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James Penniman, Jr.

Also Known As: "Pennyman", "1"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Chipping Ongar, Essex, England
Death: December 26, 1664 (65)
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Penniman, of Chipping Ongar and Annis Penniman
Husband of Lydia Wight
Father of James Penniman; Lydia Adams; John Penniman; Deacon Joseph Penniman; Sarah Robinson and 5 others

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About James Penniman, of Boston & Braintree

Nine or ten children of record.

James Penniman, the emigrant ancestor of the Penniman family in America, was one of the settlers of the town of Braintree, Massachusetts, having gone there from Boston where he at first lived. He came over in the ship Lion in 1631 with his wife Lydia Eliot (sister of John Eliot, the Apostle to the Indians), and having as fellow passengers, John Winthrop, Jr. (son of the Governor of Massachusetts Bay, and himself first Governor of Connecticut), John Eliot and his brother Jacob Eliot.

Comment: I believe the text of this page is in error. James Penniman did not travel on the Lyon (Lion) in 1631. That was the date of the return letter the following year headed to England. Instead, James and his wife Lydia were aboard the Winthrop fleet of 11 ships and 700 passengers arriving April 30, 1630. See:http://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/winthrop.htm

The Eliots came from Naseing, Essex, while the seat of the Penniman family was probably in Yorkshire, where the English Pennyman family still live at Marske, in Ormesby Hall (see Pennyman Records).

The connection between the English and the American families has never been satisfactorily established. The statement sometimes made that James, the emigrant was a brother of Sir Wilham Pennyman, the distinguished Royalist is not substantiated by any known record, though it is not impossible that it may be true. As James was a Puritan it has been suggested that his Royalist relations kept no record of him or that the records were destroyed. (For James, the Emigrant, see Town Records of Braintree, Massachusetts. For Lydia, his wife, see Town Records of Medfield, Massachusetts where her second marriage as widow of James, is mentioned and she is stated to have been the sister of John Eliot, the Apostle. For Penniman see the Pennyman Records, York 1904, Appendix N, American Pennimans.)

James Penniman, b. in England, came in the Lion, 1631, with John Winthrop, Jr.; admitted as Freeman 6th March, 1631-1632; of Boston at first; of Braintree,

1639; wife, Lydia Eliot; he d. 26th December, 1664. Lydia m. (secondly) 7th December, 1665, Thomas Wright, of Medfield (Medfield Records).

James Penniman's will is dated 18th December, 1664; proved 31st January, 1664-1665; recorded Suff. Prob., 1 : 443. Mentions his oldest son James, son Joseph, youngest son Samuel.

He says, "God hath blessed me with many children." His son James "had been educated into such a way of living, as he is having already had a portion."

Most of the children, he says, were young. Inventory, 31st January, 1664-1665, including dwelling house, £45; barn and stable, old house and orchard, £70; thirty acres of land near the Mill-Pond, £70; fifteen acres near Knight's Neck, (Quincy), £30; eighteen acres "nigh Weymouth ffery," £55, etc. Total, £505, 3s. Sworn to in court by Lydia Penniman, widow of James. (Suff. Prob., 4: 207.)

I. James, bapt. 26th March, 1633; m. 10 May, 1659, Mary Cross.

II. Lydia, bapt. 22d February, 1634-1635.

III. John, bapt. 15th January, 1636-1637; m. 24th February, 1664-1665, Hannah Billings.

IV. Joseph, b. ist August, 1639; m. (firstly) Waiting Robinson; m. (secondly) widow Sarah (Bass) Stone.

V. Sarai (Sarah), b. 6th May, 1641.

VI. Samuel, b. 14th November, 1645; of whom later,

vii. Hannah, b. 26th May, 1648.

viii. Abigail, 6. 27th December, 1651; m. i8th April, 1678, Samuel Neale, son of Henry Neale.

IX. Mary, b. 29th September, 1653; m. 4th April, 1678, Samuel Paine.

Source: "Ancestral lineage of Josiah Harmar Penniman and James Hosmer Penniman whose immigrant ancestor was James Penniman, of Massachusetts" REPRINT FROM COLONIAL FAMILIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Volume VII Copyright, 1920 BY Nelson Osgood Rhoades.

James Penniman and Lydia Elliot married 26 Jul 1631.

