Descendants of Captain Arthur Fenner

Edward Fenner & Phebe Barton, Amey Thorton


[b 1698-1704; d 28 Sept. 1766] Edward Fenner m 1st Phebe Barton in 1721. He m 2nd Amey (Borden) Thornton, widow of Josiah Thornton and daughter of Richard Borden, on 11 Apr. 1728. Edward was a member of the First Baptist Church in America, at Providence, RI. His record there says: “1st cousin of Honorable Arthur Fenner, Esq. (1699-1788), m. 1728. … one of the participants in the 25 May 1732 meeting regarding laying on of hands.” He lived in the part of Providence County that became Cranston in 1754.

Children by Edward and Amey:

1. Freelove [b 1729] m Andrew Edmonds of Warwick, RI, on 20 Mar. 1746.
2. Esther [b 1730] m William Corpe, son of Edward Corpe, ca. 1750 in Providence.
3. Sarah [b 1732; d 17 Oct. 1770] m Col. John Waterman ca. 1749.
4. Mary [1733] m William Harrington ca. 1753
5. Edward Jr. [b 1736/7; d 31 May 1813] m 1st Dinah Potter, m 2nd Welthian Colegrove.
6. Alice [b ca. 1738; d 22 Sept. 1832, age 94] m 1st Simeon Stephens; m 2nd Col. John Waterman.
7. Stephen [b ca. 1740; d ca. 1816] m Frances Corpe.
8. Capt. Arthur [b 1741; d 23 Aug. 1827] m Rachel (Corpe) Westcott.
9. John [b 1742; d 1823] m Lydia Carpenter.


Arthur | Arthur | Edward

a. J.P. Root, Genealogy of the Fenner Family (1887), vol. II: 43.
b. Eva Fenner, Notes, 582; historical background of the Fenner family, unknown origin.