Death of Solomon Penniwell (1810-1881), DE, OH & IA
Death of Solomon Penniwell
Another old citizen has been taken by the angel of Death. Solomon Penniwell expired at the residence of his son, J. F. Penniwell, on tuesday night [Jan. 4, 1881] at 11 o'clock. His disease was general ability and wearing out of the system. Mr. Penniwell was born near Wilmington, in the State of Delaware on the 7th day of August, A.D. 1810 and was consequently (can't read)  years old last August. He was the last of his father's family which consisted of 7 children his last living brother having died 25 years ago. His father John Penniwell removed from Delaware to Pickaway County, Ohio when Solomon was about 7 years old where his childhood was passed. On the journey from Delaware to Ohio he had a narrow escape from death. He accidentally fell out of the wagon in which he was riding, and the wheel passed so close to his head, as to take off a close fitting leather cap which he wore, grazing the skin of his head. He was married to Catherine Gaut [GANT] in the year 1833 [June 20th] , with whom he lived until her death three and half years ago [Aug. 19, 1877]. They had 10 children, four boys and six girls, of whom four are living. He joined the M.E. church when about 21 years of age, since which time he has been an acceptable member. In the Fall of 1839 he moved from Ohio to Kosciusko county, Ind., where he lived one year and then returned to Ohio and settled in Fayette county, and lived there until the 20th of October, 1855, when he removed to Washington County, Iowa, where he wintered, and then came to Decatur county, where he has lived ever since the first year the Covington farm near Decatur City and since then in Leon. Since his residence in this county he has been a good citizen, identified with every interest to develop and improve; was an honest man, a kind father and sociable neighbor. He had filled several offices of public trust, among others he was Mayor of Leon in 1873, and was deputy sheriff under George Woodbury. In his public as in his private affairs, he conducted his business so as to receive the confidence of all with whom he came in contact. The old citizens are fast passing away, and soon there will be none left, and although they have passed the years allotted to man, we cannot part them without regret and sympathy for their relatives. The funeral will take place tomorrow at the M.E. Church at 10 o'clock a.m.
Copied by Judy Chastain February 22, 2003
Bracketed Info by Dennis K. Bethards
Notes: Mother or siblings of Solomon have not been identified. Date of death or place for John has not been found.Any leads or information greatly appreciated.