The Genealogical Register of the Early Families of Shoreham, Vermont states that Daniel C. Fenn was born in 1823. This year agrees with the United States Census records. On 12 September 1850, Daniel is listed as age 27; 21 June 1860, he is 36; and on 30 July 1870, Daniel is 46. If the census ages are accurate, it is possible that Daniel C. Fenn was born between 31 July 1823 and 12 September 1823 in Vermont.
Daniel C. Fenn is the son of Daniel Fenn and Huldah Rowley. Daniel Fenn, the father, is listed in the 1820 and 1830 United States Census for Shoreham, Addison, Vermont. It is possible that Daniel C. Fenn was born there, but further research is needed. Daniel C. was the eighth of nine children born to his parents: Orpah, Tully, Betsy, Aminda, Orlo, Daniel C., Abel, and two other females.
Daniel C. Fenn moved to the Michigan Territory with his family in the Spring of 1833, at the age of nine. Daniel C. Fenn's brother, Orlo H. Fenn, moved to the Michigan Territory the previous year via the Erie Canal. Did Daniel and Huldah and family travel via the Erie Canal?
The Michigan Territory was a wilderness at that time, land would have needed to be cleared before homes could be built. The family settled in what was known at the time as the Vermont Colony, which is Sylvan Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan today. A stone in Vermont Cemetery, Wastenaw County, Michigan commemorates these early settlers. The Daniel Fenn listed on the stone is Daniel C. Fenn's father. (Note: Orlo H. Fenn (Daniel C.'s brother), Wm. Davis, and Truman Lawrence arrived in 1832, the rest in 1833)
Daniel C. Fenn, age 21, married Jane E. Poor, age 16, on 4 March 1846 in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Daniel and Jane Fenn had one daughter, Estelle. Jane E. Poor was the daughter of Samuel Poor and Eleanor Begole Poor. Jane E. Fenn died shortly after the birth of her daughter at the age of eighteen, in 1848.
Daniel C. Fenn married Elizabeth Ann Poor, Jane's older sister, sometime between April 1848 and 19 November 1850, when their first son, Zalton, was born. I have not been able to find a marriage record for Daniel C. and Elizabeth Poor Fenn. Daniel C. and Elizabeth were the parents of five children: Zalton M, Tully Daniel, Osphie, George and Hattie Lodema Fenn, of Hattie's Bible fame.
Daniel's parents, Daniel and Huldah Fenn, his first wife, Jane, and brother, Orlo are buried in Vermont Cemetery, Sylvan Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, but there is no record of Daniel C. being buried there. At this time his burial is unknown.
Even though I have some gaps in my research, I know where I need to look next. I would like to explore land records for Washtenaw and Jackson county, I would like to look for other 1870's city directories, and I would like to find a probate record for Daniel C. Fenn. I would like to see what records are available for Shoreham, Addison, Vermont in the 1820's, too.
If you are a Fenn researcher, please contact me, you never know what we can figure out together.