'Fenton01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Fenton of Fenton, Fenton of Mitchelstown

There are towns/villages called Fenton in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Staffordshire & Huntingdonshire/Cambridgeshire but, apart from the Nottinghamshire family covered below, most of the Fenton families we have come across appear to have come from Yorkshire. BLG1862 (Fenton of Castelrigg) reports that "This family appears to have been very anciently settled in the neighbourhood of Leeds", mentioning a marriage of a Fenton in 1332. BLG1862 also suggests that "Of the same family it appears ... was Sir Geoffrey Fenton, secretary of state" (for Ireland) whom we show below. Accordingly, we suspect that the Yorkshire families are cadets of the following Nottinghamshire family - but this has not been proved. Unfortunately, we have yet to come across a source which has investigated (successfully) how these families fit together.
Sir Richard Fenton of Fenton, Nottinghamshire
1. William Fenton of Fenton
  A. William Fenton of Fenton
i. William Fenton of Fenton
  m. Agnes Roulston (dau of Raffe Roulston of Roulston)
  a. Richard Fenton (heir)
  m. Jane Clifton (dau of Sir Robert Clifton)
  (1) John Fenton (heir)
  m. Ellinor Mallory (dau/coheir of Thomas Mallory son of Thomas (or William) of Walton in Leicestershire)
  (A) Thomas Fenton 'of Fenton' (heir)
  m. Margaret Disney (a c1300, dau of Sir William Disney of Norton Disney by Jane Dyve)
(i) Henry Fenton (heir)
  m. Issabell Mering (dau of Alexander Mering of Mering)
  (a) Henry Fenton (heir)
  m. Catherine Bretofte (dau/coheir of John Bretofte of Bretofte)
  ((1)) Edward Fenton (heir)
  m. Ellenor Revell (dau of John Revell of Derbyshire)
  ((A)) Thomas Fenton (heir)
  m. Ellinor Nevell (dau of Raffe Nevell of Leversedg)
  ((i)) Raffe Fenton (heir) - continued below
  m. Dorothy Staunton (dau of Robert Staunton)
  ((ii))+ other issue - Thomas, Henry



Raffe Fenton (heir) - continued above
m. Dorothy Staunton (dau of Robert Staunton)
1. Thomas Fenton (heir)
  m. _ Burgh (dau of Thomas Burgh of Burgh, Yorkshire)
  A. Henry Fenton
  m. Scissely Beaumont (dau of John Beaumont of Colhorton)
i. Edward Fenton of Fenton (dsp, Captain)
  m. Thomasin Gonson (dau/coheir of Benjamin Gonson of Great Warley, m2. Christopher Browne of Detford)
  ii. Sir Geoffrey Fenton of Clontarfe, co. Dublin (d 10.10.1609, Secretary of State for Ireland)
  m. Alice Weston (dau of Robert Weston, Lord Chancellor)
  a. Sir William Fenton of Mitchelstown, co. Cork
  Visitation ends with this generation, identifying Sir William as 'of Fenton' and confirming his wife as Margaret, dau of Maurice FitzEdmund. The following, which was previously (since 29.05.08) within a temporary page, comes from BEB1841 (Fenton of Mitchelstown, Irish section).
  m. Margaret FitzGibbon (sister/heir of Maurice Dye FitzMaurice FitzEdmund FitzGibbon, cousin/heir of Edmund, 'White Knight')
  (1) Sir Maurice Fenton, 1st Bart of Mitchelstown (d 1664)
  m. (23.10.1653) Elizabeth Waller, later Baroness Shelburne (dau of Sir Hardress Waller of Castletown)
  (A) Sir William Fenton, 2nd Bart of Mitchelstown (d unm 17.03.1670)
  (B) Margaret Fenton (d unm)
  (2) Catherine Fenton (d 1669)
  m. John King, 1st Lord Kingston (d 1676)
  b. Catherine Fenton
  m. (25.07.1603) Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork (b 03.10.1566, d 15.09.1643)
  iii. Catherine Fenton
  m. James Parsons (son of Thomas of Dishworth Grange)
  iv.+ other issue - John, Anthony, James (dsp), Henry (dsp)
2. Hugh Fenton
  A. Thomas Fenton
  i. Hugh Fenton (dsp)
  B. William Fenton
  i. John Fenton
  m. Joane Alsop
  a. John Fenton
  m. Joyce Rabon (dau of Hugh Rabon)
  (1) John Fenton of Bodenham, Herefordshire
  m. Ellior Lloyde (dau of Euan Lloyde)
  (A)+ issue - John, James
  (2) James Fenton
  m. Dorothy Bell (dau of John Bell)
  (A) John Fenton
3.+ other issue - William, Henry, Edward

Main source(s): Visitation (Nottinghamshire, 1569+1614, Fenton)
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