See additional surnames, states, and contact info below.
If you have a PENLEY ancestor from Maine or Massachusetts,
you are probably a descendant ofour progenitor. Please read the information about Joseph 1 PENLY and check the known surnames and states below that are connected to his descendants. A number ofour descendants made their way westward as early as before 1850. And some of them were no longer PENLEY's by the time they left Maine or New England.
The 2007 PENLEY Reunion will be held at 2 PM,Sunday,8 July 2007 at Penley Corner Church, (South) Riverside Drive, Auburn, Maine.That is just a few hundred feet south of the Auburn city limit sign on the west side ofstate route 136 that goes from Freeport to Auburn (3 miles south of the Court House in Auburn and the Auburn - Lewiston bridge).
There are many descendants throughout Maine and many otherstates today. Be sure to read thru the list ofknown surnames for the daus and gdaus that are listed below. Twoyears ago, I met a PENLEY desc in the waiting room of a car dealership in Brunswick, ME and the PENLEY surname wasseveral generations back.
If you have a PENLEY ancestor from Maine or MA, it is highly probable that you are a descendant of our progenitor, Joseph 1 PENLY b 1755 England - d 1844 Maine who arrived in Freeport, Maine in 1770.
Joseph and his 1st wife,Esther 5 FOGG JOHNSON,had 10children before her death in 1796.Joseph 2m 1797ThankfulMOODYwith whom he had 6 children.
The following is a list ofmost of the surnames that the daus and gdaus of Joseph 1 PENLY had as a result of their known marriages. There are many other surnames by now with as many as 10 generations in some lines.
ACKLEY / AKELEY, CROCKETT, DAKIN, DAVIS, DINGLEY, DYER, GARCELON, HACKETT, HAINES, HERRICK, HODGKIN, JORDAN, MARSHALL, MITCHELL, PACKARD, RANDALL, VICKERY, WAGG,
The first major move of the family was abt 1792 when Joseph and Esther moved their family from Freeport to Danville.Many of their children lived their entire lives in thegreater Lewiston - Auburn area, but gradually over thefirst half of the 1800's some moved into almost every Maine county, including Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland,Franklin, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc,Somerset, and York counties.
The next major move involved the grandchildren and great grandchildren that went to work in MA. We know ofothers who moved to / thru NY, PA, and then on tothenorthwestern areas from WI and MN through the Dakotas and on to CA. Some went to MO or KS, then on to CO. One gs went to Ontario and has descendants now living across Canada in ON, SAS, AL, and BC, while some returned to the US thru MI. One G gdau and her husband were missionaries in India andall but one of their ch were b there. One great gs stayed in MS after the Civil War, married, and many of his descendantsnow live there.We know of descendants who lived or are now living in AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, FL, IL, IN, KS, OH, OR, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NY, ND, PA, TX, VA, WA, and WI.
I have had the great personal pleasure oftalking by phone with some of them and even receiving a few family pictures. One family group was from a man in TX whose gm's sister m a PENLEY of some KS desc. And the sender (not a PENLEY) turned out to be a sixth cousin of my husband (who was from TN) ! What a small world when we drop our surnames !
Family genealogists will be available both before and after the meeting to receive information from descendants and discuss your line with you. Ifyou can trace your PENLEY line to New England, especially ME or MA, the chances are very good that you are a descendant of Joseph 1 PENLY.
If you are unable to be at the reunion on July 8th, PLEASE contact me. And if you know of other PENLEY descendants, PLEASE let me know how to contact them by sending an e-mail directly to me:snibbor13atjunodotcom. PLEASE do not post their addresses (snail or e-mail) or phone numbers on the list.
Onlywiththecontinuedcollaborationand cooperationofall PENLEYdescendants,willthefamily genealogistsbesuccessfulinupdatingandkeepingcurrenttheresearchandcompilation ofthelate Rev Robert Irving 6 Penley 1909 - 1996, a great, great, greatgrandsonofJosephand Esther(Fogg)Penley.
Thank you for your help.