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Charles Penn

   

Charles Penn was born in Anne Arundel County, Maryland about 1788, although 1850 Franklin County census record list his
birthplace as Pennsylvania.  He was brought to Kentucky as an infant by his parents, Benjamin and Rebecca Ryan Penn.  The
family settled for a short time in Bourbon and then Scott County, Kentucky before arriving in Franklin County prior to 1820.  Ben
Penn and his son Charles, first appeared on Franklin County, Kentucky census in 1820.  Charles settled on the rich Kentucky
River bottom land just downstream in the bend of Stoney Creek.  His brother, Joseph, settled on the opposite side of the river
and is listed on the 1820 census for Henry County, Kentucky.

Charles Penn married Margaret Winter February 4, 1809 in Henry County, Kentucky.  They raised a family of eleven known
children in Franklin County.  Charles and Margaret Penn are listed on the 1850 Franklin County, Kentucky census, page 95.
Still at home are two sons, Jacob and Robert.  Charles preceded Margaret in death dying in Franklin County, Kentucky
prior to January 4, 1859.  He left a will naming his widow, Margaret, and their eight living children.  Charles Penn's will is recorded
in Franklin County, Kentucky Will BK 3, page 32.  It is believed Charles and other members of his family are buried in the family
cemetery on the Stoney Creek farm.

   