Their details

Husband | Male

James Penniman

Christened 	29 Jul 1599 	Chipping Ongar, Essex, England 
Died 	26 Dec 1664 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Married 	26 Jul 1631 	High Laver, Essex, England 
Father 	James Penniman
Mother 	Annis Wilcock 

Wife | Female

Lydia Elliot

Christened 	1 Jul 1610 	Nazeing, Essex, England 
Died 	Between 20 Dec 1673 and 27 Jul 1676 	 
Other Spouse 	Thomas Wight
Married 	7 Dec 1665 	Medfield, Massachusetts 
Father 	Bennett Elliot
Mother 	Lettice Agar 


Child 1 | Male

James Penniman

Christened 	26 Mar 1633 	Boston, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	Mary Cross 
Married 	10 May 1659 	Boston, Massachusetts 

Child 2 | Female

Lydia Penniman

Christened 	22 Feb 1635 	Boston, Massachusetts 
Died 	3 Mar 1676 	Medfield, Massachusetts 
Spouse 	Edward Adams
Married 	Abt 1652 	 

Child 3 | Male

John Penniman

Christened 	15 Jan 1638 	Boston, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	Hannah Billings
Married 	24 Feb 1645 	Braintree, Massachusetts 

Child 4 | Male

Joseph Penniman

Birth 	1 Aug 1639 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Christened 	29 Sep 1639 	Boston, Massachusetts 
Died 	5 Nov 1705 	 
Spouse 	Waiting Robinson 
Married 	25 Sep 1666 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Spouse 	Sarah Bass 
Married 	10 May 1693 	Braintree, Massachusetts 

Child 5 | Female

Sarah Penniman

Birth 	16 May 1641 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	Increase Robinson
Married 	19 Jan 1664 	Dorchester, Massachusetts 

Child 6 | Female

Bethia Penniman

Birth 	Abt 1643 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	John Allen
Married 	Bef 1673 	 

Child 7 | Male

Samuel Penniman

Birth 	14 Nov 1645 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Died 	16 Jan 1705 	 
Spouse 	Elizabeth Parmenter
Married 	6 Jan 1674 	Dorchester, Massachusetts 

Child 8 | Female

Hannah Penniman

Birth 	26 May 1648 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	John Hall
Spouse 	Samuel Hoskins
Married 	4 Jun 1702 	Taunton, Massachusetts, United States 

Child 9 | Female

Abigail Penniman

Birth 	27 Dec 1651 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	John Cary 
Married 	7 Dec 1670 	Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States 

Child 10 | Female

Mary Penniman

Birth 	29 Sep 1653 	Braintree, Massachusetts 
Died 	Yes, date unknown 	 
Spouse 	Samuel Paine
Married 	4 April 1678

Laurel Logan

August 5, 2008

from http://www.dartmouth.edu/~jac/cmc/at01/at01_011.htm#P514

James Penniman d. Braintree, MA on December 26, 1664. bpt. Chipping Ongar, Essex, England on July 29, 1599.

James and Lydia emigrated to New England in 1630 with the Winthrop Flett with 700 other passengers. and first settled in Boston where they were church members and where James took the oath of freemen with his brothers-in-law, John and Jacob Eliot. James was disarmed by the Massachusetts Bay government in November of 1637 because he was supporter of the religious rebels Anne Hutchinson and John Wheelwright. In 1640, the family moved to Mount Walliston (Braintree). James appears to have been a literate and successful small farmer. The inventory of his estate included the following property in Braintree:

a lease hold of Mr. Hoofe's Neck, 15£

a dwelling house, 45£

a barn, stable, old house and orchard, 70£

30 acres of land near mill pond, 70£

15 acres near Knight's Neck, 30£

18 acres near Weymouth Ferry, 55£

3 acres near Goodman Parmenter's, 15£

2 parcels of salt meadow, 70£

He m. Lydia Eliot, on July 26, 1631 in High Laver, Essex, England.

They had the following children:

 i. James231 (-<1679) 
 ii. Lydia231 (-1676) 
 iii. John231 
 iv. Joseph231 (1639-1705) 
 v. Sarah231 (1641-) 
 vi. Bethia231 (~1643->1698) 
 vii. Samuel231 (1645-1674) 
 viii. Hannah231 (1648-) 
 ix. Abigail (1651-1729) 
 x. Mary231 (1653-) 

--Laurel Logan

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James Penniman, of Boston & Braintree's Timeline

July 14, 1599
Chipping Ongar, Essex, England
July 29, 1599
Chipping Ongar, Essex, England, United Kingdom
July 29, 1599
Chipping Ongar,Essex,England
March 26, 1633
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, MA
Age 35
Boston, (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony)
January 15, 1637
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
August 1, 1639
Age 40
Wollaston (Present Quincy), (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 6, 1641
Age 41
Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 43
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony