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Benjamin Penn, Jr.

   

Benjamin Penn, Jr., son of Benjamin and Dinah Acton Penn, was born about 1753 in Maryland.  He married Rebecca
Ryan in the summer of 1774 in Montgomery County, Maryland.  In the early 1790's he migrated to Kentucky with his
brothers Joseph and Shadrach Penn, first settling in Bourbon County, Kentucky where he is listed on the 1800
tax list. (census is not available).  In 1810, Benjamin Penn, along with his son Charles, were listed on the census
for Shelby County, Kentucky.  The family of Benjamin Penn in 1810 consisted of: 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-26,
1 male 45 plus, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 16-26 and 1 female 45 plus.  By 1820 the was living in Franklin County
Kentucky on the waters of Stoney Creek, a fork of the Kentucky River.  Benjamin Penn, Jr., died on May 10, 1827
in Franklin County, Kentucky and is believed to be buried in the Penn family graveyard at Stoney Creek.  Ben
served in the Maryland Line during the Revolutionary War.  At the age of 76, his widow, Rebecca, applied for
pension on December 16, 1836 in Franklin County, Kentucky.  The children of Benjamin and Rebecca as reported
with the pension application were; Azey or Axey, born in 1776 and married a Mr. Marshall, a daughter who married
Mr. McCann, Zacheus and Ephraim Penn, Polly, who married a Mr. Warfield, Charles Penn, born in 1788, Benjamin
Penn, Betsy, who married a Mr. Onann or O'Nan, Noah and Joseph Penn and Rebecca, who married Mr. Shadwick.

Known Children

Action "Axey" Penn, born about 1776 in Maryland.  Her marriage bond to Thomas Marshall,
stating she is the daughter of Benjamin Penn, is recorded February 7, 1799, Bourbon County,
Kentucky.  According to pension application she was living in  Franklin County, Kentucky in

1852. No further information is known.
Anne Penn, born about 1780 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Bond for her marriage to John
McCann is recorded in Bourbon County, Kentucky, August 28, 1797.  Record states, Anne, is the
daughter of Benjamin Penn.  No further information is known.
Zacheus Penn, birth unknown, listed as a child of Benjamin and Rebecca Ryan Penn on
widow's application for pension.  Zacheus Penn never appears on a Kentucky census index.
No further information is known.
Polly Penn, birth unknown married a Mr. Warfield.  No record of this marriage has been
located in Kentucky.  No further information is known.
Charles Penn, born about 1788 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Benjamin Penn, birth unknown, listed as a child of Benjamin and Rebecca Ryan Penn on widow's
application for pension. No further information is known.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Penn, born about 1790.  She married Thomas O'Nan on November 29, 1810
in Shelby County, Kentucky.  In 1820, Thomas O'Nan is listed on census for Franklin County,
Kentucky and in 1830 he is listed for Henry County, Kentucky. Thomas and Elizabeth Penn O'Nan
are listed on the 1850 census for Henry County, Kentucky.  Census state her age 56, born in Virginia.
No further information is known.

Ephraim Penn, born about 1793, probably in Bourbon County, Kentucky.  Ephraim Penn married
Mary Ann Warfield on December 15, 1805, Shelby County, Kentucky.  Listed as a child of Benjamin
and Rebecca Ryan Penn on widow's application for pension, he never appears as head of household
on a Kentucky census index.  No further information is known.

Joseph Penn, born about 1795, probably in Bourbon County, Kentucky.  
Rebecca Penn, born about 1795, probably in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Noah Penn, born about 1797, probably in Bourbon County, Kentucky.


Sources:
Kentucky Census Index, 1800-1830
Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Applications, by White

Kentucky census index 1810-1840
Shelby County, Kentucky marriage bonds

Penn Surname file, KHS Library
Personal research of Anne H. Lee
Personal research of  Steven L. Penn


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