History of the PRA Part 1
This article was written by Marvin Jones, one of the original founders of the Pennington Research Association. He has served in almost every position on the Executive Board and has contributed many articles and genealogical research to the Pennington Research Association.
This article is written in two (2) parts. Part 1 discusses the publications of the PRA and Part 2 discusses the Family Groups.
Marvin served as the official Historian for the Pennington Research Association and published this article to help document the Pennington Research Association's history and the formation of many of its' Family Groups.
The Pennington Research Association awarded an Honorary Membership to Marvin in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the PRA.
The reader is cautioned to remember this article was written in 1991 and therefore some of the information may have changed and may no longer be accurate. As with all genealogical research, it is the researchers' responsibility to verify all sources themselves. The reader may also find some of the information in this article conflicts with other information on this web site or in more recent publications of the Pennington Research Association.
Gene Pennington, Research Director, 12/28/00
The Pennington Research Association had its beginnings as the brainchild of Mrs. Cecil C. Holmes, better known as Bee, of Borger, Texas. Bee had recently retired from her career as a teacher which gave her time to work on her family history. When Bee began research on her Pennington line she came in contact with others researching the same surname. Under the direction of Bee, these people began sharing their data by putting it in booklet form and mailing it from one to the other. There were six of these "Lending Copies" in all.
The number of researchers grew to the point where this method became too cumber-some and slow, so ways were discussed that would improve the method of distribution. I will use Bee’s words to give the result of these discussions. In Volume 1, Issue 1 of Pennington Pedigrees, Bee wrote:
"This month, October 1968, the group of Pennington researchers, affectionately called ‘cousins’, embark on a new adventure—putting together a family magazine to sell to themselves and to other cousins. After several years and six issues of circulating a lending magazine we realized that we have outgrown it. Therefore, we are, with this issue, changing over to a ‘selling magazine’ and we solicit your understanding, patience and cooperation."
The staff members for Volume 1, Issue 1, Oct 1968, were Bee Holmes, Editor and Owner; Co-Editor, Mrs. Naola Pennington of California; Publisher, Marvin T. Jones of North Dakota; Query Editor, Mrs. Audrey Reed of Colorado; and Family Genealogist, William Perry Johnson of North Carolina. On the advisory staff were Mrs. Flora Smith of California, Mrs. Eunice (Penny) Floyd of Mississippi, and James F. Perkins of Michigan. Flora Smith did the indexing. Others who gave their time and money were Sterling Pennington, Maude Kilbourne, William Mendenhall, Mary Ellen Henson, Lee Pennington, Wilena Bejach, Edwina Whiteside, Fredora Lay, and Katherine Van Beber. The cover design was created by Bee’s sister, Leone Wilson Davies.
The typed papers were sent to me in Devils Lake, North Dakota, where I used the equipment at the school where I taught to prepare the magazines. I used the old fashioned "Ditto" machine, familiar to older generations of teachers and students, to duplicate some of the papers plus the mimeograph at a local church. My wife, Luverne, assisted in assembling and mailing the magazines. The postage then was only thirty-two cents per magazine.
We planned to make 50; however, the orders kept coming in so we had to increase the amount to 150. A few months later I published 100 more copies. The first edition sold for two dollars and the second for three dollars. During this period, Jim Perkins was assigned the arduous task of indexing the six lending copies. These contained a great deal of valuable information which was nearly inaccessible. Helping with this task were Dora Caroline Pile, Edwin Arnold, Mae Pennington, Alice Spurlock, Louise Walsh, and Audrey Reed.
The staff for the second issue of Volume 1 (1969) remained the same. This issue was divided into two sections. Section 1 contained official records such as marriage, death, and census records. Section 2 contained family data. Bee decided to have the magazine published in Borger. The cover for this issue was designed by Donald Osborn of Missouri. Mr. Osborn continued to design the covers for several years.
Due to the success of the of the first two issues, Bee decided to publish two more issues during 1969. However, the price had to be raised to $3.25 to cover the costs. Beginning with Issue 3, Eunice Floyd became the Editor of Section 1, Official Records; Naola Pennington became the Editor of Section 2, Family Records; and Bee Holmes became the Editor of Section 3, Miscellaneous Records. I took over the duties of Treasurer and Bookkeeper while Jim Perkins took care of subscriptions. This magazine was published in Devils Lake, North Dakota, with most of the work of duplicating, via a mimeograph, done by a secretary of the local junior college. We were building a house at the same time so we kept dodging carpenters as we collated and bound the magazine.
