John Penrod, Sr. (1726 - 1799)

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Birthplace: Frederick, Frederick, MD, USA
Death: Died in Milford, Somerset, Pennsylvania
Occupation: buried at Ed Pitts Farm
Managed by: Mary Edith Niffen
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About John Penrod, Sr.

  • Daughter of American Revolution Ancestor #: A134634
  • Service: PENNSYLVANIA Rank(s): CIVIL SERVICE, PATRIOTIC SERVICE
  • Birth: (CIRCA) 1726
  • Death: (ANTE) 4-13-1799 QUEMAHONING TWP SOMERSET CO PENNSYLVANIA
  • Service Source: PA ARCH, 3RD SER, VOL 22, P 228; ST CLAIR'S BEDFORD, VOL 8, #2, P 6
  • Service Description: 1) SUPERVISOR 1776; SUFFERED DEPREDATION

JOHN PENROD was born Abt. 1726 in Fredrick Co., MD, and died April 13, 1799 in Somerset Co., PA. He married CATHERINE Bef. 1748. She was born Abt. 1734 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1808 in Muhlenberg Co., KY.

Notes for JOHN PENROD: According to all the sources, the origin of the family is German. The name appears in early records as Benrod, Benrat, Benrath, Bonroth, Bonracth, Pinrod, etc. John was born about 1726, possibly in Ireland (of German ancestry) and died Apr 1799 in Somerset Co., PA. He married Catherine about 1749. He was a Revolutionary War veteran (although that hasn't been proven), a 7th Day Baptist, a hunter, and one of the pioneers in Somerset Co., PA. Harmon Husband was one of the first to settle his family there in 1772 and he kept a journal which has been helpful in tracing the settlement of the county. John Penrod Sr., his son, John Jr., and his son-in-law John Vansell had a hunting cabin there before Husbands arrived, but they didn't move their families there until 1773.

The first record found of John Penrod was in Frederick Co., MD where he received several land warrants in 1755. He was Naturalized there in 1767 under the name of John Benracth and apparently stayed there until moving his family to Somerset Co. in 1773. According to "Two Centuries of Brother's Valley," page 78, John and his wife were 7th Day Baptists and followers of Elder Martin. The church met in their home for a time. Later the Penrod Church was called the Quemohoing 7th Day Baptist Church.

John Penrod's will was written 19 May 1798 and probated 13 Apr 1799 in Somerset Co., PA. In it he mentioned his wife Catherine, sons Israel, Solomon and Peter. There were other children but he did not name them. Dorothy Turner and others believe John had at least 11 children (some may be grandchildren or belong to Henry Penrod):

  • A. John Penrod, Jr., who married Sarah Davis
  • B. Mary Penrod who married John Vanessa
  • C. David Penrod who married Barbara Shontz
  • D. Drusilla who married Phillip Kimmel
  • E. Peter Penrod who married Elizabeth
  • F. Emanuel Penrod who married Fannie Long
  • G. Tobias Penrod who married Catherine
  • H. Israel Penrod who married Elizabeth
  • I. Samuel Penrod who married Mary (Polly) Smith (Smith provided by Pansy Allison)
  • J. Solomon Penrod who married Sarah
  • K. Eleazer Penrod who married Margaret

Will of John Penrod (19 May 1798)

In the Name of God Amen. I, John Penrod of Quamahoning Township in the County of Somerset and State of Pennsylvania, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say. First, I order that my whole estate shall be and remain in my own hands and in the hands of my children as it now is till after my decease, and at my decease, shall devalve to my wife Catherine Penrod during her natural life and at her decease then the whole estate belonging to me, I order and it is my will that my estate shall be divided immediately. She, the said Caty Penrod, to have one third part of the whole estate, and the dividen to be divided amongst my children as above mentioned, and it is my will that at the division of my estate that my son Israel shall not be charged with any money that I gave him to pay his doctor's bill in York County and all other expense I paid for him when he got his legs and thigh broke, and also, I give and bequeath to my son Israel all my blacksmiths tules that he shall not be charged with them at the division of my estate. And also, it is my will that my son Soloman shall not be charged with any land that I gave him to wit: the land that John Good now lives on, and it is my will that my son Peter shall not be charged with any money that he received for my use from Jacob Sterback, and I order that my children shall receive all bonds, notes or book accounts that shall appear due from them to me in payment in their part of the estate, and should it appear that any of them should stand in debt to more than their part amount to them, they shall pay such part to the other heirs at the division of my estate, and it is my will that the money due from James Wells and it shall be paid to my heirs in two payments after my decease, at least one year betwixt each payment, and I hereby appoint James Wells and my beloved son, Israel Penrod, sole executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I hereby revoke all former wills by me made in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight.

