Descendants of Robert Penny
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The Penny Coat of Arms, according to Burke's 'The General Armory' (1884, page 790) was granted in Peterborough, Northampton County, England in1574. It consists of 'Ermine, two greyhounds courant, per pale gules and sable (another shows the greyhounds reguardant). Crest: On a ducal coronet argent, a lynx or..' which means 'on a shield entirely covered with ermine fur, appear two greyhounds running, the one centered on the left hand side is tinted red; and the one centered on the right hand side is tinted black. Resting on a ducal coronet painted silver, is a lynx painted gold.' The motto has been translated to mean 'I hope in adversity, and fear in prosperity.'
Children of Robert1 Penny and Rose Milraid were:
2. James2 Penny (Robert1); born Jul 14, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland; married Lucy Kennard 1790 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; died 1845 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana; buried in Zachary, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.
James Penny came to America with his father in the spring of 1775, settling into Pennsylvania. He had been in the colonies just for a year and was only 14 years old and a half when he enlisted in Captain James Morrison's Company of the 3rd Battalion in the militia of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (unproven at this time).
His name appears also on a roll of Captain James Clark's Company of the 6th Battalion under the command of Colonel James Taylor 1780 (this has been credited by the Daughters of the American Revolution in a letter dated January 18, 2021 and is also referenced in the Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Volume V, page 707).
Soon after the war he ventured to Louisiana and bought land along with John Carltey at Fort Bute on Bayou Manchac. They sold the land the same year. According to 'American State Papers', 1834, Volume 3 by Duff Green James Penny was already in Louisiana by 1785. He received two land grants from the Spanish Governors of Louisiana (as it was owned by Spain in 1785) and began cultivation in 1785. Governor C. de Grandpre granted him Section 89 which amounted to 105 acres. He also was granted Section 71, which had 426.15 acres, by Governor G. de Lomas. This tract was 'cultivated until 1811'. This is the same tract where his home was located and where he is buried.
He first lived in a one-room log house and later built a lovely, large house that stood on high pillars. He appears as a head of household in the 1820 census with a total of 7 white males, 6 white females and 21 slaves. Thirteen years later, the 1831 tax list reveals that he had better than 1800 acres, and owned 31 slaves. In his will he equally divides his property among his seven children (James Jr had already died) as well as freeing two loyal slaves, Harriet and Lucy, and 'shall build them a comfortable cabin, give them a bit of land to work during their lives and treat them kindly..'. He later freed Sam, another slave and 'charge my children never to sell Dick out of the family'. He is buried on what was was the site of his plantation near Zachary, Louisiana with his wife, Nancy.
He was honored by the Long Leaf Pine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from Shreveport, Louisiana and the John James Audobon Chapter of the DAR from Baton Rouge with special tombstones and a bronze marker on the tomb, as the only Revolutionary War soldier buried in Louisiana. There is an article in the DAR Magazine (December, 1961 edition, page 697) describing the dedication ceremony and luncheon with the Governor of Louisiana and mayor of Baton Rouge after the ceremony. The author of this history's sister, Sharon Ann Fox Cruse, participated in the ceremony. The tomb is near the site of the old Penny mansion under a massive (sixteen feet around) live oak tree named the Henry Watkins Allen oak, that in 1935 was listed as one of Louisiana's largest.
The plantation passed to the J. W. Decker family around 1935-36. The ceremony for the grave markers was September 9, 1961. The directions to the small graveyard under the large tree are: go North from Baton Rouge on Highway 61 about 9 miles to the Magnolia Church, turn left on Carney Road, go 1/2 mile, turn right (North) and go 1/2 mile to the cemetery.
Children of James2 Penny and Lucy Kennard were as follows:
Children of Albert G.3 Penny and Sarah A Weston were as follows:
Children of Ann Lucretia Nancy3 Penny and Montgomery Sloan were as follows:
Children of Elizabeth3 Penny and Thomas Stannard were as follows:
Children of Robert3 Penny and an unknown spouse were as follows:
10. Joseph3 Penny (James2, Robert1); born Sep 7, 2020 in Ashland Plantation, Louisiana; married Ann Matilda White, daughter of A. A. White and Elizabeth Lilley; married Ann Carl, daughter of Henry Carl and Ann Borskey, Jun 12, 1845; died Oct 10, 2020 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, at age 76; buried in Plains Cemetery, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (Virginia L. Jennings, The Plains and The People (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 1989), 386. Hereinafter cited as The Plains and The People.).
Joseph Penny's daughter, Zula, described him 'as a kind, quite man, who was very religous'. He was married twice. The first marriage was filled with domestic problems and during his second marriage he suffered financial problems. He was well educated and taught his children long passages from the classics which he loved and could recite with great feeling. After the Civil War he moved to a large plantation ('Safety Dale') southeast of Ambrosia and there his second family was born and raised.
