PHS  Member  News


Almost every Penland I have had contact with, say the same thing, they  don't have a clue
about their ancestors farther back than their Grandparents  or their Great Grandparents!   
I am convinced we all need to get on the same  page, and that requires an accurate listing
of the descendants of each of the  four Penland ancestors.   Currently, everyone it seems
has a different listing  from others.   We know that the listings on the "Family Listing Pages"
are not  accurate.   We need those of you who know which children belong to each
ancestor to help us make the listings more correct!   Once we have a good  listing for each,
we can then deal with the many questions people have.

We have approximately 10 new members and we expect to have more soon.  We have sent
an invitation to join PHS to about 150 Penland families (about  10% have been returned
because they could not be delivered), but several  have responded with interest.   A similar
number of invitations will be mailed  soon.
Some People have asked about whether a DNA Test for genealogical reasons
is possible and available.  I have discovered that there is such a test, and I
plan to have one done on myself to see what we can detect about thePenland
family origins and where they were located many hundreds of years ago.   One
theory is that the Norsemen and the Picts (the painted people) may have had
an input to our early history as a people.  In fact, the very root of the name
"Pentland" is believed to have derived from the name "Pict."     I'll let you know
as soon as I have something to report....................Charles E. Penland, President



   On Thursday 3 July, USAF Major Patrick A. Penland returned home to San Antonio, Texas from a year
in Baghdad, Iraq where he had been assisting the Iraq government in re-establishing their Air Force. 
His specific job was to write the air safety  regulations/ instructions, and train Iraqi military officers to conduct
aircraft accident investigations. in  the new Iraq Air Force.   While there, Patrick says he became close friends
with the Iraqi  military personnel he worked with, and was invited to their homes for meals and to meet
their families on several occasions.   He said, "Those Iraqi people I met were just like  everyone else -- all they
really want is to live in freedom, watch their children grow up to  be good citizens and lead a secure life with
their family".    As his time neared to return  home, the friends he had made wished he could stay longer! 
He feels he accomplished his mission, "to help win the hearts and minds of those he came in contact with,
and to assist their country in re-establishing the Iraqi Air Force.   Welcoming him home were his  wife Tawnya,
and children,  Brittany, Nathan, Connor and Isaiah.   Joshua Lasseigne, Brittany's fiance and Tawnya's Aunt
were also there, as was Patrick'sparents, Charles & Phyllis Penland.    After some rest, Patrick will report for
duty to his new assignment at Air Education Training Command (AETC) Headquarters at Randolph AFB,
San Antonio, Texas, here in San Antonio. 

   On the Friday evening, 2 May 2008, Brittany Nicole Penland and Joshua Allen Lasseigne both graduated
from Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi with Bachelor  Degrees from the School of Engineering.    Brittany received her Degree in Biological
Engineering with a minor in Pre Med.   Joshua received his Degree in Computer Egineering.
They are engaged to be married on 17 July and will make their home in Northern Alabama
where Joshua is employed.   Brittany's parents are Patrick & Tawnya Penland of San
Antonio, Texas.  

  James and Arizona Penland became Great Grandparents for the second time on 1 April 2008.    Alyssa
Jewel Cotter, a beautiful little girl was born to their grandaughter Lisa and her husband  James Cotter
in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The happy Grandfather is Jimmy Lee Penland of Collinsville,  Oklahoma.

On 8 June 2008 Tyler Martin Steczkowski grauated from Cedar Park HighSchool in Cedar  Park, Texas
(a suburb of Austin).   The graduation ceremony was held at the Irwin Center,  on the Campus of the
Universary Of Texas in Austin.     Tyler is the son of John & Rhonda  (Penland) Steczkowski.  Tyler is the
Great Grandson of  the late James W. and Pearl (Murray)  Penland who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the
Grandson of Charles & Phyllis Penland, San  Antonio, Texas.   Tyler is enrolled in Angelo State University
this fall in San Angelo, Texas.                 


  *  Tim  Penland -- Mustang, Oklahoma
  *  Lois Bednarsky  --Westfield, Maine
  *  Lynda Dehring -- Baroda, Michigan
  *  David & Carrie Long -- Lawrenceville, Georgia
  *  C. Lewis Penland -- Franklin, North Carolina
  *  Richard & Kay Penland -- Buchanan, Michigan
  *  Robert S. & Barbara Penland - Hayesville, North Carolina
  *  Margaret Sewell -- Buford, Georgia
  *  Rita Walker Wilkes - Orlando, Florida
  *  James T. (Tracy) Rogers -- Hobbs, New Mexico

Buford Wright Penland  --  Obituary
Oakridge, Tenn.    Buford Wright Penland died 24 August 2008 in Evansville, Indiana.  His Memorial service was held at the Groce Funeral Home Chapel on Patton Avenue, with interment at Green Hills Cemetery.  The family asks that donations given in his memory be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1051 Oak Ridge Tpke., Oak Ridge , Tn   37830, or to the University of Tennessee Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN   37830.
Robert & Elizabeth Brank Penland
            George & Rachel Moore Penland
                       Harvey Monroe & Patience Moore Penland
                                     Charles Newton & Margaret McClure Penland
                                                 James & Iola Phillips Penland
                                                       Buford W. Penland (9 Jan 1921 - 24 Aug 2008)
Patsy Watkins Penland  --  Obituary
Asheville, N.C.   Patsy Watkins Penland, age 70, of Concord Road died on Sunday 24 August 2008 at the Oaks of Sweeten Creek.  She was born in Henderson County, and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Bertha Catherine Kilby Watkins.  She was preceded in death by her husband Bobby P. Penland, her sisters, Edna & Margaret, brothers Don & Kelly Watkins.  She was a member of Sunnyview Baptist Church.   Patsy is survived by a daughter Sheila, and her husband Alejandro Castelo, of Hendersonville; four sons, Daryl (Teresa) Penland, Bobby (Sherri) Penland, and Randy (Margaret) Penland, all of Ashville.  Mark  (Liz) Penland live in Kernersville, N.C.    She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two sisters, Dale Hare of Fletcher and Grace Pittman of Hendersonville.   After the funeral service, Patsy was buried in Penland Cemetery near Asheville, N. C.
Edith E. Penland  ---  Obituary
Everett, Washington   Edith Penland, age 97, of Lynwood, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great, great grandmother; passed away on August 20, 2008.  She was born on May 29, 1911 in Wisconsin.  Edith led a very active and full life, including: crafts, hunting, bowling, golfing, and dancing.  She was happiest when she shared these activities with her two grandsons.  She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.  Edith is survived by her son, Bob (Ellen) Berleen; grandsons, Russ (Ellen) Berleen and Bob (Debbie) Berleen;  Granddaughter Jane (Frank) Biehl; and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Recently, Carl W. Penland of Salisbury, Maryland established his lineage to George Penland, Sr.  {1753 - 1829} and in so doing, became a member of the  National Society Sons Of The American Revolution.   Carl's ancestry is through his father Walton Dane Penland, Talmage lloyd Penland, Peter Hamilton Penland, and Alexander Noble Penland, son of George Penland, Sr. & Ann Alexander.  { George was a Captain in the Revolutionary Army Militia of North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. }