Nancy McGehee was born in Tennessee to James and Jane Patterson McGehee in 1808. She married Simeon Pennington (son of Asa and Rachel Lane Pennington) in the area of Lincoln County, Tennessee, about 1827.
Their daughter, Sarah Emily, was born in May of 1828, and it was within the following year that the family moved to Illinois. Sarah Emily would pass down to her family that the trip was from Alabama to Illinois. Hence, the family either lived in Alabama at the time, or they believed they were in Alabama because the border was at times in dispute.
They first lived in Morgan County, Illinois, and then in Knox County, Illinois, before traveling south to Barry County, Missouri (now, Lawrence County, Missouri) around 1836 or 1837.
Simeon and Nancy Pennington lived out the remainder of their lives in Lawrence County, Missouri, around friends and relatives. Simeon likely died in 1862 according to his probate records, which dated Dec of 1862, and Nancy passed away before 1870.
Sarah Emily was born May 4, 1829, in either Lincoln County, Tennessee, or Northern Alabama. When she was one year old, her family moved to Illinois and are in Morgan County, Illinois in 1830. When she was about eight years old, the family moved south to what was then Barry County (later Lawrence County), Missouri.
Sarah married Aaron P Terrell around 1850, and the two lived out the remainder of their lives in Lawrence County, Missouri. Sarah's children were Emily Jane, John Wesley, Melinda Rosann, Jerome, Asher, Nancy, Hayes, Ella, Elizabeth Ann, and Harriette Ruth Terrell. Aaron Terrell died January 8, 1870, and his grave is at Buck Prarie Cemetery. Sarah Emily lived on until November 15, 1908, and she is buried in Sparks Cemetery, Barry County, Missouri.
Martha was born in January of 1831 in Illinois. She later married Alvin Tartar in 1856, Lawrence County, Missouri. The family moved to Texas before 1870 and, in that year, lived in Johnson County, Texas, near the town of Cleburne. Later moving to Eastland County, Texas, they would ultimately migrate to Pine, Oregon, for the remainder of their lives. Alvin died in 1917, and Martha died in 1922, and both are buried in Pine Haven Cemetery, Baker County, Oregon. Their children are Alice E, Simeon, Darthula A, Dora B, Hansford, and Felix Tartar.
Elizabeth Pennington was born in 1832 in Illinois. She married William Terrell in Lawrence County, Missouri, before 1844. To this union was born Simeon, Melinda, Sylvestra, Melissa, Sanford, William S, Marietta F, and probably Martha. I say "probably" because Elizabeth disappears about the time Martha is born in William married another woman in Kansas in 1865, and a child is born in Kansas in 1867 named Mary J Terrell. In 1870 William and his new wife, along with the whole family, were living in Washington, Cedar, Missouri. It would appear then that Elizabeth Pennington Terrell died about 1865.
Rachel Pennington was born on April 9, 1833, in Illinois. She married Milton Connell on March 2, 1851, in Barry County, Missouri. Milton and Rachel lived in Lawrence County for the remainder of their lives and had numerous children. The children's names are Squire, Josiah, George, Marion, Wright, Henry, Cordelia, Devillo, Dora, Grace, Lola, and Loren. Rachel E Pennington Connell died on January 8, 1874. Milton died on January 24, 1893. They are buried in Stahl Cemetery. The Stahl family is the family of Nancy McGehee Pennington's sister, Sarah McGehee Stahl.
Melissa Pennington was born in 1835, probably in Illinois. She married George Washington Allison on October 13, 1854, in Barry County, Missouri. Melissa and George had two children, Mary Josephine and William, and then it is believed that Melissa passed away. George later married Melissa's cousin, Emily Jane McGehee, who is the daughter of Rev James McGehee, Nancy McGehee Pennington's brother.
James Pennington was born in Missouri in 1837. He married Elizabeth Reams in 1860 and can be seen on the 1860 census of Lawrence County, Missouri, as a newlywed couple. Their children were Virginia (Jennie), Jesse (a boy), Minnie, Maddison (Matt), Minda, Alice, and Matilda. They lived in Lawrence county until around 1900 when they moved to Welch, Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma). James died on April 29, 1916, and Elizabeth died on September 22, 1920. They are both buried in Welch, Oklahoma.
Wesley Pennington was born in 1844 in Missouri. He married Catherine Reams. One child may have been Hattie Jane Pennington Rush. The Pennington family reused a lot of names, and Wesley was one of them. More research needs to be done to determine which Wesley is the correct one. There is a Wesley Pennington who died in Joplin county, Missouri. This may have been the same "Wesley".
Phillip Pennington was born in 1846 in Missouri. There is a "Phillip Pennington" who ended up in Buffalo, Leon County, Texas, who may have been this same man. More research will need to be done to prove that they are the same person.
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