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          A  Mystery  Solved??
Over the past several years I have been asked many times if we knew who the parents of Noble Alexander Pendland were?   And, every time I had to admit that we just did not know.    Noble Alexander was somewhat of a mystery!   Available records said he was born in Cocke County, Tennessee in 1825.   From other records, we know that he married three times (to:  Elizabeth Bradford, Elizabeth McCamey and Mary Jane West) and, he fathered 14 children (8 sons & 6 daughters).   He died in Cobdin County, Illinois.  Today, there are many families named Pendland scattered all across the country.  It is unclear whether all descend from Noble Alexander, but all I have been in contact with, do count him as their ancestor.

My initial thoughts were that the name Pendland must have somehow come from the name Penland (I already knew that a descendant of Alexander Penland, who had gone to Kentucky decided to change his name to Pendlum).  Originally, the name was 'Pentland', as it was in Scotland, and when William, Robert, George and Alexander migrated to North Carolina during the 1700s, the name became 'Penland'.   I began doing some research to see what I could find.  

I discovered that the only family named Pendland or Penland who lived in Cocke County, Tennessee in 1825 was a William Penland and his wife, Margaret Wilson.  [Some of you may recall that this William Penland was the same William Penland who married a young woman named Mary Casey in Roane County, Tennessee in 1811.   They had five children - and just after the last one (Alexander) was born in 1819, William simply disappeared, never to be seen by the family again, according to members of that family.  Five years later, assuming William must have died, Mary married a man named Clift and they took their children, and moved to Kansas.]  Apparently, William did not die.  NOTE:  A DNA test of a 2nd great grandson of William & Mary and the same test of a 3rd great grandson of William & Margaret resulted in an exact match of 'markers' on the 'Y' Chromosome, which is passed from the father to his sons unchanged, meaning the two great grandsons had a common ancestor - i.e. William.

In the 1830 Census of Cocke County, William was living with Margaret and eight children (some of the older ones may have been Margaret's).   In that 1830 Census, there were two males listed as five years old or younger.  Could it be possible that Noble Alexander was one of those young boys?   I wondered!   Then I discovered that the census taker had written down the last name as "Pendland".   But, my own 2nd great grandfather had been born in 1833 into that same family, and I knew that all family members I knew of, spelled their name "Penland" (then, I remembered that my father had told me as a young boy that our name 'used to have a (d) in the middle but it had been eliminated at some point!  When I had learned that the original spelling was Pentland, I concluded that he must have been mistaken - it was a 't' not a 'd' - but now I wondered if maybe he had been right all along.   I thought, if one of those 5 year olds had been Noble Alexander - wonder why would he later use the name 'Pendland' when others of his family used 'Penland'? 

A few months ago, I was contacted by Curtis (Curt) Penland who lives in Indiana - Curtis  told me that Noble Alexander Pendland was his ancestor - but really didn't know why his family had dropped the 'd' in the middle of their name.   He agreed to take the same DNA test, and when the results were received they were an absolute 'match' with those previous two tests - William was the common ancestor of all three!   So, does that solve the mystery of who Noble Alexander's parents were.   I believe it does! 

