John was one of 4 known sons of David Penwarne (the name changed to Penwarden).Others were William b.1772, Francis b.1775 d.1780 and David who married Mary Fishleigh.
This family appears to have come from Devon, England.
John married Hannah Venton 1790 Bradford, Devon.Their children included Elizabeth, Mary, Ann (married James Richards), David (married Mary Northcott), Susannah, John (married Ann Maynard), William (married Sally Martin), Petronel, Grace (married John Bailey), Thomas (married Jane Bayley - dau. of John Bayley and Nancy Bassett)and Frances.
Thomas and Jane Penwarden emigrated to New Zealand aboard the ship Cashmere in 1857 with children Hannah, Jane, Ellen, Thomas, Norah, Caroline, John and Dinah to New Plymouth where they settled.One more child, son Daniel, was born in NZ.
This information was taken from several handwritten family trees reseached and handed down in my husbands family.
Any information, correction, confirmation and contact with others regarding this family welcomed.