George William Penland, Sr.
George William Penland, Sr. was born about 1753 in St Georges 100, New Castle, Chester County, Pennsylvania. George moved to Rowan County, North Carolina in 1768. He, and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsy) Anne Alexander were married in 1772 in Salisbury, (Morgan District) Rowan County. Elizabeth was the daughter of James & Rachel Alexander of Rowan County. Soon after he moved to Rowan County, George began buying land and eventually owned several hundred acres in that area, mostly on Reems Creek. In addition, he bought a city Lot in Asheville from Robert Brank in 1799. George was a military Captain during the Revoluntary War. In a book about about the Presbyterian Church on the frontier, it is mentioned that one of George Penland's duties was to get all the women & children into the Fort during Indian raids. When he dies about 1829, George was buried in the Vance Family Cemetery in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Elizabeth died in 1833 and was buried there too.