A most interesting section of this issue was the "Pennington Poets’ Corner." This included a poem by Dr. Levi T. Pennington, a well known professor and author at a college in Newburg, Oregon. At that time Dr. Pennington was still active as a traveling lecturer at the age of 93. He descended from the Quaker Penningtons of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
This section also included a poem from Man With a Bull-Tongue Plow written by the famous Kentucky author, Jesse Stuart, a Pennington descendant. Bee visited with Mr. Stuart at his Kentucky home and they became good friends. Mr. Stuart wrote to Bee that "your magazine, or book, rather, on the Penningtons is monumental. I don’t believe any other family in America does this!" Another well known Kentucky poet, Lee Pennington, also made a contribution.
Another feature started in this issue was the Family Album displaying pictures of bygone and present day Penningtons. The Plains Printing Company of Borger, Texas printed the pictures and continued in this capacity until Bee retired.
This issue also carried the news that a Pennington Research Committee had been formed with Jim Perkins as chairman. Jim continued in this capacity for several years.
The final issue of Volume 1 came out in the late Fall of 1969. Mrs. Carolyn Barnes of Maryland and Mrs. Edna Miller were added to the staff. Major contributors were Ruth Jackson, Dora Caroline Pile, Mrs. R. E. Dishman, Flora Smith, Mary Trickel, Marian S. Ward, James L. Pennington of Tennessee, Robert D. Plumlee, and Ilene Monk. Flora Smith was also the indexer. This was the first issue printed by a professional publisher, Century Enterprises of Huntsville, Arkansas.
Volume 2, published in 1970, consisted of three issues at a cost of $8.25. The staff remained the same with the addition of Robert M. Pennington of Rockville, Maryland, who had been a contributor since the Lending Copy days, and James A. Pennington of Humboldt, Tennessee.
By the time this volume was printed there were nearly seven hundred pages published, plus the six lending copies, which made such a mass of material that it was difficult to find a particular item in it. Our professional genealogist, W.P. Johnson, suggested that the data be broken down by state and then by county. Bee asked for volunteers for this project. Jim Perkins agreed to lead such a project. Tennessee was picked as the pilot state. This was the first of many attempts to organize our material, Among the articles were "So Great A Cloud of Witnesses" and "I Lived Those Mountains" by Mae Pennington, and "The Family of Dennis Pennington" by Modell Satori.
The magazine continued to get excellent reviews. Mr. Willard Heiss, Genealogy Editor of Tri-State-Trader, wrote: "Each issue is a book complete in itself—Pennington Pedigrees should be of value to persons with only a cursory interest in the family as well as those who dote on their ancestry."
Beginning with the 1971 volume, it was decided to reduce the number of issues to two per volume and to publish a news bulletin twice a year for announcements and for current events concerning Penningtons. This bulletin was named the Pennington Cousins’ Courier. Mrs. Edna Miller of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was the first Editor; all of this for a subscription price of $6.00.
The staff remained the same for Volume 3 except for the addition of James E. (Ed) Pennington of Phillips, Texas, as Circulation Manager. This volume continued the emphasis on wills, censuses, births, deaths, land records, and lineages of members.
The second issue of Volume 3 marked the beginning of a series of articles on Pennington war veterans by Louise Walsh Throop which has proven to be a valuable research tool over the years. The "Pennington Poets’ Corner" and the "Family Album" continued to be popular features.
Mrs. Lillian Stamps of Nashville was added to the staff of Volume 4 as an indexer and Special Features Editor. Lillian, together with Bee Holmes, Penny Floyd, Jim Perkins, and myself, formed an informal "board of directors" and kept in touch through a "round robin". This method of communication continued for over a decade.
Among the features of Volume 4 (1972) were a poem, "Pennington Is The Name", by Ann Pennington Tidwell, the family of Allen Jefferson Pennington, Richard descendent, the biographies of Judge Henry Pennington and Fredora Lay, and official records of Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois, and many other states.
Comments by our readers included: "Each issue seems to get better—I was especially impressed with Dorris Knibb’s article on Richard Pennington of West Virginia" from Robert M. Pennington of Maryland. "This family publication continues to be outstanding. The cooperation of many persons, along with the perspicacious overview of the Editor, has placed a rich repository of Pennington records in a permanent form" by Willard Heiss, Indiana.
The staff of Volume 5 (1973) remained the same with the subscription price at $7.00. Issue 1 continued the abstracts of Pennington war veterans by Louise Troop, the Levi Pennington line by Penny Floyd, and a great amount of material on the Timothy Pennington line by Fran Laaker. Also featured was a memorial to Dora Caroline Pile, one of our most dedicated workers. At this time thoughts were expressed concerning a meeting of Penning-tons. Bob Pennington suggested that we make long range plans for such a meeting.
Letters from readers included one by Alma Lee McCowin of Utah who wrote: "It is a great satisfaction that so much information on so many different lines has been printed in Pennington Pedigrees and that the magazine has been placed in so many important libraries.
