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Mehitable Fenn (Gunn)

Also Known As: "Camp", "Kempe"
Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Death: 1730 (89)
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dr. Jasper Gunn and Mary "Ann" Christian Gunn
Wife of Benjamin Fenn, Jr. and Nicholas Camp, Jr.
Mother of Deacon Benjamin Fenn; Mary Hine; Joseph Fenn, I; Sarah (Fenn) Waters; Samuel Fenn and 5 others
Sister of Jobamah Gunn; Nathaniel Gunn; Abel Gunn; Samuel Gunn and Daniel Gunn

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About Mehitable Fenn

On 21 Dec 1660 Benjamin married Mehitable Gunn, daughter of Jasper Gunn (ca 1606-12 Jan 1670/1) & Christian [Gunn] (-prob. Oct 1690), in Milford, CT. Born ca 1641 in Milford, CT. Mehitable was baptized in First Congregational Society, Milford, on 2 or 24 May 1641. Mehitable died in 1730 in Milford, CT.

(See Ann / Mary Gunn's profile for the assumption that Christian ~Ann~Mary were the same woman and mother of Mehitable and five other children born to Jasper Gunn.)

Mehitable first married Benjamin Fenn, second Nicholas Camp. She did not marry Nathaniel Briscoe.

Their children include:

  1. Dea. Benjamin Fenn (ca 1661-29 Aug 1732)
  2. Mary Fenn (ca 1667-20 Jun 1701)
  3. Joseph Fenn (7 Jul 1667-1690)
  4. Sarah Fenn (ca 1668-)

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Mehitable Gunn was born abt 1630 according to her marriage record to Nicholas Camp in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut to Dr Jasper Gunn.[1]

She married 1) Benjamin Fenn. 2) Nathaniel Briscoe on March 28, 1667 in New England and 3) Nicholas Camp.[2][3]

Disputed Facts

While there are sources that list a Mehitable married to a Nathaniel Briscoe, the maiden name is not known. Therefore, it may or may not be the Mehitable listed in this profile. (please see sources listed on Nathaniel Briscoe). Please use the information regarding Briscoe lightly until further documentation is found to prove the maiden name of Nathaniel's second wife.[4]

The only source for Briscoe as Mehitable Gunn's husband is in Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700. On the other hand, 2 major and well respected sources who use original records...Anderson's The Great Migration (which analyzes sources and research to date—i.e., 1995), Susan Woodruff Abbott's Families of Early Milford, CT (1979), as well as the Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700 ("a work that was developed largely from additions, corrections, and deletions that had appeared in the major genealogical journals in the nearly thirty years since Torrey's death.,") all give only 2 marriages for Mehitable: Fenn and Camp.

In addition, Mehitable and Benjamin Fenn, her first husband, had 10 children born between 1661 and 1681 -- several of whom were named in Mehitable's mother's will in 1690. Secondly, Mehitable's father, Japser Gunn calls her Mehitable Fenn in his 1670 will. Benjamin Fenn didn't die until 1689, so it seems highly unlikely that the same Mehitable married Nathaniel Briscoe in 1667 and had children the same time she was having children with Benjamin Fenn.


There are at least two Mehitable Gunns, both born in the early 1640s in Connecticut. Mehitable, the daughter of Jasper Gunn of Milford, lived 1641-1730, and married Benjamin Fenn and Nicholas Camp. The other Mehitable was the daughter of Thomas Gunn of Westfield and Windsor - lived 1644-1720. She married David Ensign and then Isaac Sheldon. It is not known whether Jasper and Thomas were related. Evidence of a marriage to Nathaniel Briscoe for this Mehitable has been found and is listed here in the form of their marriage record along with her marriage record to Fenn and Camp.

Mehitable Gunn listed in this profile was the daughter of Jasper Gunn and Mary Christian Gunn and was mentioned by name (Mehitable Fenn in 1670 and Mehitable Camp in 1690) in both their wills. Milford Church records show that she was baptized on May 2, 1641. Mehitable married twice: first to Benjamin Gunn II in 1660 (he died in 1689) and secondly to widower Nicholas Camp Jr. ca 1690. Her mother's 1690 will shows her as married to "Campe" but also names several of her Fenn children.

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-35, V3:168 (Bio of Jasper Gunn) states the Mehitable md. Benjamin Fenn 21 Dec 1660. The couple had at least 8 children according to wills and baptismal records:

Benjamin, Mary, Joseph (bapt 1667) Sarah (bapt 1668); Mehitable, Hannah and Martha (bapt 1677) and Susannah. In her will, dated 6 May 1690 and proved 12 November 1690, "Christian Gun of Milford" bequeathed to "my grandchildren Benjamin & Joseph Fenn ten shillings apiece to buy two Bibles which I have done myself for them & delivered them"; and to "my daughter Campe namely Mehetabell," moveables; to "my grandchildren Hannah Fenn, Martha Fenn & Susannah Fenn, some linen & other things which I shall lay by for their mother to distribute among them"; to "my son Samuell Gunn,"...if he die without issue, "the land which I have given him shall return to my son Jobamah's children, ... they paying out of it ten pounds to my daughter Mehetabell's children"; [NHPR 2:1:69; New Haven County Court Records 1 (1666-1698):183].

"Families of Early Milford, CT-Susan Abbott- p. 182: "Nicholas Camp s of Nicholas and Sarah was born ca 1630 and died 10 June 1706 (TSM). He married /1 Sarah Beard who died August 1689 (MC1) dau of widow Martha. He mared /2 Mrs. Mehitable (Gunn) Fenn who was baptized 2 May 1641 (MC1) dau of Jasper and Christian and widow of Benjamin Fenn."


↑ U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current: ↑ U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700: ↑ U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700: ↑ Entered by Dodie Bartlett, WikiTree Mentor siting NATHANIEL & MEHITABLE BRISCOE, BIOGRAPHICAL ITEMS and Find a Grave: Nathaniel Briscoe

See Also

Susan Woodruff Abbott, Families of Early Milford, Connecticut, CD-Local and Family Histories: CT, 1600's - 1800's, (Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000), p. 182., 318 Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-35 (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 2003), V3:168 Baldwin, Charles Candee (1881) Baldwin Genealogy from 1500-1881. Leader Printing co., Cleveland Ohio. (pg 50)

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Mehitable Fenn's Timeline

March 21, 1609
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
May 2, 1641
Roxbury, Littlefield, Connecticut, USA
May 2, 1641
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut
May 24, 1641
Roxbury, Littlefield, Conn.
May 24, 1641
Roxbury, Littlefield, Conn.
May 24, 1641
Roxbury, Littlefield, Conn.
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Age 21
Milford, New Haven, CT