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Many of you will remember the story of William Penland who was listed on the 1830 census in Cocke County, Tennessee.   For many years, his lineage was a mystery until we discovered through a DNA Test (180 years later) that he was the same William Penland who had married Mary Casey in 1811 in Roane County, TN.   He and Mary had five children & not long after the youngest son was born in 1819, William simply disappeared, never to be seen by that family again, and they came to believe he had died.   The following article written by my son Patrick is about that fifth child with Mary Casey - Alexander Penland.   Sometime before 1830, William had married a woman named Margaret & they had several children, one of which was James Penland, my great great grandfather - who is mentioned by Patrick. ................................... Charles Penland }

               The Reverend Alexander Penland
                                              by Patrick Alan Penland
                                                                                     26 October 2016

{NOTE:  I believe that my 3rd great grandfather, James Penland, was a younger half-brother of Alexander Penland, they having the same father, William Penland, but different mothers.}

Throughout Penland family history, many men have held the name of Alexander Penland.   This is the story of the Alexander Penland who was born in Tennessee 19 September 1819, the son of William Penland (who first married Mary Casey on 29 June 1811 in Roane County, Tennessee).

A few references indicate that Alexander's full name was actually N. A. Penland, which I assume was the popular family name Noble Alexander Penland.   However, the majority of records simply list him as Alexander Penland.

In his book, The Dead of the Synod of Alabama from 1890 to 1900, the Reverend Dr. J. R. Burgett wrote of Alexander Penland saying, "He early showed a desire for a liberal education;  and finally, after a hard struggle against difficulties and obstacles in the way, his desire was realized."   In an 1838 issue of the Knoxville Register, the Reverend Alexander Penland was listed as the Principal of a school known as the Mecklenberg Academy.

According to Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records.Volume I (compiled by Byron and Barbara Sistler), Alexander Penland moved from Tennessee to Alabama in 1842.   His first pastoral work was at Courtland, Alabama (now located in Lawrence County) where he had also been an academic teacher.   He
afterwards made his home in Madison County, Alabama where he spent the remainder of his life serving in various churches and schools in both Hobbs Island and Taylorsville, Alabama.

In a 2 November 1983 article from The Redstone Rocket newspaper, Alexander's grandson Walter Cooney Penland was interviewed and recalled how his grandfather was one of the area's first, if not the very first settler.   He confirmed that before the Civil War his grandfather came down from Tennessee and homesteaded 600 acres of land in the southwest corner of what is now the Redstonev Arsenal Army post near Huntsville, Alabama.   Alexander built a two-story, seven room house on a high spot near the Tennessee River and Indian Creek, just east of Bradford Mountain in what became known as the Pond Beat community.   Walter Cooney Penland remembered the garden behind the house which contained the burial spot of three Native Americans, identifiable by depressions in the earth many years ago.   He said the family often talked of the Native Americans present when his pioneer grandfather built the house.   Four generations of Penlands lived
in the house, spanning a century until the family had to move around 1940 when the Army bought the house and the last 17 acres  the family owned.   The rest of the farm had been taken by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1935.

On 30 July 1850, Alexander Penland married Isabella Jane Allison.   She was the daughter of David and Nancy Allison (Nancy's maiden name unknown).    A list of Alexander and Isabella's children (to the best of my knowledge) are as follows:
                              Mary E. Penland (born about 1851)
                              Sallie Penland (born 20 June 1853;  died 18 August  1888)
                              Charity Caroline Penland  (born 23 March 1855;   died 13 January 1890)
                              Isabella Jane Penland;   (born November 1856;   died 16 December 1856)
                              David Alexander Penland  (born 1858;   died 1933)      
Although I have found no confirmation yet, there is one claim that Alexander served as a Confederate North Carolina Infantry unit during the Civil War.    Sadly, by 1873 Alexander's wife Isabella was interned in a Tuscaloosa, Alabama insane asylum.   As he described in a letter, she was "......a wreck of both body and mind.   No hopes are entertained  that she will be any better.   Death to her would be a relief."    After many years of serving as the Pastor of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Hobbs Island, Madison County, Alabama, Reverend Alexander Penland died on 10 June 1896 (the exact date according to a letter written by his granddaughter).    He had outlived his wife and children, with the exception of his son, David Alexander Penland.   Alexander is buried at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church cemetery alongside many of his family members.

Perhaps Reverend Dr. J. R. Burgett summarized Reverend Alexander Penland's life best when he wrote, "His life had been one of great sorrow, but although financial reverses and domestic griefs were heavy burdens, yet he was enabled by Divine grace to bear all patiently and with Christian fortitude."

{The last will and testament of Alexander Penland can be found in Will Book 2, page 449, Case Number 449 at the Madison County, Alabama Court House.}