The nicest part of the project is the friendships among the researchers. Bee Holmes has a talent for making all the contacts friendly and personal".
Issue 2 included a summary of the Reverend Charles Pennington line by Mrs. Ruth Jaeckel with comments by Jim Perkins, the King and Stark families by Banks McLaurin, Jr, and records from Kentucky, Maryland, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. This was the last issue printed by Century Enterprises of Huntsville, Arkansas.
With the publication of Volume 6 (1974), Betty Pennington of Riverside, California, became the publisher. Several pages of North Carolina records were included in Issue 1, plus a long article on Rev. Charles Pennington’s daughter, Effie Pennington Connely, by David Coy. A memorial was given to Ruth Jackson by Penny Floyd. Ruth had contributed much to Pennington Pedigrees.
Issue 2 contained the article, "Early Migrations of Penningtons & Allied Families," by Penny Floyd and others. This summary proved a valuable research tool in years to come. Frankye and Paul Andres, and Fran Laaker contributed more material on the Timothy Pennington line. This marked the last issue in which Mrs. Naola Pennington was a member of the Staff. Naola’s contributions to Pennington Pedigrees were invaluable.
The staff members for Volume Seven (1975) were Manager and Owner, Mrs. Bee Holmes, Texas; Research Chairman, James F. Perkins, Michigan; Official Records Editors, Eunice Floyd, Tennessee, and June Russell, Kentucky; Family Records Editors, Bee Holmes, Texas, and Betty Pennington of California; Special Features Editor, Mrs. Lillian Stamps;
Treasurer, Marvin T. Jones, North Dakota; Cover Designs, Donald L. Osborn, Missouri;
Circulation Manager, Ed Pennington, Texas; Publisher, Betty L. Pennington, California; and Pennington Cousins’ Courier, Mrs. Fannie Mitchell, Oklahoma. Issue 1 contained Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas records. Also included were articles on Benejah and Micajah Pennington. During this period Bee lost her husband, Cecil C. Holmes. Cecil was a teacher in the Borger School System and a veteran of WWI.
The second issue featured several articles on the Penningtons of England. Also included were articles on Abel and other Penningtons of Eastern Kentucky. Mrs. Lucy White of Sandy Hook, Kentucky, was among the contributors. Also, the fascinating saga of Larcena Pennington Page was told by Paul Drummond of Texas. Larcena was the daughter of Elias Green Pennington of Arizona Territory. She survived the ordeal of an Apache Indian attack and capture. She was finally rescued by her husband and others.
Volume 8 (1976) continued with the same staff and the same price of seven dollars. We were able to maintain such a low rate for such a quality product because most of the work was done by volunteers and no one received a free copy, not even Bee.
The first issue featured the "English Research Report" by Lillian Stamps which included wills and other records from England. Wills and census records were also included from North Carolina and South Carolina. A memorial was given in honor of Flora Smith, one of our charter members. Flora did much of the early research in Barren County, Kentucky, and Missouri. She was a descendant of Simeon Pennington.
In the second issue, Mrs. June Russell, Kentucky; Mrs. Lillian Stamps, Tennessee; and
Mrs. LeRoy Floyd, Tennessee, were listed as Associate Editors. The staff also introduced the concept of grouping the Pennington lines by the earliest known ancestor of each. For example, Group 1 was Ephraim of Connecticut and New Jersey, Group 2 was Robert of Maryland and Pennsylvania, Group 3 was Sir Isaac and his son, Isaac the Quaker. (Later it was proven that the Quakers of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, were the descendants of William of Sunbreak, England, rather than Sir Isaac), Group 4 was Richard of North Carolina and Kentucky, and Group 5 was Rev. Charles of Pennsylvania and Indiana. This method worked fairly well, even though some of the connections were tenuous and sometimes difficult to assign some of the later generations to a group. Also included in this issue were several lines of Edmund of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Group 14).
Volume 9 (1977) was the 20th issue of Pennington Pedigrees which meant 1500-1800 pages of material published. The first issue featured a long article on the "Manuscripts of Lord Muncaster". These papers were furnished by Joyce Lamont, Curator of Special Collections at the University of Alabama Library. These papers dated from approximately 1330-1745 and were copied from the muniments at Muncaster Castle by H. C. Maxwell Lyte. Muniments were papers kept for proof of ownership of property, titles, etc. While not much genealogical material was included, it was published because of its historical interest.
Among the articles in Issue 2 was one on the Thomas Pennington line of Surry, Virginia, by John Hensell; "The New River" by Mae Pennington (Several Penningtons lived near the "New River", on the border of North Carolina and Virginia, between 1780 and 1800); Abstracts of English wills by Robert M. Pennington; and notes on Mary Penningtons in Virginia by Penny Floyd.
