Penn Family Genealogy
Penn Family Genealogy

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1. John Penne - was born in 1500 in Minety, Gloucestershire, England and died in 1550 in Minety, Gloucestershire, England .

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i.  William Penn was born in 1525 in Minety, Gloucestershire, England and died on 12 Mar 1591 in Minety, Gloucestershire, England . See #2. below.
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2. William Penn - was born in 1525 in Minety, Gloucestershire, England and died on 12 Mar 1591 in Minety, Gloucestershire, England . He was the son of John Penne.



William - 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 at the turn of the 19/20th centuries. (Sources: - 1)
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i.  William Penn was born in 1548, lived in Bristol, Gloucester, England and died on 12 Mar 1610 in Malmesbury, Minety, Gloucester, England . See #3. below.
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3. William Penn - was born in 1548, lived in Bristol, Gloucester, England and died on 12 Mar 1610 in Malmesbury, Minety, Gloucester, England . He was the son of William Penn.
William married Margaret Rastall in 1570. Margaret was born about 1547/1556, lived in Bristol, Gloucester, England. She is the daughter of John Rastall and Ann George.

William - was a law clerk at Malmesbury, Wiltshire and chief clerk to counsellor at law, Christopher George (whose sister he married). . (Sources: - 1)
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i.  George Penn was born in 1571, lived in Birdham, Sussex, England and died on 4 Nov 1632 while living in Plymouth, MA . See #4. below.
ii.  Giles Penn was born in 1573 and died in 1641/1656 in Fex Or, Morocoo . See #5. below.
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4. George Penn - was born in 1571, lived in Birdham, Sussex, England and died on 4 Nov 1632 while living in Plymouth, MA . He was the son of William Penn and Margaret Rastall.
George married Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born about 1587, lived in Birdham, Sussex, England.
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i.  Christian Penn was born about 1606 in England and died Jul 1684 in Middleborough, Plymouth, MA .
5. Giles Penn - was born in 1573 and died in 1641/1656 in Fex Or, Morocoo . He was the son of William Penn and Margaret Rastall.
Giles married Joanne Gilbert on 5 Nov 1600 in St. Mary Redcliffe church in Bristol.

Giles -


 
On December 28, 1635/6 Charles I King of England with the advice of Captain Rainsborough and Mr. Giles Penn, made the decision to besiege the pirates in port. Rainsborough departs with four ships February 20, 1636-7. Upon departure the instructions are to take all Turkish Frigates and block up the port of Sallee. They destroyed 28 ships and hemmed in the port. The Governor of the port began to lend assistance, and the port was delivered into Raisborough’s hands July 28th, 1636-7.

 
There was an alliance formed with King Charles I and a treaty was reached insuring that the Moroccan’s never infest the English ports again. Initially 300 captives were handed over to the English forces. Captain Carteret promptly returned to England with the newly freed. Rainsborough stayed, he continued to try and free another 1,000 captives who had been sold to Tunis and Algiers. Rainsborough returned to England with the new ambassador November 5, 1636-7. A procession at night with much Pomp was noted to have taken place. Captive English and Irish who were missing as long as 30 years were finally returned to their homeland. In the procession the captives were dressed in white robes, accounts of the day describe there being so many white robes it was as if it were daylight.
 
The capture and return of English and Irish is noted in various literature of the time. In 1901 Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings of England notes a sermon, found in Oxford’s records by Rev. Charles Fitz-Geffry of St. Dominic in Plymouth taken from Hebrew 13:3, “ Remember them that are in bonds, as bond with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” the sermon titled “Compassion towards Captives, chiefly towards our Brethren & Countryman who are in such miserable bondage in Barbary.” Waters also recollects another document from the same period as reading, “It is certainly known that there are five Turks in the Severne, where they weekly take English or Irish; and there are a great number of their ships in the Channel upon the coast of France and Biscay Whereby it is come to pass that our mariners will no longer go to sea, nor from port to port; yea, the fishermen dare not put to sea to take fish for the country. If timely prevention be not used, the Newfoundland fleet must of necessity suffer by them in an extraordinary manor.”
 
