Rebecca Matilda Williams Fenn
was the wife of John Rutherford Fenn
Mrs Fenn has a long line of distinguished ancestors, some of whom are buried in Westminster Abby. They are also connected with the Coddingtons and Randolphs, of Virginia. Mrs Fenn was a great granddaughter of General Nathaniel Randalph, who served on the staff of General Lafayette during the Revolutionary war, also great granddaughter of Ezekiel Ayers, who also served with distinction in the colonial army. Her grandfather, Isaac Williams, served for some time as Colonial Governor of the province of Mississippi. An uncle, Governor Henry Johnson, was governor of Louisiana and a member of the United States Senate.
THE FUNERAL OF MRS. J. R. FENN
Special Train Will Convey Body to Duke Station This Morning.
From the International and Great Northern depot at this morning will depart the special train bearing the mortal body of Mrs. Rebecca Williams Fenn. The interment will occur at Duke Station and the immediate friends and relatives will form the sad party that will participate in the last and rites paid to the memory of the departed.
The following will act as pall bearers; Honorary T. W. House, W. P. Hamblin, C. P. Shearn, N. G. Kittrell, S. Taliaferro, Frank Andrews, William B. King, O. L. Cochran, Active, W. D. Cleveland, Jr., E. O. Reynaud, W. N. Brown, E. W. Armstrong, M. P. Geiselman, T. H. Franklin, C. W. Welch and Nat Ewing.
occurred Friday evening at 8:05 o’clock of Mrs. Fenn, widow of
the late John R. Fenn, and one of the noble and patriotic women of
burial will take place Sunday at the old home near Duke, Station, where her
marriage took place in 1852, and where now rest the remains of her late husband,
to whom she was a wife in the most sacred and the fullest sense of the word.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and fulfilled the requirements of
its teachings in the most complete significance of their meaning. She was a
member of the
funeral service, conducted by Rev. R. E. Vincent, will be held at the family
Rebecca Matilda Williams Fenn's dad was Daniel Williams,
Her mother was Ann Fitz Randolph Ayers Williams.
Her two brothers fought in the Civil War, and both of them died in the Federal prisoner-of-war Camp at Fort Butler in Illinois. There names were Joseph Smith Williams and Johnson Coddington Williams.
Her brother Edwin Josiah is mentioned in the 1914 article to the right.
The fate of her sister Annie is not known.
The ancestery of Rebecca Matilda Williams Fenn is explained in the book A HISTORY OF TEXAS AND TEXANS, by Frank White Johnson 1799-1884 on pages 1547 & 1548, published by Chicago, American Historical Society, 1914. Click anywhere on this writing to open page 1547.
Above is an address found in the 1866 City of Houston Directory
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