The highlight of Volume 10 (1978) was an editorial on research in genealogy by Robert E. Sloan, Ph.D. of Paleontology, University of Minnesota. Among the points Dr. Sloan made were: "If a statement cannot be verified by another independent source of data, be ready to have it disproved", watch out for wishful thinking, it is very easy to stop looking if you find a result you are pleased with, or want to find---not all sources are equally reliable." Dr. Sloan was a descendant of Richard and Hannah Boone Pennington through their son, Daniel. The line of another descendant of Daniel was given in this issue, Carroll A. Pennington of Arizona.
The second issue also featured an article by Dr. Sloan entitled "Names, Religions and Migrations of the Penningtons." The goal of the article was to "serve as a summary, history, and annotated index to the lending copies and the last nine years of Pennington Pedigrees." Penny Floyd, Bee Holmes, Fran Laaker, June Russell, Lillian Stamps, Louise Throop, Dick Bailey, Marvin Jones, Robert M Pennington, James Pennington of Virginia, and Jim Perkins also had input in the preparation of the article. Robert M. Pennington also contributed his study of early Pennington immigrants.
The subscription rate for Volume 11 (1979) was increased to ten dollars a year after being held at seven dollars for several years. The first issue was designed primarily as a research tool giving an index to the published censuses in the past ten years of Pennington Pedigrees, and the six volumes of lending copies. Among the workers on this project were
Robert M. Pennington, Bob Sloan and Dick Bailey. This has been one of my most used issues in helping other people with their research. James Pennington also contributed a very valuable study of the Surry and Sussex County, Virginia Penningtons. Cleo G. Hogan furnished an article on the "The Pennington Flying Machine".
The dream of many of the subscribers to Pennington Pedigrees to have a meeting of the "cousins" was realized during the summer of 1979. The meeting was planned and hosted by Bee Holmes and held in Wichita, Kansas, one of Bee’s "home towns" and where her sister and brother-in-law, Royal and Leone Davies lived. About eighty people attended. Conversation was the main item on the agenda. Family trees were compared and ideas for further research were discussed. At the business meeting, the first formal officers were elected. Bob Sloan became President, Jim Perkins, Vice President, and Marvin T. Jones, Secretary and Treasurer. Members of the Research Committee were Robert M. Pennington, Richard P. Bailey, Fran Laaker, James A. Pennington, and Louise Throop. Members of the Pennington Pedigrees staff were Editor and Owner, Bee Holmes; Circulation Manager, J. E. Pennington; Publisher, Betty L. Pennington; Editor Cousins’ Courier, Fannie Mitchell; and Cover Designs, Donald L. Osborn. Associate Editors were Lillian Stamps, Penny Floyd, and June K. Russell. At the evening banquet Bee Holmes was the guest of honor. Jim Perkins presented her with a plaque in honor of her many years of service to Pennington researchers.
The Fall issue featured another analysis by Bob Sloan entitled "Pre-Revolutionary Penningtons and The Decennial Survey 1640 to 1790." Bob gave the results of a survey of all male Penningtons he could find between the years 1640-1790. By locating Penningtons by state and county for each decade, he tried to show a pattern of migration and descent for each group. Even though the article was partly conjecture, it still gave several clues to the relationships of several Pennington lines. Also included in this issue were several records from Ashe County, North Carolina, submitted by Danny Miller and the summary of Creech-Pennington families by Mrs. Vera Creech. Unfortunately, Bee injured her leg in a street accident a few hours after the conclusion of the Wichita meeting so Bob Sloan helped her put together issue 2.
The same staff continued with Volume 12 (1980) with a subscription price of $12.00. The cover, designed by Don Osborn, was highlighted by the drawing of the portrait of Elizabeth de Malton who married Sir William de Penitone. She was b. about 1344 and d. about 1412. The portrait is from her funeral brass.
The first issue featured articles on Richard and Polly Walling Pennington of Texas by Ava Bush, John Barton Pennington by Sarah Sumerlin, and records from Illinois. Also, there was an memorial to Mary Trickel written by Robert M. Pennington. Bob wrote: "Mary contributed to Pennington Pedigrees over the years and made a significant and unusual contribution to our family in spearheading the move to restore the Pennington Cemetery at Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, where three generations of our immediate family are buried." Rob and Mary were both descendants of Robert Pennington, 1754-1826, of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The 1980 meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held in Lexington, Kentucky, on 6-8 Jul. It was hosted by Judge Henry and Ann Pennington. During the meeting the following officers were elected: President, Robert M Pennington; Vice President, Cleo Hogan; Secretary, Virginia R. Lang; Treasurer, Marvin T. Jones; Research Chairman, James F. Perkins. The magazine staff included Editor and Owner, Bee Holmes, Associate Editors, Lillian Stamps and Penny Floyd; Publisher, Betty L. Pennington; Editor, Cousins’ Courier, Fannie Mitchell. Mrs. R. C. Pennington agreed to publish back issues which Vivian continues to do at the present time. The second issue featured an article entitled "Penningtons in Lancashire & Pennsylvania" by Dr. R. P. Bailey. This was an analysis of Group 3. There also was an article by Jim Perkins on the progress of the Research Committee.
