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The Penry Family of Pennslyvania and North Carolina

Updated June 12, 2008

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Penry is a welsh name and is clearly recorded in the history books dating back to the 11th century. The Penry name is a Welsh Polemic – Ap (son of) Henry = Penry.

It is reported that the Penry's emigrated from Wales through the port of Philadelphia to a village just west of Philadelphia in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - Sometime between 1740 and 1751.

There is some other unsubstantiated evidence that either 4 or 5 Welsh Penry brothers came to America between 1735 and 1750.
There was a renewed Methodist movement in Wales in 1735. This movement was said to cause much unrest and emigration. It is known that the North Carolina Penrys immigrated from west of Philadelphia in either 1751 or 1752 to North Carolina and located on the east bank of the Yadkin River, a location now known as Farmington in Davie County, North Carolina. The territory being settled at that time is now divided into 3 counties - Davie, Rowan, and Davidson. Records taken from the Rowan County courthouse substantiate that there was a Thomas Penry transacting land transfers in 1760. He is believed to have been born in Wales about 1730 and to have been one of the brothers immigrating to Philadelphia and subsequently to North Carolina. He was married to Ann Slavin.

Thomas and Ann Penry had 4 children; one who was Samuel Penry (1782-1850), he was married to Mary McMaahan. Another was James Penry (1779-1854), he was married to Hanna Boone, who was a granddaughter to Squire Boone and a niece of Daniel Boone. The Boone family was the first to emigrate from a vicinity west of Philadelphia to the east bank of the Yadkin River in 1751. At that time, Daniel Boone was 21 years of age. The Squire Boone family are buried in a graveyard near Mocksville and between Mocksville and Farmington, North Carolina.Their (Thomas and Ann Penry) daughter was Isbel Penry, who married Daniel Hendrix on January 14th, 1779.

Their son Robert Penry (my 3rd great grandfather) who's wife’s name was Susannah. They had three sons: Samuel Penry, Asbury Penry and Daniel Penry (my 2nd great grandfather).

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