(Penn Family History and Genealogy)
(Sources: - 1 - 2)
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i.  Admiral Sir William Penn was born on 23 Apr 1621 in St Thomas Parish, Bristol and died on 16 Sep 1670 in Wanstead, Essex . See #7. below.
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6. Christian Penn - was born about 1606 in England and died Jul 1684 in Middleborough, Plymouth, MA . She was the daughter of George Penn.
Christian married Francis Eaton in 1624/1625 in Plymouth, MA. Francis was born on 11 Sep 1596 in St. Thomas Parish, Bristol, England. He was the son of John Eaton and Dorothy Smith. He died on 18 Nov 1633 in Plymouth, MA .

Francis - Francis Eaton was one of the Mayflower Company and a carpenter. The following copyrighted information was found at: http://members.aol.com/calebj/eaton.html Frances Eaton

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The English ancestry of Francis Eaton was only recently discovered. In 1929, Charles E. Banks in his English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers brought to light a Bristol apprenticeship document dated 4 December 1626, in which John Morgan son of Edward Morgan was apprenticed to Francis Eaton, carpenter, and his wife Dorothy. In the margin the document it says "The Mr at New England", and on the reverse it states John Morgan would receive 25 acres of land in New England and 15 bushels of wheat.In Mayflower Families for Five Generations: Francis Eaton (volume 1, updated in volume 9) and Plymouth Colony: Its History and Its People, this record was rejected as relating to Francis Eaton of the Mayflower because by 1626 Francis' wife was Christiana Penn, not somebody named Dorothy, and further the record says Eaton was "at New England" and "of Bristol", instead of being listed as "of Plymouth". The rejection of this record was challenged by myself on this web page in September 1995, and was again challenged by David Greene, editor of The American Genealogist in his review of Mayflower Families: Eaton (The American Genealogist, April 1996, p. 125-6). The reasons for our objection was that the Francis Eaton listed in the Bristol records is called a carpenter, as was the Francis Eaton of the Mayflower. And further, there are no records of any Francis Eaton in America by 1626, except for the Francis Eaton of the Mayflower. The slow travel of news could easily be the cause for the delayed information about the death of Francis Eaton's wife. In response, David Greene requested Neil D. Thompson, FASG, to search the parish registers of Bristol for information on the Francis Eaton in the apprentice record, to see if he was the Mayflower passenger. The results of the successful search were published in The American Genealogist, 72:301-309. The baptismal record of Francis Eaton of the Mayflower was discovered in the parish of St. Thomas, Bristol, on 11 September 1596, son of John Eaton. Two years earlier, the marriage of his parents were discovered: John Eaton and Dorothy Smith were married on 14 October 1594. Francis had other siblings as well: John (bp. 26 July 1595), Jane (bp. 20 January 1598/9), Samuel (bp. 8 November 1600), and Welthian (buried 20 March 1603/4). Francis' brother John died within three days of his baptism; and Jane, Samuel, and Welthian all died in March 1603/4 suggesting an illness wiped out the young children. The only brother Francis would remember would be Samuel--a significant find, since Francis Eaton of the Mayflower named his first son Samuel. Another record shows that in the 1615 will of Christopher Cary of Bristol, he gives to his eldest son "a garden ground, with a lodge in the same, in the parish of St. Phillip's, now in the occupation of Frances sic Eaton, house carpenter."


Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families - pg 100

 
FRANCIS came in the Mayflower 1620, with wife Sarah, and son Samuel. He had a 2d wife by whom he had Rachel, m. Joseph Ramsden; and a 3d, Christian Penn, before 1627, by whom he had BENJAMIN, 1627.


Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 5 p.607

 
FRANCIS EATON. Died at Plymouth, Mass., between 4 and 18 November, 1633. He married, first, Sarah, who died at Plymouth, Mass., early in 1621, but after 11 Jan. His second wife, whom he married at Plymouth, Mass., was probably Governor Carver's maid servant. He married, third, at Plymouth, Mass., in 1624, or 1625, Christian Penn, who died at Middleborough, Mass., about 1684. She had married, second, Francis2 Billington.
(Sources: - 3 - 4 (v5 pg 607) )
  Then Christian married Francis Billington in 1634.