Signed, sealed published and delivered by the above named John Penrod to be his Last Will and Testament in the presents of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presents of the testator. Witnesses present: Thomas Faith, Jacob Franhizer, John Alexander.

X his Mark: John Penrod

Somerset County, PA. The above named Thomas Faith and Jacob Franhizer, on the thirteenth day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine personally came before me the Subscriber, Registrar, for the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the County of Somerset in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and being duly sworn according to law do declare and say that they were personally present and heard and saw the within and above named John Penrod, the Testator, make this his mark, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument in writing as and for his last Will and Testament, that at the time of doing thereof he, the said testator, was of sound and disposing mind and memory according to the best of these deponents knowledge scribed their names thereto as Witnesses to the Execution thereof, in the presence of the Testator and at his request.

Sworn to and subscribed before me: Josiah Espy, Re. Signatures: Thomas Faith, Jacob Franhizer.

Be it Remembered that on the thirteenth day of April Anno Donino 1799, letters Testamentary were granted in due form to James Wells, Esq. and Israel Penrod, Executors of the last Will and Testament of John Penrod, deceased. They, being first Sworn well and truly to administer the Goods and Chattels rights and Credits of the said deceased, and to file an Inventory thereof, in the Register's office at Somerset on or before the thirteenth day of May 1799 and to make a final settlement on or before the 13th day of April 1800. Signature: Josiah Espy, Reg.

The inventory of goods and chattels were appraised by Alexander Shaw and John Hampshire on 26 Apr 1799. Signatures: Alexander Shaw, John Hampshire

Allegheny County

Before me the Subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said County, came Alexander Shaw and John Hampshire, the Appraisers therein mentioned, declareth and saith that they did value appraise the within Goods and Chattels to the best of their skill and Judgement and further saith not. Pitt Township, April 25, 1799. Signature: Andrew W. Ascomb (?)

"The Kentucky Migration, 1785" section of the "Two Centuries of Brother's Valley" shows that Henry Penrod's family was among those who migrated from Somerset Co., PA to KY. It is unclear whether Henry was a brother, son or some other relative of John. It is also possible that Henry was John's middle name. The Henry Penrod family is said to have consisted of Jonathon, Peter, Solomon (who married Martha Johnson 1 Sep 1806) , Henry, Ann, Allen, Samuel, Jane (who married Jacob Kimmel 10 Jul 1798), Tobias (who married Patty Kimmel 28 Feb 1802) , Allen, John (who married Jenny Biggs 1 Sep 1806) and Ann (who married John Gilbert 20 Oct 1808).

(Nancy9999originally submitted this to Register-West Family Tree on 9 Feb 2009)

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John's son, Tobias, moved to KY with his mother. Here is a website that includes information about Tobias: http://muhlenberg.genealogenie.net/biography/penrod.htm

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John Penrod, Sr.'s Timeline

1726
June 15, 1726
Frederick, Frederick, MD, USA
1746
1746
Age 19
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
1746
Age 19
Somerset, Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
1750
1750
Age 23
Frederick, Frederick, MD, USA
1750
Age 23
Ireland
1751
1751
Age 24
Quemahoming, Somerset, PA
1754
1754
Age 27
Somerset, Somerset, Pennsylvania, United States
1756
1756
Age 29
Somerset, Pa
1756
Age 29
Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, United States
1756
Age 29
Ireland