Eliza Jane Fennell

4 August 1839–31 August 1914 (Age 75)
Northumberland, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Eliza Jane

When Eliza Jane Fennell was born on 4 August 1839, in Northumberland, Ontario, Canada, her father, Nehemiah James Fennell, was 28 and her mother, Amanda Melinda "Mandy" Bradley, was 25. She married Peter Shewfelt on 1 January 1883, in St. Joseph, Algoma, Ontario, Canada. She lived in St. Joseph, Algoma, Ontario, Canada in 1881 and Algoma, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years. She died on 31 August 1914, in Jocelyn, Algoma, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 75, and was buried in Jocelyn, Algoma, Ontario, Canada.

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Peter Shewfelt
Eliza Jane Fennell
Marriage: 1 January 1883

Spouse and Children

1 January 1883
St. Joseph, Algoma, Ontario, Canada

Parents and Siblings



    Huldah Loretta Fennell



    Abram H Fennell


World Events (5)

1867 · Ontario Founded

Age 28

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

Age 30

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 44

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

Name Meaning

1 English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of fennel (Old English finugle, fenol, from Late Latin fenuculum). Fennel was widely used in the Middle Ages as a herb for seasoning. The surname may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a place where the herb grew or was grown.2 English: Reaney also identifies this as a derivative of Fitz Neal ‘son of Neal’, citing as an example Fennells Wood, a place name recorded in 1391 as Fenelgrove and named for a Robert FitzNeel ( 1283 ).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fionnghail ‘descendant of Fionnghal ’, a personal name composed of the elements fionn ‘fair’, ‘white’ + gal ‘valor’.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Elize I Shoefelt in household of William G Crowder, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Eliza Fennel in household of Amanda Fennel, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Eliza Jane Shewfelt, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"

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