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Fenley, W. M.

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Fenley, W. M.
March 06, 2007 07:28PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,
1887, Kenton Co.

W. M. FENLEY is a native of Grant County, Ky., was born September 11,
1839, and is the fifth of a family of eight children born to John W.
and Mary A. (Robinson) Fenley. John W. Fenley was born in Fairfax
County, Va., in 1800. He early came to Kentucky, devoted his whole
life to agricultural pursuits, and died May 8, 1864. He was a
gentleman of ability, and was in every respect a representative of the
farming interests. His neighbors and immediate friends always found
him to be an able and judicious counselor, ever ready to assist by his
advice, or by his means. His gifts to charity were more than the
common public knew of. Mrs. Mary A. Fenley was born in Kentucky, and
was a daughter of John Robinson. W. M. Fenley was reared on his
father's farm in Grant County, Ky., and received a good education at
the common schools. He read law with Col. W. S. Rankin, and was
admitted to the bar in 1863. In his younger days he was engaged
in the stock business, growing fine trotters and drivers successfully.
In 1870 he was elected county judge of Grant County, and served one
term of four years. In 1876 he moved to Covington, where he has since
resided, and practiced law. In March 1885, he was elected president of
the Kenton Fire Insurance Company, which position he now fills. He was
married, April 8, 1863, to Miss Carrie J. Durbin, of Madison, Ind., a
daughter of Hosier and America (Sparks) Durbin. Five children have
blessed their union, of whom four are living: Green D., Shirley,
Joseph B. and Carrie. Mrs. Fenley is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church North. Mr. Fenley is not a member of any church, but
is a Master Mason, and is politically a Democrat.

Fenley Robinson Rankin Durbin Sparks
Grant-KY Fairfax-VA IN

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