Roy, to try to exchange this information with an individual's personal email address, is only inviting more individual responses.I prefer to post what information that I know,for all to see and share.So here goes: The first Pinion that I know in America is the immigrant William Pinion who was brought to Virginia by John Wall in 1643.See "Early Virginia Immigrants" by George Cabell Greer published in 1960 page 260.He probably is the ancestor of the Pinion/Pinyan/Pennell, etc families in North Carolina.He was probably born ca 1620, just a guess.
Therefore, he would/could be the grandfather of Benjamin Paniel/Panniel who wrote his will 23 Dec 1777 in Surry Co. NCRecorded Nov. Court of 1778 and inventory recorded 13 Jan 1779.His will names his wife Susannah, children" (1) William; (2) Thomas, alias Pennel, Pinnel, Pinion,who died 1793 in Wilkes Co. NC wife Susannah (surname may be Trye/Tiry d/o John and Frances Tyre per will of John Trye 21 Nov 1793 Surry Co. NC); (3) Betty, NoFurther record. Executor of Benjamin's will was Friend John Halbert.Witnesses :William Hill, Robert Hill.
(2) Thomas Pinion described as above and wife Susannah are the parents of: (2-1)Sarah Pinion b. 1750 married Michael Garmon I (1750-10 Aug 1838 Mecklenburg Co. NC)(2-2) Reuben Pinion alias Pennel/Paniel, born 1752 in Virginia died 3 March 1843 Stanly Co. NC.Revolutionary War Penioner File No. W-5519.Census Records: 1790 Montgomery Co. NC; 1800 through 1830 Anson Co. NC; 1840 Montgomery Co. NC west of Pee Dee River, now Stanley Co. NC. married 1st wife's name unknown; married 2nd Sept 15 1793 in Anson Co. NC to Lydia Bond who died 18 Dec 1849 in Cabarrus Co. NC. Based on overall census records there are nine children for him. (2-3) Benjamin Pinion, alias Pinnell, Pennel, born 1769 Virginia died late 1840's Wilkes Co. NC.He lived with his father during the Cherokee Indian Wars of 1776 in Surry Co. NC per his affadavit to help his brother Reuben secure his war pension.It was written in 1832 at Fort Defiance in Wilkes Co. NC.On 8 Feb 1793, he was the Administrator for Thomas Pennel in Surry Co. NC.He married ca 1787 to Elizabeth Judd born 1770 PA d. ca 1837, daughter of Rowland Judd, Esq.By 1776 his parents had moved to Aravat River in Surry Co. NC where he grew up..Benjamin and Elizabeth first lived on Leur's (?)Fork near his brother Elias, but by 1810 had settled on Donahue's Creek (of the Yadkin River) in the part of Wilkes Co. that became Caldwell Co. in 1841.This place is about two miles down river from Fort Defiance, the home of General William Lenore.Benjamin continued to live on Donahue's Creek until he died in the 1840's.In the late years of his life, he gave his homeplace to his eldest daughter Mary and her husband John Winkler who took care of him and his wife in their old age. Benjamin and Elizabeth are buried in unmarked graves in the family cemetery, now known as the Winkler Cemetery.They had four sons and three daughters. (2-4) Elias Pennell, alias Pinion born ca 1774/1780? married ca 1800? Susannah (surname also believed to be Tyre).They had five children: