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  • Abigail Wadsworth (1704 - 1748)
    Reference: FamilySearch Family Tree - SmartCopy : Jan 17 2017, 18:01:37 UTC
  • Abigail Beardsley (1764 - 1850)
    Her father Capt. Peter Penfield, II was Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ancestor #A088452 Her husband Salmon Wheeler Beardsley was Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ancestor #A008118
  • Abisha Penfield (1761 - 1846)
    Abisha Penfield was Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ancestor #A088426
  • Ada Penfield (1769 - 1837)
    Her father Capt. Gideon Beardsley was Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ancestor #A008107
  • Betsey Langdon (1793 - d.)
    Her father Nathaniel Penfield, III was Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ancestor #A088450 Betsey is the sister of Eunice Penfield who was married to William Penfield.

About the Penfield surname

Meaning & Origin

"Recorded as Penfold and Pinfold, this is an English surname. It derives from the Olde English pre 7th century word "pundfald", meaning a pound or walled enclosure where stray animals and sometimes vagrants and gipsies, were kept. It was originally given either as an occupational name to someone in charge of such a pen or pound, or as a topographical name to one who lived by this man-made feature. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Early examples ofd the surname recording include Philip de la Pundfold and a Roger de la Pundfaude who appear in the Hundred Rolls of landowners of Sussex and Oxfordshire in 1275. Further early recordings from Sussex include Thomas ate Pundfolde in 1296, and John Pennefold in 1332. On January 24th 1590, Ann, daughter of John Pinfold, was christened at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London and on March 28th 1665 An(n) Penfold and Hendory Smith were married at Sunbury on Thames. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert del Punfold. This was dated 1273, in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, and known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling."

"Pinfold or Penfold, a pound for cattle or sheep...

"Thus, in the Two Gentlemen of Verona—

"Proteus. Nay, in that you stray ; 'twere best pound you.
"Speed. Nay, sir ! less than a pound shall serve me for carrying your letter.
"Pro. You mistake ; I mean the pound — a pinfold.
"Speed. From a pound to a pin, fold it over and over,

'Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your lover.""

"The Penfield name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a keeper of the pound where animals were sheltered. 'Pinfold' was an area where stray animals were rounded up if their owners failed to properly supervise their use of common grazing land."

"The name Penfield has undergone many spelling variations, including Penfold, Penfield, Pinfold and others."