John Edmund Penn
|Birthplace:||Port Royal, Caroline, Virginia|
|Death:||Died in Townsville: 'Island Creek', Granville, North Carolina, United States|
|Place of Burial:||Guilford Battle Ground, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States|
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John Penn (May 17, 1741 – September 14, 1788) was a signer of both the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina. Contents [hide] 1 Early life 1.1 Relations 2 Political career 3 Legacy 4 References 5 External links Early life
Penn was born near Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia, an only child of Moses Penn and Catherine [Taylor] Penn. He attended at common school for only two years as his father did not consider education to be important. At age 18, after his father's death, Penn privately read law with his uncle, Edmund Pendleton. He became a lawyer in Virginia in 1762. In 1774, Penn moved to the Williamsboro, North Carolina area, where he practiced law. Relations On July 28, 1763, Penn married Susannah Lyne. The couple had two children. Their daughter, Lucy, married John Taylor of Caroline, a political leader from Virginia. Political career
Penn was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress and elected by that body to the Continental Congress in 1775, serving until 1780. For the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, he was part of the North Carolina delegation that included Joseph Hewes and William Hooper. In 1777, Penn was one of the state's signers of the Articles of Confederation. Penn also served on the Board of War until 1780, when he retired to once again practice law. He served as receiver of taxes for North Carolina in 1784. When Penn died in 1788, he was buried on his estate near Island Creek, in Granville County. Penn was re-interred in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in 1894, alongside fellow congressional delegate, Hooper. Legacy
The naval ship USS John Penn was named in his honor. An historical highway marker honoring Penn was the first one erected by the State of North Carolina (January 10, 1936) References
^ DSDI 1776 ^ USS John Penn (AP-51/APA-23), Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval History Division, Washington ^ North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program External links
Biography by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, 1856 Biography and portrait at USHistory.org John Penn (Continental Congress) at Find a Grave Historical Highway Marker in North Carolina
John Penn (May 17, 1741 – September 14, 1788), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of North Carolina along with Joseph Hewes and William Hooper. Penn was distantly related to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.
He was born near Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia to Moses Penn and Catherine Taylor, and educated at home with only a couple years of formal schooling. At age 18, after his father's death, he studied law privately with his relative Edmund Pendleton. He became a lawyer in Virginia in 1762, and, in 1774, moved to near Williamsboro in Granville County, North Carolina where he also practiced law. (Williamsboro is now part of Vance County, which was partitioned from Granville following the Civil War.)
On July 28, 1763, he married Susannah Lyne. The couple had three children: William who never married and Lucy who married John Taylor of Caroline, another fatherless relative trained in the law by Edmund Pendleton.
He was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress and elected by that body to the Continental Congress in 1775 until 1780. He also served on the Board of War until 1780, when he retired to the practice of law. In 1777, he was one of the North Carolina signers of the Articles of Confederation. He was receiver of taxes for North Carolina in 1784. Upon his death in 1788, he was buried on his estate near Island Creek in Granville County but he was reinterred in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in 1894 alongside fellow delegate William Hooper.
The naval ship USS John Penn was named in his honor.
SIGNED the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE
- ID: I13539
- Name: John PENN 1
- Sex: M
- Reference Number: P13539
Signer of Declaration of Independence
Father: Moses PENN
Mother: Catherine TAYLOR b: 30 DEC 1719
Marriage 1 Susannah LYNNE
1. Title: Chenoweth.FTW
Text: Date of Import: Jul 24, 2000
up-dated 31 july 2008 Pam Reg Lib CH JRTM
* Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
* Han Co Hist Soc Bull 1969 - 1987 v. 1 p. 158 Wickham, Lois
re Lucy, who inherited land from her un-married brother, Wm: 12 Sept 1802 deed. part of Hornequarter, in King Wm Co, from John Nelson, son of Thomas, and also Hanover Quarter - which is deeded to Lucy's son Edmund Taylor.
buried near Island Creek, remains moved in 1894 to Guilford Battle Ground,
He was a lawyer; signer of the Declaration of Independence representing the Virginia Colony.
