Descendants of Captain Arthur Fenner
William H. Fenner & Ellen Wardwell
[b 16 Aug. 1820; d 14 Nov. 1896] William Henry was a leading businessman in Providence. He was raised in part by his grandfather, who owned the Providence Bleaching, Dying, and Calendering Co. Following his grandfather’s entrepreneurial lead, he established William H. Fenner & Co. in 1849. In 1856, he is listed as a member of the Providence Association of Mechanics and Manufacturers and his business was classified under "Provisions" and "Tin, Copper, and Sheet Iron Workers, Stove Dealers, &c." An 1889 advertisement in the Providence Directory bills the company as "Manufacturers of and Dealers in First-Class House Furnishing Goods," among other things. He sold the company in 1888 to another local merchant, Thomas Phillips.
He m Ellen Taylor Wardwell, daughter of Josiah Wardwell, on 19 Sept. 1842.
1. William Henry Jr. [b 1843; d 24 Nov. 1929] m Ella Keep.
2. Josiah Smith; m — Pettis, no children.
3. Nellie Frances [b ca. July 1854; d 13 Feb. 1856, age 19 mos.].
a. Martha Benns, Notes on the Fenner Family of R.I. (1941), pp. 49.
b. Rhode Island Register (Providence: Gladding & Brother, 1856), p. 62, 159, 167.
c. Providence Directory, 1889 (Providence: Sampson, Murdock & Co.).