His two marriages produced 19 children. At the time of his marriage to Ann Carl, he was 40 and she was 20-22. He 'was a planter and like most of the planters raised, ground and refined his own sugar cane'. In 1880 life was very hard for the family. He would, for a small fee, show area farmers how to make sugar. One of his sons hunted in the 'devil swamps' for meat. Earlier, the 'Yankee soldiers had taken everything and then came the carpet baggers.' At the time of the birth of his last child, Zula, he was 58 or 59 years old and later lost his eyesight in his older years. The home he had lived in was dismantled around 1935.
Zula recalled that 'she attended the old Presbyterian church near our home. My father took her there because he never forgot that we were Scottish Covenanters'. He taught her Scottish history and Scottish songs.
Children of Joseph3 Penny and Ann Matilda White were as follows:
Children of Joseph3 Penny and Ann Carl were as follows:
Children of David H.3 Penny and Lucinda Nash were:
Children of David H.3 Penny and Emeline Jane Scott were as follows:
12. Lucy Ann3 Penny (James2, Robert1); born 1814 (Ibid., 312.); married Samuel Skolfield, son of George Skolfield, Jun 9, 2020 (Letter from John Landry Skolfield (email@example.com) to Richard Fox, 7-26-2001; In custody of Richard N. Fox (P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska), page 8.); died Oct 17, 2020 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana (Virginia L. Jennings, The Plains and The People, 312.).
Children of Lucy Ann3 Penny and Samuel Skolfield were as follows:
Children of Mary Mills4 Penny and Luther Ronaldson were as follows:
Harriet and William lived on a plantation now owned by C.L. McVea.Harriet died leaving five small children who were taken to Mississippi tolive with their aunt and uncle, Judge and Mrs. Pharr of Yazoo County.
Children of Harriet4 Penny and William Loudon were as follows:
Children of Mamie4 Penny and William Eccles were as follows:
Children of Lucy Ann4 Penny and Doctor A. Dudley Sloan were as follows:
There were no children of Lucy Ann4 Penny and William A. Hannah.
Children of Frederick Dorrance4 Penny and Ella Virginia Trudeau were as follows:
Children of Mittie Eliza4 Penny and Gilbert Ayres were:
Children of Susie G.4 Penny and James Carpenter were as follows:
Children of Wannita4 Penny and T. L. James were as follows:
41. Zula Willemena4 Penny (Joseph3, James2, Robert1); born Dec 30, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Zula Penny Photograph of Tombstone in Cemetery of Ruston, Louisiana, In custody of Richard N. Fox (P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska).); married Frank Elwin Morgan, son of Wiley Plinny Morgan and Catherine Irene Skillman, Feb 28, 1886 in Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana (Letter from Clerk of Court J. G. Dupont (P.O. Box 423, Plaquemine, LA 70764) to Richard Fox, December 1, 2000; In custody of Richard N. Fox (P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska). The Clerk of Court produced a sworn affidavit that F.E. Morgan And Zula M. Penny were married on 2/28/1886.); died May 15, 2020 in Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, at age 97 (Zula Penny Photograph of Tombstone in Cemetery of Ruston, Louisiana, 1987, In custody of Richard N. Fox.); buried in Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana.
Zula Willemena (named for the Queen of the Netherlands in) was born onher father's plantation 'Safety Dale', near Zachary, Louisiana. She 'was proud that one of her brothers, James Smiley Penny, had joined the Confederate army at 13 and served to the end. Her two fighting brothers were dubbed the 'Black Pennies' because of their toughness in pulling through hardships'. She received most of her education from her father who had lost his eyesight in his later years. He would take the children into the yard under the large shade trees for their lessons'. Zula 'pointed out that were no public schools after the Civil War, so it was through Joseph and his sister-in-law, who used a room in her father's large house for a little school, that she obtained an education. When Zula was only 17 years old she was appointed to teach in Port Hudson. She said 'I had to pass a written examination to qualify, but I passed with high marks, a credit to my father's teaching'.
She was a long time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (her National number was 185029) having joined in 1922 and was a member for 44 years until her death. Her obituary on May 16, 2020 contained 'Mrs. F.E. Morgan Sr., 97, died Friday in a Ruston hospital after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Morgan was the last surviving granddaughter of the American Revolution, her family said. She had also been a member of Trinity Methodist Church since 1896 (68 years). Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today in the chapel of Spears Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas McGuire officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.'