Volume 13 (1981) was published with the same magazine staff with the subscription price held at $12.00. In the first issue were lineages of Helene Stone, Elizabeth Martin, and Mary Jane Pennington. There were censuses of several states given. The third annual meeting was held at Amarillo, Texas on 26-28 Jun l981. Bee Holmes was the hostess of the well attended meeting. The officers were re-elected to their positions.
In the second issue, Les Pennington reported on his trip to England. Les and family toured the Muncaster Castle grounds, the Pennington Arms Hotel, and the ancient Pennington Church. Since this visit, many Penningtons have made this fascinating journey. This issue also contained articles by Ruth Dickey, Sue Gunter, Betty Inman, Marshall Pennington, and Mildred Craghead.
Volume 14 (1982) continued with the same staff and the subscription price of $12.00, Vivian Pennington continued selling back issues at $12.00. The first issue brought the sad news of the passing of several of our members. Among them were Fedora P. Lay, Edna Mae Pennington, Gale R. Pennington, and Malcom Erwin. Edna Miller, the first Editor of the Courier, also died during 1981.
The 1982 Pennington Family Reunion was held in Nashville, Tennessee, on 25-27 Jun with Barker and Lillian Stamps as hosts. The members attended the Grand Ole Opry show on Friday evening. Saturday morning was spent visiting and discussing Pennington history. The business meeting was held Saturday afternoon in the Hilton Inn. The following officers were elected for 1982-83: President, Cleo G. Hogan of Asheville, North Carolina; Vice President, Richard P. Bailey of Annapolis, Maryland; Secretary, Virginia R. Lang of Casper, Wyoming; Treasurer, Marvin T. Jones, Devils Lake, North Dakota; and Research Chairman, James F. Perkins of Florida. That evening, a banquet was held.
Among the articles in the second issue were a discussion of Gamel de Penitone of England by Dr. R. Corbin Pennington and Dr. Richard P. Bailey, and an analysis of Edmund Pennington and descendants of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, by Dr. Bailey.
Volume 15 (1983) included the 32nd and 33rd issues published. The members of the staff were Editor and Publisher, Betty L. Pennington of California; Co-Editor and Owner, Bee Holmes of Texas; Associate Editors, R. Corbin Pennington of Colorado and Mary Kirby of Texas; Editor, Pennington Cousins’ Courier, Lillian Stamps of Tennessee; Cover Design, Donald L. Osborn; Treasurer and Business Manager, Marvin T. Jones of North Dakota. Soon after Bee returned home from the Nashville meeting she developed severe back trouble and spent from August to the middle of November in the hospital, so most of the work on this volume was done by Betty L. Pennington. Both issues mainly consisted of official records from many sources.
The 1983 meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 5-7 Aug, hosted by R. C. (Preach) and Vivian Pennington of Albuquerque. Vivian arranged a bus tour of Albuquerque and much of the rest of the time was spent comparing notes on Pennington genealogy. A business meeting was held Saturday. The main item of business was the formal organization of the Pennington Research Association. Bee Holmes turned the ownership of Pennington Pedigrees over to the PRA. Bee Holmes, Dick Bailey, Vivian Pennington, Lillian Stamps, and Betty Pennington all played prominent roles in this reorganization. Officers elected for the 1983-84 term were President, Vivian Pennington of New Mexico; Vice President, Lilian Stamps of Tennessee; Research Director, Marvin T. Jones of North Dakota; Secretary, Nancy Smith of Kentucky; Treasurer, Virginia R. Lang of Wyoming; Executive Director, Richard P. Bailey of Maryland; and immediate Past President, Cleo Hogan of Tennessee.
The same staff continued for Volume 16 (1984) with Bee Holmes becoming Editor Emeritus. The issue began with an article by Dr. Bailey informing the readers of the formation of the Pennington Research Association and the transfer of ownership of the Pennington Pedigrees from Bee Holmes to this organization. As written in the Fall 1983 Courier: "Every member of the Pennington Research Association owes Bee Holmes a debt of gratitude." Dr. Bailey also submitted the PRA Articles of Association and the PRA Bylaws. This issue also featured records from several Missouri Counties.
