Reuben Fenner

8 September 1769–23 February 1834 (Age 64)
Hopkinton, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Reuben

When Reuben Fenner was born on 8 September 1769, in Hopkinton, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, John Fenner, was 27 and his mother, Lydia Carpenter, was 17. He married Anstis Tanner on 17 January 1793, in Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He registered for military service in 1836. He died on 23 February 1834, in Voluntown, New London, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 64.

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Reuben Fenner
Anstis Tanner
Marriage: 17 January 1793
Lydia Fenner
Reuben Fenner Jr.
Jeremiah Fenner
Roswell Borden Fenner
Lucy Brown Fenner

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World Events (8)

1772 · The Gaspee Affair
Age 3
On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold
Age 12
The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.
Age 18
The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.

Name Meaning

(1997: 2577;2007: 5237; 2010: 7678)English: from Middle English fen(ne) ‘fen, marsh’ (Old English fenn) + -er, a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a marsh or fen. Fenn Place in Worth in Sussex had owners called atte Fenne, who in the time of King Henry VI (1421–1471) apparently changed their name to Fenner. See Fenn .English: variant of Fainer, from Middle English feiner, fener ‘haymonger, one who sells hay’ (Old French fenier), or perhaps a nickname from Middle English feiner ‘inventor; hypocrite’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (16)

  • Reuben Fenner in entry for Roswell Borden Fenner, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • 1800 United States Federal Census
  • Reuben Fenner, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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