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William Penn

Also Known As: "Pinney", "Payne", "Pynney"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
Place of Burial: Minety, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Penne and Lucy Penne
Husband of Georgianna Penn (Chaplet) and Agnes Penn (Chicke)
Father of William Penn; John "the Pynney"; Johana Pinney; Alice Pinney and Edmund Pinney
Brother of Ann Green (Penn)

Occupation: yeoman, Forest Warden
Managed by: Richard Alan Welch
Last Updated:

About William Penn, Keeper of Penn's Lodge

Children of William Penn & Georgianna Chaplet Penn

William Penn (b. 1548 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England)

His will said that he received a grant of land at Minety in 1547 from his father, John (at the time of his marriage).

William Penn (d.1591), must have been quite an important figure for when he died in 1591, it is believed that he was buried in front of the alter at Saint Leonards Church, Minety. A plaque commemorating his life was erected in the church. All evidence of this was destroyed during repairs and alterations in Victorian times.On the death of his father in 1557 he would have become warden of the Royal Braydon Forest This was a hereditary post.

From Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 102, p. 1121:


William ...Penn, dyed the 12 of March in the Year of Our Lord 1591

This flat gravestone measures 5 feet 2 inches by 2 feet, and the size of the letters is 1 inch and 1/2 high. Its site is in the passage betwixt two pews in the chancel of the Church at Mintye in Gloucestershire. Mintye bordered on Braydon Forest, and was the burying place of many persons of the Forest. There is a sarin-house, probably built on an ancient site, and hill called Penn's Lodge.

William Penn of Pennsylvania went thither in 1681, and died 1718; and if you give him the age of 25 at the period of his going to Pennsylvania, the age at which he died would be 62; and if you take 62 from 1718, his birth would be about 1656 (it appears by his Life in the Biographical Dictionary, that we born in 1644, Edit.); and his father, Vice-Admiral Penn, might have been the son of William Penn buried at Mintye, who is traditionally spoken of as the ancestor of the American Penn; and it is not improbable but that the person buried at Mintye was the Penn, keeper of Penn's Lodge in the Forest, which was deforested in the time of Charles II.

The arms on one of the windows are Sickles (which are the arms of the Hungerfords, proprietors of all that neighborhood formerly), and in others Dog-couples and Escalop Shells. Also, there is in one window a small Escocheon thus: A. a chevron engrailed Sable, between the trefoils Sable; and a stone one of the same upon part of the truss. The only families of note in the parish now traceable are the Hungerfords and the Browns.

The above gravestone is copied exactly, and there was both before and after washing it, besides the two Ns, a faint appearance of an E, but the P is quite defaced, though the space exactly allows the conjecture that the name is Penn. The stone is broken below the inscription.

From "A Vision of Britain through Time" on Minety:


MINETY, or MINTY, a village and a parish in Malmsbury district, Wilts. The village stands near the ancient forest of Bredon, and near the Swindon and Gloucester branch of the Great Western railway, 3¾ miles SW of the boundary with Gloucestershire, and 5½ ENE of Malmsbury; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post office under Malmsbury. The parish comprises 3,470 acres. Real property, £7,293. Pop., 182. Houses, 169. The property is much subdivided.

The manor belongs to Capt. Arthur Mullings. Minety House is a chief residence. There is a mineral spring.

The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £300. * Patron, the Archdeacon of Wilts. The church is later English, in fair condition, with a tower; and contains a piscina, and a brass and monuments of the Powletts, the Pleydells, and others. Charities, £40. Admiral Penn's father was a resident.

Source: "The Family of William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania, Ancestry and Descendants" by Howard M. Jenkins, 1899. ~ Penn's Lodge was on the edge of Bradon Forest, in the northwest corner of the county of Wilts, or rather in Gloucestershire, a small part of the latter being enclosed in the former county." These lands and "genteel ancient house" had been in the Penn family for many generations.

  • Will dated May 1, 1590.

He received a grant of land at Minety in 1547 from his father, John,(at the time of his marriage). .William Penn (d.1591), must have been quite an important figure for when he died in 1591it is believed that he was buried in front of the alter at Saint Leonards Church, Minety. A plaque commemorating his life was erected in the church. All evidence of this was destroyed during repairs and alterations in Victorian times.On the death of his father in 1559 he would have become warden of the Royal Braydon Forest This was a hereditory post.

being granted lands in the Forest of Braydon, Wilts, by Henry VIII, he married and became the progenitor of the Wiltshire Penns. (see genealogical gleanings).

In Braden Forest, in parish of Brinckworth,'^ is Penn's Lodge, yet so called.

Will downloaded from National Archives at Kew. Will dated 21 April 1592 There are 2 parts to the will, the second part was an amendment made out after his 1st son, William, died in 1590. He named George as the sole executor of his will. Stated that he was a yeoman.In 1592 he inherited the post of Warden of The Royal Forest of Braydon, Wiltshire. The land & forests were owned by the Seymour family of Wolf Hall.

