|Death: ||May 8, 1871|
William Lane Fenix/Fenex was born about 1820, most likely in Allen or Simpson County, Kentucky although the farm of his parents, Robert and Rebecca Caldwell Fenix sat on the Kentucky/Tennessee line. He was a farmer and Baptist minister and there are records of him having performed marriages in KY & TN as well as in Missouri where he arrived sometime prior to 1850 and settled in Perry County. He married Sarah Sinclair January 26, 1843 in Henry County, TN. By 1860, the family was living in Bates County, Missouri. William Fenix enlisted in Taney County, Missouri during the Civil War and was elected by the men in his unit to lead the Taney County Union Militia which became the 73RD Enlisted Missouri Militia. He apparently was at Fort Lawrence/Beaver Station when one of Confederate General Marmaduke's units attacked and burned the Union fort, pardoning the Union soldiers taken prisoner after the skirmish. Fenix settled for a short period after the end of the war in Taney County with his wife. He was head of the post-war provisional military government until elections were organized in the fall of 1865. He was elected the first post-War County Clerk, a position from which he may have resigned. He owned and operated the Clapp Mill which is annotated in official documents as the Fenix Mill. Eventually becoming the mill at Kissee Mills, it is the only grist mill to have survied the Civil War in Taney County. Prior to 1870, Fenix and his family re-settled in Benton Township, Dallas County, Missouri where he operated a small farm. He died in in the early 1870's of unknown causes near the time of his wife's death, according to family records. It is thought that he was interred in Prairie Grove Cemetey. This site was the closest graveyard to his farm at the time of his death and it is where many of his neighbors and contemporaries were also buried. His grave is apparently unmarked.
Prairie Grove Cemetery
Created by: Brad Melton
Record added: Nov 27, 2013
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