Fenton family page
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Origins of surname
There are a number of villages of this name in the north of England, which will have given rise to the surname. It is derived from fen = 'marsh' and tun = 'fenced enclosure'
The surname was present in St Helier in the mid-17th century. There was then a long gap until further records appeared at the beginning of the 19th.
Spellings vary in church registers for the same family. Fenten seems too have changed to Fenton, and one Fentum has been crossed out and replaced by Fenten, while the father remained Fentum. One census return shows Fenten and Fentin in the same family.
Great War service
- Charles Oakley Fenton (1892- ) (St B) Private, Middlesex Regiment
- Raymond William Fenton (1884- ) (St B) Private, Middlesex Regiment
This will created by a member of the Fenton family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Thomas Fenton in Elizabeth Castle, Ensign in the 72nd Regiment of Foot commanded by Major General Parker 10 October 1769 - D/Y/A/11