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Daulton  Penland                                    (1996 - 2016) 
    Ringgold, GA.......... Daulton Penland, 20, of Ringgold, died on Saturday, October 1, 2016.   Daulton was      a graduate of Heritage High School and was an apprentice electrician with IBEW Local #175.   He is
    survived by his parents, Trae and Diana Penland of Ringgold;  sister, Traevin Penland, grandparents,
    George and Marilyn Baker, from LaFayette, and Gail Browder, of Benton, TN;  great grandmother,
    Marchetta Penland of Fort Oglethorpe;  Uncles, Michael, Matthew, and Howie Baker, of Lafayette,
    Austin Hunter, Kensington, GA, Tim Hicks, Benton, TN, Damon Lindsey, Houston, TX, Whaylon
    Massingale, Lafayette;  Aunts, Michelle Baker and Brooke Baker, both of Lafayette;  Sidney Hicks,
    Benton. TN and Amy Lindsey, Houston, TX; girlfriend Dusty Carter, and several nieces & nephews.
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Modolan "Dodie" Penland Burkhart   (1930 - 2016)
  Winaton Salem, NC..........Modolan "Dodie" Penland Burkhart, 85, of Bowers Road, died Saturday,
   October 1, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem.   Mrs. Burkhart was born October 23,
   1930 in Gaston County to William Franklin Penland and Ollie Leonard Penland Workman.   She was a
   retired bookkeeper and member of Cross Point Church.   Her husband, John Bryce Burkgart preceded
   her in death, as did her brother, Bobby Penland.   She is survived by her son, Barry D. Burkhart (Linda)
   of Lexington;  her daughters Joanie B. Bunn (David) of Linwood and Lisa B. Deal (Ken) of China Grove;
   her grandchildren, Brandi Averett (Will), Mindi Sink (Chad), Shelli Everhart (Jared), Kendra Owens
   (Jason) and Kinsley Deal;  ten great grandchildren;  her brother, Wallace "Sonny" Penland of Lexington;
   her sister in law, Sonja Penland of Charleston, SC;  her caregivers, Barbara Evans and Cynthia Green,
   both of Lexington;  and several nieces and nephews.
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    Levi Quentin Penland                 ( 2016 - 2016 )
  Mars Hill, NC........Levi Quentin Penland, born 10 May 2016, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2016.
    He was the son of Quentin and Samatha Ann Penland.   He was preceded in death by paternal great
    grandparents, Carmel Penland & Clyde and Pauline Metcalf.   In addition to his parents Levi is survived
    by his maternal grandparents, Mike & Debbie Freeman;  paternal grandparents, Steve & Peggy
    Penland.   Aunts and uncles, Hannah Freeman & fiancee' Shane Sluder, Jason and Bessie Penland;
    cousins, Madison, Jackson & Jeff, maternal great grandparents, David & Mary Freeman, Johnny and
    Lorena Roberts; Paternal great grandmother, Louise Penland. 
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   Phillip Dee Penland                     (1950 - 2016)
  Phillip Dee Penland, former City Manager of the City of Alamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully
    on November 16, 2016.   He was 66.  Phil was born on February 27, 1950 in Norton, Virginia and was the
    son of the late Edward Glenn Penland and the late Helen Fulcher Penland.
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It's that time of the year again!  Please consider staying a member, or becoming a member of the Penland Historical Society for 2017.   We are only able to maintain our website as long as we have the funds to pay for it!   Membership cost is $10 a year - by maintaining the website we are providing a place where everyone named Penland, Pentland, Pendland & Pendlum can get a glimpse of where they have come from.  I know that doesn't seem to interest many young people today, but as they get older, many naturally begin to wonder about their 'family roots' - so our website gives them an opportunity to find out about their family history.   A $10 donation for membership will keep it available!   It's simple:  Send your $10 contribution to:
                           Charles Penland, President PHS @ 15612 Echo Lane, Selma, Texas   78154
It would be very helpful if you would include a listing of the members of your family & as many of your known  ancestors as possible.    We currently have about 35,000 names of Penland's & many are unconnected to our family tree, but we continue working to connect all families.   Our goal is to eventually have all connected!
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                         Charles & Phyllis Penland
                                   60th  Wedding Anniversary!
On the 28th of December 2016, Charles & Phyllis Penland celebrated 60 years of marriage!   They were married on December 28, 1956 at the Sheridan Road Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  After a career in the Air Force, in 1981 they retired in San Antonio, Texas.   In anticipation of the upcoming event, Phyllis (who is an avid San Antonio SPURS fan) had suggested that family members might accompany them to the SPURS game scheduled on the 28th {Charles and Phyllis have been season ticket holders for 19 years}.  So their granddaughter, Ashley Pearl (Penland) Shinkle (a professional Event Planner) went to work and produced a celebration greatly enjoyed by the many family members and friends who participated!   First, Ashley passed out T-shirts emblasoned with "Charles & Phyllis, 60th Anniversary" to everyone.   She arranged for a wonderful dinner before the game, a notification on the big scoreboard about the anniversary, and probably most enjoyably she arranged for her grandmother to be surprised by being named a 'Co-Captain' of the game!   After the meal, a surprised Phyllis was immediately escorted to center court just prior to the game.  Unexpectedly, the referee asked her if she had anything she wanted to say to the player captains, to which she said, Yes I do!  Phyllis told them, "I want you to play a good game, & don't hurt any of our players"!   Then, she turned to the SPURS Captain, Tony Parker & said, "Tony you don't know me, but I have been watching you play basketball here since you were 19 years old"! (Tony is now 34)  Her family thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle of her talking with the player captains!   Charles & Phyllis have four children, 12 grandchildren & 5 great grandchildren, with number 6 due to arrive in April.  Only granddaughters, Dr. Brittany (Penland) Lasseigne & her husband, Joshua & son Patrick, and Rachel Penland & her daughter Valerie were unable to attend.    Those attending were children:  Michael & Kimberly Penland, Patrick & Tawnya Penland, Rhonda (Penland) & John Steczkowski, and Jennifer (Penland) Morris.   Grandchildren, Ashley (Penland) & Ryan Shinkle;  Sean Penland (his wife Edina was unable to attend);  Nathan Penland & his fiance' Anne Marie Bonnette;  Connor & Tere Penland; Isaiah Penland;  Tyler Steczkowski & friend Ashlynn Rutherford;  Blake Steczkowski;  Shane Steczkowski & friend Ashley Ann Tatum;  Meredith Steczkowski; and MacKenzi Steczkowski.   Also attending were good friends, Arthur & Martha Steczkowski, Parents of Rhonda's husband John.    
{ Ashley did a superb job of planning and excuting a wonderful celebration that was very special for her grandparents, and was enjoyed by all! }