Descendants of Captain James Penney

First Generation


1. Captain James PENNEY was born 1765 in North Carolina. He died in Hamilton County, TN.

Settled on the Nolichucky River, Wautauga County, Tennessee. West bank of the
Tennessee river near Sequoia nuclear plant, Possum Creek. Record of Commissions
of Officers in the TN Militia 1796-1811, Vol. 1 pg 16 Green County Commissions:
Penny, James, Captain 10/10/1797 Washington County, TN Deeds 1797-1817, page
226, 2/19/1797, NC# 1236, James Penny, 220 acres on Wautauga River,
Consideration 50 shillings per 100 acres, ADJ William Bean Sr., Charles Cason,
Jesse Couch & Henry Richardson. He moved to Hamilton County, TN about 1834.
Record from Hamilton County dated 1834: James Penney purchases 150 acres of
land from the James Cozby estate for $100. This should be on the west side of
the Tennessee River at Opossum Creek. James had sons Robert and Wood. There was
a James "Wood" Cosby b- VA 5/11/1788 (IGI files) could be the same person. The
following was taken from an article in the Chattanooga Free Press dated 6 July
1998. Contributor to the article assumes that Captain James was the father of
James Penney below. There were several Penneys in the area and we can assume
that most were related. James Penney had 220 acres on the Wautauga next to
where William Bean had made the initial Tennessee settlement. Penney sold this
land to Jesse Crouch for $452 in 1798. Captain Penney (father of James) lived
for many years on the south side of the Nolichucky River at the mouth of Camp
Creek. His neighbors were Daniel Rawlings and Daniel Kennedy, whose descendants
also came to Hamilton County. Esther Penney married Thomas Kennedy in 1798.
James Penney was a justice of the peace for Greene County. One of his
acquisitions was a half-acre lot at Greenville. He married Mary McFarland in
1794 when that section was still part of the "Territory of the U.S. South of
the Ohio River". James Penney had made his way to Hamilton County by 1834 when
he bought from the estate of James Cozby 150 acres aat Eagleton's Corner on the
west bank of the Tennessee River for $100. This was near the Shipleys and
McGills and was at Opossom Creek. James Penney was in his 70's at the time of
the 1840 census. When the Civil War broke out, the Penneys were divided on the
issue. The sons and sons-inlaw of Thomas M. Penney went with the Union. James
Isom (Isham) joined the Seventh Infantry, then was with the First Light
Artillery. George W. and Andrew J. enlisted 25 February 1862 with Company C of
the Fifth Infantry. Lewis Hardie Lasley, who married Sarah M. Penney, and
Joseph Looney, who married Almeda Penney, joined Company I of the Second
Infantry at Flat Lick, Kentucky. (Patricia Miller-Davis & Delores Abernathy
Jackson, June, 2001)Wedding was presided over by Adam Gann with James Sevier as
a witness.

MILITARY: Record of Commissions of Officers in the TN Militia 1796-1811 Vol 1 pg 16. Green Co. Regiments Commissions - Penny, James - Captain 10/10/1797

James married (1) Mary MCFARLAND, daughter of William Thomas MCFARLAND, on JUN 4 1794 in Washington Co. TN.

They had the following children:

+ 2 M i Thomas Mathias PENNEY was born 1795 and died 1868.
+ 3 M ii William PENNEY was born 1798.
  4 M iii James PENNEY was born 1800 in South Carolina.

James also married (2) Polly GANN on MAY 27 1807 in Washington Co. TN. Polly was born 1775 in Washington Co. TN. She died in Hamilton County, TN.

They had the following children:

+ 5 M iv George Washington PENNEY was born about 1810 and died before 1836.
  6 M v John PENNEY was born 1815 in TN.

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