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Howlong Fenner (Harris)

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Rhode Island
Death: November 19, 1708 (64-69)
Providence, Providence Plantations County, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Harris and Susan Harris (Hyde)
Wife of Capt. Arthur Fenner, Jr.
Sister of Andrew Harris; Mary Borden; Susannah Carpenter and Toleration Harris

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About Howlong Fenner

From Tony Fenner at FAG:

Howlong was born in the colonies and was the last of five children. Her parents emigrated from England. Her father William one of five men who accompanied Roger Williams in establishing the Rhode Island settlement Her family was Baptist and her father also one of the 12 original members of the "first" Baptist Church in America.

Howlongs early years were a bit tumultuous. Their were problems between the local indigenous inhabitants and colonists resulting in what's known as King Philips war. Her families house was burned down and her brother Tolleration was killed in the war as was an aunt and uncle while fleeing from the area.

There are several mentions of Howlong in the early record. Some of this having to do with her father and a long lasting dispute between two factions of interest regarding land known as "the 7 mile line". It was an earlier and less contentious, more civil equivalent of the Hatfield and McCoy's.

Her father was captured by Algerian Pirates on the last of three voyages he made to England. He was attempting to sway favor with the crown, regarding this dispute. He was made a slave and after a period of time in captivity his ransom was payed. Sadly he made his way to England and died there days later.

In her father's absence Howlong's mother Susanna appeared before the court to forbid her daughter's marriage to a suitor until her father returned to give his consent...which was the practice of the time. She never married that man but ironically, later married the foe of her father, Capt Arthur Fenner and there was more to the contention than just the 7 mile line dispute.

Historian William Babcock Weeden wrote the following: Arthur(Fenner)was the strongest friend of Roger Williams and her father William Harris their strongest opponent.

Howlong could read and write. I've been told that writing was a rare accomplishment for women in that era. Apparently there isn't much existing written by women from those years.

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Howlong Fenner's Timeline

Rhode Island
November 19, 1708
Age 69
Providence, Providence Plantations County, Rhode Island