Descendants of Captain Arthur Fenner

Elisha Potter Fenner
& Elizabeth Hall, Harriet Smith

 

[b 31 July 1834 at Alfred, NY; d 31 Dec. 1919 at Shinglehouse, PA] Elisha P. Fenner m 1st Elizabeth Hall [b 1835; d 17 Apr. 1858] on 1 Jan. 1857. Elizabeth Hall died seven days after giving birth to Ellery. He m 2nd Harriet Smith [b 7 Apr. 1837; d 3 Apr. 1915] of Alfred, NY, on 28 Sept. 1867.

Elisha served in the Civil War. He enrolled as a private in Capt. Ellsworth’s Company of Steuben Rangers, 10 Sept. 1861, later known as Company D, 86th NY Infantry. From 28 Feb. 1862 to 28 Feb. 1863, he served with the Signal Corps. He was promoted to Sgt. Major on 20 Mar. 1863. Elisha re-enlisted as a veteran on 20 Dec. 1863 and was made Hospital Steward 14 Nov. 1864. He was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant 1 June 1865 to 27 June 1865, but was mustered out as an officer on account of deafness, which he had acquired as a result of exposure to continuous cannonading. Although he fought in many battles, the Gettysburg campaign made the most vivid and lasting impression on him.

In 1874, Elisha went into the cheese manufacturing business, and by 1896, he was operating four cheese factories. He died at the home of his son, Henry Edgar Fenner, in Shinglehouse, PA.

Elisha Potter Fenner & Elizabeth Hall, Harriet Smith

Child by Elizabeth Hall:

1. Elery Maxson [b 10 Apr. 1858; d 24 Dec. 1897] m Myra Spiegelhalder.

Children by Harriet Smith:

2. Albert Smith [b 22 Sept. 1868] was an insane genius. He served as a financial officer for the asylum to which he was committed.
3. Eliam Elisha [b 28 Apr. 1870; d 27 Oct. 1936] m Susan T. Babcock. 
4. Asenath "Senie" Allen [b 22 June 1871; d 9 Mar. 1909] m Charles Stevens in March 1907, had Marrion Harriett [b 12 Jan. 1909; d 13 Jan. 1909]. 
5. Henry Edgar [b 7 Aug. 1872; d 18 Feb. 1967] m Nina Locke. 
6. Olin Smith [b 4 Sept. 1875; d 20 Apr. 1945] m Marinda Isabel Reddy.
7. Amelia “Millie” Potter [b 3 Oct. 1877; d 27 Jan. 1966] m Frank Wallace Stevens [1877-1955], had Ellis Edward [1913-1963]. 


Lineage:
Arthur | Thomas | Thomas | William | Stephen | Isaac | Elisha

Sources:
1. Rick Buckingham, Genealogy, 7. Elisha's military service record currently in Rick's possession.
2. Elisha's memorial and obituary at FindAGrave.com, no. 92248601