Francis - BILLINGTON, FRANCIS, son of John, came with his father in the Mayflower, 1620, and m. Christian (Penn) Eaton, widow of Francis Eaton, 1634, by whom He had Martha, m. Samuel Eaton; Elizabeth, m. a Patte of Providence; Rebecca, 1647; Mary, m. Samuel Sabin of Rehoboth; Isaac; Mercy, m. John Martin; Desire, Joseph, and Francis. FRANCIS, son of above, m. Abigail, d. of Eleazer Churchill, and had Sarah, 1702; Sukey, 1704; Francis, 1708; Jemima, 1710; Content, 1712, m. Francis Merrifield; Abigail, 1716; and Joseph, 1718. ICHABOD, with wife Polly, owned an estate in Plymouth, 1774. ISAAC, son of 1st Francis, m. Hannah, daughter of James Glass, and had a son Seth. JOHN, came in the Mayflower, 1620, with wife Eleanor and two children, Francis and John. The son of John died young, the father was hanged, 1630, for the murder of John Newcomen, and the widow married Gregory Armstrong, 1638.
 
(Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families pg 28) (Sources: - 3 (pg 28) )

Christian - Christian came to New England late - Jun 1623 aboard "The Anne" to Plymouth, Age: 17 (Sources: - 5)
Children with Francis Eaton
See Eaton family for children.
Image of Mayflower Passenger

Mayflower Passenger
7. Admiral Sir William Penn - was born on 23 Apr 1621 in St Thomas Parish, Bristol and died on 16 Sep 1670 in Wanstead, Essex . He was the son of Giles Penn and Joanne Gilbert.
Admiral Sir William married Margaret Jasper. Margaret was born about 0124 in England.

Margaret - - at the time of her marriage to WIlliam Penn, she was a Dutch widow having been married to Nicasius Van der Schure. Margaret Van der Schure was the daughter of Jan (Johann, John) Jasper merchant of Rotterdam (Seitz, 1719 & Burke, 1929) and Alet Pletjes, whose family was from Kempen, Prussia (Lutz, 1988 & Miller, 1991). (Sources: - 2) (Sources: - 1)
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i.  William Penn jr was born on 28 Oct 1644.

William - is known as the founder of Pennsylvania. Also known as a famous Quaker for his Great Treaty with Delaware. He was in Pennsylvania only three and a half years. But from 1681, when he received the King's charter at the age of thirty-seven, to 1718, when he died, Pennsylvania was one of his chief preoccupations. The growth and well-being of his colony was based on a tradition of religious toleration and freedom under law, fundamental principles of American civil life. Thomas Jefferson called Penn "the greatest law-giver the world has produced."
 
In 1681 there came a golden opportunity to make his dreams come true. King Charles II, out of "regard to the memorie and meritts of his late father," gave the younger Penn a huge tract of land in North America and named it, in honor of the Admiral, "Pennsylvania," or Penn's Woods. (Sources: - 6 - 7)
Image of Admiral Sir William Penn (b.1621 - d.1670)

Admiral Sir William Penn (b.1621 - d.1670)



Image of Admiral Penn's armour, coat of arms and crest

Admiral Penn's armour, coat of arms and crest


on prominent display in St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol.
Image of William Penn, Jr.

William Penn, Jr.


Founder of Pennsylvania
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Sources:
1 The Penn family Web: http://www.cems.uwe.ac.uk/~rstephen/livingeaston/local_history/Penn/Penn_family_part_2.html
2 Penn Family History and Genealogy Countee Cullen Web: http://www.coroinn.com
3 Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families Davis, William T. Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899
4 Colonial Families of the United States of America Mackenzie, George Norbury New York: 1907
5 The Families B ruce Cox Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bcox2899&id=I14160
6 is known as the founder of Pennsylvania. Also known as a famous Quaker for his Great Treaty with Delaware. Gale M. Roberts Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=galeroberts&id=I062530
7 William Penn in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Web: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/PA_Env-Her/William_Penn.htm

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