My ancestor David Penman, b. 21 Feb 1847 - Scotland; d. 28 Dec 1906 - Oregon; m. in PA (ca 1869) Hannah Elizabeth Williams, daughter of John Williams and Martha Dunn, all b.England. David Penman's death cert. lists parents as David Penman and Jennie Duncan, both b. Scotland. David and Hannah's son David John Penman b. 19 Mar 1870 in Mercer PA. Have photo of David who was b. 1847. No early records found for Mercer County PA; but found naturalization records for Mercer County: No. 530: David Penman, b. County Fife, Scotland; emigrated from Glasgow Oct 1866 to New York City, Age 63 (b. ca 1803); resident of Hickory Twp., Mercer Co. PA; Natz'd 13 Oct 1873; Witness: George W. Reed.
No. 541: David Penman, b. County Fife, Scotland, emig. from Scotland in August to New York City, Age 19 (no year given for emigration, but if it was 1866, his birthdate would have been ca 1847); resident of Hickory Twp., Natz'd 13 Oct 1873; Wit: George W. Reed.
No.318: Joseph Penman, b. Scotland; emig. as a minor; Natz'd 11 Sep 1868; Witness: David Robinson of Hickory Twp. (Note: David Robinson sponsored many emigrees from different countries, several of whom were Natz'd on 11 Sep 1868 - possibly brought over to work in coal mines? - Penmans and Williams were coal miners).
1870 census Hickory Twp., Merecer Co. PA:
Ellen Penman - (b. ca) 1810 - Scotland
Joseph 1844 - " Miner
Robert 1850 - " "
Margaret 1851 - "
William 1854 - " "
Ellen was living with son Joseph in Hickory Twp. in 1880. Haven't found a connection between above family and my David, but the time lines could fit, as David was married to Hannah ca 1869, so wouldn't be in above census.
In 1876 David and Hannah moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, and were living in Otho Twp. Webster Co. Iowa in 1880 census. A George Penman,age 36 (b. ca 1844), wife Cinthia and (Step?-census hard to read) sons Calvin and Charles were living in Elkhorn Twp. (next to Otho)in 1880. A news article, dated 13 Dec 1885 was sent to me from the Webster County Gen. Society about George Penman coming back to Elkhorn from Washington to visit old friends, stating that he had moved to Washington two years ago last Fall, but hadn't mentioned the township in Washington he had located to. Have found no later records for George, but his two sons both died in Oregon, and their death certs were signed by Tom Penman, who was brother of my ancestor David (b. 1870 - Mercer County PA). So George must have been a brother to my David, b. 1847, or this is some coincidence). Your Sarah seems to tie in also, b. 1849 and of Mercer County. Absence of records needed for this time period in Mercer County has been frustrating. I've tried neighboring counties for info, as miners did relocate a lot, but so far no luck. I have seen info in World Family Tree for a Robert Penman, of above Hickory Twp. 1870 census. He remained in the area. WFT doesn't list parents for Robert, but an 1870 census for Hickory Twp. lists Joseph Penman, age 35 (b. ca 1845), wife Margaret, Children: Ellen -8, Robert - 7, Bessie - 5, Alexander - 3, and Ellen - 70 (b. Scotland ca 1810). The Robert Penman of this census was b. 23 May 1873 in Hickory Twp., m. 30 Jan 1895 Isabelle Briggs at Grove City, Mercer Co. PA., and d. 7 Dec 1904 at Pine Twp., Mercer Co. PA. Children: Joseph C., Louella and Kenneth L.
1900 Census Grove City, Mercer Co. PA -
William N. Penman b. ca 1854 - Scotland; wife Sarah Ann; Children: Gertrude, William Ross, Thomas F., Robert and Bessie - all b. PA. This family remained in Grove City. I tried to get William's death cert. (d. in 1924), but Vital Stats would not release it unless I could declare a family relationship. No obit was found for him.
My ancestor David (b. 1847) had Children: David John - b. 1870 PA; William Ezekiel - 1872-PA; Martha Jane - 1873-PA; George Edward - 1878-Ft. Dodge, IA; Jonah Alexander - 1879-Ft. Dodge, IA; Hannah Elizabeth ("Anne") - 1882-IA; andf Thomas Jabos Wellington - 1885-OR.
Family tradition says that the first born sons in this family were all named David.
At least it lasted for the 3 generations I'm aware of (from what I found in my family death certs), until my g.g. grandmother decided to name the next first-born son after an old boyfriend and broke the tradition.
From Natz. records, it would seem that the father of my (our?) David who was b. 1847 may have also come to PA. The ca 1803 DOB seems to match, and they were both living in Hickory Twp. when Natz'd. Also feel that David and George were brothers or cousins (I think brothers, if my family took their boys in). Death cert. for Calvin says b. 1869 - Iowa; parents unknown. Obit says he had resided in Oklahoma for some time, but no mention of what time period he had been there. He never married. Death cert. for Charles says he was b. 1870 Ft. Doge, Iowa; parents George and Cinthia. Tried to get some record of George's death by death index for Washington (I'd guessed he'd died there around early 1900's), but never heard anything on this, or whether they even have a state death index.
Very interested in knowing if you have other info on these possible links. I have been searching many years, and it's been one small bit of info at a time, but have just recently found the Natz info, and it seems to be coming together, but only have speculation, no proof. There is a woman in Iowa (Mrs. Holder, I think) - we exchanged letters some years ago, and I didn't have anything to send back, but need to contact her again with new info. I believe she or her husband was also related to Sarah Penman and Joseph Nelson McLaughlin. Will search for this for you; have recently moved, and a lot is still in boxes. Hope to hear from you.
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