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Biographical Sketch of James P. Fenn

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Fenn, James P., Middlebury, was born in Middlebury, Vt., on July 8, 1832. His parents were Chester and Patty (Fields) Fenn. Chester Fenn was a native of Watertown, Conn.; about 1790, and when two months old, came with his father, Titus Fenn, to Cornwall. Titus Fenn settled on the place now owned by Charles Lane. He was one of the early pioneers. Chester Fenn, when reaching manhood, purchased a place in the town of Addison, and afterwards came to this village where he carried on his business, that of shoemaking, on the site now owned by Colonel Fletcher, where he spent the greater part of his life, until 1850, when he moved on the place now owned by his son, James P., and which was the old Sessions place. He had a family of seven children — four daughters and three sons, three of whom are now living, Betsey (now Mrs. Carlos Hooker), Lydia E. (now Mrs. Freeman A. Foote), and James P. Chester Fenn served in the War of 1812, and died November 8, 1875. His wife died in August, 1870. James P. purchased the place on which he now resides, in 1852; it consists of 130 acres, and is a very good farm. He was married on October 29, 1863, to Nancy S. Foote, a daughter of Noble Foote, and well-known resident of Middlebury, Vt. They have had two sons born to them Noble C. (born on May 4, 1866) and Franklin Edmund (born August 6, 1872). Mr. Fenn is an excellent farmer and stock raiser. He has also been a promenint citizen of his town.


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