Our family of Pendley's are from Illinois. James Riley Pendley was born in Indiana but grew up in Illinois.He married Avis Pearle Jones who came from Kentucky.Her Dad had a plantation in Kentucky (where I do not know).Her mom and dad was born in Kentucky. She had a step mother who she didn't like and she ran off from home at an early age.I think she married Mr Pendley in Illinois.Her oldest child was born in Illinois in 1908, her second child was born Oklahoma in 1913, her 3rd child was born in Illinois in 1915. Their names are: Joe Austin Pendley (born 1908) Charles Maxwell Pendley (Reverend)(born 1913) Lester Earl Pendley (nickname Bus)(born 1915) This is according to the 1920 census in Illinois.James Riley Pendley's tomb stone says he is a native of Indianola, Illinois which is in Vermillon County. My dad says that the Pendley brothers came over as stow aways on a ship.