The FENNA family can trace it's ancestry back to the middle of the 17th. century in the county of CHESHIRE, ENGLAND. Prior to that, it is thought that earlier members originated from WALES. Fennas migrated to the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire, County Durham and Staffordshire; and are now to be found in many different countries around the world. The following account outlines what I have been able to establish concerning my branch of the FENNA family.
I would welcome new information from other FENNAS around the world and will try to include any new genealogical information I receive into this website. You may Email Rfenna@aol.com.
JOSEPH FENNA: (1758-1834) was a surveyor / cartographer who lived at Blackhurst Farm near the village of Baddily in Cheshire. He married Martha Beckett on Nov. 15th. 1777 and they had 15 children, 10 of whom survived to marry including 4 sons: Thomas (1783-1870), John (1786-1866), Joseph (1790-1861) and Samuel (1793-) and 6 daughters: Elizabeth (1778), Ellen (1779), Martha (1781), Anne (1785), Catherine (1789) and Sarah (1796). Upon his death in 1834 Joseph left farms to each of these sons. Thomas at Branch o 'Wood, John at Blackhurst, Joseph at Stonely Green, Burland; and Samuel at Broxton in south Cheshire. These farms were all leased, but in addition Joseph owned a farm in Wardle, which, according to his will, he hoped would remain in the family for all time. One of his daughters, Catherine married William Cross of Paisley, Scotland in 1787 and Joseph provided William with funds to start an ironmonger shop in Nantwich.
My branch of the family descends from the eldest son Thomas.
THOMAS FENNA: (1783-1870) was a surveyor who died in Malpas, Cheshire in 1870. In 1807 he married Nelly Hassall and they had 2 sons: Thomas Edwin and Joseph, who also became a surveyor. Thomas leased about 150 acres of farm land in Spurstow, Bunbury and Brindley, Acton from John Tollemache and at Cuddington, Malpas from Owen Foulkes.
THOMAS EDWIN FENNA: (1830?-1890?) was a farmer who married Elizabeth Dodd at Acton St. Mary's in 1856. They had 3 children: Thomas Edward, John (1861-1923) and Ellen.John travelled on the Shropshire Union Canal, by barge to Ellesmere Port, and on to Liverpool, where he took a boat to Glasgow. He married Jane Colquhoun in Glasgow, 1888.
THOMAS EDWARD FENNA:(1858-1938) was a carpenter who married Margaret Tomkinson (1858-1930) and lived in Rose cottage, Burland, Cheshire. They had 2 children: Thomas Edwin(1893-1896) died at an early age, while John Henry (1881-1955) is my grandfather.
JOHN HENRY FENNA: (1881-1955) married Sarah Ann Bostock (1882-1958). They had 7 children of whom 3 died at early ages: George Frankwill (1911-1911), Joseph Richard (1912-1913) and Wilfred Norman (1923-1924). The 4 surviving children were: John Thomas (1908-????), Henry Bostock (1909-????), Doris Winifred (1915-????) and my father Trevor Edward (1922-).
TREVOR EDWARD FENNA: (1922-2014). Trevor was born on July 29th. 1922 and married Hilda Mary Owen in about 1945. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stafford and served in the British Navy during WWII. After the war he lived at 28 The Drive in Doxey, Stafford and was employed as a joiner by Sandys construction company. Later he became a Clerk of Works employed by The National Coal Board and the family moved to 36 Oldcroft Road, Walton-on-the-Hill near Stafford in about 1960. Trevor and Hilda had 2 children: Roger Edward (myself) born in 1947 and Pamela Margaret (my sister) born in 1951.