Saturday, January 5, 2013


FENNER, Grace Hunter (1874-1946) - she is my great grandaunt. So that makes her the sister of my great grandmother and an aunt to my grandmother. 
Grace & her first husband, Charles Henry FENNER (1859-1918) were married in Belmont County, Ohio on 16 May 1891.  They had no children.  He died during the influenza epidemic of 1918.  I have found quite a few family members from various branches of my tree who succumbed to the influenza during that time.
Charles FENNER's family business was photography.  He and his brothers had photography studios in Cincinnati and Lima, Ohio and Huntington, West Virginia.
Charles' father Nicholas Paul FENNER married Ellen MADDY in 1856 and they had 4 sons & 3 daughters. 
Here is how I am related to the FENNER family:
Nicholas Paul FENNER (1828 - 1908)
relationship to you: father-in-law of great grand aunt
Son of Nicholas Paul
Wife of Charles Henry
Father of Grace
Daughter of James Gillen
Daughter of Florence
Daughter of Florence Lee Nora
Michigan Girl
You are the daughter of Patricia Anne

                     Grace HUNTER FENNER and her sisters.  Grace is in the back row, far left
I have quite a few photos from my mother's family that were taken at the Fenner Studio in Lima, Ohio.  My mother remembers "Aunt Grace." 
So with all the photos that must be floating around from this family, having owned a photography studio for several decades, I'm hoping someone out there has more pictures to share.  I would certainly love to have pictures of the Fenner brothers and any other family members. 
That's all for today,
Michigan Girl 


  1. I too am related to NP Fenner. My grand mother is Laura Copeland, the grand daughter of Olive Ellen Fenner Copeland, the daughter of NP Fenner Jr & Laura May Oliver Fenner!

  2. I also am related to Nicholas Paul Fenner Sr. I am Scott Soenksen, the grandson of Laura Copeland Soenksen, daughter of Olive Ellen Fenner Copeland, daughter of Laura May Fenner & Nicholas Paul Fenner Jr, the son of Nicholas Paul Fenner Sr. I live in Dayton Ohio.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I have not yet researched Olive E. Fenner and her husband, children etc. Now you've given me some names and I can go and hunt them down. Thanks for that!

    2. Sorry to have posted so many of the same comment. Wasn't sure if the comment(s) had posted. I can give you much on NP Fenner Sr and his children although I do not have any photos of them. This group of Fenners migrated from what is now West Virginia into Cincinnati by 1880. There, they were quite well to do. However, by the 1930's they had either relocated to Lima, Ohio and Chicago or had passed away. Olive Fenner was an opra signer during the mid-1910s in Cincinnati. She married James Duncan Copeland Sr in Chicago in 1918. The family essentially "followed" her there.

    3. That's quite alright. Looks like I only have one comment from you, not multiple. Interesting information on Olive that I wasn't aware of. Thank you for sharing it. I have so much more to research on this family. Right now my research has come to a near halt as I am living in a temporary home in a new state, until our home is ready. Kind of unsettles you from your regular routine for sure. I appreciate your comment and hope you'll visit my blog again once I start writing again.

  3. Hi! I am related to NP Fenner Jr. I am Scott Soenksen, grandson of Laura Jane Copeland, daughter of Olive Ellen Fenner Copeland, daughter of NP Jenner Jr & Laura May Oliver Fenner! Your blog is totally awesome! Love it! You've dones so much work!

    1. Thank you for the compliment. It's been a fun experience these past 14 yrs. I plan to continue writing stories, but have recently been sidetracked due to a big move from one state to another.


I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.