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Abel Pennington, II

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Death: October 16, 1865 (76)
Webbville, Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Webbville, Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pennington and Abigail Susannah Pennington
Husband of Elizabeth Hannah Pennington
Father of Rebecca Pennington; Sarah Pennington; William W. Pennington; Jonathan Pennington; James Washington Pennington and 3 others
Brother of Mary Tabitha Boggs; Elizabeth Webb; Rebecca McHunter; John Washington Pennington; James Washington Pennington and 6 others

Occupation: Farmer, deacon
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About Abel Pennington, II


Abel Pennington (son of William Pennington and Abigail Caudill)2570, 2571 was born August 20, 1789 in South Carolina2572, 2573, and died October 16, 1865 in Webbville, Lawrence, KY2574, 2575. He married (1) Elizabeth Smith on January 06, 1814 in Spencer Adams', Harlan Co., KY2576, daughter of Jonathan Smith.

Notes for Abel Pennington:

- married at Spencer Adams

- farmer, land owner

- served in War of 1812 (Garrards Co KY vol. 2nd reg.)

- Baptish Church Deacon

- information from Betty Inman (Pennington Research Association) - Pennington Pedigrees Vol 8 #1 pg 36-37, Kelly Bible, Oven Fork Church Minutes, KY land grants, Elliot Co KY deeds, Adkins Family Book, Fred Sawyer of American Falls Idaho, census 1820 & 1830 Harlan Co KY, census 1840 & 1850 Lawrence Co KY, Lennie Pennington Adkins - Pennington Pedigrees Vol 4 #1 pg 7, Annuals of Floyd Co KY by Charles Webb for proof of Elizabeth Smith's fathers name and marriage bond


Abel Pennington was born on August 20, 1789 in SC. (5) He died on October 16, 1865 in Webbville, Lawrence Co., KY. He was buried in Webbville, Lawrence Co., KY, Webbville Cem.. Abel served in the War of 1812, and applied for bounty land in April 1855 at age 65, and a resident of Lawrence Co., KY. He had also applied in 1851. He said he had enlisted in 1812 in Harlan Co., KY. His wife applied for pension in 1871, said she was Elizabeth Smith, m. in Harlan Co., KY. (6) Jan. 1814, that she was now 80. A John Pennington (age 76) and Rachel Pennington (age 73) vouched for them.

Source: Pennington Pedigrees 14-1, p. 71: Abel, son of William and Abigail Caudill Pennington has been listed by Pennington Pedigrees as Abel #4. He was born in South Carolina in 1789. He lived with his family in Lee County, Virginia and then Knox County, Kentucky. When Knox County was divided, the section they lived in became Harlan County. He served in the War of 1812 as a Kentucky Volunteer and when he returned to Harlan County, he married Elizabeth Smith in 1814. He was granted much land in Harlan County on the Cumberland River. He and Elizabeth were members of the Old Oven Fork Church. In 1833 they and most of the rest of this family moved to Lawrence County, Kentucky. Here he applied for and received land grants in both Lawrence and Elliott Counties.

His family is partially listed in the Kelly Bible (Pennington Pedigrees Vol. 13, No. 1). They are listed again in the same issue in the Elliott County deeds, but not all are mentioned.

Abel left a great deal of land. Each son also gained land grants. When William died, he left his land to his wife Nancy Kelly. We are lucky to have his will. He does not mention his children. Jonathan had moved to Missouri before he died. A deed in favor of Abel (which Abel we do not know) was filed in Lawrence County, Kentucky in 1859 listing LaFayette County, Missouri as Jonathan's address. This may have been his father, as Abel #4 was still alive. It also may have been a nephew as William and Nancy's son Abel was 19 years old by this time. James and Celia Harris' son Abel would only have been 9 years old -- not a likely prospect. Jonathan apparently died shortly after this as he is not listed in the Missouri nor Kentucky census of 1860. He is mentioned in the Elliott County deeds and they refer to the estate of Jonathan Pennington, so he did not deed all of his land before he died. All of the family that are listed in these deeds lived in Missouri by the time of the settlement, except Mary Ann. They all sold their property share to Jonathan Gallion, father-in-law of John K., son of William and Nancy.

Pennington Pedigrees 13-2, p. 38: In 1812 Abel enlisted in Garret County, Kentucky Volunteers at Harlan, Kentucky for a six month term. He received his discharge in 1813 and returned to Harlan to marry Elizabeth Smith in 1814. She is thought to be the daughter of Jonathon Smith. Abel got a land grant of 100 acres on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River. Then in 1833 he applied for land in Lawrence County. In 1848 he received another 50 acres. In 1856 he received 4 grants of 200 acres, 131 acres, 125 acres, and 69 acres...In 1871, Elizabeth

Smith Pennington filed for Abel's pension for his war service. She received $12 a month, but died in 1872 so she didn't get to enjoy such luxury.

Pennington Pedigrees 7-2, p. 74: Married in Harlan County, Kentucky by Spencer Adam (information from Carter County Marriage Records 1838-1875 p. 16).

Served in War of 1812, Garrards Company, Kentucky Volunteers, 2nd Regiment

1820, 1830 Census, Harlan County Kentucky

1840, 1850 Census, Lawrence County, Kentucky

He was married to Elizabeth Smith (daughter of Jonathan Smith and Jane Fyffe) on January 6, 1814 in Harlan Co., KY. (6) Elizabeth Smith was born on March 5, 1791 in NC. She died on February 1, 1872 in Webbville, Lawrence Co., KY. (7) She was buried in Webbville, Lawrence Co., KY, Webbville Cem.. (7) After Abel died in 1865, Elizabeth made her home with her son, William. Elizabeth was a deaconess of the Baptist Church. She was also a midwife. Abel Pennington and Elizabeth Smith had the following children:

+19 i. William W. Pennington (born on June 23, 1815).

+20 ii. Jonathan Pennington (born on May 15, 1818).

+21 iii. James Washington Pennington (born on December 26, 1820).

+22 iv. Isaac B. Pennington (born in 1822).

+23 v. Mary Ann Pennington (born on April 10, 1825).

+24 vi. Frances Susan Pennington (born on September 16, 1828).

More About Abel Pennington:

Burial: Unknown, Webbville, Lawrence, KY.2576, 2577

More About Abel Pennington and Elizabeth Smith:

Marriage: January 06, 1814, Spencer Adams', Harlan Co., KY.2578

More About Abel Pennington and <Unnamed>:

Marriage: January 06, 1814, Spencer Adams', Harlan Co., KY.2579

Children of Abel Pennington and Elizabeth Smith are:

+James Washington Pennington, b. December 21, 1820, Lawrence Co., KY2580, 2581, d. November 24, 1904, Carter Co., Kentucky2582, 2583.

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Abel Pennington, II's Timeline

August 20, 1789
South Carolina, United States
Age 22
- 1813
Age 22
War of 1812
Age 23
June 23, 1815
Age 25
Knox County, Kentucky, United States
May 15, 1818
Age 28
Knox County, Kentucky, United States
December 21, 1820
Age 31
Harlan County, Kentucky, United States
Age 32
Harlan County, Kentucky, United States
April 10, 1825
Age 35
Harlan County, Kentucky, United States