^ His monumental inscription at Minety Church in Chancell near South door reads, according to Awbrey (fo. 270), as follows : " William — enn [sic] dyed the 12 of March in the year of our Lord 1591." The writer learns from Rev. Mr. Edwards, Rector of Minety, that this stone has now quite disappeared.

in THE NAME OF GOD AMEN The first day of May in the two and Thirtieth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England ffrance and Ireland Defender of the ftaith &c Et Anno Dominij Millesinio quin gentesimo Nonagesimo I Willm Penne of Myntie in the County of Glouc Yeoman being at this present time whole in Body and of good and perfect remembrance (laud and praise be vnto Almighty God) Do ordain and make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz. ffirst I commit and bequeath my Soul to my Lord and Sauior Jesus Christ by whose Death and Merits and precious Bloodshedding I hope to be saved And my body to be buried within the Parish Church Chancele or Church Yard of Mintij where my ffriends shall think meet Item I give and bequeath vnto the poor people dwelling within the said Parish Twenty Shillings to be distributed by my Overseers after my Burial according to their Discretions

 Item I give and bequeath vnto Giles Penn, William Penn, Marie Penn, Sara Penn and Susanna Penn being the Children of my late Son William Penn deceased Twenty Pounds apeice To be paid vnto them by my Executor as they shall come to and be of the age of Twenty one Years apeice or at the day of any of their Marriages (if any of them happen to be married before) So that such Marriage or Marriages be made to the likino: and with the Consents of my Overseers Provided always that if any of the said Children shall fortune to departe this Life

before the Age of Twenty one Years Then my Will is that their portion or portions so dying shall be equally divided among the Rest that shall be living

  Item I give and bequeath vnto Margaret Penn Widow late Wife to William Penn my Son deceased the Sum of Ten pounds to be paid vnto her Yearly during her natural Life by my Executor at the ffeast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and St Michael the Archangel by equal portions if she shall and do so long keep herself sole and chaste and vnmarried The same payment to begin after my death at such time as my Heir shall come to and be of the full age of Twenty one Years Provided always that if at any time the said Margaret shall happen either to marry or otherwise to miscarry and not to continue an honest Life Then my Will is that the foresaid Ten pounds shall surcease and be no longer paid vnto her by my Executor But that then vpon either such Marriage of her or other disordered Life being known my Will is that my Executor shall pay and deliver vnto her the Sum of Twenty Pounds in money and also a good Bed with all manner of Furniture therevnto belonging and so she quietly to depart from my Executor
  Item my Will is that the said Margaret Penn my Daughter-in-Law and my Overseers shall have the whole Charge Rule and Government of my Heir and of all the Rest of the Children which were the Sons and Daughters of Willm Penn my Son deceased and of all such Lands and Tenements and Hereditaments and of all such Goods and Chattells as I shall leave at my Death till such time as my Heir shall accomplish and be of the full Age of Twenty one Years and that the said Margaret Penn shall continue with the said Children and help to breed them vp during the time aforesaid And that she shall be maintained of the whole and shall do and vse

all things in the House for the vse and benefit of my Executor in such manner of wise and sort as she did in my own days vsed to do for me so that her doings and Dealings therein be done with Consent and Advice and good liking of my Overseers provided always that if the said Margaret Penn shall fortune to marry or otherwise not to live sole and chaste as beforesaid before such time as my Heir shall be of the Age of Twenty one Years Then my Will is that my Executor with the Advice and Consent of my Overseers shall pay and deliver unto her the said sum of Twenty Pounds .and the said Bed with all the ffurniture to the same as aforesaid and that thercvpon the said Margaret quietly to depart and have no more Rule and Authority of any of my said Sons Children or of any Thing to them belonging But my Overseers only to do all Things concerning the Children according to their ow^n Discretions and according to my true meaning herein expressed as my faithful Trust is in them ffinallie the Rest of all my Goods and Chattels Moveable and vnmovable not bequeathed my Debts and Legacys being paid and my ftuneral discharged I give and bequeath to George Penn being the eldest Son of Willm Penn my late Son deceased whom I do make my sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament With Condition that he the said George Penn shall perform and do all Things herein contained by and with the advices and consents of my Overseers Mr Robert George of Cirencester and Richard Lawrence of Withingeton in the County of Glouc : Gent and ffrancis Bradshaw of Wokesey^ in the County of Wiltshire Gent whom I desire to be my Overseers And I give to them hereby law^full authority to see that all Things herein mentioned be by my said Executor with their helps and Consents performed And I give to every of them for their Pains so taken in and about the Premises ten Shillings to be paid by my said Executor In witness whereof to this my said last Will and Testament I the said William Penne have put my Hand and Seal the day and Year first above written

  Item I further give to Richard Bidle one Cow
  Item I give to his Daughter Katherine Bidle one Heifer of two years of Age 
  Also I give to my Daughter Ann Greene one Heifer 
  and to Elizabeth Greene one Heifer each of them to be two Years old
  Item I give to Willm Mallibroke one Yearling Heifer 
  And likewise I lastly give to Alice Thermor my old white Mare

From Stirnet's "Penn1" page (membership required to view without interruption): "Their coat of arms indicate that the following family <this William and his descendancy> was closely connected to the above family <Penn/Penne of Buckinghamshire>. Commoners suggests that the following <this> William inherited 'a patrimonial estate (in the parish of Minety), long possessed by his ancestors'."

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William Penn, Keeper of Penn's Lodge's Timeline

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
Age 23
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Age 26
Broadway, Somerset, England
Age 36
Broadway, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
Age 38
Broadway, Somerset, England
Age 40
Broadway, Somerset, England, (Present UK)