The 1984 Pennington Research Association Meeting was held in Louisville, Kentucky, 27-29 Jul. The meeting hostess was Nancy Smith, a niece of Bee Holmes. The site of the meeting was the Executive Inn Motor Hotel. Again, the "order of the day" was "getting acquainted, discovering new cousins, greeting last year’s friends, and sharing genealogy records, pictures, etc." tours of the city, river cruises, and, of course, visits to the libraries. The business meeting was held Saturday afternoon. The proposed Articles of Association and Bylaws were accepted as proposed by Dick Bailey. After being a group of subscribers and contributors to a genealogical magazine for fifteen years, the Pennington Research Association became a formal organization effective 28 July 1984. The new officers were President, Vivian Pennington, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vice President, Lillian O. Stamps, Nashville, Tennessee; Research Director, Marvin T. Jones, Wyndmere, North Dakota; Secretary, Nancy Smith, Louisville, Kentucky; Treasurer, Virginia R. Lang Casper, Wyoming; and Executive Director, Richard P. Bailey, Annapolis, Maryland. These officers were elected for a term of two years. Betty L. Pennington of Moreno, California, stated that she was retiring from her positions as Editor and Publisher at the end of 1984. Betty earned the thanks of all Pennington researchers for her work with the magazine in spite of having a full-time job and a family to attend to.
The second issue featured comments by Director Dick Bailey on the progress of reorganization. Dick mentioned that Bee Holmes was still deeply interested in the PRA and was "rooting for the Association from the sidelines." He also wrote that the format of the publications would remain the same with two issues of Pennington Pedigrees and two issues of the Pennington Cousins’ Courier per year. Membership dues were set at $15.00 per year.
Volume 17 (1985) was published by a new staff. They were: Editor of Pennington Pedigrees, Mary Kirby of Arlington, Texas; Editorial Board, Bee Holmes, Borger, Texas (Editor Emeritus); Janie Lou Barthel, Palestine, Texas; Iris E. Hurst, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Fran Laaker, San Diego, California; and Modell Satori, Corydon, Indiana; and Editor Pennington Cousins’ Courier, Betty Inman of Jacksonville, Florida. The cover design for this volume was prepared by Eagle Graphics of Lanham, Maryland, under the direction of Dick Bailey. The first issue featured a fascinating series of letters written by George Washington Pennington, a soldier in the Civil War. His letters gave a vivid picture of life in the campgrounds and battlefields of that war, and ended with his tragic death in prison camp at Andersonville, GA. The letters were in the possession of the late Kenneth Pennington and were submitted by R. P. Bailey. The soldier was a descendant of Edmund Pennington, 1753, of Pennsylvania. Also included was a memorial for Weldon J. "Jerry" Pennington of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Pennington was President of the Seattle Times and a good friend of Bee Holmes, and shared her interest in the Micajah line.
The 1985 meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held 26-28 Jul in the Sojourner Inn in Teton Village in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, area. The hostess was Virginia Lang of Casper, Wyoming. A barbecue was held July 26th where the food and breathtaking scenery were enjoyed by all. Saturday morning was spent visiting and comparing notes on research. The business meeting was held in the afternoon with Vivian Pennington presiding. The progress of PRA at the end of its first year as a formal organization was one of the main topics discussed. The annual banquet was held at the Sojourner Inn Saturday evening.
The second issue of Volume 17 featured an index for the family of Micajah Pennington, 1742, of North Carolina by Iris Hurst. Iris had gone through all the back issues picking out references to this group. Marshall L. Pennington also furnished an index to the Elias Green Pennington line.
The staff remained the same for Volume 18 (1986) with Mary Kirby as Editor. The first issue featured articles on "The Pocahontas Connection" by Willis Lake of Alabama, "Tombstone Inscriptions From Webbville, Kentucky" by Sue Gunter, Robert M. Pennington’s account of his trip to Muncaster Castle, England, and a continuation of the "Life and Letters of George Washington Pennington" by Dick Bailey.
The 1986 meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held in the Planter’s Inn in Charleston, South Carolina, on 25-26 Jul. The hosts were Raymond and Maggie Pennington. There was so much to see and do in historic Charleston that few complained of the intensive heat. Nearly everyone toured the "Americus-Vespucci", one of the "Tall Ships" on its way home from the "Parade of Tall Ships" in New York on July Fourth. Several also took a cruise in Charleston harbor.
At the business meeting Saturday afternoon, the following officers were elected:
President, Robert M. Pennington of Maryland; Vice President, Fred A. Pennington of Pennsylvania and Florida; Secretary, Sue Webb of Arkansas; Treasurer, Virginia Lang; Executive Director, Robert T. Pennington; and Research Director, Iris Hurst of Pennsylvania. The outgoing President, Vivian Pennington, was commended for her outstanding work in guiding the PRA through its first two years as a formal organization.
