Friday, September 19, 2014

Will for Elijah Pennington, Hampshire Co., WV, Probated May 25, 1835, PRA Group 9

Will for Elijah Pennington, Hampshire Co., VA now WV, Probated May 25, 1835, PRA Group 9

Submitted by Shirley Bates, PRA Member, Email

To view the Will, click on the following link:

For more information view Elijah Pennington at

The Will is a follow-up from an article that Shirley Bates published in the Pennington Pedigrees, 2013 Vol. 45 Issue 2, page 102 regarding the possibility that Elijah Pennington could have been the father of Elizabeth (Pennington) Wilson.

Shirley wanted to rule out Elijah Pennington as being the father of her Elizabeth.  In the will his daughter Elizabeth was listed as Elizabeth Emmet, daughter and beneficiary.  This will proves that this particular Elizabeth is not Elizabeth (Pennington) Wilson "Shirley's ancestor".

Apparently there is some controversy in some peoples research that states this particular Elizabeth Pennington (daughter of Elijah) who married Andrew Emmett was actually Elizabeth Pepper.  The will proves that Elizabeth's married name at the time of her father's probated estate was Emmet (Emmart).

Although Shirley's ancestor Elizabeth Pennington is not proven to be a daughter of Elijah Pennington, she is also proven not to be the Elizabeth Pepper as some people have incorrectly in their research.

This is believed to be the final resting place for Elizabeth (Pennington) Emmart:

Emmart Family Cemetery, Capon Bridge, Hampshire Co., WV

Note: To be published in the Sep 2014 quarterly PRA Newsletter.

Death Notice & Obituary for Rita (McGaha) Pennington, w/o William Dean Pennington (PRA Group 6)

Woman dies of shotgun blast to head

STAFF REPORTS (Gaffney Ledger, Gaffney, Cherokee Co., SC)

A Gaffney woman was shot to death at her home Saturday morning, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.Fowler identified the victim as Rita McGaha Pennington, 59, of 1089 Ford Road.Fowler said the woman’s husband, Dean Pennington, told investigators he was cleaning his 12-gauge shotgun at about 8 a.m. when it discharged a shell striking his wife.“The victim was pronounced dead at the scene,” Fowler said in a written statement.Fowler said an autopsy conducted Sunday morning showed Rita McGaha Pennington died from a gunshot wound to the head. The coroner said he will not issue a ruling on the matter of Pennington’s death until the investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office is completed.No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.

In Memory of Rita Faye Pennington
Obituary for Rita Pennington

Rita Faye Pennington,59 of Gaffney, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Mrs. Pennington was born February 17, 1955 in Spartanburg. Rita had a quiet strength about her, she was devoted to her family; a loving mother and grandmother. She had a giving spirit , making sure that everyone around her was taken care of. She will be remembered for her smile,her hugs and the way she always said “I Love You” when saying her goodbyes.

She is predeceased by her step-mother, Mary Robbins, her father, Norman Cecil McGaha sisters; Gloria Bobo of Spartanburg, Judy McGaha of Alaska, and Angie Waters of Spartanburg. Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Rocky Neal Pennington, Riker Pennington and wife Scarlett, Eric Pennington, Bryan Pennington, Robin Peeler and husband Garry, Samantha Ledbetter and husband David, grandchildren; Brianna Pennington, Christopher Patrick Pennington, Lauren Elizabeth Pennington, Brianna Pennington, Austin Travis Pennington, Eric Pennington, Jr., Christopher Pennington, Josh Pennington, Elizabeth Pennington, Ashley Pennington, Keith Pennington , Kevin Peeler, Casey Peeler, Caleb Peeler, Emily Ledbetter, Brittany Rochester, great-grandchildren; Lili Pennington, Skyler Pennington, Miliegh Pennington, Josie Peeler and Dalton Rochester.


Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, Cherokee County, South Carolina

Spouse of: William Dean Pennington (1945- ), son of Roy Herbert Pennington (1918 - 1994) & Nellie Veitch Smith Pennington (1924 - 2012)

PRA Group 6. Source; Linda Robertson, PRA Group 6 Leader

DNA - Modern Europeans Descend from Three Groups

I am not sure any us can trace our family with any accuracy much back beyond the 1600's.  However, if you do a Y-DNA or a MTDNA test - you get this information about where your family came from (Africa), when they immigrated to Europe and if you have the MTDNA test - the female ancestor that you most likely descend from.  No one doubts that we have much to learn about this early ancestry and an recent article describes more information provided by gene analysis!

Modern Europeans Descend from Three Groups

The Divine Genetics of Aristocracy

We have all done enough research to realize that we all probably have lines with family lines that don't "branch much!"  However, I don't think any of us have much to compare with the Spanish Hapsburgs.  This article shows a family tree that illustrates the Spanish Hapsburg dynasty that literally interbred so much that the family died out!

The Divine Genetics of Aristocracy (Click to read)