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John Fenwick (abt. 1618 - bef. 1684)

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John Fenwick
Born about in Stanton, Northumberland, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of
Husband of — married before 10 May 1644 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Salem, Province of New Jerseymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 12 Oct 2019 | Created 22 Jan 2013
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John was a Friend (Quaker)

John Fenwick, the second son of Sir William Fenwick, was born at Stanton Manor, Northumberland, England to an ancient family of wealth and influence. [1]

Marriage and Children

Married: 1st - Elizabeth Covert before 10 May 1644 (date of lawsuit), who gave birth to three daughters: Elizabeth, Anne and Priscilla.[2] [1]

In 1665, John and Elizabeth Fenwick joined the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers.

Married: 2nd -Mary Marten, widow of Richard Rogers and sister of Henry Marten, on 5 May 1655 at St. Bride's Fleet Stree in London, England. They had no children. [1]


Died: Between 7 August 1683 and 16 April 1684.
Dates will made and proved. [1]

Chronology of Manuscripts

1649: Feb. 11 - certificate of church membership (Quaker) to Major John Fenwick
1651: Sept. 4 - Commission to Major John Fenwick to be Capt. of a troop of horse
1675: arrival of the ship Griffin in New Jersey, with John Fenwick, family and settlers
1675: Nov. 17 - grant from the Indians to John Fenwick for first tract of land
1675: Feb. 6 - grant from the Indians to John Fenwick for Little and Great Cohansey
1675/6: Jan. 8 - Indians agree with John Fenwick to relinquish all claims for first land purchase
1676:: March 2 - grant from the Indians to John Fenwick for lands along Salem Creek
1676: March 14 - grant from the Indians to John Fenwick for lands between Salem Creek and Cohansey
1678: Aug. 27, Aug. 31, Feb. 7 - letters from John Fenwick to his wife Mary in London
1682: March 23 - William Penn signs his counterpart of deed from John Fenwick for lands in West Jersey
1684: April 13 - will of John Fenwick, one exe was Smith-68161
1684: April 13 - copy of an agreement between William and the executors of John Fenwick[3]


Footnotes and citations:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richardson. Royal Ancestry. (2013): vol. 2 p. 559.
  2. Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, exp. 2nd ed. in 4 vols, (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011): vol. II, pages 150.
  3. Chronology for John Fenwick
Source list:
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013): vol. 2 p. 559.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, exp. 2nd ed. in 4 vols, (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011): vol. 2, p. 150.
  • A Sketch of the Life & Character of John Fenwick, online database, Google Books, John Clement, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvia, Friends' Historical Association, 1875).
  • Wikipedia, John Fenwick, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.


Thanks to X Gorby for starting this profile.

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Magna Carta Team Base Camp shows a trail for this Gateway Ancestor to William de Mowbray has been developed and ready for review. See also this G2G post. A Magna Carta Project reviewer needs to verify the trail still.before it can be "badged" (display the regular Magna Carta Gateway Ancestor project box). ~ Noland-165 13:50, 10 December 2017 (EST)
Magna Carta Trail to Hugh le Bigod:
  1. John is the son of Elizabeth (Gargrave) Fenwick
  2. Elizabeth is the daughter of Anne (Waterton) Gargrave
  3. Anne is the daughter of Thomas Waterton MP
  4. Thomas is the son of Joan (Tempest) Waterton
  5. Joan is the daughter of Rosamund (Bolling) Tempest
  6. Rosamund is the daughter of Beatrice (Calverley) Bolling
  7. Beatrice is the daughter of Walter Scot Calverley
  8. Walter is the son of Joan (Bigod) Calverly
  9. Joan is the daughter of John Bigod
  10. John is the son of Roger Bigod
  11. Roger is the son of John Bigod Sr
  12. John is the son of Ralph (Bigod) le Bigod
  13. Ralph is the son of Hugh (Bigod) le Bigod

Note Richardson does not cover the Bolling-Calverley section (RA2013 5:325)

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On 13 Jul 2019 at 21:45 GMT David Michaelis wrote:

This profile is being developed as part of a trail identified by the Magna Carta Project.

On 10 Aug 2018 at 22:27 GMT Beryl Meehan wrote:

On 26 Aug 2015 at 22:30 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

I second the nomination for a Fenwick's Colony category. As a Quaker tributary to the Province of West Jersey, I don't know if it should go under New Jersey Founders or Quaker Migration to America? New Jersey Founders seems mostly to consist of East Jersey information? Either way, it seems reasonable to make have such a category.

On 21 Mar 2015 at 03:26 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

His birthplace is now a hotel:

On 21 Mar 2015 at 03:23 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

Not sure about the New Jersey Founders category; should we create a category for Fenwick's Colony?

Rejected matches › John Fenwick (bef.1757-1823)

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