Martha Matilda Fenner



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Martha Matilda Fenner   see Family Tree
Born: 24 March 1801  Franklin Co., NC


Married: 23 Feb 1819 Raleigh, Franklin Co., NC


Died: 02 May 1877 Seguin, Guadalupe Co., TX
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Seguin, Guadalupe


Richard  Fenner


Ann McKinney Geddy


Lewis Coorpender


1. Richard John Coorpender  b. 27 June 1820

2. Eliza A Coorpender  b. 26 June 1821

3. William Fenner Coorpender  b. 30 Sept 1823

4. Lewis Coorpender b. 19 Dec 1827

5. Mary Lou Coorpender  b. Abt. 1831                                   

6. Caroline Coorpender  b. Abt. 1834

7. Robert Coorpender  b. Abt. 1836

8. McKinney Coorpender  b. Abt. 1838

9. Julia Coorpender  b. 05 Nov 1845

Martha Matilda Fenner
by Chase Brooke
Mar 2021

Martha Matilda Fenner was born 24 Mar 1801 in NC. (1) Her parents were Richard John Fenner and Ann McKinney Geddy.  (2)  Matilda Fenner was attending the Lewisburg Female Academy in Lewisburg, NC just northeast of Raleigh in Franklin County, NC in 1816. (age 15) In June Matilda was examined in Astronomy, American Geography and the use of the Globes in the Seventh Class. "This class passed an excellent examination," according to the Raleigh Minerva. Matilda was also distinguished for Geographical Drawing. The school was evaluated again in December of 1816. The report in the Raleigh Register says Matilda was examined on Reading, Spelling, English Grammar and Parsing. She was also examined on the Geography of North and South America and Europe. She won a "distinction" in Painting. (3)
At the age of 18 she married Lewis Coorpender in Raleigh NC on 22 Feb 1819. (4) (5) He was about 33 years old.  They had nine children together in a 25 year period.  At some point they moved to Jackson, Madison, TN.  In 1828 when her father's will was probated she inherited 100 acres of land in Madison from her father. (2) She and her husband there in Madison County, TN lived until they moved to Clinton, Hinds, MS in 1840. She sold this land, signed with her seal,  in 1848. (7) While still in Clinton she applied for a Bounty Land Warrant based on her husband's service in the War of 1812. (8)
By 1854 M M Coorpnder had moved to Seguin, Guadalupe Co, TX with her children. Her worth in this tax record is $5,725 (9) In the 1860 federal census she was lsited as living with her son-in-law, R. J. Jefferson who was married to her daughter Eliza. (10)  By 1872 she was listed as having only 133 acres of land worth $665. (11)
Martha Matilda Fenner wrote her will on 21 Mar 1777.  Part of her estate consisted of a note for $500 from her grandson Junius Coorpender for land she had sold to him.  The will was probated on 20 Nov 1885. (12) She died 2 May 1877. (1) Her great great granddaughter erected a memorial stone in Riverside Cemetery. (13)



(1) Rubbing from tombstone of Matilda Fenner Coorpender in Riverside Cemetery, Seguin, TX Stone
"Born Mar, 24, 1801 died May 2, 1877 Her children shall arise and call her blessed."

Headstone for Martha Fenner Coorpender

(2) The will of Richard John Fenner mentions his daughter, M. M. Coorpender. Probated 28 Oct 1828
He left his daughter, Martha M Coorpender, several things, one of which was "100 acres of land including the improvements whereon Dr. L Coorpender now lives in trust however for the use and benefit of my said daughter, Martha M Coorpender."
The Revolutionary War Application of his widow Ann Fenner.  A letter from her sister, Elizabeth Geddy, states that her sister Ann Geddy married Richard Fenner in Halifax County, NC sometime in 1784-85.

(3) The school report was printed in the Raleigh Register on 06 Dec 1816.
Her father was instrumental is starting the Franklin Academy in 1802 and adding the Female Academy in 1814.  See comments on page for her father, Richard  Fenner.

Raleigh Register on 06 Dec 1816.

(4) Raleigh Minerva   Friday  Feb 26, 1819

In this city, on Tuesday evening the 2nd, Dr. Lewis Coor Pender, of Wayne, to Miss Matilda Fenner, daughter of Dr. Richard Fenner.

(5) Wake County North Carolina Marriage Bonds fhl film 296869 image 261

(6) Hinds County Mississippi Land Deeds fhl film 878673 image 140
18 Mar 1840 Lewis Coorpender is buying several animals, wagons and a great deal of household assets.  No land. 

(7) Madison County TN Land Deeds fhl film 389641 image 330

This Indenture, entered into the 5th day of November 1847, between Martha M CoorPender of Hinds County in the state of Mississippi and Eunice B Fenner of Madison County, Tennessee. Witnesseth, that the said Martha M CoorPender, for the consideration of five hundred and twenty five dollars, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, hath this day bargained and sold to the said Eunice B Fenner, and doth hereby alien, transfer and convey to her and her heirs forever all of her right and title to a tract or parcel of land, in said County of Madison, containing one hundred acres, but which is not described by ? and bounds, the same being the tract of land bequeathed to the said Martha by her late father Dr. Richard Fenner, being an undivided one hundred acres of the tract described in said will, and whch will is of record in Madison County, Tennessee; the said hundred acres being the tract on which the late Lewis CoorPender resided immediately previous to his removal to the State of Mississippi and which has more recently been in the occupancy of John M Fenner, deceased.  To have and to hold the aforesaid tract of 100 acres with all and singular the tenements and apportions acres, to the said Eunice B Fenner and her heirs forever. Witness the hand and the seal of the said Martha M CoorPender, the day and year first above written.  Signed, and sealed and delivered.  M. M. CoorPender (Seal)