Children of Zula Willemena4 Penny and Frank Elwin Morgan were as follows:
54. Eliza Brooks4 Skolfield (Lucy3Penny, James2, Robert1); born Aug 15, 2020 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana; married James Bogan May 15, 2020 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana; died Jun 15, 2020 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, at age 35.
Children of Eliza Brooks4 Skolfield and James Bogan were as follows:
55. Benjamin Franklin Harney4 Skolfield (Lucy3Penny, James2, Robert1); born May 16, 1834; married Ann L. Nash Oct 8, 2020 (Letter, John Landry Skolfield to Richard Fox, 7-26-2001, page 10.); married Louisiana Hooper May 15, 2020 (Ibid.); died Mar 16, 2021 at age 70.
Children of Benjamin Franklin Harney4 Skolfield and Ann L. Nash were:
There were no children of Benjamin Franklin Harney4 Skolfield and Louisiana Hooper.
Children of James Penny4 Skolfield and Anna Eliza Hooper were as follows:
Children of Oliver Perry4 Skolfield and Katherine M. Miller were as follows:
Children of Marian4 Skolfield and Samuel Freyd Gordon were:
Children of Marian4 Skolfield and John Cole Seaman were:
Children of Samuel Wood4 Skolfield and Zoe Ida "Pinkie" Killian were as follows:
75. Dorrance Markham5 Penny (Frederick4, Joseph3, James2, Robert1); born Aug 22, 1881; married Ida Arletta Snedeker (Letter from Caroline Penny (13375 SW 62nd Ave., Portland, OR 97219) to Richard Fox, April 5, 2001; In custody of Richard N. Fox (P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska).); died May 25, 2020 at age 85.
Children of Dorrance Markham5 Penny and Ida Arletta Snedeker were as follows:
Children of Robert Trudeau5 Penny and Rosa Hooper were as follows:
Children of Albert Montague5 Penny and Mary Alfreda Clay are:
Children of Lee Howell5 Penny and Effie Lessley were as follows:
96. Frank Elwin5 Morgan II (Zula4Penny, Joseph3, James2, Robert1); born May 14, 2020 in Calhoun, Ouachita Parish, Lousiana (Agatha Virginia Morgan, Birth Certificate private (December 6, 2020), In custody of Richard N. Fox, P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska.); married Virginia Noble Vaughan, daughter of Henry Vaughan and Eliza Grayson Noble, Jun 14, 2020 in Ruston, Louisiana (Marriage Certificate of Frank E. Morgan II and Virginia Noble Vaughan, In custody of Richard N. Fox, P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska. Hereinafter cited as Marriage Certificate of F.E. Morgan & Virginia Vaughan.); died circa 1985 in Arkansas.
Children of Frank Elwin5 Morgan II and Virginia Noble Vaughan are as follows:
Children of Emerson O'Yama5 Morgan and Alene Van Hook are:
98. Rene Fielding5 Morgan (Zula4Penny, Joseph3, James2, Robert1); born Oct 28, 2020 (Rene Morgan Photograph of Tombstone in Cemetery of Ruston, Louisiana, In custody of Richard N. Fox (P.O. Box 877587, Wasilla, Alaska).); married Louise Robinson; died Dec 1, 1988 at age 84 (Ibid.); buried in Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana.
Children of Rene Fielding5 Morgan and Louise Robinson were:
Children of Lilllah Belle5 Bogan and Andrew Jackson Fleming were as follows:
Children of Annette Virginia6 Penny and William Hearst Pegg were:
Children of Ellen Trudeau6 Penny and Robert Francis Henderson are as follows:
Children of Julia Christine6 Penny and Richard G. Shirley are as follows:
Children of Robert Trudeau6 Penny Jr and Mabel Hammock were as follows:
Children of James Sterling6 Penny and Clarice Curry were as follows:
Children of Carolyn Lessley6 Penny and Bennett E. Boyd were as follows:
Children of Lee Howell6 Penny Jr and an unknown spouse were as follows:
Children of Agatha Virginia6 Morgan and Raymond Donald Fox are as follows:
Children of Leah Ann6 Morgan and James Jordan are:
Children of Frank Elwin6 Morgan III and Beverly Ann Carter were as follows:
Children of Judith6 Morgan and William Dillard Darby are:
Children of Raymond Donald7 Fox II and Rita Nopens are:
Children of Raymond Donald7 Fox II and Nancy Bergman are:
Children of Sharon Ann7 Fox and Thomas Benton Cruse all born in Monroe, Louisiana, were as follows:
Children of Richard Norman7 Fox and Debra Jane Egan are as follows:
Children of Caprice Illene8 Fox and Robert Transue are:
Children of Caprice Illene8 Fox and Eddie Whitten are: