Saturday, February 12, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are - Isaac Pennington - Reposting of Message

The follow abstract is from a message by Debbie Moore that was sent to the Pennington mail list hosted by My reply message has with some interesting information that helps to answer her questions.

"Did anyone catch the name Isaac Pennington in George Washington's journal when Tim McGraw was looking through the journal in the Library of Congress during Friday night's TV series Who Do You Think You Are? I stopped the recording to see if that was really what I had seen and it was. This was the journal that George Washington wrote when he was 16 traveling through the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia with a group of surveyors.

I was just curious to know if anyone knew that Isaac Pennington's name was in the journal. I'm not sure which Isaac Pennington this was.

Anyone know any info about this?




My reply message to her:


Great catch! I watched the show and did not see Isaac Pennington in the material. I did note the area and recalled we have some information on our website about George Washington, the Shenandoah Valley and one Capt. Isaac Pennington. The web page has information provided by one of our Group Leaders. Joanne Pennington, and has abstracts of some of George Washington's papers with references to Isaac Pennington. There are also links to the entire papers located in the Library of Congress. Interesting reading.

If you're a PRA Member, login to our website at and go to the Members-only section and then look for "George Washington Page".

I believe the Capt. Isaac Pennington referred to in these papers is Isaac Pennington, b. 16 May, 1715, VA, d. 17 Sep 1760, SC, sp. Mary Williams.

They had nine (9) children. He belongs to PRA Family Group 8. In fact, he is the son of the Group 8 progenitor, Abraham Pennington, b. 6 Oct 1694, d. bef. 29 May, 1756.

Feel free to distribute this message on the Pennington-L mail list.

I hope this helps.