John Fenton, and his wife Mary, were both born in Ireland as were both of their mothers and fathers. They left Ireland at the time of the Great Famine, and immigrated to America.
John's birth year was estimated based on the 1880 Census. Mary's birth year may have been 1815 per the 1880 Census, or 1816 per the Iowa County Death Records (surname spelled Finton).
Children of John Fenton and Mary Fenton
* Find a Grave Memorial #43290182
John Fenton (note: same link as brother Patrick Fenton because they share a grave marker)
* John was said to have been born in Ireland per the 1880 Census. Find a Grave Memorial #21459367
* Patrick Fenton was said to have been born in Ohio per the 1880 Census. Find a Grave Memorial #21459367
Bridget Fenton Lynch
* Find a Grave Memorial #86444402
Ellen Fenton (who became Sister Mary of St. Dominic)
* Find a Grave Memorial #129504547
...and one other brother who was a miner and cattleman in Arizona. His name may have been Frank or Francis Fenton (research is underway). We don't know if he was buried in Arizona or in Iowa. Work to confirm is in process.
The 1880 US Census shows the family, John, Mary, and sons Patrick and John, living in Marion County, Iowa. John was then 70 years of age, and a farmer. Mary was said to be 65 years of age. Two of John and Mary's sons were living with them as well: John who was 34 (no employment), and Patrick who was 26 (worked on the farm). Son John had been in an accident (probably involving farm equipment), although we do not know in what year the accident occurred. He was severely injured, and it's possible there was no employment because this Census was taken after that accident.
JAN 20, 1893