In retrospect, thinking about William and his bad judgment in deserting a wife and five young children, only to then begin another family - it is easy to be judgemental.   After all, he was probably a bigimist at the least.   However, I personally am reluctant to condem him - maybe it's because I would not have been born had he not done what he did!   And, it looks like Noble Alexander and all of his descendants would never have been born either!!  { If your name is Pendland & Noble Alexander Pendland is not your ancestor, please let me know - it would be very interesting to find out how others wound up with that family name}.....................Charles Penland <cpen1936@yahoo.com>
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  Marilyn Joann (Young-McCoy) Penland      (1924 - 2018)
Marilyn Joann (Young-McCoy) Penland died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Life Care Center in Lewiston, Idaho at age 93, after a long battle with Alzheimers disease.   She was born June 8, 1924, to Earl Richard and Emma E. (Dewey) Young in Broken Bow, Nebraska.   The family moved many times, and she graduated high school in Rapid City, SD, where she worked for room and board in a grocery store.   She married Lloyd McCoy in 1944.   The couple lived in Los Angeles, where Marilyn worked at Douglas Aircraft through 1945.  The family then moved to Portland, Oregon where Marilyn stayed home to raise her four children.   Marilyn and Lloyd divorced in 1954.   Marilyn moved to Lewiston, where she began work at Potlatch Corp. (PFI) as a shipping clerk until she retired in 1988.   In 1961, she married Louis Penland, who preceded her in death in 1989.  She also was preceded in death by her parents;  brothers Richard, Bruce and Scott Young;  sister Helen Schubert;  son Michael McCoy;  son-in-law Angus Fletcher; and great-grandson Jonathan McCoy.  She is survived by a sister, Phyllis Landrus, and brother Loren (Diana) Young, both of Clarkston;  brother Jerry (Carol) Young of Lapwai;  daughter Michelle Scisson-Fletcher of Albuquerque, NM; son Stanley and daughter-in-law Carlene of Lewiston;  daughter-in-law Jackie McCoy of Big Fork, Montana;  and son Stephen of Brentwood, California.   She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren, with another on the way!
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  Kim Duane Pentland                         (1952 - 2018)
Kim Duane Pentland, 65 of Sarasota, Florida passed away on Thursday, January 18,        2018.   He was born on February 25, 1952, in Sterling, Illinois, to Kenneth and Fay            (Devine) Pentland.   He worked in the car sales/finance business for the majority of        his career.   Surviving are his children, Peter Pentland of Washington, D,C., Elizabeth  Pentland of DeWitt, Iowa, and Anne (Patrick) Pentland Davis of Iowa City;  and his        grandson, Ayden Johnson;  his mother Fay of Port St. Lucie, Florida;  siblings, Debbie  (Tom) Henrekin of Tampico, Illinois, and Ellen Conley of Port St. Lucie; nieces and  nephews.   He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth.
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  Shirley Hurd Penland                      (1926 - 2018)
Shirley Hurd Penland passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018.  She was born in St. Helena, California on August 4, 1926.  Shirley's ancestors came to the United States about a hundred years before the Revolutionary War.   She always had a keen interest in the history of her family and was especially proud of her roots in the Napa Valley which go back to her relatives who settled in the St. Helena area in the mid 1800s.   Shirley attended St. Helena Elementary School the first year it opened and later the two room Rutherford School house through the eighth grade.   She graduated as salutatorian from St. Helena High School in 1944.   As a high school student, she worked in her parent's restaurant in Yountville and at the St. Helena Star.   It was at the restaurant where she met her future husband, Phil Penland.  During WW II, she worked at Mare Island and married Phil when he was home on leave.  They settled at the family home on Dwyer Road near Oakville.   After their two daughters were in school, Shirley worked at Charles Krug Winery in the shipping office for many years.   After retirement, she was active in the Napa Valley Genealogical Society and raised $20,000 for this organization.   She also co-wrote weekly articles for the St. Helena Star about historical families and events.  Shirley was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with them.   After Phil's death, she enjoyed her time at Silverado Orchards and her final year at St. Helena Home Care.   Shirley is survived by her sister, Carol Graff, of St. Helena;  her daughters Phylis Anderson and Susan Shorey, as well as her beloved six grandchildren, Tia Manca, Erin Shrum, Andrew Shrum, Jessica Gray, Matthew Shrum, Adam Gray and her great grandchildren, Kaila, Blake, Mason, Christian and Sarah.
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 Janet Lee Penland                                (1933 - 2018) 
Janet Lee Penland of Newark, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, 28 February, 2018.    She was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Franklin and Mildred (Dolan) Mackey.   On May 28, 1955, she married Edwin Penland, in Newark, Ohio.   Her passions were her family, her faith, reading, watching the birds in her new feeder and a house full of people.  She welcomed everyone into her home and there was always room at the table for one more person.   She will be missed by everyone who knew her.  She touched many with her easy laugh, her warm touch and compassion for all.   She loved her family with her whole heart and will be missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.   Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, Ed; son Michael (Gina) Penland, daughter Ramona (Barry) Penland Coyle, son Edwin Penland, Jr., daughter Gail Preston, son Robert Penland, daughter Laurie Penland, daughter Tiffany (Adam) Walters; 18 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren;  and two great great grandchildren.
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 Margaret Jean Mulkey                       (1924 - 2018)
Margaret Jean Mulkey, 93, of Harpers Ferry, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Hospice Inpatient Facility in Kearneysville. She was born March 24, 1924, in Pageton, the daughter of Leroy James Smith and his wife, Rachel Lucille Penland.  Margaret was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  She was of the Methodist and a devout Christian. Margaret is survived by her son, Bob Mulkey and his wife, Becky, of Kearneysville;  three grandchildren, Stephanie, Christopher and Candace;  several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, including a special great-granddaughter, Melody; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends and neighbors at Potomac Terrace.   Margaret was the last member of her immediate family.   She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, James Elwood Mulkey, her three sisters and two brothers.
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 Kathleen Penland Kohler                  (1922 - 2018)
Asheville..........Kathleen Penland Kohler, 95, of Asheville, NC passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Laurels at Summitt Ridge. Kathleen was born August 27, 1922 in Fletcher, NC.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Coleman and Helen Penland, her sister Evelyn Matthews, and her husband MSgt. Alfred Kohler (USMC - Retired).   Kathleen is survived by daughters Helen Kohler and Susan Crow, and sons Richard and Stephen Kohler.  She has 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Kathleen graduated from Mission Nursing School and worked as a newborn nurse until she retired.   She loved to travel every chance she got and was a competitor in all things sports.   She competed in Senior Olympics until she was 94 years old.   She will be fondly remembered as a loving mother and friend, and dearly missed by all who knew her.  


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