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-- John & Lydia (Fenner) Hart --

John Hart was born on the 8th of October 1828 in New Jersey – he is one of seven children born to Nathanial Hart and Abigail C. Hudson. (John’s death records show his father as Wm. Hart – but all other records show his father as Nathaniel – this is still being researched). His siblings were Miranda, Sarah Ann, Nathaniel, Daniel, Silas, and William. John married twice - first to Lydia Fenner in 1850 in Richfield Michigan, second to Caroline Schrader in Richfield Michigan. John Hart is buried at Cottage Cemetery in Richfield Township he died the 29th of May 1901.

Nathaniel Hart was born the 11th of November 1803 in Sussex New Jersey he was one of eleven children born to Nathaniel Hart and Sarah Hunt. His siblings were Elizabeth, George, Hannah, Lydia, Daniel, Benjamin, Maranda, Alexander, Amelia, and William. Nathaniel Married Abigail in 1828 – whether this was in Michigan or New Jersey – we have not discovered. Nathaniel Hart died on the 31st of October 1864 in Richfield Michigan – he is buried at the Cottage Cemetery in Richfield Township in Genesee County.

Lydia Fenner was born on the 2nd of May 1834 in New Jersey she was one of five children born to Peter Fenner and Debrah Shirts, her siblings were Amelia, Phoebe, Joseph and Nicholas. Lydia married John Hart – location of marriage is not known. Lydia died on the 12th of January 1870 in Richfield Township in Genesee County Michigan

Peter Fenner was born on the 14th of June 1794 in New Jersey. He is one of two children born to Nicholas Fenner and Catherine Bohm. His siblings name is Joseph. Peter married Debrah Shirts on the 24th of July 1815 in Sussex New Jersey. The Fenner family moved to Michigan sometime in the year 1860. NOTE: Peter’s Father Nicholas Fenner was a Hessian Soldier who fought during the Revolution. He was capture at the Battle of Trenton and in his testimony of the battle- which is on file – he stated that he witnessed the Crossing of the Delaware by General Washington and his men – this was shortly before he was captured. When the war ended, Nicholas chose to stay in the new United States of America.

Samantha J. Hart was born on the 4th of October 1855 in Richfield Michigan. Samantha is one of six children born to John Hart and Lydia Fenner. Her siblings were Anthony, Mary, Debrah, Abigail and Peter. Samantha married twice – first to Wilber E Reynolds on the 13th of October 1872, with Wilber she had a daughter named Edith A Reynolds. She married Edward John Cole on the 4th of February 1889. With Edward she had two children Frederick John Cole and Neila Arabelle Cole. Samantha died on the 4th of April 1920 in Flint Michigan.
Cotnributed by Nancy Dalle