PHS  News  1 Jan  -  31 Mar  2011
[ Elizabeth Ramsey solved this  --  The missing link was William S. Penland, who married Nancy Catherine Stevens ]  --  Thank you Elizabeth!!

  2.   John Henry (Harvey). Penland  born in Haywood County, NC  [m. Lavina Ester Jamima Cook]
         3.   John Henry Penland b.  6 Jan 1852  [m.  Talitha Gazlida ]
                  4.  William John Penland  b.  9 Feb 1902   [m.  Ina Mae Elliot ]
                         [  Retired from Champion Paper in Canton, NC in early 1960s ]
                               bro.  Paul Penland
                            5.  William Julius Penland   b.  28 Jan 1934
                                      bro.  John Harvey Penland
                                      bro.  James Cecil Penland
                                      sis.  Katie Mae Penland/Miller 
                                            6.  William Christopher Penland

If you know about this family, please let me know ASAP < >
I can find nothing in the records available to me about them, but a family member is inquiring.
Do you find that the older you get, the faster time goes by?  Does it seem impossible that the baby you hugged not long ago as a baby is now an adult?   It seems to me that time is passing like a fast train and if you don't get on board, it's easy to be left behind!   For example, can you believe 2010 is already gone?   When the year is gone, guess what?  Another big challenge suddenly confronts us!   A NEW YEAR and the opportunities it gives us to try again to do great things, to be better people, to continue and even improve the meaningful relationships we already have with family members and friends!   In 2010 we learned some things about the origins of the Penland {Pentland} family that suggests the possibility that the first Pentland in America may have come because of religious persecution -- as Presbyterians in Europe, they became enemies of the King of England when they objected to the King becoming the head of the church!  Their objection:   Only Jesus Christ is the head of the Church!   My prayer for all of us in the New Year is that God will bless us with good health, happiness and a determination to do his will!......Charles Penland, President PHS
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SEAN    WHITNEY  --  An Outstanding Young Man!
Sean Whitney, Grandson of Vernon & Connie Penland of Wonder Lake, Illinois is looking forward to a great future in aeronautics.   We have no doubt that he will achieve his dream!   Great work Sean!
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Clay County Progress  (North Carolina)                                                   Printed Thursday, December 9. 2010
A  Piece of History Burns :   Memories made this house a home             
  The house at 754 Hinton Center Road burned on Nov. 29.  This was a tragic loss for the Neimyers, who had painstakingly restored the house over the past few years.  But the story of this house, The Penland House, goes back generations in my family.
   My grandfather, Lee Penland was born to James and Minty Penland in December 1891 in a log cabin on a knoll behind what is now Oak Forest United Methodist Church.   This log cabin had been vacated by a Cherokee Indian family during their forced removal to Oklahoma years earlier and had served the James Penland family well since their move from Buncombe County in December, 1890.   George Vanderbilt had purchased James' farm in Asheville and the pioneering spirit called the family to Clay County.
   In the summer of 1891, across a meadow from their log house and on a more prominent knoll, James began building his and Minty's dream home.   This large two-story house with a big front porch was planned to accommodate  the growing family.   Completion of the house in the spring of 1892 came none too soon as the family had grown to eight.   It must have been quite a celebration to move into such a spacious house.  Minty was delighted in her full kitchen with a root cellar just below.   The children had the upstairs and were glad to have their own space away from Father and Mother.
   James farmed and Minty raised the children.   The Penlands and three other families decided to build a church in the community.   James gave the land and the four families built Oak Forest Methodist Church in 1891.  An entire community was growing up around them.   Life for the Penland's and the Oak Forest Community was about as good as it could be for the 1890's in Clay County.
   But in spite of the love and happiness that surrounded families in this simpler time, life was basically tragic.   Doctors were scarce and medical treatment practically non-existent.   The Penlands had an infant son die at birth in May, 1894.   Their 10 year old son died in May 1898 and an infant daughter died in November, 1898.   Family lore has it that Minty lost her love for life during this time and simply went through the motions of living.   On Nov. 1, 1905 she died leaving behind her devoted husband James and two young sons, Lee, age 13, and Frank, aged 10.  In May 1907 James also died with no one to look after the younger boys.
   But as families did in those simpler times, they relied on each other.   One of the older brothers, Arthur marrried and moved into the Penland house and raised Lee and Frank.   In fact, Arthur and Stella went on to raise six children of their own in the Penland house.
   Someone said after the fire that this was, after all, just a house.   That's true, but it is these memories that made this house a home.   ................Charles Penland,  (GGrandson of James Albert & Arminta Penland)   
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Clay County Program                                      Thursday, December 30,  2010 -- page A13