* John Penn, 1741-1788, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the head of North Carolina's powerful Board of War, 1780-1781.
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In the galaxy of stars which scintillate in the firmament of Caroline's history, there is no luminary which burns with greater brilliance or with steadier flame than that which represents JOHN PENN, patriot, statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1. Birth: May 17, 1741 Death: Sep. 14, 1788
Signer of the Declaration of Independence from North Carolina. Born in Virginia, he studied law under his cousin, Edmund Pendleton, a lawyer who was also a leading Virginia patriotic leader. When he was 21, he received his license to practice law. He practiced successfully for about twelve years in Virginia, but in 1774, he moved to North Carolina, where he became a Revolutionary patriot leader as well as set up a law practice. He married Susannah Lyme, with whom he would have three children. In 1775, he was elected to be a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, serving from 1775 to 1780. Initially, he favored reconciliation with Great Britain, but when he realized that it would not happen, he came out for independence. While serving in Congress, Penn would have an argument over political issues with Henry Laurens of South Carolina, who was President of the Congress from late 1777 to late 1778, and Laurens challenged Penn to a duel. Neither man really wanted to fight a duel, but they could not find a way to back down either. Living at the same boardinghouse, the two men would often eat breakfast together, including the day of their duel. While crossing an empty lot together, while on their way to the dueling place, they came to a large muddy spot. Penn helped Laurens across, as Laurens was much older, and as he helped his old friend across, they both realized that the duel was foolish, quickly apologized to each other, and ended the discussion as friends. In 1780, Penn left Congress to return to his law practice at home in Granville County NC where he died in 1788, at the age of 48. He was buried at his homesite, but was exhumed and re-intered at Guilford Battle Grounds near Greensboro in 1894.
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Parents: Moses Penn (1712 - 1759) Catherine Taylor Penn (1719 - 1759) Spouse: Susannah Lyne (1743 - ____)* Children: Infant Child Penn* Lucy M Penn (1766 - 1831)*
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Burial: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Greensboro Guilford County North Carolina, USA
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Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Apr 26, 1998 Find A Grave Memorial# 2779 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2779 ------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Birth: May 17, 1740 Port Royal Caroline County Virginia, USA Death: Sep. 14, 1788 Granville County North Carolina, USA
John Penn was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. When his father died he went to live with his uncle Edmund Pendleton (a lawyer in Bowling Green Virginia) there he studied and became a sucessfull lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1762. At the age of 33 he removed to Williamsboro Granville County North Carolina. The next year he was chosen by the citizens of Granville to represent them in the Provincial Congress which met in Hillsborough Aug 1775. There he was elected to succeed Richard Caswell as a delegate to the Continental Congress at Philadelphia.1775-1780.He spent most of the war years in Philadelphia serving in Congress. He returned to Granville and died on September 14 1788 on his farm. Their is nothing left of the home but a sunken crader in the ground. The family cemetery is finced in and a path leads to the slave cemetery marked only by field stones.
In 1894 his grave was moved and he reinterred at Guilford Court House in Greesboro, North Carolina. His grave is marked with a monument 20 foot tall.