The highlight of the banquet that Saturday evening was a talk given by Patrick Gordon Duff-Pennington of Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, West Cumbria, England. He entertained his listeners with tales of the history of Muncaster and described its many attractions. Duff-Pennington now runs a bed and breakfast establishment to which he invited everyone to visit. Bob Laubach of New York offered to plan such a trip.
The second issue of Volume 18 carried the story of Jon Pennington of Pennsylvania, who won the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC on 29 May 1986. Jon is the grandson of members Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Pennington of Naples, Florida. Also, there was a memorial for Linnie Lee (Pennington) Adkins, age 97, of American Falls, Idaho. Mrs. Adkins, with her daughter and son-in-law Bertha and Fred Sawyer, were frequent contributors to Pennington Pedigrees. "The Life and Letters of George Washington Pennington was concluded in this issue.
Volume 19 (1987) continued with Mary Kirby as Editor. The first issue featured an article honoring the Rev. Charlie Monk of High Point, North Carolina. Mrs. Monk is the former Ilene Pennington of Mobile, Alabama. Also, there was an article on "Penningtons from Illinois State Archives Card Files" by Marvin T. Jones of North Dakota, and "Illinois Public Domain Sales Land Tract Records" by Kathleen Lynott of California.
The ninth Annual Meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Holiday Inn during 31 Jul-1 Aug 1987. This meeting was highlighted by the large number of descendants of Richard and Hannah Boone Stewart Pennington who attended this meeting. The largest family group attending was that of Francis and Lorena Pennington of Saskatchewan, Canada. Six of their nine children were present along with other members of their families.
Friday was spent visiting, sightseeing, and "talking family". That evening a picnic buffet was held at the Holiday Inn. The Genealogy workshop, held on Saturday morning, was well attended. Willis Lake presented an excellent paper on Penningtons with the given name of Ephraim. Jim Perkins gave his report on Bucks County, Pennsylvania, research. The remainder of the time was spent comparing notes by members of the various groups.
President Robert M. Pennington presided over the Saturday afternoon meeting. Treasurer Vivian Lang informed us that we were "in the black" for yet another year and Vivian Pennington reported another brisk year in selling back issues. Much of the time was spent discussing the use of computers to organize our tremendous amount of data collected over twenty years of time. That evening a banquet was served by the Holiday Inn.
The most exciting article featured in the second issue of Volume 19 was the proof of relationship between Ephraim Pennington of Old Rowan County, North Carolina and Richard and Timothy Pennington. This proof came from a 1772 tax list of Rowan County that named "Ephraim Peneton and sons Timothy and Richard." A huge number of Penningtons descend from this line. Also featured was an article on Joseph Pennington of Sussex County, Virginia, by Sue Gunter.
Volume 20, 1988, continued with the same staff and edited by Mary Kirby. The first issue featured an article discussing the genealogical use of computers in which Dick Bailey wrote that the major areas for computer use by members would be to store data and to provide for easy retrieval. For the PRA, the main purpose would be to organize our material.
The 1988 annual meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held the weekend of 29-31 Jul at the Treadway Resort Inn, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The hosts were Iris Hurst and her family. The activities started on Friday morning with a four-hour tour of the Pennsylvania Dutch country. Included were Lancaster, Amish and Mennonite farmlands, quilt shop, pretzel bakery, and a tour of the "Kitchen Kettle Village". That evening a long remembered dinner was served at Groff’s Farm Restaurant.
Saturday morning was spent visiting and comparing research notes. That afternoon the annual business meeting was held with Robert M. Pennington presiding. Treasurer Virginia Lang reported that our financial condition was good. Vivian Pennington reported that several back issues had been sold. The following officers were elected for a term of two years:
President, Fred A. Pennington of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Naples, Florida; Vice President, Willis W. Lake of Birmingham, Alabama; Executive Director, Dr. Robert Laubach, of Syracuse, NY; Research Director, Iris Hurst of E. Petersburg, Pennsylvania; Secretary, Sue R. Webb of Little Rock, Arkansas; Treasurer, Virginia R. Lang of Casper, Wyoming;
Historian, Marvin T. Jones of Wyndmere, North Dakota; and Immediate Past President, Robert M. Pennington. Dr. Richard P. Bailey continued as Membership Chairman. The annual banquet was held Saturday evening. The dinner and the guest speaker were both excellent. After dinner, Bob Laubach showed slides of the PRA trip to England, including Muncaster Castle.
The second issue of Volume 20 featured an account of the PRA trip to England under the direction of Bob Laubach. This group left for England 16 May 1988. Their first stop, after arriving at Heathrow Airport near London, was Jordon’s Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Here the Quakers had a meeting place with Isaac Pennington and William Penn as members. They also toured the famous Southside House, near London. They were guided by Major Malcolm Munthe, who had inherited the house from his mother, Mrs. Hilda Pennington Mellor Munthe. The Major told the fascinating story of this house so steeped in Pennington and English history.