(8) Bounty Land Claim Lewis Coorpender NARA # 55-80-49104  Record Group # M848 Records of the Bureau of Land Management

Bounty Land Application M M Coorpender
Letter from pension office about bounty land warrant
 to Martha M widow of Lewis Coorpender
Marriage Testimony for Bounty Land Application
Marriage Testimony for bounty land warrant
Louis Coorpender and M. M. Fenner
Application for Bounty Land Warrant
Application for bounty land warrant
by Martha M Coorpender widow of Lewis Coorpender

(9) 1854 Tax List Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas fhl  film 2282235 image 203
M M Coorpender    11 slaves worth $5,500    1 horse valued at $75   1 carriage worth $150.

(10) 1860 Federal Census fhl film 805296 image 14

(11) 1872 Tax List Seguin, Guadalupe County, Twxas  fhl film 2282235 image 999

(12) Matilda M Coor-Pender died in Seguin, Texas on 2 May 1877.  Her will was filed 01 June 1877

Filed Nov 20, 1885
The State of Texas County of Guadalupe Court Term 1877
To the Hon Henry Maney Judge of the County Court of Guadalupe County. Your Petitioner John R. Jefferson Frank Saunders and Eliza A Jefferson Executors of my last will and testament of Mrs. M. M. Coorpender dead and residents of Guadalupe County Texas, beg leave to represent unto your honor what the said Mrs. M. M. Coorpender was at the time of her death a resident and had her domicil in said County, that she died in the town of Seguin on the 2nd day of May AD 1877, that said Mrs. M, M, Coorpender during her life made her will and declared the same to be her last will and testament and that said will is hereto attached marked (Exhibit "A") and made a part hereof, Petitioners pray that said will be admitted to probate and that notice do issue according to law of this application As in duty
Frank Saunders for Executors
Exhibit "A"
State of Texas
County of Guadalupe I M. M. Coorpender of the County and State above within being of sound mind and body and knowing that uncertainty of life do hereby make this my last will and testament. at the same time revoking any other will and testament that I may have made at any previous time. After paying all of my just and legal debts I hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter Mrs. Eliza A. Jefferson all of my right title and interest to thirty three and one third acres (33 /3) of land more or less in what is commonly called the Johnson field the said tract of land twin Lots Nos. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 & 6 in Block Fifty one (51), known as timer or river lots in the town of Seguin.
I hereby give and bequest to my daughter Bettie Howard & Mary Lou Jefferson a half interest that I possess on a certain piano, my daughter Mrs. Eliza A Jefferson, owning the other half interest. I hereby give to my grand daughters Cleona Matilda and Mary Coorpender daughters of my late son Louis Coorpender a note that I hold against Capt W M Rush for five hundred (500$) Dollars of which the fall owing is a copy viz
$500 Seguin Oct 23rd 1876 Twelve months after date I promise to pay to Mrs. M. M. Coorpender Five hundred (500) Dollars for value received this note given in payment for ninety acres of land out of the Clemants league sold by Mrs. Coorpender to Junius Coorpender and by him to me interest at 8 per cent"
Signed W. M. Rush
This note is given to my grand daughters Cleona Matilda & Mary Coorpender with the following provisions and conditions to wit. I hereby appoint my daughter Mrs. Eliza A Jefferson as Guardian and trustee to collect the said note and to put the principal out at interest and to use the interest for the benefit of my Grand daughters Cleona Matilda and Mary Coorpender in such manner as she in her judgment may deem best. Whenever either or both of my grand daughters Cleona Matilda or Mary Coorpender should marry then my daughter Eliza A Jefferson is authorized to pay them each the one half Two Hundred & fifty Dollars of the principal. In case either of my grand daughters Cleona Matilda & Mary Coorpender should die without marrying then the one remaining shall have all the five hundred dollars under the conditions above set. Fourth, and in case both of them should die before marrying then I desire the five hundred dollars to be distributed among my children what may be living at the time. Having full confidence in the honor and business capacity of my daughter Eliza A. Jefferson I hereby forbid any bond or security being asked of her for the performance of the trust above set forth, and in case of her death, I hereby appoint either John R. Jefferson or Frank R. Saunders as guardians or trustee to carry out the trust upon the same conditions provided for my daughter Eliza A. Jefferson.
I do hereby appoint John R. Jefferson Jr Frank Saunders and Eliza A Jefferson as executors and executrix to carry out the provisions of this my last will and testament, and having full confidence in their honor it is my request that no bond or other security be required of them for the performanse of the trust, and I further desire that no further action shall be had in the Courts in relation to the settlement of my estate except the probation and registry of this my will and the return of an inventory of my property.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this 21st day of March, 1777
M M Coorpender
W W McClaugherty
Hayward Braham
Filed May 5, 1777

Will page 1
Will page 2
Will page 3
Will page 4

(13) In Memory Of Matilda Martha Fenner Coorpender erected by Marceil Coorpender Great Great Granddaughter April 3, 1998