The first installment of a two-part article on this Penn(e)y family is scheduled to appear in the April 2002 issue of THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.It includes information augmenting and correcting that contained in your 2/5/02 followup to Mark Johnson.If you like, I can e-mail you an unedited typescript of the entire piece.
Here's what the Spicer genealogy says about Solomon and Catherine (Spicer) Penny's son Nelson: "b. Sept. 12, 1811; went to Cal. during the gold fever and d. on his way home; left large family."Other than that, I have only a DAR Bible-record transcription in which Nelson is listed as Admiral N. (presumably after Adm. Horatio Nelson), b. 12 Sept. 1811.Although I suppose you would have posted additional information if you had it, I would be grateful for anything pertaining to Nelson's marriage and date/place of death.
I have found conflicting dates of birth for Solomon and Catherine's daughters Lura and Lovina: the aforementioned DAR Bible-record transcription has "Lavina" b. 10 Sept. 1805 and "Lucy [i.e., Lura]" b. 20 April 1807 (both are consistent with your posting); the Spicer genealogy, however, has Lura b. 20 April 1805 and Lovina b. 11 Sept. 1807.The latter source and others provide the following, additional information: Lura married Squire Cady on 27 Nov. 1825 (she would have been either 18 or 20) and died on 18 Dec. 1843, aged 38y 7m 8d (implying a 10 May 1805 birth date); Lovina, whose reported age as of 1 June 1850 (census) was 46 (husb. Sanford Babock reported as 56), died on 8 Jan. 1852, aged 47 (both ages imply a birth year of ca. 1804).By themselves, the various dates and ages make it pretty much a tossup as to which sister was born in 1805 and which in 1807.But the odds favor Lura's having been 20, rather than 18, when she married in 1825, and her precise age at death implies a birth date close (though not identical) to 20 April 1805.The age difference between Lovina and husband Sanford Babcock was large enough that there may have been some inclination to minimize it by reporting her age as somewhat greater than it actually was.On these admittedly tenuous grounds, I have concluded that Lura (whose birth day/month were almost certainly 20 April) was the one born in 1805 and that sister Lovina was born in 1807 (on 10 or 11 Sept.).In other words, I'm basically going with the Spicer genealogy's account, rather than that of the Bible-record transcription.I'm not altogether comfortable with this, though, and if you can bring additional information to bear that tends to either confirm or refute it, I hope you will do so.Do you know the source of the birth dates you have for Solomon's children?
With Solomon Penny's birth date only five days after that of the oft-repeated 10 March 1776 marriage date of his parents, Amiel and Hannah (Haviland) Penn(e)y, the latter date has always been suspect.Records of the settlement of Hannah's father Solomon Haviland's estate indicate that her surname was still Haviland on 29 March 1773 but that she had become Amiel's wife by 12 December 1774.This and much more are contained in the aforementioned article (and typescript).
I have only an approximate year of birth for Hannah (Haviland) Penn(e)y (ca. 1744, based on her reported age at death) and am particularly interested in knowing the source, please, of the precise day, month, and year you present for her.