Known Children

Cynthia Penn, born most likely about 1810 in Henry County, Kentucky.  Cynthia married William S.
Pulliam in Franklin County,  Kentucky on July 5, 1826, ceremony being performed by Abraham Cook.
Cynthia Pulliam is buried in the Penn family graveyard at Stoney Creek in Franklin County, Kentucky.
Her tombstone states "died July 7, 1830 in her 29th year." The date of death or age must be in error.  It
would indicate Cynthia's birth about 1801.  This is impossible if her father was born about 1788 as
indicated by 1850 census. Charles Penn would have only been 13 years of age when Cynthia was born.
And, Charles Penn did not marry Margaret Winter until 1809.  More probable  is Cynthia was 20 years of
age at her death. William and Cynthia Penn Pulliam had one known son. Charles Penn in his 1858 will
named his grandson, William Pulliam and granddaughter, Margaret Brawner.  Some Brawner researchers
believe Margaret Pulliam born about 1829, who married John Edward Brawner on January 3, 1844 in
Oldham County, Kentucky was the daughter of Cynthia Penn and William Pulliam. John and Margaret
are listed on the 1850 and 1860 Franklin County, Kentucky census with their children; William F. Brawner,
Walter T. Brawner, James R. Brawner, George W. Brawner, Charles R. Brawner, Cynthia J. Brawner and
Fielding E. Brawner. John Brawner was born November 18, 1821 and died April 2, 1863.  He is buried in
the Penn family graveyard at Stoney Creek in Franklin County, Kentucky. Margaret's death and burial
is unknown. Margaret Brawner is named in the 1858 will of Charles Penn as my granddaughter, Margaret
Brawner. Cynthia Penn Pulliam was not named in the will of her father.
William Penn, born December 15, 1811 in Kentucky.  He married Susannah "Susan" Robinson,
however, their marriage has not been located.  William died in Franklin County, Kentucky in May of
1854. William and Susan are listed on the 1850 Franklin County census.  Also living with them is
William's brother, Charles R. Penn. Franklin County vital statistics state, "William Penn, married,
hotel keeper,  resident of Frankfort, KY,  died May 1854, from cancer of the stomach, son of
Charles Penn."  William  left a will in Franklin County, Will BK 2, page 247, naming his wife
Susannah sole executrix.  Susannah  Penn, was born on September 28, 1822 and died
February 18, 1856.  She left a will in Franklin County Will BK 3, page 11.  William and Susan
are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, Section L. There are no known children from this marriage.
James Penn, born about 1813, Kentucky.  His marriage bond to Eliza Evans is located in
Franklin County, Kentucky, August 14, 1849.  Eliza, born about 1825 in the District of Columbia,
was the daughter of Robert Evans, a bar keeper from Maryland, and his wife Jane. James Penn
listed his occupation as a stone mason on the 1850 Franklin County, Kentucky census, page 45.
Two known children were born and births listed in the Franklin County vital statistics as
James B. Penn, born 1852 and Elizabeth Ann Penn, born 1855,  children of James Penn and
Eliza Evans. James was named in the 1858 will of his father to equally share in the division of the
farm, after the death of his mother.
Jane Penn, born about 1815, in Kentucky.  Jane married William Smither, bond Franklin County,
Kentucky, November 24, 1834. She was named in the April 2, 1855 will of her brother, Charles
Riley Penn, as my sister, Jane Smither, widow of William Smither, deceased.  Her father, Charles
Penn, stated in his will he held a mortgage on a house and lot in Frankfort, for which Jane was
released.  Jane Penn is listed on the 1860 census for Franklin County, Kentucky with her children;
Charles R., Margaret A., Daniel, Eliza J. , Susan, Mary C. , Jacob and James T. Smither.
Squire Penn, born December 14, 1818 and died April 30, 1879.  He married Elton Ann Aynes, bond
Franklin County, Kentucky, August 23, 1842.  Elton Ann was born November 3, 1821 and died
October 27, 1902.  She is buried by her husband in the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery,
Franklin County, Kentucky.  Squire and Elton are listed on the 1850 Franklin County census, page 78
with children; William S. Penn, Eliza J. Penn, Margaret Penn, and John C. Penn. Franklin County
vital statistics list the death Jacob W. Penn, July 28, 1853 the one year old son of Squire and Ellen
Penn.  Squire was named in the 1858 will of his father to equally share in the division of the farm,
after the death of his mother.
Rebecca Ann Penn, born about 1820 probably in Franklin County, Kentucky. Her marriage bond to
Edward D. Haslett is located in Franklin County, Kentucky, January 14, 1842.  The family is listed on
the 1850 Franklin County, Kentucky census, page 35b along with their children; John Hassett,
Margaret  Hassett, Charles Hassett and Edmond Hassett.  Edward gives his birthplace as Ireland and
occupation as a tavern keeper.  Rebecca Penn Hassett was named in the 1858 will of her father,
however, since advancements had been made to her and her husband, she was to receive only a
negro girl named Caroline.
Jacob W. Penn, born about 1823, probably in Franklin County, Kentucky died August 10, 1851.  He
is buried in the Penn family graveyard, Stoney Creek, Franklin County, Kentucky.  He is not named
in the 1858 will of his father.
Margaret A. Penn, born about 1825 probably in Franklin County, Kentucky. Penn family researchers
believe Margaret to be a daughter of Charles Penn instead of a granddaughter.
Charles Riley Penn, born about 1826.  Charles R. Penn was living with his brother, William Penn in
1850 and is listed on the Franklin County, Kentucky census.  He list his occupation as a bar keeper.
There is no evidence that Charles was married.  He died on April 16, 1855 and is buried in the Frankfort
Cemetery, Section L.  He left a will recorded in Franklin County, Kentucky Will BK 3, page 7.  In his
will dated April 2, 1855, he names Susan Penn, widow of his brother, William Penn and his sister, Jane
Smither, widow of William Smither, deceased.  Charles Riley was not named in the 1858 will of his
father, Charles Penn.
Hiram Penn, born July 28, 1828 in Franklin County, Kentucky.  He married Martha E. Evans, born
about 1820 in the District of Columbia. Although not proven, may be a sister to Eliza Evans, wife of
brother James. The birth on the tombstone of Martha Penn (wife of Hiram) according to Church and
Family Graveyards of Franklin County,
reads November 4, 1842, This must be an error.  The marriage
bond of Hiram Penn and Martha Evans is recorded in Franklin County, Kentucky, August 30, 1849.
The family is listed on the 1850 and 1860 census for Franklin County, Kentucky, with their children;
Hiram Penn, Martha Penn, Margaret Penn, and Charles Penn.  Hiram died on September 16, 1897
and is buried beside Martha in the Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, in Franklin County, Kentucky.
Hiram was named in the 1858 will of his father to equally share in the division of the farm after the
death of his mother.
Robert F. Penn, born February 23, 1831 in Franklin County, Kentucky.  Robert married America
"Mary Frances" Riner on December 27, 1855, Franklin County, Kentucky.  The family is listed on the
1860 census for Franklin County, Kentucky along with their daughter, Margaret Penn.  Also living in
the household is Robert's mother Margaret Penn, age 69. Robert died in Franklin County, Kentucky
on December 13, 1894. He and America are buried in the Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, Franklin
County, Kentucky.  Robert was named in the 1858 will of his father to equally share in the division of
the farm after the death of his mother.

Sources:
The History of Franklin County, Kentucky, by L.F. Johnson
Frankfort 200 Celebration 1786-1986, by Frankfort's 200th Birthday Historical Research Committee

Franklin County, Kentucky 1850  and 1860 census
Franklin County, Kentucky marriage records
Franklin County, Kentucky wills
Church and Family Graveyard of Franklin County, Kentucky, by KGS
Index of the Frankfort Cemetery
Personal research of Anne H. Lee
Personal research of Steven L. Penn


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