Ephriam Pennington

  • Birth: 1720 NC
  • Death:
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  • Sex: M
  • Living: N


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Source: www.penningtonresearch.org

Pennington Research Association

                      Ephraim, b. 1720 NC

Family Group #4 Ephraim, b. 1720 NC Group Leader: Hal Pennington

FIRST GENERATION 1. Ephriam PENNINGTON was born about 1720, possibly in NJ or PA. Three of his children were reportedly born in PA between 1745 and 1752; two were born in NC in 1760 and 1763. His wife's name is unknown.

Caleb Osborne's tax list of 1761 shows two Ephriam Penningtons living near the Forks of the Yadkin River in Rowan County in an area that is now Davie County, NC. Rowan County records show that the next year on 28 April 1762, the Court approved a recommendation that Ephriam Pennington ”…be exempt from paying Public Taxes and doing Public duties, Granted.” Such action was customary for persons of advanced age and suggests that the two Ephriams, who were living on adjacent properties in 1761, were father and son. The list of Taxables returned by William Sharp in 1772 shows only one Ephriam “PENETON” but adds ”& sons Richard and Timothy”, proving the parent of these two men who have numerous progeny throughout the country today.

A logical conclusion from the above information is that the elder Ephriam was the grandfather of Richard and Timothy. It is possible, even probable, that he is the Ephriam Pennington of Morris Co., NJ (b. about 1689) of Family Group 1, but this remains unproven. If it is true that the elder Ephraim's wife, Joanna Davis (about 1693-Nov. 1775), was born and died in Rowan Co., NC, this theory is supported. The fact that only one Ephriam appears with his sons on the 1772 list of Taxables is somewhat mysterious because Richard and Timothy had an older brother Ephriam (b. about 1745). Because he was not an adult, he most likely moved south with his parents before 1761, but may have been working and living on another farm at that time.

The list of Penningtons in Enoch Osborne's company of militia from Montgomery and Fincastle Co., VA, 1783, shows Robert (under 16), Joshua, Timothy, Micajah, Elijah and Richard Pennington. Ephriam is listed but crossed out. If this Ephriam was Richard and Timothy's father he may have been excused because he was over 60 by that year. The absence of Richard and Timothy's brother Ephriam from this list supports the conjecture that he was in fact working and living elsewhere.

No Ephriam Pennington appears in the Virginia records after 1789. In 1794 an Ephriam is found with Richard entering claims in Wilkes County in an area that became Ashe County in the northwest corner of North Carolina. The Ephriam in Wilkes County seems more likely to be Richard's brother than his father. His father would have been over 70 by that year, and unlikely to strike out for new territory at that age. More likely, he remained in Rowan County.

The identity of the siblings of Richard and Timothy has not been proven, but Joshua and Robert were the right age and so closely associated with the family that it seems likely that they were brothers. Records show that Jemima (Pennington) SMITH was a sister of Joshua and, therefore, very likely a daughter of Ephriam Pennington.

   2. Ephriam PENNINGTON 
   3. Timothy PENNINGTON 
   4. Richard PENNINGTON 
   5. Joshua PENNINGTON 
   6. Jemimah PENNINGTON 
   7. Robert PENNINGTON

* Notes on ancestry of Ephraim Pennington(b.1720) * Mark Hicks * mhicks@bizmark.com * 12/17/99

Source: “Shirley Erickson” shirley@htcomp.net I just went to the PRA site and reread the group 1 material on Ephraim, 1642 CT; 1660 NJ. It would be wonderful if everyone could take a moment and read that. As I read the article, the vitals go like this:

Parents of Ephraim Pennington?

I. Ephraim Pennington Born: 1642 in New Haven Colony, Connecticut Swore allegiance to the Colony: 1644 Married: Mary Brockett Died: abt. 1662 ? (What does the “1660, NJ: in the group description leader refer to? Does he die in Ct or NJ? It says the family moves to Newark, NJ by 1673. – Ephraim was apparently deceased by that time – so it was Mary and the 2 children that made the move. – Did Mary have family in NJ? What are the exact sources of the facts above?)

II. Children of Ephraim Pennington and Mary Brockett:

a. Ephraim Pennington Baptized: 22 Oct. 1648 Married: ? Died: about 1692

b. Mary Pennington Baptized: 22 Oct. 1648 Married: ? Died: ?

III. Children of Ephraim Pennington and ?

a. Ephriam Pennington Born: ? Married: ? Died: ?

b. Judah Pennington Born: ? Married: ? Died: ?

(*”Both of these sons are recorded as appearing in court 2 Apr 1703 on matters concerning their father's estate.” Does someone have a copy of these records? Do we know anymore about these children? A source is listed and apparently appeared in PP 2-3, pp. 31-50. Can anyone share that/those article(s) with us via the web page?)

There is more information on the page. However, I think this is a good place to start. Respectfully, Shirley Erickson

Source: Katherine Cochrane katherine@cd-info.com I think a reading of history of the New Haven Colony would help clarify the statistics about Ephraim of CT. Ephraim I was probably not born there in 1642 and swore allegience at age 2 – I suggest he probably emigrated in 1642, or else you're talking about his father, Ephraim, who was one of the founding members of the Colony. I've seen a map of New Haven showing the location of original landholdings, and Ephraim Pennington's name was on a medium-sized lot, indicating that he was one of the early settlers there.

Many of the more strict Puritans from New Haven moved together to Newark, NJ (which they founded – the name “New Ark” was a referance to a “new Ark of the Covenant” since the Puritans were sometimes called Covenanters) including some of the 1st generation, following the edict from King Charles II that their colony must be merged with Connecticut as punishment for their harbouring two “regicides.” Ephraim Pennington was among those who removed to NJ.

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