reliability: 3).