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!SOURCE: Samuel P. Bates, "History of Erie County, Pennsylvania" (Chicago: Warner, Beers, 1884), chapter 20 - Notable Events. Indicates that John Fenno was murdered in 1859: "1859 -- Charles Fisk, of Waterford, was arraigned for shooting John Fenno through the heart. He got two years and five days in the penitentiary."
!SOURCE: "Descendants of John Almarian Fenno," email from Linda Johnson to Weldon Whipple, 23 Feb 2003. Adds middle name Almarian (not mentioned in previous sources). Gives death in 1859.
!SOURCE: Email from Linda Johnson (email hidden.jp) to Weldon Whipple, 27 June 2003. Her note includes the following two paragraphs that clarify John's death date:
The Erie Gazette on 11 Aug 1859 had the following: "FATAL AFFRAY. On Sunday evening last [7 Aug 1859], Charles Fisk, residing in Waterford township, (Erie Co., PA) got into a dispute with John Fenno, who had been living with him for some months. Fisk ordered Fenno to leave the house. He went out, but soon after returned with a club, holding it in a threatening attitude. Fisk took his gun, which he loaded with shot, for the purpose of intimidating Fenno, not with the intention of discharging it; but it accidentally went off, the charge entering the left side, and penetrating the heart and lungs. Fenno continued to advance, Fisk struck him with the gun on the head before he fell. He expired instantly. No person was present during the affray but Fisk's wife. Fisk took the body to a slough hole ten or twelve rods from the house and buried it. On Monday evening he repaired to the residence of William McLean, and communicated to him what occurred, under the advice of Mr. McLean, he went to Waterford and delivered himself up to P.P. Judson, Esq., who immediately summoned a jury, and accompanied by Fisk, passed to the place where Fenno was buried, disinterred his body, and held an inquest. The above is the substance of Fisk's statement before the inquest. We understand the finding of the jury was that Fisk acted in self defense. Justice Judson committed him, and he was brought over by Constable Anderson on Tuesday and delivered to the jailor. Both were under the influence of liquor when the affray occurred."
In the Erie Weekly Gazette on 16 Feb 1860 "TRIAL OF CHARLES FISKE FOR THE MURDER OF JOHN FENNO" Fisk said "Fenno and he had an altercation about some boys going in swimming on Sunday; said Fenno took up for the boys." Fenno's nephew, Judson Fenno, said his uncle "was 66 years old, had scarcely any physical strength; don't think he was near as strong as men of his age usually are; he was accustomed to drink a great deal of liquor." A neighbor testified that Fenno had lived with Fisk since about Jan 1858, and they seemed to be on good terms. Before confessing Fisk had told another neighbor that Fenno had gone West, because he had heard that his wife was going to get married again, and that he had lent him ten dollars to get West. The jury found Charles Fisk guilty of murder, and he was sentenced to the penitentiary.
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