Rebecca Fentem

#32, b. 5 March 1835
Father*Richard Fentem b. 20 Aug 1808, d. 24 Jan 1862
Mother*Clarissa Palmer b. 4 Apr 1815, d. 21 Jan 1892
     Rebecca Fentem was born on 5 March 1835. She was the daughter of Richard Fentem and Clarissa Palmer. Rebecca and William K Seymour were married 9 January 1853 Lincoln County, Missouri, "Semore"  This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 0973688 - 0973690.
     As of 9 January 1853, her married name was Seymour (Fentom). "I looked up that reference to William K. Seymour in the Memorial & Biographical History of McLennan, Fall, Bell and Coryell (published in 1893), and it says in part:

William K. Seymour...was born February 9, 1827, a son of George R., and Rebecca (Brown) Seymour, natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively....[George R. Seymour died] January 10, 1878. His widow ... was born October 10, 1802 [and still alive in 1893]...reared a family of nine children: John, who came to Texas in 1876, and died in Lamar county in 1882, leaving a family; William K., our subject; Richard A., who also came to this state in 1876, and now resides at Patton, this county; James C., who came to McLennan county, Texas, in 1855, and died in 1870, leaving a family; and Sarah, who was married in Missouri, to James Cochran, came to Texas in 1878, and now resides in McLennan county.
[a long paragraph on William K. Seymour's youth and military service]
Mr. Seymour married Miss Rebecca Fenton, a daughter of Richard and Clarissa Fenton, natives of England and Bourbon county, Kentucky. The mother is a daughter of Burton Palmer, who moved to Missouri in an early day...and there Mr. Fenton found and married his wife, in 1834...Mr. Fenton died in Missouri in 1862, and his widow now resides in California, aged seventy-six years. Mr. and Mrs. Seymour have had eleven children, as follows: Clarissa, born September 30, 1853, married Dr. Frank Saunders, a practicing physician of Hamilton; George, born November 9, 1855 is a farmer and stock-raiser of Mitchell county; Alice, born December 21, 1857, married William Carpenter, a farmer of this county; James B., born May 20, 1860, is a farmer and stock-raiser of Fisher county; Emma, born November 14, 1862; Martha L., July 30, 1865, died March 5, 1867; William born December 5, 1867, was married July 23, 1891, to Miss Elizabeth Tubb; Lella and Lulu, born March 29, 1870, and the former married A. J. Compton, of this county, and the Latter married T. Barnett, a grandson of D. Barnett, a farmer of this county; Susan, born July 25, 1872; and Horatio L., October 16, 1874...." From Wanza?1

Children of Rebecca and William

Last Edited=1 Oct 2018


  1. [S175] Interview with Wanza Jo Baker Campbell (California), by Pat Dunford, 1/1998. Patricia L Dunford Files (Patricia L Dunford, 3736 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 85716).