The FIG Tree News is a newsletter for genealogy researchers of the Fenton family name from all over the world. The newsletter was started in February 1994, but was suspended in July of 2000 due to a busy life with two teenagers. The main purpose of this website is to help researchers of the Fenton family name from all over the world. We want to be able to share information and make connections in the overall Fenton family tree. We can not do it without the help of other researchers.
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There have been Fentons in Virginia as early as 1607. Captain John Smith lists Robert Fenton as one of the passengers on the three ships that arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. No more information appears for Robert Fenton. A Reverend Fenton was buried in Elizabeth City County, Virginia (now the city of Hampton) in 1624. Henry Fenton, Gentleman, was awarded 1,500 acres on December 1, 1649, in what was York County, Virginia (now King and Queen County) for transporting 300 persons to Virginia. Being awarded the land does not mean that he actually ever occupied the property. From about 1630 through about 1800 we find mention of other Fentons in York County, Virginia.
The Fenton Farm, located about one mile south of the settlement of Broadalbin, New York1 , was the home to six generations of Fentons. It was originally purchased about 1790 by Roswell Fenton, a great grandson of Robert Fenton. Roswell Fenton was born in Connecticut, had been a revolutionary soldier, and moved from there to Hanover, New Hampshire and Stillwater, New York before settling in Broadalbin.23