Letters from the Civil War...By  Dennis Gray, guest writer
This article is one of a series commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  The opening quotation in this article is excerpted from a collection of letters written by Cavalry Sergeant William Chamberlain Penland to his parents in care of the Fort Hembree Post Office in Clay County.    He wrote them between Oct. 1862 and Aug. 1863 from camp in Johnson County, Tennessee.    Most of his letters deal with battles with Union troops and the sicknesses and sometimes the deaths of friends in the camp.   The letters were donated to the Cherokee County Historical Museum by Buford W. Penland and Martha Palmer and copies of them are available for review at the Museum.                    
                           Civil War:  Christmas in the Camps                                          
    "Franklin Brown has been to Knoxville and there is no letters there for us, I have wrote about five or six letters to you and one to Uncle Charles Penland and have never got any answer.  (Nov. 23, 1862 letter)".
    During the Christmas season William Penland started several letters but was unable to mail them because of skirmishes with Federals.   On Jan. 3, after two weeks of fighting, he wrote his parents again saying, "I have wrote every day for eight days."  
    Writing to family and reading their letters meant a great deal to soldiers and was especially meaningful during the holidays.   However, as Sergeant Penland's letter suggests, communication was often difficult.   Letters often failed to find their intended recipients because of poor, disrupted mail service and the movement of troops.   This left many soldiers feeling particularly depressed.   James Holloway, a Confederate soldier from Virginia, spoke for many when he wrote his family on Christmas Day that, "You have no idea how lonesome I feel this day.   It's the first time in my life I'm away from loved ones at home."
    Nevertheless, encamped soldiers managed to celebrate Christmas.   They gathered foods and feasted whenever possible, sometimes received gift packages from home and cut and decorated Christmas trees.   Soldiers both North and South sang carols and held worship services to commemorate the Lord's birth.   And they talked and wrote, and dreamed of home and peace.   A Federal corporal from Vermont wrote touchingly from camp, "This is Christmas, I think of the many lives endangered, and hope that the time will come when peace, with its innumerable blessings, shall once more restore our country to happiness and prosperity."
    As the war progressed, dreams of peace and home increasingly predominated.   Sergeant Penland saw neither -- after months of illness he died in camp on Aug. 19, 1853 of typhoid fever.   NOTE:   William Chamberlain Penland was 20 years old.   He was the son of Harvey Monroe Penland and his wife Patience Mahalia Moore.

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OILTON, OKLA.   April  5, 1915 ---  A converted gambler,  Rev.  J. H. Penland
of Tulsa, held the first church services in Oilton yesterday.  It also being the initial Easter ceremonies in this town.  Rev. Penland is here to organize a community church.  He is a member of the Christian Union denomination and has been engaged in city and oil field mission work for a number of years, being recently connected in this line of work with Charles Page at Sands Springs.  In the early days of Guthrie (Oklahoma's first state capitol), Penland was a stud poker dealer in the old Honkatonk gambling house conducted by Dick and Bill Reeves.  He followed this profession also at Enid and Perry in the early days.  He was converted however, several years ago.  Another gambler, Ed Blood, who was also at the Reeves place in Guthrie, has been converted and is a Presbyterian evangelist now, according to Penland.  Blood was a "scapmaker," and Penland says he was the best artist at that gambling game in the country at that time.
[ NOTE:  Do you know which family the Rev.  J. H. Penland was a part of ? ]

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                     Penland  Historical  Society, Inc.
               2010  Final  Financial  Report

  BEGINNING  BALANCE.........................................................$5,944.34     

  INCOME 2010:
         Donations                               $40.00
         Membership Dues            $1,050.00
         Bank Interest                           $3.44
  Total Income:                          $1,093.44

  EXPENSES  2010:
        Charles Penland, President                    $999.58
             *DNA Testing                  $597.00
                Postage                           $59.90
                Publishing                       $54.80
                Web Hosting                 $287.88
        Cathy Penland, Secretary                          $41.98
                Postage                           $41.98
        Judy Penland, Treasurer                           $86.74
                Office Supplies               $37.59
                Stamps/Postage             $49.15        
             Bank Fees                                                 $5.27
               (Canadian Exchange) 

  TOTAL EXPENSES:                                     $1,133.57

  ENDING  BALANCE:............................................................$5,904.21

  This is the final report, as of 31 January 2011.         Judith Penland, Treasurer             *NOTE: We needed 6 Penland and one Pentland Males to be tested, but only  2 volunteered to pay for their tests.   We still need a test for the Alexander line and for a Pentland........................................Charles Penland, President

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Evelyn Penland Matthews...Age 90
Asheville Citizen-Times  March 20, 2011   Evelyn Penland Matthews 90, died 
Thursday, March 17, 2011.   Mrs Matthews was born September 1920 in Buncombe County where she had lived most of her life.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Coleman and Helen Walker Penland, and her husband, Howard Matthews, who died in 2000.   Surviving are her daughters, Carolyn Matthews of Asheville, Janice Brown and husband Leon of Candler, Linda Cantrell and husband, David of Easley, South Carolina, and Barbara Johnston and husband, Rev. David Johnston of Lynchburg, Virgina;  sister, Kathleen Kohler of Asheville, 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.   Private family services for our precious mother were held Friday, March 18, 2011 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, with grandsons, the Rev. Timothy Brown and Christian Jones officiating.   Burial was in Ashelawn Gardens of Menory.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Asheville Pregnancy Support Services, 947 Haywood Rd. Asheville, North Carolina  28804.