Other highlights of the trip were visits to Pennington School, Pennington Church and other sites near Ulverston, after which the group spent several days at Muncaster Castle as guests of Phyllida and her husband, Patrick Gordon-Duff Pennington. They were entertained by a string trio and a tour of the castle and grounds. The group also viewed the "Luck of Muncaster", a cup given to the Penningtons by Henry VI as a reward for hiding him from his enemies.
This issue also contained copies of letters written to Lord Muncaster by American Penningtons trying to establish a relationship to him.
Volume 21 (1989) marked the fifth year that Pennington Pedigrees was edited by Mary Kirby and published in Annapolis, Maryland, under the direction of Dick Bailey. All Pennington researchers are deeply indebted to them for their contributions to the Pennington Research Association.
The first issue featured an article entitled: "Two Abels named Abel II" by Willis W. Lake in which he discussed the relationships between the early Abel Penningtons. Also included was an index of the Timothy Pennington line by Fran Laaker.
The Eleventh annual meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held at the Riverfront Hilton in Little Rock, Arkansas on 15-18 Jun 1989. The hostess was Sue Webb. This was a joint meeting with the Penningtons of Bradley, County, Arkansas. Thursday was scheduled as a research day. Those attending reported that it was well worth the time spent. Friday was spent touring the Old State House and Territorial Restoration in Little Rock. Friday evening the guests were entertained by a sightseeing and dinner cruise on the Arkansas River aboard the "Spirit", a paddlewheeler.
Saturday morning was spent on genealogy and socializing. That afternoon the annual business meeting was held with Fred A. Pennington presiding. The officers reported that the PRA was still in good condition financially; however, a dues increase was recommended to cover increased costs. A new membership fee of $20.00 was adopted for 1990.
The second issue of Volume 21 featured a series of articles on Old Lincoln County, Kentucky Penningtons, especially the family of Timothy and Mary Fullen Pennington by Marvin T. Jones. I designed this as a definitive study of Lincoln County for use as a research tool by future researchers. Also included were articles on Chatham County, North Carolina, by Norma Penington of Moseley Virginia, and the Litzenberg-Pennington family by Carolyn M. Faidley.
Volume 22 (1990) continued under the Editorship of Mary Kirby with Dr. Richard P. Bailey as Membership Chairman. Issue 1 featured an article on Robert Pennington of Adair/Russell County, Kentucky, and some of his descendants of Missouri; researched by Cindy Pennington of Utah. There were also articles on Captain Edmund D. Pennington and his Civil War adventures, Marriages in Campbell County, Tennessee, Boren-Pennington connections, Confederate Soldiers of Kentucky, and letters from the Draper Collection.
The 1990 meeting of the Pennington Research Association was held in Cincinnati on 26-29 Jul, hosted by Arthur and Thelma Pennington. Research meetings, tours of the community, a Friday night buffet, and the traditional Saturday evening banquet were the main items on the agenda.
One of the main items to be decided at the Saturday afternoon meeting was to find a replacement for Dr. Richard P. Bailey who was retiring from his position as Membership Chairman after years of outstanding service. Art Pennington, Jr, agreed to assume this office.
Mr. Pennington is well schooled in computers which would aid him in his new duties. The officers for 1990-92 were elected as follows: President, Emmet Stroop; Vice-President, Willis Lake; Secretary, Sue Webb; Treasurer, Virginia Lang; and Executive Director, Robert Laubach. The staff members remained the same with the Editor, Mary Kirby; Editor Courier, Betty Inman; Associate Editor, Alice Sanders; Research Director, Iris Hurst; and Back issues, Vivian Pennington.
At the memorial service Sunday morning, special mention was made of the death of James F. Perkins, one of the organizers of PRA, who devoted hundreds of hours to the magazines and to Pennington research. He was also a deeply valued friend. Also mentioned were Mrs. Vivian Pennington, Edmonds Malinak, and Miss Cynthia Mabry.
Issue 2 of Volume 22 announced that a permanent repository for Pennington material had been set up at the Pennsylvania Bureau of Archives and Manuscripts and at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. It also featured an article on "Salona Pennington and Kin of Cabell County, West Virginia", by Ric Blake. Other articles were: "Descendants of Benajah Pennington", "Penningtons in Texas", "Edward Pennington, the Quaker", and "A Visit To Hannah Boone Pennington’s Grave."
Marvin T. Jones, Historian
Pennington Research Association
Wyndmere, North Dakota
Copyright © 1991, & 2000 Marvin Jones, 12/28/00