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Pennington family of Upwell, Norfolk, England, 1741-1758

  • May 27, 2016 5:20 PM
    Message # 4044252

    Born in England, my immigrant ancestor James Pennington was a soldier in the Queen's Rangers, a Loyalist regiment, during the Revolutionary War from 1778 to 1782. After the war, he was granted land in New Brunswick where he married Mary Price, had five children born between about 1795 and 1803 and died in 1808. Several James Penningtons were born in England in the 1740s and 1750s and could have been my ancestor. One that looks promising was baptized in Upwell, Norfolk, England, in 1749. Here's what I know about the family:

    James Pennington was buried in Upwell on 23 Dec. 1757. He married, before 7 Mar. 1743, Jane. Later, he married Elizabeth, who was buried 15 June 1752 in Upwell. Children:

    1. Ann, baptized 17 Jan. 1741.

    2. Jane, baptized 17 Mar. 1743, buried 5 Apr. 1745.

    3. Elizabeth, baptized 9 Mar. 1745.

    4. James, baptized 28 Mar. 1749.

    5. Thomas, baptized 14 April 1751, buried 17 May 1751.

    6. William, baptized 15 June 1752, buried 2 Aug. 1752.

    This information came from "Transcriptions of the Parish Registers of Upwell St Peter & Upwell Christchurch," by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society. The daughter Jane's baptismal record in the parish register says her mother was Jane and the archdeacon's transcript gives her father's name as James. Baptismal records for the other five children name the father James, but not the mother. Elizabeth Pennington, wife of James, was buried on 15 June 1752, the same day that the child William was baptized.

    The James Pennington who died in Upwell in 1757 didn’t leave a will, but probate records show that John Mann of Upwell was named as administrator of James Pennington's estate and as guardian of his son James, then about ten years old. (Source: James Pennington administration bond, Episcopal Consistory Court, Archdeaconry of Norwich, 1758, number 48. Microfilm no. 167,020, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.) The other children are not mentioned, so they had probably died.

    I'd welcome more information on this family.

The three words on the scroll of the Coats of Arms are "Vincit amor patriae"

"Vincit amor patriae" means "The love of my country prevails" or "Love of Country Conquers" which is the United States Army 28th Infantry Regiment's motto.   "Vincent amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido" means "The love of my country exceeds everything."

The following motto appears in English above the mountain cat of the original Baron Muncaster Crest.  "Firm, Vigilant, Active" -Virg. AEn. vi. 823 v. Muncaster b. Pennington

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