Spouse: Susannah Lyne (1743 - ____)
Inscription: Original Grave
Burial: John Penn Cemetery Stovall Granville County North Carolina, USA
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Created by: Kenneth Fawcett Record added: Feb 04, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 84481663 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84481663
John Edmund Penn, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"'s Timeline
May 17, 1741
Port Royal, Caroline, Virginia
Virginia, United States
July 28, 1763
Granville, Greenville, North Carolina, United States
Caroline, Virginia, United States
Williamsboro, North Carolina, United States
July 4, 1776
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Descent Only 15 of the 56 signers have male descendants today. These Signers have no descendants: William Whipple, John Hancock, Samuel Huntington, James Smith, James Wilson, Caesar Rodney, George Wythe, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Lynch, Jr. Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton. These Signers have no same surname (male) descendants: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, William Williams, William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, George Taylor, George Ross, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, Thomas Stone, Thomas Jefferson, William Hooper and John Penn. These Signers have very doubtful same surname (male) descendants: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Oliver Wolcott, John Witherspoon, Abraham Clark, John Morton, Carter Braxton, Edward Rutledge. The remainder of the Signers is known to have same surname (male) descendants. (Talk about being blown away when you find out almost all of the signers are part of your family's history. You sit back shake your head and wonder am I dreaming. Then you double check in disbelief wondering how that could be. What does that mean for you and your.) =================================================================== Did Your Ancestor Sign the Declaration of Independence? By James Pylant And can you prove it? Kathy M. Cornwell's "Disspelling a Myth and Finding An Ancestor," in Seventeen Seventy-Six, Vol. 2, No. 2 (pp. 69-73), tells of a family tradition that her husband's ancestor, Jane Wilson Cornwell, was the daughter of James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. "Admittedly, there was plausibility for the claim, for descendants of all of Jane's children whom we could locate had heard the story, and firmly believed it. One relative knew it was true because his grandmother told him, and she was Jane's daughter." Her research did reveal her husband's ancestor was the daughter of James Wilson — only that he and the signer were not one and the same. Signer James Wilson, according to one source Cornwell found, had no living descendants. "Our search to prove or disprove it spanned several years," wrote Cornwell, "but at the end of the genealogical journey we found the real ancestor, another James Wilson, who turned out to be just as colorful and fascinating as the celebrated Wilson." Yet, some legends prove to be true. “I too had a family story that the Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon was an ancestor," says librarian Beatrice M. Beck. "It took three years to document this story. But it was one hundred percent correct.”* The Rev. Frederick W. Pyne’s Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, a nine-volume series, was published by Picton Press. The author’s work incorporates data from the application files of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Frank W. Leach manuscript, and many other published references. In 1987, the LDS Reference Unit at the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City, compiled the "Founding Fathers Project." The project encompasses genealogical data on signers of the Declaration of Independence, signers of the Articles of Confederation (1778), and members of the American Constitutional Convention (1787). The Reference Unit's objective was to identify names of wives, children, and parents. This reference is available on microfilm loan at the various Family History Centers. The film number is 1592751, item 3. However, for more complete data on descendants (up to 1900 in some cases), refer to the following microfilms: 001751: John Adams, Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, William Ellery, Elbridge Gerry,John Hancock, Stephen Hopkins, Samuel Huntington, Robert Treat Paine, Roger Sherman, Matthew Thornton, William Whipple, William Williams, and Oliver Wolcott. 001752: Abraham Clark, William Floyd, John Hart, Francis Lewis, Phillip Livingston, and Lewis Morris. 001753: George Clymer, Benjamin Francis Hopkinson, Robert Morris, John Morton, and John Witherspoon. 001754: Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, Thomas McKean, William Paca, George Read, Caesar Rodney, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, Thomas Stone, George Taylor, and James Wilson. 001755: Carter Braxton, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Nelson Jr., and George Wythe. 001756: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Heyward Jr., William Hooper, Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, and George Walton * Beatrice M. Beck to James Pylant, 4 June 2001. http://www.genealogymagazine.com/didyouransig.html
William Woodruff's Facsimile
An upsurge in public interest in the Declaration of Independence occurred in the early nineteenth century. Among the various editions printed was one by Philadelphian William Woodruff, a journeyman engraver. Allegorical symbols of the new nation surround the text and signatures. The cursive signatures on the printing at the right indicate that it was one produced after Woodruff's initial 1819 printing.
September 14, 1788
Townsville: 'Island Creek', Granville, North Carolina, United States
Guilford Battle Ground, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States