Biography of Charles Fenton
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Fenton, Charles, was born in Greenbush, N. Y., March 2, 1818. He was a son of Thomas and Mary (Chandler) Fenton. She was born in New Bedford, Mass., and he was a native of Rhode Island, a cousin of Reuben E. Fenton, formerly governor of the state. His grandfather settled in Washington county and was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, he died in Cambridge, N. Y. The father of Mr. Fenton came to Greenbush previous to 1800, and here lived and died about 1860. The maternal grandfather of Mr. Fenton was Jeremiah Chandler, an old captain of a whale ship; he came to Greenbush from New Bedford at a very early day, where he lived and died. Mr. Fenton was reared and educated in Greenbush and was on a farm until about twenty one years of age. He then engaged his services to the company who took the contract of building the B. & A. Railroad, and has spent most of his life with that company. He was superintendent of the trains with Alfred Snyder across the Hudson River Bridge, for about nine years. He spent a few years in the country at farming, then returned and took service with the H. R. Railroad Co., and had charge of a signal until 1893. Mr. Fenton is now one of the oldest railroad men in New York State; he has been trustee of the village, and is a member of Greenbush Lodge No. 337, F. & A. M., and was formerly a charter member of the Farmers' and Mechanics' Lodge I. O. O. F. In 1845 he married Lorain Knight, daughter of Ebenezer Knight, who died in Rutland, Vt. His wife was Mary Barton, daughter of Elkanah Barton of Revolutionary fame. To Mr. and Mrs. Fenton were born four children: Charles S., an engineer for the Hudson River Bridge Co.; Jessie R., who is employed in Cluettb' music store of Troy; Mary E. (deceased); and Frank K. Mr. and Mrs. Fenton celebrated their golden wedding in 1895.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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