Biography of Mrs. Elizabeth Fenner (w/o Casper)
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Fenner, Mrs. Elizabeth, widow of Casper Fenner of Lake Ridge, Lansing, was born in 1828 at Venice, Cayuga county. She is a daughter of Dr. Jared Foote (born in Vermont in 1795) and Eliza Ann Clark, (born in Rhode Island in 1803). They reared nine children: Marcia, born in 1826; Elizabeth, born in 1828; Darwin, born in 1830; Covina, born in 1832; Mary, born in 1835; Clark, born in 1837; Lucinda, who died young; Caroline, born in 1842, and Jared, born in 1845. The grandfather, Jared Foote, a native of Rhode Island, was born in 1771 and died in 1859, at the age of eighty eight years. The grandmother was Lucinda Jennings, died at the age of ninety seven, and they reared eight children: Jared, Lucinda, Anna, David, Eli, Betsey, Clark and Lavina. The great grandfather, Jared Foote, was a Revolutionary soldier and a prisoner of war in the English prison in New York, where he died of starvation. Dr. Jared Foote, the father of our subject, was a physician of large practice in Venice, Cayuga county. Mrs. Fenner attended the district schools. She was married on New Year's morning, 1851, to Casper Fenner, born in 1825 in Lansing. He was the son of George and Catharine (Marsh) Fenner, of Pennsylvania. He was reared to farm life, attended school at Genoa and Groton until about twenty one years of age, then settled down on the farm, and in 1849 purchased the farm of 100 acres of his father. His parents lived with him on the farm until their death, the father July 4, 1860, and the mother August 8, 1884. He was the youngest of five children, was a member of the Grange Onward Lodge No. 106 and in politics was a Republican, though not an aspirant to office. They had four children, Clark C., born in 1853; Luie L., died in infancy; Casper, jr., born in 1860; Leslie A., born in 1867. Clark married Sadie L. McCarthy, of Denver, Col., and they had one child, Helen Elizabeth, born in 1889. Casper, jr., married in 1891 Hattie Gillette of Auburn. Mr. Fenner died May 24, 1882, on the old homestead. Mrs. Fenner has provided all her children with a liberal education. Her youngest son, Leslie, graduated from Cornell University with the class of 1893, as electrical engineer.


From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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