Mary Fender

1843–26 February 1873 (Age 30)
Lafayette Township, Owen, Indiana, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Fender was born in 1843, in Lafayette Township, Owen, Indiana, United States, her father, David Calvin Fender, was 37 and her mother, Frances M Whitaker, was 38. She married Littleton Keller Bonewell on 27 March 1860, in Owen, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 26 February 1873, in Winfield, Cowley, Kansas, United States, at the age of 30, and was buried in Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Sumner, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Littleton Keller Bonewell
Mary Fender
Marriage: 27 March 1860
Aldina E. Bonnewell
Arthur R Bonewell
Harriet A. Bonewell
Ora Ellsworth Bonewell
Elihu Harding Bonewell

Spouse and Children

    Littleton Keller Bonewell



27 March 1860
Owen, Indiana, United States



    Arthur R Bonewell


    Harriet A. Bonewell


    Ora Ellsworth Bonewell



Parents and Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 8

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 13

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname from fend, a shortened form of defend, thus ‘defender’.2 South German: from Alemannic Venner ‘flag bearer’, ‘ensign’ or Fähndrich, which has the same meaning ( see Fenrich ).3 South German: variant of Fendler .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Polly A Bonewell in household of Littleton Bonewell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Polly A Fender in household of David Fender, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Polly Fenders in entry for Elihu H Bonnewell and Agnes B Andrews, "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995"

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