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Martha Fender (Toliver)

Also Known As: "Martha Taliaferro", "Patsy Toliver"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
Death: 1860 (62)
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States (Died within 10 years of death date.)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jesse Toliver and Martha Frances Toliver (Stamper)
Wife of John Fender
Mother of Charity Jennings; Allen Fender; Frances Moxley; Sarah Jennings; Nimrod Fender and 7 others
Sister of Jane Toliver; Susannah Miller; Sarah Fender; John Toliver; Jacob Tolliver and 4 others

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Immediate Family

About Martha Fender

From the Tolliver Family Association:

Martha "Patsy" Toliver was born March 13, 1797, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She died between 1860 and 1869. She married John Fender about 1812 probably in Ashe County, North Carolina, son of Nimrod Fender and Sarah Jane Summers. He was born on Mar. 13, 1794 in Surry, North Carolina. He died about Feb. 2, 1857.


Taliaferro Times names her as Martha Taliaferro, and identifies her husband as John G. Fender:

Martha TALIAFERRO b. 13 Mar 1797 Ashe Co., NC, m. Ashe Co., NC, John G. FENDER b. 13-Mar-1794 d. abt. 1857

  • 1. Charity FENDER b. 8-Dec-1813 m. Thornton JENNINGS b. 1808
  • 2. Allen FENDER b. 8-Apr-1815 d. 5-May-1894 m. 19-Mar-1835 Nancy EDWARDS b. 1815 d. 1902
  • 3. Frances FENDER b. 6-Mar-1817 m. Thomas MOXLEY b. 1809
  • 4. Sarah FENDER b. 25-Dec-1818 m. ? JENNINGS
  • 5. Nimrod FENDER b. 27-Oct-1820
  • 6. Jesse or Jefferson FENDER b. 2-Oct-1822
  • 7. Jane FENDER b. 1824 d. 1887 m. 30-Jun-1837 William CROUSE b. 1817
  • 8. Nancy FENDER b. 10-Feb-1826 d. 9-Mar-1860 m. Thomas (Tomps) EDWARDS b. 1820 d. 1897
  • 9. Susannah FENDER b. 7-Aug-1830 m. David MOXLEY b. 1829 d. 1904
  • 10. Solomon FENDER b. 20-Mar-1834 d. 14-Apr-1894 m. 20-Sep-1855 Charity Lucinda CHOATE b. 1839 d. 1894
  • 11. Martha S. or Patsy FENDER b. 13-Feb-1836 d. 30-Nov-1892
    • m1. 3-Apr-1851 William Thomas CHOATE b. 1832 d. 1864
    • m2. 22-Apr-1875 Levi Willey b. 1812
  • 12. Margaret or Peggy FENDER b. 15-Apr-1837 d. 31-Jan-1898 m. 19-Sep-1854 Joshua Sabret CHOATE b. 1833 d. 1910


From the Cheek Family:

John Fender, son of Nimrod FENDER & Sarah SUMERS, was born Mar. 13, 1794, in Surry Co., NC, and died Feb. 21, 1857, in Ashe Co., NC. He married Martha "Patsy" Toliver, daughter of Jesse TOLIVER & Martha Frances "Franky" STAMPER, abt. 1812. She was born Mar. 13, 1797, in Wilkes Co., NC, and died bet. 1850-1860 in Ashe (Alleghany) Co., NC.

Children of John Fender & Martha "Patsy" Toliver:

  • 1. Charity Fender (12/8/1813 - 7/25/1907, m. Thornton Jennings)
  • 2. Allen Fender (4/8/1815 - 5/5/1894, m. Nancy Edwards)
  • 3. Frances "Franky" Fender (3/6/1817 - 11/18/1914, m. Thomas Moxley)
  • 4. Sarah Fender (12/8/1818 - 6/10/1860, m. Solomon Jennings)
  • 5. Jefferson "Jesse" Fender (b. 10/2/1822)
  • 6. Jane Fender (2/20/1824 - 1892, m. William S. Crouse)
  • 7. Nancy Fender (2/10/1826 - 3/9/1869, m. Thomas Edwards)
  • 8. Susanna "Susan" Fender (8/7/1830 - after 1880, m. David Lee Moxley)
  • 9. Solomon Fender (3/20/1834 - 4/14/1894, m. Charity Lucinda Choate)
  • 10. Martha "Patsy" Fender (2/13/1836 - 11/30/1897, m1. William Thomas Choate, Sr., m2. Levi Willey)
  • 11. Margaret "Peggy" Fender (4/15/1837 - 1/31/1898, m. Joshua Sabret Choate)


John Fender was probably born in Surry (now Yadkin) County, North Carolina, but his family moved to Ashe County prior to 1800. Their neighbors included the large family of Jesse and Franky Toliver. John Fender married Martha "Patsty" Toliver about 1812 based on the ages of their children.

Fender Mountain is part of the ridge that crosses central Alleghany County known as the Peach Bottom Mountains. The name Fender Mountain did not exist until the 20th century. It is not entirely clear whether John and Martha Fender actually lived on Fender Mountain, or whether they lived farther to the north around Jewel Swamp Creek, Bald Knob, and Doughton Mountain. At one time, Doughton Mountain was known as Fender Knob. There are some indications that John Fender lived closer to Doughton Mountain (Fender Knob) than he did to Fender Mountain. It is possible that Fender Mountain was actually named after a later generation of the Fender family such as Allen Fender. Early records are confusing because all the peaks in the central ridge are called Peach Bottom Mountain without distinction.

The births of the first nine Fender children are recorded in Jesse Toliver's family Bible. The Bible pages were submitted with Franky Toliver's application for a Revolutionary War widow's pension in 1847. They are preserved in Jesse Toliver's Revolutionary War pension file in the National Archives. (NARA File No. W4086). The nine Fender children are listed as follows:

  • 1. Charity Fender was Bornd December the 8 1813
  • 2. Allen Fender was Born April the 8 1815
  • 3. Franky Fender was Bornd March the 6 1817
  • 4. Sary Fender was bornd December the 25 1818
  • 5. Nimrod Fender was Born October the 27 1820
  • 6. Jesse Fender was October the 2 1822
  • 7. Jane Fender was born February the 20 1824
  • 8. Nancy Fender was bornd February 10th 1826
  • 9. Susan Fender was born August the 7 1830

The Bible also gives the birthdates of Martha Toliver (Mar. 13, 1797), and John Fender (Mar. 13, 1794). Although it is possible that Martha and John actually had the same birthdate, it is also possible that March 13th was used as an estimate because their actual birthdates weren't known. The births of the Fenders' three youngest children (Solomon, Martha, and Margaret) are not listed in the Bible, or at least not on the pages that have survived.

In Footprints in the Sands of Time (Star Pub. Co., 1900), Ch. 6 (Alleghany County), Dr. A.B. Cox wrote, "John Fender, Sr., was a good citizen. His wife was a Miss Toliver, a worthy, good woman. They raised a most excellent family."

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Martha Fender's Timeline

March 13, 1797
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
December 8, 1813
Age 16
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
April 8, 1815
Age 18
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
March 6, 1817
Age 19
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
December 8, 1818
Age 21
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
October 27, 1820
Age 23
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
October 2, 1822
Age 25
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
February 20, 1824
Age 26
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
February 10, 1826
Age 28
Ashe County, North Carolina, United States