Biography of John Fenton
Allen County, OH Biographies

JOHN FENTON, a prominent pioneer of Allen County, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, July 11, 1825; son of Robert and Jane (McCrea) Fenton, natives of Pennsylvania and Ireland, respectively, the former of whom, of English descent, a farmer by occupation, enlisted in the war of 1812, though he did not see active service. John Fenton and his twin sister (now Mrs. James D. Bentley) are the youngest in a family of eight children. When ten years of age our subject accompanied his parents to this county, and was here reared on the farm, attending the log schoolhouse near by, and has made farming his life avocation. He was a dutiful son, attending to the wants of his parents who lived with him until they died, his father in 1852, aged seventy five years, and his mother in 1855, aged seventy-one years. He was married in 1849, to Isabella Outhwaite, who was born in England in 1830, a daughter of George and Isabella (Swan) Outhwaite. Mr. Fenton came to this township fortyeight years ago, before Bluffton was incorporated, and when the country was almost a wilderness. During the late civil war he enlisted, in 1863, in the First Ohio Heavy Artillery, serving till the close of the struggle. Mr. and Mrs. Fenton have an adopted son, Frederick George Fenton, a farmer of this county. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Bluffton. He is a Republican in politics.

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