PHS  Member  News    April  --  June  2009
    Reverend James Edgar Penland   (13 May 1935 - 4 April 2009 )
After many years of faithful ministry, James Edgar Penland went to be with his Lord on April 4, 2009.   He was born on May 13, 1935 near Thomas, Oklahoma.  He began serving his Lord as Pastor at First Baptist Church, Watts, Oklahoma in 1955, where he married Arizona Grace Jones on Christmas day of that same year.  In later years of Ministry, he was Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma and the First Baptist Church in Hulbert, Oklahoma.  He and Arizona then served as SBC Home Missionaries in Lafayette, Indiana until serious health conditions required him to step down.  After his health improved, James became Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Keefton, Oklahoma.  Later, his failing health forced him to permanently retire.   James will always be remembered as a loving Pastor, willing to serve others, as well as being a loving husband, Father and Grandfather.   
James was preceded in death by his parents, James Wilson Penland and Izella Pearl Murray.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Arizona Grace Penland, two sons:  Jimmy Penland of Collinsville, Oklahoma and Tommy Penland of Muskogee, Oklahoma, one brother, Charles Penland of San Antonio, Texas, and one sister, Phyllis Marie Martin of Tulsa, Oklahoma;  three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all of Ft. Worth, Texas.  He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
Shane Steczkowski  wins "First Place"  in his first Horse Show
On Saturday the 11th of April, Shane Steczkowski won
a "First Place" in his first Horse Show event.  The show
was held in the San Antonio Rose Palace showplace.  Shane showed his Aunt Laura's horse "Slate."     Shane
is 15 years old, and a freshman in highschool.  He lives
in Cedar Park, Texas but visits his Aunt Laura in the country whenever he can.  Shane is the son of John & Rhonda (Penland) Steczkowski, and the Grandson of Charles & Phyllis Penland of San Antonio, Texas.
Bruce Gregory Continues Cemetery Search
Bruce Gregory (in NC) has completed a cemetery survey of Madison County (N/West of Asheville) to a cemetery in Marshall (6 names) and one near Hot Springs, NC.   The tombstone pictured below is for James M. Penland  and is located in the Antioch Cemetery in Madison County.   Does anyone know to which family this James belonged?

George & Ann Penland Family now on this Web site
Patrick Penland, our historian for the George Penland Line has provided us with a "draft" of his study of George's descendants down to himself!   His draft identifies the horse thief,  the law breakers & other interesting ancestors that we have to claim!  Members may go to the 'the family listings' page and review this document.  However, much work remains to find proof of all of George and Ann's children and their descendants.   If you wish to contact Patrick you may do so at:   
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PHS Bulletins for 1986 -- 2007     We are attempting to put all of the past Bulletins on this web-site so that every member can look back at the information shared during the past 20 years plus.  In many cases, articles written and published before some of you became members may be very meaningful to your search for ancestors.   It will take some time to load them all, (it's a "one page at a time" process) but I think you will agree it's great to have them where we can all refer to them.  Access is limited to "members only" by using the current password (same as that used for the 'family listings'.
William Donald Penland     ( 1928  --  2009 )
William Donald Penland, 81, of Hayesville, NC died Saturday, May 9, 2009 in a Clay County care center. A native of Clay County, he was the son of the late Bynum and Maude Hogsed Penland. He retired after 20 years in the United States Navy, serving during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After retiring from military service, he taught at DeKalb Technical College for 21 years, retiring in 1990. Donald was a member of the Clay County Masonic Lodge No. 301 and was a member and deacon of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Bryan Donald Penland.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Guptill Penland; two daughters, Bethany Edkin and husband, Eric of Loganville, GA, and Sherry Segars and husband, Gary of Hiawassee, GA; a son, Rodney J. Penland and wife, Tonya of Hayesville; two sisters, Jimmie Kay Berrong of Hiawassee and Mattie Mae Brock of Snellville, GA; a brother, Johnny Penland of Charleston Heights, SC; and ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

On 31 May 2009 Nathan Penland won a
30 minute race against  approximately 30 other cyclists.   Traveling more than an average of 26 mph,  20 year old Nathan (on your right in  the picture) raced around the rectangle to the finish line,  just barely edging out the second place finisher.  Oh!  The second place finisher?  That was his 45 year old father, Patrick!
               [San Antonio, Texas]
DNA Testing for Genealogical Purposes!
                                                               --- Note from the President, PHS
I mentioned earlier that some members had asked about DNA testing, and whether the results might shed some light on the Pentland/Penland genealogy?   I volunteered to have my DNA tested to begin the process of finding out about it.   The initial test results have been received.   It sounds easy when one considers the advertising for DNA testing, to conclude that WOW, it will surely tell me where I came from and who my ancestors are!     It turns out that the so called "Genealogy DNA Test" is just the first step!   Those results seem to indicate that some of my "DNA markers"  are associated with the earliest group of people that migrated out of Africa and eventually toward Western Europe.  [People who study Human DNA have concluded that there are eight basic groups of people that have populated the Earth -- our group is only one of those.  Each group has many sub-groups.]   Many of the DNA 'markers' in my test are consistent with the "markers"  possessed by people who today inhabit Ireland and Scotland.  Another test is required to 'confirm' that fact more fully.   I will arrange for that second test, so maybe we will be able to find out something we don't know, soon.    .............Charles Penland, President, PHS